The most intriguing POCO smartphone for 2022 is the POCO F4.

The POCO F4 is now accessible everywhere. For a number of reasons, this POCO phone is intriguing. In the review, we will go into these factors in further detail. So let’s take the brand-new POCO F4 out of the box and compare it to the competition.

BREAKDOWN OF THE POCO F4 The POCO F4 unboxing process is not significantly different from the POCO F3 from about a year ago, and it is very similar to the POCO X4 GT that we recently tested.

The box in question is black with yellow writing. However, if you get past the outside box, everything appears to be very similar to last year. You receive a transparent TPU case, a SIM tool, and paperwork in a yellow insert. The POCO F4 smartphone, a larger 67W fast charging brick, and a substantial USB-C charging cable are placed after that.

Advertisement The majority of the POCO F4 hardware is irrational in a positive way.

In the POCO smartphone portfolio for 2022, Poco F4 is an intriguing model. Numerous POCO/Xiaomi gadgets served as inspiration for the hardware design. The outstanding Redmi Note 11 Pro series has arguably had the largest impact. However, it would have been preferable if POCO had retained the matte Redmi finish as opposed to the slick glossy back on my review unit. It will be quite challenging to maintain the F4 smudge- and fingerprint-free. The clear TPU case that comes in the box is helpful. The case itself, though, is rather smudge-prone.

The rear camera island has a really subdued personality. A design modeled by the Xiaomi 12 series, in my opinion, would have looked fantastic. similar to the POCO X4 GT’s display.

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The rest of the device resembles other contemporary smartphones in many ways. The power button on the right side rail has a quick and responsive fingerprint scanner built in. A speaker grille, USB-C port, microphone, and dual-SIM tray slot are all found on the bottom rail. A second speaker grille, IR blaster, and microphone are located on the top.

The POCO F3’s stunning 6.7-inch AMOLED display has lower bezels up front, and the bottom chin is virtually flagship-caliber. The selfie camera on the POCO F4 boasts one of the smallest hole punch cutouts (2.76 mm; this is also a carryover), which aids in creating an immersive visual experience.

Advertisement THE POCO F4’S DISPLAY IS A CARRYOVER

The POCO F4 sports a 6.67-inch display panel with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels (395 ppi). With marginally narrower bezels than last year, POCO now boasts an 86.6% screen-to-body ratio as opposed to 85.9% on the POCO F3 from the previous year.

According to the specifications, this AMOLED display has TrueColor tuning and a 100% DCI-P3 broad color gamut. Additionally, it boasts built-in Dolby Vision functionality and an HDR 10 certification. I discovered that the screen was bright and generally color correct during my regular use. The colors did fade a little under the intense outdoor sun, but the device’s peak brightness of 1300 nits made it still simple to use.

Advertisement The screen refresh rate remains at 120Hz, while the touch sampling rate is even greater at 360Hz. Additionally, MIUI gives you the option to switch the screen refresh rate between 60 Hz, 90 Hz, and 120 Hz, which may be useful when the battery is running low. Overall, though, you’ll be pleased with the POCO F4’s display for gaming and streaming, as well as with its incredibly responsive user interface (UI).

Performance is excellent despite the processor’s continued use from the previous year.

The Snapdragon 870 CPU, which also powers the POCO F3 from the previous year, powers the POCO F4. Even though this chip is now almost three years old, it still still has a lot of punch. The single-core and multi-core Geekbench results are great.

Advertisement And unless you absolutely must have the most recent and finest, this chip’s performance is adequate for even the most difficult games. For demanding performance scenarios like playing Genshin Impact, there is a new 7-layer graphite heat dissipation heat sink and a sizable vapor chamber to keep things cool and running smoothly.

You shouldn’t experience any problems when streaming, gaming, or surfing on a routine basis. The onboard RAM is 6GB, however MIUI’s dynamic RAM feature allows you to increase that to 8GB.

ON MIUI 13, THE SOFTWARE EXPERIENCE IS FAST AND FLUID

Advertisement The software on the POCO F4 is identical to that on the more expensive POCO F4 GT. The more recent security patch on the newer gadget is the only item that differs from a software standpoint. The MIUI 13 that we have examined on numerous POCO smartphones over the past six to eight months is otherwise the same. The POCO F4 in our evaluation sample runs MIUI 13, a version of Android 12 with the July 2022 security update.

BATTERY LIFE IS SUFFICIENT FOR A WHOLE DAY

Nearly the same size battery is included in the POCO F4 as before. But this year, we see a very significant increase in the brick’s charging wattage. You can charge your device completely with the 67W charging brick that comes in the box in roughly 40 minutes. A 20-minute charge should get you approximately 70% of the way there, which should be sufficient for a day of normal use, in my opinion. Additionally, if there is any medium- to heavy-duty gaming involved, utilize the rapid charger to swiftly recharge.

Advertisement I was consistently able to get roughly 5 hours of screen time in my use case, but your results may vary. Even with minimal usage, this phone won’t last more than two days. Therefore, it is recommended to charge the device over night while using the adaptive charging option to prolong battery life.

PERFORMANCE OF THE POCO F4 CAMERA

The triple camera module on the back of the POCO F4 is the same as it was before. But this year’s biggest significant addition is a brand-new 64MP primary camera with OIS. Additionally, the 8MP ultrawide camera is a carryover from last year, while the macro camera is downgraded to a basic 2MP. A 20MP Sony IMX596 selfie camera with fixed focus is located on the front, which is a modest improvement over last year.

The MIUI camera app stays essentially intact and offers quick access to the settings you’re most likely to utilize. The top hamburger menu provides access to the macro mode.

MAIN CAMERA PERFORMANCE IS SUPERB ALL AROUND In various lighting situations, the main camera’s images have a high dynamic range. Additionally, the contrast and color are good (albeit a bit punchy on the smartphone screen). There isn’t much oversharpening, which may be good or bad depending on the situation, and detail is often fairly nice.

Although portrait mode is fantastic, it is clear that the blur is fake. The 2X telephoto, on the other hand, is only a digital zoom and is not that good.

The primary camera’s manual and automatic night modes produce fantastic nighttime images. The quantity of information is adequate, the colors are rather true, the contrast is good, the dynamic range is above average, and the noise level is low.

SELFIE AND ULTRAWIDE CAMERAS WORK WONDERFULLY DURING THE DAY The daytime ultrawide images in this category are excellent. Your eyes perceive color, contrast, and white balance. The dynamic range is once more identical to that of the primary camera in daytime. Additionally, there is a considerable deal of detail, and the sharpness is a little bit better than with the primary camera. Even with the Night mode turned on by default, nighttime performance is only average.

POCO F4 Camera Samples – Flickr Gallery

In terms of color, white balance, and dynamic range, selfie cameras deliver excellent results. The resolved detail is fairly acceptable, and the sharpening isn’t overdone by the image processing technology. The blur in portraits, however, is rather unnatural and not very effective at detecting edges, making them look poor.

IMPRESSIONS OF AUDIO AND CONNECTIVITY

The dual audio speakers were present the previous year. The speakers feature Dolby Atmos and have been certified for Hi-Res audio. The speakers generally produce good sound. The bass is the one thing that stands out as not being as good as the flagship devices. However, Bluetooth offers good audio quality, so you can always use headphones for superior audio output.

The POCO F4 features every type of connectivity a contemporary smartphone might possibly need. Furthermore, because it is a Xiaomi product, it includes an IR blaster for controlling your TV. In SoCal, my evaluation device constantly received 5G and LTE on the T-Mobile network. The data rates for streaming were equivalent to those of my current daily driver, a Pixel 5.

You get Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, and 5G/LTE data access with the POCO F4. And because Xiaomi equips all of its products with just about every available form of connectivity, you also get Cast, Mi Share, Nearby Share, IR blaster, and NFC in addition to these. Additionally, the quick settings menu makes it simple to access all of these options, which is fantastic. I particularly appreciate how well these hardware features work with the fantastic software options offered by MIUI.

ARE YOU A GOOD FIT FOR THE POCO F4?

The POCO F4 is an intriguing item in the POCO range for this year, as I mentioned previously in the review. With a few modifications, it is essentially the same thing as the POCO F3 device. The Redmi Note 11 Pro series served as inspiration for the phone’s external design. The rear triple camera module is the only outward change, and I must say that it has a somewhat boring design.

The processor, speakers, battery, and display are the same as they were in 2017. You do receive a stronger 67W charging brick, which significantly reduces charging times.

The camera section has seen a few modifications, some good and some terrible. Starting with the positive, the main camera now has 64 MP and OIS and delivers excellent results overall. Even while the selfie camera is still 20MP, it has also seen a modest improvement. In order for POCO to claim a triple camera arrangement, the macro camera is downgraded to 2MP. Same as last year, the 8MP ultrawide camera.

The POCO F4 does all the things a great smartphone should. The cost is also very reasonable for the base version, coming in at about €350. The POCO F4 is a great option for people upgrading from devices that are two or three years old. I advise anybody with a POCO F3 who want to upgrade to either wait a little longer or shop around.

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