Announced in April 2022, the new LITTLE F4 GT which will be the protagonist of this review.
We are facing a high-end smartphone integrating the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 to offer maximum power in performance. In fact, it is a team that is geared towards the gamer world, but with a much more discreet design.
It has a system of retractable triggers that will be quite useful when we are playing, in addition to integrating a screen 6.67-inch AMOLED with 120Hz refresh rate so our games and media look great.
It also has a system of stereo speakers with two woofers and two tweeters that support Dolby Atmos sound which sound pretty good, plus 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, and 120W fast charging.
In short, we have a lot to tell you about this smartphone that brings us LITTLE, so I invite you to continue reading our review so that you know all the good and bad things about this high-end smartphone that has landed in Chile.
Here begins our review of the POCO F4 GT!
We are facing a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen, since it is that detail, we imagine that its screen will look really good, and the truth is that it does not disappoint at all.
It is a screen that looks really good, with very vivid and real colors, although it also reaches a fairly high brightness level when we see content in HDR, in addition to seeing everything really fluid thanks to its 120Hz refresh rate.
To the above we add that it is an AMOLED type screen, so it does not require LED backlighting and each pixel generates its own light, thus achieving that we can see real black colors, really deep.
We have a refresh rate of 120Hz which helps the fluidity of the screen so that we can see 100% fluid movements, without any lag, which is obviously appreciated. Now, in the settings menu you can choose the “Default” mode so that the refresh rate adjusts automatically, but you can also choose to run at 60 or 120Hz.
In this section we will find a triple camera, with its main sensor being a 60-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 PDAF aperture, followed by an 8 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle sensor with a 120º viewing angle, and then we have a sensor 2MP f/2.4 macro.
When we open the camera app, we are going to find an interface that is already familiar to us because it is the same one that we see in Xiaomi and Redmi equipment.
We have several capture modes and with several customization options, as well as we have the artificial intelligence that recognizes the capture modes according to the content it observes.
I’ll leave you with proof photos below:
Captures in automatic mode
ultra wide angle mode
As you could appreciate dear reader, the photographic quality is quite good, as well as the night photos, although of course, you have the last word.
Our protagonist has the ability to record videos in 4K quality with up to 60 frames per second as maximum quality.
In my test, I made a video recording in 4K at 30 frames per second, and here is the video:
As you could see, the image and sound quality is very good. I also liked the image stabilization, although I don’t know if it’s electronic or optical. However, in the camera menu I can activate an option so that it stabilizes the image even more, but it only works in Full HD quality.
Multimedia and Performance
This smartphone has the necessary power so that we can do practically everything with it, from watching a simple video, browsing the web, social networks, chatting, to playing games with demanding graphics.
We owe all of the above to its 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and manufactured in a 4-nanometer process, and we cannot forget its graphics processor, since it has an Adreno 730 GPU.
All this hardware is accompanied by 12GB of RAM, although the system adds another 3GB more that are used from its internal storage that reaches 256GB of the UFS 3.1 type.
All of the above is controlled by the Android 12 operating system which is customized by the MIUI 13 layer, and here I am going to stop a bit, since, if you have read my reviews on Xiaomi and Redmi equipment, you will remember that I always claimed because of the number of bugs that I found in MIUI, especially with the notifications that did not arrive or were simply silenced.
Well, with MIUI 13 things changed… Finally! Since I did not have any problem with the notifications, I received all of them without any problem, especially those from Twitter that did not take long to arrive, which is obviously appreciated.
I think that this time the company did a good job and they continue to improve, the system ran perfectly well, everything very fast, without any lag, I was impressed by how fast it was in the Google Play Store when applications were installed or updated, for so I have absolutely nothing to criticize the team’s performance.
Here is an extensive demo video so you can get to know the POCO F4 GT in more detail, including its Game Turbo mode, how the retractable triggers work, what its sound quality is like, part of the camera, menus, interface, etc. I even did an unboxing so you can see what it brings.
In another section where this Xiaomi stands out is in the audio, since this equipment integrates four stereo speakers, although rather they are two speakers that enhance the bass and two tweeters for the treble, powered by Dolby Atmos technology. It also has Hi-Res 24-bit/192kHz audio.
The quality of the speakers is really good, it sounds quite loud as you may have heard in the demo video.
We do not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but we can use the USB-C port of the device with an adapter that is included in the box. In my case, I used Bluetooth headphones and the sound quality was very good, Dolby Atmos helps a lot with that, in addition to having access to pre-equalized profiles and also an equalizer that we can customize.
Our protagonist offers us two security methods to block the device. The first is its fingerprint reader located on the power button, which works very fast (as you could see in the demo video), and the second method uses the front camera to perform face unlock.
As for the device’s security patch, at the time of use it had the April patch applied, so we can say that its security was up to date, which is appreciated.
The POCO F4 GT is compatible with the 5G networks of the three main national operators, being able to successfully test the 5G NSA network of WOM and Movistar.
I was also able to use services such as VoLTE and Wi-Fi Voice, and in compatibility with 4G networks it is fully compatible with the bands used in Chile, including WOM’s B66. It is also Dual SIM 5G, it is compatible with 4G+, but unfortunately it lacks eSIM technology.
Finally, we have compatibility with Wi-Fi 6 networks to be able to reach higher speeds in our home network, it has NFC for mobile payments, the already classic infrared port, and a USB Type-C 2.0 port compatible with USB On-The- Go. We don’t have FM Radio just in case.
Our protagonist has a 4,700 mAh capacity battery, a figure that I personally did not expect, since I imagined that it would integrate a 5,000 mAh minimum.
But hey, this battery can be charged with a 120W fast charge thanks to the included charger and cable. According to the manufacturer, you can charge the battery to 100% in just 17 minutes.
I used this device as if it were my own, with all the apps I usually use, with the screen brightness set to automatic, but with its original resolution and refresh rate always at 120Hz. I used Wi-Fi, and was also connected to WOM’s 5G network, and had a Xiaomi Mi Watch paired via Bluetooth.
With all the use I described, the battery gave me a total autonomy of 16 hours and 7 minutes. Active screen time was 5 hours and 28 minutes.
I must admit that when I read the name of this smartphone, I imagined that its design would be somewhat robust and adapted to the typical design that you see in products dedicated to gamers. However, I was wrong because we have a more elegant, modern design and away from those crude models, with colored lights, etc.
It is appreciated that the screen is completely flat, it helps a lot to grip and is comfortable to handle. However, when we play like I don’t find it very comfortable to hold the equipment horizontally to be able to touch the retractable triggers, although I think this could depend on each one.
We have glass on the front and back, while the edges are made of aluminium, all of very good quality, although the latter will only be known over time.
Let’s move on to examine the edges:
The left one we have volume keys and a third dedicated microphone for when we are playing. On the right side we have the retractable triggers with their corresponding sliding lock button, and we also have the power key that is also its fingerprint reader.
On the upper side we have one of its speakers along with a second microphone and the infrared port. On the lower side we have two other speakers, along with the main microphone and its USB Type-C port.
I must say that I quite liked this POCO F4 GT, I found it very complete, very fast, with a very good screen, good cameras, good speakers, a battery that saves, although it could have been better, and a design that I personally liked. I liked it because it looks elegant and modern.
In the review of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, some people asked me if it had a proximity sensor or it was virtual, unfortunately I didn’t pay attention back then, but now I didn’t want to make the same mistake. And well, here I didn’t see any sensor, but I could see that the screen turned off correctly every time I brought it closer to my face during a call, it worked fine.
I liked that it has haptic vibration, ideal for games or when we are writing, there it got an extra point. The truth is that I did not find many differences with respect to the Xiaomi 12 Pro, it is more, being that I liked this POCO more than the very same Xiaomi 12 Pro that I tried a while ago.
Both teams offered me the same performance that was really fast, a very good sound, good cameras, a decent screen, an acceptable autonomy, and a very rich design. However, the Xiaomi 12 Pro has a value that almost reaches a million pesos, while the POCO F4 GT that offers you practically the same, is worth less than 700 thousand pesos.
I recommend it? Of course it does, for all the reasons that I just mentioned and for having almost everything that one looks for today in a smartphone and its price, which although it is high, I think it is in line with what it offers.
You can find the POCO F4 GT in Mi Store Chile online stores for $669,990, as well as in the official Xiaomi store in Mercado Libre for $669,990.