Poco F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2: The Poco F3 GT is a rebranded version of the Redmi K40 Gaming Edition which was only launched in China. Both were released around the same time in July 2021. The Poco F3 GT has really great specifications on paper, for the price. It has a glass front and back, physical Pop Up gaming triggers. It is IP 53 dust & splash proof certified.
The Nord 2 the same Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, but no physical gaming triggers. The Nord is no slouch though, and besides the display, the specifications of this smartphone look great on paper too. It is really obvious that these two are made for two different types of purchasers: People who want raw performance & gaming, and people who want good software experience and good cameras along with a well rounded smartphone.
Poco F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2 On Paper Comparison:
The Poco F3 GT comes with a 6.67 Inch 120Hz HDR10+ Certified 10 Bit OLED Display with 1B Colors. It has 500 Nits of typical maximum brightness, a Full HD+ (1080P) Panel with a pixel density of 395, which is pretty good. It is marketed as a “Turbo AMOLED” display. The Poco also comes with a much higher 480Hz Touch Sampling Rate.
The Nord 2 comes with the same display the original Nord & the Nord CE have, a 6.43 Inch Fluid AMOLED 90Hz Display that is HDR10+ Certified, 1080P (FHD+) in resolution, with a Pixel Density of 409. Typical brightness is rated 400, but with the auto brightness it can hit around 630.
OnePlus pretty much used the same 90Hz 1080P OLED on the original Nord & also on the Nord CE. It should have been 120, since that display is getting pretty boring at this point.
As for display protection, both of them come with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection on both the front and back, so no comparison needs to be done there. The Poco F3 GT has a pretty quick side mounted fingerprint sensor in the power button which is faster than the in display fingerprint scanner on the Nord. They both have decent screen to body ratios. Both of them do have the option to enable Always On Display.
Winner: Poco F3 GT
There actually shouldn’t be a difference here. The OnePlus Nord 2 has the Dimensity 1200 AI Chip. Guess what, the Poco F3 GT runs on the Dimensity 1200 Chipset as well.
But for some reason here there is a performance difference. On Antutu, the Nord scores 600,000 to 625,000 on average while the Poco F3 GT scores around 670,000 on average.
This difference remains in Geekbench 5 as well, where the Nord scores lower again, with 800 Single and 2700-2800 Multi Core Score, while the Poco F3 GT scores 900 on single core and around 3200-3350 on Multi Core.
It is pretty clear that Poco F3 GT wins in the performance category. But that should be obvious enough since these two smartphones are tailored towards two different types of users, and since this is a gaming centric smartphone, the Poco F3 GT did take the lead in performance. It is not a giant leap but it is still a better performer.
Winner: Poco F3 GT
Let us start off by saying design is something that is very subjective. Some people like a particular design and some don’t. The build quality is pretty decent on both of them, and their screen to body ratios are about the same, both hovering around the 86% Mark. The punch hole is in the middle for the Poco F3 GT and it is at a corner for the OnePlus Nord 2. This is user preference as well.
The Poco goes for a more modern and gamer centric look that appeals to gamers and youngsters while the Nord 2 goes for a more minimalistic design similar to the OnePlus 9, that appeals to a lot of people of all age groups. Keep in mind that the Poco has metallic sides while the OnePlus goes for a plastic frame.
The F3 GT has a dedicated “GT” switch and Maglev Triggers along with Tactical RGB Glow, which looks really cool.
Nord 2 comes in Blue, Green and Gray Colors. The Poco F3 GT comes in a dark black color option and a silver color option.
We cannot say which smartphone has a better design here, it is a decision the user will have to make.
Speaker & Microphone Quality: While we are at it, it is a good time to mention sound quality and speaker output. Both of them have Stereo Speakers and both of them omit the 3.5mm Headphone Jack. The quality of the ear piece and microphone is pretty decent on both, but the Poco F3 GT has three microphones so it will definitely have slightly better audio pickup than the Nord 2. The Poco F3 GT is said to be a louder and more clearer because it is a gaming centric smartphone. The Poco F3 GT has high fidelity stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos. So, Poco beats the Nord in this case.
Design: No Winner, Design Is Subjective.
Speaker & Microphone: Poco F3 GT
On the Poco F3 GT, we have an f1.7 64MP Main Sensor, an 8MP Ultrawide and the much respected 2 Megapixel Macro Camera. On the Nord we have a 50MP Main Sensor, 8MP Ultrawide and again that camera that we love: 2 MP Monochrome. But the Nord has one clear advantage over the Poco and that is in in video stability. It has Optical Image Stabilization. OIS helps a lot in video stability. Also, color processing on OnePlus Nord 2 should be better than the Poco. The 50MP Sony Sensor on the Nord 2 with OIS is far better than the 64MP Omni Vision Sensor on the Poco.
They should have gone with either 12, 13 or 16MP Ultrawide cameras in our opinion, because you have to capture a lot more detail on an ultrawide shot and more megapixels on that lens will largely benefit the camera setup. They should have invested in either a 2X or 1.5X Zoom Lens, or could have improved the main & ultrawide lenses instead of using the 2MP Rubbish as filler cameras just to call it a triple camera setup.
The OnePlus Nord 2 has a 32MP Selfie camera which does take better pictures than the 16MP one on the Poco F3 GT.
Obviously, because the Poco is a gaming centric phone and OnePlus goes for a well rounded smartphone. It is clear, in the camera segment, it is a OnePlus Victory.
Winner: OnePlus Nord 2
The hardest part, and also the longest part: Software. This makes or breaks a purchase for many users.
MIUI gets a bad rep because of the bugs that MIUI 12 brought and also the heavy ads that used to be there. A lot of that has been fixed in MIUI 12.5. That being said, while it is not perfectly ad free, there is still this app called “Get Apps”, which is a Xiaomi alternative to the Google Play Store.
This app sends adware in the form of notifications sometimes. Then there are lock screen ads but they can be disabled. There is also a bunch of pre installed bloat ware and some Xiaomi alternatives to Google Services, which can be uninstalled. While MIUI 12.5 is not perfect, it is a significant improvement over MIUI 12 & MIUI 13 might fix most of the remaining MIUI issues.
Since the Poco F3 GT is a gaming centric phone, it obviously has a dedicated gaming mode that helps while playing games.
Many dislike the Poco Launcher that is used in MIUI for Poco Phones. But that should improve in MIUI 13.
Oxygen OS on the other hand always had a reputation for smooth, clean, minimalistic and snappy ad free UI that delivered updates on time and was closest to stock Android. It is regarded as the best Android Skin by many. However that reputation is no more. Firstly, updates have gotten very very slow, and many devices just started to slow down and experience jitters and bug after updating. OnePlus also slowed down and throttled the performance of several apps in order to help with the heating issues. Recently they were under fire for faking Geekbench scores.
Several things, one after the other, have brought down the reputation of Oxygen OS, the next one being the merge with Color OS. Some liked it, some did not. We say Oxygen OS should remain Oxygen OS. As a result of the code base merge, we have a changed camera layout, different settings page and some privacy hiccups. You now have to agree to certain terms and share data to servers in China and also let them store your data for something as basic as the search feature in the menu.
You have to give the camera app permission to make calls in order to let it take photos? Like what? Why will the camera app need to use the phone app to capture pictures? It won’t let you use the app if you do not agree. Yes, several privacy concerns there.
MIUI 12.5 also does have a few bugs and glitches. RAM Management is still not done right. But Xiaomi does let you unlock the boot loader to install a custom ROM without voiding warranty, so that can be a plus point to tech savvy users.
Though both of these UIs have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages, we will have to give the win to OnePlus Oxygen OS, still, because it still has snappier animations and no ads in any form, no bloatware (that might change as the Color OS merge goes deeper). It is not exactly like stock Android anymore but still, the overall look and feel of the UI is better on Oxygen OS.
But then Poco recently was under fire because a new update rendered the Poco X2 Camera useless. Though this was somewhat addressed, people still did lose trust.
It is another OnePlus Victory in this segment. Some people prefer MIUI over Oxygen OS because it has more customization and more tools in settings, so if you are that person, the Poco F3 GT is for you.
Winner: OnePlus Nord 2
Battery Life & Charging
Again, this is one of those segments where you should not pick one over the other. The Poco F3 GT charges plenty fast at 67W and the OnePlus Nord 2 charges at, also a very fast, 65W.
The Poco F3 GT has a 5065 MAH Battery and the Nord 2 has a 4500 MAH, so the Nord should charge faster thanks to the smaller capacity and nearly equal charging Wattage. We’ve heard people say the charging on OnePlus is faster though it is 2W slower, but we cannot confirm this.
But Oxygen OS tends to be more efficient than MIUI in battery usage, so both of them will easily get through a day of use for the average user.
With high refresh mode and always on display active, the Poco lasted around 6 hours (screen on time) and the Nord 2 gave around 5 hours 45 minutes of screen on time. These are rough figures and they may vary, so we are not going to give any conclusive opinions here. Both of them seem to have good battery life.
Pricing & Storage Variants
The base variant of the Nord 2 (6GB RAM & 128GB Storage) is available for 27,999 but it is not going to be in stock for another 60 days (2 months) and that is quite a long time. Even when it does come out, we hear that it might have very limited number of stock, just like what happened to the Nord CE.
So we can say that the base variant available right now is 29,999 with 8GB RAM & 256GB Storage. There is another 12GB RAM, 256GB Variant for 34,999 but for many people, many many people, the 128GB Variant is enough. I would say the base variant is enough but it does not look like it is coming out any time soon.
The Poco F3 GT on the other hand has confusing pricing. If you buy it in the first week of the sale, the the base variant (6GB RAM & 128GB Storage), which is in stock at launch, will cost 25,999. The 8GB RAM Variant with the same 128GB of storage will cost another 2000, making it 27,999. And the third variant (12GB RAM & 256GB Storage) will cost 29,999 (this is the current base pricing of the Nord 2).
In the second week of the sale, it will cost 500 more than the above mentioned prices (26,499, 28,499 & 30,499 respectively).
After the second week of sale there will be another price bump of 500 Rupees more, and the devices will cost 1000 more than the initial early bird price, now coming in at 26,999, 28,999 & 30,999 respectively. That is pretty confusing. Poco has used marketing terms like “MRP: Mad Reverse Pricing” to create some hype.
It is clear from this that the Poco F3 GT is definitely more value for money, you are getting more storage at a cheaper price.
Winner: Poco F3 GT (More value for money, more storage at cheaper price).
Connectivity & Sensors:
Number of 5G Bands is one area where Poco F3 GT loses. It does not live up to the 5G name, with only two bands of 5G while the OnePlus Nord 2 has seven bands of 5G.
The Nord 2 and the Poco F3 GT, both have, fingerprint scanner, proximity sensor, accelerometer, ambient light sensor and a gyroscope sensor. The Poco F3 GT misses the magnetometer/compass. Both of them do have NFC Support.
But the OnePlus does have a higher number of 5G Bands.
Winner: OnePlus Nord 2
|Display||Poco F3 GT (Higher Refresh, at 120Hz, Brighter)|
|Performance||Poco F3 GT (Higher in benchmarks, gaming centric, targets power users)|
|IP Certification||Poco F3 GT (IP 53 Splash Proof, OnePlus has no official rating)|
|Design & Colors||Subjective (Your Choice)|
|Build Quality||Poco F3 GT (Metallic Frame)|
|Cameras||OnePlus Nord 2 (In both front & back cameras)|
|Software Experience||OnePlus Nord 2 (Both have their flaws, but Oxygen OS is better than MIUI)|
|Battery Life & Charging||No Winner, both charge really quickly and both last a day easily.|
|Value For Money||Poco F3 GT|
|Speaker & Sound Quality||Poco F3 GT (Better High Fidelity Dolby Atoms Speakers & Three Mics)|
|Connectivity||OnePlus Nord 2 (More 5G Bands, Magnetometer/Compass)|
Poco F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2: Conclusion
If you read this far, this article has been coming towards a pretty natural conclusion. We know this has been a pretty long post, but comparisons are normally pretty long. The OnePlus Nord 2 is for users who want a snappy & clean software experience and great cameras (with OIS) for the price and for those who want a clean and minimalistic design, and overall a well rounded package and are willing to pay the premium for it. It is also light weight and has a good in hand feel.
The Poco F3 GT is for power users and gamers, people who care more about display and raw performance more than UI and camera. The Poco is also considerably cheaper for those looking to save some quick money in the process. The Poco F3 GT is also much heavier, thicker & bulkier compared to the Nord, so it is not for everyone, just like the ROG Phone 5. Insane specs, but that is not for everyone too.
It might look like Poco did a clean sweep here because it won in more categories, but not every win is by an equal amount, and not every category has the same weightage. So which device wins? It depends on your use case!
That is all we have for now. Which phone do you think wins? Which features are more important to you in a phone & which one would you go for? Do drop a comment down below.
Thanks a lot for reading!