Poco F1 was the first smartphone to carry the Poco brand in India. It offered great value for money and was an easy choice for those looking for performance only, especially gaming. While Poco has become an independent company and has launched several series of smartphones since then, the Poco F1 has not had a real successor, until now. The company launched the Poco F3 GT in India as the next model of the F series, and this smartphone also focuses on performance. So, is the Poco F3 GT the new must-have smartphone for budget gaming? Or should you look for alternatives? I put the Poco F3 GT to the test to find out.
Poco F3 GT price in India
The Poco F3 GT starts at Rs. 26,999 for the base variant which has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Poco also offers an 8GB RAM and 128GB storage option at Rs. 28,999, while the 8GB RAM, 256GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 30,999.
Design of the Poco F3 GT
The Poco F3 GT is big, and it sports a large 6.67-inch screen with thin bezels on the sides. It has a metal frame which gives it a premium look and feel. All four corners are flattened and the top and bottom sections of the frame are designed to comfortably hold the F3 GT in landscape mode. On the right, the frame has two sliders which can be pushed inward to engage two “maglev” trigger buttons. These can be used for games and provide good clickable feedback. Poco has also positioned the power button on the right. It is easy to access and houses the fingerprint reader which makes it easy to unlock the smartphone. On the left side are the volume buttons and the third microphone.
The top of the phone has a grille for the second speaker, as well as a secondary microphone and infrared emitter, which is common on Xiaomi smartphones. At the bottom of the frame are the USB Type-C port, the bottom speaker, the main microphone, and the SIM tray with two Nano-SIM slots.
You get Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back, which should stand up to everyday use. The Poco F3 GT has a triple camera setup on the back with a lightning-shaped LED flash right next to it. This camera module also has RGB lighting and protrudes slightly. There is a metal trim around which should help prevent the lenses from getting scratched. Poco provides a case in the box.
The Poco F3 GT weighs 205g, which is slightly heavier. It is also rated IP53 which means it is splash proof.
Poco F3 GT Specifications
The Poco F3 GT has powerful hardware. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC and comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM options, both with 128GB of storage, and there is also an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage option. had the mid-range variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for this review. The large 6.67-inch AMOLED display sports Full HD + resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. HDR10 + is supported and the panel has a 240Hz touch-sensitive sample rate that changes to 480Hz when in the mode. game is activated.
There is support for 5G as well as 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.1, and dual band Wi-Fi. It also works with five satellite navigation systems. The Poco F3 GT packs a massive 5,065mAh battery and comes with a 67W fast charger in the box. The charger is bigger than usual and has a bright yellow cable with an L-shaped type C connector. This makes it easy to play games or watch content while the phone is charging.
In terms of software, the Poco F3 GT runs MUI 12.5 on Android 11. My device had the June Android security patch but received a July patch update during the review period. The Poco F3 GT comes with a good number of preinstalled apps such as Amazon, Facebook, GetApps, LinkedIn, Netflix, Prime Video and some Google apps. I found GetApps and Themes to be a bit spammy, regularly sending out notifications. Other than that annoyance, I had no issues with the UI and found it easy to use.
Poco F3 GT’s Performances
The Dimensity 1200 SoC can handle anything you throw at it. I could multitask and load heavy apps on this smartphone without any problem. The 8GB RAM unit I had showed no slowdown during the review period. The higher refresh rate of 120Hz makes scrolling through menus and lists in apps very smooth. There is also DC dimming, but it only works when the display refresh rate is set to 60Hz.
Poco’s side-mounted fingerprint scanner was fast and only required one click to unlock the device. Facial recognition on the Poco F3 GT was also quick. The large AMOLED display had good viewing angles and was bright enough to be seen outdoors. The device’s stereo speakers have enhanced the video viewing experience. Poco’s RGB lighting around the camera module activates while the phone is charging and when game mode is on. It also flashes to show pending notifications and incoming calls.
I gave this phone some performance testing and it worked fine. At AnTuTu, the F3 GT scored 6,11,051 points. In the single-core and multi-core tests of Geekbench 5, it scored 855 and 2,709 points, respectively. The Poco F3 GT also handled 38 fps and 117 fps in GFXBench’s Car Chase and T-Rex benchmarks, respectively. These scores are higher than the similarly priced OnePlus Nord 2 (Review), which I tested recently.
As for games, I played Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on the Poco F3 GT and the HD graphics preset and high frame rate was the default. The game was playable at these settings without any lag or stuttering. The physical trigger buttons on the Poco F3 GT made the game more appealing, as did the stereo speakers. I played the game for 20 minutes and noticed a 3% drop in battery life. The device also became slightly warm to the touch.
Battery life on the Poco F3 GT was pretty good and the phone lasted me about a day and a half without needing to be plugged in. In our HD video loop test, the Poco F3 GT managed to run for 17 hours and 36 minutes. When it ran out of juice, the supplied 67W fast charger was able to charge it up to 72% in 30 minutes, and it took about 47 minutes to fully charge.
Poco F3 GT cameras
The Poco F3 GT packs a triple-camera setup on the back, consisting of a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. For selfies, it has a 16-megapixel shooter. The camera app is quite simple and easy to use. It has a quick toggle for AI scene detection and HDR. Switching between the different shooting modes is very easy and also allows you to activate filters before taking a photo.
Daylight shots had decent detail, but the F3 GT tends to sharpen it, making it look unnatural. Dynamic range was acceptable but not great. With the ultra wide angle camera, you can capture a much wider field of view, but the image quality is not as good as with the main camera. The output is not as sharp as with the main camera and it is best to only use it when needed.
Close-ups taken with the Poco F3 GT showed good detail and the phone applied a soft depth effect. Likewise for portraits, edge detection was quite good and the phone could separate the subject from the background well. It also allowed me to adjust the background blur level before taking the picture. The macro camera of the Poco F3 GT allows you to get closer to a subject but there is the possibility of blocking the light with the smartphone if you get too close. The macro shots had good detail and even a little text on a part was visible, but the output is capped at 2 megapixels.
The performance of the camera in low light was strictly average. The AI quickly detected low light and configured the camera accordingly. This increased the brightness of the image, which artificially made the reflections look strange. Photos taken with Night mode looked more natural.
Selfies taken with the Poco F3 GT were crisp, albeit slightly sharp. The selfies had good edge detection and the smartphone could detect faces even with masks on.
Video recording peaks at 4K 30fps for the main camera. Images shot in daylight have been stabilized at 4K as well as 1080p. Images shot in low light had a shimmer in the output.
The Poco F3 GT is a new addition to the Poco F series after a long time. You get some pretty good performance for the price, and the big battery paired with fast charging sweetens the deal further. The Poco F1 (Review) didn’t have the best cameras and neither did the new Poco F3 GT – in terms of photo quality, it came in second in most scenarios when I compared it to the OnePlus Nord 2.
If you are looking to play games on your smartphone, the Poco F3 GT is a good companion. It has physical trigger buttons, stereo speakers, and an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. On the other hand if you want a versatile one in this price segment, take a look at the OnePlus Nord 2.