Poco X3 Pro Review

- Introduction -
- Physical features -
- Audio -
- Display -
- Bootloader unlocking -
- Repairability -
- Custom ROM & Kernel Availability -
- Other issues -
- Conclusion -

Introduction

The Poco X3 Pro - basically the X3N souped up for performance.

Physical features

The X3P is 95% similar to the X3N, so refer to the X3N review for it. The only difference would be on the back panel, as it has a matte finish on the sides of the POCO stripe (you probably could replace its back panel with the X3N's). More details about the backplate in a blogpost

Audio Quality

The X3P has a bottom loudspeaker + earpiece / top speaker stereo combo & a headphone jack.

The speaker quality is very good - the top speaker competes with the top speaker well enough that it doesn't feel drowned out, but it'll also vibrate the back, which you'll feel the most when the X3N's not covered with a case. The back vibration is an unfortunate side effect of using a plastic back.

The headphone jack quality is passable. Loudness wise, it squarely falls into "average" territory.

Display

The 6.67 inch 20:9 120hz LCD with a centered punch hole is basically the same as the X3N, so refer to the X3N review for it... again. At this point, I'm wondering if I should just merge both X3P & X3N's reviews.

Bootloader unlocking

No changes from the X3N, so it's still the worst bootloader unlock protocol, no questions asked. You need a Xiaomi account, have to submit your phone number to Xiaomi servers, and use a proprietary Windows-only application to unlock its bootloader. That, combined with 168 real-world hours (maybe even more, up to 2 weeks at worst - and yes, it's longer than the F1, as far as I can remember) of wait time (which gets triggered somewhere around the unlocker app as far as I remember), makes it the worst.

munchy's bootloader unlock video for Poco F1

Repairability

Repair difficulty on the X3P is basically similar to the X3N - again, the X3P is a souped-up X3N.

Once the panel's up, it feels somewhat like the F1, except that 3 of the 4 rear cameras are stuck on the lens & the USB-C port is on the same board as the headphone jack (at least neither are soldered on the main board), forcing a replacement of both if either stops working.

PBKreviews' teardown video

Custom ROM & Kernel Availability (as of 27/8/2021)

Here's a list of custom ROMs (and their required vendors) for the X3P :

For custom kernels, here's a list for all of them, as well as their download links :

Other issues

Generally, there's not much problems with the X3P, aside from:

As for avoidable problems, we got :

Conclusion

To cut things short, here's what the X3P are :

Generally, I can recommend the X3P only if you're fine with Xiaomi's bootloader protocol & the reality of dynamic partitioned PDA hitting at full force (though there's a less convenient workaround). Otherwise, the X3N (or the Indian X3) is a better pick, if you're fine with losing some performance (you get more customizability in return). However, the X3P might have issues with

And, as with the X3N, the X3P has 2 hardware variants : Global with NFC (vayu) & Indian without NFC (bhima).

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