When OnePlus launched the Nord 5G final 12 months, the tech world waited for Poco to make a transfer and launch a rival telephone (hey, Poco got here into existence to tackle OnePlus, keep in mind?). Sadly, nothing got here. Then, OnePlus launched the Nord CE 5G and Poco didn’t transfer a muscle nonetheless. However when OnePlus launched the successor of the Nord 5G, the Nord 2 5G, Poco determined to launch a telephone in the identical worth bracket precisely a day later and eventually make issues slightly aggressive for OnePlus. Poco launched the Poco F3 GT that goes face to face with the OnePlus Nord 2 5G, in additional respects than one, and takes it on for the mantle of “the very best smartphone for underneath Rs 30,000.”
So which of the 2 must you be going for?
Design: Completely one-sided, and there’s no plus on that one!
(Disclaimer: That is as one-sided because it will get. Sure, the Nord 2 is a handsome telephone, but it surely does probably not stand an opportunity within the design battle in opposition to the Poco F3 GT. Sorry, not sorry.)
The 2 telephones are polar opposites in terms of design, with one following a extra conventional design blueprint whereas the opposite is something however conventional. A tall show with skinny bezels, paired with glass on back and front with a plastic body sandwiched in between, is the story of just about each different smartphone lately, and The Nord 2 is a kind of smartphones. It walks down a really comparable design aisle that the unique Nord had as soon as walked earlier than and comes with a tall glass entrance coupled with a shiny glass again. Regardless that the again of the Nord 2 is shiny, glassy, and glossy, it does probably not get smudged too simply. The telephone’s design is in step with what’s in development, making it very sensible and giving it a well-known but modern look. The telephone additionally feels fairly stable, which is one other plus. There’s a sizeable digicam unit on the highest left nook of the again with a major bump, however it’s once more one thing we’re seeing loads in smartphones and is nothing perplexing.
The Poco F3 GT couldn’t be extra unconventional. Regardless that it follows the identical fundamental design ideas – tall show with skinny bezels, glass on back and front – it’s the implementation of those fundamentals that make it a stand-out design. In actual fact, it’s maybe probably the most eye-catchy design we’ve seen on this worth phase in an extended, very long time. The glass front and back of the telephone are paired with a metallic body. We acquired the Gunmetal Silver colour of the telephone, and it took us straight again to the metal-phone days because the glass again of the F3 GT mimics the look of metallic so brilliantly. The again additionally dons some engravings and patterns that assist the metallic colour stand out much more. There’s a capsule-shaped digicam unit on the highest left nook, however the sensors inside are highlighted with black, which provides a pop to the again. We love the small bolt-in flash (the flash is bolt-shaped) – it’s tiny however so cool that it deserves chef’s kisses.
The perimeters of normal telephones are sometimes plain and boring that solely home some run-of-the-mill options and features, however the Poco F3 GT is not any common telephone. As an alternative, the telephone’s sides are a mix of flat and curved, supplying you with a greater grip in each panorama and portrait mode. It particularly makes it a lot simpler to deal with the telephone whereas gaming. And to take your gaming expertise up one other notch on the telephone, Poco has added two sliders on the appropriate aspect. These sliders, when pushed, pop up two triggers that can be utilized as bodily controls for hardcore gaming periods. With the intention to have the flat sides once more, you may merely push the sliders again in. The telephone additionally has L-shaped stereo audio system, one other design anomaly that made it not-so-ordinary trying. It could be glass, however the telephone feels fairly stable and comes with a splashproof IP53 ranking. The Poco F3 GT is larger than the Nord 2 due to an even bigger show and battery, however the smartphone is nearly simply as slim because the Nord 2, which is a pleasing shock.
Between the Nord 2 and the Poco F3 GT, we expect the Poco F3 GT is the clear winner by way of sheer design. It not solely brings the head-turning-ly, eye-popping-ly, jaw-dropping-ly good design to the desk, however its design components additionally add worth to the general smartphone expertise, which is a serious tick for us.
Winner: Poco F3 GT.
Processor and RAM: Broadly comparable feels
The 2 telephones could also be poles aside by way of appears to be like, however they don’t seem to be so completely different on the within, nicely, not less than by way of processors. The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor powers each the Nord 2 and the Poco F3 GT, however the Nord 2 comes with a Dimensity 1200 AI chipset which OnePlus created in collaboration with MediaTek solely for the Nord 2. The AI suffix provides to the higher picture processing efficiency and another duties, as per OnePlus. These two Dimensity 1200s are paired with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. Each telephones have an Eight GB/ 128 GB variant as nicely, however it is just the Nord 2 that has a 12 GB/ 256 GB model as nicely. Sadly, neither comes with an expandable reminiscence possibility. So we’re calling this one a tie until you’re in search of 12 GB variants.
Efficiency: Scoring on show and gaming
The 2 telephones run easily by means of every day chores. On a regular basis actions like social media scrolling, multi-tasking, calling, texting are as easy crusing because it will get on each telephones. We discovered the bodily fingerprint scanner on the Poco F3 GT to be swifter than the in-display scanner on the Nord 2. That mentioned, the Alert slider on the Nord 2 is a handy addition to alter sound profiles.
Their efficiency stays neck to neck within the informal gaming zone as nicely, however within the high-end gaming zone, that Poco F3 GT edges out the Nord 2 slightly. As a result of the 2 telephones run on comparable (learn identical) chipset, there may be little to no distinction within the precise gaming expertise of the 2 gadgets. Nonetheless, the flat sides and the bodily management buttons on the Poco F3 GT make it extra of a gaming gadget as in comparison with the Nord 2. Moreover, the lead of the Poco F3 GT will get even larger with its show. The OnePlus Nord 2 brings a 6.43-inch full HD+ fluid AMOLED show with a 90 Hz refresh charge to the desk, whereas the Poco F3 GT sports activities an even bigger, 6.67 inch 10-bit Turbo full HD+ AMOLED show with an excellent greater 120 Hz refresh charge. This implies not solely does the F3 GT have an even bigger show, however it’s probably smoother too with video games that help a excessive refresh charge, making it extra supreme for gaming versus the one on the Nord 2.
Each the Nord 2 and F3 GT include stereo audio system, and the audio output on each is fairly good. Nonetheless, as a result of the Poco F3 Gt has one speaker on the base and one on the prime, its output felt superior (and extra surround-y) to the Nord that has one speaker on the bottom and makes use of the earpiece as a second speaker. Sadly, neither comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack.
The taller show and higher sound distribution additionally make the Poco F3 GT a extra appropriate possibility for viewing content material like exhibits and flicks.
The decision high quality on each smartphones is similar, i.e., good. We didn’t face any abrupt name drop points. Each the telephones include help for 5G, which makes them future-proof. Whereas the 2 telephones are awfully shut on this spherical, the Poco F3 GT is simply barely forward within the sport with a greater show and total gaming expertise.
Winner: Poco F3 GT
Cameras: Defying the megapixel hole at again, making it rely in entrance
It could be trying like a one-sided battle up to now, however (spoiler alert) the OnePlus Nord 2 makes up misplaced floor within the digicam division. Each Nord 2 and the Poco F3 GT include triple digicam setups on the again with 8-megapixel ultrawide and 2-megapixel (monochrome on the Nord 2 and macro on Poco F3 GT) secondary sensors in supporting roles.
That mentioned, there’s a substantial megapixel distinction between their principal sensors, with the Nord 2 sporting a 50 megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor whereas the Poco F3 GT comes with a 64-megapixel sensor. This may occasionally once more appear to be it’s Poco’s warfare to win, however the Nord 2 really takes this one residence. No, the F3 GT just isn’t a foul shooter. It really delivers some actually respectable photos in well-lit circumstances, albeit slightly over-saturated. The Nord 2, however, nails each particulars and colours because it produces extra real looking colours. The low gentle efficiency of the Nord 2 was additionally significantly better than that of the F3 GT, which churned out some noisy low gentle photos. The Nord 2 maintained this edge within the video division as nicely. We suspect the OIS on the Nord 2 made a distinction right here – the Poco F3 GT has no OIS.
On the entrance, the Poco F3 GT has a 16-megapixel sensor, whereas the Nord 2 brings a 32-megapixel shooter (no twin selfie cameras right here, in contrast to the OG Nord). Whereas each telephones can seize selfies adequate on your social media feed, the distinction between the megapixel rely comes forth by way of element, though the Poco F3 GT appears to deal with portrait photographs higher than the Nord 2. With higher efficiency in each entrance and rear digicam zones, the OnePlus Nord 2 takes the digicam spherical residence.
Winner: OnePlus Nord 2
UI: A recent breath of… Oxygen for U(and)I
The Nord 2 and the Poco F3 GT are miles away from one another in terms of software program. One is clear, easy, and really near inventory Android whereas the opposite is loaded with options. Each telephones run on Android 11 out of the field, however the Nord 2 is topped with OxygenOS, whereas the Poco F3 GT comes with a layer of MIUI 12.5. Now, MIUI 12.5 is probably the most decluttered and clear model of MIUI from Xiaomi. It comes loaded with options minus the intrusive advertisements. However the OnePlus Nord 2 is far more clear and uncomplicated. So whereas some would possibly desire the intensive options that the Poco F3 GT brings, we desire the less complicated OxygenOS vibes.
Winner: OnePlus Nord 2
Battery Life: Nothing warped right here… apart from the charging pace!
Each telephones include huge batteries paired with extraordinarily quick cost help. The Nord 2 brings a 4,500 mAh battery with 65W Warp Cost help, whereas there’s a 5,065 mAh battery on the Poco F3 GT paired with a 67W charger – and each telephones. The 2 telephones can simply see off a day of reasonable utilization on a single cost with maxed-out refresh charges. That mentioned, the Poco F3 GT can final barely longer, which could shock some when you think about that the Nord 2 has a barely smaller show with a decrease refresh charge. The 2 telephones can go from zero to 100 p.c inside 45 minutes, though the Nord 2 prices a tad quicker and is nearer to forty minutes. This one is a really shut spherical, however we’re giving it to the Poco F3 GT due to the larger battery.
Winner: Poco F3 GT
Worth: Not a lot between the 2
The OnePlus Nord 2 comes with a beginning worth of Rs. 27,999 for the 6 G/ 128 GB variant, though this model just isn’t but obtainable available in the market. The Eight GB/ 128 GB variant of the telephone is priced at Rs. 29,999 whereas the 12 GB/256 GB retails at Rs. 31,999. The Poco F3 GT, however, now comes with a beginning worth of Rs. 26,999 for the bottom model of 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. The Eight GB/ 128 GB model of the telephone prices Rs. 28,999 whereas the highest variant (Eight GB/ 256 GB) is priced at Rs. 30,999. The worth distinction might not be too staggering, however the Poco F3 GT will probably be burning a shallower gap in your pocket. That mentioned, there isn’t any 12 GB RAM variant within the Poco F3 GT, which is current on the Nord however evaluating the bottom fashions right here, the Poco F3 GT comes out to be a extra budget-friendly possibility.
Winner: Poco F3 GT
Verdict: Poco F3 GT vs OnePlus Nord 2
This has been one powerful struggle between two actually highly effective smartphones, and the outcomes mirror it. That mentioned, we expect. The Poco F3 GT is the clear winner of this battle because it has gained 4 rounds out of seven, with one spherical being tied. However this doesn’t imply that the OnePlus Nord 2 just isn’t worthy of consideration. The telephone wins main rounds like digicam and UI and solely will get marginally left behind in areas like efficiency and battery. Each telephones are prone to meet all of your expectations in terms of premium mid-segment efficiency. In the long run, it principally is dependent upon what you’re in search of from a telephone. Whether it is higher digicam efficiency and cleaner UI, the Nord 2 is the telephone for you, but when eye-catchy design, higher gaming efficiency, larger show, and battery are what you’re looking for, then the Poco F3 GT could be the one for you.