Poco F3 GT review: an impressive gaming phone
The first-generation Poco F series launched with great fanfare in August 2018. It came with a powerful processor, large battery capacity, rugged shell, and yet cost half the cost of competing branded phones. Poco F1 was an instant hit, but for unknown reasons the company couldn’t find a successor the following year and the following year.
Following Xiaomi’s split in 2020, Poco started the new solo journey with mid-range Poco X and budget Poco C series models. They too have received a good response from consumers.
Finally, in the second half of 2021, the company introduced the F3 GT, a gaming phone with a special design and internal hardware capable of delivering the goods. Does it live up to the hype, let us check it out.
Design, build quality and display
I would like to reiterate what I said in the first impression article; Poco F3 GT is very unique compared to its rivals. It displays a beautiful Slipstream design and features an anti-fingerprint matte finish providing a premium touch experience.
It sports a sturdy aluminum alloy frame with beautifully designed flat corners and concave curves at the base and chiseled finishes on the sides. It has two sliders on the right side, one on the top and one on the bottom with a fingerprint sensor in the center. Using the sliders, users can pop up the retractable Maglev trigger buttons on the sides and use them to play games. When not in use, the sliders can retract the knobs into position and they are flush with the frame to maintain a smooth finish.
The two extra buttons are a big bonus for fans of mobile games. They provide great convenience for playing games like Battlegrounds Mobile India, Asphalt 9: Legends and others. We can put our thumbs and forefingers on the frame and play for hours without any fatigue issues like cramps and pain.
Plus, the two speakers are each placed on top and the base does its job well. Even the side-mounted fingerprint sensor is blazingly fast and accurately recognizes the fingerprint with a low false rejection rate (FRR).
Our review unit is a Gunmetal Silver model and it looks beautiful in the sun. It is one of the best looking upper middle class phones (Rs 20,000 and Rs 40,000).
The engineers at Poco did a fantastic job with the two-color LED flash, which is shaped like a lightning bolt. Also, the top and bottom caps of the camera will light up red while charging, it looks very pretty.
The design of the triple camera ll module is well protected and the curved capsule design adds value to the design language of the Poco F3 GT.
The company offers a clear silicone cover with a retail box as well as a bright yellow Type-C cable charging cable with a cap and a 67W adapter.
Up front, it sports a bright 6.67-inch Full HD + (2400 x 1080p) AMOLED display with a pixel density of 395 ppi (pixels per inch). It offers a maximum brightness of 500 nits and supports a display refresh rate of 120Hz and HDR10 + content. The screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 shield.
I had a great time watching documentaries on the Poco F3 GT. It manages to reproduce the darker shades of black colors well and besides, the high refresh rate makes gaming and internet surfing a pleasant experience.
Poco F3 GT houses a 6nm class MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 octa-core processor (with 5G modem) supported by MIUI 12.5 operating system based on Android 11, 6 GB / 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB / 256 GB of storage.
It works flawlessly, never once the device has shown the slightest sign of lagging behind and, more importantly, the Poco F3 GT has never overheated once. I played Asphalt 9: Legends for almost an hour, which I only did to test the device’s heat dissipation ability. It came out brilliantly in our testing. The phone got a little hot near the camera bump, but it never felt overwhelming at all. I’ve seen phones costing over Rs 40,000 heat up in just 15 minutes, but the Poco F3 GT excelled in that aspect.
It should be noted that the company has incorporated aerospace-grade vapor chamber cooling technology into the F3 GT. It features 8-layer graphite sheets for faster heat dissipation to keep the device temperature 2 degrees Celsius lower than phones without this system.
However, when charging the Poco F3 GT with a 67W charger, which incidentally comes with the retail box, the phone got more heated. It doesn’t matter if you left the device to charge it.
When it comes to battery life, it has consistently provided a day and a half of screen time under normal use.
By the way, it takes about an hour 10 minutes to fully charge the phone (capacity: 5,065mAh) from zero to 100%.
The Poco F3 GT has a three-camera module: 64MP (f / 1.65) + 8MP (f / 2.2) main lens 119 degree ultra wide-angle lens + 2MP macro camera (f / 2.4) with LED flash at the back.
Most gaming phones on the market lack proper camera hardware, but Poco hasn’t cut corners with the F3 GT. He did an amazing job with all three sensors.
As you can see from the sample photos, they look beautiful under normal lighting conditions. The phone takes very good photos with a bokeh effect even in normal mode. The background becomes blurry and yet looks so natural. The white Nandi Battalu (aka Crape Jasmine) is so beautiful.
The other photos in wide angle, macro (close-up) and night modes also look great. The phone does a great job of capturing a large amount of subject and landscape detail in the frame.
Up front, it features a 16 MP snapper and takes decent selfies in all lighting conditions. The camera app’s native filters and editing tools add value to the photographic experience.
After an agonizing two-year wait, Poco introduced the F-series phone to India. After fully examining the phone, I’m happy to see that the wait seems worth it.
First of all, the wake design language is not only visually pleasing to the eyes, but also provides a premium tactile experience. The two additional ergonomically placed buttons, one each placed at opposite ends on the right side, make gaming an even more enjoyable experience.
Plus, the Poco F3 GT’s camera hardware is commendable.
Overall, the smooth running ability thanks to the vapor chamber cooling technology makes the Poco F3 GT a compelling phone for gaming.
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