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POCO F3: Snapdragon 870 5G, 120Hz AMOLED, surround sound mic

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Xiaomi’s POCO brand has finally introduced a brand-new flagship device — the POCO F3.

Mind you, though, despite the large POCO branding on the back, the POCO F3 is not an entirely new smartphone as it is essentially a rebranded version of the Redmi K40.

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With that, it has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor. It may not be the SD888, but it’s still one of the most powerful around and has the bragging right of having the highest clock speed at 3.2GHz.

The powerful processor is partnered with a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, smooth 120Hz refresh rate, a generous 4,520mAh battery, and 33W fast charging. You can get it with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage that’s sadly not expandable.

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A couple of notable features are in the audio department. It comes with three microphones that let you record videos with 360-degree surround sound. The POCO F3 also has stereo speakers tuned by Dolby Atmos and advanced X-axis motors.

The cameras are nothing too special but should suffice to do the job. It has a 48-megapixel main shooter, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, and a 5-megapixel telemacro camera. Telemacro essentially means the telephoto zoom it can do can be used for macro shots.

You can get the POCO F3 in the Philippines for a price of Php17,990 for the 6GB/128GB and Php20,990 for the 8GB/256GB. It will be exclusively available in Lazada come March 27, where both models will have a special early bird price of Php15,990 and Php18,990, respectively.

POCO F3 Specs

  • Android 11, MIUI 12 for POCO
  • Dual SIM, dual stand-by
  • 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, 395ppi
  • 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling
  • HDR10+, MEMC, 100% DCI-P3
  • 3.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G octa-core processor
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • Adreno 650 GPU
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage, non-expandable
  • 20-megapixel front camera
  • 48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF) + 8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2) + 5-megapixel (telemacro, f/2.4) rear cameras, LED flash
  • Triple array microphone
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • Dolby Atmos-tuned stereo speakers
  • Hi-Res Audio, Hi-Res Audio Wireless
  • No headphone jack
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
  • WiFi 6, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • dual-band GPS, A-GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, QZSS, NavIC
  • NFC
  • IR Blaster
  • USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 196g
  • Colors: Deep Ocean Blue, Night Black, Arctic White
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back
  • 4,520mAh non-removable battery, 33W fast charging

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