POCO X3 NFC is already looking like the best mid-range phone you can buy in mid-2020. But, what if we pit it against the best mid-range Samsung phone at the moment? Can the Galaxy M51 match the incredible value offerings of POCO?
POCO X3 NFC and Samsung Galaxy M51 Similarities and Differences
Which is the better buy between the POCO X3 NFC and Samsung Galaxy M51?
Design and Display
If you feel like phones today look alike, the POCO X3 NFC will change your perspective. It’s unlike any other devices on the market, thanks to the radical design cues POCO made here. There’s a huge stripe that runs from the top to the bottom on the back, along with a chromatic branding. Don’t even start with that camera module. Some may like it, but personally speaking, it’s hard to get used to it. POCO apparently said that the X3 NFC is inspired by racing. But despite the unusual looks, the X3 NFC is one of the affordable devices with an aluminum frame and official IP53 dust and water splash resistance. In the case of Galaxy M51, Samsung is sticking to its old (but clean) aesthetic. It won’t block your socks off, nor make someone gush about it. Even with the all-polycarbonate body, it’s a hefty phone due to the massive battery inside. Though if we have to choose, we like the Galaxy M51 in terms of looks. However, we can’t deny the fact that POCO X3 NFC comes with better armor against day-to-day usage. With that in mind, we’re leaving this one for you to decide.
Perhaps, the most interesting comparison about these two is the display. The X3 NFC sports a large screen that spans 6.67″ diagonal, but not large enough to meet the 6.7″ of the Galaxy M51. Though both are crisp in quality, thanks to FHD+ resolution, Samsung’s device uses Super AMOLED for pleasant-looking picture quality. On the flip end, the X3 NFC may be using IPS LCD, but it’s packing a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. Sure it won’t beat the M51 in terms of picture quality, but the smoothness provided by the fast refresh rate is unbeatable at this price point. Additionally, there’s HDR10 playback support — a feature we think is also available on the M51.
Again, we feel like it’s going to come down to user preference. But if we have to pick, we always want the faster screen over a punchy one.
Snapdragon 732G vs Snapdragon 730 – The overall performance doesn’t differ a lot as much as their monikers. And while the SD 730 on the M51 is more than enough for day-to-day use with some gaming on the side, the SD 732G on the X3 NFC offers a better experience if you want the best gaming phone between in this comparison. The added “G” on the name means the chipset is made for gaming; featuring higher GPU clock speed and Wi-Fi optimization for the best FPS and stability as possible. Both, however, are stuck with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Well, the X3 NFC is also available in 64GB, but we highly recommend getting the top model to rid you of storage anxiety. Either way, there’s no doubt that X3 NFC takes the key in the performance department.
|POCO X3 NFC||Samsung Galaxy M51|
|Main Cameras||64 MP, f/1.9, (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF
13 MP, f/2.2, 119˚ (ultrawide), 1.0µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
up to 4K@30fps video with EIS
|64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
up to 4K@30fps video with EIS
|Selfie Cameras||20 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm
up to 1080p@30fps video
|32 MP, f/2.5, 24mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm
up to 1080p@120fps video
As seen from the table above, the camera experience when it comes to the technical spec sheet is the same. You get the usual massive mid-range sensor in 2020, alongside ultrawide, depth, and macro lenses just to say that they sport four cameras on the back. Thanks to their respective Qualcomm chipsets, video recording goes up to 4K@30fps, with the X3 NFC offering FHD@120fps slo-mo. Samsung has yet to confirm if they use any stabilization for videos, but POCO’s newest mid-range already comes with EIS.
For the selfie cameras, the M51 may output the sharper-looking photos due to the 32MP sensor. However, you need to take note that Samsung’s processing tends to be smoother in terms of skin tones, as opposed to the sharper processing of POCO.
As it stands right now, the M51 edges out the X3 NFC in selfie cameras by a hair. We can’t say the same for the main cameras, though. But the advantage is an advantage, so we’re giving this one to Samsung.
Where the X3 NFC undeniably beats the M51 is in speaker quality. At its price point, it’s incredible to see stereo speakers with good sound quality. On top of that, there’s 24-bit hi-res playback support. All of these are missing on the M51. Providing better music listening, binge-watching, and immersive gaming experience, the X3 NFC wins this one by a huge margin.
The M51 tries to battle back with its massive 7000mAh battery, perhaps the largest yet on a smartphone. We’re looking at a 3-day worth of usage here if you keep gaming sessions in check. Samsung was also generous enough to bundle 25W charging brick, instead of 15W. As for the X3 NFC, it still has a large 5160mAh battery by today’s standards. However, the charging rate is faster at 33W. And due to the smaller capacity, it can go up to 100% in 65 mins. We’re not sure how long the M51 can fill its tank, but we might be looking around three hours, more or less.
Now, it’s up to you whether you want longer screen time on a single charge or faster top-ups.
See the price breakdown below:
- X3 NFC – 6GB/64GB – P10,990
- X3 NFC – 6GB/128GB – P12,990
- Galaxy M51 – 6GB/128GB – Rs. 24,999 or ~Php16,500
- Galaxy M51 – 8GB/128GB – Rs. 26,999 or ~Php17,800
Unfortunately, Samsung Galaxy M51 isn’t available in the Philippines. At least, not yet. In Europe, the device costs €360 or ≈Php20,800 when roughly converted to Philippine peso. Provided the tax is higher in the region than the rest of the world, the expensive price tag is understandable. In India, the M51 launched with a starting price of Rs. 24,999 or ~Php16,500. Apparently, there’s an 8GB model that retails for Rs. 26,999 or ~Php17,800.
Samsung mid-range phones tend to be pricier than the competition, because you know, Samsung. However, it’s still impressive to see the M51 offering better value in some areas like the battery and RAM management without costing an arm and a leg. But then again, if you want the better overall device, the X3 NFC is the way to go.
|Specs||POCO X3 NFC||Samsung Galaxy M51|
|Display||6.67-inch FHD+ IPS LCD, Gorilla Glass 5, HDR10+, 120Hz, pinhole cutout||6.7″ Super AMOLED FHD+, Infinity-O, Gorilla Glass 3|
|Design||aluminum frame, polycarbonate back, IP53 water and dust resistance||all-polycarbonate|
|Dimensions and Weight||165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4mm, 215g||n/a|
|CPU/Chipset||Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
/ Qualcomm SM7150-AC Snapdragon 732G (8 nm)
|Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
/ Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 (8 nm)
|GPU||Adreno 618||Adreno 618|
|Storage||64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 with shared microSD slot of up to 256GB||128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD slot|
|Connectivity & Ports||4G/LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi ac, GPS, audio jack, USB-C, NFC, IR blaster||4G/LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, audio jack, USB-C, NFC|
|Security||face unlock, side-mounted fingerprint scanner||face unlock, side-mounted fingerprint scanner|
|Battery||5160mAh(33W in-box charger)||7000mAh(25W)|
|Audio||dual-stereo speakers, 24-bit Hi-res||south-firing mono speaker|
|OS||Android 10, MIUI 12||Android 10, One UI 2|
|Colors||Shadow Gray, Cobalt Blue||Black, Dark Blue|
|Price||SRP Php10,990 and Php12,990||€360 or ≈Php20,800 in Europe and Rs. 24,999 or ~Php16,500 in India|
|Release Date||September 9, 2020 (Global, Philippines)||September 2020 (Europe, India)|