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POCO X4 Pro 5G review – The new king of the mid-range smartphones?!

Test report created by Timo A. on February 28, 2022

The POCO X4 Pro 5G smartphone was presented today at the MWC in Barcelona. We've been testing the mid-range smartphone, which costs just under 250 euros, for almost two weeks. More on what it can do and how it stacks up against the competition.

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8.5
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Overview
Manufacturer

POCO

Model

POCO X4 Pro 5G

Specifications

 Processor and memory 
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
GPU: Adreno 619
Storage: 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4X + 128GB / 256GB UFS2.2
Memory extension: Yes

 Display 
Display diagonal: 6,67 inches
Display resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
Display frequency: 120 Hz
Display Type: AMOLED
Screen Protector: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Multitouch: 10 fingers

 Cameras 
Main camera: 108 MP Samsung HM2 1/1.52", 0.7µm, PDAF, f/1.9
Ultra wide angle camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 118° wide angle
Macro camera: 2MP, f/2.4

Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.4

 mesh 
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
eSIM: No.

2G GSM: 850 900 1800 1900MHz
3G WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
4G LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/26/28/66
4G LTE TDD: 38/39/40/41
5G NSA / SA: n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78/n66

 wireless 
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 5.1
GPS: Yes
NFC: Yes

 Sensors 
* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* E-Compass
*Gyroscope
* Fingerprint Sensor
* IR blaster

 Accumulator 
Battery: 5.000 mAh
Fast charge function: 67 Watt
Qi store: no

 other 
Operating system: Android 12 (MIUI 13)
Audio: 3.5mm headphones / stereo speakers
Connection: USB-C
Size: 164,2 76,1 x x 8,1 mm
Weight: 205g

What's in the box

1x POCO X4 Pro 5G
1x charger 67W
1x charging cable
1x protective cover
1x SIM needle
1x manual

Review: POCO X4 Pro 5G

 The king is dead, long live the king! I keep thinking about this sentence whenever I take a look at today's smartphone market. No matter what price range we are in, some manufacturer brings the BEST smartphone onto the market almost every week.

It is quite difficult to keep an overview and the differences between the models are in the details. This also applies to the POCO X4 Pro 5G, which offers the equipment of the recently introduced  Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G  just put it in a different case.

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POCO X4 Pro 5G: design and finish

The design of the POCO X4 Pro 5G is exceptional. Exceptionally good or bad everyone has to know for themselves, but the smartphone definitely attracts attention. The decisive factor here is the huge "camera hump" with POCO imprint, which takes up almost the entire upper part of the back. Not everyone likes that, because not only does the hump (1,5 mm) protrude far out of the case, but the 108 MP main camera on the hump also has its own bezel, which also protrudes a few millimeters out of the hump. Dust and dirt have an easy time here. 

POCO X4 Pro 5G smartphone back cover in Laser Black.

The dimensions of the smartphone are also massive. With a size of 164 x 76 x 8,3 mm and a weight of 205g, the POCO X4 Pro 5G is a real banger. Nevertheless, the comparatively angular smartphone feels quite good in the hand. The weight distribution is not top-heavy and the control buttons on the right are easily accessible, which is not a matter of course for a 6,67-inch smartphone. There is a little protection against spray water according to protection class IP53.

POCO X4 Pro 5G smartphone bottom with USB-C and SIM slot.

The reflective glass back creates an interesting look. Depending on how you turn the smartphone in the light, an effect is created that is a bit reminiscent of headlights or a laser beam. Incidentally, each of the models has the effect. It doesn't matter whether you choose "Laser Black", "Laser Blue" or "POCO Yellow". POCO does not have a plain color in its range here! The matte plastic frame provides an attractive contrast.

POCO X4 Pro 5G smartphone top with 3.5 mm jack.

There is nothing wrong with the processing quality. The scope of delivery includes the POCO X4 Pro 5G, a transparent protective cover, a 67W fast charger, a USB-C cable, a SIM needle to open the SIM slot and a quick start guide. A screen protector is already on the display.

POCO X4 Pro 5G: Screen

The screen of the POCO X4 Pro 5G has a diagonal of 6,67 inches. It is an AMOLED DotDisplay with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a maximum brightness of 1200 nit. In addition, there is a high refresh rate of 120 Hz and a sampling rate of 360 Hz. The display is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 5.

POCO X4 Pro 5G smartphone 6,67 inch display.

At least since the cheap Redmi Note 11 Xiaomi has shown that you can also install excellent AMOLED displays in the lower price categories. The POCO X4 Pro 5G follows suit, because the display does not have to hide from much more expensive competition. Typically AMOLED, the screen convinces with rich colors, high contrast and perfect viewing angle stability.

The brightness of the screen is decent. The display is still easy to read even in sunshine. The color temperature is set relatively neutral. If you don't like that, you can adjust the color temperature individually in the display settings. The same applies to the color saturation, which can be toggled in the "Vivid", "Saturated" and "Standard" modes.

In terms of refresh rate, the POCO X4 Pro 5G keeps up with the times. Thanks to the 120 Hz refresh rate, animations and fast swiping movements look really smooth. The 120 Hz are slowed down a bit by the Snapdragon 695, which performs well in itself, but doesn't offer particularly high performance reserves.

But there is one really annoying thing. Namely the always-on display. For me, "always-on" means "always on". Xiaomi or POCO sees it a little differently. There is an always-on function, but it turns off after 10 seconds. Only a tap of the finger on the display shows the "Always-On" surface again. Changing the whole thing in the settings doesn't work unfortunately. There is only this 10 second function. Pity!

POCO X4 Pro 5G: performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 continues. This 6nm chip is the heart of the POCO X4 Pro 5G. It is divided into an 8-core CPU (2x Cortex-A77 @2.2 GHz | 6x Cortex-A55 @1.7 GHz) and an Adreno 619 GPU. In addition, the Snapdragon 695 supports fast 5G mobile communications, dual-AC WiFi and Bluetooth 5.1.

When it comes to storage, you can choose between 6GB or 8GB RAM (LPDDR4X) and 128GB or 256GB data storage (UFS2.2). Expanding the data storage with a microSD memory card works. Here are some benchmark results: 

The results are a good indication that the Snapdragon 695 is far from one of the strongest mobile platforms on the market. However, the performance in everyday use is much more relevant than a benchmark result, and there is actually little to complain about. Ordinary tasks are carried out quickly and without serious waiting or loading times. Fast changes through apps or image changes in the image gallery are largely seamless.

The POCO X4 Pro 5G, on the other hand, cannot assert itself as a smartphone for gamers. The 120 Hz refresh rate is not reached in most mobile games. You should also expect performance losses in particularly demanding games such as PUGB Mobile or Call of Duty Mobile. Here it is advisable to set the graphic to the lowest level of detail. Then these games can also be played without stuttering. Temperature-related bottlenecks do not occur. The smartphone only develops a small amount of heat under full load.

POCO X4 Pro 5G: user interface

Because POCO is a Xiaomi brand, the user interface is also Xiaomi's own MIUI operating system. This is pre-installed here as "MIUI 13 (For POCO)". The difference to the Xiaomi or Redmi smartphone is the so-called "launcher", which adapts the appearance of the interface to POCO. Of course you can also download any theme from the integrated theme store.

The MIUI 13 installed here is still based on Android 11. In all likelihood, an update to Android 12 will arrive in the first half of the year. Otherwise, the update policy of Xiaomi and POCO is one of the better ones. On average, the devices are supplied with updates for 3 years.

Now to the features that MIUI 13 has to offer. In addition to the already mentioned theme launcher, which can be used to customize the appearance of the user interface, there are also some "special functions". A practical sidebar with quick access to apps can be displayed as an overlay. Then there are floating windows in which you can hide apps. This makes multitasking easier because you can work with two apps at the same time in split-screen.

Creating two independent user profiles is also possible with MIUI 13. This makes it even easier to separate business from private life. One thing that's a bit annoying are the many pre-installed third-party apps that you don't really need. In addition to various shopping apps, social media apps are also pre-installed. Of course, you can simply throw down the unwanted apps.

POCO X4 Pro 5G: Camera

The camera unit on the back shouldn't have been that huge, because there are only 3 lenses in total, even if the first glance gives the impression of 5 lenses. But one after anonther.

POCO X4 Pro 5G rear camera.

The POCO X4 Pro 5G uses a 108 MP Samsung HM2 sensor (aperture f/1.9, 1/52″) as the main camera, then there is an 8 MP Sony IMX355 ultra wide-angle camera (aperture f/2.2, 118°) and a 2 MP macro camera ( Aperture f/2.4) . The two other circles in the quartet contain an LED flash and the other circle the word "AI". Pure ornament, then! At the front is the 16 MP front camera.

main camera

The 108 MP main camera is on a good mid-range level. The photos taken during the day convince with an appropriate amount of detail and a pleasantly natural color scheme. This is shown, for example, by the sky on the test shots, which shines in a beautiful blue when there is a lot of sunshine. There is also nothing wrong with the image dynamics. The dynamic range knows its limits, but severely drowned lows and burned out highlights are a rarity.

Conspicuous image errors due to chromatic aberration do not occur. Image sharpness and level of detail decrease slightly towards the edges, but this in no way affects the overall impression too much. The autofocus reacts quickly and the release time is low.

The recording quality is well preserved in low light conditions. The large sensor and the pixel binning show what they can do here. The sensor has image noise under control. The level of detail is not reduced too much and colors are well preserved. The POCO X4 Pro 5G does not suffer from sluggish autofocus and long shutter release times at night.

When the ambient light is low, it is advisable to switch on the night mode. In many cases, the night mode provides a higher light output with more details and a higher dynamic range.

Ultra wide angle

One could easily assume that the 8 MP Sony IMX355 has become Xiaomi's standard sensor in the mid-range segment. After all, the sensor is not that susceptible to criticism. Of course, the UWK of the POCO X4 Pro 5G cannot keep up with high-end devices, but the recording quality is still completely sufficient. There is hardly any distortion, details and image sharpness are reasonably okay and the image dynamics are also right.

Other sensors and recording functions

You should not have any expectations of the macro camera. The 2 MP sensor is a gap filler that beautifies the spec sheet. Not more! The camera app is easy to use. There is a photo, video and portrait mode, a pro mode for experienced users and many other gimmicks. As an alternative to the MIUI camera app, it's worth taking a look at the various GCam offers and experimenting. Google's GCam app can often also improve the recording quality, because in addition to the sensors, the software also plays a decisive role.

The video function of the smartphone is disappointing. A higher resolution than 1080p at 30 frames per second cannot be set. This is not due to the MIUI camera app, but to the Snapdragon 695, which does not support 4K. Electronic image stabilization is available, but it reacts very jerkily and the motion sequence looks unrealistic.

The recording quality of the 16 MP front camera doesn't necessarily make you an Instagram model, but you can still take a good-looking selfie or two. The video resolution of the front camera is also limited to 1080p at 30 frames per second due to the processor.

POCO X4 Pro 5G: connectivity and sensors

Mobile

The Snapdragon X51 modem of the POCO X4 Pro 5G masters 5G SA and NSA. It is therefore prepared for the present and the future. When tested in the 5G network, the smartphone impressed with its solid speed and stability. You don't have to worry about the mobile phone frequencies. The usual frequencies in Europe are all supported.

POCO X4 Pro 5G Case Back.

The VoLTE and VoWiFi methods for voice telephony are supported. Dual SIM is possible with two Nano SIM cards. However, slot 2 shares the space with the memory expansion option, which is lost when using dual SIM.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Unfortunately, fast WiFi 6 did not make it into the POCO smartphone. Here you can be satisfied with Dual-AC WiFi, which performs quite well in terms of data throughput and connection strength. The Bluetooth 5.1 did not cause any problems either. The automatic connection in the car worked without any problems.

GPS and sensors

In the test, the POCO X4 Pro 5G navigated reliably from A to B. To do this, it uses GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou. Except for the IR blaster, the sensors are standard. The IR blaster is a feature that Xiaomi in particular likes to install. This can be used to control televisions, media players and other devices, provided they can be addressed via infrared. The smartphone already has the Mi remote control app required for control.

 NFC is on board the European POCO X4 Pro 5G. However, you should make sure that not every country version has NFC installed.

POCO X4 Pro 5G smartphone from above.

Fingerprint scanner

The fingerprint scanner didn't make it under the display on this smartphone. Instead, it has been integrated into the side power button. Unlocking worked reliably and quickly in the test.

Stereo speakers

The sound of the stereo speaker is powerful and loud without distorting. Sound effects are provided in the form of Dolby Atmos. Headphones or external speakers can be connected via a 3.5 mm jack, Bluetooth or USB-C. High-resolution audio codecs such as aptX are supported for Bluetooth connections. It is even possible to receive FM radio with wired headphones.

POCO X4 Pro 5G: Battery

Finally, a few words about the battery. It has a capacity of 5000 mAh and lasts quite a long time thanks to the efficient Snapdragon 695. In the test, the smartphone only had to be plugged in every two days. The standby consumption is extremely low, so that only 2-3 percent of the battery was lost at night.

The 67 watt quick charge function charges the smartphone to 15 percent in just 55 minutes. A full charge takes 41 minutes. Wireless charging is not supported.

Price Comparison

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261,35€
Rating
Positive

Chic laser effect
AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate
Good everyday performance
MIUI 13 user interface
Good cell phone reception (5G, VoLTE, VoWiFi)
NFC for contactless payment (EU version)
Precise navigation
Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
Very good battery life and 67W fast charging

Negative

Big and heavy
"Always-On" only for 10 seconds
Processor downgrade to predecessor
Videos only in 1080p30

Summary

The POCO X4 Pro 5G is a great mid-range smartphone that scores well in the areas of display, connectivity and battery. Hardly any competitor offers a smartphone with a 120 Hz AMOLED display and 5G mobile phone support for 249 euros, which can also be fully charged in just under 40 minutes.

The camera of the POCO smartphone is on a good mid-range level. There are only a few devices that perform better in this price range. The recording quality is convincing both during the day and at night. However, the camera gets a real damper from the Snapdragon 695. This does not support 4K video recordings, which limits the video resolution of the POCO X4 Pro to 1080p30.

In other respects, too, the Snapdragon 695 is a downgrade to the previous POCO X3 Pro model with Snapdragon 860 chip. The difference in performance is less noticeable in everyday use, but all the more so in current mobile games that only run smoothly in a reduced level of detail. A big advantage, however, is the 6nm manufacturing process of the Snapdragon 695. This makes the chip much more efficient, which results in longer battery life.

8.5
Our rating
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4 comments

4 comments

  1. POCO fan

    28. February 2022 22 to: 48

    It's really a shame that Xiaomi got rid of the Snapdragon 860. Was hoping to get the Snapdragon 870 but the 695 is a really bad joke.

    • Timo admin

      3. March 2022 18 to: 52

      That's really a shame, especially when it comes to gaming. But otherwise the smartphone runs pleasantly smoothly in everyday use.

  2. Ric

    1. March 2022 13 to: 02

    Hello, is Widevine L1 supported, so I can watch Netflix in FHD through it? LG

    • Timo admin

      3. March 2022 18 to: 50

      Hi Ric, sure you can watch Netflix in FHD. Widevine L1 is supported. 🙂

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Overview
Manufacturer

POCO

Model

POCO X4 Pro 5G

Specifications

 Processor and memory 
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
GPU: Adreno 619
Storage: 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4X + 128GB / 256GB UFS2.2
Memory extension: Yes

 Display 
Display diagonal: 6,67 inches
Display resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
Display frequency: 120 Hz
Display Type: AMOLED
Screen Protector: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Multitouch: 10 fingers

 Cameras 
Main camera: 108 MP Samsung HM2 1/1.52", 0.7µm, PDAF, f/1.9
Ultra wide angle camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 118° wide angle
Macro camera: 2MP, f/2.4

Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.4

 mesh 
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM
eSIM: No.

2G GSM: 850 900 1800 1900MHz
3G WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
4G LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/26/28/66
4G LTE TDD: 38/39/40/41
5G NSA / SA: n1/n3/n5/n7/n8/n20/n28/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78/n66

 wireless 
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 5.1
GPS: Yes
NFC: Yes

 Sensors 
* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* E-Compass
*Gyroscope
* Fingerprint Sensor
* IR blaster

 Accumulator 
Battery: 5.000 mAh
Fast charge function: 67 Watt
Qi store: no

 other 
Operating system: Android 12 (MIUI 13)
Audio: 3.5mm headphones / stereo speakers
Connection: USB-C
Size: 164,2 76,1 x x 8,1 mm
Weight: 205g

What's in the box

1x POCO X4 Pro 5G
1x charger 67W
1x charging cable
1x protective cover
1x SIM needle
1x manual

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