It also includes tweaks to system animations and improves the phone’s stability. The new MIUI Android 11 build is now available for the Poco X3 NFC. It comes with the Android 11 operating system and the latest kernel. The update also brings a new version of the stock launcher application. However, it does not change the security patch level, which means that those running the update will still be stuck with February 2021 stock ROM patches.
Poco has baked in a security app that automatically scans newly installed software. In the past, the company used this scan screen to display ads. While that’s not the case with the X3 Pro, you can’t rule out the possibility of ads showing up a few weeks after the launch. The customisation is a bit different compared to what you get on Mi and Redmi phones. By default, the icons and other UI elements are larger than usual. Thankfully, you can resize them by diving into the settings. Instead of sticking to a single or dual colour scheme, Poco has gone full rainbow.
Even in the settings menu, every adjacent icon is of a different colour. Poco X3 Pro bucks the trend in terms of poor audio output which runs rampant in the sub $300 price bracket. There is the usual bottom-firing speaker and for the top speaker, the sound comes through the earpiece grille and an additional hole on the top rail. MIUI 12 software on the X3 Pro is identical to what I reviewed on the Poco F3. I couldn’t find any discernable differences in terms of MIUI 12 software on either device.
- The Xiaomi smartphone supports VoLTE and Wi-Fi calls but not eSIMs.
- The busy, colourful UI makes system settings a chore to navigate, and a confusing layout means individual settings options never seem to be where you expect them to be.
- But the positioning of the device is obvious – this is a smartphone for those who prefer performance to cameras.
- It’s fast, it’s smooth, and the Snapdragon 860 can keep up with pretty much everything that you throw at it in a day-to-day sense.
Recently, MIUI 14 has been on the agenda for many models. With new features like face verification protection, privacy watermarking, and fraud prevention, Xiaomi has endeavored to make MIUI 13 more secure for end-users.