POCO F4 GT long-term review: This gaming phone is still a terrific value

POCO is doing a lot of good things in the budget and mid-range categories, and the brand is seeing increased momentum outside Asia this year. That’s down to a strong portfolio of devices along with a value-first 5G strategy that sees POCO undercutting the likes of Samsung, Vivo, and Realme in key regions. This is the same playbook that Xiaomi used when it was starting out in India a decade ago, and POCO is now leveraging the strategy to great effect in Spain, France, the U.K., and other western markets.

POCO launched nearly a dozen phones this year, and the one that caught my eye the most is the F4 GT. The phone follows in the heels of last year’s POCO F3 GT and is aimed at a younger audience, with a focus on gaming. Unlike other gaming-focused phones, you won’t find RGB lighting or an aggressive styling here; the only accouterments in this area include gaming triggers located on the right that can be customized to in-game actions.

I used the POCO F4 GT for a while back when it launched, but wasn’t able to do a full review at the time. So I wanted to take the time to revisit the device now that it’s been available for a while and see what it does well and where POCO needs to do a bit more. To kick things off, a rundown of the hardware: the F4 GT is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, has a 120Hz AMOLED screen, 64MP camera at the back, and a 4700mAh battery with 120W wired charging. The phone is now selling for £549 ($669), making it a good value against the Galaxy S22 and the Xiaomi 12 series.

POCO F4 GT long-term review

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POCO’s devices have always stood out for their bold designs — like the huge camera island on the POCO M3 — and considering the brand’s userbase, this was a good strategy. However, this year’s devices have been lackluster, and it feels like POCO just cobbled together the most basic designs with no thought toward a coherent aesthetic.

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