The POCO F4 GT looks like a well-priced gaming phone

The phone looks like a spectacular buy, but it's plausible that more people are excited by the Klee-themed earbuds.

by Justin Choo

POCO is a brand that is designed, in their own words, to appeal to “the world’s young techies,” and the POCO Buds Pro Genshin Impact Edition is evidence of this.

They look fantastic and it’s a great idea, but you must be mistaken, POCO.

This is in no way a slur, but many of my non-spring-chicken friends (many autumns and winters too, while we’re at that) would not be against the idea of buying one for themselves. And I suspect there are many more out there. You know who you are.

To be fair, it does look cool, though.

To be fair, it does look cool, though.

Now that the totally-uncalled-for barbs are out of the way, let’s turn our attention to the main event, the POCO F4 GT smartphone.

Keenly-priced gaming phone

It sports a flagship 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor (3 GHz octa-core) with POCO’s LiquidCool Technology 3.0 cooling solution (4,860mm² dual vapour chamber). This is complemented by LPDDR5 RAM along with UFS 3.1 ROM for optimum performance for gaming.

The 6.67-inch flat AMOLED and 10-bit TrueColor display features a 120Hz refresh rate coupled with a responsive 480Hz touch sampling rate for pretty much the best gaming experience on paper. POCO says that the panel used is rated by Display Mate as an A+ screen and matches 15 display performance records.

The best part? If you get salty after a loss and take it out on your phone, there’s a one-time free screen repair service during the first 6 months after purchase, so you can take your L and your new phone and get gud this time. Just kidding, please don’t take it out on your phone.

Capacity-wise the 4,700mAh battery is average, but who cares when you have 120W HyperCharge support – your battery can be fully charged in 17 minutes at rest and 27 minutes while gaming. As additional protection, the AdaptiveCharge feature prevents overcharging in the critical 80% to 100% charge range when you forget to disconnect your charger. Either way, don’t let your battery get too warm, kids.

For a more tactile experience, they’ve included magnetic pop-up triggers rated for up to 1.5 million times presses and POCO claims that they have been tested to work on over 100 popular games. Meanwhile, CyberEngine linear motors are used to offer a wider range of vibration patterns and intensity.

Genshin swag and a watch

The Genshin Impact branding is more of a feature than anything else I can tell you. The notifications are voiced by Klee – a very popular character in the game – and the carrying case is essentially Klee’s backpack. If you’re not sold at this point then, congratulations for being a well-adjusted adult (last shade that I throw, I swear).

Aside, these earbuds feature 9mm dynamic drivers for sonic versatility along with AI-powered ANC that adjusts levels according to the surrounding noise level and your daily routine.

Other amenities include in-ear detection (pause audio when removed), IPX4 water resistance, long 28-hour battery life (charging case), wireless charging, as well as dual-device connectivity.

The POCO Watch features a 1.6-inch AMOLED touch display and an ultra-slim bezel with over a hundred customisable watch faces. It tracks heart rate, blood oxygen levels and sleep. In addition, it can detect whenever you switch activities and monitor accordingly. It has over 100 exercise modes built-in and a battery life of up to 14 days.


POCO F4 GT is now available in two variants – 8GB + 128GB ($899) and 12GB + 256GB ($999) – and three colours: Stealth Black, Knight Silver, and Cyber Yellow. They can be purchased from official POCO stores:

POCO Buds Pro Genshin Impact Edition is priced at $99 (limited early bird price of $79) at Shopee and Lazada . POCO Watch is also priced at $99 (limited early bird price of $79) at Shopee and Lazada .

Disclaimer: All ribbing is friendly. I only make these jokes because this is the kind of thing I would do as well. But I don’t play Genshin.