The Poco F3 GT is the Xiaomi sub-brand’s first premium smartphone in India, going way beyond what the Poco F1 was priced at.
By going up the price ladder, the Poco F3 GT aims to go beyond just specs and performance, by offering a better design and more high-end features than the competition. It competes with the OnePlus Nord 2 which has the same chipset and price point.
The Poco F1 from 2018 focussed just on the price-performance ratio, where aspects such as the design and cameras took a backseat. Its true successor is actually the Poco X3 Pro, which the company is confident will continue to be the most powerful phone in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment.
The Poco F3 GT also claims quite a few segment-firsts, such as an E4 display, highest power output for charging, shoulder buttons and more. Here’s everything you need to know about the Poco F3 GT, that just made its global debut in India.
Cut to the chase
What is it? Poco’s next flagship phoneWhen is it out? July 23 in IndiaHow much will it cost? Starts at Rs 26,999
Poco F3 GT price in India and release date
Unveiled on July 23, the Poco F3 GT comes in three variants: 6GB+128GB at Rs 26,999, 8GB+128GB at Rs 28,999 and 8GB+256GB at Rs 30,999. Pre-orders open on July 24 with the open sale slated for July 26 on Flipkart.
Poco has announced a new pricing strategy, with all the models will have a Rs 1,000 lower price for the first week, Rs 500 discount for the second week, followed by regular pricing.
For reference, the OnePlus Nord 2 is priced at Rs 29,999 for the 8GB+128GB variant and Rs 34,999 for the 12GB+256GB variant.
Poco F3 GT specs and features
Display: 6.67-inch AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rateProcessor: MediaTek Dimensity 1200 Camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MPBattery: 5,000mAhCharging: 67WSoftware: Poco UI
Based on the information currently available and Xiaomi’s history, if and when the Poco F3 GT launches, it shouldn’t be too different from its Chinese counterpart. Here’s what you can expect.
The Poco F3 GT will be one of the first smartphones to be powered by the Dimensity 1200 chipset, which is MediaTek’s current flagship chipset. Built on the 6nm process, it has eight cores with one Ultra Arm Cortex-A78 core clocked at 3GHz, three Arm Cortex-A78 Super cores clocked at 2.6GHz, and four efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2GHz.
In an exclusive interaction with TechRadar India, Poco’s Anuj Sharma revealed insights into how the Poco F3 GT will be the best-built smartphone in the segment.
Gamers will appreciate the 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+ certification, 10-bit colour, etc. For audio, there are two stereo speakers with Sound by JBL, Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res certification. The Poco F3 GT’s gaming-centric features include retractable shoulder buttons of gaming, an 11,540 sqmm vapour chamber for thermal management, a 4D vibration motor for haptics, custom antenna placement, and more.
Cameras are unlikely to be its strong suit, as with most gaming phones. The Poco F3 GT has a triple-camera array consisting of a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2 MP macro shooter. The phone houses a large 5,000mAh battery and supports 67W fast charging, which is claimed to take about 42 minutes for a full charge. The charger might be excluded from the package to keep the costs low.