Poco M3 Pro 5G review

GSMArena Team, 3 June 2021.

Android 11 with MIUI 12

The Poco M3 Pro 5G boots Android 11 with Poco-spiced MIUI 12 out of the box. The MIUI 12 version has been around for a while, and even if it uses an Android 11 base, you can't really tell that as it skins everything thoroughly. The Poco launcher uses a slightly different system theme, icons included, but you can change it to your liking.

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You unlock the screen via the side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The reader is easy to set up, blazing-fast, and the accuracy is superb.

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We advise you to set the unlock method to 'Press' as the always-on reader will often attempt reading your palm and/or other fingers and eventually disable the fingerprint unlock until you input your PIN. A 2D Face Unlock is available, too, but it is far less secure than the fingerprint option.

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Security options

The homescreens are business as usual - they are populated with shortcuts, folders, and widgets. The leftmost pane, if enabled, is Google's Discover.

The Poco M3 Pro 5G does not support Always-on screen, there are no Super Wallpapers either.

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The Poco-fied MIUI 12 offers an app drawer, but unlike on the Redmi phones, you cannot disable it on the Poco M3 Pro 5G. It automatically organizes your apps into categories. The first is All, meaning it contains all apps. Then follow Communication, Entertainment, Photography, Tools, New, and Business. You can edit these categories or even disable them altogether.

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App drawer

Another interesting feature is the Notification shade split into Notification Center and Control Center. Indeed, this is precisely what the iPhones do, and you even summon them in the same fashion - pull down from the left part of the screen for the Notification Center, pull down from the right for the Control Center.

If you are not fond of this new split - you can disable the Control Center, and the shade will revert to its normal looks and operation.

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The task switcher has not changed much. It shows all of your recent apps in two columns. Tap and hold on a card for the split-screen shortcut, or just swipe it left or right to close it.

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While the Redmi Note 10 5G lacked support for split screen multitasking it had Floating Window option. The Poco M3 Pro 5G can do split screen, but it doesn't support Floating Window. Weird.

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Themes are a huge part of MIUI, and they are available on MIUI 12, too. You can download new ones from the Themes store, and they can change wallpapers, ringtones, system icons, and even the always-on display style.

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Xiaomi enhanced MIUI 12 with a couple of additional privacy options. Now, when sharing stuff, like photos and videos, you can opt to remove location info and/or other metadata (incl. device info) and thus protect your privacy better. Neat.

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MIUI also offers a Security app. It can scan your phone for malware, manage your blacklist, manage or restrict your data usage, configure battery behavior, and free up some RAM. It can also manage your installed apps' permissions and allow you to define the battery behavior of selected apps and apply restrictions only to the apps you choose.

MIUI 12 packs proprietary Gallery, Music, and Video player. In some regions, the music and video apps may include paid streaming options. Mi Remote for the IR blaster, as well as an FM radio app are available, too.

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MIUI 12 supports Dark Mode, too, and you can even force it on wallpapers or restrict its application on incompatible individual apps.

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Dark Mode

MIUI 12 is fully optimized to work on HRR displays, and it looks great on the Poco M3 Pro 5G. Everything is smooth and fast; animations are unobtrusive yet impressive, the attention to detail is excellent. We did enjoy working with MIUI on the Poco M3 Pro 5G's 90Hz screen for sure.

Some MIUI ROMs include ads in the default apps; it is a well-known thing.

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How to disable ads

The international ROM version of this Poco M3 Pro 5G does come with baked-in "recommendations" or ads, but even if they were enabled by default - nothing appeared through the UI. Still, if your phone does show ads - you can disable those even if it's a bit tedious to do it. For example, if you are annoyed by the app scanner's ads, just hit the settings gear and disable recommendations. Ads in the File Manager - Settings->About should do it. Themes - go to Settings and disable Recommendations. It's not ideal, sure, but at least you can get rid of them all.

Performance and benchmarks

The Poco M3 Pro 5G relies on MediaTek's most affordable 5G-enabled chip - the Dimensity 700 - it is the same SoC behind the Redmi Note 10 5G and the Realme 8 5G.

The Dimensity 700 5G chip packs a good octa-core processor with 2x 2.2GHz Cortex-A76 and 6x 2.0GHz Cortex-A55. The GPU is Mali-G57 MC2, and, of course, there is a 5G modem.

Finally, the Poco M3 Pro 5G is available in two variants, all containing LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.2 storage - 4GB RAM + 64GB and 6GB RAM + 128GB.

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Unfortunately, our Poco M3 Pro 5G came with a ROM version that has all benchmark apps banned and we couldn't run even a single test. Still, we've seen the same chip on the Realme 8 5G, working behind a similar 90Hz 1080p screen and we know what to expect from this particular piece of hardware.

The Dimensity 700 chip offers acceptable performance across all apps, including games. The CPU is perfect for this class, while the GPU may be a bit underpowered, but it still handles games pretty well, all things considered. Whether it's a drop in resolution or visual effects, the Poco M3 Pro 5G, just like the Realme 8 5G, behaves great most of the time.

The Android OS with MIUI, as well as apps, browsers and even games ran smoothly on the Poco M3 Pro and we experience no lag or stutter. And that's more than enough for the asking €179 price.

Reader comments

  • Md Masud Alam Chowdh
  • 29 Mar 2022
  • INS

Really This phonr is Not Good, like no charge & notification indicator signal slso no others options.

  • Mikeru
  • 18 Jan 2022
  • 7X3

Well yeah, the os isn't optimized.

  • Jed
  • 09 Jan 2022
  • sxs

Im not happy with this phone. It is lag. I have just bought this phone last week, no big files yet but lag can already be observed. Such a disappointment