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realme GT 2 Pro (8GB/128GB): €749 / Rs. 49,999 (~$660)

realme GT 2 Pro (12GB/256GB): £699 / €849 / Rs. 57,999 (~$770)

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The realme GT 2 Pro is priced starting at €749 in Europe for the base model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The higher-end variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB storage — the only variant available in the UK — will cost you a bit more. European buyers can pick up the phone from chúng tôi or via Amazon, while those in India can also find it at Flipkart.

What’s good?

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The realme GT 2 Pro is seriously good-looking. The phone pulls off its head-turning looks through the use of innovative materials like the aforementioned bio-polymer back and muted shades that accentuate the rounded edges and corners beautifully. realme claims that the back panel was inspired by paper. I can’t really see the inspiration in the hedge-like pattern but the materials feel great in the hand and are a nice change from realme’s usual glut of gloss-heavy models. The matching silver frame also helps elevate the look and feel of the phone. As an added bonus, the matte finish back is resilient to scratches and offers excellent grip.

The realme GT 2 Pro’s camera setup punches above its weight and is tough competition for the likes of OnePlus.

Results from the ultrawide sensor are predictable. There’s a drop in sharpness when compared to the primary camera. However, colors remain true to life and there’s a very good amount of detail, even when zoomed in. The 150-degree frame of view, however, isn’t something I expect to get much use out of. The barrel distortion around the edges is a creative effect at best accompanied by a significant drop in detail.

You can check out a range of images taken by the realme GT 2 Pro in our camera gallery further into this review, or take a closer look at the full-resolution camera samples at the Google Drive link here.

Low resolution aside, the microscope camera is fully capable of capturing interesting-looking images. I’m not convinced it was a good trade-off against a more traditional third camera, but the implementation is effective, to say the least. The default shooting mode is set to 20x, which is where you’ll get the sharpest images aided by the autofocus motor. It is possible to digitally zoom in further to 40x, but the results are too soft to be usable.

The realme GT 2 Pro’s imaging chops extend to video capabilities as well. The camera captures silky smooth stabilized video at 4K/60fps. I observed that the camera bumped up saturation levels noticeably. However, the level of detail is excellent here. In fact, the bitrate is high enough to ensure usable results even in less than perfect light.

realme GT 2 Pro camera samples

realme GT 2 Pro

The realme GT 2 Pro is the company’s premium flagship offering. It combines 2023 flagship specs with a focus on design while still sticking to its core ethos of value for money.

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Top realme GT2 Pro questions and answers

The realme GT 2 Pro does not have an IP rating or any claimed splash resistance.

No, the realme 2 Pro does not include any wireless charging support.

Yes, the realme GT 2 Pro has two nano-SIM slots with support for 5G connectivity on both (sub-6GHz only).

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Realme 7 And 7 Pro Launched: Ultra

So, Realme 7 costs the same as the Realme 6 – 15,000 rupees. But in dollar terms, the smartphone has risen in price, and the basic version is now priced at $205. There is also a $230 version.

The device retained both the MediaTek platform and a 6.5-inch 90-Hz screen with Full HD+ resolution. Only now the newest Helio G95 is the heart. However, it differs very little from the G90T. The RAM can be 6 or 8 GB and flash memory – 64 or 128 GB.

But the battery capacity has grown from 4300 to 5000 mAh, while the 30-watt charging is preserved. The camera has also changed, although on paper it may seem that everything has remained the same. The main change is the main 64MP Sony IMX682 sensor.

As a result, Realme 7 differs from Realme 6 mainly in the increased battery and the updated camera. The device could be safely called Realme 6s.

Realme 7 and 7 Pro launched: ultra-fast charging arrives in the mid-range

As for the Realme 7 Pro, there are also not very many changes, and one is ambiguous. The processing platform has not changed at all – it’s still the same Snapdragon 720G SoC. The camera of the Realme 7 Pro is exactly the same as that of the younger model. RAM can be 6 or 8 GB, flash memory is always 128 GB. The battery capacity has grown from 4300 to 4500 mAh, but a 65-watt charger appeared, which is very impressive in this segment.

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But on the other hand, the device has stereo speakers, which is also very rare in this segment. As for the price, they ask for $ 272 or $ 300 for the device.

Realme 7 specifications

6.5-inch (2400  × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate,  up to 480 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass protection

Octa Core MediaTek Helio G95 12nm processor (Dual 2.05GHz A76 + Hexa 2GHz A55 CPUs) with 900MHz Mali-G76 3EEMC4 GPU

6GB LPPDDR4x RAM with 64GB (UFS 2.1) storage, 8GB (LPPDDR4x) RAM with 128GB (UFS 2.1) storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD

Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)

Android 10 with realme UI

64MP rear camera with 1/1.73″ Sony IMX682 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, LED flash, UIS/UIS Max, 8MP 119° ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.3 aperture, 2MP B&W portrait camera and 2MP 4cm macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture

16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture, Sony IMX471 sensor

Side-mounted fingerprint sensor

3.5mm audio jack

Dimensions:  162.3×74.8×9.4mm; Weight: 196.5g

Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C

5000mAh battery with 30W Dart Charge fast charging

Realme 7 Pro specifications

6.6-inch (2400  × 1080 pixels) 20:9 Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen, up to 600 nits brightness, 98% NTSC color gamut

Octa Core Snapdragon 720G 8nm Mobile Platform (Dual 2.3GHz Kryo 465 A76 + Hexa 1.8GHz Kryo 465 A55 CPUs) with Adreno 618 GPU

6GB / 8GB LPPDDR4x RAM with 128GB (UFS 2.1) storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD

Dual SIM (nano + nano + microSD)

Android 10 with realme UI

64MP rear camera with 1/1.73″ Sony IMX682 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, LED flash, UIS/UIS Max, 8MP 119° ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.3 aperture, 2MP B&W portrait camera and 2MP 4cm macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture

32MP front camera with f/2.5 aperture

In-display fingerprint sensor

3.5mm audio jack, Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio

Dimensions:  160.9×75.4×8.7mm; Weight: 182g

Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, Dual Frequency (L1 + L5) GPS, NavIC, USB Type-C

4500mAh battery with 65W VOOC SuperDart Charge fast charging, 18W PD/QC charge

Realme Gt Neo 3 With Dimensity 8100, 150W Fast Charging Launched

Realme GT Neo 3: Specs and Features

Realme had already revealed the design of the GT Neo 3, so no surprises there. We get an attractive package, which includes a rectangular rear camera setup with big camera housings (resembling the Vivo X60) and car race track-inspired vertical stripes running down the left side of the back panel.

The back panel has an AG Glass coating. There are three color variants to choose from: a color-changing blue-purple option, a Silverstone variant, and the classic black option that leaves behind the race track stripes for a plain finish.

Upfront, you get a punch-hole screen, which is a 6.7-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display. It supports a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 1.07 billion colors, and a 1000Hz gaming control engine. The Realme GT Neo 3 is powered by the Dimensity 8100 SoC, which is based on a 5nm process and includes a Mali G610 GPU. It is coupled with up to 12GB of LPDDR 5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

As for the photography needs, you have a 50MP main camera with a Sony IMX766 sensor and support for OIS and EIS. It supports an enhanced AI engine that improves night photography as well. The other two rear cameras are an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP tele-macro camera. The front camera stands at 16MP.

There are a number of gaming-focused features to look at, which is something expected from a GT-series phone. It supports GT mode 3.0 for various gaming enhancements, the 4,129mm 9-layer tempered VC liquid cooling system is termed as the largest and can reduce the temperature 19 degrees, and more.

Other crucial features are free antenna switching technology, Bluetooth/ WiFi smart collaboration tech, low-latency dual-card parallel tech, and low-latency download optimization tech. Furthermore, the Realme GT Neo 3 comes with an X-linear motor, NFC, 5G, runs Realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12, and more.

Realme Buds Air 3: Specs and Features

Realme has also introduced the Buds Air 3 truly wireless earbuds, which come with the same design ethos as the GT Neo 3. They were first unveiled in the global markets at MWC 2023 during the global launch of the Realme GT 2 series.

Price and Availability

Coming to the price, the standard variant of the Realme GT Neo 3 with 80W fast-charging support is priced starting at CNY 1,999 (around Rs 23,900). The more innovative 150W charging-supported GT Neo 3 variant is priced starting at CNY 2,699 (around Rs 32,300). You can check out the prices of all the configurations right here:

Realme GT Neo 3 (80W)

6GB + 128GB: CNY 1,999 (around Rs 23,900)

8GB + 128GB: CNY 2,299 (around Rs 27,500)

12GB + 256GB: CNY 2,599 (around Rs 31,700)

Realme GT Neo 3 (150W)

8GB + 256GB: CNY 2,699 (around Rs 32,300)

12GB + 256GB: CNY 2,899 (around Rs 34,700)

Realme Buds Air 3

CNY 349 (around Rs 4,100)

As an introductory offer, the 8GB + 256GB model will be available for CNY 2,599, while the 12GB + 256GB variant will cost CNY 2,799. The GT Neo 3 and Buds Air 3 will be up for pre-orders in China today and go on sale from March 30. The Realme GT Neo 3 could be the perfect contender for Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge whenever it launches in India.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Gt

  WARNING!

Warranty may be void of your device if you follow the procedures given on this page.

You only are responsible for your device. We won’t be liable if any damage occurs to your device and/or its components.

  GUIDE: PHILZ TOUCH RECOVERY ON SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 2 7.0 GT-P3110 (WIFI ONLY)

Before you begin with guide instructions below, make sure your android device is adequately charged — at least 50% battery of the device.

  STEP 0: CHECK DEVICE MODEL NO.

To make sure your device is eligible with this, you must first confirm its model no. in ‘About device’ option under Settings. Another way to confirm model no. is by looking for it on the packaging box of your device. It must be GT-P3110!

Do not use the procedures discussed here on any other Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 variants or any other device of Samsung or any other company. You have been warned!

  STEP 1: BACKUP YOUR DEVICE

Back up important data and stuff before you start playing around here as there are chances you might lose your apps and app-data (app settings, game progress, etc.), and in rare case, files on the internal memory, too.

For help on Backup and Restore, check out our exclusive page on that linked right below.

► ANDROID BACK UP AND RESTORE GUIDE: APPS AND TIPS

  STEP 2: INSTALL LATEST DRIVER

You must have proper and working driver installed on your windows computer to be able to successfully flash PhilZ Touch Recovery on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. In case you’re not sure, follow the link below for a definitive guide for installing driver for your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 on your computer.

► SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 2 7.0 DRIVERS INSTALLATION GUIDE

   STEP 3: INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS   DOWNLOADS

Download the Odin zip file and PhilZ chúng tôi file given below. Transfer both Odin and recovery tar file to a separate folder on your computer just to keep things tidy.

  ODIN ZIP FILE   PHILZ TOUCH TAR FILE

For latest version of the recovery, check the original chúng tôi page →

  STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Important Note: Backup important files stored on internal SD card of your device, so that in case a situation arises requiring you to do a factory reset after flashing PhilZ Touch Recovery, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.

Extract/Unzip the Odin zip file, Latest Odin3 v3.09.zip on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably) to get this file: Odin3 v3.09.exe

Move the PhilZ file, philz_touch_6.12.8-p3110.tar.md5, in the same folder in which you extracted Latest Odin3 v3.09.zip (Just for your convenience, that is). So, now you’ll have the following files in that folder:

Odin3 v3.09.exe

philz_touch_6.12.8-p3110.tar.md5

Disconnect the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from PC if it is connected.

Boot your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 into Download Mode:

Power off your tablet first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off

Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power

If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some troubleshooting tips:

Make sure you have installed driver for Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 as said above.

If you have already installed driver, then uninstall them and re-install back.

Connect using a different USB port on your PC.

Try a different USB cable. The original cable that came with your tablet should work best, if not, try any other cable that’s new and of good quality.

Reboot tablet and PC and then try again.

Load the recovery file (Step 2) into Odin as instructed below:

Now in the Option section of Odin, make sure that Re-Partition box is unchecked. (Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes remain checked, while all other boxes remain unchecked.)

Double check the above two steps.

PhilZ Touch Recovery has installed successfully on your Tab 2 7.0. To boot your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 into Recovery Mode:

Power off your tablet first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.

Press and hold these 3 buttons together: Volume Up + Power.

If you see FAIL message instead of the PASS in Odin’s top left box, that’s a problem. Try this now: disconnect your Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from PC, close Odin, hold the Power button for 10 seconds which will force restart the tablet, open Odin and then repeat from Step 5 of this guide again.

Also, If device is Stuck at setup connection or on any other process, then too, try this: disconnect your Tab 2 7.0 from PC, close Odin, hold the Power button for 10 seconds which will force restart the tablet, open Odin and then repeat from Step 5 of this guide again.

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Corel Aftershot 2 Pro Review: Photo Editor A Formidable Competitor To Adobe Lightroom

In a perfect world, editing your photos would be just as fun as snapping them. Corel’s newly-released AfterShot Pro 2 is an $80 image editor for shutterbugs and pro photographers that almost makes it so.

AfterShot’s interface is clear and simple to use.

If you’ve used either Adobe Lightroom or Picasa, Aftershot Pro 2 will feel familiar. For one thing, it’s just as fast as Picasa: Browsing a 236GB photo library is a snappy and responsive experience. It is significantly faster than Adobe Lightroom on the same machine.

Thumbnails load quickly, and it’s easy to switch between different viewing modes.

You can choose whether you want AfterShot to import your photos into a database or work on the folder structure you already have on the disk (similar to what Picasa does). Working directly on the disk makes for very fast browsing, and you still get to enjoy one of AfterShot’s key features: non-destructive editing. Any changes you make are fully reversible, since they’re saved alongside the original image in an XMP file.

Image versioning takes some getting used to but comes in handy.

Non-destructive editing also means you can easily create multiple versions of a given image and try out different adjustments. AfterShot lets you compare these versions side by side and adjust each independently—and when browsing your photo collection in thumbnail mode, you can stack image versions so they only take up a single thumbnail. Combined with AfterShot’s robust support for RAW images, this makes for a fun editing playground.

AfterShot Pro 2 comes with a tempting button labeled Perfectly Clear. This button is supposed to quickly optimize your images—sort of like Picasa’s I’m Feeling Lucky feature—but in actual use, I found that it mainly lightened images and made them more contrasty. It was not as impressive as I’d hoped.

An image with Perfectly Clear applied (right) and without (left).

Fortunately, image adjustments are easy to make. There’s a vertical tool pane running across the window’s right side with clearly labeled tabs such as Tone, Details, and Metadata. Dig in, and you’ll find curve adjustment tools, color correction and balance, exposure controls, and more. The Perfectly Clear moniker makes another appearance, this time under the Detail tab where it’s used for noise removal. It’s a different tool with a similar name, because it’s based on the same technology—but when used for noise removal, I found that it works well.

By default, all of these adjustments will affect the image as a whole. If you’re looking to make more selective adjustments, you need to start working with layers. This is a concept any Photoshop user is familiar with, and AfterShot makes it simple and fuss-free.

Layers are there, only if you need them.

The first thing I noticed about the layer tools was how subtly they’re implemented. Not the image adjustments, but the way the tools are built into the interface: If you don’t usually need layers, you won’t even notice they’re there. But if you do like to work with layers and selective regions, they’re very easy to turn on.

Scaling and feathering selections is easy.

Once you have a layer, it’s time to select one or more regions of the image to adjust. Using the selection tools is surprisingly fun and intuitive: You can select circular areas, draw out polygons, create curves, or brush over areas of the image freehand. What makes the tools cool is how they scale and control feathering: Each selection has an inner area (the core) and an outer one (the feathered part). Put your mouse inside the core area and scroll, and the area instantly grows. Put it inside the feathered part and scroll, and the degree of feathering changes. It takes longer to explain than to use—a truly fun and nuanced way to make fine-grained region selections.

You can name layers and selected regions.

I found AfterShot works well for managing a vast collection of images. Even without creating a database (“Catalog,” in AfterShot Pro 2 parlance), you can make nondestructive image adjustments, tag images with keywords, rate them, label them with colors, and flag them as Picks or Rejects. Basically, if you can conceive of a way to sort and tag your vast image collection, AfterShot Pro 2 lets you do it.

AfterShot Pro 2 packs a number of other tricks, such as a fancy HDR tool. But even if you don’t dig deep into the product, it is blazing fast, easy to use, and makes for a compelling addition to any shutterbug’s toolbox.

Poco F4 Gt Review: Casual Gamer

Pros

Great trigger buttons

Very fast 120W charging

Excellent specs & performance

Subtle design

Cons

No headphone jack

Clunky software

Middling battery life

Our Verdict

The Poco F4 GT has excellent hardware specs for the price including the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Paired with amazingly fast charging, trigger buttons, and game-boosting software features, it is a solid gaming phone that manages to masquerade as a regular smartphone thanks to its restrained design. 

The Poco F4 GT is the Xiaomi sub-brand’s highest-spec phone to date and is geared towards smartphone gamers. Poco insists it’s not solely a gaming phone though, and with a relatively restrained design compared to other gaming phones, I am inclined to agree.

After a few weeks with the handset device, it’s clear this is a phone that can cope with several rounds of Call of Duty Mobile and the like with not so much as a performance hiccup, but it also does all the normal smartphone things without a hitch too.

Design & Build

Pop-up shoulder trigger buttons

Subtle gaming look

Fingerprint scanner in power button

The F4 GT is a global version of the Redmi K50 Gaming that’s already been released and is on sale in China. The specs are identical, and the hardware design is incredibly similar, too.

Other gaming phones from Asus and Red Magic have very loud designs with RGB lighting, odd angles and sheet metal vibes. The F4 GT is a lot subtler, which I much prefer. Not all gamers want a phone that looks like the escape hatch on a space shuttle.

The glass back of the phone hints at gaming chops though with my black review unit sporting grey lines to break up the colour and an lightning bolt for the camera flash that’s equal parts cut and cool. A silver version stands out a little more, while a yellow model does away with all subtlety.

There are RGB light strips in the triple camera module, but they only come on when charging the phone, playing a game, or for incoming calls and messages. Weirder is the inscription ‘FREEZING SPEEDIEST’ next to the cameras, I’ve no idea what that is meant to mean.

Better is the fingerprint sensor in the power button for very fast biometric unlocking and not having to mess about with bad in-screen sensors.

I’ve fairly small hands but found the button positioning close to the end of the edge of the phone meant I could easily press them during gameplay without having to turn my hands into reaching claws. You do have to somewhat cradle the phone too, as at 210g it is quite weighty, but it does feel premium.

You usually have to dive into the settings of individual games to assign shoulder touch controls to the buttons. 

Poco missed a trick not including a 3.5mm headphone jack when so many mobile gamers would want the latency-free option of wired headphones. There is at least a USB-C headphone jack adapter in the box, though.

Also included in the box is a 120W fast charger but more on that later.

Screen & Speakers

6.67in AMOLED

120Hz refresh rate

High 480Hz touch sampling rate

No gaming phone is complete without a high refresh rate display and the F4 GT does not disappoint with a 120Hz-capable, 6.67in 20:9 AMOLED panel. With a 480Hz touch sampling rate, it is very responsive, app and menu animations fly by smoothly and games at high refresh rate settings play well.

Some phones, like the Pixel 6 Pro and

Poco has opted to keep the resolution at 1080p, and other gaming phones like the Asus ROG Phone 5 have a higher 144Hz option, but unless you’re incredibly picky the F4 GT’s screen is excellent. I’d have liked it if it could go brighter as in some light it looks a tad dull, but for most indoor gaming it looked bright and crisp enough.

The quad speakers are very good, located on the top edges of the top and bottom of the phone when you’re holding it in landscape orientation to game with. This meant sometimes when using the trigger buttons and gripping the phone I covered the speaker grilles with my index fingers, but the sound wasn’t too muffled thanks to a quite open design.

The speakers get plenty loud but do distort at the very highest volumes. On the plus side, their power means this is a good phone for clearly playing podcasts without headphones.

Specs & Performance

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G

Up to 12GB RAM

Up to 256GB non-expandable storage

The phone holds its own thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the highest-spec Qualcomm chipset available to Poco for the handset’s April 2023 launch. My 256GB review unit had 12GB RAM which seemed more than enough, but bear in mind you’ll only get 8GB with the 128GB model.

It adds up to a phone whose specs are not the highest available for any Android flagship, let alone a gaming phone. But in my usage, it performed admirably at everything, including games, so I have no complaints.

I powered through COD, Mario Kart Tour, Genshin Impact and other visually demanding titles with no issues cropping up and a pleasing fluidity to everything. It keeps games like PUBG in memory for a brief time too so if you need to dip out and do something in another app, the game will load instantly when you return. Leave it a few minutes and you will have to restart though.

The LiquidCool 3.0 tech seemingly kept the phone from getting too warm under load. Poco designed the phone to keep the battery charging unit and processor as far from each other as possible and put vapour chambers over each to maximise cooling. The phone will get a little hot if you game for hours with the cable plugged in, though.

Comparing the Poco to other gaming phones in the benchmark table below, it more than holds its own against phones that cost a lot more. It also equals or betters the Samsung Galaxy S22+ in all tests. 

A small but great thing is this phone’s excellent haptics. They are firm and pop well when typing and during gameplay and are among the best haptics I’ve seen on a phone at this price.

Battery Life & Charging

4700mAh not the biggest

Insanely fast 120W charging

Clever cable design

The Poco really shows off when it comes to the battery with 120W wired fast charging speeds. It’s absolutely insane. I charged the phone to 100% from empty in 20 minutes.

As with other phones with speedy charging tech, it changed how and when I charged my phone. Instead of running it down all day and leaving it plugged in all night, I now top up the phone for a matter of minutes when it needs it. If it’s below 40% or so when I hit the hay, I can plug it in while I’m brushing my teeth and it’ll be close to 70% afterwards.

That makes up for the just-fine longevity of the battery itself. Using the phone normally always got me to the end of the day but once I fired up some games and played for half an hour, the battery expectedly ticked down at a fair rate. Despite a great PC Mark battery test score of 10 hours 46 minutes of continual use, after two hours of constant gaming I was reaching for the charger. 

Poco knows you will want to charge while gaming, which is why the USB-C cable is cleverly angled in an L shape so it plugs in and goes off at 90 degrees, meaning you can hold the phone in landscape to game and not have a cable getting in the way of your hand.

Despite a glass back the phone does not support wireless charging, but you can’t exactly wireless charge a phone while gaming anyway, and the 120W wired option is so fast you won’t miss the feature.  

Cameras

Solid 64Mp main shooter

Other three lenses nothing special

4k at 60fps video recording

Poco’s head of marketing told me cameras still aren’t a priority for the brand, but the triple-lens setup here is above average. The 64Mp f/1.9 Sony IMX686 main sensor does most of the heavy lifting here and in good conditions shots are sharp and clear.

There’s no telephoto lens, so the 2x zoom in the camera app is simply digital zoom cropping this main sensor. Digital portrait mode often produces pleasingly moody, contrasty shots and is fun to play with.

The software tends to oversaturate colours and there’s an HDR toggle, but the dynamic range of images is nothing to write home about. The 8Mp ultrawide is less capable than the main camera but at least you have the option to capture more in the frame when needed. The 2Mp macro lets you get close up to stuff, but it’s not a patch on the iPhone 13 Pro’s macro might.  

All lenses struggle in low light, even in night mode, with textures and colours often lost to muddy dark tones. 

A 20Mp selfie camera produces washed-out images in low light, but it suffices for video calls, the occasional selfie session, and any games that use the front camera.

Poco has a nicely designed camera app with intuitive toggles and options, and the video recording is surprisingly versatile. There’s a fun movie frame mode to give your shooting a black letterbox look, and the main lens can shoot in 4K at 60fps.

Software & Apps

MIUI 13 based on Android 12

Game Turbo feature

Too much iOS copying

Poco has added some granular gaming control in the form of a standalone app called Game Turbo. It allows you to set specific hardware and software settings on a per game basis. I didn’t feel the need to use it much but if you want to crank up the RAM allocation and other settings then it’s there.

Taste in software is quite personal and I could not get on with Poco’s MIUI 13 skin. It’s great the phone launches with Android 12, but Xiaomi’s software design changes an awful lot, and in some instances purposefully makes Android more like iOS.

This is most noticeable in how notifications behave, stacking one on top of the other in big white blocks with rounded edges just like on an iPhone. Several notifications from the same app aren’t grouped together in stacks either, so the pings pile up into a big ungainly mess.

It’s a far cry from the organised, easy to manage notifications of Android 12 on phones from other brands, in particular Samsung.

There’s also an iOS steal in how the software brings down Android’s quick settings when swiping down from the top right. It blurs the screen and presents you with big panels and buttons to touch.

You can switch off access to this via the top right, but it’s another instance where sticking with Android’s regular behaviour would make much more sense. I frequently tried to swipe down for notifications and got the quick settings instead.

The performance of the phone means the software works how Poco intended. But the amount of cruft over the top makes the phone feel a little sluggish, even though it’s far from it. Animations are a bit laboured.

For the hardcore gamers, the software has a performance mode that turns everything up to 11 in Spinal Tap style. I never felt I had to use the mode as the games I played ran fine on normal settings but it’s good to know it’s there if you need it.

Poco hasn’t confirmed how many Android platform updates the F4 GT will get or how many years of security updates. The company told me it’s aiming for three years and four years respectively, but that is not certain yet.

Price & Availability

The Poco F4 GT has early bird pricing in the UK of £499 for the high-end 12GB/256GB model. This price is available until 11:59pm UK time on 30 May. The price will then rise to the RRP of £699. 

Get the Poco F4 GT at its special launch price of £499 from Amazon UK or from Poco directly. 

The phone retails at €599 in Europe for the 8GB/128GB model and €699 for the 12GB/256GB model. You can get it from Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain, and Amazon France.

At its £699 full price, the phone costs £100 more than the Google Pixel 6, so you’re going to have to really want those trigger buttons and Snapdragon chip to opt for it over Google’s flagship. 

But if gaming is tour priority it’s worth the spend. Compared to other gaming phones, the F4 GT is very reasonably priced. Getting one could save you hundreds of pounds on the competition. 

Verdict

Poco has succeeded in its goal of making a gaming phone that can masquerade as a ‘normal’ smartphone when you aren’t gaming – something that’s rare in the phone market but quite possibly a sweet spot many users may have been waiting for.

The design hints at a gamer aesthetic but is subtle enough that no one will really notice, but adds fun and useful touches like trigger buttons and cooling tech.

The screen and speakers are excellent and while the battery life is unremarkable, the 120W charger included in the box is the fastest you can currently find on any globally available smartphone and means you can fully charge the phone in just 20 minutes.

Add to that the competitive pricing and the Poco F4 GT is one of the rare gaming phones I can recommend to casual gamers as well as those who are glued daily to online multiplayer madness.

Specs Poco F4 GT: Specs

Android 12 with MIUI 13

6.67in AMOLED, 1080 x 2400, 120Hz, 20:9 ratio

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G processor

8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM

128/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage (non-expandable)

64Mp f/1.9 Main

8Mp f/2.2 Ultrawide

2Mp f/2.4 Macro

20Mp f/2.4 Selfie

Dual-SIM

Quad speaker

NFC

GPS

Bluetooth 5.2

Wi-Fi 6E

Fingerprint sensor in Power button

4700mAh battery

120W fast charging

USB-C charging port

162.5 x 76.7 x 8.5mm

210g

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