Poco F3 GT Smartphone Review: Price in Pakistan 2021
Gaming smartphones not only have powerful hardware, the best models are distinguished by attention to detail: additional buttons and RGB lighting. Also, devices of this type have a high cost. However, the Poco F3 GT changes those prejudice – for a relatively low price, you get the benefits of a gaming phone.
Even the younger version of the F3 GT offers us 6/128 GB of memory and a design corresponding to gaming gadgets with side trigger keys and powerful components. In fact, Poco’s F3 GT is an advanced version of the Redmi K40 Gaming Edition.
The device runs on the new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, which is suitable for cases when you need to combine high performance and affordable price. And such a bundle will seem ideal to many.
Poco F3 GT specifications
|Screen||6.67 inches, AMOLED, 2400 x 1080, 120 Hz, HDR10 +, 500 nits typ., 20: 9 ratio (~ 395 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CPU||MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G (6nm) MT6893 Octa-core (1 × 3.0 GHz Cortex-A78 + 3 × 2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 + 4 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|RAM||6/8 GB LPDDR5|
|Inner memory||128/256 UFS 3.1, no microSD support|
|System and software||Android 11, MIUI 12.5 for POCO|
|Front camera||16-MP, HDR, panorama|
|Main camera||64-MP, f / 1.7, 26mm, wide-angle, 1 / 2.0-inch, 0.7um, PDAF + 8-MP, f / 2.2, 120˚, ultra-wide + 2-MP, f / 2.4, macro Dual LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video||Primary: 4K @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 30/60/120, 720p @ 960 fps, HDR Front: 1080p @ 30 fps, HDR|
|Communication and connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / 6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, IrDA, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go, Infrared port|
|Networks||GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900 – SIM 1 and SIM 2 3G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 4G band 1, 3, 5, 8, 40, 41 5G band 77, 78 SA / NSA|
|Sound and audio||Stereo speakers, no 3.5 mm jack, 24 bit / 192 kHz, JBL tuned|
|Security||IP53, dust and splash proof|
|Sensors||Fingerprint scanner (side), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass|
|Battery||Li-Po 5065 mAh, non-removable, fast charging 67 W (100% in 42 min.), Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 3+|
|Materials (edit)||Gorilla Glass 5 front and back|
|Size and weight||161.9 x 76.9 x 8.3mm, 205g|
|Price||From 55 thousand rupees|
Design and appearance
Smartphone design is a matter of taste, especially for the Poco F3 GT. Gamers will love the aggressive style, although some may find it too pretentious.
But, this is a gaming smartphone, so the design is appropriate here. The body is covered with toughened Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides, and the side frames are metal. On the back cover you will see the Poco logo and stripe patterns on the sides that resemble microcircuits. The LED flash is made in the form of a lightning bolt, and the cameras are surrounded by rings that can be illuminated during the game. The backlight is configurable, and it can replace the notification indicator.
On the right side are the mechanical trigger keys, top and bottom. Between them is a power button with a fingerprint scanner, and on both sides of it there is a special slider that hides the triggers inside. Although the phone weighs 205 grams, the F3 GT is comfortable to hold.
The volume keys are located here on the left side. There is no headphone jack, which is a bit strange for a gaming smartphone. Nevertheless, the kit includes a USB-C to 3.5 mm adapter, through which you can connect wired headphones. Xiaomi has provided the smartphone with IP53 splash protection and installed an infrared port on the top side.
For good musical accompaniment in games, there are stereo speakers with high volume and surprisingly high quality sound. Although the sound is slightly unbalanced, it is good for gaming, watching movies and listening to music.
The Poco F3 GT also pleases with its AMOLED screen with a high refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is important for games.
A 6.67-inch panel with a Full HD + resolution (2400 × 1080 pixels) and a polling rate of the sensor layer of 360 Hz is installed here. Unfortunately, when setting up the display, Xiaomi has made a number of strange decisions. By default, the Vivid mode is active, in which the hues are too oversaturated.
I advise you to immediately switch to the Standard color profile. Plus, out of the box, the screen has a 60Hz refresh rate, and the ambient light sensor constantly dims the brightness even when it’s not needed. All in all, you have to tinker a bit with the display settings.
Poco F3 GT cameras
On the back of the Poco F3 GT is a three-camera system: a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide angle and a 2MP macro lens.
Unfortunately, little attention has been paid to the quality of shooting here, since the cameras in this smartphone play a non-primary role. In almost every photo you will see oversharpness. While the shots look good on the phone’s display, a closer look reveals artifacts and a lack of detail.
Noise cancellation is poorly implemented, the F3 GT cameras fail to cope with white balance, as a result of which the shades are too warm. Photos taken in low light look even worse. Even Night mode does not help – to get a normal image, you need to hold the phone absolutely still. There is a lot of noise when Night mode just brightens up a little.
The macro lens was added here for advertising purposes. Make it easy to shoot close objects, the photos have very low resolution, unattractive colors and excessive sharpness. If you need a macro camera, it is better to use the main sensor.
All of these issues apply to the 16MP front camera as well. In addition, the smartphone artificially increases the exposure, which makes the shades too light. At least the boundary detection algorithms work well here.
Poco F3 GT smartphones, like Mi and Redmi, work on Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 shell. However, there are no advertisements in Poco’s interface.
MIUI 12.5 provides many customizations: you can hide or leave the app drawer, customize the lock screen, always-on display, and more. By default, the Control Center is activated, but it does not look the best – icons and fonts are huge, which is completely incompatible with the rest of the design. Fortunately, it can be turned off in the settings.
The oversaturated interface colors may not be to everyone’s liking, but they can be adjusted as well. In general, MIUI 12.5 is not for those who prefer pure Android. There are many applications from Xiaomi: browser, music player and others, as well as programs like Amazon and Facebook. However, almost all of them can be removed.
Poco F3 GT performance
Thanks to the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, the Poco F3 GT has no performance issues. Applications launch quickly and without lags, and animations are as smooth as possible everywhere.
Since this is a gaming smartphone that has to withstand much higher loads, we get quite powerful components and 6/8 GB of RAM. F3 GT will handle any mobile game without any problems. The case almost does not heat up here, unlike the same OnePlus Nord 2 .
In the GeekBench 5 benchmark, the phone scores 707 in single-core and 2713 in multi-core. The 3DMark Wild Life graphics test shows a result of 4176 points. The physical trigger keys on the sides were also very useful. They have excellent feedback, and they are much more convenient to operate than touch counterparts.
The Poco F3 GT has no issues with battery life either. The battery capacity is 5065 mAh, which is enough for a whole day of gaming, even with a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
With normal use, you can count on two days. It is impressive how slowly energy is consumed during games. One long session in Call of Duty consumes only 2-3% of the battery charge.
Included is a 67W adapter that recovers energy at a fairly high rate. The process from 0 to 100% takes only 50 minutes, alas, the F3 GT does not have wireless charging.