Poco F4 5G Review: Powerful!

In our first impressions of the Poco F4 5G smartphone, we have already seen that the device comes with a good balance of specifications for the price. However, apart from OnePlus, iQoo, it gets tough competition from brands like its brother Xiaomi. Now it’s time to see if the Poco F4 5G is a cost-effective device or is any of the above mentioned brands better?

Poco F4 5G Price in India

Poco F4 5G The price in India starts from Rs 27,999 in which its 6GB RAM and 256GB storage variant comes. On top of this comes 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, which costs Rs 29,999. Whereas the top variant comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage which costs Rs 33,999. I have the top end variant which I am going to review. You may note that you can get discounts on this price in promotional offers and online sales. The phone comes in Nebula Green and Night Black colours.

Poco F4 5G Design

The Poco F4 5G is a premium looking smartphone due to its frosted glass back and matte frame. The phone is a bit heavy, weighing 195 grams. But it is not very thick and is only 7.7mm. Despite the frame being flat, the edges are sloping so that there is no prick in the hand while holding the phone.

One thing I couldn’t get used to were its buttons. Both the volume and power buttons are given on the right side but are too tight for my liking. It takes a lot of effort to use them. Everyone has the same texture, so sometimes it becomes difficult to know which button is going on. And that too when the fingerprint scanner is given in the power button itself.

The device does not get a headphone jack but you do get stereo speakers and infrared emitter with Dolby Atmos. The package includes a case, 67W power adapter, data cable and a USB Type C to 3.5mm headphone adapter which shows the company’s wisdom.

The display of the Poco F4 5G is one of its main attractions. It has a 6.67-inch E4 AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Dolby Vision HDR playback is supported in the Netflix app. It also supports HDR10+. You get Full HD resolution with 395ppi pixel density and there is also Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch protection. There is already a protector on the screen, on which fingerprints and blemishes fall very quickly.

Specifications and Software of Poco F4 5G

The Poco F4 5G is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and supports up to 10 5G bands. Apart from dual band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, all the commonly found sensors and satellite navigation system are present in the phone. Poco claims that it has a vapor chamber and graphite sheet to keep the processor cool. X-axis linear vibration motor has been given in the phone.

Poco told Gadgets 360 that the phone has an IP53 rating, which protects the phone from dust and water. However, I could not find this feature written anywhere in the marketing material of the brand or on any website. The phone packs a 4,500mAh battery with support for 67W fast charging.

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Poco F4 5G runs on MIUI 13 (v13.0.3) based on Android 12. During the review, the phone received some updates, including the June 2022 Android security patch. Its MIUI is like the skin of Xiaomi smartphones which has a lot of first party apps and you can get annoyed due to constant notifications. The company has not yet promised to provide updates for this for a long time.

The user interface is quite smooth and there are many options available for customization. Always on display is given according to your choice. You can keep it forever or you can also customize it for a selected time. You also get the commonly found MIUI shortcuts and gestures in it.

Poco F4 5G Performance and Battery Life

The Poco F4 5G did very well during the review period and I did not find any lack in its performance. Its fingerprint scanner is quite reliable and I like the fact that you can either touch or press the power button to activate it. FaceUnlock also worked well in adequate light.

HDR media streamed on the phone’s display looked quite good. Colors were vivid and brightness was more than adequate. Enjoy watching Netflix and HDR video because of Dolby Vision. Its stereo speakers are quite loud and the sound is good. The gaming experience on the phone was also good. Games like Asphalt 9: Legends and Call of Duty: Mobile ran smoothly. The phone did not heat up even after 20 minutes of continuous gaming. Its benchmark scores also came out well. The device scored 684,474 points on AnTuTu and scored 50fps in GFXbench’s Car Chase test.

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The battery life of the phone is good. The phone lasted a little more than a day in medium to light use. It ran for 18 hours and 14 minutes in the HD video loop test, which is a decent amount of time. With its high watt power adapter, it charges fast.

Poco F4 5G Camera

The Poco F4 5G has a 64-megapixel Omnivision sensor with f/1.8 aperture and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) as its primary camera. The second sensor is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera is also available in it. A 20-megapixel front-facing camera has been given in the phone for selfie. If you have used a Xiaomi phone recently, you can quickly recognize its camera app. There are multiple shooting modes for both still photos and videography. The main rear camera can record video in 4K at up to 60fps, but recording in the ultra-wide and selfie cameras is limited to 30fps in 1080p.

Landscape photos taken in daylight looked very good, with colors being vivid and the level of details was also good. But when looked closely, the texture of things was quite smooth and not very distinctly visible. Its ultrawide camera got more natural tone but here the details were comparatively less. I found a lot of disparity in colors on the edges in the photo here. Closeup shots were good but I had to tap the screen repeatedly to check focus. Once again the image was good here but sharpness was lacking. Macro photos taken in adequate light came out quite well.

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In low-light landscape shots, the rear camera seems to be struggling. Details were lacking and the texture quality of things was also very poor, with dark areas looking like black spots. Even after turning on Night Mode, there was not much improvement in the photo. The ultrawide camera lags even more in low-light, but there is some help here in night mode. Still it was not able to make the photo usable.

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Selfies taken in daylight looked good. The skin tone, details and exposure were all good in these. Portrait mode also worked well and blurred the right part of the image.

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Talking about video recording, videos recorded in 4K at 60fps looked decent. There was no stabilization but autofocus was fairly stable. The footage was rich in terms of details and colours. Stabilization is available in the video recorded at 30fps in 4K but the footage seems to be shaken while playing in the recording. In this you get a Steady video toggle that locks the video to 1080p but the footage still seems to move and is heavily cropped. Noise is visible in low-light videos and the lack of stabilization makes the footage look shaky.

our decision

The Poco F4 5G is a well-designed phone that looks and feels premium. The gaming performance of the phone is good, battery life is above average, charging is fast and there is a good display that supports Dolby Vision HDR playback. The IP53 rating found in the phone is a bonus. this phone Xiaomi Mi 11X Which is a similar device but comes with slower charging. Taking its 12GB variant will be more beneficial if you can buy it for less than 30 thousand. However, for Rs 33,999 you can get better than this. Nothing Phone 1 can buy.

If you are looking for a good camera phone Realme 9 Pro+ And OnePlus Nord 2T Becomes a better option. recently launched Oppo Reno 8 It is also a good camera phone which is similar to Nord 2T.

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