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POCO F4 GT: Real shoulder buttons, a terrific speaker, and amazing thermals make for an excellent gaming phone

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I used to believe that gaming phones were merely gimmicks. I’m not referring to the first wave of pre-iPhone gadgets like the Nokia N-Gage or Gizmondo, nor to Sony and Samsung’s slide-out controller devices from the early 2010s. Those smartphones did introduce something fresh and unique to the mobile market.

I’m referring to the recent gaming phone renaissance, which began four or five years ago and was spearheaded by companies like Razer, ASUS, Honor, and Nubia, to name a few. My primary complaint was that, except for an LED light strip on the back of the phone and ostensibly greater copper cooling in the internals, those first gaming phones were almost identical to any other Android phone on the market.

I recall trying out the Honor Play in 2018 and having to ask the firm how it differentiated from the six other Huawei/Honor handsets I had tried out that year. However, in recent years, gaming phones have begun to justify their presence with actually useful features like a physical fan, controller accessories, or, my personal favorite, shoulder buttons, which instantly made a phone more ideal for gaming.

POCO F4 GT Smartphone

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Poco, a Xiaomi spin-off, unveiled the Poco F4 GT internationally on Tuesday, April 26. The Poco F4 GT, like the F3 GT before it, is a gaming-focused smartphone with game-like looks and mechanical shoulder buttons. The F4 GT, on the other hand, comes with far more powerful hardware, including a 10bit 120Hz AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, dual vapor chamber cooling, and 120W fast charging, as well as a higher price tag.

In Europe, the Poco F4 GT starts at €600, which is around Rs 49,000. The Poco F4 GT is just a Redmi K50 Gaming Edition with a different name. The POCO F4 GT isn’t a brand-new smartphone. The POCO F4 GT is the same device as the Redmi K50G (the G stands for gaming) that arrived in China two months ago, assuming you follow the Chinese smartphone industry regularly or are just familiar with Xiaomi’s penchant to rebrand an existing mid-tier phone for another region.

Most customers shouldn’t mind rebranding because you’re getting a lot of high-end components for a low price. Pop-up shoulder buttons and great speakers on the POCO F4 GT contribute to the mobile gaming experience. The F4 GT is a good all-around phone even if you don’t play games.

Specs of the Poco F4 GT in a nutshell:

A 6.67-inch 1080p AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate (480Hz touch sampling) and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection are featured on the F4 GT. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor is combined with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS3.1 storage under the hood. MIUI 13 is the operating system. A 4,700mAh battery with 120W rapid charging powers the phone.

The Poco F4 GT boasts a triple camera arrangement on the back, including a 64 MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP Telemacro camera. There is a 20MP camera on the front.

Pricing and Availability

For a version with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, the Poco F4 GT starts at €600 (approximately Rs 49,000). A variant with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs €700. (roughly Rs 57,200). During the first week of sales, Poco will offer the phone at a discounted price of €500 and €600, respectively.

Starting April 28, the phone will be available across Europe. Stealth Black, Knight Silver, and Cyber Yellow are the three colorways available. Poco introduced the F3 GT in India, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the F4 GT followed suit, albeit no word on that as of this writing.

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