Poco F3 GT: The Poco F3 GT has an IP53 rating which means that it is splash-resistant
Poco F1 was India’s first smartphone to carry the Poco brand. It was a great value and a good choice for people who were only looking for high-performance, especially for gaming.
Although Poco has launched many series of smartphones and has been an independent company, the Poco F1 still hasn’t had a successor. As the next model of the F series, the Poco F3 GT was launched in India. This smartphone is also focused on performance.
The Poco F3 GT is now the go-to smartphone when you want to play on a tight budget. Do you need to look at other options? To find out, I tested the Poco F3 GT.
Poco F3 GT price in India
The Poco F3 GT is priced at Rs. The base variant, which comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, starts at Rs. 26,999. Poco also offers an 8GB RAM option and 128GB storage option for Rs. The 8GB RAM variant with 256GB storage is priced at Rs. 28,999. 30,999
Poco F3 GT design
The Poco F3 GT’s display is large, measuring 6.67 inches. It has thin bezels at the sides. The metal frame gives it a premium feel and look. The frame’s four corners are flattened and the top and bottom sections are designed to allow the F3 GT to be held in landscape mode.
To engage the two “maglev trigger buttons”, the frame’s right-hand side has two sliders. These are great for gaming and provide good clicky feedback. Poco also placed the power button to the right. It’s easy to find and houses the fingerprint scanner, which makes it simple to unlock your smartphone. The volume buttons and third microphone are located on the left.
A grille covers the second speaker and a secondary microphone. An IR emitter is also located on the top of the phone. This is a common feature on Xiaomi smartphones. The bottom of the phone has a USB Type-C port and a primary microphone. There is also a SIM tray with two Nano-SIM slots.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection is provided at the front and back. This should be able to withstand everyday use. The Poco F3 GT features a triple camera setup in the back, with an LED flash that is shaped like a lightning bolt next to it. The camera module has RGB lighting and protrudes slightly. It has a metal trim that should protect the lenses from being scratched. Poco includes a protective case.
Poco F3 GT is slightly heavier at 205g. It has an IP53 rating which means that it can withstand splashes.
Specifications for Poco F3 GT
The Poco F3 GT is equipped with powerful hardware. The MediaTek Dimensity1200 SoC powers it. It comes in six and eight GB RAM options. Both have 128GB of storage. There’s also an option with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. For this review, I used the mid-spec version with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The 6.67-inch AMOLED screen has a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh speed. The panel supports HDR10+ and has a touch sampling rate of 240Hz, increasing to 480Hz when the game mode is activated.
It supports both 5G and 4G VoLTE as well as Bluetooth 5.1 and dual-band WiFi. The device can also be used with five satellite navigation systems. The Poco F3 GT comes with a massive 5,065mAh battery and a 67W fast charging cable.
This charger is larger than normal and features a bright yellow cable that has an L-shaped Type C connector. It is easy to watch videos or play games while your phone charges.
Poco F3 GT performance
Diversity 1200 SoC is capable of handling any task. This smartphone was able to multitask and load large apps without any problems. During the review, I experienced no slowdowns in my 8GB RAM unit. Scrolling through apps’ menus and lists is made much easier by the 120Hz refresh rate. DC dimming is also available, but only when the display refresh rate exceeds 60Hz.
Poco’s side-mounted fingerprint scanner was fast and only required one tap to unlock the device. The Poco F3 GT also had fast face recognition. The large AMOLED screen was bright enough to see outdoors and had excellent viewing angles.
Stereo speakers enhanced the video viewing experience. The RGB lighting of Poco around the camera module activates when the phone is charged and game mode is turned on. It pulses to display pending notifications as well as incoming calls.
This phone passed benchmarks. It did very well. The F3 GT scored 6,11 051 points in AnTuTu. It scored 855 points in Geekbench 5 single-core and multi-core tests.
In GFXBench’s Car Chase benchmark and T-Rex benchmark, the Poco F3 GT achieved 38 fps and 117 fps, respectively. These scores are significantly higher than the OnePlus Nord 2 (Review), which I recently tested.
Gaming was my focus. I tried Battlegrounds Mobile India on the Poco F3 GT. It defaulted to the HD graphics preset with high frame rates. These settings were easy to use without stuttering or lag.
Gaming was more enjoyable with the Poco F3 GT’s tactile trigger buttons and stereo speakers. After 20 minutes of playing, I noticed a 3 percent drop in battery life. It also became slightly warmer to the touch.
The battery life of the Poco F3 GT was very good. It lasted me for about a day without the need to be plugged into. The Poco F3 GT ran for 17 hours and 36 mins in our HD video loop test. The supplied 67W fast charger, which can charge up to 72 percent in just 30 minutes, was able to fully charge it in 47 minutes.
Poco F3 GT cameras
The Poco F3 GT has a triple camera setup in the back. It includes a 64-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. There is also a 2-megapixel macro camera. It also has a 16-megapixel camera for selfies.
It is simple to use and straightforward. You can toggle between HDR and AI scene detection. It makes it easy to switch between shooting modes and activate filters before you take a shot.
Even though daylight shots were clear, the F3 GT tends to sharpen them making them appear artificial. Although the dynamic range was good, it wasn’t great.
The ultra-wide-angle camera can capture a wider field of view, but the image quality isn’t as good as the primary camera. It’s not as sharp as the primary camera’s output so it should only be used when absolutely necessary.
The Poco F3 GT took close-up photos with good detail. It also applied soft depth effects to the images. The edge detection in portraits was excellent and the phone could correctly separate the subject from the background. I could also adjust the background blur level before taking the shot.
You can get very close to your subject with the macro camera on the Poco F3 GT, but the smartphone may block light if you get too close. The macro shots were clear and visible even with tiny text. However, the maximum output is limited to 2 megapixels.
The low-light performance of the camera was only average. The camera was set up according to low light conditions by the AI. Artificially increasing the brightness of the image caused reflections to appear strange. Night mode photos looked natural.
The Poco F3 GT took sharp, crisp selfies. The smartphone was able to detect faces even when they were covered with masks, and it did a good job of capturing selfie portraits.
The primary camera records at 4K 30fps. Footage taken in daylight was stabilized at both 4K and 1080p. Low light footage produced shimmering effects.
After a long wait, the Poco F3 GT is now available. The price is very reasonable for the performance, and the large battery combined with fast charging makes it even more attractive. The Poco F1Rs 17,000, did not have the best camera, and the Poco F3 GT does not. In terms of photo quality, it was second to the OnePlus Nord 2 in most situations.
The Poco F3 GT is an excellent companion for those who want to play games on their smartphone. The device has stereo speakers, physical trigger buttons, and an AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The OnePlus Nord 2 is a more versatile option in this price range.
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