The Poco was a truly unique device-it is probably the most recommended competitor, we had up to this very day. A true bestseller that offers Much more bounce for the ounch and quickly became a fan – and critic – favorite. And today, fifteen months after its premiere, we are meeting its long- anticipated sequel to the poco f4.
The Poco F4 GT was announced and released ahead if the Poco F4 premiere, and we found it to be compelling device offering the most current Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset on a budget. But the F3 wasn’t popular because of cutting-edge hardware, it didn’t even come with the latest chipset. It had the most thoughtful pick of features and components, and they ran like a well-oiled machine and offered great stability and reliability. And that’s what the Poco F4 is ready to offer once more.
Unfortunately, year 2022 sure isn’t in favor of smartphones, among many other things. There is high inflation, components shortage, still ongoing pandemic, and the looming global warming threat. The mobile industry, chipsets specifically, haven’t made much of a progress since 2020, and it’s not surprising the snapdragon 870 platform, a repackaged snapdragon 865+ version, is still considered to be the most stable flagship-grade kit.
In fact, there was a turn for the worse too as there are many new phones that use less capable chipset than their 2021 version because of what’s happening right now.
Well, the Poco F4 is an updated version of the F3, and thankfully, it’s has only one downgrade – an inferior macro camera. The upgrades are not that exciting, not for the Poco F3 owner at least, but worthy, nevertheless.
So, Poco F4 offers Dolby vision support, a better 64MP OIS main camera, and faster 67W charging over the poco F3.
The Poco F4 uses the same 6.67-inch E4 AMOLED panel as the Poco F3 with extended 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and 360Hz touch response. It supports HDR10+, but now it also gets Dolby Vision certification.
The Snapdragon 870 5G chipset remains the same, as well as the RAM and storage options – 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB. And there is no microSD card slot. There are two updates there that are not evident right away from the specs sheet – the RAM is now LPDDR5, and the while chipset has larger cooling system.
There are three cameras on the back, just like on the F3, but the primary one now uses a higher-resolution 64MP sensor with optical stabilization lens and 4K60fps capturing support. The 8MP ultra-wide camera remains intact, while the macro shooter has been downgraded from the cool 5MP AF telemacro to a basic 2MP cam with fixed focus at 4cm.
The Poco F4 keeps the same 4,500mAh battery as the F3, but offers faster 67W wired charging. There are also similar stereo speaker’s, NFC, IR blaster, Wi-Fi 6, side mounted fingerprint scanner.
Obviously, the Poco F4 is not a major update over the Poco F3. But looking at its specs sheet and it’s tempting €349 early bird price tag, it is shaping as one of the most interesting offers within the entire mid-range. Something we usually call a flagship-killer.
Poco F4 specs at a glance
Body : 163.2×76.0x7.7mm, 195grams; Glass Front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame, glass back; IP53-rated for dust and splash resistance.
Display : 6.67-inch AMOLED, 120Hz ,HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 1300 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250-AC snapdragon 870 5G (7nm): Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz krypton 585 & 3×2.42 GHz kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz kryo 585); Adreno 650.
Memory: 6GB RAM 128GB storage, 8GB RAM 256GB Storage; UFS 3.1.
OS/software: Android 12, MIUI 13 for POCO.
Rear camera: Wide (main): 64MP, f/1.8 1/2.0″, 0.7mm ,PDAF, OIS; ultra-wide angle: 8MP, f/2.2,119°; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4.
Front Camera: 20MP, f/2.5,(wide).
Video Capture: Rear camera: 4K30fps, [email protected]/60fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera; 1080p @30fps.
Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 67W, 100% in 38mints, power delivery 3.0, Quick charge 3+.
Misc: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); NFC, stereo speakers with Dolby Atoms.
If this Spec sheet and the Poco F4 design seem familiar, thats because the Poco F4 is version of the Redmi k40s with an improved main camera.
Listing Poco F4 omissions require some serious nitpicking, but if you are into this, here are a few. The F4 has basic water-resistance ,while Samsung’s A series are completely waterproofed. It would have been nice to get a zoom camera instead of the demoted macro one, but we guess at that price and current state of the global affairs, it’s Wasn’t possible.
Well, we are intrigued to see what this Poco F4 has offer, especially now that we’ve reviewed the higher-tier Poco F4 GT. So, without further delay, let’s go to F4 unboxed.
Unboxing of Poco F4
The Poco F4 arrives in the black box with usual yellow Poco marketing. It is quite thick, and it does contain a lot. Beside the Poco F4, you will also find a 67W power adapter and 6A-rated USB-A-To-C cable.
There is a larger paper compartment ,which accommodates a soft transparent case, a thin screen protector, and USB-C-to-3.5mm Jack or a audio Jack adapter.
Poco has spared nothing on the F4 bundle, and we can only praise it for that.
Design and build quality
The Poco F4 has the same build as the f3 but comes in a slightly different shape and with a redesigned camera island. Like many modern smartphones, the Poco F4 comes with a flat glass panels and flat frame.
The front glass piece that’s keeping the screen safe is a Gorilla Glass5 sheet, just like on the Poco F3. It’s flat except for the 2.5D finish around the edge.
The back of the Poco F4 is also made of glass, flat as well, though it’s not one of the special properties like Gorilla or a panda Glass. The rear glass has an all-glossy finish and is a smudge magnet, naturally. Fortunately, it’s quite easy to clean with single wipe of your shirt, or even your plan.
Night black model we have for this review is quite Stylish and enjoyable. It’s surface is mirror like, though it refracts and reflects light from around the camera, and that makes for cool yet subtle effect. Surprisingly, the smudges on the back are not that evident.
The camera Setup here looks completely different from the Poco F3’s, but it’s not exactly new -the Redmi k40s has the exact same shape in China.
Finally, let’s look around the frame. It’s made of plastic with matte finish and is not prone to fingerprint. Even it is flat, the Poco F4 cannot stand on its own.
The Poco F4 is IP53-rated for dust and light splash resistance – one of the most basic ingress protection levels a phone can get, but more than nothing, and we do appreciate it. Most of the Xiaomi-made phones are IP53-rated, so we are glad that this protection did not vanish because of the global crisis.
And now let’s take a closer look at this new Poco F4.
The front is home to the 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with one of the smallest perforation we’ve seen to date. It’s an E4AMOLED screen of extended 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 300 touch response, and it supports HDR10+. New to this display is the Dolby Vision support, which should offer an even more impressive HDR streaming experience.
The Screen bezels are perfectly thin, and we have no complaints here.
There is no fingerprint scanner under the display the F4 has side mounted fingerprint sensor on the power button, just like was the case on the Poco F3.
Above the screen, you may notice this incredibly thin outlet. Itchiness a speaker that also double as an earpiece. Just like on other Xiaomi-made phones, this speaker actually has two outlets-one front-facing and one, you will lower the sound quality, but not the loudness.
The back is all glass, and the two- step camera setup is the only feature of the interstate here. The island juts out of the back and the first level houses a single LED flashlight (let not the three holes fool you, there is just the one LED underneath). On the second level, you will find the stabilized 64MP primary, the 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP of macro cameras.
The plastic frame is completely bare on the left.
The right side is where you’d notice the volume and power/lock keys. The surface of the lock key incorporates the always-on fingerprint scanner.If you get too many failed attempts due to Touching it accidentally, just change its trigger from touch to press, and your issues will be solved.
The top of the Poco F4 houses the IR blaster, one of the microphones, and you can see the outlet for the top speaker.
The other, louder speaker is at the bottom next to the USB-C port. The primary microphone is also around, as well as the dual-sim tray.
The Poco F4 measures 163.2x76x7.7 my and weight 195 grams – about the same as the Poco F3. It looks a bit thicker because of the flat sides, though.
The Poco F4 is of a solid build, and we like its design and execution. It is simple yet good – looking and the IP53-rating is appreciated. The F4 offers a secure -enough grip when operated naked – the Matt frame helps, while the glossy back turned out to be not as slippery as it looks. Of course, if you feel like you are going to drop it any second now, the bundled case will help a lot.
The Poco F4 has similar features as Poco F3 6.67-inch E4 AMOLED panel like Poco F3, but it’s been updated with Dolby Vision support.
So, the screen offers 2400 x 1080 PC resolution and has a tiny perforation to make way for the selfie camera. Poco likes to point out it is one of the smallest on the market, and that’s definitely true. The panel is protected by a flat sheet of Gorilla Glass 5.
The screen support a 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch response. It is HDR-capable and is both HDR10+ and Dolby vision certified.
The Poco F4 screen official specs sheet mentions 900 nits of maximum brightness and 1300 nits of peak brightness. Our display measurements captured 530 nits to typical brightness and 1000 nits of high maximum brightness.
The minimum brightness at point white was 2.2nits – on par with most of the OLED these days and considered an excellent one.
The Poco F4 supports DCI-P3 wide color gamut. The Phones setting offer three different color mides – Vivid (default, DCI-P3), saturated (DCI-P3 with saturated boost), and standard (sRGB). You can tweak the color temperature for each mode. There are also advance settings, where you can specifically choose between DCI-P3 or sRGB.
You can choose between default and custom refresh rate options. The custom button offers two fixed steps – 60Hz and 120Hz. Both Default and 120Hz work sort of dynamically. The screen is always showing 120fps though out the UI and all system apps, but it reverts to 60Hz when the picture is also useing for video playback/streaming and across apps that cannot support higher than 60Hz screen.
Hardware screening apps recognizes the screen as capable of 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz fixed refresh rate steps. The only occasion we found MIUI using 30Hz is for the always-on display. 90Hz is also possible for games that max out at 90Hz support.
High refresh rate gaming is possible on the Poco F4, and we saw a few games are using 120Hz refresh rate as natively.
HDR And streaming.
The Poco F4s display is HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby vision certified. The phone supports Widevine L1 DRM, which means it is ready to serve the highest streaming quality, in its case, 1080p Dolby vision.
The Poco F4 is supported by popular streaming Apps like Netflix and will serve the highest possible streaming quality.
The Poco F4 offers two AI image Engine features (both disabled by default). The first is AI HDR enhancement – it uses some sort of processing across the SDR content to bring more detail to both lighter and darker areas.
The second one is MEMC – motion interpolation from low frame rate footage to high frame rate. The latter leads to a soap ooera-like effect for some movie/TV shows, so if you feel something is wrong, say too fast or too real, just don’t use MEMC.
The Poco F4s battery capacity remains intact since the f3 – it is powered by similar 4,500mAh battery. The only improvement in the battery department is faster 67W wiredcharging.
The Poco F4 scored a very good 101 hours of endurance rating in our battery life test. It did great across the on-screen test, and it can last more than a day in calls. The only aspect it demonstrated an average behavior was the standby performance.
One of the most notable Poco F4 iluodates since the Poco F3 is faster battery charging – now, the phone supports 67W MI fast charging up from 33W on the previous model. The Poco F4 ships with a 67W power adapter.
According to the Poco, the F4 should fully recharge in 38mints.
The 67W charger took battery from 0% to 55% in 15 minutes. Half an hour on this charger gave us 92% of the charger, which is amazing.
The Poco F4 features stereo speakers on its top and bottom sides, and they supports the Dolby Atoms Enhancement.
The too speaker has two outlets – one top and one front facing – and sound is coming from both. Muting either of them will hurt the audio quality out not the loudness.
So, the Poco F4 scored a Good mark on our loudness test. It’s not particularly lack of any range, but it’s not impressive when compared to other competitors either.
The Poco F4 just like the Poco F4 Gt, boots android 12 with the latest MIUI 13 for Poco. As usual in the MIUI camp, the custom overlays version matters more than the underlying OS, but there are still a few new things. Having said that, native Android 12 features like the redesigned widgets interface and privacy dashboard remain missing.
The MIUI interface is more or less standard MIUI, with minor Poco twists. There’s Always-on display functionality, and it’s the full-fledged version, so you can have it’s how for 10s after a tap, truly some MIUI-powered phones only allowed the first themes you can choose from, and some of those can also be customized.
The Poco F4 still supports the notification light. It light up the edges of the display, when the notification comes in but theres little in the way of customization, other than a couple of different colors and a starlight option. This effects can works with AOD or without AOD.
You can unlock screen from the side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The reader is easy to setup, blazing – fast and accuracy is amazing. You can set the unlock method to touch or press the press will spare you accidental misreads of your palm. In case you’re using the phone without a phone case 2D face unlock feature is available, but it is far less secure than the fingerprint option.
performance and benchmarks
The Poco F4 has the same chipset as the Poco F3 snapdragon 870 5G, which is still one of the fastest and a fan- favorite chipset available platform. It is a rehash of the snapdragon 865 chip even higher CPU clocks, and it’s prime core goes all the way up to 3.2GHz. It still pack one of the most powerful GPU around the adreno 650.
The SD870 features an octa-core CPU in a 1+3+4 configuration with the prime core maxing out at 3.2GHz. The adreno 650 handles the graphics and should deliver flagship grade performance including HFR gaming.
The Poco F4 has two variants with LPDDR5 Ram and UFS3.1 storage – 6GB + 128GB and 8GB +256GB storage.
The Poco F4 features an updated liquid cool technology 2.0 Vapor chamber cooling solution. Which has 400% larger than the one cooling the Poco F3 internals. This should bring greater stability, especially when playing HRR gaming.
The Adreno 650 GPU is one of the best performer not only in the mid-range but in the whole current smartphone chipset selection. And it easily aces the graphics benchmark.
The Poco F4 AnTuTu Score was quite close to the IQOO Neo 6 Poco F4 score is 698586, but IQOO Neo 6 score 730223 the Poco F4 at the top of its price segment among the best scoring non-flagship smartphone
The pIcon F4 become quite warm under the throttling test – it’s CPU reachs 86°C. There are no dangerously hot spots on the outside, and This will not burn your hand, don’t worry about that. But as we said, it does become quite warm.
And Second if your ambient temperature exceeds 25°C, the phone could over heat during the CPU throttling for at least 40 minutes in rather warm room.
Outside The throttling teat, even when running benchmarks consecutively the Poco F4 never got that warm and never showed throttling.
The Poco F4 has a similar triple camera setup as the Poco F3, but with a few twists the primary camera news features OIS. But the macro camera has a downgraded from the 5MP telemacro to the basic 2MP shooter with a fixed focus.
So, the Poco F4 offers a 64MP primary, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro, and a 20MP selfie cameras.
The Poco F4 relies on a 64MP 1/2 OmniVision OV64B sensor with a Quad-Bayer filter. The sensor has 0.7mm pixels, and after the 4-in-1 binning, you’d be getting a 16MP photo with 1.4mm Equivalent performance. This sensor sits behind a stabilized 25mm f/1.8 lens, it supports PDAF; a high-resolution 64MP mode, pro mode, as well as night mode, are available for this camera.
According the maker this is the first ever Poco it’s supports OIS.
There is an 8MP OmniVision OV8856 1/4 sensor with 1.12mm pixels. It sits behind a 16mm f/2.2 lens for angle photos of ultra-wide camera. Night mode is available for this camera.
The macro camera has a 2MP GalacyCore GC02M1 sensor with f/2.4 aperture lens, and the focus is fixed at about 4cm distance.
The selfie camera uses a 20MP Sony IMX596 1/2.8 sensor of Quad Bayer design. It is coupled with a 24mm f/2.45 lens, and the focus is fixed.
The camera app is a familiar MIUI implantation. Basic operation for changing modes works with side swipes the black bezel, not the viewfinder itself, and you can tap on the modes and you can see the switching the modes directly. Swiping up and down doesn’t works for front camera and rare cameras.
You can add, remove, and rearrange the modes in the main Rolodex by going to the more tabs and navigation to the edit button and you can access from the Setting menu as well. And the unused modes still in the more tab, you can switch to a (less intuitive) pull-out the panel that’s summoned from a line to next shooter release.
The hamburger menu at the far end if the screen is where you’ll find additional options, plus the icon to access the settings. Here is where you should look for the Macro mode instead of that more tab we mentioned above – a long-standing Xiaomi idiosyncrasy6. Next to that hamburger menu, you have a flashlight mode switch, an HDR switch, an AI toggle, shortcut to google lens, and a magic wand with beauty effects and filter.
On the near end, you have the camera zoom switch that operates in several different fashions. The first one is simply tapping on one of three dots that represents the ultra-wide, primary, and 2x digital options. You can tap on the active magnification and choose one of several preset levels or use the slider for intermediate magnifications. That preset/slider combo also appears if you press and hold on one of the dots for the inactive zoom level.
There’s a nicely capable pro mode, where you can tweak the shooting parameters yourself, and you can use with the main, the ultra-wide and even the macro camera. Lulu get to pick one of 4 white balance presets, or dial in the light temperature with a slider, there a manual focusing slider (with peaking as an option), and shutter speed 1/4000s to 30s for the main camera, 8s for the ultra-wide, and 0.4s for macro) and ISO control (50 to 6400 for the main camera, 800 for the ultra-wide, 500 for macro). Tiny live histogram is available, and a toggle for zebras can be found in the hamburger menu.
The primary camera in the Poco F4 saves 16MP by default, and third photos come out great. There is a good amount of resolved detail, and the gentler noise reduction make for a somewhat more balanced look.
The dynamic range is outstanding, contrast is likable, and the color accuracy and presentation are praise – worthy.
If we were to enter nitpicking mode, we do acknowledge the sharpness could have been a notch better, though this could as well be the best the sensor can offer. And we can see some corner softness here and there, which can be attribute either to a unit-specific lens issues or to the rather wide-angle 25mm lens.
Overall, we are happy with the photo quality of the Poco F4s primary camera, and we think the majority of the users will be too.
Most of the camera apps nowadays offer zoom shortcuts on the viewfinder even if there is now dedicated telephoto cam. Unfortunately there is no lossless zoom on the Poco F4 either. The 2X tiggle does the most basic things a digital camera can do right now-croos from the center and upscales.
The zoomed photo do look good on the Poco F4s display and they match the quality of the standard ones up to the level of details. But if you zoom in at 100%, you won’t be happy with sharpness and clarity, that’s for sure.
There is a dedicated 64MP shooting mode, and it is not simple upscale from the default output. There is some multi-tasking and demosaicking. The 64MP photos are average in detail, while the other aspects of the quality are a match to the default output – contrast, colors, and dynamic range.
We can see this 64MP output being used for higher quality magnification by cropping from the center. There is also a chance of getting a slightly more detailed 16MP image if you resized the 64MP one. These, of Course, required time and effort and a computer, and we cannot imagine many people doing it for either.
There is no depth sensor on the Poco F4, but you can still shoot portraits- the separation relies on AI algorithms only. And this seems enogh as the subject separation is proficient enough, while the simulated blur is incredibly nice.
The subject are outstanding – the sharpness is excellent, the colors are spot-on, and they look natural and we’ll – exposed.
The 8MP photos we shot with the ultra-wide -angle camera are superb, and among the best, we’ve seen in the mid-range segment. The images are rich in details, with a natural look and spot-on sharpening. The colors and the white balance are tired to life, the noise is Low enough, and the dynamic range is absolutely amazing.
The ultra-wide angle photos benefits from automatic distortion correction, and it’s done with high proficiency too.
The macro is the only aspect of the Poco F4 that’s been downgraded since the Poco F3. Now it’s a 2MP basic shooter with a fixed focus at 4cm away, down from the 5MP camera wit AF and a telemacro lens on the F3.
So, the 2MP macro photos in the Poco F4 are okay they shows you enough details, with a good contrast and adequate noise reduction. Sometime their color might be a bit desaturated or washed out, while other times – likably popping. They, of course are no match to the 5MP telemacro on the Poco F3, but good enough for social networks.
The 20MP selfie camera saves very good photos the contrast is great the color – are accurate, the dynamic range is good, the noise is low, and the sharpness is good enough. The sensor uses a Quad-Bayer filter, which means it should have been saving 5MP photos instead of 20MP. The good news is the upscaling is good, and the selfie don’t seem lacking details, even it they don’t excel in this aspect either.
portrait mode for selfie is available, and while the blur is nice, the subject separation is mediocre at best. Other than the subjects details and colors are a match to the regular selfies.
The Poco F4 supports Auto night mode, and it is enable by default within the advanced settings. Theoretically, it should work on both the main and ultra-wide cameras. And the cameras app decided when and where to use night mode and it’s exposure time.
Well, it turned out that the main camera used in night mode for all scenes we shot, though it decided on a slightly lower exposure time than what the manual night mode used. Unfortunately, it did nothing for the ultra-wide camera.
So, the default photos are pretty good – they expose well with commendable dynamic, good contrast, saturated colors and low noise. The detailing is good too.
Sometimes the optical images stabilization got in the way of the multu-stacking, and that messed up the photos and we got blurr ones. That’s why we’d advise standing stiller than usual and maybe take more than one photo, just in case.
The manual Night mode uses slightly longer exposure times, and that’s why sometimes it’s returned a tiny bit brighter photos. Other than that – it offers the same great photo quality as the Auto night mode.
If you disable the auto night mode, you’d get these rater mediocre photos. While their exposure is realistic, the photos are noiser than usual, and the colors are bit washed out.
The Auto night mode doesn’t actually used Night mode on the ultra-wide camera, and the default photos are noticeably dark, desaturated noisy and lack of details.
If you force night mode on the ultra-wide camera you will get brighter photos with slightly less noisy, though these are still noticeable desaturated.
There is an always on electronic stabilization working across all shooting modes on all cameras
The EIS works with optical stabilization on the main camera, but the implementation is quite awful – there is a non-stop Focus hunting, and the video appears wobbly because of the EIS fighting with OIS.
The Poco F4 has a minor update over the Poco f3. Considering the immense popularity and success of the F3 as well as the ongoing global hurdles, it’s hardly a surprise. The good news is that the Poco F4 price remains quite attractive at €349 for the early birds and €399 when not ata discount.
The Poco F4 impresses with Dolby kit – aa Dolby Vision AMOLED and Dolby Atoms speakers. It’s Snapdragon 870G chipset delivers both great performance and stability. And the updated camera offers likable photos and videos, both day and night.
The Poco F4 is a reliable smartphone and an all-rounder that ticks all the boxes-display, speaker, performance, cmaera, battery, charging and even a bulid quality. That has always been the point of the Poco F series, and the F4 delivers across the board.
The new F4 won’t make the Poco F3 owners upgrade as it offers a few novelties- Dolby Vision HDR support, OIS for the main camera, and faster 67W chatging. It is not intend for them but for those needing a new smartphone- one that will give them the most bang for their bucks
The Poco F4 aced most of our tests – it offers an outstanding display, likable splash-resistant design, good stero speakers with Dolby Atoms, dependable camera experience, good battery life with fast charging, and above all – excellent Performance with great stability.
There Is little not to like within the Poco F4. Maybe it could have retained the 5MP telemacro camera. Poco F4 offered IP67-rated design like Te galaxy A series.
Bit at that attractive pricing especially in 2022, we’d say we are getting not only more than the average, but more than we even expected. And that’s why it gets our recmmendation right away.
Pros And Cons
- Excellent AMOLED, Dolby vision support, and 120Hz refresh rate.
- Top-notch performance, great stability, and 5G.
- Loud dual speakers, Dolby Atoms.
- Dependable battery life, 67W fast charging support.
- Good all-round camera experience.
- NFC, IR blaster, Android 12, MIUI 13.
- It’s has Downgraded macro camera since Poco F3.
- The videology could benefit from a contrast boost.
- The Video stabilization on the main camera needs upgrade.