The Poco F3 Grand Tourer is racing its way to India!

Sounds like not only sports car manufacturers are having a competition for the fastest car ever

The POCO F3 GT is now available for India! As expected, the phone is a rebranded Redmi K40 Gaming from Xiaomi, albeit with a few feature changes, including Poco-centric apps.

The Poco uses a design language they call “Slipstream design” focusing on amazing haptics, comfortable handling and aggressive design catered to gamers. Like the Redmi K40 Gaming, the camera lens lights up when enabled. According to Poco, they have used “Aerospace-grade” aluminium (similar to the ones rocketships use) to ensure durability when being used in the long run. The phone measures a thin 8.3mm and its bottom bezels measure a thickness of just 2.8mm. This was made possible through the “Chip-on-Panel” method they used to curve the display. The phone was designed to have comfortable bevels as well that lets you grip the phone more comfortably.

Like the Redmi K40 Gaming, it has Vapour Chamber Cooling. The Poco in particular has white graphene which cools the phone by 2°C more than conventional VC cooling systems, as claimed by Poco. This large vapour chamber measures around 11,540 sqm

You may have known already but this phone has an AMOLED display with 10-bit colour support and HDR10+. In addition, Poco has included an anti-flicker feature called DC Dimming. This feature is designed specifically for watching movies or playing games while in complete darkness. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5

As it is a gaming phone, one would expect gaming-enhanced features, including a high refresh rate and touch sampling rate. The POCO F3 GT has a native 120Hz refresh rate along with a 480Hz touch sampling rate allowing for super-rapid response times and movement. For the sound, the phone doesn’t have a headphone port but this is partly compensated for its Hi-Res stereo speakers with support for Dolby Atmos.

Because the phone is targeted towards gamers, the phone has shoulder triggers. However unlike conventional triggers, the Poco F3 GT uses magnetic levitation, or maglev for short. These triggers have magnets built inside the phone and pops-up when needed for use. According to POCO, this feature is fine-tuned for mechanical response and precise controls and will respond better than conventional air triggers.

The phone is powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 1200 processor. This processor is based on a 6nm process, making it almost flagship-level. Armed with an octa-core CPU (4x Cortex A-78 and 4x Cortex A-55) and Mediatek’s own HyperEngine 3.0 technology, which the company claims has ray tracing capabilities.

The phone has a separate Wi-Fi antenna modified for gaming, called “Wi-Fi gaming antenna”. Instead of using the regular Wi-Fi antennas, when you game, it will use this dedicated Wi-Fi gaming antenna to ensure a low latency and lag as well as smooth gameplay, without interruptions.

Also included with the Poco F3 GT are three microphones for a clearer audio when playing games, especially online competitive games.

Along with the already promising processor, the phone uses UFS 3.1 storage for fast reading and transfer of data There is also an LPDDR4x RAM equipped, for up to 8GB.

The company did not discuss much about the camera. It uses a conventional 64mp triple camera setup. A 64mp main, an 8mp ultra-wide and a 2mp macro. In the live stream, only the 64mp was discussed (we guess the 8mp ultrawide and 2mp macro are so much of a filler it’s not even worth talking about). Poco claims that this 64mp sensor is equipped with ED glass only seen through flagships. This type of glass ensures better clarity and brightness. The camera also has a large F/1.65 aperture, which should allow more light to enter the lens. This high aperture ensures that you have a bright and clear image capture, especially during the night.

The phone is equipped with a 5065mAh battery with 67W fast charging. The phone will come with a power adapter that supports this high wattage as well as an L-shaped Poco yellow cable that allows you to use the phone while charging. Poco said that the phone can charge for up to 50% in 15 minutes and 30 minutes for a full charge, from 0%.

In theory, the phone would last you up to a day when watching videos, 9H for non-stop gaming and almost 3 days for music alone. However, the longevity of the battery still depends on the care and use of the user.

Finally, like the Poco F3, the GT also has its own game throttle called “Game Turbo”. And just like the Poco F3, you can use this to optimize individual games on how they run according to your settings. If you can’t decide, there are multiple pre-determined options for you to choose from. From Default, to high high quality. Take note that the highest level will consume more battery due to it being throttled

The phone comes in two colours: Gunmetal Silver and Predator Black. You can pre-order the phone in India through Flipkart and other participating online stores.

The phone will be first released in India for pre-orders starting 24th July, and official sales start four days after that. Below are the converted prices in Philippine Peso:

Price (Direct Conversion to PHP):

  • 6/128: Php 18.2K
  • 8/128: Php 19.6K
  • 8/256: Php 21K

There is no word yet of availability in the Philippines. However, the Poco F3 was released in the Philippines so time will tell when this phone would also come in the country.

Source: POCO F3 GT Live Stream (has ended)