POCO F3 GT is finally here. The long-awaited POCO F series smartphone is finally here to continue the legacy of the legendary smartphone POCO F1. The actual name of the smartphone is POCO F3 GT. Let’s take a look at how good it is at continuing the legacy of POCO F1. But with a more game-centric design. Although The company claims POCO X3 pro to be the “soul” successor of F1 but features wise POCO F3 GT is looks like the successor to most.
Processor and performance
The smartphone comes equipped with MediaTek Dimensity 1200. This MediaTek chipset offers performance that is far superior to the Snapdragon 870. The newly launched OnePlus Nord 2 also houses the same processor. It comes with 6GB of RAM in its base model coupled with 128GB of storage. You do need to keep in mind that you can’t add additional storage using a Micro-SD card.
The display used is excellent; it is a “6.67-inch” panel with a 120hz refresh rate and with a touch sampling rate of 480hz, which is the highest for the segment and will enhance the User Experience quite a lot. It’s to be noted that the display used is a 10-bit Turbo AMOLED panel. What that means is that you get 1.07 billion different colors compared to 16.77 million in a traditional 8-Bit panel.
It also has support for DC dimming, for the people who often use their phone at night or in dark, it is going to adjust the lighting so it does not affect your Eyes much; I feel this should be available in every smartphone. The bezels around the smartphone are also tiny.
Speaker and Mic
And with the coupled dual stereo speaker setup this device becomes an excellent choice for content consumption and gaming. The only thing that you will feel lacking is the 3.55 Earphones Jack. Though, you do get USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box. POCO F3 GT also has 3 microphones which will further enhance your day-to-day experience and Gaming experience.
Smartphone runs on MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11 out of the box. You will most certainly get the Android 12 update by the end of 2021 along with the MIUI 13 update. Though anything is not certain at the moment, but going by the past update schedule you won’t be getting any other major software update. Though I wish that they should provide at least 2 major software upgrades to the smartphones.
“maglev” Trigger Buttons
What differentiates it from all the gaming smartphones on the market is their new “F factor”, where they are providing dedicated customizable pop-out buttons on the right side of the smartphone, which can be opened and closed using a slider. And the interesting thing is the way they have implemented this design. They are using magnets to make it work. They named them “maglev” trigger buttons.
Even with all this, they had provided a 64 MP triple camera setup. With an 8 MP Ultra-wide and 2MP macro camera for details. With some RGB lights attached near the camera. Sensor used in it is “Omnivision OV64B”. And it can shoot videos up to 4K*30FPS.
Battery and Other Features
In addition to all this, you also get the IR blaster at the top of the phones. You also get support for 5G but it only supports two 5G bands, as compared to 7 in OnePlus Nord 2, though that’s hardly of any significance as 5G is still miles away for commercial use in India. The smartphone also comes with a 67 Watt fast charger. It can charge the smartphone from 0 to 50 in around 15 minutes. From there it will reduce the charging speed to maintain the battery health. It also has a big 5075 mAh battery. And on top of that, the Phone comes with an aluminum body with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both sides.
All these things do make the smartphone a bit heavier as compared to the competitive smartphones, but considering what it has to offer to us it seems reasonable.
So, all in all, this is an excellent smartphone for Gaming and content consumption. And it is also going to be a wonderful everyday smartphone. It ticks most of the boxes right, you get all the features that you might expect from a gaming smartphone. And it is also priced very competitively. The only downside that I personally feel is the MIUI. I used to like MIUI but I don’t feel that it is for everyone. I like the stock android better. Software is an important part of the smartphone experience so MIUI itself could become a deal-breaker for some.
Its Sale starts from July 26th, 12 noon, it will be priced at Rs 26,999 but can be purchased for a thousand rupees less than the original.