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Price Poco F4 GT
Unpacking
First configuration
Finish
Specifications
CPU / GPU Performance
Benchmark Antutu/3DMark
Performance and cooling
Network performance
Wifi performance
GPS performance
Battery range
Photo camera test
External audio quality
Audio quality (headphones)
Screen quality
Biometry
Operating system
Test / Review conclusion
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Poco F4 GT: test / full review


Published on: 26-04-2022 / Modified: 01-10-2023
The race for ultimate performance seems to have restarted after a calmer period. I tested the Black Shark 4 Pro two months ago and at that time this phone represented the top of the pyramid with the Realme GT (among the phones I tested) but a newcomer will probably do them shadow and it is this time with the Poco brand that it will undoubtedly happen.

The F range at Poco represents the top of the range and the GT designation corresponds to a more efficient version designed for gamers and those who want to have the most efficient smartphone. On paper, this new Poco F4 GT really looks like a brute. It is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU accompanied by an Adreno 730, it is the kind of phone that will set the bar very high and not only in terms of performance. I also see interesting things in terms of photography, gps, wifi, 5G...there are new things on every floor!

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Structure of my tests

I test the phones according to a pre-established structure (see below) to provide you with as much information as possible. Unfortunately, this takes a long time. Some tests like network performance tests take several days and for photo tests I sometimes have to wait until the weather is suitable to take pictures in good conditions. I am therefore obliged to publish the tests step by step, so I invite you to come back if the test is not complete at the time of your visit.

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Timeline

04/26/2022 Reception of the Poco F4 GT, the test will be able to start

Why this phone?

I tested almost all Poco models released since 2020, some escaped me but this new Poco F4 GT could not escape me. Even if I'm not a hard core mobile gamer, this kind of phone interests me on many points. There is of course the performance, this first version of the new Snapdragon will undoubtedly explode all the scores. So I'm curious to see the influence of this performance on the cooling of the phone because it's often a problem with high-performance phones, I'm also curious to see the impact on the battery.

The performance is not the only interesting point, there is in particular the presence of the Sony IMX 686 photo sensor which was also used in the Poco F2 Pro and which I still use today because it is a very good photo sensor. I imagine Poco has made some improvements since the Poco F2 Pro was released 2 years ago.

For wifi, I was expecting a configuration with several antennas and for GPS it will be dual band. The phone is therefore very well equipped on many components.

Unpacking

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I received the Poco F4 GT in a closed box with a code, I thought the initiative was nice enough to discover this new phone. The Poco box is however quite classic, it uses the brand's usual color codes and contains the phone, a transparent soft silicone shell, a manual, a needle for the sim drawer, a USB C cable at a right angle and a 120W charger.

First configuration

Phones running MIUI all look the same and that's normal, but sometimes I notice a few small differences like with this new Poco. First there is the choice between the usual keyboard and the Google voice keyboard, this is the first time that MIUI has offered me this choice. Transferring data from the old phone is also different, Poco offers cable transfer first, I don't find that very convenient but I imagine it's a strategy not to put Google's cloud too much in the way before. However, I find that the Google cloud is much more practical for managing a backup than a cable system.

Finish

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The Poco F4 GT is a great phone but it's not the biggest or the biggest. It has a length quite similar to other phones using a 6.67 inch screen but on the other hand it is less thick than the Black Shark 4 Pro, it has more or less the same thickness as a Redmi Note 11. Poco has undoubtedly gained a few millimeters using a 4700 mAh battery instead of the usual 5000.

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The photo block on the back is well integrated into the back of the phone, it does not protrude too much and its design with a triangle on each side gives it the impression to be slimmer. Using the Sony IMX 686 as the main sensor avoids integration issues like what you can see on a Poco X4 Pro where the camera sensor comes out quite strong on the back.
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The sim drawer is located at the top left of the phone and it is quite small, it can hold two sim cards, there is no SD indication on either side, so it cannot accommodate memory card.

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The Poco F4 GT has two external speakers and their shape is quite unusual, reminiscent of the use of triangles on the photo block on the back. The speakers are placed on the upper and lower edge of the phone and are at the same level on the right of the phone. This placement should in principle allow sound to travel without being blocked by the hand when playing with the phone.
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The volume button is on the left side, this is an unusual place for this button except on gaming phones like this. The right side is occupied by the gamepads, so the volume button had to be put somewhere else and it's a good idea to put it there because it makes the volume accessible with the right thumb when you play.
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Below is the usual USB C port, however there is no audio output jack on this phone and there is no adapter in the box. You will therefore have to either buy a USB to Jack adapter or use Bluetooth headphones.

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The back of the phone is made of aluminum and glass, it's a cold metallic feeling that dominates, there is really a difference in feeling between the gray area and area with lines and triangles. I guess this choice is also related to the heat dissipation of the phone. Even if the format of the phone is very classic, I find that this alternation of glass and aluminum is very successful, this Poco F4 GT has a less brutal appearance than the Black Shark 4 Pro.

Specifications


The information below comes from the Device Info HW application. The application provides detailed technical information about the tested phone. The Poco F4 GT runs on a Qualcomm architecture which I will detail in the next paragraph but there are other interesting things that I noted from the technical specifications:
- 12 GB of base RAM in LPDDR5, large RAM capacity and fast memory
- Cirrus Logic CS35L41 amplifier
- dual frequency GPS
- 440 pixel density (1440 x 3200px resolution)
- the CPU temperatures seem high but I will test that specifically with the battery test
These are just a few examples but that show that this Poco is not just a copy of another Poco , I was expecting a great retraining exercise as they are used to doing by taking up elements from the Black Shark in particular, but this is not at all the case. This Poco is unique in the Poco range for now.

CPU / GPU Performance



The Poco F4 GT embeds a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU engraved in 4nm, this processor is the best for the moment. The Poco F4 GT is not the only one to use this CPU, there is also the Vivo X80 Pro, the Realme GT 2 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S22+, the One Plus 10 Pro but a priori the Poco will be the cheapest of all these phones. This would allow Poco to once again claim the best price/performance positioning.

For the graphics part, this phone is equipped with an Adreno 730 GPU which also represents the top of the range in terms of performance, it is present in the same phones since it is part of of the same CPU/>GPU configuration.

The Poco is therefore likely to top my performance rankings and overtake the Black Shark 4 Pro for a lower price.

Benchmark Antutu/3DMark

Before receiving the phone I had seen Antutu scores that exceeded one million points and when testing mine I was surprised to see that I only reached 853016 points. The reason is very simple, I test the phones with Antutu v8 to keep a fair comparison with all the phones I tested and the score of 1 million was obtained with Antutu v9. Anyway, it's very high, it's 12% more than the Black Shark 4 Pro but what is very special is that on the graphics performance, this Poco is 146% better than the Black Shark! The Adreno 730 GPU is really far above anything I've tested so far, so it will delight all hard core gamers.

The temperature of the phone increased by 7°C during the test, it may seem like a lot but it is not felt in the fingers because of the liquid cooling system of the phone.

Performance and cooling

To better gauge the performance, I pushed the phone to its maximum for several minutes and I I measured the computing power as well as the consumption in watts. For my first test the temperature of the room in which I did the test was around 23°C. After three minutes the phone froze with an English message saying overheating. So I let the phone cool and I did a second try by placing the phone in my fridge and there I was able to do the test until the end. I then made a third test at room temperature but leaving the back of the phone in the open air (the phone was placed on wood for the first test) and there I was also able to complete the test.

Results of my measurements:
Average CPU consumption at 100%: 10.67W
Average GPU consumption at 100%: 7.67W
Average FPU power consumption at 100%: 8.34W
Average screen power consumption: 1W

This phone is very power hungry!
I then compared the computing power of each unit and for the CPU I got a good performance but it is not extraordinary because it is about 50% more than a Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus. It's the GPU that pulls all the performance up because there I have a GPU almost 6x more efficient than a Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus. I'm comparing performance with the Redmi because it's the last phone I tested with this test protocol. The GPU performance is truly impressive.

And the temperature? Well, as I wrote at the beginning of the parameter, the phone went to sleep after my first test because it had failed to evacuate the heat properly. On my third test, the battery rose to 64.3°C with the back of the phone in contact with ambient air. It's absolutely huge and the phone was really hot but it didn't crash. Before you run off I still have to say that it's highly unlikely you'll be able to put the phone in this situation with a game. My PUBG test shows the phone was using less than 50% capacity, we is therefore very far from the 100% continuous of my test. Cooling with PUBG worked great. In any case, I clearly advise to leave the back in the open to avoid problems.




Gaming

To test the performance in game, I download the mobile PUBG game and evaluate the in-game experience, graphics level and depth of vision. This game is quite demanding and should help you evaluating the performance of a phone.
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This phone is designed for gamers so it was to be expected that the gaming experience would be good and it is indeed the case. I tested here PUBG Mobile in HD in Ultra mode and the gaming experience is perfectly smooth with 60 fps consistently. The level of graphics is superb, the depth of vision is excellent and during the game I did not feel a significant increase in the temperature of the phone.

Network performance

This Poco F4 GT has excellent frequency coverage, it supports 13 5G frequencies and 19 4G frequencies. You can therefore use it everywhere in Europe.

Signal 4G (from December 2020)

I decided to change the methodology for measuring the network because I noticed that the configuration of the mobile network changes over time. This makes it more difficult to compare phones because the conditions are no longer exactly the same.

To overcome this problem, I set up a device that captures 24 hours a day about ten parameters from the mobile network (ex: cell id, rssi, rsrq, snr, frequency,...). I then place the phone next to the device for 24 to 48 hours taking the same measurements so that I can compare them.

Overview of the phones tested with this methodology



I performed 832 measurements to assess the network sensitivity of the Poco F4 GT and obtained an average signal of -95.02 dBm. Over the same period I obtained an average signal of -93.09 dBm with the probe, the difference is not very significant but will place the Poco F4 GT in the average and for a high-end phone it is a little shame.

Download/Upload speed

To test the download speed, I have identified some 4G cells offering good performance where I test all my devices several times to see what download and upload speed they can achieve.


Wifi performance

To test a phone's ability to receive the network properly, I take measurements near my router and then remotely (and always at the same place). This gives me an average in dBm where a value of -90 dBm indicates poorer performance than a value at -30 dBm.


Wifi signal

I measured an average signal of -20 dBM near the router (in 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz), it's not an extraordinary signal level, it's average while I expected this phone be very sensitive to wifi. From a distance I have a signal of -58 dBm, this signal level is good but is not where I expected either. It shouldn't be felt too much on a daily basis because this signal level isn't bad, but given the configuration of this phone, I expected a better score.



Download/Upload speed

To test the speed in Wifi, I connect to my router in 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (if available) and use the Ookla application to measure the speed.

GPS performance


To test the accuracy of the GPS signal, I use two positioning applications to evaluate the difference between the actual position and the position indicated by the phone. This test is done outdoors with nothing to obstruct the signal. An accuracy level of up to 3 meters can easily be corrected by an application (e.g. Google Maps).

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The Poco F4 GT is equipped with a dual-frequency GPS chip, so it can access more signals and establish positioning faster. When I first launched the GPS, I actually got a quality signal quite quickly with an accuracy level that came in at 3 meters like all Snapdragon chips. This level of precision can be corrected by your GPS application such as Google Maps. I detected the following frequencies: L1/L5 GPS, L1 Glonass, E1/E5a Galileo, B1/B1C/B2a Baidu.


Battery range

To test battery life I developed an application that measures the battery level minute by minute until the battery is empty. This application consumes about ten percent of the phone's resources and I do a test with 100 brightness. This test aims to reproduce a contemplative use of a phone (e.g. surfing the internet, reading articles, spending time on social networks). These results are not valid for intensive gaming/streaming use.
While performing my load tests, I noticed that this phone was really power hungry and logically that must have affected the battery test as well. This is indeed the case, I got a battery life of 365 minutes with the screen on at 100% and 1092 minutes with the screen on at 50%. This autonomy score is one of the lowest among the phones I've tested in recent months. The screen consumes more energy than the average, it is undoubtedly its higher resolution which is the cause but the brightness also plays a role because at 100%, the consumption of the screen is 3 times higher than at 50%.
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120W charging is fast and can charge the phone from 0-100% after about 30 minutes, it's a good score but not the best. The Black Shark 4 Pro and the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus do better. The graph shows that the charging speed is very fast at the beginning and then I observe a break after 8 minutes where the speed slows down and then a new break towards 90% of the battery.
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Autonomy will undoubtedly be one of the weaknesses of this phone because when you buy a phone of this type it is to use it and unfortunately it is quite energy intensive. If you use it reasonably you will probably be able to last the day, but if you play for several hours, you will always need to have a charger at hand.

Photo camera test

To test the quality of photos produced by a phone, I do a technical test (resolution, sharpness, chromatic aberration,...) in studio (identical conditions) to evaluate the technical part objectively. From the second half of 2020, I built my own laboratory to take completely objective technical measurements. I then take pictures in real conditions to see how the camera performs. I then evaluate these photos according to my criteria but I publish the photos so that you can evaluate the result according to your criteria.

Hardware

The Poco F4 GT uses a Sony IMX 686 as its main sensor, it's a good sensor but it's not a very recent sensor. This sensor was already present in the Poco F2 Pro two years ago and some Huawei models used it before the Poco F2 Pro. For a phone of this price level, I expected something newer although, I repeat, this sensor is a good sensor. I still use the Poco F2 Pro today because it uses this sensor.

The secondary sensor (ultra wide angle) is an Omnivision OV8856 sensor, I haven't tested this sensor yet. The selfie sensor is a Sony IMX 586, here again it's not a very recent sensor but it's still a good sensor all the same.

Photo quality


Photo quality (indoor/studio)

The studio test is carried out under the same conditions so that the results can be compared on an equal basis. I calibrate my lighting for each test to obtain the same brightness and colour temperature. This test is a preliminary analysis of the technical qualities of a camera. Most phones fail this test, so you should also read the results of the other tests in the following paragraphs.

Sony IMX 686 / 64 Mpix
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I took the photo above in manual mode to show what this camera is capable of. I know this sensor well because I have been using it for 2 years on the Poco f2 Pro. In manual mode, you can get great shots even under artificial light. In automatic mode, the result is less good, the choice of shutter speed is not the best, but fortunately this problem does not occur for outdoor photos. If I look at my other criteria, I would say that the sharpness is good, the colors are close to reality and there are no major flaws to notice.

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The last time I tested the IMX 686 was before I used this photo with the tickets, so I'm glad to discover that this good old IMX 686 still holds up very well today against more recent sensors. Sharpness is good and fairly even, the photo is brighter than what I'm used to seeing (I was in auto mode though) and colors look decent.
Omnivision OV8856
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This kind of sensor never produces photos of extraordinary quality but I am sometimes positively surprised, this is unfortunately not the case for this one . The photo is distorted but that's normal, but the colors are really weird. It looks like the character on the right is sick, the color of his face and the yellow tint on the whole of the photo is very strongly deviated from reality. The sharpness is not very good and it degrades quite quickly, there is also digital noise even though the photo was taken at ISO 56.

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Here it's the same observation, the sharpness is not very good, it deteriorates quickly. The exposure time is a little too fast and some colors are no longer very natural. This Omnivision sensor therefore produces lower quality photos than the Sony IMX 355 which is usually used as a secondary sensor.

Photo: technical test

I was inspired by industrial technical tests to create my own technical test to evaluate the technical quality of a camera. This test is an objective assessment of a camera's ability to render a scene correctly.

I test the following elements:
- centre sharpness, peripheral sharpness
- colour fidelity based on 24 reference colours
- level of chromatic aberration
- dynamic range (ability to capture dark and light areas without loss)
- distortion

The technical evaluation may differ from the subjective evaluation as the feeling of a photo will be influenced by the processing provided by each manufacturer.

Sony IMX 686 / 64 Mpix
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I took the photo above in manual mode to show what this camera is capable of. I know this sensor well because I have been using it for 2 years on the Poco f2 Pro. In manual mode, you can get great shots even under artificial light. In automatic mode, the result is less good, the choice of shutter speed is not the best, but fortunately this problem does not occur for outdoor photos. If I look at my other criteria, I would say that the sharpness is good, the colors are close to reality and there are no major flaws to notice.

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The last time I tested the IMX 686 was before I used this photo with the tickets, so I'm glad to discover that this good old IMX 686 still holds up very well today against more recent sensors. Sharpness is good and fairly even, the photo is brighter than what I'm used to seeing (I was in auto mode though) and colors look decent.
Omnivision OV8856
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This kind of sensor never produces photos of extraordinary quality but I am sometimes positively surprised, this is unfortunately not the case for this one . The photo is distorted but that's normal, but the colors are really weird. It looks like the character on the right is sick, the color of his face and the yellow tint on the whole of the photo is very strongly deviated from reality. The sharpness is not very good and it degrades quite quickly, there is also digital noise even though the photo was taken at ISO 56.

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Here it's the same observation, the sharpness is not very good, it deteriorates quickly. The exposure time is a little too fast and some colors are no longer very natural. This Omnivision sensor therefore produces lower quality photos than the Sony IMX 355 which is usually used as a secondary sensor.

Outdoor photo quality

Sony IMX 686
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The photos taken by the Sony IMX 686 are quite bright in the sun and the colors are very saturated to the point that I thought I left the AI or HDR mode work for all photos. I always do some tests in AI or HDR but for most photos, I deactivate these modes to avoid making photos that are too surreal and after checking, the AI and HDR modes were indeed deactivated. Most of the photos in the following gallery almost all have colors that are too bright. I didn't have this problem with the Poco F2 Pro which uses the same camera. The sharpness processing is a bit too aggressive because I see a white outline appearing on certain areas indicating an artificial sharpening processing but this is not visible when looking at the photos on the phone. The dynamic range is good because unless I point the camera towards the sun, I don't have the sky turning white when the landscape dominates the photo. I do not find the same behavior observed on the Poco F2 Pro and to see if the processing is related to the photo application, I used Gcam to take photos at the same time and compare the type of processing (see next paragraph) Photos taken with the Poco app: Photos taken with the Gcam app: You will find photos taken with the Sony IMX 686 and the ultra wide angle sensor in the same photo gallery. The difference is obvious, the slightly distorted and highly saturated photos come from the ultra wide angle sensor (Omnivision). The processing of the photos taken by the Sony IMX 686 is still quite different from what I saw with the main application, the colors here are much less saturated and are sometimes quite strange (dominant green tone). I would have to play with the many parameters of the application to try to achieve a more correct result, but it shows that the processing plays a big role and that unfortunately the processing of the photos goes too far.

Omnivision OV8856
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I had not yet had the opportunity to test this sensor in another phone, so it was a discovery and I find that the result is quite interesting. We find the usual defects of this kind of sensor with insufficient sharpness, distortion, chromatic aberration, ... but overall I find that the photo is quite pretty if you don't look at it on a big screen . This sensor does not reach the level of the Sony IMX 355 usually used at Xiaomi / Poco but we are getting closer.



Test photo / night

Not yet available / tested

Video quality


Stabilisation

Not yet available / tested

Video normale conditions
Not yet available / tested

Video low light

Not yet available / tested

External audio quality


This test is intended to give you an overview of the volume and sound quality during calls and when listening to music through the external speakers.

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The Poco F4 GT uses a high-end Qualcomm audio chip, so the sound has undergone a whole series of optimizations such as an extended frequency range, streaming in 24 bits and optimizations to limit latency as much as possible. The sound quality produced by the Poco F4 GT is therefore above average, it is the same type of sound as for the Black Shark 4 Pro which probably uses the same components but with different speakers. The bass and treble sounds are therefore well represented, the volume is a little above average and I do not notice any distortion problems.

The sound quality for calls is good, there is clearly an optimization here because I had just tested another phone on the same network and the sound produced by this phone was quite treble where the sound of the Poco was much warmer and less surgical. The volume with the listening loudspeaker was on the other hand not very high, it was a little below average. If you pass the sound on the speakers for music, the sound is significantly more powerful but of lower quality because there is a small resonance effect that can be heard in the video.

Audio quality (headphones)

To test the quality of the phone's audio output, I connect the device's audio output to a measuring tool, then play sounds on all frequencies and measure the differences between the original sound and the sound produced by the phone. In this way I measure the phone's ability to correctly reproduce all sounds.
To test the sound quality very objectively, I need a wired connection. The Poco F4 GT does not have a jack audio output, so I have to use a usb to jack adapter which causes some losses along the way. Despite this loss, the sound of the Poco F4 GT is of very good quality, I found a good balance between treble sounds, bass sounds and voices. The sound power is below average but this problem could very well come from the usb adapter. I didn't measure any distortion at maximum volume, so the sound is well controlled.

I tried to connect my Du Smart earphones to the Poco but I never succeeded, the phone refused to connect to the earphones, it would have allowed me to test the sound in better conditions than with the usb to jack adapter.

Screen quality

To test the screen, I use a colorimetric probe that measures the color accuracy of a screen, as well as other parameters to see if a screen is able to correctly reproduce an image. I also test the brightness level to determine if the screen will be able to display an image in full sunlight.

Colorimetry

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When I test a phone from the Xiaomi group, I tend to switch the screen to standard configuration to obtain better colorimetry. This trick didn't work with the Poco F4 GT, I tried all the available modes and none really gave me satisfaction in terms of colorimetry, the color difference was too great. Fortunately, there is a possibility to fine tune the contribution of each color in the advanced parameters and this allowed me to obtain good colorimetry. In the end, I obtained a dE of 1.92 by decreasing the contribution of green by one notch and by decreasing the blue by 3 notches. With this setting the colorimetry is better but I did not manage to obtain a perfect white.

The color space of this phone is also wider than usual, which means it is capable of displaying a greater richness of colors. It covers 97.9% of sRGB and 93% of DCI P3. phones that offer wider color coverage are quite rare today. This Poco F4 GT therefore has a very good screen.



Brightness / Contrast

I measured a brightness of 470 cd/m² in normal mode but if I use adaptive brightness, I get a brightness of 750 cd/m², so the screen is very very bright and you can use it outdoors under the sun.

In terms of contrast, no surprise there is infinite contrast thanks to amoled technology, so blacks will be really black and not gray like on LCD screens.

Biometry

Not yet available / tested

Operating system


Not yet available / tested

Encoutered bugs

Not yet available / tested

Accessories Poco F4 GT

Compare Poco F4 GT with the others

Test / Review conclusion


When I opened the box of the Poco F4 GT, I thought to myself that I probably had in my hands a serious competitor for the Black Shark 4 Pro because in addition to having high-end features, I found that the level of finish was better. It's obviously a subjective feeling but the first impression is always important especially for a phone in this price range. As I progressed in my test, I realized that this Poco might not succeed in dethroning the Black Shark for several reasons. The Poco reminds me of a beautiful American muscle car with a beautiful fully assumed body (here for gaming), enormous almost enjoyable power but with here and there a few annoying flaws for a phone at this price level.

The power is there, you won't be disappointed, I don't really see what game could put this phone in danger except that I managed to knock it out with a load test that raised the temperature high enough for the phone to shut down so it could cool down. A priori, it is unlikely that you will encounter the same problem while playing, but the phone still heats up quite strongly.

As with the Black Shark, the battery may be a problem if you play for a long time without a charger. It's not really a problem of battery capacity but the Poco is a really very greedy phone and the autonomy will therefore quickly drop if you push it to the maximum. Fortunately, it is compatible with 120W fast charging which will allow you to bring it back to 100% in about twenty minutes. It is in itself a kind of compromise so as not to have a phone that is too thick and not to have to wait too long to charge the phone. This is clearly not a crippling defect but it is better to know it and keep your charger nearby.

The Poco's screen is superb, it fully assumes its positioning in the high end. It offers excellent contrast, excellent brightness, extended color coverage, a good viewing angle and exemplary responsiveness. This screen is without doubt one of the best in the Poco range so far.

The sound is also high-end, both through external speakers and when listening with headphones and earphones. The sound will therefore be very immersive for all games where sound is important.

I was a little surprised by the photo processing which was supposed to be better than on previous generations, I find that the image processing is too aggressive in terms of sharpness and saturation. The photos I took can cause a wow effect if you show them on the phone screen but the colors are not realistic and if you zoom in the photo you will start to see the lack of sharpness appear. However, I had already tested this camera on other phones and I had not noticed these problems. It is therefore possible that this will change after an update.

The Poco also has good connectivity with dual band GPS, super fast wifi and good network awareness.

I hope that Poco will manage to correct the few problems through an update because it could raise this phone to the level of the Black Shark or even exceed it.

Strengths

Raw power
Screen at the top (colors, brightness, contrast, responsiveness, ...)
Dual frequency GPS
Very fast Wifi
Video stabilization in 4k 60fps
Video quality in 4k 60fps
Finishing
Customizable controllers

Weaknesses

Cooling not efficient enough
Photo processing too aggressive
Power

Alternatives to this product

Not yet available / tested



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POCO X6 5G : Test / Review
POCO's X range has always been synonymous with performance at a low price, and the POCO X6 further strengthens this position by offering even more power for a very wide audience.
Honor Magic6 Lite 5G : test / review
A sober, premium and elegant design... a huge photo sensor, good performance, the Honor Magic 6 Lite has everything to please... in theory anyway!
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro: test / review
The Redmi Note 12 Pro is equipped with a Sony camera sensor, something that hasn't happened for a long time. Will it finally bring something new?
Honor 90 Lite: test / review
Honor has undergone a number of changes in recent years and I hadn't yet had the opportunity to test one of their latest-generation smartphones.
Unihertz Luna : test / review
I didn't know Unihertz until 6 months ago, I was pleasantly surprised by the first model I tested, will the Luna manage to surprise me too?
POCO F5 : test / review
This new POCO is the 17th phone of this brand that I test, so I have a lot of time to evaluate if this new model is worth the trouble.
Xiaomi 11T: test / review / photo quality
The T range goes up a notch and tickles the top of the range of other brands. It has a 108 million pixel camera and an amoled screen.
Poco F4 GT: test / full review
The Poco F4 GT is a supercharged smartphone designed to meet the demands of hard core gamers or those who simply want the best performance.
Unihertz Tank : test / review
Do you want to survive a zombie invasion or just survive in the jungle with a smartphone? I think I have just the thing for you!
Google Pixel 6a review, tests and photo quality
A new Pixel at an affordable price, it's possible! The Pixel 6a is a mid-range device with all the qualities of the top of the range.
Redmi Note 11 : test / review
I've been testing the Redmi range since the Redmi 5 and this brand has established itself as the king of the entry level, will the Redmi Note 11 follow the same path?
Redmi Note 11 Pro: test / review
The Redmi Note 11 Pro is moving towards a more premium format but with elements of the previous model. Will it still stand up to the competition?
Redmi 10A: test and review
Some people don't know the crisis by buying iPhones at more than 1000€, for the others Redmi offers a phone at around 100€.
POCO M5 : test, review and price
I have bought almost all the POCO M range and I thought that the brand had not innovated much these last months. Will the M5 change this?
POCO X5 5G : test / review
The POCO X5 5G is a master buy in the mid-range, it knows how to do everything or almost everything while limiting the budget.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12: test / review
I've been testing the Redmi range for the last 5 years and every other time I've seen an interesting model. In principle this model should be interesting but will Redmi follow the tradition?
Poco X3 Pro: test / review
The Poco X3 Pro takes the fundamentals of the Poco X3 (which was a good phone) by offering 50% more performance for a more or less equivalent price. It thus becomes the king of performance in the mid-range.
Poco F3 Test / Review
The Poco family with a new generation of the F series but with a focus on performance instead of photography. The Poco F3 offers unmatched power in this price segment, gamers will be delighted.
Doogee S96 Pro: test / review
After a first positive experience with the Doogee brand, I decided to buy a second one with this S96 Pro which seems to offer an interesting performance/quality/price ratio.
Poco M4 Pro 5G test / review and price
Poco is back with a supercharged entry-level device and this Poco M4 Pro is sure to be a top performer at under £200
Test of the Google Pixel 5 / photo quality
I wanted to test the Google Pixel 5 for a long time, especially for the photo. I found it too expensive so I bought it second hand.
Poco X4 Pro 5G : test / review
The Poco X4 Pro is the second phone in the Poco X Pro range, the first one was a success, will this second model follow the same path?
Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G : test / review
After the Note 11, Note 11 Pro, here is a third version of the "11" generation with a Pro+ 5G which is an 11 Pro with more power.
Full test / review of the Poco X4 GT
Poco continues to reach for the moon with ever more powerful phones, but fortunately the phone's qualities don't stop there.
OnePlus Nord 2T test / review
This OnePlus is the second phone of this brand that I test, the first one didn't impress me but this one has some strong arguments to make me change my mind.
Redmi 10: test / review
Generation after generation, Xiaomi manages to beef up its entry-level phones to the point where they tickle the mid-range models.
OnePlus Nord N100: test / review
I haven't tested any OnePlus phone yet because they were too expensive, but with the N100, OnePlus is getting into a more affordable price range, so I had to test it.
Redmi Note 10s : test / review
The Xiaomi machine continues to produce more models than any other brand and this Redmi Note 10s comes in between the Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro
Realme GT 5G : comprehensive test / review
I haven't tested a Realme in a while but I couldn't miss the opportunity to test this new Realme GT. The power of this phone will allow it to compete with the most powerful phones on the market for a lower price.
iiiF150 R2022 : test / review
The iiiF150 R2022 is positioned as a rugged phone with a very military design. This phone clearly departs from the usual standards to assume an almost brutal identity.
Umidigi Bison Pro : test / review
Umidigi made a great entry into the world of rugged smartphones with the Umidigi Bison, they are now back with the Pro version with a better finish and more power.
Black Shark 4 Pro : review / test
The Black Shark 4 Pro is the latest addition to Xiaomi's range of gamer smartphones. This phone has a strong visual identity and nothing seems to get in the way.
Oukitel WP18: test and review
I had not tested any phone of this type for a few months and I decided to test this one because its price positioning will undoubtedly make it interesting for a very large public.
Poco F4 : test / review
The F range represents the top of the range at Poco and this range is often synonymous with power, design and innovation. Is this still the case with the F4?
TCL 10 Pro: test / review / price
I didn't know the TCL brand before testing the TCL 10 Pro, I was positively surprised by the high level of finish but does the rest hold up?
UGREEN 100W GaN chargeur rapide : test / avis
Are you tired of having to use several chargers and wait a long time to charge your devices? I may have a solution for you with this 100W fast charger!
TCL 30 SE : test / review / price
Who said that entry level was not interesting? For 150€ the TCL SE is not a performance machine but it has a lot of other assets to offer.
Poco M4 Pro 4G : test / review
After a first version in 5G, the Poco M4 Pro comes back in 4G version with a better screen, a better camera and more memory.
Poco M3 Pro : test / review
After the huge success of the Poco M3 at the end of 2020, Poco launches the PRO version with a performance/price ratio that will again shake up the market of smartphones under 200€.
Samsung Galaxy A52: test / review
I don't often test Samsung devices as many others already do but I wanted to make an exception on the Galaxy A52 which will probably generate a lot of sales.
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