The technology enthusiasts. We tested the Poco F4 GT smartphone

Appearance: 3/5

In yellow, space silver or black, the Poco F4 GT smartphone measures 6.67″ and weighs exactly 210 g. The screen/total ratio of the tested product reached 86.2%. in the middle, the volume potentiometer is accompanied by the dual SIM flap located on top of the latter. A little below the potentiometer there is a second microphone, whose position seems to be made for the game / standby button, which also serves as a fingerprint reader. And on each side of this function key there are two triggers that can be made visible or invisible with a switch. From the bottom, in the middle, there is also the eternal USB-C connector the first speaker. On the top edge is the second speaker on the right.

The front camera takes its place in the middle with a small notch. Behind it, at the top left, the photo block stands out, highlighting a small ledge. It is accompanied by three lenses positioned top to bottom with flashes on either side. A few shiny gray patterns are placed on the rest of the back, completing its physical description.

Unpacking: 4/5

The 120W charger and its USB-C cable are accompanied by a bumper. Hardened glass is glued in as standard. Note, and this is rare, that it comes with a USB-C mini-jack adapter.

Under the hood: 5/5

Poco hasn’t skimped on on-board hardware for its smartphone that’s partly intended for gamers. In fact, it contains the currently most powerful processor, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Of the eight cores, four clock at 1.78 GHz, three at 2.49 GHz and the last at almost 3 GHz. The tested model has 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of non-expandable storage. There is also a version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The graphics circuit connected to the processor is new, since it is an Adreno 730.

The AMOLED type screen is clocked at 120Hz by default, but can be scaled down to less to save battery power. It peaks at a resolution of 2400 x 1080 with a pixel resolution of 395 dpi, which is quite low for this type of product. The battery contains two blocks of 2,350 mAh for a total of 4,700 Li-poly type. The screen is protected by Victus+ glass, which allows better resistance to scratches and impacts.

Daily use: 2.5/5

Once again we see an excess of power. However, the optimization of the software layer made in Poco leaves something to be desired, especially in the News module, where the update is tedious and we have never felt so jerky. Telephone calls remain average. The speaker function is of good quality with its four slots and its Dolby Atmos certification. The headphone output, on the other hand, clearly lacks power. Gaming is wonderful, so much there is still power. Gamers will have a field day, especially since the F4 GT was designed with them in mind. In fact, as indicated in the description, two retractable triggers are available. Still, you must look for games that are compatible with this kind of ingenious technique. It’s a shame not to have thought of building an ecosystem in the form of applications that would redirect to the proposed titles. And despite efforts to lower the temperature, the game gets pretty hot.

On Android 12, some parts of the interface must be mastered. For example, if we swipe our finger to the left, practical shortcuts such as data, WLAN or Bluetooth appear. And on the right side all notifications are grouped. It just takes a little practice. Some bloatware is installed and you need to go to application information to uninstall it. When you install applications, they are not automatically placed on the home screen. All of its changes are a game changer on the practical side. Otherwise, for the rest, everything is good: fluidity, power and speed are there.

Photo and video: 3/5

For once, let’s start with the front camera, which has a 20-megapixel Sony capture with an f/2.4 aperture and is capable of recording in Full HD. Poco has been generous on this level and this is a good point for selfie lovers. For the three dorsal photo sensors, this remains on average of what smartphones are now capable of: namely a first sensor of 64 megapixels, with photo sides of the order of 0.8 µm with f/1.9 aperture, a wide angle of 120° with 8 megapixels and an f/2.2 aperture, and the last one will focus on macro mode with a 2 megapixel sensor and an f/2.4 aperture with, on the other hand, much larger photo sites at 1.75 µm.

Video capture can go up to 4K, with a very convincing zoom and sharpness that’s above average. On the other hand, the night shots are disappointing, the details remain incomplete and the noise is a bit too present. Default settings can also be unlocked. On the other hand, no specific engine to improve the recordings has been announced.

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With a price starting at around 600 euros, this smartphone seems to be intended for gamers. It’s true that his physical ID just looks excellent. But it lacks a specific software ecosystem to guide the player to titles using triggers. And also a simplicity in the MIUI 13 system. For the rest, it is a power monster that has almost never failed in speed and fluidity at a reasonable price.

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