POCO M3 is official as the new budget-centric smartphone from Xiaomi’s sub-brand. The latest smartphone from POCO comes loaded with a host of interesting features. The brand has experimented with the design and it looks good, to be honest. The smartphone also packs some good features including Snapdragon 662 SoC, 6,000mAh battery, triple-rear cameras, and more. Although there is no information when the phone will hit the Indian shores, when it does, it will go head-on-head with other phones like the Micromax In Note 1 and Redmi Note 9. Both the phones offer competitive specs along with value-for-money proposition. In this article, we will put all the three smartphones against each other to see which emerges as the next-best budget smartphone.
POCO M3 vs Micromax IN Note 1 vs Redmi Note 9: Price
The POCO M3 price starts at EUR 149 (approx. Rs 11,300) for the 4GB + 64GB option, while the 4GB + 128GB is priced at EUR 169 (approx. Rs 12,500). The Micromax In Note 1 India price starts at Rs 10,999 for 4GB + 64GB model and Rs 12,499 for 4GB + 128GB option.
The Redmi Note 9 price in India starts at Rs 11,999 for 4GB + 64GB, while the 4GB + 128GB is priced at Rs 13,499. Lastly, the top-end 6GB + 128GB option is priced at Rs 14,999. That being said, there is no information about the POCO M3 India price and availability, but looking at the price conversion of POCO M3 and India price of the other two phones, the Micromax In Note 1 emerges as a better option.
POCO M3 vs Micromax IN Note 1 vs Redmi Note 9: Design
POC M3 comes with a unique design language. The phone comes with a large black-coloured rectangular block on the rear, on top of which is another rectangular-shaped camera module. The rear panel also offers anti-fingerprint texture. The POCO M3 is available in three colour options including Yellow, Black, and Blue.
The Redmi Note 9 comes with a squircle camera module at the back panel with a glossy finish that gives a premium look and feels. The front panel comes with a punch-hole design at the top-left corner. The Redmi Note 9 is available in Aqua Green, Arctic White, Pebble Gray, Scarlet Red, and Shadow Black.
Lastly, coming to the Micromax In Note 1, it offers an X-shaped pattern at the rear panel, which looks similar to the Honor 9X. The phone is available in Green and White colour options and comes with an L-shaped camera module at the back panel along with fingerprint sensor. The front panel offers a punch-hole design at the top-centre position. That said, all the three smartphones offer distinctive design features, though the real competition will be between Redmi Note 9 and Micromax In Note 1 as both of them gives you punch-hole design, while the POCO M3 is still stuck with a waterdrop notch.
POCO M3 vs Micromax IN Note 1 vs Redmi Note 9: Display
Coming to the display, the POCO M3 sports a 6.53-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The smartphone comes with Widevine L1 certification meaning that users can stream HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos on this phone.
The Micromax In Note 1 packs a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. The Redmi Note 9 comes with 6.53-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. All the three smartphones come with Full HD+ resolution and all of them offers you LCD panel.
POCO M3 vs Micromax IN Note 1 vs Redmi Note 9: Performance
Coming to the performance, the POCO M3 gets its power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor along with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage option. The memory is expandable via microSD card slot. The phone runs on Android 10 with MIUI 12 for POCO on top of it.
The Micromax In Note 1 comes loaded with a MediaTek Helio G85 processor. The phone packs 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The memory is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card slot. The phone runs on Android 10 and comes with stock Android experience with a promise of two years of major Android OS updates.
The Redmi Note 9 features the MediaTek Helio G85 processor, which is build using 12nm process. The phone comes with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD card slot. The device runs on Android 10 with MIUI 11 on top of it. The MediaTek Helio G85 processor will give you slightly better performance when it comes to gaming, while the Snapdragon 662 is known for its efficiency. So, once again the competition is tough between the In Note 1 and Redmi Note 9.
POCO M3 vs Micromax IN Note 1 vs Redmi Note 9: Cameras
In terms of cameras, the POCO M3 features a triple-camera setup with a combination of 48MP primary lens with f/1.79 aperture, 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture, and 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, there is an 8MP shooter with f/2.05 aperture.
The Micromax In Note 1 comes with a quad-camera setup with 48MP primary lens, 5MP wide-angle lens, 2MP macro sensor, and 2MP depth shooter. On the front, the handset comes with a 16MP selfie shooter.
The Redmi Note 9 also comes with a quad-camera setup with a combination of 48MP primary camera, 8MP wide-angle lens, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor. On the front, it features a 13MP shooter for selfies and video calling. The POCO M3 clearly lacks behind the camera department when compared to both the phones. The Micromax In Note 1 offers you a better selfie camera, while the Redmi Note 9 comes with marginally better rear cameras.
POCO M3 vs Micromax IN Note 1 vs Redmi Note 9: Battery
In terms of battery, the POCO M3 is juiced up by a 6,000mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging. The Micromax IN Note 1 comes with a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. Lastly, the Redmi Note 9 offers 5,020mAh battery and comes with 22.5W fast charging support. The Redmi Note 9 that offers much better fast charging solution.
POCO M3 vs Micromax IN Note 1 vs Redmi Note 9: Verdict
To conclude, the POCO M3 will have a tough time competing with the Micromax IN Note 1 and Redmi Note 9. Both phones offer better features in terms of performance, cameras, and more. The real competition is between Micromax In Note 1 and Redmi Note 9. This is because both the devices cut in too close. So, if you are waiting to buy the POCO M3 in India, you should also consider Micromax IN Note 1 or the Redmi Note 9.