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Poco F3 GT Review: Only Performance Focussed?

Poco F1 was the primary smartphone to bear the Poco model in India. It supplied wonderful worth for cash and was a simple decide for these purely searching for efficiency, significantly for gaming. While Poco has develop into an unbiased firm and launched a number of sequence of smartphones since then, the Poco F1 has not had a real successor, till now. The firm has launched the Poco F3 GT in India as the following mannequin within the F sequence, and this smartphone too focuses on efficiency. So is the Poco F3 GT the brand new go-to smartphone for gaming on a price range? Or must you search for alternates? I put the Poco F3 GT to the check to seek out out.

 

Poco F3 GT worth in India

The Poco F3 GT begins at Rs. 26,999 for the bottom variant which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Poco additionally provides an 8GB RAM and 128GB storage choice at Rs. 28,999, whereas the 8GB RAM, 256GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 30,999.

Poco F3 GT design

The Poco F3 GT is huge, and it sports activities a giant 6.67-inch show with skinny bezels on the edges. It has a steel body that offers it a premium feel and appear. The 4 corners are flattened, and the highest and backside sections of the body are designed to make it snug to carry the F3 GT in panorama mode. On the suitable, the body has two sliders that may be pushed inwards to have interaction two “maglev” set off buttons. These can be utilized for gaming and so they supply good clicky suggestions. Poco has additionally positioned the ability button on the suitable. It is simple to succeed in and homes the fingerprint scanner which makes it simple to unlock the smartphone. On the left facet are quantity buttons and the third microphone.

The prime of the telephone has a grille for the second speaker, plus a secondary microphone and an IR emitter, which is a standard sight on Xiaomi smartphones. At the underside of the body is the USB Type-C port, bottom-firing speaker, major microphone, and SIM tray with two Nano-SIM slots.

The Poco F3 GT has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the back and front

 

You get Corning Gorilla Glass 5 safety on the entrance and the again, which ought to face up to day by day use. The Poco F3 GT has a triple digital camera setup on the again with a lightning bolt-shaped LED flash proper subsequent to it. This digital camera module additionally has RGB lighting and protrudes barely. There’s a steel trim round it which ought to assist forestall the lenses from getting scratched. Poco does present a case within the field.

The Poco F3 GT weighs 205g which is barely on the heavier facet. It can also be IP53 rated which implies it’s splash resistant.

Poco F3 GT specs

The Poco F3 GT boasts of highly effective {hardware}. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC and is obtainable in 6GB and 8GB RAM choices, each with 128GB of storage, and there is additionally an 8GB RAM, 256GB storage choice. I had the mid-spec variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for this evaluate. The huge 6.67-inch AMOLED show sports activities a full-HD+ decision and a 120Hz refresh price. There is assist for HDR10+ and the panel has a 240Hz contact sampling price which will get bumped as much as 480Hz when sport mode is enabled.

There is assist for 5G in addition to 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.1, and dual-band Wi-Fi. It additionally works with 5 satellite tv for pc navigation methods. The Poco F3 GT packs in an enormous 5,065mAh battery and comes with a 67W quick charger within the field. The charger is greater than regular and has a brilliant yellow cable with an L-shaped Type-C connector. This makes it simple to play video games or watch content material whereas the telephone is charging.

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Physical set off buttons make gaming participating on the F3 GT

 

In phrases of software program, the Poco F3 GT runs MUI 12.5 on prime of Android 11. My unit had the June Android safety patch however obtained an replace to the July patch throughout the evaluate interval. The Poco F3 GT comes with a good variety of preinstalled apps resembling Amazon, Facebook, GetApps, LinkedIn, Netflix, Prime Video, and a few Google apps. I discovered GetApps and Themes to be a bit spammy, pushing notifications commonly. Apart from this annoyance I had no points with the UI and located it simple to make use of.

Poco F3 GT efficiency

The Dimensity 1200 SoC can deal with something you throw at it. I might multitask and cargo heavy apps on this smartphone with none points. The 8GB RAM unit I had confirmed completely no slowdowns throughout the evaluate interval. The greater 120Hz refresh price makes scrolling by way of menus and lists inside apps very clean. There is DC dimming as properly, however it solely works when the show refresh price is about to 60Hz.

Poco’s side-mounted fingerprint scanner was fast, and wanted solely a single faucet to unlock the machine. Face recognition on the Poco F3 GT was fast as properly. The huge AMOLED show had good viewing angles and was brilliant sufficient to be seen outdoor. The stereo audio system on the machine enhanced the video-watching expertise. Poco’s RGB lighting across the digital camera module kicks in whereas the telephone is charging and when sport mode is enabled. It additionally pulses to indicate pending notifications and incoming calls.

I put this telephone by way of benchmarks and it did properly. In AnTuTu, the F3 GT scored 6,11,051 factors. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks, it scored 855 and a couple of,709 factors respectively. The Poco F3 GT additionally managed 38fps and 117fps in GFXBench’s Car Chase and T-Rex benchmarks respectively. These scores are greater than these of the equally priced OnePlus Nord 2 (Review), which I examined lately.

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The 67W bundled charger has an L-shaped connector

 

Coming to gaming, I performed Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on the Poco F3 GT and it defaulted to the HD graphics preset and excessive body price. The sport was playable at these settings with none lag or stutter. The Poco F3 GT’s bodily set off buttons made gaming extra participating, and so did the stereo audio system. I performed the sport for 20 minutes and observed a three % battery drop. The machine additionally obtained barely heat to the contact.

Battery life on the Poco F3 GT was fairly good and the telephone lasted me a couple of day and a half without having to be plugged in. In our HD video loop check, the Poco F3 GT managed to run for 17 hours and 36 minutes. When it did run out of juice, the provided 67W quick charger was able to charging it as much as 72 % in 30 minutes, and it took about 47 minutes to cost totally.

Poco F3 GT cameras

The Poco F3 GT packs a triple digital camera setup on the again consisting of a 64-megapixel major digital camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle digital camera, and a 2-megapixel macro digital camera. For selfies it has a 16-megapixel shooter. The digital camera app is fairly simple and simple to make use of. It has a fast toggle for AI scene detection and HDR. Switching between completely different taking pictures modes may be very simple and it additionally enables you to activate filters earlier than taking a shot.

Daylight photographs had first rate particulars however the F3 GT tends to sharpen them which makes them look synthetic. The dynamic vary was acceptable however not nice. With the ultra-wide angle digital camera you possibly can seize a a lot wider subject of view however the picture high quality is not pretty much as good as with the first digital camera. The output is not as crisp as with the first digital camera, and it is best used solely when wanted.

Poco F3 GT daylight digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Poco F3 GT daylight ultra-wide angle digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Close-up photographs taken with the Poco F3 GT had good element, and the telephone utilized a smooth depth impact. Similarly for portraits, edge detection was fairly good and the telephone might separate the topic from the background appropriately. It additionally let me set the extent of background blur earlier than taking the shot. The macro digital camera on the Poco F3 GT enables you to get near a topic however there may be the opportunity of blocking gentle with the smartphone should you get too shut. Macro photographs had good element and even tiny textual content on a coin was seen, however the output is capped at 2 megapixels.

Poco F3 GT close-up digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Poco F3 GT portrait digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Poco F3 GT macro digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Low-light digital camera efficiency was strictly common. The AI was fast to detect low gentle and set the digital camera up accordingly. It boosted brightness within the picture artificially inflicting reflections to look bizarre. Photos shot with Night mode appeared extra pure.

Poco F3 GT low-light digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

Poco F3 GT Night mode digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Selfies taken with the Poco F3 GT have been crisp, though barely sharpened. Selfie portraits had good edge detection and the smartphone might detect faces even with masks on.

Poco F3 GT low-light selfie portrait digital camera pattern (faucet to see full dimension)

 

Video recording tops out at 4K 30fps for the first digital camera. Footage shot in daylight was stabilised at 4K in addition to 1080p. Footage shot in low gentle had shimmer within the output.

Verdict

The Poco F3 GT is a recent addition to the Poco F sequence after a very long time. You get excellent efficiency for the value, and the massive battery coupled with quick charging sweetens the deal additional. The Poco F1 (Review) didn’t have the most effective cameras and the brand new Poco F3 GT would not both – by way of photograph high quality, it got here second in most situations after I in contrast it to the OnePlus Nord 2.

If you need to play video games in your smartphone, the Poco F3 GT is an effective companion. It has bodily set off buttons, stereo audio system, and an AMOLED show with 120Hz refresh price. On the opposite hand if you’d like an all-rounder on this worth phase, check out the OnePlus Nord 2.

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