The Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT are mid-range phones with a lot to offer
Xiaomi has announced the Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT, offering global versions of budget devices previously released in China. The €399 (about $418) Poco F4 is mostly a rebrand of the Redmi K40S, featuring a Snapdragon 870 processor, OLED display with fast refresh rate, stabilized main camera, and fast wired charging. The performance-focused Poco X4 GT will retail for €379 (about $398) features a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, 6.6-inch 144Hz LCD display and high-capacity battery, also with fast wired charging. Simply put, they offer specs that put our current range of mid-range phones to shame – if they ever made it to the US.
The Poco F4’s 870 processor is carried over from the Poco F3, and it’s a capable flagship chipset with 5G support. The Poco F4’s 6.67-inch OLED display offers up to 120Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution. Its main 64-megapixel rear camera includes optical stabilization – a rare feature in non-flagship devices – and it’s complemented by an 8-megapixel ultrawide and a 2-megapixel macro. There’s a 4,500mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging with the included charger.
I’m using the F4 with 6GB of RAM – between that, the Snapdragon processor and that fast refresh rate, it performs like a more expensive phone. The glossy plastic rear panel is a giveaway, as is the (perfectly adequate) side fingerprint sensor, but it handles day-to-day tasks without any issues. Like the X4, it comes with Xiaomi’s Miui 13 skin on Android 12.
The Poco X4 GT is geared more towards gaming, starting with 8GB of RAM, and it opts for a speedy 144Hz LCD screen – not as contrasty and rich as an OLED, but its slightly faster refresh rate helps smoother animations and actions. It’s a 6.6-inch 1080p display with a 270Hz touch sampling rate. There’s a larger 5,080mAh battery which also supports 67W fast charging through the charger. included. The X4 has a similar rear imaging array led by a 64-megapixel camera, but it lacks optical stabilization.
Genshin Impact comes preloaded on the X4, and it works great. The phone gets a bit warm after a few minutes of gaming, but not as hot as other devices that sometimes run the graphics-intensive game. Xiaomi’s cooling technology does a good job here, keeping the system from getting too hot.
Meanwhile, in the US, mid-range phones are all about trade-offs and trade-offs. You can have, at best, two or three of the following: an OLED display, a fast refresh rate, a stabilized main camera, or fast charging. The Poco F4 manages to pack all of the above into a single device.
The new Poco phones will go on sale in parts of Asia, Europe and the UK from June 27. The €399 Poco F4 includes 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; a variant with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage will cost €449. The Poco X4 GT with 8GB of RAM and 128GB will cost €379, and a version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will cost €429.