The Poco family is growing with two new members today. One has a passion for gaming and brings the first 144Hz display to the series, the other tries to be an all-rounder with its own “first” – the first OIS camera on a Poco phone.
Poco X4 GT
Normally, it is the F-series that is the pride and joy of the Poco line. However, the Poco X4 GT arrives with the exciting Dimensity 8100 – a mid-range chipset born in TSMC’s 5nm fabs with four Cortex-A78 cores and a new Mali-G610 MC6 GPU. This chip has posted some impressive results and usually outscores the Snapdragon 870 (and it can hold its own against the 888 as well).
The GT has a passion for gaming, which is evident in the 144Hz display – the fastest refresh rate in the family. The touch sampling rate is 270Hz. This is a 6.6” LCD with 1,080 x 2,460px resolution (20.5:9) and it can render 1 billion colors (it supports Dolby Vision as well). Peak brightness is 650 nits (500 nits typical) and the panel uses DC dimming. Also, it is guarded by Gorilla Glass 5 (the X3 GT had Victus).
Going back to the chipset, it uses LiquidCool Technology 2.0 for heat management with a vapor chamber that is 32% larger than on the X3 GT, plus there are now 7 layers of graphite.
The chipset is paired with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
Poco has listened to your demands and has brought back the 3.5mm headphone jack. This means no Bluetooth latency to worry about and you can charge your phone while you play. Speaking of, the phone has a 5,080mAh battery that charges at 67W with the included power adapter. A full 0-100% charge takes 46 minutes. This battery is big enough to binge videos for 22 hours straight. Besides headphones, you can also use the Dolby Atmos-certified dual speakers.
The display is a tad taller than on last year’s model, which has allowed Poco to have over a millimeter of width, making the handset more comfortable in the hand. The weight increased slightly to 200g (up from 193g). The X4 GT is available in Black, Blue and Silver.
The GT model is equipped with a 64MP camera with a larger sensor than last year (1/1.72”, 0.8µm native pixels, 1.6µm with binning). It is joined by an 8MP 120° ultra wide-angle cam (1.12µm), plus a 2MP macro camera. On the front is a 20MP selfie camera (1/3.06”, 1.0µm).
A few more things to note. First is the side-mounted fingerprint reader. Second is the X-axis linear motor. Wireless connectivity includes 5G, of course, Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Bluetooth 5.3, NFC and there is even an IR blaster.
The Snapdragon 870 was good enough for last year’s F3, is it good enough for the new Poco F4? That remains to be seen – the focus with the F4 was to improve the camera and battery tech. If you want cutting edge performance, the F4 GT has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Back to the Poco F4. It is the first in the family to feature Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). That aside, the main camera is nothing to write home about with its 1/2” sensor (0.7µm pixels, 1.4µm with binning) and f/1.8 aperture. Like on the X4 GT, it is joined by an 8MP ultra wide (119°) and 2MP macro modules on the back and a 20MP selfie camera on the front.
As for charging, the battery has essentially the same capacity as the F3, 4,500mAh. However, the charge rating has been doubled to 67W (adapter included), up from 33W. This has reduced the full 0-100% charge time from 52 minutes down to 38 minutes.
The display is the same as last year – a 6.67” AMOLED (Samsung E4) with 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate. It has 1,080 x 2,400px resolution (20:9) and a peak brightness of 1,300 nits (900 nits typical). This is an HDR10+ display that now also supports Dolby Vision. Physical protection is handled by Gorilla Glass 5. Poco claims pro-grade color tuning with the TrueColor feature, but it didn’t supply any deltaE numbers.
Like its sibling, the F4 has a side-mounted fingerprint reader and an X-axis linear motor. It has dual Dolby Atmos speakers too, but no 3.5mm jack. It does feature an IR blaster, though.
The Poco F4 will be available soon in two configurations. The 6/128GB option will cost €400, while the 8/256GB one will be €450. Note that there between June 27 (Monday) and July 7 there will be an early bird discounts of €50 for both versions. The phone will be available from June 27 in select retailers and will expand to new stores soon.
In India the Poco F4 will be available through Flipkart (first sale on June 27) in three memory configurations: 6/128GB for ₹28,000, 8/128GB for ₹30,000 and 12/256GB for ₹34,000. Note, however, that there will be a discount for the first round of sales to the tune of ₹4,000 (which includes a ₹1,000 instant discount):
PS. The head of Poco India announced that the Poco F4 will have a 2-year warranty, instead of the usual 1-year.