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POCO M3 Pro 5G launches in India to challenge Samsung's Galaxy M42 5G

POCO M3 Pro 5G review
POCO M3 Pro 5G review (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • The POCO M3 Pro 5G is now official in India.
  • It is based on Xiaomi's Redmi Note 10 5G.
  • The phone made its debut in Europe last month.

Xiaomi's POCO sub-brand launched an affordable new 5G phone in Europe, dubbed the POCO M3 Pro 5G. POCO has now launched the phone in India to take on Samsung's Galaxy M42 5G and Realme 8 5G.

The POCO M3 Pro 5G is based on Xiaomi's Redmi Note 10 5G, but comes with a slightly tweaked design that helps set it apart from the best cheap Android phones. It sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a centered hole-punch cutout for the 8MP selfie camera.

POCO M3 Pro 5G review

Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

Powering the POCO M3 Pro 5G is MediaTek's 7nm Dimensity 700 chipset, which has been coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. Around the back of the phone is a triple-camera setup featuring a 48MP main sensor, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.

The phone also comes with a large 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W wired charging, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, FM radio, and an IR blaster. On the software side of things, the POCO M3 Pro 5G runs MIUI 12 based on Android 11.

POCO has priced the M3 Pro 5G at ₹13,999 ($192) for the 4GB/64GB version and ₹15,999 ($220) for the 6GB/128GB version. It will be available to purchase in India from June 14 via Flipkart in Cool Blue, POCO Yellow, and Power Black color options. You'll be able to get the 4GB version for ₹13,499 and the 6GB version for ₹15,499 on the first day of sale as part of an early bird offer.

POCO X3 Pro

POCO X3 Pro

POCO's X3 Pro is currently the most powerful phone in the budget segment. It is powered by a 'flagship-grade' Snapdragon 860 processor and comes with a 120Hz LCD display.

Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
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  • Can't believe they dropped the stereo speakers on this phone when the vanilla M3 has them. Big mistake in my opinion. Never bothered till had a phone with them now can't go back. More important than headphone jack now got some Bluetooth headphones with good battery life.