Today POCO organized an online event to reveal its latest smartphone in India. The company announced the POCO M3 smartphone which was already revealed for the global market in the last year. Only a few backs in November, POCO released M2 for the Indian market and now they have come up with its successor. The POCO M3 falls in the mid-range smartphone category and features a tall aspect ratio screen with a massive 6,000mAh battery. The best part about the phone is its price which is roughly starting from Rs. 9,999.
The phone has an IPS LCD panel of 5.3-inches. POCO didn't try anything crazy with the refresh rate and keep it to the usual 60Hz which helps the company to produce a lower-cost smartphone. The phone has a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device has a Gorilla Glass 3 protection for the front panel. The device comes with support for Widevine L1 for playback of streaming content from OTT platforms. The phone has a unique large-sized rectangle-shaped camera housing on the rear side of the phone that has a 48-megapixel primary camera with f/1.79 aperture and two 2-megapixel camera sensor for creating depth effects and taking macro shots without compromising the quality of the pictures.
The POCO M3 also supports photography features like AI beautify, AI scene detection, night mode, portrait mode, panorama, and time-lapse, etc. You can shoot 120fps slow-motion video on the phone along with 1080p video at 30fps. The POCO M3 has a snapdragon 662 processing chip under its hood along with LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 21 and 2.2 internal storage options. The POCO M3 comes with other features such as dual stereo speakers, an IR blaster, dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone will be available in two variants in India with 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage configurations. You can purchase the phone in Yellow, Cool Blue, and Power Black colors. The POCO M3 will go on sale starting from Feb 9 at 12PM local time in India on Flipkart. ICIC bank card owners would get a flat discount of 1,000 on the device.
Samsung's latest Galaxy TabPro S was launched officially at CES as a "premium Windows 10 tablet", and it seems that the device will also have the premium mark in the pricing front. As per "All About Samsung", the starting price of Galaxy TabPro S will be at 999 Euro in Germany for the basic Wi-Fi variant that runs on Windows 10 Home. The Windows 10 Pro option will be priced around 1099 Euro, and the LTE variant with Windows 10 Pro can be purchased with 1199 Euro.
That is pretty bizarre pricing, considering the base version of Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 costs around 600 Euro (in fact the new Surface Pro 4 is price starts from 999 Euro). The deciding factor while purchasing this device will depend on the importance of a Super AMOLED display in comparison to the powerful desktop processor (a Core i5 or i7) available in the Surface. SSD is available in both of the devices, so performance won't be affected, but we can say that TabPro S needs to have more competitive pricing. They will also have to compete with the MacBook Air, as Apple's least expensive laptop continues to be a lucrative option owing to its price.
In the end, consumers will finally decide where they want to put their money. So we need to wait and watch how the Galaxy TabPro S will be priced in different markets. It will go on sales in February and it is a nice Windows 10 hybrid for those looking to purchase one.