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POCO X3 GT vs POCO F3: Specs Comparison

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There’s no denying that Xiaomi, under its POCO sub-brand, offers some of the most interesting flagship killers below Php20,000.

The latest one is the POCO X3 GT, which just came out a few weeks ago carrying a whopping set of features that could rival flagships with a midrange price.

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We’ll see how it’s different from the POCO F3, which came out a few months earlier with a similar price and killer specs that make it one of the most appealing smartphones to buy.

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In our POCO X3 GT versus POCO F3 specifications and features comparison, we’ll see what’s the difference between the two, and ultimately, we’ll let you decide which one to get.

POCO X3 GTPOCO F3
Operating SystemAndroid 11
MIUI 12.5 for POCO
Android 11
MIUI 12 for POCO
SIMDual SIM
Dual stand-by
Dual SIM
Dual stand-by
Display6.67-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
399ppi
120Hz refresh rate
240Hz touch sampling rate
DCI-P3
360-degree ambient light sensor
6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
395ppi
120Hz refresh rate
360Hz touch sampling
HDR10+
MEMC
100% DCI-P3
Processor2.6GHz MediaTek Dimensity 1100 octa-core
LiquidCool Technology 2.0
3.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G octa-core
Water cooling
RAM8GB6GB/8GB
GPUMali-G77 MC9Adreno 650
Storage128GB/256GB
UFS 3.1
non-expandable
128GB/256GB
UFS 3.1
non-expandable
Front Camera16-megapixel20-megapixel
Rear Camera64-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
2-megapixel (macro, f/2.4)
LED flash
48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
5-megapixel (telemacro, f/2.4)
One-Click AI Cinema
Triple array microphone
LED flash
AudioNo headphone jack
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
Hi-Res audio
Hi-Res wireless audio
X-axis haptic
No headphone jack
Stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
Hi-Res audio
Hi-Res wireless audio
X-axis haptic
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint sensor
AI Face Unlock
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BDS
NFC
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
dual-band GPS, A-GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, QZSS, NavIC
NFC
IR Blaster
USB Type-C
Dimensions163.3 x 75.9 x 8.9mm163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8mm
Weight193g196g
BodyFront: Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Back: Glass
Frame: Aluminum
Front: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Back: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Frame: Aluminum
ColorsWave Blue
Cloud White
Stargaze Black
Deep Ocean Blue
Night Black
Arctic White
Battery5,000mAh
non-removable
67W Turbo Charging
4,520mAh
33W fast charging
Price8GB/128GB: Php15,990
8GB/256GB: Php17,990
6GB/128GB: Php17,990
8GB/256GB: Php20,990

Design and Build Quality

As we always say, what smartphone looks good will depend on your preference. That said, we’ll let you decide on this part.

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On this case, both devices actually look similar, with their only distinguishing features are the camera glass. As you can see, the X3 GT has a more prominent rectangular glass with a silver accent highlighting the main camera.

Meanwhile, the F3 has a cleaner oblong glass with a less conspicuous silver ring highlighting the main camera.

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We may have a tie for the build quality. While the POCO F3 is sandwiched with Gorilla Glass 5, the POCO X3 GT has a much sturdier Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and a fingerprint-resistant ribbed texture on the back.

Display and Audio

The duo shares the same 6.67-inch display size, 120Hz refresh rate, and an FHD+ resolution. But thanks to its more colorful AMOLED screen, a more responsive 360Hz touch sampling, and HDR10+ support, the POCO F3 takes the cake on this one.

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They also share the same audio features from having stereo speakers setup, support for Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio, Hi-Res wireless, and been X-axis haptic feedback for more realistic vibrations. Sadly, neither have a headphone jack, which should be fine in an era of wireless headphones.

Hardware and Performance

While the MediaTek Dimensity 1100 chip of the POCO X3 GT offers one of the best performances for a midrange chip, there’s no denying that the POCO F3 wins this one.

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It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chip, which is a proper flagship processor you’d rarely see on a device at this price. It also has a higher CPU clock speed and better support for apps.

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Cameras

The POCO X3 GT may have a lower-resolution selfie camera and lacks a fancy “telemacro” lens. Still, I think people are more interested in what the main camera offers as it’s actually the camera they’d use most of the time.

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That said, this one has a 64-megapixel main sensor, while the F3 settles for a 48-megapixel one. But to the F3’s credit, it does have three microphones for improved audio when video recording.

Battery

An instant win for the POCO X3 GT, thanks to its 5,000mAh battery, which can offer better longevity than the 4,520mAh of the F3.

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What’s more, it has a 67W Turbo Charger, which is twice the speed as what the latter offers.

Verdict

The POCO X3 GT offers a really compelling value for the price. There’s a fast screen, capable processor, better cameras, sturdy glass, bigger battery, and much faster charging.

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But if performance is the top priority, the POCO F3 and its Snapdragon 870 is possibly the most powerful device you can get for the price. As a bonus, it also has a high-refresh-rate AMOLED screen.

But that flagship chip warrants a higher asking price. The base model is available for Php17,990. That’s Php2,000 more than the Php15,990 price of the other. But if you’re already spending that much money in this range, the price difference shouldn’t be a big issue.

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