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Okay, the POCO X3 GT. I’ve been using it for a while and I gotta say – this is a phone that raises a lot of questions. And we also have a segment where we answer your questions too. So let’s get into it.

So the POCO X3 GT is yet another phone within the X3 family and it definitely has a few similarities here and there.

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We’ll start off with the display – just like any other phone in the POCO X3 family of devices, we have an IPS LCD screen. This is a 6.6-inch screen with 2400×1080 pixels in resolution and goes up to 120Hz refresh rate.

POCO X3 GT

Yes, it’s an IPS LCD screen just like any other phone in the POCO X3 family. However, the credit where credit is due – this is a very nice IPS LCD screen. Pretty much comparable to the Mi 10T Pro’s IPS LCD screen too – which I have praised.

But, I’m sure many people will definitely complain about this screen just because it’s an IPS LCD. The 120Hz refresh rate is still decent as there are no signs of ghosting or motion blur.

POCO X3 GT

Then there’s nothing else similar to the other POCO X3 family of devices. It has a glossy plastic back and our unit comes in this Stargaze Black color which has this… sparkly glitter design.

POCO X3 GT

It does hide fingerprints and dust pretty well as they can blend in with the sparkly glitter design very well.

POCO X3 GT

Cameras – it’s a pretty standard one here. Briefly running it through, we have 3 cameras and all of them are usable – thank you for not including depth sensors anymore!

How’s the picture quality coming out of the camera, though? Well, we leave everything in auto at first. Some shots look decent, but some shots look underexposed and some shots look overprocessed to the point where it looks outright fake.

To have a look at all of the pictures we took with the POCO X3 GT, watch our video at the top of this review.

POCO X3 GT

Software also remains the same – it’s still MIUI 12.5 which we have talked about it a lot in many of our other reviews – so check those out instead. Overall, it’s still the same user experience. It’s still buggy and a lot more improvements more than that can be done.

POCO X3 GT

Of course, I still have my complaints about MIUI 12.5 in general. It still has a pretty bad settings menu layout which I have complained about multiple times and it is just never fixed.

POCO X3 GT

Then, we also pointed out that the previous generation (just one previous generation) has the ability to screen capture at 60fps. However, the newer, more powerful smartphones can only capture at 30fps. I have no idea why.

POCO X3 GT

And yet, the POCO X3 GT is rather powerful too. It is equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 1100 chipset with 8GB RAM and the performance – as shown in our gaming test for this phone in particular – is surprisingly good. The GPU in this phone is not particularly “flagship level” but it actually quite decent as we can play Genshin Impact at medium graphical settings.

As for the battery, we have a 5,000mAh battery. Pretty standard nowadays and it lasts for a surprisingly long time since the MediaTek Dimensity 1100 doesn’t consume that much power.

POCO X3 GT

How about the charger? The POCO X3 GT comes with a proprietary 67W charger. What proprietary means is that we can’t charge any other USB-PC devices like laptops this charger. It charges from 15% to 100% in about 45 minutes. Yea, that’s underwhelming for a 67W charger.

POCO X3 GT

One thing I want to point out is that this 67W charger seems to be the same as the one included with the Black Shark 4. But the Black Shark 4 can charge from 15% to 100% twice as fast compared to the POCO X3 GT, because the Black Shark 4 uses a dual-cell battery design.

Answering your questions

First of all, I really want to thank all of you for sending your questions over. Your support means a lot to us.

The one question that we got the most is always the comparison between POCO X3 GT and the POCO X3 Pro. Which is better? Should I buy the POCO X3 Pro or the POCO X3 GT for gaming?

POCO X3 Pro

Okay, I can answer two questions at once. The POCO X3 Pro, as we mentioned in our review video – it’s only good for gaming. Everything else has been downgraded even from the POCO X3 NFC just so they can achieve a low price.

POCO X3 GT on the other hand, is not as good for gaming when compared to the POCO X3 Pro, but has better cameras, better design, better battery life, and most significantly – less heat output.

POCO X3 GT

The POCO X3 Pro is generally hotter because that Snapdragon 860 is essentially an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855. So, my recommendation is as such – if you want a smartphone that is purely meant for gaming, then get the POCO X3 Pro. If you want something more than just for gaming, then go for the POCO X3 GT.

Also, I won’t even consider the POCO X3 GT as a “gaming phone” since it doesn’t have an audio jack!

POCO X3 GT

One more question that I’d like to put out there is the comparison between the POCO X3 GT and the POCO F3. Which one is better? The answer is a lot more complicated.

POCO F3
POCO F3

During our review of the POCO F3, it ran hot. It overheated constantly, which in turn made the display become dim. Those were the things we showed in our review video. The POCO F3 just can’t handle all the heat that’s coming out of the Snapdragon 870 chipset in certain games.

POCO F3
POCO F3 overheats easily.

It has been a few months since we did our review of the POCO F3, so I’m not sure how it is now. From what I can theorize, the only way this overheating can be avoided is through thermal throttling – which essentially the Snapdragon 870 will never reach its full potential so that it won’t overheat. And that means wasted potential.

Back to the POCO X3 GT – should you buy it?

Okay, so back to the POCO X3 GT. Starting at the price of RM1,299, I think it’s not bad. The price is not surprisingly low or surprisingly high – it’s just reasonable. It’s still a decent phone – and that Dimensity 1100 definitely surprised me.

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