Poco X4 Pro 5G Review: Hey Good Lookin’


Xiaomi-owned Poco printed the Poco X4 Pro 5G at MWC 2022, describing the phone because the ‘{industry} same old’ for the mid-range worth level, wearing flagship options like a 6.67in 120Hz AMOLED show, 67W instant charging and extra, excited about a budget-friendly beginning worth of €299 (round £250/US$340).

The downside is that the mid-range marketplace is a lot more aggressive than it as soon as used to be, so has Poco were given what it takes to tempt manufacturers from liked mid-rangers just like the OnePlus Nord 2 CE 5G? Well…

Design & construct

If there’s something I will be able to expectantly say concerning the Poco X4 Pro 5G, it’s that it doesn’t seem like a mid-range smartphone, wearing a top rate design with somewhat narrow bezels and flat edges that wouldn’t glance misplaced on Samsung’s flagship smartphone fluctuate. And at simply 8.1mm thick and 205g, it’s a lot more streamlined than its predecessor ever used to be.

In reality, it’s a whole refresh of the Poco X3 Pro design which, should you forged your minds again to 2021, used to be giant, cumbersome, had a unusual twin matte and reflect end and got here with horrid Poco branding alongside the rear. It’s subjective, in fact, however I believe the brand new design is a lot more chic.

It in large part comes all the way down to the rear, which now sports activities a refractive trend that catches the sunshine and offers it a singular shimmer now not dissimilar to spotlights emanating from the ground corners. There’s a an identical impact at the raised digicam bump, with a shimmer emanating from the huge 108Mp sensor housing.

That digicam bump is some other giant exchange in comparison to its predecessor, ditching the centrally-placed round digicam cutout for one thing extra comparable to (Poco-owned) Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Pro, albeit with out this sort of high-end digicam setup.

It seems graceful, however with out digicam tech to refill the gap, it does really feel just a little wasted. Where the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro had further digicam tech, the X4 Pro 5G has the Poco brand and different branding. In reality, even some of the rear-facing lenses is simply an ‘AI’ badge, so it’s extra for aesthetics than necessity.

If you had been hoping that an upgraded design would additionally imply an improve in fabrics, you’d be mistaken. The Poco X4 Pro 5G is a in large part plastic affair with an aluminium body, which does let down that top rate glance on be offering reasonably, however there are advantages to the inexpensive subject matter.

Firstly, it received’t shatter like glass will when dropped, which must translate to respectable sturdiness, and it’s additionally a lot lighter too. While it received’t be for everybody, it’s now not one thing I spotted a lot after my first day with the smartphone.

There’s additionally the go back of the IP53 ranking, which supplies relatively respectable mud and water resistance for this sort of budget-friendly smartphone in spite of the inclusion of a three.5mm headphone jack and USB-C connectivity.

The Poco X4 Pro 5G is to be had in 3 sunglasses, starting from the muted Laser Black – pictured in our evaluation – to Laser Blue and the in-your-face Poco Yellow, so there must be a end to fit your style.

Display

One of the most powerful spaces of the Poco X4 Pro 5G is no doubt the show, which feels anything else however mid-range. The show in query is a 6.67in AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh fee and a 360Hz contact pattern fee, and it’s relatively high-res at 1080 x 2400 too.

As you could be expecting from a large AMOLED panel, it’s brilliant, detailed and with DCI-P3 make stronger, the colors are true to lifestyles, making for a very good technique to watch TikToks, YouTube movies and Netflix motion pictures.

That’s additional enhanced by way of the 120Hz refresh fee on be offering that, along with being sooner than the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G’s 90Hz show, gives a buttery soft enjoy it doesn’t matter what you’re as much as. The 360Hz contact pattern fee is a bit tougher to note, but it surely supplies marginally sooner reaction instances when taking part in aggressive video games.

There’s HDR10+ make stronger to additional fortify the movie-watching enjoy on be offering, with a height brightness of 1300nits when looking at HDR content material. It’s now not reasonably as brilliant with same old content material, capping out at round 700nits more often than not, but it surely’s nonetheless brilliant sufficient to be used in sunny outside environments.

The use of an AMOLED panel additionally permits for always-on show capability, showcasing pictures, a clock or incoming notifications in an unobtrusive means that doesn’t have too a lot of an affect on general battery lifestyles.

There is a hole-punch digicam sitting beautiful on the peak of the show, which some would possibly not recognize, but it surely’s noticeably smaller than the primary technology of hole-punch cameras.

In reality, measuring in at round 4mm broad, it’s some of the smallest hole-punch selfie cameras I’ve noticed to this point. It’s one thing I finished noticing inside of mins of the use of the phone for the primary time, and it shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for lots of.

Tech specifications apart, the show provides the Poco X4 Pro 5G the ‘wow’ issue generally reserved for extra top rate gadgets – the one actual giveaway is the rather thicker bezels than flagship gadgets, in particular on its brow and chin.

Still, that’s a minor beauty factor on what’s differently a flagship-level show that may compete with shows at double the cost.  

Features & efficiency

Officially, the Poco X4 Pro 5G is coined as a gaming phone – however that’s just a little of a stretch, even with cast efficiency.

At the center of the X4 Pro 5G is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 5G processor, coupled with both 6GB of RAM and 128GB of garage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of garage relying at the possibility you opt for. That’s now not precisely benchmark-beating, but it surely’s relatively spectacular for a smartphone that prices €299.

Interestingly, the Poco X4 Pro 5G uses Xiaomi’s Dynamic RAM Expansion era that utilises garage as further RAM, boosting the RAM as much as 8GB and 11GB respectively when required.

Does that make any distinction to the full efficiency of the Poco X4 Pro 5G? It’s difficult to mention, however I will be able to attest to nice efficiency with responsive scrolling, fast app switching and somewhat rapid symbol processing functions – even though it does start to display its mid-range nature in in particular media-heavy apps like Facebook the place it will probably sometimes stutter as you browse, and WhatsApp totally iced over on a couple of instance too.

That efficiency interprets properly to gaming, with the Snapdragon 695 in a position to run AAA cellular video games like Call of Duty Mobile with excessive graphics settings enabled, albeit now not continuously at a buttery-smooth 60fps body fee, and under no circumstances on the theoretical 120fps the show can be offering.

There aren’t any gaming-specific {hardware} options, just like the Black Shark 4 Pro’s magnetic triggers or the Asus ROG Phone 5’s plethora of equipment, to toughen the gaming enjoy both.

So, whilst it may give a relatively respectable gaming enjoy, devoted cellular players are somewhere else.

That’s in large part subsidized up by way of our benchmark effects, which places the Poco X4 Pro 5G consistent with different tempting mid-range choices just like the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G.

Performance apart, the Poco X4 Pro 5G options Wi-Fi 5 along Bluetooth 5.1 and, in fact, 5G connectivity. There also are NFC functions for cost apps like Google Pay, and also you’ll discover a fingerprint reader constructed into the ability button for handy unlocking.

Oh, and if 128/256GB of garage isn’t reasonably sufficient on your wishes, you’ll be able to upload as much as 1TB of extra garage by the use of microSD.

That is probably not reasonably sufficient for die-hard tech enthusiasts, but it surely ticks maximum containers for the typical client – particularly at this sort of aggressive worth level.

Camera

Aside from the show, some of the primary perks of the Poco X4 Pro 5G is the inclusion of an excellent 108Mp snapper at the rear. That’s flanked by way of an 8Mp 118-degree ultrawide lens and a 2Mp macro lens that aren’t reasonably as thrilling, however they’ll nonetheless fulfil a necessity when required.

Let’s focal point on that primary 108Mp sensor first; it utilises some of the greatest sensors round, measuring in at 1/1.52in, and that’s accompanied by way of an aperture of f/1.9 for warm – however now not industry-leading – low-light efficiency.

That aggregate can permit for impressively detailed pictures, each when captured at complete 108Mp solution and when the use of Xiaomi’s 9-in-1 pixel binning era. When snapping same old pictures in a well-lit outside atmosphere, the pictures normally glance nice; they’re in focal point, well-lit with balanced publicity and the color accuracy is at the cash too.

That element is simplest cranked up should you shoot in its complete 108Mp solution, however the caveat is that information are round 4x larger than pixel-binned equivalents. The full-res pictures are nice if you wish to have to crop, however maximum customers received’t realize a distinction the use of the usual 12Mp pixel-binned output.   

There isn’t a telephoto lens at the X4 Pro 5G, however you wouldn’t bet that by way of on-screen 2x zoom recommended. Instead, the phone vegetation in at the primary symbol. It’s satisfactory for the occasional zoom, however it will probably’t compete with a devoted telephoto lens when you’re wanting one regularly.

The greatest weak spot, in spite of the dimensions of the sensor and coffee aperture, is still low-light images. It struggles each in artificially lit indoor environments or out of doors at evening, with comfortable patches and a hit-and-miss focal point – most likely all the way down to the loss of laser autofocus of top rate competitors – and the devoted evening mode doesn’t assist both.

It does have attainable, however with out OIS, you’ll have to position the phone on a tripod to seize a good symbol of a static object in low-light – the duty is near-impossible with transferring topics like pets even though.  

The high quality of the accompanying 8Mp 118-degree ultrawide snapper isn’t related to the primary lens with a far softer glance general, and the f/2.2 aperture manner it’s now not reasonably as performant as the primary lens in low-light too.

The one spectacular facet is the digicam tuning; in spite of the most obvious variations in digicam spec, there’s little or no distinction on the subject of color temperature or dynamic fluctuate between the primary and ultra-wide lenses, making it a viable possibility if you wish to transfer between lenses mid-shoot. Just don’t try evening images the use of the ultra-wide.  

There’s additionally a 2Mp macro sensor, however with the taking pictures mode hidden away in Poco’s Camera app, it sort of feels even the producer is embarrassed about its efficiency. It permits you to take close-up pictures, however those are normally washed out, and with a set focal point, it’s tricky to get snaps as sharp as you could like.

You’ll most likely use it a few times and, like us, overlook it’s even there.

Finally, at the entrance, you’ll discover a 16Mp selfie digicam that plays relatively properly general, making it an ideal possibility for selfies and video calls. There’s additionally make stronger for Portrait images that blurs the background, even though the brink monitoring can also be hit-and-miss every now and then.

You can discover a gallery of pictures shot at the Poco X4 Pro 5G under:

Poco X4 Pro 5G camera test

Battery lifestyles

When it involves battery lifestyles, the Poco X4 Pro 5G shines – and that’s with the refresh fee cranked as much as 120Hz.

Featuring a 5,000mAh battery at its middle, the X4 Pro 5G can with ease closing an afternoon and a part with moderate use – tweeting, texting, looking at TikToks – with the likelihood to squeeze it to a complete two days of use should you’re a bit extra conservative than I’m.

That’s a in particular spectacular feat for the reason that the 120Hz refresh fee is continuing and now not adaptive, so it’s now not reasonably as battery environment friendly as some high-end competitors. It additionally implies that it has the possible to closing even longer should you stick to the slower 60Hz refresh fee.

That spectacular efficiency is helping rid battery nervousness, supplying you with the boldness to snap pictures, name and textual content on your middle’s content material, and the power to head greater than an afternoon with out charging a phone is refreshing too.

When it does want a top-up, Xiaomi’s 67W turbo charging era supplies 59% fee in quarter-hour and 94% in part an hour in trying out, with a complete fee taking round 40 mins.

That’s now not the quickest charging tech round, but it surely stands proud within the funds marketplace – particularly as you’ll get a 67W USB-C charger within the field. No want to pay further for charging comfort right here!   

You don’t get wi-fi charging, which isn’t truly a wonder at this worth level. I’d bet that fast-charging tech is extra precious to maximum customers than the power to fee it on a stand anyway!

Software

The Poco X4 Pro 5G comes operating Android 11 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 13 pores and skin implemented on peak – and that could be divisive. You see, not like the likes of Motorola’s My UX which tries to supply one thing as as regards to the inventory Android enjoy as imaginable, Xiaomi’s Android pores and skin roughly does the other.

It’s a lot more stylised, with a couple of (ahem) distinctive design possible choices that customers will love or hate. It suffers from the similar design quirks as different Chinese producers, together with a complicated Settings menu with comparable settings one way or the other in numerous spaces of the app, Xiaomi’s spin at the notification colour and phone controls and extra.

The Camera app UI is especially difficult to navigate every now and then. The macro digicam, for instance, isn’t to be had within the ‘extra’ phase with the opposite taking pictures modes – it’s hidden within the hamburger menu the place you tweak timer and crop settings.   

If you’re coming from a Xiaomi (and even Oppo) smartphone, you’ll be capable of navigate the phone’s UI with little factor, however there’s a lot more of a finding out curve for normal Android and iOS customers.

The one weak spot is the loss of OS updates; Poco-owned Xiaomi is but to decide to any OS updates for the Poco X4 Pro 5G, which flies within the face of the two-year ensure from the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G and three-year ensure with the Nokia X20 – particularly given it’s operating Android 11 and now not the most recent Android 12.

Price

The Poco X4 Pro 5G is ready to be launched in two variants – 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB – which can price €299 (round £250/US$340) and €349 respectively at international liberate on 2 March 2022, with UK pricing but to be showed.

That manner Poco has the risk to undercut key competitors just like the £299/€349 OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G and different nice mid-range smartphones – it’ll simply rely on regional pricing.

Verdict

The Poco X4 Pro 5G is a large improve over its predecessor each on the subject of options and design, with this 12 months’s fashion coming in a svelte top rate bundle that wouldn’t glance misplaced on a flagship smartphone – albeit almost certainly with the usage of glass rather than the plastic frame of the X4 Pro 5G.

Still, it’s now not all about seems, and the X4 Pro 5G has so much to provide. The 120Hz AMOLED show is brilliant, colourful and buttery-smooth, with some of the smallest digicam cutouts we’ve noticed to this point.

While the refresh fee isn’t adaptive like top rate choices, it will probably nonetheless with ease last longer than an afternoon with what we’d describe as moderate use, with the opportunity of squeezing extra out of the phone with a 60Hz refresh fee and extra conservative use.

Even when it does want a top-up, the 67W instant charging tech will get you untethered from the wall inside of 40 mins, and in contrast to even top rate competitors, you’ll get the 67W charger within the field.

The 108Mp digicam is an actual deal with too, providing spectacular element and color illustration in well-lit environments, even though the loss of OIS manner evening images may well be stepped forward. The accompanying 8Mp ultra-wide is at hand, however the similar can’t be stated for the 2Mp macro lens.

The internals of the Poco X4 Pro 5G are distinctly mid-range utilising Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695, and whilst it will probably’t compete with top-tier gaming telephones, efficiency remains to be respectable for a sub-€300 smartphone.

It has its weaknesses, like Xiaomi’s MIUI and the loss of Android OS updates in comparison to competitors, however the Poco X4 Pro 5G stays a tempting possibility on the low finish of the mid-range marketplace.

Specs

Poco X4 Pro 5G: Specs

  • 164.2 x 76.1 x 8.1mm
  • 205g
  • Gorilla Glass 5 (entrance)
  • Plastic frame
  • 6.67in AMOLED show (120Hz, FHD+)
  • Snapdragon 695 with 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 128/256GB garage, expandable by way of 1TB by the use of microSD
  • 5G
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Wi-Fi 5
  • 108Mp 1/1.52in f/1.9 primary rear digicam
  • 8Mp 118-degree f/2.2 ultra-wide digicam
  • 2Mp f/2.4 macro lens
  • 16Mp f2.4 selfie digicam
  • Fingerprint reader in Power button
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 67W instant fee tech
  • Available in Laser Black, Laser Blue and Poco Yellow



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