Powerful Redmi phones in disguise

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The Poco F3 and Poco X3 GT were two of the best mid-range phones in 2021, offering plenty of grunt and attractive prices. So how does the company track these devices? Well, enter the Poco F4 and the Poco X4 GT.

Both of these phones pack features like 67W wired charging (via included charger), dual speakers, IR blaster, NFC, side fingerprint scanner, and Wi-Fi 6. The phones also share features like similar secondary rear cameras (8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro). So what makes them different then?

Poco F4: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?

Poco F4 front

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It shouldn’t be surprising to see that the Poco F4 is a rebranded version of the Redmi K40s only in China, with no major visual changes. You get a Snapdragon 870 chipset, a 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED display with Gorilla Glass 5, and a 4,500mAh battery. This processor choice, in particular, is quite interesting, as it means the phone has the same chipset as its predecessor.

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Otherwise, the phone stands out from its predecessor thanks to the aforementioned wired charging speed of 67W, capable of going from zero to 100% in 38 minutes. The phone also sports a 64 MP main camera with optical image stabilization. By comparison, the Redmi K40s had a 48MP shooter with OIS, while the Poco F3 lacked OIS altogether.

Other notable features of the Poco F4 include a 20MP selfie camera, 360Hz touch sampling rate, Bluetooth 5.2, and MIUI 13 with Poco Launcher on Android 12.

Poco X4 GT: a powerful proposition

Poco X4 GT

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Poco’s second phone revealed today is the Poco X4 GT, picking up where last year’s Poco X3 GT left off and being essentially a rebranded Redmi Note 11T Pro. The new phone ups the ante with a 6.67-inch 144Hz LCD display, to begin with. This screen includes a seven-level refresh rate switch, varying from 30Hz to 144Hz. However, we do see a display-related downgrade, as the X3 GT’s Gorilla Glass Victus protection makes way for the older Gorilla Glass. 5.

Otherwise, the phone packs a Dimensity 8100 chipset, which is a pretty decent power boost over last year’s Dimensity 1100 SoC. Mediatek previously said the Dimensity 8100 is targeting the Snapdragon 870 and Snapdragon 888. In fact, Poco claimed the phone was able to deliver the same average FPS in Free Fire compared to the Poco F4 GT and its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. SoC.

Poco X4 GT Small F4

Display

Poco X4 GT

6.6 inch LCD
FHD+ (2460×1080, 20.5:9)
144Hz refresh rate
270 Hz touch sampling rate
Gorilla Glass 5

Small F4

6.67-inch AMOLED
FHD+ (2400×1080, 20:9)
120Hz refresh rate
360 Hz touch sampling rate
HDR10+
Gorilla Glass 5

Processor

Poco X4 GT

Mediatek Dimension 8100

Small F4

Qualcomm Snapdragon 870

GPUs

Poco X4 GT

Mali-G610 MC6

Small F4

Adreno 650

RAM

Poco X4 GT Small F4

Storage

Poco X4 GT

128/256 GB UFS 3.1
No microSD card support

Small F4

128/256 GB UFS 3.1
No microSD card support

Power

Poco X4 GT

5080mAh battery
67W fast wired charging
Integrated 67W charger
No wireless charging

Small F4

4500mAh battery
67W fast wired charging
Integrated 67W charger
No wireless charging

Cameras

Poco X4 GT

Back:
1) Main 64MP
Sensor 1/1.72 inch, 0.8 μm, ƒ/1.89
Auto focus

2) 8MP ultra-wide
120 degree field of view, ƒ/2.2

3) Macro 2MP, ƒ/2.4

Front:
1) 16MP, ƒ/2.2

Small F4

Back:
1) Main 64MP
Sensor 1/2 inch, 0.7 μm, ƒ/1.79
Autofocus, optical image stabilization

2) 8MP ultra-wide
119 degree field of view, ƒ/2.2

3) Macro 2MP, ƒ/2.4

Front:
1) 20MP, ƒ/2.45

audio

Poco X4 GT

Two speakers
Dolby Atmos
3.5mm headphone jack

Small F4

Two speakers
Dolby Atmos
No headphone jack

Connectivity

Poco X4 GT

USB-C
Dual-SIM
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.3
NFC support
IR blaster

Small F4

USB-C
Dual-SIM
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC support
IR blaster

Bands

Poco X4 GT

2G: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
3G: WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/8
4G: LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28
4G: LTE TDD: 38/40/41
5G: n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/77/78

Small F4

2G: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz
3G: WCDMA: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
4G: LTE FDD: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28
4G: LTE TDD: 38/40/41
5G: n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n77, n78

Security

Poco X4 GT

Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Unlocking by facial recognition (not secure)

Small F4

Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Unlocking by facial recognition (not secure)

Software

Poco X4 GT

Android 12
MIUI 13 for POCO

Small F4

Android 12
MIUI 13 for POCO

Dimensions and weight

Poco X4 GT

163.64 x 74.29 x 8.87mm
200g

Small F4

163.2 x 75.95 x 7.7mm
195g

Colors

Poco X4 GT

Black, Blue, Silver

Small F4

Moonlight Silver, Nebula Green, Night Black

Poco’s LCD phone also serves up a 5,080mAh battery capable of going from zero to 100% in 46 minutes. Look to the back of the phone and you have a 64MP main camera (no OIS here), along with the expected 8MP ultrawide camera and 2MP macro lens. Either way, the battery, charging speed, and rear cameras don’t seem like an upgrade over the X3 GT.

Other features of the Poco X4 GT include a 16MP selfie camera, 270Hz touch sampling rate, MIUI 13 for Poco on Android 12, 3.5mm port and Bluetooth 5.3. These last two features, in particular, are missing from the Poco F4.

Poco F4, X4 GT price and availability

The Xiaomi-affiliated brand has confirmed that the Poco F4 and X4 GT will be available in Western Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and several other markets.

Expect to pay a starting price of €399 (~$419) for the Poco F4 6GB/128GB, while the 8GB/256GB model will set you back €449 (~$472). Poco says the phone is also available at an early bird price of €349 (~$367) and €399 (~$419) respectively.

Meanwhile, the Poco X4 GT starts at €379 (~$398) for the 8GB/128GB variant, with the 8GB/256GB model costing you €429 (~$451). Fortunately, Poco offers pre-registration prices of €299 (~$314) and €349 (~$367) respectively.

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