After weeks of hype and deliberations, POCO has finally launched the much-awaited POCO M3 in India. The latest smartphone from POCO can be considered as a perfect blend of unique design, aggressive pricing and segment-leading specifications. The handset comes with a starting price of Rs 10,999. With this, the company is all set to give a stiff competition to the likes of Realme Narzo 20, which is also quite aggressive at this price point. Interestingly, the phone will also go against the Redmi 9 Power, which is a phone from its parent company. In this article, we will put POCO M3 against the Redmi 9 Power and Realme Narzo 20 and see which one emerges as the newly crowned prince of the budget segment.
POCO M3 vs Redmi 9 Power vs Realme Narzo 20: Price in India
The POCO M3 India price starts at Rs 10,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB of internal storage. The 6GB RAM + 128GB of storage option comes with a price tag of Rs 11,999. Coming to the Redmi 9 Power, the handset comes with a price tag of Rs 10,999 for 4GB + 64GB option, while the 4GB + 128GB model is priced at Rs 11,999. Lastly, the Realme Narzo 20 India price is Rs 10,499, while the 128GB variant is priced at Rs 11,499.
POCO M3 vs Redmi 9 Power vs Realme Narzo 20: Design
All three smartphones offer different design languages. To start with POCO M3 offers bold colours along with leather-like texture finish at the back panel. There is a big rectangular unit at the top that houses the camera module and the POCO branding. Coming to the Redmi 9 Power offers a similar design as seen in the Redmi 9 Prime and more. The rectangular camera present at the top-left corner offers a quad-camera setup. Moving on to Realme Narzo 20, it comes with a square camera module at the rear panel along with a unique pattern. That said, the POCO M3 surely stands out of the crowd with its unique design proposition.
POCO M3 vs Redmi 9 Power vs Realme Narzo 20: Display
Coming to the display, both the POCO M3 and Redmi 9 Power offer a 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels along with 90.34 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The Realme Narzo 20 comes with a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels. This means the real competition is between POCO M3 and Redmi 9 Power as both the phones offer the same screen size and resolution.
POCO M3 vs Redmi 9 Power vs Realme Narzo 20: Performance
In terms of performance, the POCO M3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor. The Redmi 9 Power also gets its power from the same chipset. Coming to Realme Narzo 20, it offers gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G85 processor. That said, the competition is quite close here as all three smartphones offer one of the best performing chipsets in this price range. However, POCO M3 has an upper hand as it comes with 6GB of RAM, while the Redmi 9 Power and Narzo 20 comes with 4GB of RAM. This means you will get slightly better performance on the POCO smartphone as compared to the other two.
POCO M3 vs Redmi 9 Power vs Realme Narzo 20: Camera
POCO M3 offers a triple-camera setup with a combination of 48MP primary lens with f/1.7 aperture, 2MP macro lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, the handset offers an 8MP shooter for selfies and video calling.
Coming to Redmi 9 Power, the smartphone offers a quad-camera setup with a combination of 48MP primary lens, 8MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP macro sensor, and 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there is an 8MP shooter for selfies. The Realme Narzo 20 comes with a triple-camera setup with 48MP primary lens, 8MP ultrawide sensor, and 2MP macro shooter. That said, the Redmi 9 Power seems to be a better option, at least on papers, as it comes with more camera sensors as compared to other the phones at this price point.
POCO M3 vs Redmi 9 Power vs Realme Narzo 20: Battery
POCO M3 vs Redmi 9 Power vs Realme Narzo 20: Conclusion
To conclude, the POCO M3 is surely one of the best options you can buy in this price segment. The phone offers an identical set of specifications when compared to the Redmi 9 Power. Apart from the cosmetic difference, the POCO M3 and Redmi 9 Power are almost the same devices. On one hand, POCO smartphone has better RAM, while the Redmi phone offers extra wide-angle lens. But apart from this, all the specs including display, hardware, software, battery, and more remains the same. Coming to the Realme Narzo 20, it sure lags behind in terms of display and RAM, but it also features a good gaming-centric chipset along with decent pair of cameras and battery life.