Xiaomi launched the Poco X3 NFC at a virtual launch event on 7 September 2020 and it went on sale in the UK shortly after. Before long, we had a sample in for review and proudly declared it the best budget phone you can buy. It hasn't been beaten yet.
It's easy to see why the Poco X3 is so great. The phone packs a massive 5160mAh battery, 33W fast charging, a 120Hz refresh rate, and an incredibly vivid 6.67in LCD screen that's among the best at this price point. It's also powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 732G chip, that offers powerful mid-range performance.
The only thing you'll miss is 5G connectivity – although we don't think that's a bad thing. The phone's five-month (and counting) stay at the top of our best budget phone chart proves that to be true.
How much does the Poco X3 cost?
The Poco X3 is available in two configurations. Here are the prices at launch:
- 6GB RAM + 64GB storage - £199
- 6GB RAM + 128GB storage - £249
You can pick the phone up in Shadow Grey or Cobalt Blue.
Best Poco X3 SIM-free deals
The Poco X3 has been frequently discounted since launch, and many of these offers remain:
- Poco X3 (64GB) - £199 (Xiaomi), only available used at Amazon from £214.52
- Poco X3 (128GB) - £249 (Xiaomi), only available used at Amazon from £210.21
As you can see, it's currently cheaper to go direct to Xiaomi for the 64GB model, but Amazon's your best bet if you're looking for more storage. There are other attractions of buying through Amazon though, including fast (often same or next-day) delivery via Prime and the ability to trade-in your old phone to put towards the cost.
However, this isn't the cheapest price we've found. You can currently buy the phone from AliExpress from just £156.99 at the time of writing, although it'll have to be shipped from China. An additional £2.23 'New User Coupon' is available if you haven't used the site before, while there are also discounts if you bundle the phone with cases or wireless earbuds. Delivery costs £6.24, and takes much longer - the listing says shipment to the UK will take anywhere between 43-63 days.
The other option to consider is eBay, but be mindful that all the products listed are from individual sellers. Pay using PayPal if at all possible, and if anything looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Should any further retailers stock the phone moving forward, they'll be displayed below.
Can you buy the Poco X3 on contract?
Unfortunately, none of the major carriers in either the UK or US are currently offering the phone on contract, so all versions available above are unlocked and so should work with your existing UK SIM. We update this article if the situation changes.
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