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Poco X4 Professional 5G Evaluation: Hey Good Lookin’

Poco X4 Professional 5G Evaluation: Hey Good Lookin’

Xiaomi-owned Poco revealed the Poco X4 Professional 5G at MWC 2022, describing the telephone because the ‘{industry} customary’ for the mid-range worth level, sporting flagship options like a 6.67in 120Hz AMOLED show, 67W quick charging and extra, all for a budget-friendly beginning worth of €299 (round £250/US$340).

The issue is that the mid-range market is far more aggressive than it as soon as was, so has Poco obtained what it takes to tempt manufacturers from beloved mid-rangers just like the OnePlus Nord 2 CE 5G? Properly…

Design & construct

If there’s one factor I can confidently say concerning the Poco X4 Professional 5G, it’s that it doesn’t appear to be a mid-range smartphone, sporting a premium design with comparatively slim bezels and flat edges that wouldn’t look misplaced on Samsung’s flagship smartphone vary. And at simply 8.1mm thick and 205g, it’s far more streamlined than its predecessor ever was.

In reality, it’s a whole refresh of the Poco X3 Professional design which, in the event you solid your minds again to 2021, was massive, cumbersome, had a bizarre twin matte and mirror end and got here with horrid Poco branding alongside the rear. It’s subjective, in fact, however I feel the brand new design is far more elegant.

It largely comes right down to the rear, which now sports activities a refractive sample that catches the sunshine and provides it a novel shimmer not dissimilar to spotlights emanating from the underside corners. There’s the same impact on the raised digicam bump, with a shimmer emanating from the massive 108Mp sensor housing.

That digicam bump is one other massive change in comparison with its predecessor, ditching the centrally-placed round digicam cutout for one thing extra akin to (Poco-owned) Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Professional, albeit with out such a high-end digicam setup.

It appears to be like smooth, however with out digicam tech to refill the area, it does really feel a bit wasted. The place the Xiaomi Mi 11 Professional had extra digicam tech, the X4 Professional 5G has the Poco brand and different branding. In reality, even one of many rear-facing lenses is simply an ‘AI’ badge, so it’s extra for aesthetics than necessity.

If you happen to have been hoping that an upgraded design would additionally imply an improve in supplies, you’d be flawed. The Poco X4 Professional 5G is a largely plastic affair with an aluminium body, which does let down that premium look on supply considerably, however there are advantages to the cheaper materials.

Firstly, it received’t shatter like glass will when dropped, which ought to translate to first rate sturdiness, and it’s additionally a lot lighter too. Whereas it received’t be for everybody, it’s not one thing I observed a lot after my first day with the smartphone.

There’s additionally the return of the IP53 ranking, which supplies pretty first rate mud and water resistance for such a budget-friendly smartphone regardless of the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C connectivity.

The Poco X4 Professional 5G is obtainable in three shades, starting from the muted Laser Black – pictured in our evaluation – to Laser Blue and the in-your-face Poco Yellow, so there must be a end to fit your style.

Show

One of many strongest areas of the Poco X4 Professional 5G is undoubtedly the show, which feels something however mid-range. The show in query is a 6.67in AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh price and a 360Hz contact pattern price, and it’s pretty high-res at 1080 x 2400 too.

As you would possibly count on from an enormous AMOLED panel, it’s brilliant, detailed and with DCI-P3 help, the colors are true to life, making for a wonderful option to watch TikToks, YouTube movies and Netflix motion pictures.

That’s additional enhanced by the 120Hz refresh price on supply that, along with being sooner than the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G’s 90Hz show, provides a buttery {smooth} expertise it doesn’t matter what you’re as much as. The 360Hz contact pattern price is a little bit more durable to note, nevertheless it offers marginally sooner response occasions when taking part in aggressive video games.

There’s HDR10+ help to additional enhance the movie-watching expertise on supply, with a peak brightness of 1300nits when watching HDR content material. It’s not fairly as brilliant with customary content material, capping out at round 700nits more often than not, nevertheless it’s nonetheless brilliant sufficient to be used in sunny outside environments.

Using an AMOLED panel additionally permits for always-on show performance, showcasing pictures, a clock or incoming notifications in an unobtrusive method that doesn’t have an excessive amount of of an affect on general battery life.

There’s a hole-punch digicam sitting fairly on the high of the show, which some could not recognize, nevertheless it’s noticeably smaller than the primary technology of hole-punch cameras.

In reality, measuring in at round 4mm extensive, it’s one of many smallest hole-punch selfie cameras I’ve seen up to now. It’s one thing I finished noticing inside minutes of utilizing the telephone for the primary time, and it shouldn’t be a dealbreaker for a lot of.

Tech specs apart, the show provides the Poco X4 Professional 5G the ‘wow’ issue normally reserved for extra premium units – the one actual giveaway is the marginally thicker bezels than flagship units, significantly on its brow and chin.

Nonetheless, that’s a minor beauty concern on what’s in any other case a flagship-level show that may compete with shows at double the value.

Options & efficiency

Formally, the Poco X4 Professional 5G is coined as a gaming telephone – however that’s a little bit of a stretch, even with strong efficiency.

On the coronary heart of the X4 Professional 5G is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 5G processor, coupled with both 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage relying on the choice you go for. That’s not precisely benchmark-beating, nevertheless it’s pretty spectacular for a smartphone that prices €299.

Curiously, the Poco X4 Professional 5G makes use of Xiaomi’s Dynamic RAM Enlargement know-how that utilises storage as further RAM, boosting the RAM as much as 8GB and 11GB respectively when required.

Does that make any distinction to the general efficiency of the Poco X4 Professional 5G? It’s exhausting to say, however I can attest to nice efficiency with responsive scrolling, fast app switching and comparatively speedy picture processing capabilities – though it does start to indicate its mid-range nature in significantly media-heavy apps like Fb the place it will probably often stutter as you browse, and WhatsApp utterly froze on multiple event too.

That efficiency interprets nicely to gaming, with the Snapdragon 695 in a position to run AAA cell video games like Name of Responsibility Cellular with excessive graphics settings enabled, albeit not at all times at a buttery-smooth 60fps body price, and positively not on the theoretical 120fps the show can supply.

There aren’t any gaming-specific {hardware} options, just like the Black Shark four Professional’s magnetic triggers or the Asus ROG Telephone 5’s plethora of equipment, to reinforce the gaming expertise both.

So, whereas it will probably present a reasonably first rate gaming expertise, devoted cell players are higher off elsewhere.

That’s largely backed up by our benchmark outcomes, which places the Poco X4 Professional 5G in step with different tempting mid-range choices just like the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G.

Efficiency apart, the Poco X4 Professional 5G options Wi-Fi 5 alongside Bluetooth 5.1 and, in fact, 5G connectivity. There are additionally NFC capabilities for cost apps like Google Pay, and also you’ll discover a fingerprint reader constructed into the ability button for handy unlocking.

Oh, and if 128/256GB of storage isn’t fairly sufficient on your wants, you’ll be able to add as much as 1TB of extra storage by way of microSD.

That may not be fairly sufficient for die-hard tech followers, nevertheless it ticks most bins for the typical shopper – particularly at such a aggressive worth level.

Digital camera

Other than the show, one of many major perks of the Poco X4 Professional 5G is the inclusion of a powerful 108Mp snapper on the rear. That’s flanked by an 8Mp 118-degree ultrawide lens and a 2Mp macro lens that aren’t fairly as thrilling, however they’ll nonetheless fulfil a necessity when required.

Let’s concentrate on that major 108Mp sensor first; it utilises one of many largest sensors round, measuring in at 1/1.52in, and that’s accompanied by an aperture of f/1.9 for first rate – however not industry-leading – low-light efficiency.

That mixture can permit for impressively detailed pictures, each when captured at full 108Mp decision and when utilizing Xiaomi’s 9-in-1 pixel binning know-how. When snapping customary pictures in a well-lit outside setting, the pictures usually look nice; they’re in focus, well-lit with balanced publicity and the color accuracy is on the cash too.

That element is simply cranked up in the event you shoot in its full 108Mp decision, however the caveat is that recordsdata are round 4x greater than pixel-binned equivalents. The total-res pictures are nice if it’s essential to crop, however most customers received’t discover a distinction utilizing the usual 12Mp pixel-binned output.

There isn’t a telephoto lens on the X4 Professional 5G, however you wouldn’t guess that by on-screen 2x zoom immediate. As a substitute, the telephone crops in on the principle picture. It’s satisfactory for the occasional zoom, however it will probably’t compete with a devoted telephoto lens if you end up needing one usually.

The largest weak point, regardless of the scale of the sensor and low aperture, continues to be low-light pictures. It struggles each in artificially lit indoor environments or exterior at evening, with delicate patches and a hit-and-miss focus – possible right down to the shortage of laser autofocus of premium rivals – and the devoted evening mode doesn’t assist both.

It does have potential, however with out OIS, you’ll must put the telephone on a tripod to seize an honest picture of a static object in low-light – the duty is near-impossible with shifting topics like pets although.

The standard of the accompanying 8Mp 118-degree ultrawide snapper isn’t similar to the principle lens with a a lot softer look general, and the f/2.2 aperture means it’s not fairly as performant as the principle lens in low-light too.

The one spectacular side is the digicam tuning; regardless of the plain variations in digicam spec, there’s little or no distinction when it comes to color temperature or dynamic vary between the principle and ultra-wide lenses, making it a viable possibility if you wish to change between lenses mid-shoot. Simply don’t try evening pictures utilizing the ultra-wide.

There’s additionally a 2Mp macro sensor, however with the capturing mode hidden away in Poco’s Digital camera app, it appears even the producer is embarrassed about its efficiency. It lets you take close-up pictures, however these are usually washed out, and with a set focus, it’s troublesome to get snaps as sharp as you would possibly like.

You’ll possible use it a couple of times and, like us, neglect it’s even there.

Lastly, on the entrance, you’ll discover a 16Mp selfie digicam that performs pretty nicely general, making it an ideal possibility for selfies and video calls. There’s additionally help for Portrait pictures that blurs the background, though the sting monitoring may be hit-and-miss at occasions.

You’ll find a gallery of pictures shot on the Poco X4 Professional 5G under:

Battery life

Relating to battery life, the Poco X4 Professional 5G shines – and that’s with the refresh price cranked as much as 120Hz.

That includes a 5,000mAh battery at its coronary heart, the X4 Professional 5G can comfortably final a day and a half with common use – tweeting, texting, watching TikToks – with the chance to squeeze it to a full two days of use in the event you’re a little bit extra conservative than I’m.

That’s a very spectacular feat on condition that the 120Hz refresh price is fixed and never adaptive, so it’s not fairly as battery environment friendly as some high-end rivals. It additionally implies that it has the potential to final even longer in the event you follow the slower 60Hz refresh price.

That spectacular efficiency helps rid battery anxiousness, supplying you with the arrogance to snap images, name and textual content to your coronary heart’s content material, and the power to go greater than a day with out charging a telephone is refreshing too.

When it does want a top-up, Xiaomi’s 67W turbo charging know-how offers 59% cost in 15 minutes and 94% in half an hour in testing, with a full cost taking round 40 minutes.

That’s not the quickest charging tech round, nevertheless it stands out within the price range market – particularly as you’ll get a 67W USB-C charger within the field. No have to pay further for charging comfort right here!

You don’t get wi-fi charging, which isn’t actually a shock at this worth level. I’d wager that fast-charging tech is extra precious to most customers than the power to cost it on a stand anyway!

Software program

The Poco X4 Professional 5G comes working Android 11 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 13 pores and skin utilized on high – and that is perhaps divisive. You see, not like the likes of Motorola’s My UX which tries to supply one thing as near the inventory Android expertise as doable, Xiaomi’s Android pores and skin sort of does the alternative.

It’s far more stylised, with just a few (ahem) distinctive design selections that customers will love or hate. It suffers from the identical design quirks as different Chinese language producers, together with a complicated Settings menu with associated settings someway in numerous areas of the app, Xiaomi’s spin on the notification shade and telephone controls and extra.

The Digital camera app UI is especially powerful to navigate at occasions. The macro digicam, for instance, isn’t obtainable within the ‘extra’ part with the opposite capturing modes – it’s hidden within the hamburger menu the place you tweak timer and crop settings.

If you happen to’re coming from a Xiaomi (and even Oppo) smartphone, you’ll have the ability to navigate the telephone’s UI with little concern, however there’s far more of a studying curve for normal Android and iOS customers.

The one weak point is the shortage of OS updates; Poco-owned Xiaomi is but to decide to any OS updates for the Poco X4 Professional 5G, which flies within the face of the two-year assure from the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G and three-year assure with the Nokia X20 – particularly given it’s working Android 11 and never the newest Android 12.

Worth

The Poco X4 Professional 5G is about to be launched in two variants – 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB – which is able to price €299 (round £250/US$340) and €349 respectively at world launch on 2 March 2022, with UK pricing but to be confirmed.

Which means Poco has the prospect to undercut key rivals just like the £299/€349 OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G and different nice mid-range smartphones – it’ll simply rely on regional pricing.

Verdict

The Poco X4 Professional 5G is a big improve over its predecessor each when it comes to options and design, with this 12 months’s mannequin coming in a svelte premium bundle that wouldn’t look misplaced on a flagship smartphone – albeit most likely with the usage of glass rather than the plastic physique of the X4 Professional 5G.

Nonetheless, it’s not all about appears to be like, and the X4 Professional 5G has lots to supply. The 120Hz AMOLED show is brilliant, vibrant and buttery-smooth, with one of many smallest digicam cutouts we’ve seen up to now.

Whereas the refresh price isn’t adaptive like premium options, it will probably nonetheless comfortably final greater than a day with what we’d describe as common use, with the potential of squeezing extra out of the telephone with a 60Hz refresh price and extra conservative use.

Even when it does want a top-up, the 67W quick charging tech will get you untethered from the wall inside 40 minutes, and in contrast to even premium rivals, you’ll get the 67W charger within the field.

The 108Mp digicam is an actual deal with too, providing spectacular element and color illustration in well-lit environments, though the shortage of OIS means evening pictures might be improved. The accompanying 8Mp ultra-wide is helpful, however the identical can’t be stated for the 2Mp macro lens.

The internals of the Poco X4 Professional 5G are distinctly mid-range utilising Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695, and whereas it will probably’t compete with top-tier gaming telephones, efficiency continues to be first rate for a sub-€300 smartphone.

It has its weaknesses, like Xiaomi’s MIUI and the shortage of Android OS updates in comparison with rivals, however the Poco X4 Professional 5G stays a tempting possibility on the low finish of the mid-range market.

Specs
Poco X4 Professional 5G: Specs

164.2 x 76.1 x 8.1mm
205g
Gorilla Glass 5 (entrance)
Plastic physique
6.67in AMOLED show (120Hz, FHD+)
Snapdragon 695 with 6GB/8GB RAM
128/256GB storage, expandable by 1TB by way of microSD
5G
Bluetooth 5.1
Wi-Fi 5
108Mp 1/1.52in f/1.9 major rear digicam
8Mp 118-degree f/2.2 ultra-wide digicam
2Mp f/2.four macro lens
16Mp f2.four selfie digicam
Fingerprint reader in Energy button
3.5mm headphone jack
5000mAh battery
67W quick cost tech
Obtainable in Laser Black, Laser Blue and Poco Yellow

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