Xiaomi launched the POCO brand back in 2018 and its first phone was the POCO F1 launched as a flagship killer. The phone came with top-notch specs with a surprisingly low price tag. The company has now launched the POCO F3 GT smartphone in India as the first F-series phone after the POCO F1. While POCO launched POCO F2 Pro (rebranded Redmi K30) and POCO F3 (rebranded Redmi K40) in global markets, these POCO phones were not available in India.
As expected, the POCO F3 GT is a rebadged version of China’s Redmi K40 Gaming Edition that was announced a couple of months back in China. Nevertheless, it packs some enticing such as a 120Hz AMOLED panel, Dimensity 1200 chip, 64-megapixel triple cameras, RGB lighting, and gaming buttons.
The POCO F3 GT features a 6.67-inch OLED screen that offers a Full HD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 480Hz touch sampling rate, 500nits brightness, 10bit colors, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. For security, the device features a side-facing fingerprint scanner.
The Dimensity 1200 is powered F3 GT comes with LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The device runs on MIUI 12.5 flavored Android 11 and lacks a microSD card slot. The massive 5,065mAh battery of the F3 GT is coupled with 67W fast charging, Quick Charge 3.0, and USB PD 3.0.
For gamers, the F3 GT comes with mechanical gaming trigger buttons and an X-linear motor for in-game vibrations. For regulating internal temperature, the device offers a heat dissipation system that comprises a vapor chamber, graphite, and graphene. The phone comes with RGB lighting around the rear camera system.
Placed on the front is a 16-megapixel selfie camera that supports 120fps 720p slow-motion video shooting, 30fps 1080p video recording, night mode, filters, and more. The rear camera system of the phone features a 64-megapixel main camera with an f/1.65 aperture, an 8-megapixel superwide lens with a 120-degree FOV, and a 2-megapixel macro camera.
On the connectivity front, the POCO F3 GT offers dual SIM support, 5G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.2, dual-frequency GPS, IR blaster, and USB-C. While it lacks a 3.5mm audio jack, the phone offers JBL powered stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support.
POCO F3 GT Specifications
- 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
- 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 4G bands: LTE
- 5G bands: SA/NSA/Sub6
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G
- Announced: 2021, July 26
- Status: Available. 2021, July 26
- Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.9 x 8.3 mm (6.37 x 3.03 x 0.33 in)
- Weight: 205 g (7.23 oz)
- Build: Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5)
- Colors: Predator Black, Gunmetal Silver
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Physical pop-up gaming triggers
- IP53, dust and splash protection
- Type: OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 500 nits (typ)
- Size: 6.67 inches, 107.4 cm2 (~86.3% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Android 11, MIUI 12.5
- Chipset: MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G (6 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.6 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G77 MC9
- Storage: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
- Memory Card slot: No
- UFS 3.1
- Main Camera: Triple
- 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.7µm, PDAF
- 8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (ultrawide)
- 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
- Features: Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
- Video: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps, HDR
- Selfie Camera: Single – 16 MP
- Features: HDR
- Video: 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, HDR
- Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
- Audio 5mm jack: No
- 24-bit/192kHz audio
- Tuned by JBL
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 5.2, A2DP, LE
- GPS: Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
- NFC: Unspecified
- Infrared port: Yes
- USB: USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum
- Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Po 5065 mAh, non-removable
- Charging: Fast charging 67W, 100% in 42 min (advertised)
- Power Delivery 3.0
- Quick Charge 3+
POCO F3 GT Price and Availability
Below is the pricing of different models of the POCO F3 GT in India:
- 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage – INR 26,999 (~$362)
- 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage – INR 28,999 (~$390)
- 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage – INR 30,999 (~$416)
The smartphones comes in two colors such as Gunmetal Silver and Predator Black. It will be up for purchase starting from 12 pm on July 26 through Flipkart in India.
What’s your opinion on the pricing and specifications of the POCO F3 GT? Is it better than the Dimensity 1200 powered OnePlus Nord 2 5G that carries a starting price of INR 27,999 (~$376)?