Poco F4 review

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Scarlette Lennon27 June 2022Last Update : 1 month ago
Poco F4 review

Introduction, specifications, unboxing

The Poco F3 was a completely unique device – it is probably the most recommended competitor we have had until today. A true bestseller that offered much more push and quickly became a fan and critic favorite. And today, fifteen months after the premiere, we meet its long-awaited sequel – the Poco F4.

The Poco F4 GT was announced and released ahead of the Poco F4 premiere, and we found it to be a compelling device offering the most up-to-date Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset on a budget. But F3 was not popular due to groundbreaking hardware; it did not even come with the latest chipset. It had the most thoughtful range 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 again.

Unfortunately, the year 2022 is certainly not in favor of smartphones, among many other things. There is high inflation, lack of components, still ongoing pandemic and the looming global war threat. The mobile industry, specifically chipset, has not made much progress since 2020, and it is not surprising that the Snapdragon 870 platform, a repackaged Snapdragon 865+ version, is still considered to be the most stable flagship set.

In fact, there was also a turn for the worse as there are many new phones using less suitable chipset than their 2021 versions due to what is happening right now.

Well, the Poco F4 is an updated version of the F3, and luckily it has only one downgrade – an inferior macro camera. The upgrades are not that exciting, at least not for Poco F3 owners, but still worthy.

So the Poco F4 offers Dolby Vision support, a better 64MP OIS main camera and faster 67W charging over the Poco F3.

Poco F4 review

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 do the RAM and storage options – 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. There is no microSD expansion. There are two updates here that are not immediately clear from the specification sheet – the RAM is now LPDDR5 and the entire chipset has a 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 optically stabilized lens and 4K60fps video recording support. The 8MP ultrawide camera remains intact, while the macro slider has been downgraded from the cool 5MP AF telemacro to a basic 2MP fixed-focus 2MP camera.

Poco F4 review

The Poco F4 retains the same 4,500mAh battery as the F3, but offers faster 67W wired charging. There are also similar stereo speakers, NFC, IR blaster, Wi-Fi 6, side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Clearly, the Poco F4 is not a major update over the Poco F3. But looking at its specifications and its tempting € 349 early bird price, it turns out to be one of the most interesting deals within the entire middle class. Something we usually call a flagship killer.

Poco F4 specifications in an instant:

  • Body: 163.2×76.0×7.7mm, 195g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame, glass back; IP53 rated for dust and splash resistance.
  • Screen: 6.67 “AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision, 1300 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650.
  • Memory: 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS / Software: Android 12, MIUI 13 for POCO.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 64 MP, f / 1.8 1 / 2.0 “, 0.7 µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.2, 119˚; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 20 MP, f / 2.5, (wide).
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30 / 60fps; gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 67W, 100% in 38 min (announced), Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 3+.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); NFC; stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos.

If this spec sheet and the Poco F4 design seem familiar, it’s because the Poco F4 is a version of the Redmi K40s with an enhanced main camera.

Omissions of the Poco F4 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 is completely waterproof. It would have been nice to have a zoom camera instead of the degraded macro, but we guess it was not possible at that price and the current situation in global affairs.

Well, we are curious to see what this Poco F4 has to offer, especially now that we have reviewed the higher level Poco F4 GT. So without further ado, here is the Poco F4 unboxed.

Unpacking the Poco F4

Poco F4 arrives in a black box with the usual yellow Poco marks. It is quite thick and it contains a lot. In addition to the F4, you will also find a 67W power adapter and a 6A-rated USB-A-to-C cable.

Poco F4 review

There is a large paper compartment that houses a soft transparent case, a thin screen protector and USB-C-to-3.5mm jack adapter. On a!

Poco has not spared anything on the F4 package, and we can only praise it for that.

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