POCO F4 vs. POCO F4 GT: What’s the difference?

So, you were interested in the POCO F4 GT when it dropped, but then the company just dropped a new F4 smartphone. Now, you’re wondering which of the F series phones you will pick up. Let’s quickly compare the two devices to help you decide.

Design

POCO‘s GT devices are built to be gaming-centric, and it shows how the F4 GT is designed. It has this race car aesthetic with geometric lines. It comes in Stealth Black, Knight Silver, and Cyber Yellow. What makes it more distinctive is the pop-up magnetic triggers you can use to game or as a shortcut for some apps and functions on the phone.

The POCO F4 GT features a glass front and back with an aluminum frame. It has the flagship-grade Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection for the display, and you get a JBL-tuned quad-speaker setup with Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio support. Its dimensions are162.5 x 76.7 x 8.5mm, weighing 210g.

Now, if mobile gaming isn’t your number one priority, the POCO F4 is more of an all-rounder kind of phone. The company claims it is its thinnest model to date, with dimensions 163.2 x 76 x 7.7mm and weighing in at 195g. Its look is more conventional, with a rectangular camera module that reminds me a bit of the vivo Y73. This device comes in Night Black, Moonlight Silver, and Nebula Green.

The POCO F4 also has a glass front and back, but the front is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. This device is also rated with IP53 dust and splash resistance, which isn’t mentioned for the POCO F4 GT. It also has two fewer speakers than the GT option.

Both models lack headphone jacks and feature connectivity options like 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, an IR blaster, USB Type-C 2.0, and NFC. However, NFC on the F4 is market-dependent, so the phone available in your country might not have it.

Display

Both phones aren’t scrimping on giving you excellent displays. Dimensions are similar, with 6.67-inch screens with 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, FHD+ resolution (2,400 x 1,080), and 20:9 aspect ratios.

They both get AMOLED displays, but the F4 has an E4 panel. The F4 GT also gets a better touch sampling rate at 480Hz than the 360Hz on the F4. That makes sense since the former is designed for gaming.

If you’re looking for a brighter screen, check out the F4, it reaches a peak brightness of 1,300 nits (compared to the F4 GT’s 800 nits). With Dolby Vision support, the F4 on paper seems more like a device you’d want to have around to enjoy your favorite content.

Camera

The camera hardware doesn’t look too dissimilar on the POCO F4 GT and F4. They both get 8-megapixel ultra-wide and 2-megapixel macro cameras accompanying the primary 64-megapixel sensor. The F4 introduces optical image stabilization into the F series lineup, which should help with your photo and video needs on that device.

Both phones can record video up to 4K at 60 frames per second with their main rear cameras. But the F4 GT has an HDR recording option for both front and rear. Its front camera can also record up to 1080p@60fps. On the other hand, the F4 can only record up to 1080p@30fps on its selfie cam.

Performance

Unsurprisingly, the POCO F4 GT will trump the F4’s performance, at least regarding the specs. I haven’t tested the F4 yet, so I can’t speak for its day-to-day capabilities. The F4 GT has the hardware of a 2022 flagship phone. It gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor paired with 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, and POCO’s LiquidCool Technology 3.0. Meanwhile, the F4 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset paired with 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, and LiquidCool Technology 2.0.

Both devices don’t support storage expansion and run on Android 12 skinned with MIUI 13. While the POCO F4 can get up to 12GB of RAM, that configuration is market-dependent. In regions like ours, we only get up to 8GB of RAM.

Battery

Another big differentiator between these two devices is their battery. The F4 GT has a slightly larger 4,700mAh battery with 120W HyperCharge wired charging support that can top up your smartphone in just 17 minutes. 

Meanwhile, the F4 has a 4,500mAh battery with 67W turbo charging support, which fully recharges it in around 40 minutes.

Price

With its more premium specs, the POCO F4 GT will cost you more than the POCO F4. Here’s what pricing looks like for both devices:

POCO F4 GT

  • 8GB + 128GB: EUR 599 / PHP 27,590
  • 12GB + 256GB: EUR 699 / PHP 30,990

POCO F4

  • 6GB + 128GB: EUR 400 / PHP 20,990
  • 8GB + 256GB: EUR 450 / PHP 22,990

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