We are facing a terminal that starts at 599 euros and has a first-class hardware configuration, at the same level as mobile phones of 800 and 900 euros, if not more. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s chosen processor is a good example.
We have spent almost two weeks using this mobile in all environments, from trips to test its camera to long days of gaming at home, under Wi-Fi coverage. It has always responded, even in situations where we thought it would fail.
There is plenty of power.
We will not recreate much in this section because Poco has promised a monster in performance, which is what it delivered. Don’t let the price fool you; the performance section of this mobile is the same as that seen in terminals that cost twice as much.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 8 or 12 GB of RAM with LPDDR 5 technology, 128 or 256 GB storage with UFS 3.1 memories… everything makes the mobile respond very well, and the games run perfectly.
As for connectivity, it boasts Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC… we can only miss the headphone jack, as we said before. And the same goes for the memory card.
It is not that 128 or 256 GB are few, but when you focus on a mobile to play, it is to be assumed that there will be users who want to have multiple heavy games installed simultaneously, and it is not difficult for each of them to touch 20 GB at times.
This screen only lacks the 2K resolution
Another critical section in a mobile designed to play is the screen. Here we have a 6.67 “panel with FHD + resolution and OLED technology. Despite this, it is a pity that it has been decided to put the fingerprint sensor on the side, not under the panel.
We have a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz, although this is not an LTPO screen, so choosing the correct rate will affect the battery more or less.
A design away from mobile gaming
If there is something that attracts attention in mobiles designed to play, it is their aesthetics. They usually use flashy elements, LED lights, and an aggressive design that not everyone likes.
In this case, Poco has decided to give this model a patina of sobriety, at least in its silver color, which distances it from those stridencies. As you can see, the rear part has some textures that give it a particular character, the camera module is somewhat strange, and the flash has the incomprehensible shape of a lightning bolt. Still, in general, it is a sober terminal.
The construction is superb, at the height of what other manufacturers have shown in their highest-end mobiles, and that Poco brings to the barrier of 600 euros. In addition, the weight is somewhat high, but it is balanced, something appreciated in mobile that we will have many hours in hand.
In addition to those mentioned, three things stand out in the design section. On the one hand, the two asymmetrical speakers are robust and give a correct sound. On the other hand, the absence of a headphone jack is standard in the high range but not so much in gaming phones, where the latency of wireless headphones is sometimes a problem.
Finally, we have to talk about the triggers, two hidden elements using two sliders on the same side. They work very well, and the response is fast, but we have inadvertently unlocked them on several occasions by sliding the activation elements.
Cameras that do not dissatisfy
The weakest section of mobile gaming is, without a doubt, the photographic one. Brands are transparent that the people who want to get the most out of games are usually not the same as the ones who squeeze the camera out of their mobiles. That is why it is rare to see a gaming mobile that has a camera beyond decent, but this is one of the few exceptions.
The Poco F4 GT has a rear camera module with a triple sensor, a 64 Mpx main one, a 13 Mpx wide angle, and a 2 Mpx macro. The quality of all three sensors is much better than we expected.
We have vibrant photographs with a slight oversaturation that does not bother us but is noticeable, a pretty good dynamic range, and a more decent night behavior.
The secondary and tertiary sensors suffer more when the light is low, but the main one, which is the important one, in this case, comes out with flying colors under normal circumstances.
The 20 Mpx front sensor leaves us with an even better taste in the mouth, elegant photos, good detail, dynamic range, and surprisingly stable video recording.
This Poco F4 GT has become the perfect mix between a photographic mobile and a gaming mobile as long as the latter is the most important thing for you.
A correct autonomy, with a perfect fast charge
The Poco F4 GT uses Xiaomi’s new 120W fast charging system, seen on the Xiaomi 12 Pro or Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus. In just over 15 minutes, we have a 100% charge; believe me, I’ve already missed it. Yes, the 4700 mAh battery gives us good figures, something strange since gaming mobiles tend to excel in this section.
In the first battery test, we have been without Wi-Fi coverage at all times as we have been traveling. We have not played much, but we have taken many photos and videos, always with the screen at 120 Hz. We have reached three and a half hours of screen time with 34 hours total autonomy.
The second test has been very similar, but at the Seville fair. Yes, we have had Wi-Fi coverage, but we have not used it much like that. We have reached 4 hours on the screen with 35 hours of total autonomy.
In the third test, we used the mobile a lot as GPS while listening to podcasts. We played a little and took some photos. The use has been mostly outdoors, with the screen at high brightness and, as in the rest of the tests, with the automatic refresh rate. We have slightly exceeded 3 hours of the screen with 23 hours of total autonomy.
In the fourth test, we made more use of the mobile to play indoors, and the figures were better, although the total autonomy suffered. Playing intensively, we have reached 7 hours of screen time, but with just over 12 hours of use.