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Poco F3 GT review
Aug 21, 2021
Poco launched two GT phones - X3 GT and F3 GT. The X3 GT was introduced in the Middle East and Asia excluding India while the F3 GT is exclusive to India. The F3 GT is a gaming phone which was announced in China as the Redmi K40 Gaming Edition. The F3 GT features Maglev shoulder trigger buttons.
161.9 x 76.9 x 8.3mm, 205g;
Glass Front (Gorilla Glass 5), Glass Back (Gorilla Glass 5);
Physical pop-up gaming triggers;
IP53 dust and splash protection.
6.67” AMOLED, 120Hz, 1080 x 2400p, 20:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi density
The Poco F3 GT is a gaming phone which catched eyes with its gaming aesthetics. The rear panel of the smartphone has a matte finish, which is good since it won’t be a smudge magnet. The back looks really gorgeous and radiates gaming smartphone vibes, rest assured, it doesn’t lack in the design department.
The Poco F3 GT is the first Poco smartphone with a glass-sandwich design (Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back), there is also an RGB LED inside the camera module - RGB is kinda prerequisite for a gaming phone. The RGB can be customized to turn on when you’re playing games or receiving notifications from a particular app, which is neat. The LED flash on the back is positioned outside the camera module and has a shape of a lightning bolt.
Moving on to the front, the phone has a beautiful 6.67-inch AMOLED display with very thin bezels. There is a small center aligned punch-hole which houses the 16MP selfie camera.
The phone has a metal frame that gives the phone a premium look and feel. The corners of the handset are flattened with the top and bottom section designed in a way to provide a comfortable grip in landscape mode. The right side of the frame accommodates the two “maglev” trigger buttons. These can be used for gaming and they offer a good clicky feedback. The power button is also there on the right-side positioned well within the reach which also acts as the fingerprint scanner. The left side of the frame is home to the volume buttons and the third microphone.
The top of the smartphone has the grille for the second speaker, plus a secondary microphone and an IR emitter. The bottom of the frame houses the Type-C port, speaker grille, primary microphone and SIM tray with nano-SIM slots.
The Poco F3 GT is slightly heavier with a weight of 205g. We also appreciate the IP53 dust and water resistance rating and also the case which comes in the box.
The Poco F3 GT is equipped with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display which offers 120Hz refresh rate and FHD+ resolution. The display has a peak brightness of 1,300 nits and a typical 500 nits. You won’t have any issues using the phone outdoors even under the direct sun.
The handset also has HDR 10+ certification, meaning the phone has no problem streaming HDR media from OTT services like Netflix. The screen offers punchy and vivid hues.
The screen offers 120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling rate which makes it a phone for the gamers. The refresh rate is adaptive, meaning it can adjust depending on the activity of the display. The panel is quite fluid during most operations without taking much of a toll on the battery life.
Battery Life & Charging Speed:
The Poco F3 GT has a 5,065mAh under the hood. The phone can survive an entire day of heavy usage comfortably, even when running the phone on 120Hz refresh rate. The battery life could vary depending on the duration you play games.
The 67W charger is capable of charging the phone to 72% in mere 30 minutes, while a full charge takes nearly 47 minutes. The time taken for a full charge is more than Nord which ships with a 65W charger and takes only 31 minutes to refuel the 4,500mAh battery, but it’s still fast considering the battery capacity.
The handset doesn’t disappoint in the audio department, but sadly there is no 3.5mm audio jack for you to plug in your earphones. We would have appreciated it if the brand would have been generous enough to provide the audio jack, but it makes up for it by offering a dongle with the retail packaging. The stereo speakers are quite loud which is actually very good. You won’t find any distortion even at high volume levels, although it can sound a bit shrill.
The Poco F3 GT is a gaming phone which has MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 SoC under the hood which is supported by 6/8 GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128/256 GB UFS 3.1 storage.
The DImensity 1200 chipset has an octa-core CPU - 1x3.0 GHz Cortex-A78, 3x2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55. The graphical part of the workload is handled by the Mali-G77 MC9 GPU.
Moving on to the benchmark, the gaming phone scored 855 and 2,709 points in the single-core and multi-core Geekbench 5 tests, respectively. As for the AnTuTu score, the phone marked a score of 6,11,051 points. These scores are higher than its direct competitor, OnePlus Nord 2.
Camera & Photo Quality:
64MP (wide): f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.0", 0.7µm, PDAF
8 MP (ultrawide): f/2.2, 120o
2MP (macro): f/2.4.
16 MP (wide)
The shots captured with the Poco F3 GT compared to the ones clicked with Realme X7 Max 5G have more contrast. You might notice that the shadows are a bit darkened which makes the photos look really good. However, the shots taken with the X7 Max turn out to have better details and drastically less noise.
The photos clicked with the F3 GT look slightly oversharpened which is honestly quite pleasing. On the flip side, the trees and plants are a bit darkened and exhibit oversharpening in certain places in the greenery.
The image processing on the F3 GT could do better with some tweaks. The shots captured look pretty good, but the HDR processing does seem to be tad too aggressive.
The ultrawide shooter offers the same results. As a matter of fact it struggles to offer details from the shadows and display a composition with very few details. The ultrawide snapper on the X7 Max 5G is much more capable and preferable than the F3 GT.
Macro shots clicked with the Poco F3 GT have plenty of detail and the software applies a soft depth effect. Similarly, the edge detection algorithm for the portraits is quite good and the phone is capable of separating the subject from the background without breaking a sweat. The users can also set the level of blur before taking the shot.
The macro camera allows you to get close to the subject but there is a possibility of blocking the light with the smartphone if you get too close. The macro shots have great level of detail but the images saved are capped at 2MP. However, the images still have quite bright colors. Considering that, there is still a lot of room for improvement in the camera department.
The performance of the camera in low-light isn’t any better. The AI is actually quite responsive and adjusts accordingly as soon as it detects low-light. The software boosts brightness artificially, causing reflections to look weird. The stills captured with Night mode have a more natural look.
The selfie camera has the same result, with selfies that look slightly over-sharpened and crisp. The portraits from the selfie cam have good subject separation and the algorithm is capable of detecting faces even if you have a mask on.
The Poco F3 GT, although being a gaming smartphone, has a very reasonable price. The looks also radiate gaming smartphone vibes, with maglev triggers which are very unique, but sadly have very few useful places. The camera setup isn’t the best either, but it’s acceptable since the phone is performance oriented. However, overall the Poco F3 GT is a great pick if you are in the market for a gaming smartphone.
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