Today during a launching event, Xiaomi unveiled the latest in its affordable range of Poco phones. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, the Poco X3 NFC is a mid-ranger with an Adreno 618 Elite Gaming GPU with liquid cooling for mobile gamers. An impressive spec sheet is coupled with a significantly lower price as the base model costs € 229 (£ 199).

Its large punch-hole 6.67-inch LCD display offers only FHD + resolution, but with 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling – many more expensive phones don’t match those numbers. Battery life should be a concern, but Xiaomi is promising two days off the 5,160mAh cell. However, you may need to use the dynamic refresh rate setting to exclude too much. With a 33W charge, it only takes 65 minutes for a full charge or 30 minutes for about 62%.

Along with liquid cooling, the Poco X3 includes an enhanced copper heat pipe with several layers of graphite to reduce heat – Xiaomi actually means business here. Other gaming features such as the Game Turbo 3.0 performance boost and Z-Axis linear haptic motor have also been talked about. The camera system is accompanied by a 64MP wide main sensor and supported by a 13MP ultra-wide. Of less importance are 2MP macro and depth sensors. Don’t expect a handset with a premium feel, as the rear panel is made of polycarbonate, although the frame is aluminum alloy and the 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on the front.

The POCO X3 NFC comes in two configurations – 6 / 64GB and 6 / 128GB – and two color options, shadow gray or cobalt blue. The base model costs € 229 (£ 199) or you can double the storage for € 269 (£ 249). Grab one from September 17 on Mi.com or Amazon. Early bird pricing in some areas will allow you to get the X3 for € 199 or € 249.