Poco X4 Pro Reviews: A Budget Phone With Budget Features In A Nice Package
The Poco X4 Pro is one of the newest phones from one of the newest smartphone brands in the world. But is it worth it?
Unlike with the iPhone, Android smartphone fans have an utter wealth of manufacturers to choose from when deciding upon what their next phone will be. One of the newest brands out there is POCO, which was established by parent company Xiaomi in 2018. But just two years later POCO became its own company.
One of the newest phones from POCO is the Poco X4 Pro (also known as the Poco X4 Pro 5G). The Poco X4 Pro starts at around $299, placing it firmly in the low- to mid-range “budget” Android phone category. But is it worth it for the (relatively) low cost? Let’s take a look…
Poco X4 Pro Specs
- Display: 6.67″ FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay 2400×1080 FHD+
- Battery: 5000mAh (typ) battery, 67W turbo charging
- Storage & RAM: 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB
- Biometrics: Side fingerprint sensor
- Processor: Snapdragon 695
- Rear camera: 108MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera, 2MP macro camera
- Front camera: 16 MP
- Cellular: 5G
- OS: MIUI 13 for POCO, based on Android 11
- Colors: Blue, yellow, or black
Specs & Design Analysis
One of the most noticeable things about the Poco X4 Pro is its design. Though it has a plastic body, it looks particularly high-end for a lower-end smartphone. Another design feature that is nice is the smaller-sized camera cutout–refreshing as most camera cutouts are much larger.
The Poco X4 Pro’s display is also a stunner. At 6.67-inches its AMOLED display is fairly massive. However, its 2400×1080 resolution is not as high as on some Android smartphones. Then again, with 1200 nits of peak brightness and a 4.5 million-to-1 contrast ratio, colors and media will pop on the Poco X4 Pro.
But when we get to the cameras, the Poco X4 Pro is a bit of a let down–but again, this is a budget phone. The front camera, at 16MP, is respectable. And you do get a triple-lens rear camera system with the main lens measuring in at a whopping 108MP. However, the ultra wide lens is only 8MP and the macro lens is a paltry 2MP.
As expected for a budget phone, the storage options are on the lower side–either 128GB or 256GB. The 128 model comes with 6GB of RAM while the 256GB model comes with 8GB. It’s processor is a Snapdragon 695, which isn’t going to be winning any awards for cutting-edge speed.
Here’s what the reviewers are saying about the Poco X4 Pro…
Poco X4 Pro Reviews
Is The Poco X4 Pro Worth It?
With a starting price of just $299, you could do worse than the Poco X4 Pro. The standouts of the device are its display and relatively upmarket design. However, there are drawbacks to this lower-end Android.
For starters its OS is based on Android 11–and there’s no guarantee you’ll get upgrades to newer Android OSes. That means you could already be stuck with older software.
While the 108MP lens on the rear camera is particularly large, the other two lenses are rather paltry–and many reviewers say you can see the results in your photos.
But the Poco X4 Pro does include some things many budget Android phones lack–such as 5G, a side fingerprint reader, and NFC.
Overall, you could do worth than the Poco X4 Pro when shopping for a sub-£300/$300 Android phone. Just keep your expectations in check.
Michael GrothausApple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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