The Poco brand now operates independently after Xiaomi first introduced the Poco F1 smartphone in India. This smartphone offered powerful hardware at aggressive prices and found many buyers. Since then, the Poco brand has released several series for different price segments, but the original Poco F1 never received a successor in India – the Poco F3 or Redmi K40, as it is called in some other markets, has been renamed Mi 11X here. … 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 updated version of the Redmi K40 Game Enhanced Edition that was launched in China earlier this year. It is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, just like the recently launched OnePlus Nord 2, but also has magnetic start buttons to please the gamer within you. So is the Poco F3 GT just a niche phone, or is it going to be the next value champion? I need to spend some time with the Poco F3 GT and here are my first impressions.
Poco F3 GT Price in India
Poco F3 GT starts at Rs. 26,999 in India for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Poco also offers the F3 GT with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for Rs. 28,999, or 8GB RAM with 256GB storage for Rs. 30.999. The company will offer starting prices when the device first goes on sale on July 26, as well as discounts at select banks.
Poco F3 GT is a large smartphone with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display. It has Full HD + resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and supports HDR10 +. The display has thin bezels around the perimeter, which gives it a nice look. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 provides front and back protection. At the top, right in the center, is the hole for the 16MP selfie camera. This smartphone has a high aspect ratio and it is difficult to reach the top of the display by holding it in one hand.
Grab the Poco F3 GT and you will notice that it is relatively wide, but it is not a problem to grip thanks to the rounded sides. The frame of the smartphone is made of metal and has various design elements – it is curved at the sides but flat at the four corners to make it easier for your fingers to rest while watching content or playing games. The top and bottom of the frame have concave curves that also help hold the device while gaming. This phone weighs 205g and is 8.3mm thick.
The right side of the bezel is pretty busy, with a power button in the center and two sliders on the sides. They can be slid inward to release the magnetic trigger buttons on the shoulders, which would otherwise sit flush with the body. These buttons have good tactile feedback. On the left side of the frame there is a microphone and volume control buttons. The Poco F3 GT has an IR emitter, secondary microphone and speaker at the top, while the SIM tray, primary microphone, USB Type-C port and primary speaker are at the bottom.
The Poco F3 GT has a glass back that gives it a premium look and feel. It has a triple camera module in the upper left corner, consisting of a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, and a 2MP macro camera. This module also has RGB backlighting that illuminates when Game Boost is on and while the device is charging. The Predator Black I have with me has a matte finish on the back that doesn’t leave many fingerprints. Poco has also made the F3 GT IP53 dust and waterproof, so it can withstand splashes of water with regular use.
In the Poco F3 GT, you get a large 5065mAh battery. The Poco comes with a 67W charger, which is one of the most powerful chargers available at this price point. I will be testing 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 your smartphone connected while gaming – a smart addition.
Poco has opted for a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor for the F3 GT, and there are 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB RAM options. In terms of storage, you can choose between 128GB and 256GB. It has two Nano-SIM slots and storage is non-expandable.
The Poco F3 GT runs MIUI 12.5 on top of Android 11, and I had the June Android security patch on my device. The user interface is easy to use and I had no major navigation problems. It does come with a number of pre-installed apps and some of them send 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 for gamers on a budget. The launch buttons seem useful and the Dimensity 1200 SoC can run heavy games. So how do these features affect real-world gaming? Stay tuned for 360 Gadgets to learn more in our full review coming soon.