The POCO X3 has grabbed a lot of attention for power users looking for a device in the mid-range segment, as POCO delivered a solid package at an amazing price. The 120Hz screen on the POCO X3 is one of the unique factors for devices at this price, where the POCO X3 costs just Rs. 16,999/- The device also gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset, coming from the gaming-centric series. SO do these specifications reflect real-world performance in PUBG Mobile? Let’s find out in our gaming review of the POCO X3.
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G on the POCO X3
The POCO X3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G chipset, an octa-core processor with two Kryo 470 Gold cores clocked at 2.3GHz and six Kryo 470 Silver cores clocked at 1.8GHz. This chipset gets the Adreno 618GPU with Qualcomm AIE (Artificial Intelligence Engine). It is coupled with 6GB and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM along with 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage depending on the variant you choose.
Here are some benchmarks of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G on the POCO X3
- POCO X3 AnTuTu Benchmark Score: 283194 (CPU: 100983, GPU: 78565, MEM: 50828, UX: 52818)
- POCO X3 Geekbench 5 Benchmark Score: Single-core Score: 571, Multi-core Score: 1766
What are the Graphics settings in PUBG Mobile on POCO X3?
The POCO X3 supports Smooth+Ultra settings by default, which enables 40fps gameplay on the device. The maximum settings supported on the POCO X3 are HD+High that gives you 30fps gameplay. We tested PUBG Mobile Korean on all these settings and here are the details of the performance that we got in Erangel and Sanhok-Bootcamp.
- Smooth + Ultra 40fps
- Balanced + High 30fps
- HD + High 30fps
- HDR – coming soon
- UltraHD – coming soon
Smooth + Ultra Gameplay on the POCO X3
The default Smooth + Ultra setting on the POCO X3 gives you a 40fps gameplay. We landed at Pochinki, Military Base, and School Apartments to test the POCO X3, and here are the results. The frame rate is not constant at 40fps but does slight hits towards the 35fps mark regularly while landing. In close-range fights, the lag sometimes gets significant with the fps going down to 30 as well. The matches we played were in the Ace lobby only in squad mode, with all players reaching Ace tier.
In the Sanhok-Bootcamp test, the POCO X3 has similar frame rate fluctuations while landing with 3-4 teams alongside. Tne frame rate goes down to 30fps during landing and also takes slight dips in close range fights. If too many teams land at a single place, lag can be experienced by players as the device hovers the frame rate between 30-35fps.
The reason behind this lag is the optimization issue of the Snapdragon 732G on the POCO X3, as we have also tested the POCO X2 with Snapdragon 730G, which performed better than the POCO X3. The new chipset needs some work from both POCO and PUBG Mobile Team for better performance, as we have seen how good Snapdragon 7xx series chipsets are from Qualcomm. As of now, the POCO X3 needs optimization and the POCO X2 performs better than POCO X3 in PUBG Mobile.
Do note that the testing was carried out on PUBG Mobile Korean, which is already not as well optimized as the global version. This can also be cited as a reason for the unstable frame rate on the POCO X3. We will test out the POCO X3 once again when PUBG Mobile – INDIA gets released.
Can I get Smooth + Extreme settings in PUBG Mobile using GFX Tools on the POCO X3?
We enabled GFX Tools to get Smooth+Extreme settings on the POCO X3. This enables 60fps gameplay on the device. In this setting, we landed at Pochinki, Military Base, and School Apartments where we got a frame rate of around 50fps. The fps can go down to 40fps during close range fights in Erangel. On Smooth+Extreme setting using GFX Tools on the POCOX3, we also landed at Sanhok-Bootcamp where results remained very similar. The frame rates are around 40fps during landing and hover around 40fps with 3-4 teams landing alongside us at Bootcamp. The experience is slightly better than the default Smooth+Ultra setting, but it’s not true 60fps gameplay.
Using 3rd party apps like GFX Tools to get more fps on your device can lead to a permanent ban on your ID. We at Gaming Josh are NOT responsible for any bans or suspended PUBG Mobile IDs for using such methods. We always recommend playing the game at settings that the OEM has provided. Users are free to use any turnarounds to get extra fps, but we shall NOT be held responsible for any complaints as mentioned.
Does the POCO X3 support 90fps gameplay in PUBG Mobile?
NO, the POCO X3 does NOT support 90fps gameplay even with its 120Hz screen. The maximum supported frame rate is locked at 40fps. You can try to push the frame rate to around 60fps using GFX Tools, but 90fps cannot be enabled on the POCO X3 as the Snapdragon 732G chipset is not capable of it. As we said earlier, using GFX Tools can lead to suspension or permanent bans on your ID, so use it at your own choice. Gaming Josh shall take no responsibility for complaints in such cases.
Does the POCO X3 heat during PUBG Mobile gameplay?
The POCO X3 does not generate much heat during PUBG Mobile gameplay. The reason is that the GPU is still not well optimized to utilize maximum resources for the best possible frame rate. The Adreno 618 GPU on the Snapdragon 732 present on the POCO X3 needs some work so that it can be used to its true potential. As of now, the device does not heat where it can be felt in your hands. The plastic unibody design also dissipates the slight warmth generated during extended gaming sessions very quickly.
How is the gyroscope performance on the POCO X3?
The POCO X3 has a dedicated gyroscope sensor. We tested the gyroscope at the ‘Always-ON’ setting at full 400 sensitivity. The gyro performance was very good, and the response was in real-time. There was no delay in gyroscope movement and 6x scope sprays can be controlled very well. Do note that the end recoil control always depends on the player handling the device.
Can we stream PUBG Mobile using the POCO X3?
Yes, you can stream games from the POCO X3 as it has a 3.5mm headphone jack. You can use the same technique of screen-mirroring which we used to conduct the live gaming test of the POCO X3. Do note that you will require a PC or a laptop for streaming games using a screen-mirroring software and StreamLabs OBS. You can stream directly with internal audio of the game and even talk with your teammates, and also output the same audio on-stream using the POCO X3.
How much battery is drained while gaming on the POCO X3?
At the default Smooth+Ultra settings, the POCO X3 gives you around 6 hours of gaming on headphones. The screen brightness was set to 50% during our testing. During extended gaming sessions, the heat generated can drain the battery a little faster. The use of GFX Tools can drain the battery a little faster. On a full 100% charge, you can get over 7 hours of uninterrupted gaming on the POCO X3.