Monday, September 20, 2021

Poco’s latest high-performance phone is the $299 X3 GT

Poco, a Xiaomi spinoff, has announced another X3 phone. The X3 GT is the next phone in the X3 Pro series. It features a 120Hz screen and a MediaTek processor. It’s mostly a rebranded version of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 Pro, which was released last month in China.

MediaTek is often associated with lower-end devices, but its Dimensity processors for 2021 feature configurations of Arm cores that aren’t too far off what you’d find in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. The 6nm Dimensity 1100 in the Poco X3 GT has four A78 cores at 2.6GHz and four lower-power A55 cores at 2GHz — compare that to the Snapdragon 888’s single 2.84GHz X1, three 2.42GHz A78s, and four 1.8GHz A55s.

The Dimensity 1200 was a similar chip that we found to be a capable performer during our review of OnePlus Nord 2. The main difference between the chip and the 1100 is the fact that one of its cores, A78, is clocked at 3GHz.

The Poco X3 GT runs Xiaomi’s MIUI.

The X3 GT charges at 67W and charges at a claimed 0-100% for a full-charge. The primary camera has a 64-megapixel sensor, and there’s also an 8-megapixel ultrawide and a 2-megapixel macro lens.

Other notable features include a real linear motor for flagship-level tactile feedback and a 6.6-inch 1080p LCD display. The LCD screen has a fingerprint sensor. This is in contrast to OLEDs, which are located under the display.

Poco hasn’t provided full release details just yet, but the X3 GT’s starting MSRP is listed at $299, which of course is likely to differ across various markets. It’ll be released first in regions including southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa, and will come with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage.

The X3 GT’s primary camera is 64-megapixels.

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