Poco F3 GT evaluate: Excessive energy, low value


Gaming smartphones all provide loads of energy, however the easiest lower above the competitors with helpful extras like extra controls and aesthetic enhancements like RGB lights. Probably the most profitable gaming telephones have additionally historically carried pretty excessive value tags to match their ambitions. The Poco F3 GT flips the script by shifting the highlight to the mid-range phase all whereas including a bevy of {hardware} options sure to please players.

Within the Android Authority Poco F3 GT evaluate, we see if the cellphone can transpose the high-end gaming cellphone expertise to a not-so-high-end system.

About this Poco F3 GT evaluate: I examined the Poco F3 GT over a interval of seven days. It was working Android 11 with MIUI and the July 2021 safety patch. The unit was offered by Poco India for this evaluate.

What it’s good to know concerning the Poco F3 GT

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  • Poco F3 GT (6GB/128GB): Rs. 26,999 (~$362)
  • Poco F3 GT (8GB/128GB): Rs. 28,999 (~$390)
  • Poco F3 GT (8GB/256GB): Rs. 30,999 (~$415)

The Poco F3 GT is a flat-out gaming-focused smartphone. This extends from the design decisions to {hardware} additions like gaming triggers, in addition to a transparent goal of balancing efficiency with worth. The cellphone is a reheated model of the Redmi K40 Gaming Version bought solely in China and goes up towards opponents just like the OnePlus Nord 2 and Realme X7 Professional.

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The Poco F3 GT is the newest to hitch the fairly crowded checklist of Mediatek Dimensity 1200-packing smartphones. The Taiwanese firm’s highly effective chipset has confirmed to be a succesful answer for smartphones seeking to steadiness energy with worth. Operating off 4 Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2GHz, balanced with three Cortex-A78 cores at 2.6GHz, and eventually, a supercharged Cortex-A78 core clocked at 3GHz, there’s ample energy right here for even essentially the most demanding makes use of. The Poco F3 GT undoubtedly has the credentials to dwell as much as its high-end gaming aspirations.

Poco is fielding the F3 GT in two totally different shade variants: Predator Black and Gunmetal Silver. We’ve acquired the Gunmetal model in for evaluate. The corporate hasn’t introduced any plans to promote the cellphone exterior India, the place it’s being bought by way of Flipkart, beginning at Rs. 26,999 (~$262) for the bottom variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.

How’s the design of the Poco F3 GT?

Poco F3 GT rear view with Nintendo Switch joycons

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Design is all the time subjective, however the Poco F3 GT is as polarising as they arrive. Players will doubtless recognize the aggressive design, however in the event you, like me, choose one thing a bit extra minimalistic, this ain’t it. That stated, you may’t actually fault Poco for taking part in into the complete gamer aesthetic for a tool that’s labeled as a gaming smartphone.

The Poco F3 GT is a regular glass-metal sandwich with some added gamer glitz.

The whole cellphone is a regular Gorilla Glass 5 and metallic sandwich design with some added glitz to emphasise pace. You’ll discover design elaborations all around the again panel in addition to an LED flash within the form of a lightning bolt. It’s all a bit superfluous however performs into the aesthetic. The digital camera module has LED rings flanking it on the aspect that may be set to glow whereas gaming. The cellphone permits deep management over the LEDs and you’ll regulate the colour to your liking along with altering the pace at which the LEDs will pulse. These may sync up with notifications, making them helpful and never simply there for present.

The proper aspect of the Poco F3 GT is busy. Mechanical set off buttons flank the highest and backside whereas a side-mounted fingerprint reader sits bang within the center. The fingerprint scanner is as quick as they arrive, and I didn’t face any reliability points in my week with the cellphone.

Poco F3 GT side profile with retractable buttons

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To enhance on a regular basis usability, Poco has tossed in slider switches on both aspect of the ability button that may push the triggers flush with the midframe. All of it sounds a bit a lot, however the ergonomics are on level, and, barely heavy 205g weight apart, the cellphone feels snug within the hand. In the meantime, the quantity rocker sits inside simple attain over on the left.

The Poco F3 GT is a bit heavy at 205g, however the weight is well-balanced, making the cellphone snug for hours of gaming.

Different additions embody an IR blaster on the prime and an IP53 ranking for splash resistance, in addition to stereo audio system. I got here away fairly impressed with the sheer quantity and high quality of the audio from the audio system. The unbalanced output can throw you off a bit, however the audio system will serve in a pinch if you wish to blast out music.

Poco F3 GT review in hand with homescreen

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Poco telephones in India have thus far caught to LCD panels so the change over to a excessive refresh fee AMOLED panel comes as a greater than welcome addition. In actual fact, the cellphone one-ups the OnePlus Nord 2, with a 6.67-inch 120Hz panel. When set to 120Hz the panel dynamically adjusts the refresh fee to match on-screen content material.

The {hardware} is nice and appears implausible as soon as arrange correctly. Sadly, Poco has made some odd decisions with the default settings. To begin with, the pre-selected vivid mode is extremely oversaturated. Switching to the usual image profile makes a world of distinction.

The iffy ambient gentle sensor alters brightness ranges sporadically whereas gaming.

The cellphone additionally ships with the show set to 60Hz out of the field. I get wanting to maximise battery life, however an possibility to decide on between optimizing for battery longevity or a greater consumer expertise — this can be a gaming cellphone in spite of everything — throughout the onboarding course of would make issues an entire lot simpler. After which there’s the ambient gentle sensor. The cellphone tends to intermittently scale back brightness ranges. You’d be higher off setting your most popular worth manually.

Poco F3 GT top down view of display

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It’s arduous to pick a flaw within the Poco F3 GT from a design standpoint. Its acquired all of the bells and whistles you might want and backs it up with typically wonderful construct high quality. Gorilla Glass 5 and an aluminum midframe give the cellphone a premium really feel and the cellphone manages to maximise display actual property with minimal bezels and a central punch-hole entrance digital camera. It’s not a small cellphone, however the dimension works for the supposed demographic, and the top-tier gaming triggers (extra on these later) go a great distance in the direction of setting the {hardware} aside from the competitors.

Is the Poco F3 GT good for gaming?

Poco F3 GT gaming in hand playing Call of Duty: Mobile.

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As you’d think about, with the Mediatek 1200 in tow, day-to-day efficiency poses no considerations for the Poco F3 GT. Apps are slick and easy, with fluid transitions throughout. However this being a gaming cellphone, we have to push it a bit more durable.

I put it via the wringer with a number of rounds of Name of Obligation: Cellular and Actual Flight Simulator, my most popular cell video games. The chipset runs heat to the contact, however in contrast to the OnePlus Nord 2, I by no means discovered it uncomfortably sizzling. It’s clear that Poco has successfully tweaked the thermals to maintain the chip suitably cool and this exhibits over a number of rounds of gaming.

The maglev gaming triggers included on the Poco F3 GT are a legitimately helpful addition too. I’m not essentially the most prolific smartphone gamer however even I noticed a major enchancment in my efficiency. The buttons are sufficiently tactile and are a major step above capacitive controls you discover on most gaming telephones. Mapping the controllers is as simple as dragging two touchpoints to the suitable touchscreen controls. The slider mechanism to stow away the buttons can also be nifty and, as soon as locked, the triggers sit flush with the midframe.

Poco F3 GT positioning gaming controls for Call of Duty: Mobile.

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On the software program aspect, a built-in sport turbo mode serves as a one-stop vacation spot for all of your video games. It’s potential to mute all notifications, tweak community bandwidth and contact latency, and filter the RAM at launch. Moreover, Poco has added elective enhancements for chosen video games like Name of Obligation. These embody visible tweaks to boost visibility via filters.

The gaming triggers provide wonderful tactile suggestions and drastically elevate the gaming expertise.

Battery life and, extra importantly, battery drain could be very nicely managed too. The 5,065mAh battery routinely lasted me a full day of use with a number of rounds of gaming included and the show set to 120Hz. With much less aggressive use, two days of battery life wouldn’t be out of the query. Much more spectacular was the battery drain, or lack of it, whereas gaming. The place the OnePlus Nord 2 gulped via proportion factors, a mean spherical of Name of Obligation: Cellular noticed the battery drop not more than two to 3 proportion factors.

Are the cameras any good?

Poco F3 GT camera module close up

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You’ll discover a trifecta of cameras on the again of the Poco F3 GT. This features a 64MP main lens, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. Incessant rain meant that I used to be fairly restricted with taking pictures circumstances throughout my time with the cellphone, however samples from the Poco F3 GT make it clear that imaging was an afterthought.

You’ll discover a heavy dose of oversharpening in almost each shot from the cellphone. This makes the picture pop on the display, however zooming in nearer reveals vital artifacts across the edges of objects. This extends to noise discount as nicely, the place low-level particulars are utterly misplaced.

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The digital camera may battle with white steadiness, with a skew in the direction of amplifying hotter tones. For instance, within the first picture, the lighting wasn’t almost as heat because the digital camera adjusted for.

Restricted to 8MP, the ultra-wide digital camera doesn’t resolve an entire lot of element in the event you wish to zoom in to pictures. Moreover, there’s noticeable lens distortion the additional you progress away from the middle of the shot. The ultra-wide digital camera will suffice in a pinch however it doesn’t provide a lot, if any, enchancment over the competitors.

Low gentle photos from the Poco F3 GT are usually not superb in any respect. This extends to the devoted night time mode the place the digital camera is unable to seize a pointy picture until you’ve gotten rock-steady arms. Whatever the mode, you’ll observe vital digital noise in low-light pictures. The night time mode shot, whereas brighter, isn’t notably higher than the usual low gentle shot.

Poco F3 GT macro sample of water drops on green leaves, with a rainy window behind.

Macro mode

The 2MP macro digital camera is little greater than a tick-off on the spec sheet. When you can technically seize close-ups with ease, the low decision, poor shade science, and oversharpening make the outcomes lower than stellar. Actually, you’ll get higher outcomes taking pictures within the 64MP mode from the first digital camera and cropping in.

Poco F3 GT portrait mode from rear camera of hand holding a colorful blue, white, and yellow mug in front of a window.

Portrait mode

Elsewhere, I got here away happy with the portrait mode on the Poco F3 GT.  The software program does a superb job at defining edges and can even allow you to simulate numerous aperture values going from f/1 all the best way to f/11.

The front-facing digital camera on the Poco F3 GT shares the identical traits because the rear-facing digital camera. Moreover, HDR efficiency is fairly lackluster, as you’ll discover from the burnt-out highlights. It seems that the digital camera bumps up publicity ranges to brighten the picture whereas cranking up the sharpening ranges. It’s simply not an excellent look. Portrait mode detection isn’t too unhealthy though my hair tripped the algorithm just a few occasions.

Video seize is on par with competing telephones. The dearth of a 4K at 60fps possibility is, nonetheless, a giant miss. Captured footage tends to have a touch of oversaturation and further sharpening, identical to the pictures. It seems to be good in first rate lighting, however the high quality nosedives as soon as issues begin getting a bit dimmer.

What’s the software program like?

Poco F3 GT screen showing performance.

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Poco telephones, like Mi and Redmi telephones, run on MIUI 12.5, albeit with a distinction. To begin with, there are not any advertisements right here. MIUI 12.5 on Android 11 is supremely slick, with ample choices for personalization. This begins from the house display that may be tweaked to point out or disguise an app drawer, in addition to the customary grid resizing for apps. Dive in and also you’ll discover way more sturdy customization on provide together with deep management over the lock display, always-on show, and way more.

The efficiency right here is nice and MIUI 12.5 flies on the {hardware} — and there are not any advertisements both.

The cellphone ships with the MIUI management heart switched on by default, and I’m completely not a fan of it. The outsized icons and fonts merely don’t match up with the appear and feel of the remainder of the cellphone. It’s, nonetheless, potential to change it off.

Poco F3 GT notifications shade

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I’m additionally not a giant fan of a few of the default decisions just like the oversaturated colours, however these are simple sufficient to repair. This, nonetheless, isn’t the cellphone for anybody who prefers a clear tackle Android. There’s a litany of pre-loaded apps together with Xiaomi’s browser, music, and gallery apps in addition to third-party additions like Amazon, Fb, and extra. Fortunately, most of those will be eliminated.

The rest?

Poco F3 GT rear view showing camera module with RGB light on

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  • Charging: Charging the cellphone utilizing the included 67W charger is suitably speedy and took about 50 minutes to go from zero to 100. The Poco F3 GT doesn’t assist wi-fi charging, however that’s to be anticipated at this value.
  • 5G assist: The Poco F3 GT boasts 5G assist on the sub-6GHz spectrum. This could make the cellphone able to go as soon as community rollouts begin in India. Band assist is, nonetheless, restricted to simply N77 and N78.
  • Software program assist: Poco India is promising two main updates and two years of safety patches. This isn’t fairly pretty much as good because the three years of patches being supplied by the competitors, and Poco India must do higher.
  • No headphone jack: The overwhelming majority of gaming telephones embody a headphone jack on the system, so the shortage of 1 here’s a bit shocking. Nevertheless, Poco is together with a USB-C to three.5mm adaptor within the field which ought to make it a bit simpler for consumers trying to make use of their favourite headphones whereas getting their sport on.

Poco F3 GT specs

Poco F3 GT
Show 6.67-inch AMOLED
FHD+ (2,400 x 1,080)
120Hz refresh fee
360Hz contact sampling fee
Gorilla Glass 5
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 1200
GPU Mali G-77 MC9
Storage Min: 128GB UFS 3.1
Min: 256GB UFS 3.1
No microSD card assist
Energy 5,065mAh battery
67W quick wired charging
In-box 67W charger
Cameras Rear:
64MP foremost, 1.4μm, ƒ/1.65
8MP ultra-wide
120-degree FoV, ƒ/2.2
2MP macro
Auto-focus (3cm – 7cm), ƒ/2.4
Audio Twin audio system
Dolby Atmos
No headphone jack
Connectivity USB-C
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC assist
IR blaster
Bands 2G GSM: B2/3/5/8,
3G WCDMA: B1/B2/B5/B8,
4G LTE TDD: B40/B41,
4G LTE FDD: B1/B3/B5/B8,
5G: n77/n78
Safety Aspect-mounted fingerprint sensor
Face unlock (insecure)
IP53 ranking
Software program Android 11
MIUI 12.5 for Poco
Dimensions and weight 161.9 x 76.9 x 8.3mm
Colours Predator Black, Gunmetal Silver

Worth and competitors

Poco F3 GT showing back of phone in hand

Poco F3 GT

An inexpensive gaming cellphone with shoulder triggers

The Poco F3 GT is a rebranded Redmi K40 Gaming Version. Which means it is acquired a 120Hz OLED display, Dimensity 1200 chipset, and a 5,065mAh battery with 67W charging. One other notable characteristic is retractable shoulder buttons, permitting for bodily enter in video games.

The Poco F3 GT affords distinctive worth for a sure form of purchaser. If efficiency is your main standards when shopping for a cellphone then the oodles of energy supplied by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and the efficient cooling answer make the Poco F3 GT a superb possibility for smartphone players. Nevertheless, if you’re in search of a extra well-rounded smartphone possibility, there are options to contemplate.

The obvious one is the OnePlus Nord 2 (£399/€419/Rs. 29,999). Whereas the spec sheet is remarkably comparable, the OnePlus Nord 2 takes a barely totally different method with its cleaner software program construct, premium design, and noticeably higher digital camera efficiency.

The Realme X7 Professional (Rs. 29,999/~$413) is one other wonderful different. Whereas the cellphone lags behind a bit with an older processor, the minimalist look coupled with a superlative digital camera makes up for it.

You could possibly additionally think about a true-blue gaming cellphone just like the Asus ROG Cellphone 5 ($699.99/€799/Rs.49,999), however that can set you again much more cash. The highlights right here embody a Snapdragon 888 processor for blistering efficiency, a huge 6000mAh battery to match it up, and a 6.78-inch 144Hz AMOLED show.

Poco F3 GT evaluate: The decision

Poco F3 GT showing back of phone in hand

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The Poco F3 GT is a triumphant return to the system that made the unique Pocophone F1 a success with its blazing-fast efficiency and significant additions. It’s not an ideal cellphone by any means, and the lackluster imaging efficiency is a particular sore level. Nevertheless, the cellphone is completely suited to its supposed viewers: players.

The Poco F3 GT is a triumphant return to the corporate’s successful system, and is a simple suggestion for smartphone players in search of worth.

From the sheer efficiency supplied by the Dimensity 1200 chipset to the top-notch construct high quality and helpful mechanical triggers, the {hardware} bundle delivers the products. Until you prioritize picture high quality, the Poco F3 GT earns a simple suggestion for nearly anybody in search of a brand new mid-range smartphone.

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