In the first impression of the Poco F4 5G smartphone, we have already seen that this device comes with a good balance of specifications according to the price. However, it gets tough competition from brands like OnePlus, iQoo and its brother Xiaomi. Now is the time to see if the Poco F4 5G is a device worth spending money on or if any of the brands mentioned above are better than that.
Poco F4 5G price in India
The price of Poco F4 5G in India starts at Rs 27,999 in which its 6GB RAM and 256GB storage variant comes. On top of this comes the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant which is priced at Rs 29,999. While the top variant comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage which is priced at Rs 33,999. I have the top end variant that I am going to review. You note that in promotional offers and online sales you can find discounts at this price. The phone comes in Nebula green and night Black colors.
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, it weighs 195 grams. But it is not much thicker and is only 7.7 mm. Despite the frame being flat, the edges are sloping so that the phone does not prick in the hand while holding.
One thing I couldn’t get accustomed to was its buttons. Both the volume and power buttons are provided on the right side but are very strict to my liking. It has to be harder to use them. All have the same texture, so sometimes it becomes difficult to know which button is going on. And that too, when the power button itself has been given a fingerprint scanner.
The device does not get a headphone jack but you get stereo speakers and infrared emitter along with Dolby Atmos. The package includes a case, a 67W power adapter, a data cable, and a USB Type C to 3.5 mm headphone adapter that shows the company’s sense of humor.
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+. With 395ppi pixel density, you get full HD resolution and there is also Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch protection. The screen already gets a protector on which fingerprints and spots fall very quickly.
Specifications and software of Poco F4 5G
The Poco F4 5G gets Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and supports up to 10 5G bands. In addition to dual band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, all commonly found sensors and satellite navigation systems are present in the phone. Poco claims that it has a vapor chamber and graphite sheet so that the processor stays cool. The phone has an X-axis linear vibration motor.
Poco told Gadgets 360 that the phone has an IP53 rating that protects the phone from dust and water. However, I did not find this feature written anywhere on the brand’s marketing materials or on any website. The phone has a 4,500 mAh battery with support for 67W fast charging.
Poco F4 5G runs on Android 12 based MIUI 13 (v13.0.3). During the review, the phone received some updates including the June 2022 Android security patch. Its MIUI is like the skin of Xiaomi smartphones with a lot of First party apps and you can get upset due to constantly getting notifications. The company has not yet promised updates for this long.
The user interface is quite smooth and many options are found for customization. The Always On Display is delivered to your liking. You can keep it forever or even customize it for a select time. The MIUI shortcuts and gestures that you usually find are also found in it.
Poco F4 5G performance and battery life
During the review period, the Poco F4 5G RAN quite well and I did not notice any loss in its performance. Its fingerprint scanner is quite reliable and I liked the fact that you can either touch the power button or press it to activate it. FaceUnlock also worked well in sufficient light.
The HDR media streamed on the phone’s display showed up quite well. The colors were vivid and the brightness was more than enough. It was fun to watch Netflix and HDR videos because of Dolby Vision. Its stereo speakers are quite loud and sound good. The gaming experience on the phone was also good. Games like Asphalt 9: Legends and Call of Duty: Mobile went smoothly. The phone did not heat up even after 20 minutes of continuous gaming. Its benchmark scores also came out well. On AnTuTu the device scored 684,474 points and in GFXbench’s Car Chase test it scored 50fps.
The battery life of the phone is good. From medium to light use, the phone lasted a little more than a day. In the HD video loop test, it lasted 18 hours and 14 minutes, which is a good time. With its high watt power adapter it charges faster.
Poco F4 5G camera
The Poco F4 5G has a 1.8 megapixel Omnivision sensor with f/64 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS) which is its primary camera. The second sensor is an 8 megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2 megapixel macro camera is also found in it. A 20 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies is provided in the phone. If you have recently used a Xiaomi phone, you can quickly recognize its camera app. There are a lot of shooting modes for both still photos and videography. The main rear camera can perform video recording in 4K up to 60fps, but recording in ultra-wide and selfie cameras is limited to 1080fps in 30p.
The landscape photos taken in day-light looked very good in which the colors were vivid and the level of details was also good. But when viewed from close range, the texture of things was quite smooth and did not seem to be very different. Its ultrawide camera got more natural tone but the details here were reduced comparatively. I found a lot of dissonance in the colors on the edges in the photo here. The closeup shots were good but I had to tap the screen repeatedly to check the focus. Once again, the images came here well, but there was a lack of sharpness. Macro photos taken in sufficient light came out quite well.
In low-light landscape shots, the rear camera seems to struggle. There was a lack of details and the texture quality of things was also very weak, the dark areas looked like dark spots. Not much improvement shows in the photo even after turning on Night Mode. The ultrawide camera lags further in low-light, but Night Mode gets some help here. Yet it was not able to make the photo worth using.
Selfies taken in day-light looked good. These included skin tone, details and exposure, etc. Portrait mode also worked well and blurred the right part of the image.
Talking about video recording, videos recorded in 4K at 60fps looked good. There was no stabilization but the autofocus was quite stable. The footage was rich in terms of details and colors. Video recorded in 4K at 30fps gets stabilization but footage is seen moving while playing in the recording. In it, you get a Steady video toggle that locks the video to 1080p but the footage still appears to move and gets cropped too much. The low-light video shows noise and the footage looks shaky due to the lack of stabilization.
The Poco F4 5G is a phone with a good design that is premium to look and feel. The gaming performance of the phone is good, the battery life is above average, the charging is fast and the Dolby Vision is a great display supporting HDR playback. The IP53 rating found in the phone is a bonus. This phone gives more value than the Xiaomi Mi 11x, which is the same device but comes with slower charging. It will be more beneficial to take its 12GB variant if you can buy it for less than 30 thousand. However, for Rs 33,999, you can buy a good nothing Phone 1.
If you are looking for a good camera phone, then Realme 9 Pro+ and OnePlus Nord 2T become much better options. The recently launched Oppo Reno 8 is also a good camera phone that is the same as the Nord 2T.