Poco F3 GT First Impressions: A New Kind of Gaming Phone
The Poco brand now operates independently, after Xiaomi first launched the Poco F1 smartphone in India. This smartphone offered powerful hardware at aggressive prices and found many buyers. The Poco brand has since launched several series to cater for different price segments, but the original Poco F1 never had a successor in India – the Poco F3, or Redmi K40, as it is called in some other markets. , was renamed here Mi 11X. . Now, almost three years after the launch of F1, Poco has finally added another smartphone to the F series, and it’s called the Poco F3 GT.
This new smartphone looks like an improved edition of the Redmi K40 game, which launched in China earlier this year. It’s powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor just like the recently launched OnePlus Nord 2, but also has magnetic trigger buttons to please the gamer in you. So, is the Poco F3 GT just a niche phone, or will it be the next value champion? I was able to spend some time with the Poco F3 GT and here are my first impressions.
Poco F3 GT price in India
The Poco F3 GT starts at Rs. 26,999 in India for the base variant which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Poco also offers the F3 GT with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 28,999 or 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage for Rs. 30,999. The company will offer introductory pricing when first released. sale of the device on July 26, as well as discount offers from some banks.
The Poco F3 GT is a big smartphone and sports a 6.67-inch AMOLED display. It has Full HD + resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and support for HDR10 +. The screen has fine bezels all around, which makes it look nice. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for front and back protection. At the top, right in the center, is the hole for the 16-megapixel selfie camera. This smartphone has a high aspect ratio and reaching the top of the screen while holding it in one hand is difficult.
Take the Poco F3 GT and you’ll notice it’s relatively wide, but its grip isn’t a problem thanks to its rounded sides. The smartphone frame is made of metal and features different design elements – it is curved on the sides but flat at all four corners to make it easier for your fingers to rest while watching content or playing games. The top and bottom sections of the frame have concave curves which also help grip while gaming. This phone weighs 205g and is 8.3mm thick.
The right side of the frame is quite busy, with the power button near the center and two sliders on either side. These can be slid inward to release the magnetic release buttons on the shoulders, which otherwise are flush with the body. These buttons have good tactile feedback. On the left side of the frame is a microphone and the volume buttons. At the top, the Poco F3 GT has an IR emitter, secondary microphone and speaker, while the SIM tray, primary microphone, USB Type-C port and primary speaker are find at the bottom.
The Poco F3 GT has a glass back which gives it a premium look and feel. It has a triple camera module in the upper left corner, which consists of a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. This module also has RGB lights that light up when Game Boost is activated and while the device is charging. The Predator Black unit I have with me has a matte finish on the back that didn’t take a lot of fingerprints. Poco has also made the F3 GT IP53 dust and water resistant so that it can withstand splashing water during regular use.
You get a big 5,065mAh battery in the Poco F3 GT. Poco has a 67W charger in the box, which is among the most powerful chargers available at this price. I will test the charging speed during the full review. You also get a bright yellow USB cable with a 90-degree USB Type-C connector that makes it easy to keep the smartphone plugged in while gaming – a thoughtful addition.
Poco opted for the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor for the F3 GT and there are 6 GB, 8 GB and 12 GB RAM options. In terms of storage, you can choose between 128 GB and 256 GB. It has two slots. Nano-SIM and the storage is not expandable.
The Poco F3 GT runs MIUI 12.5 on Android 11 and my unit had the June Android security patch. The user interface is easy to use and I didn’t have any major issues while browsing. It comes with a number of apps preinstalled, and a few of them sent out spam notifications. Besides Google apps, you also have Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Xiaomi apps like Mi Pay, Mi Credit, Themes, and GetApps.
With the F3 GT, it looks like Poco wants to use dedicated hardware to target gamers on a budget. The trigger buttons seem useful and the SoC Dimensity 1200 has the potential to run heavy titles. So how do these features affect real-world gaming? Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 to find out in our full review, coming soon.