The Poco F3 GT is available in three variants. That’s 6GB RAM + 128GB storage which is currently priced at Rs 25,999 followed by the 8GB+128GB variant which has a Rs 27,999 price tag and the top-line spec that’s 8GB+256GB and this costs Rs 29,999.
What we have here is the Predator Black colorway, and it is very nice to see a non-shiny finish on the back panel. And it isn’t a simple finish either, because there are a variety of visual elements to catch your attention.
You eventually discover the dual unique pulsating light that integrated in the camera module near the upper and lower curves, and this can be configured to be a notification indicator—quite useful if you like to keep your phone face down on a table.
The Poco F3 GT is the first phone to have mechanical triggers on the side spine. The implementation on the Poco F3 GT allows you to pop these up when you need to start gaming, and then hide them away safely with two sliders—a magnetic key allows this to happen.
The one common element in this three-way battle between the Poco F3 GT and the Realme X7 Max 5G and the OnePlus Nord 2 is the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chip. This is the most powerful smartphone processor that MediaTek makes and gives these comparatively more affordable phones with Android flagship phone credentials
The Dimensity 1200 is a 6-nanometer chip, and the specifics are as follows—there is 1 Ultra Core clocking up to 3GHz, 3 Super Cores up to 2.6GHz and 4 Efficiency Cores that clock up to 2GHz. The performance is 22% faster than its predecessor chip and battery efficiency will be as much as 25% more. And of course, ticks off the 5G requirements too.
This OLED display ticks off the 120Hz refresh rate aspect and has the 480Hz touch sampling rate for faster accurate touches. I really liked the richness of the Poco F3 GT’s display, with colours standing out rather than popping out.
There is the perception that Android smartphones are a sea of sameness. While not strictly true, there is some reason why that smoke is visible over the horizon. Phones that buck that trend are still rare, though there’s been more of them in the past 12 months than perhaps the 24 months prior to that. The Poco F3 GT is really dialing that up.
It’s been a while since I saw a black phone this exciting. It’s been a while too since a phone’s camera module integrated something as cool as those pulsating lights. Or for that matter, delivered flagship-esque performance at much less than Rs 30,000. And a fast charger bundled in the box. All these things add up, and matter.