Review Highlights

The Poco F3 GT rocks a glass-sandwich design with Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides, with an aluminum frame and magnetic trigger buttons. With RGB light around the camera module and some more flashy design flair, this one is aimed squarely at gamers.

The 10-bit AMOLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate offers Widevine L1 and HDR playback on Netflix, and with brightness levels and colour tuning better than the OnePlus Nord, the POCO F3 GT will appeal to non-gamers too.

The 64MP Omnivision sensor can't be written off completely. Yes, the OnePlus Nord 2 offers more natural colours, but the F3 GT adds more contrast and offers a wider field of view. And you may have to manually trigger the HDR option for it to work in most scenes.

The Dimensity 1200 will throttle the CPU performance after sustained use, but overall it offers reliable usability. Compared against the Nord 2, it feels a tad smoother due to the higher 120Hz refresh rate.

Meant for gaming, the POCO F3 GT handles both BGMI and CoD Mobile fairly well, although it heated up to 42 degrees after 30 minutes. You can play in HDR graphics with Ultra (40FPS) settings on BGMI, where the Realme X7 Max can do 90FPS with the same chipset.

The POCO F3 GT supports 4G aggregation, but only has 2 5G bands that might raise doubts about usability in the future.

The 5060mAh battery offers around 6 hours 30 minutes screen-on-time and it takes 55 minutes to charge from 0-100 using the bundled 67W charger.

While it's meant for gaming, the POCO F3 GT will impress even non-gamers, particularly for the stellar display. But with cleaner aesthetics, simpler software and better camera performance, the OnePlus Nord 2 is what we'd reccommend to mainstream users.

- Ershad Kaleebullah