Poco X3 GT 5G Review, & Retail Price in Pakistan 2021
Poco has released another monster smartphone to international markets, although this is an old device modified by Xiaomi with a new name. And this time the situation is more confusing – Poco X3 GT 5G is an updated version of Redmi Note 10 Pro, but not the international, but the Sino-Asian version, with a new name.
Be that as it may, the Xiaomi Poco X3 GT is another excellent smartphone in terms of value for money. I found out if Xiaomi’s wards managed to offer users everything they needed again, reducing the price to a minimum. And why the new Poco smartphone is better than the offerings of OnePlus, OPPO and Realme.
Poco X3 GT 5G Specifications
|Screen||6.60-inch LCD IPS, 2400 x 1080 resolution, 399 ppi, 120 Hz refresh rate, HDR10, 450 nits typical brightness, 20: 9 aspect ratio|
|CPU||MediaTek Dimensity 1100 5G MT6891Z (6nm): Octa-core (4 × 2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 + 4 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Graphic arts||Mali-G77 MC9|
|RAM||8 GB LPDDR4X|
|Inner memory||128/256 GB UFS 3.1|
|System and software||Android 11, MIUI 12.5 for POCO|
|Main camera||64-MP, wide-angle, f / 1.8, 26mm, 1 / 1.97-inch, 0.7 μm, PDAF + 8-MP, ultra-wide-angle, f / 2.2, 120˚, 1 / 4.0-inch , 1.12um + 2-MP, macro, f / 2.4|
|Front camera||16-MP, wide-angle, f / 2.5, 1 / 3.06-inch, 1.0um|
|Video recording||Primary: 4K @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 30/60/120 fps; Front: 1080p @ 30 fps, 720p @ 120 fps, 960 fps|
|Sound||Stereo speakers, no 3.5mm jack, 24-bit / 192kHz audio tuned by JBL|
|Communication and connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / 6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS, Infrared port|
|Networks||GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G|
|Security||IP53, dust and splash proof|
|Sensors||Fingerprint scanner (side), accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, color gamut sensor, virtual proximity sensing|
|Connector||USB Type-C 2.0|
|Battery||5000 mAh; Fast Charge 67W, 100% in 42min (Touted), USB Power Delivery 3.0|
|Materials (edit)||Gorilla Glass Victus on the front, plastic frame and back|
|Body colors||Black, blue, white|
|Dimensions and weight||163.3 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, 193 grams|
|Price||From 55 thousand rupees|
Unboxing and packaging
The Poco X3 GT smartphone comes in a black paper box with a fairly rich content.
Inside the box you will find:
- Silicone Case
- USB Type-C cable
- 67W power adapter
- USB-C to 3.5mm adapter
- Documentation and Poco sticker set.
Basically Poco has added everything it needs, although potential buyers will need stickers the most, right?
Design and features
Xiaomi Poco X3 GT 5G at first glance leaves conflicting impressions about itself, however, not at all bad.
Taking the smartphone out of the box, you will see a glossy plastic case that collects fingerprints like a magnet. However, as soon as you launch the device, everything changes, and you are presented with an almost borderless screen with incredibly smooth animations. In addition, the X3 GT uses X-Axis vibration motors for superior feedback. In this aspect, the device is not inferior even to flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra .
Perhaps the plastic body feels cheap – lacking the nice cool aluminum feel that more expensive models have. However, for me, plastic is more practical and more convenient than glass in practice. Weighing 193 grams, Poco’s X3 GT feels lightweight and comfortable to hold even with one hand. But, compared to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, the sides are too sharp. and the design in some aspects betrays belonging to the budget segment.
Almost the entire front is occupied by a 6.6-inch LCD screen, at the top of which there is a tiny hole for a 16MP selfie camera. The good news is that the GT has improved display backlighting, even around the notch. The frames on the sides are thin, above the panel there is a grill of one of the stereo speakers, which also serves as a spoken emitter. The front grill is not the only sound hole, there is a larger grille on the top edge, symmetrical to the bottom one.
Poco X3 GT 5G 6.6-inch IPS LCD, similar to what we saw on the Poco X3 NFC and Poco X3 Pro .
Poco X3 GT 5G Screen
The panel has a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels (399 ppi), supports HDR10 technology, an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz and a layer rate of 240 Hz. Poco promises 450 nits of brightness under normal conditions, when measured and manually adjusted, the display peaked at 430 nits. In automatic mode (sunlight), the result reaches 537 nits, like the X3 Pro.
Poco X3 GT 5G display
Black levels are among the deepest on an LCD, with an excellent contrast of 1400: 1. The minimum brightness is an incredible 0.9 nits at the white point. Display settings offer three modes – Auto (default), Vivid and Standard – each adapted to a specific color space.
Auto covers DCI-P3, adjusting colors to match lighting (like Apple’s True Tone), the picture may be bluish and inaccurate. Vivid mode makes the color more vivid, if you need accuracy, use Auto, adjusting further. The default setting is sRGB with good color fidelity (average deltaE 3.2).
Poco X3 GT 5G screen frequency
There are two refresh rate settings available – Standard (60 Hz) and High (120 Hz). The latter is adaptive and supports 30Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz. Thus, when using 120Hz mode, you will only get a 120Hz refresh rate when you touch the screen or through the user interface. A few seconds after the interaction, the frequency will drop to 50 Hz, although not always.
Poco X3 GT Cameras
The shooting quality of the Xiaomi Poco X3 GT is not bad, especially for its price segment.
Poco X3 GT 5G Cameras
The main camera is a 64MP OmniVision OV64B 1/2 inch with a Quad-Bayer filter, fast focusing and rich colors. The 8MP 1/4-inch ultra-wide-angle lens is weak, although Xiaomi’s processing algorithms improve the results. The 2MP macro lens allows you to take decent photos at close range, although it does not reach the flagships.
Poco X3 GT 5G camera
Pleased with the various modes of the camera application, which has recently become a hallmark of Xiaomi smartphones. The user has access to the “cloning” function, where you can place the same person in the frame several times. The AI Sky mode also remained.
Software Poco X3 GT
Poco X3 GT runs on Android 11 operating system with MIUI 12.5.2 shell, version – MIUI for POCO, it has some differences.
Poco X3 GT 5G System
The main change is that by default the notification bar is split into two parts. Swiping from the right half of the screen will open the Control Center with icons, just like in iOS. To see notifications, you need to swipe from the left side of the display. Not everyone will like this approach – fortunately, in the settings you can return to the familiar Android notification panel.
Xiaomi has added some interesting features of its own to the X3 GT 5G interface. For example, you can take a screenshot of a part of the screen, of any shape, by long pressing the screen with three fingers. But the one-handed mode is still poorly implemented; only standard keys on the display are available for navigation, not gestures.
MIUI 12 also supports dark mode, you can even use it for wallpaper or limit it for incompatible apps to choose from. The system is fully optimized for high refresh rate displays and looks great on the Poco X3 GT. Everything works smoothly and quickly; animation is unobtrusive, attention to detail is impressive.
The international ROM version for Poco X3 GT comes with built-in advertising recommendations. However, even if they were enabled by default, you can disable everything.
Should you buy Poco X3 GT?
The new Poco X3 GT is one of the best smartphones in the price segment under 55 thousand rupees. You get a great device with a well-thought-out premium feature set at a bargain price. What else does?
Poco X3 GT 5G Camera Module
Standard 16MP shots from the main lens look great, detail is plentiful, colors are accurate, and the processing, while a bit aggressive, isn’t a problem. The images are balanced and natural. Overall, these are some of the best photos I’ve seen in a while, not just in the mid-range.
There is an AI (artificial intelligence) mode, it basically increases the contrast and colors depending on the scene. A 2x switch in the viewfinder uses digital zoom by framing and zooming. Photos look normal on the phone screen, but not at full resolution. A 64-megapixel mode is available, with excellent high-definition results.
The main camera can capture decent portrait shots, proving that depth sensors (not on the X3 GT) add almost nothing to mobile photography. Subjects look detailed, colors are great, and subject blur and separation are good.
The Poco X3 GT 5G can take good ultra-wide 8MP photos. Their detail is excellent given the tiny sensor when the contrast is decent. There is less noise than expected and the dynamic range is wide, even without HDR. However, the colors are not as accurate – the photos are warm and the colors are dimmer than they should be.