Just like the previous Poco phones we’ve reviewed, the X3 GT also came carefully packaged in an abundance of accessories. Poco has always been very thoughtful in its packaging. Providing a premium-quality cable and dock, lots of important paperwork, a sticker sheet and a clear plastic case, Poco clearly wins at generosity.
Design and Packaging
Poco X3 GT comes with a 67W converter, a USB.C cable, a Type-C to 3.5mm adapter, the aforementioned plastic case, sticker sheet and instruction manuals. All the accessories are carefully packaged in cardboard boxes and plastic packets. The main unit is a beauty on its own. It is the most beautiful shade of sea blue that you’ll ever set your eyes upon. What’s better is that the phone features the blue in an ombre from the darkest tone of it at the bottom to the lightest at the top. The rest of the body is fairly minimal with the brand name stamped on the bottom left, and a rectangular lens on the top right. Poco thankfully trimmed its brand name down to a smaller size as compared to the back of the X3 Pro where it takes more than half of the space.
The back of the phone features a ridged exterior with stripes going down from the top to the bottom. The sides are matte and offer quite a couple of controls. There is a charging port and the speakers on the bottom, the power button and the volume rocker is on the right and the left side hosts the sim card socket. There is a front camera lens at the top with fairly thin bezels on all four sides.
Weighing a total of 193g, the X3 GT is a fairly lightweight phone. It has a thickness of 8.9mm and feels like a feather in your hands.
The X3 GT hosts a large 6.6-inch FHD+ DotDisplay. Sporting a resolution of 2400×1080, the display is as focused as it can get. The colors are sharp and the pixels are bright and clear. The display supports a wide color palette and you can see quite a range of shades. The graphics pop out and have a vividness to them. With a 120Hz refresh rate, the screen supports gaming sufficiently well. I wouldn’t say it’s suitable for extremely graphic-intensive games, but it ran PUBG without a stutter.
The X3 GT has a touch sampling rate of 240Hz, which means it registers your touch fairly quickly. It also ports the standard Poco features we have seen in all of their phones we reviewed. These include a Reading Mode and a Sunlight Display. The Reading Mode offers enhanced blue light that’s supposed to be easy on your eyes, and the Sunlight Display is for powering through when the sun is too harsh for you to be able to view the screen. Coated with a layer of Corning Glass, the X3 GT’s display makes sure to stay unaffected despite light drops.
The X3 GT comes in two configurations. There is an 8GB and 128GB version, and another version that is 8GB and 256GB. I received the latter, so your experience with the phone may differ a little but, unless you have a serious hoarding problem, I don’t think the 128GB version will be an issue. Since both versions offer the same size of RAM, the difference of versions is only in the amount of storage space you’re getting. Therefore, think wisely and go for the option that best suits your storage needs.
The X3 GT sports a MediaTek Dimensity 1100 processor that enables fast displays with zero non-blur visuals. Even if you’re not a gamer, you’ll notice the faster response with notably smoother scrolling of webpages, social streams, and animations in apps. The X3 GT sports the MIUI 12.5, as all other Poco phones we’ve reviewed till date do. MIUI has recently brought some changes to make its interface more enjoyable. It now uses less memory and resources, and generally feels much more responsive on devices with 120Hz panels. The X3 GT hosts a 5000mAh battery that lasted me an entire day! And my usage is as heavy as it gets. I binge-watched Kim’s Convenience, YouTubed, and used Tiktok for hours. If my usage was lighter, the battery would’ve lasted two days easily.
Great Camera Results
The X3 GT has a pretty great camera. It sports a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro-camera. It offers rear camera video recording from 30 fps up to 4K. There’s a 16MP front camera with an AI Beautify feature. While reviewing the Poco X3 Pro, I felt as if the camera results were way too artificial. The beauty filter seemed too over-enhanced and the details of my face were largely muted. The X3 GT doesn’t make the same mistake and the pictures are focused, sharp and clear.
Featuring dual speakers and Hi-Res Audio certification, the X3 GT sports Hi-Res Wireless Audio by Dolby Atmos. The sound is pretty great for a phone. It carries a little bass with it and treble is sharp and clear. In terms of security features, the X3 GT offers a side fingerprint sensor and an AI face unlock. While the fingerprint sensor is quite accurate and worked pretty well for me every single time, the face unlock could have been a little more responsive. All in all, though, the X3 GT is a fairly impressive phone. Its $365 price may come off as pricey to some, but it is definitely worth the investment.
Is It Hardcore?
The Poco X3 GT is a fantastic phone. It is fast, powerful, features a brilliant camera and a long-lasting battery life. It’s a little pricey, but think of it as an investment that will last you a couple of years.