POCO X3 NFC Featured in an Unboxing Video; Features a Radical Design and 33W Fast Charging

Faisal Rasool

Poco''s first original flagship since the Pocophone F1, the POCO X3 NFC is slated for launch in September. The brand has already revealed the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor at the heart of the X3, but any details beyond the SoC are kept under wraps. At least officially, since the phone has been featured in an unboxing video that doesn’t leave much to the imagination — not to mention the press renders that popped up on Twitter.

The camera designs and housings these past few generations have been stagnant ever since multi-camera setups became the industry standard. Save for a few outliers, phone-makers have found variations on an almost universal playbook.

But the new Xiaomi POCO X3 NFC takes a different, more radical direction as seen both in the mockups and the unboxing video (more on that in a few). 

Our host takes the presumed POCO X3 out of its very minimalistic retail box to reveal an odd but original design. The camera plate is rectangular, horizontal with a big camera lens in the center, and three lenses and an LED flash around it. The entire housing is surrounded by a chrome ring. POCO has chamfered and smoothened the edges and painted the frame and shell the same color — rounded off by an oversized stylized ‘POCO’ branding so overall a nice addition to the Xiaomi price list.

When the phone is fired up, it reveals a love-it-or-hate-it hole punch in the center. Think Samsung Galaxy S20’s Infinity-O, but with thicker, curved bezels. A side-facing thumbprint reader is conveniently located on top of the power button. It’s preloaded with new MIUI 12 which has a new animation framework and ‘Super Wallpapers’, making the UI more fluid and expressive.

Beyond the aesthetics and build, these two leaks don’t point to any specifics. But the German certification agency TUV has signed off on two POCO X3 handsets (the other one a non-NFC variant, in all possibility). Their listing all but confirms 33W Fast Charging — which can charge a 5,160 mAh battery in 65 minutes.