The Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT are mid-range phones with a lot to offer

Xiaomi has announced the Poco F4 and the Poco X4 GT, offering global versions of budget-oriented devices previously released in China. The € 399 (around $ 418) Poco F4 is primarily a rebrand of the Redmi K40S, with a Snapdragon 870 processor, an OLED screen with fast refresh rate, stabilized main camera, and fast charging via cable. The performance-focused Poco X4 GT will cost € 379 (around $ 398) includes a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, a 6.6-inch 144Hz LCD, and a high-capacity battery, even with fast charging via cable. Simply put, they offer specs that put our current crop of mid-range phones to shame if they ever make it to the US.

The Poco F4’s 870 processor is taken over from the Poco F3 and is a powerful flagship chipset with 5G support. The 6.67-inch OLED screen of the Poco F4 offers a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a resolution of 1080p. Its 64-megapixel main rear camera includes optical stabilization, an uncommon feature in non-flagship devices, and is complemented by an 8-megapixel ultrawide and 2-megapixel macro. There is a 4,500mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging with the included charger.

The Poco F4’s stabilized main rear camera is an uncommon economy-class feature.
Photo by Allison Johnson / The Edge

I used the F4 with 6GB of RAM – between that, the Snapdragon processor and that fast refresh rate, it acts like a more expensive phone. The glossy plastic back panel is a giveaway, as is the (perfectly adequate) side-mounted fingerprint sensor, but it handles everyday tasks smoothly. Like the X4, it comes with Xiaomi’s Miui 13 skin on top of Android 12.

The Poco X4 GT is more game-oriented, starting at 8GB of RAM, and opts for a fast 144Hz LCD, not as rich and contrasted as an OLED, but its slightly faster refresh rate makes for animations and smoother action. It’s a 6.6-inch 1080p screen with a 270Hz touch sampling rate. There’s a larger 5,080mAh battery that also supports 67W fast charging via the included charger. The X4 features a similar rear image array driven by a 64-megapixel camera, but lacks optical stabilization.

The Poco X4 GT is geared towards gaming and video streaming.
Photo by Allison Johnson / The Edge

Genshin Impact it comes preloaded on the X4 and works very well. The phone gets a little hot after a few minutes of gaming, but not as hot as other devices sometimes run graphics-intensive gaming. Xiaomi’s cooling technology does a good job here, preventing the system from overheating too much.

Meanwhile, in the US, mid-range phones are a history of compromise and compromise. You can have, at best, two or three of the following: an OLED screen, a fast refresh rate, a stabilized main camera, or fast charging. The Poco F4 manages to pack all of the above into one device.

The Poco F4 (top) and X4 GT (bottom) will be sold in parts of Europe and Asia.
Photo by Allison Johnson / The Edge

The new Poco phones will be sold in parts of Asia, Europe and the UK starting June 27. The € 399 Poco F4 includes 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; a variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB 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.

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