Gaming smartphones all provide loads of energy, however the perfect lower above the competitors with helpful extras like further 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 section all whereas including a bevy of {hardware} options certain 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 machine.

About this Poco F3 GT evaluate: I examined the Poco F3 GT over a interval of seven days. It was operating Android 11 with MIUI 12.5.4.0 and the July 2021 safety patch. The unit was supplied by Poco India for this evaluate.

What it is advisable 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 in opposition to rivals just like the OnePlus Nord 2 and Realme X7 Professional.

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The Poco F3 GT is the most recent to affix the slightly crowded record of Mediatek Dimensity 1200-packing smartphones. The Taiwanese firm’s highly effective chipset has confirmed to be a succesful answer for smartphones trying 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 probably the most demanding makes use of. The Poco F3 GT positively has the credentials to stay 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 received the Gunmetal model in for evaluate. The corporate hasn’t introduced any plans to promote the cellphone outdoors 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. Avid gamers will probably respect the aggressive design, however for those who, like me, want one thing a bit extra minimalistic, this ain’t it. That stated, you possibly can’t actually fault Poco for enjoying 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 digicam 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 alter 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 suitable 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 straightforward 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 high and an IP53 score for splash resistance, in addition to stereo audio system. I got here away slightly 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 swap over to a excessive refresh price AMOLED panel comes as a greater than welcome addition. Actually, 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 price to match on-screen content material.

The {hardware} is nice and appears improbable 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 — it is a gaming cellphone in any case — 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 select a flaw within the Poco F3 GT from a design standpoint. Its received all of the bells and whistles you possibly can 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 screen actual property with minimal bezels and a central punch-hole entrance digicam. It’s not a small cellphone, however the measurement works for the meant demographic, and the top-tier gaming triggers (extra on these later) go a good distance in direction of setting the {hardware} other than 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 issues 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 little bit more durable.

I put it via the wringer with a number of rounds of Name of Responsibility: Cellular and Actual Flight Simulator, my most popular cellular 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 reveals 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 probably the most prolific smartphone gamer however even I noticed a big enchancment in my efficiency. The buttons are sufficiently tactile and are a big step above capacitive controls you discover on most gaming telephones. Mapping the controllers is as straightforward as dragging two touchpoints to the suitable touchscreen controls. The slider mechanism to stow away the buttons can 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 attainable to mute all notifications, tweak community bandwidth and contact latency, and filter the RAM at launch. Moreover, Poco has added non-obligatory enhancements for chosen video games like Name of Responsibility. These embody visible tweaks to reinforce 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 properly 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 median spherical of Name of Responsibility: 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 slightly restricted with capturing 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 practically each shot from the cellphone. This makes the picture pop on the display screen, however zooming in nearer reveals vital artifacts across the edges of objects. This extends to noise discount as properly, the place low-level particulars are utterly misplaced.

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

Restricted to 8MP, the ultra-wide digicam doesn’t resolve an entire lot of element for those who prefer to zoom in to photographs. Moreover, there may be noticeable lens distortion the additional you progress away from the middle of the shot. The ultra-wide digicam will suffice in a pinch but it surely doesn’t provide a lot, if any, enchancment over the competitors.

Low gentle photographs from the Poco F3 GT aren’t superb in any respect. This extends to the devoted night time mode the place the digicam is unable to seize a pointy picture except you might have rock-steady fingers. Whatever the mode, you’ll observe vital digital noise in low-light pictures. The night time mode shot, whereas brighter, isn’t significantly 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 digicam 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. Truthfully, you’ll get higher outcomes capturing within the 64MP mode from the first digicam 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 wonderful 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 digicam on the Poco F3 GT shares the identical traits because the rear-facing digicam. Moreover, HDR efficiency is slightly lackluster, as you’ll discover from the burnt-out highlights. It seems that the digicam 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 a couple of instances.

Video seize is on par with competing telephones. The shortage of a 4K at 60fps possibility is, nevertheless, a giant miss. Captured footage tends to have a touch of oversaturation and additional sharpening, identical to the photographs. It seems good in respectable 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 personalisation. This begins from the house display screen that may be tweaked to indicate or conceal 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 screen, 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 middle 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 feel and appear of the remainder of the cellphone. It’s, nevertheless, attainable to change it off.

Poco F3 GT notifications shade

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I’m additionally not a giant fan of a number of the default decisions just like the oversaturated colours, however these are straightforward sufficient to repair. This, nevertheless, 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 might 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 help wi-fi charging, however that’s to be anticipated at this value.
  • 5G help: The Poco F3 GT boasts 5G help on the sub-6GHz spectrum. This could make the cellphone able to go as soon as community rollouts begin in India. Band help is, nevertheless, restricted to simply N77 and N78.
  • Software program help: 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 provided by the competitors, and Poco India must do higher.
  • No headphone jack: The overwhelming majority of gaming telephones embody a headphone jack on the machine, so the dearth of 1 here’s a bit stunning. 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 wanting 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 price
360Hz contact sampling price
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass 5
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 1200
GPU Mali G-77 MC9
RAM Min: 6GB LPDDR5
Max: 8GB LPDDR5
Storage Min: 128GB UFS 3.1
Min: 256GB UFS 3.1
No microSD card help
Energy 5,065mAh battery
67W quick wired charging
In-box 67W charger
Cameras Rear:
64MP essential, 1.4μm, ƒ/1.65
Auto-focus
8MP ultra-wide
120-degree FoV, ƒ/2.2
2MP macro
Auto-focus (3cm – 7cm), ƒ/2.4
Entrance:
16MP
Audio Twin audio system
Dolby Atmos
No headphone jack
Connectivity USB-C
Twin-SIM
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC help
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 Facet-mounted fingerprint sensor
Face unlock (insecure)
IP53 score
Software program Android 11
MIUI 12.5 for Poco
Dimensions and weight 161.9 x 76.9 x 8.3mm
205g
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. Meaning it is received a 120Hz OLED display screen, 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 provides distinctive worth for a sure form of purchaser. If efficiency is your main standards when shopping for a cellphone then the oodles of energy provided by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 and the efficient cooling answer make the Poco F3 GT a wonderful possibility for smartphone players. Nevertheless, if you’re searching for a extra well-rounded smartphone possibility, there are alternate options to think about.

The obvious one is the OnePlus Nord 2 (£399/€419/Rs. 29,999). Whereas the spec sheet is remarkably related, the OnePlus Nord 2 takes a barely totally different strategy with its cleaner software program construct, premium design, and noticeably higher digicam 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 digicam makes up for it.

You can additionally take into account a true-blue gaming cellphone just like the Asus ROG Telephone 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 big 6000mAh battery to match it up, and a 6.78-inch 144Hz AMOLED show.

Poco F3 GT evaluate: The decision

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The Poco F3 GT is a triumphant return to the formulation 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 fitted to its meant viewers: players.

The Poco F3 GT is a triumphant return to the corporate’s profitable formulation, and is a simple advice for smartphone players searching for worth.

From the sheer efficiency provided 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 advice for nearly anybody searching for a brand new mid-range smartphone.