These budget phones from Xiaomi’s subsidiary could be flagship killers

Belongs to Xiaomi A little announced two new smartphones, and their combination of specifications and price should give many flagships a run for their money. The first Poco smartphone, the Poco F1 / Pocophone F1, caused a stir when it was announced in 2018. It featured a flagship processor and sold at half the price of the flagships released the same year. However, it is not only the chipset that has made it a great device, the phone has also received positive reviews in general.

No new Poco phones were launched in the next few years, and Xiaomi eventually decided to make the brand an independent subsidiary by 2020. Several phones have been launched since then, including flagships and entry-level models. . More than a handful of them are rebadged models from Redmi, Xiaomi’s second subsidiary. Poco has also expanded its product portfolio to include smartwatches and headphones.

The Poco F4 is the more expensive of the two new phones. Its design is not unusual as it has a centered hole, a flat frame and a camera bump that houses three sensors. Poco has tried to make it quite slim at 7.5mm and the weight of 195 grams is not bad for a phone of its size. Poco F4 is available in Moonlight Silver, Nebula Green and Night Black. The Poco X4 GT, on the other hand, has a somewhat similar design, although the tri-camera array has a different layout. It is also available in black, blue and silver.

Flagship features at a unique price

While their design may not be as interesting as Nothing Phone (1), their specifications are pretty solid. The Poco F4 has a 6.67 “AMOLED screen with FHD + resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The screen, which is protected by Gorilla Glass 5, has a maximum brightness level of 1300 nits and supports HDR10 +, MEMC and Dolby Vision support. In contrast, The Poco X4 GT has a slightly smaller 6.6-inch 1080p display with an LCD panel and a higher 144Hz refresh rate, unlike the Poco F4, whose display can only switch between three refresh rates, the Poco X4 GT is able to switch between depending on the content, it also comes with Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

The Poco F4 comes with a Snapdragon 870 processor, 6GB / 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1 storage space. The POCO X4 GT chooses the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 processor paired with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of storage. None of the phones have a microSD card slot for storage expansion. While both phones have a 64 MP primary camera, only the Poco F4’s sensor has optical image stabilization. The camera is paired with an 8 MP ultra wide sensor and a 2 MP macro camera. In addition, the F4 gets a 20MP front camera, while the X4 GT has a 16MP selfie camera.

Their respective chips support WiFi 6, sub-6GHz 5G network and Bluetooth 5.2 (Bluetooth 5.3 on Poco X4 GT). Both phones also have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock, NFC, IR blaster, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers and dual nano-SIM support. Poco sends the F4 with a 4,500 mAh battery, while the Poco X4 GT gets a 5,080 mAh battery. The difference is understandable, as the Poco X4 GT’s LCD screen is not as energy efficient as the Poco F4’s AMOLED screen. Aside from battery capacity, they both support 67W fast wired charging (adapter included) that charges phones from empty to full in 38 minutes and 46 minutes, respectively. Both phones also come with MIUI 13 based on Android 12 out of the box.

Poco has not only packed both phones with impressive specifications but also an affordable price that matches. Poco F4 has a starting price of 400 € and goes up to 450 € for the 8 + 256 GB model. Even better, the Poco X4 GT is priced at € 380 for the base model with 8 + 128 GB and the 256 GB version sells for € 430. These A little The phones have more to offer than competing phones like the Pixel 6a (priced at € 459 for Europe), but the sad part is that they will not be available in the US, which suffers from a severe shortage of good affordable smartphones.

Source: Poco 1, 2

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