In the past six weeks, there have been multiple releases in the mid-market, with Realme X7 Max, Reno 6 Pro and OnePlus Nord 2 making their debut. POCO also launched the latest device F3 GT. The F3 GT uses the standard POCO F3 as the basis, but you will not find too many similarities between the two phones. There are good reasons for this: POCO F3 GT is a rebranded version of the Redmi K40 Gaming Edition, so you will find some unique features that make it stand out from other phones in POCO.
POCO’s action manual for the past 18 months is to rename the existing Redmi device and make some adjustments around the design and software, and it has played a role to a large extent. With F3 GT, POCO aims to provide one of the best mid-range phones today. India’s budget segment is clearly the driving force for most mobile phone sales, and POCO stated that sales in the high-end segment (mobile phones over 40,000 rupees ($540)) have increased by 35% in the past 12 months. (20,000 rupees (270 U.S. dollars) to 40,000 rupees (540 U.S. dollars)) momentum is not so great, but due to the inherent potential of this category, brands are now turning their attention here. Of course, this means that if you want to buy a phone for less than 40,000 rupees, you have multiple options. With so many good choices, can POCO F3 GT stand out in this increasingly crowded market segment? POCO F3 GT is already on sale in India and should enter other global markets in the next few weeks.
This phone is sold in India in three configurations: 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB. There is also a 12GB / 256GB model, but this variant has not yet debuted in India. This is India’s POCO F3 GT price breakdown:
- POCO F3 GT(6GB / 128GB): 26,999 rupees (362 US dollars)
- POCO F3 GT (8GB / 128GB): 28,999 rupees (390 US dollars)
- POCO F3 GT (8 256GB): 30,999 Rs. ($415)
POCO incentivizes the launch by discounting Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 for all F3 GT variants between August 2 and August 2 to August 9.
The above retail price starts on August 9, so if you have confirmed the F3 GT and want to save more cash, you can pick up the phone immediately. POCO F3 GT: Design and DisplayPOCO F3 GT Source: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central POCO F3 GT is based on the Redmi K40 gaming version, but unlike ASUS or RedMagic gaming phones, you can’t find a radical design here. Of course, there are some etched lines on the back to try to make the phone look bolder, but it lacks in appearance-F3 GT has mechanical triggers, which play a big role in games. The module does not look very modern, but it does have LED lighting around its housing, and the flash module is encapsulated in the lighting cutout. The F3 GT lacks some talent, but it is not a boring phone anyway.
This phone uses Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, with a matte finish for an excellent grip, and the middle frame is made of aluminum. Obviously, POCO is doing its best to create a feel. This phone uses a radial frame, the back is connected to the middle frame, and the sides are square. The result is that the F3 GT feels very comfortable to hold and use. The phone weighs 205g, but the weight distribution is ideal. In the week I used it, I didn’t notice the weight at all. The matte finish is very different in daily use, ensuring a good grip and reducing stains at the same time. As an added benefit, the phone has IP53 waterproof and dustproof functions, so it has the ability to resist dust and splashing water.
The left side of the phone is particularly busy because this is where the mechanical trigger is located. They are flush with the body when not in use, and you can activate them by toggling the two sliders above and below the power button. The feeling of playing games with mechanical triggers is great; I like the ultrasonic triggers ASUS uses in its gaming phones, but they lack the tactile feedback you get here. Therefore, if you often play FPS shooting games on your phone and want to be one step ahead, F3 GT may be your best choice.