The Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT are midrange phones with a lot to offer

The Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT are midrange phones with a lot to offer

Xiaomi has announced the Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT, which offer global versions of budget devices previously launched in China. The €399 (around $418) Poco F4 is primarily a rebrand of the Redmi K40S, with a Snapdragon 870 processor, an OLED display with a fast refresh rate, stabilized main camera, and fast wired charging. The performance-focused Poco X4 GT will cost €379 (about $398) and packs a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, a 6.6-inch 144Hz LCD screen, and a high-capacity battery, also with fast wired charging. Simply put, they offer specs that put our current crop of mid-range phones to shame, if they ever made it to the US.

The Poco F4’s 870 processor carries over from the Poco F3, and it’s a capable flagship chipset with 5G support. The Poco F4’s 6.67-inch OLED display offers up to a 120Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution. Its 64-megapixel main rear camera includes optical stabilization, a rare feature on non-flagship devices, and is complemented by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and a 2-megapixel macro. There’s a 4,500mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging with the included charger.

The stabilized main rear camera of the Poco F4 is a rare feature of economy class.
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I have been using the F4 with 6 GB of RAM; between that, the Snapdragon processor, and that fast refresh rate, it behaves like a more expensive phone. The glossy plastic back panel is a giveaway, as is the (perfectly adequate) side-mounted fingerprint sensor, but it handles daily tasks without a hitch. Like the X4, it comes with Xiaomi’s Miui 13 skin on top of Android 12.

The Poco X4 GT is more geared towards gaming, starting with 8GB of RAM, and opts for a fast 144Hz LCD screen, not quite as contrasty and rich as an OLED, but its slightly faster refresh rate makes animations look much better. and the action are more fluid. It’s a 6.6-inch 1080p display with a 270Hz touch sampling rate. There’s a larger 5080mAh battery that also supports 67W fast charging via the included charger. The X4 features a similar rear imaging array led by a 64-megapixel camera, but it lacks optical stabilization.

The Poco X4 GT is geared towards gaming and video streaming.
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Genshin Impact it’s preloaded on the X4 and works great. The phone does get a little warm after a few minutes of gaming, but not as much as other devices that sometimes get hot when running the game with intensive graphics. Xiaomi’s cooling technology does a good job here, keeping the system from getting too hot.

Meanwhile, in the US, mid-range phones are a story of compromises and compromises. You can have, at most, two or three of the following: an OLED screen, a fast refresh rate, a stabilized main camera, or fast charging. The Poco F4 manages to wrap all of the above into one device.

The Poco F4 (top) and X4 GT (bottom) will be sold in parts of Europe and Asia.
Photo by Allison Johnson/The Verge

The new Poco phones will go on sale in parts of Asia, Europe, and the UK starting June 27. The €399 Poco F4 packs 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; a variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will cost €449. The Poco X4 GT with 8GB of RAM and 128GB will cost €379, and a version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will cost €429.

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