As we’ve previously seen in our initial thoughts, the Poco F4 5G delivers a solid balance of features for its retail price. Brands like OnePlus, iQoo, and even its near relative Xiaomi compete fiercely with this smartphone.
It’s time to determine whether or not the F4 5G is a worthwhile purchase at this price point, or whether you would be better off with anything from one of these other manufacturers.
India’s cost of the Poco F4 5G
The Poco F4 5G’s starting official retail price for the variant with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is Rs. 27,999. 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage are included for Rs. 29,999.
I’ve been testing a configuration that comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for Rs. 33,999. Just keep in mind that you can purchase each of these variations for a lot fewer thanks to promotional offers and internet sales. Nebula Green and Night Black are the colour options for the F4 5G.
The Poco F4 5G design
Due to its matte frame and frosted glass back, the Poco F4 5G has a premium smartphone appearance. Although it weighs roughly 195g and is only 7.7mm thick, the phone is a little on the heavy side. The phone’s flat frame has chamfered edges so that it won’t scrape into your palm when you hold it.
Its buttons were one item that I had trouble getting used to. The volume and power buttons are both on the right side of the phone and, in my opinion, are a little too stiff and recessed, making them more difficult to use.
Since the fingerprint sensor is located inside the power button, it can be occasionally difficult to distinguish which one you want because they all have a similar texture.
Despite lacking a headphone jack, the Poco F4 5G comes with dual speakers that support Dolby Atmos and an infrared emitter. The retail packaging thoughtfully comes with a case, 67W power converter, data cable, and even a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone adaptor.
One of the Poco F4 5G’s primary selling points is its display, which will be appealing to people who watch a lot of media on their smartphones. A 6.67-inch E4 AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate is used.
The Netflix app supports Dolby Vision HDR playback. HDR10+ playback is also supported by the display. You receive Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch resistance along with a full-HD+ resolution and a rather high pixel density of 395 PPI.
A screen protector that is already on the Poco F4 5G tends to accumulate a lot of fingerprints and smudges.
Software and Specifications for the Poco F4 5G
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, which the Poco F4 5G utilises, can support up to 10 5G bands in India. NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, and the standard assortment of sensors and satellite navigation systems are all included.
For the F4 5G, Poco claims that they employed graphite plates and a vapour chamber to keep the SoC cool while under load. Additionally, the phone incorporates an X-axis linear vibration motor for a more accurate feel.
Although I couldn’t locate any specific mention of this feature in any marketing materials or website listings, Poco told Gadgets 360 that the F4 5G had an IP53 classification for dust and water resistance. the brand which. The phone has a 4,500mAh battery that supports 67W of quick wired charging.
MIUI 13 (v13.0.3), which is based on Android 12, powers the Poco F4 5G. The most recent update, the June 2022 Android security patch, was applied to the phone during this study.
With many first-party apps that are infamous for bombarding you with obnoxious notifications, MIUI is often a rather clumsy skin for Xiaomi handsets.
Even if similar programmes like GetApps and Themes are pre-installed, you still get the majority of bloatware on the F4 5G, but there is no notification spam. On the other hand, Poco hasn’t yet made a long-term upgrade for the F4 5G a priority.
An easy-to-use, versatile user interface with a wide range of customization possibilities. Unlike some of Poco’s other products like the X4 Pro 5G, the always-on display on the F4 5G can be customised to your personal preferences, and you may set it to turn on at specific times or always (Review). Additionally, all of the customary MIUI shortcuts and gestures are offered.
Poco F4 5 G’s Battery Life and Performance
During the review period, the Poco F4 5G functioned fairly well, and I had no performance difficulties.
I appreciate that you can activate the fingerprint sensor with either a single tap or by pressing the power button. The fingerprint sensor is highly trustworthy for authentication. With sufficient ambient light, facial recognition also functions well.
On the Poco F4 5G’s display, HDR media appears fantastic when it is sent over the Internet. sufficient brightness and vivid hues. Netflix’s Dolby Vision programming has good visual quality, and HDR content is generally engaging.
The stereo speakers provide good sound quality and may be very loud. On the F4 5G, games also function really well. The flawless operation of popular titles like Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends.
Even after 20 minutes of gaming, the Poco F4 5G maintains its cooling rather well. Strong benchmark results include 684,474 points on AnTuTu and 50 frames per second on the “Car Chase” test run by GFXbench.
The Poco F4 5G has a respectable amount of battery life. The F4 5G can typically last more than a day with mild to moderate activity, such as occasional gaming, video watching, and web surfing.
The high-power adapter that is offered allows the phone to charge very quickly. The Poco F4 5G performed admirably in our battery loop test, lasting 18 hours and 14 minutes.
Cameras Poco F4 5 G
The Poco F4 5G’s main camera boasts a 64-megapixel Omnivision sensor, an f/1.8 aperture, and optical image stabilisation (OIS). On the back, you also receive an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera.
A 20-megapixel front-facing camera is in charge of taking selfies. Anyone who has utilised a Xiaomi smartphone in the recent past should be familiar with the camera app. Both still images and video can be captured in a variety of ways.
The ultra-wide angle and selfie cameras are limited to 1080p 30 frames per second, while the primary rear camera supports video recording up to 4K 60 frames per second.
However, when I got close enough to an object, I noticed that the textures had been smoothed off and were not very apparent. This was true of landscape shots taken in daylight.
The colour tone seemed more natural with the ultra-wide camera, but the details were much weaker, and I could clearly see some chromatic aberration at the margins of some objects.
I had to often tap the screen to make sure the focus was correctly locked even though close-up images looked nice. Once more, the pictures appeared nice, but the crispness could have been better. Macro photographs that were taken in good lighting appeared unexpectedly good.
When photographing low-light landscapes, the rear cameras severely struggled with exposure. Lack of details, poor texture quality, and black patches in darker areas were all issues with the images.
The exposure and details were little improved by night mode. Even if Night Mode did a bit to help, it wasn’t enough to capture a usable photo. The ultra-wide camera proved even weaker in low-light situations.
With good skin tones, details, and exposure, selfies looked good in natural light. Additionally, portrait mode did a respectable job at blurring the appropriate areas of the photograph.
The 4K 60fps video quality was excellent. The autofocus was steady, the details were good, and the colours appeared vibrant despite the lack of stabilisation. Videos in 4K 30 fps featured stabilisation, however, footage captured while moving, even slowly, appeared a little choppy.
The ‘Steady video’ toggle limits you to 1080p recording when it is turned on, yet the video still has jerky motion and is highly cropped. Stabilization caused noticeable noise and jitter in low-light movies.
The Poco F4 5G is a smartphone with an excellent design that looks and feels expensive. It has excellent gaming performance, battery life that is above average, rapid charging, and a gorgeous display that supports Dolby Vision HDR playback. Another good perk is the IP53 rating.
Compared to the nearly same Xiaomi Mi 11X (Review), which charges more slowly, this phone is more affordable. If you can find the 12GB RAM version for less than Rs. 30,000, it is worthwhile to purchase it; but, at Rs. 33,999, the Nothing Phone 1 is a better option (Review).
Realme 9 Pro+ and OnePlus Nord 2T are two better options if you’re searching for a phone with an excellent camera, respectively.
Since the Oppo Reno, 8 (Review) is comparable to the Nord 2T, it should likewise be a good camera smartphone. However, we’ll wait for our final judgement on that until we’ve finished reviewing it.