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POCO X3 vs Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: price in India, specifications and features compared

On: September 22, 2020

After launching the POCO X3 NFC globally earlier this month, POCO has now launched the POCO X3 in India. The Indian variant of the smartphone comes with a bigger 6,000mAh battery but retains all other specifications of the global variant. The smartphone comes in as the successor to the POCO X2 (first impressions) with upgraded internals and design changes.

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The brand has aggressively priced the POCO X3 at Rs 16,999 for the base variant, which goes up to Rs 19,999 for the top-end model. In this price bracket, the handset competes with the likes of the recently launched Realme 7 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. Let’s find out whether the POCO X3 can fend off the competition from these two heavyweights.

POCO X3 vs Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: price in India

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with a 6.67-inch IPS LCD display, Snapdragon 720G chipset, and up to 8GB RAM

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with a 6.67-inch IPS LCD display, Snapdragon 720G chipset, and up to 8GB RAM

POCO is offering the X3 in three configurations – 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB. These models have been priced at Rs 16,999, Rs 18,499 and Rs 19,999, respectively. POCO is hosting the first sale of the smartphone on Flipkart starting September 29th at 12pm. The device can be brought in Shadow Grey and Cobalt Blue colours.

The Realme 7 Pro comes in 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB configurations. The former is priced at Rs 19,999, whereas the latter retails for Rs 21,999. The smartphone is available in Mirror White and Mirror Blue colours. It can be picked up from Flipkart and realme.com at the moment.

Lastly, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max in exact same variants as the POCO X3 – 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB. The base variant is priced at Rs 16,499, whereas the 6GB + 128GB model will set you back by Rs 17,999. The top-end model is priced at Rs 19,999. The phone can be brought from Amazon and mi.com.

Both POCO X3 and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max offer more options to the end consumer, however, the latter is priced cheaper and thus takes this round.

Winner: Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

POCO X3 vs Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: display

POCO X3 NFC

POCO X3 is the first-ever phone with Snapdragon 732G processor

Coming to the display, the Realme 7 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro feature a standard 60Hz panel. However, while the latter features a 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 5, the former features 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel with Gorilla Glass on top.

The POCO X3 wins this round with its 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display. The winning card for the new launch is the super-smooth refresh rate of 120Hz. The display is also protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5.

Winner: POCO X3

POCO X3 vs Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: performance and software

The Realme 7 Pro features a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display and Snapdragon 720G SoC

The Realme 7 Pro features a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display and Snapdragon 720G SoC

In terms of performance, both Realme 7 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max are equipped with an 8nm, octa-core Snapdragon 720G processor backed by an Adreno 618 GPU. The POCO X3, on the other hand, comes with the latest Snapdragon 732G processor. The new processor also features 8nm fabrication and Adreno 618 GPU, but has better performance as per benchmark results online.

Coming to the software, all three smartphones boot Android 10 out of the box. The Realme 7 Pro is the odd one out here with the proprietary Realme UI. Both Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and POCO X3 get MIUI interface but the former comes with MIUI 11 and POCO X3 boots MIUI 12 with POCO Launcher on top.

Winner: POCO X3

POCO X3 vs Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: cameras

Coming to the cameras, all three smartphones are equipped with a 64MP quad-camera setup on the back. The POCO X3 features a 64MP Sony IMX682 sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro unit. The Realme 7 Pro also shares the same primary sensor but with an 8MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP BnW unit and a 2MP macro shooter backing it.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max features a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 primary sensor. This is backed by an 8MP ultra-wide lens, 5MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth camera.

As for the selfie cameras, the Realme 7 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max feature a 32MP punch-hole snapper on the front. The POCO X3, on the other hand, gets a lower resolution 20MP selfie shooter.

Winner: Realme 7 Pro

POCO X3 vs Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: battery

The POCO X3 has the biggest battery of the three with 6,000mAh capacity and 33W fast charging technology.  The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max also has the same charging speeds but a smaller 5,020mAh battery. The Realme 7 Pro has a much smaller 4,500mAh battery but with the fastest 65W fast charging technology.

This round goes to POCO X3 simply because the longer battery backup makes up for the slightly longer charging duration.

Winner: POCO X3

POCO X3 vs Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max: verdict

It appears that POCO has launched yet another disruptive smartphone that poses a serious threat to the Realme 7 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The new launch has the trifecta of the brilliant display, good performance and an impressive battery backup working in its favour. However, if you are looking for a crisp AMOLED display and a higher resolution selfie camera, Realme 7 Pro is a good option.

SmartphoneKey Features
POCO X36.67-inch IPS LCD display, 120Hz, Snapdragon 732G chipset, up to 8GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, MIUI 12 based on Android 10, 64MP quad rear cameras, 20MP selfie camera, 6,000mAh battery, 33W fast charging
Realme 7 Pro6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 720G chipset, up to 8GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, Realme UI based on Android 10, 64MP quad rear cameras, 32MP selfie camera, 4,500mAh battery, 65W fast charging
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max6.67-inch IPS LCD display, Snapdragon 720G chipset, up to 8GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, MIUI 11 based on Android 10, 64MP quad rear cameras, 32MP selfie camera, 5,020mAh battery, 33W fast charging
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