As of today, Xiaomi has introduced two new AMOLED-equipped Poco phones to its lineup: an X-series mid-ranger with a better camera and a 4G variant of the Poco M4 Pro 5G.
Poco X4 Pro 5G
With the Poco X4 Pro 5G, the top X-series mid-ranger, the 6.67″ AMOLED display features 1,080 x 2,400 pixels resolution (20:9). The X3 Pro features a refresh rate of 120 Hz, but the touch sampling rate has been increased to 360 Hz (up from 240 Hz). In addition, the brightness has been increased to 1,200 nits at its maximum, from 450 nits previously. The new phone's glass is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 5, which isn't a simple upgrade (instead of GG6).
The X4 Pro isn't a direct replacement for the X3 Pro. The X4 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 695, whereas the X4 focuses on the screen, camera, and battery, ignoring other components like the processor.
Following the SD 690, the new 6 nm chip has 15% more CPU power (two Cortex-A76 cores @ 2.2 GHz Plus 6x A55 cores at 1.8 GHz) and 30% more GPU power (Adreno 619). In terms of efficiency, it's a good chip, but it's nowhere near as powerful as the Snapdragon 860 that drove the X3 Pro.
In terms of resolution, the new model's camera has a much larger 108 MP 1/1.56″ sensor, which is clearly an advance over the previous model's. That's quite a leap over the 48MP 1/2.0″ sensor on the previous model. When using the 9-in-1 binning mode, which increases the effective pixel size to 2.1 m (at an aperture of f/1.9), this camera is better suited for low-light photography.
The two remaining cameras are a 2 MP macro and an 8 MP ultra wide (118° field of view, f/2.2, which appears to be unchanged) (no depth sensor this time around). Compared to the X3 Pro's 20MP (f/2.2) front-facing camera, the X3's 16MP (f/2.4) selfie camera has a lower resolution.
In addition, the battery is unique. Charges at twice as much power with the provided adapter as before, while the battery capacity is still enormous (albeit it's down by 160 mAh). Video can be played for 15 hours on a fully charged battery. As soon as the battery dies, the charger can get it back up to 70% in around 20 minutes, and full 100% in just over an hour (the X3 Pro needed 59 minutes).
From 9.4 mm thick to 8.12 mm thick, the phone has been slimmed down to 205g (down from 215g). It still features an IP53 rating for basic dust and water resistance, as well as dual speakers and a Z-axis linear motor.
A total of three color options will be available: Laser Black, Laser Blue, and Poco Yellow.
On March 2, the Poco X4 Pro 5G will be on sale with a variety of discounts. It costs €300, but the first sale gets you a “early bird” discount of €30. On top of that, a 20-euro discount is available on March 2 only, bringing the total down to €250. The MSRP of the 8/256 GB variant is €350, but the same €30+€20 discount is applied (note that the second discount will be available only on March 2).
Here are the highlights for the X4 Pro 5G:
Poco M4 Pro
After announcing a 5G version last year, the Poco M4 Pro has officially been released (4G). For starters, it has an AMOLED display for the first time in the M-series, as well as a new processor.
The 6.6″ IPS LCD screen has been replaced by a 6.43″ AMOLED one in the 4G model. Even though it has a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 90 Hz refresh rate, it still has the original Gorilla Glass 3 and 1,080 x 2,400 px resolution (20:9). This display has 700 nits of brightness (compared to 450 nits) and 1,000 nits of peak brightness, making it brighter.
The new chipset is the Helio G96, which replaces the Dimensity 810 5G. There are two huge cores in the octacore CPU, both of which run at 2.05 GHz: the Cortex-A76s (vs. 2.4 GHz). As of now, the GPU is a Mali G57 MC2. Note that the G96 is manufactured on a 12 nm node (rather than 6 nm), which means that it will be less efficient, even if it offers similar performance.
As an alternative to the standard 4/64 GB memory configuration, the M4 Pro (4G) comes with 6/128 GB and 8/256 GB options. On top of that, it has a microSD card slot and LPDDR4X RAM. In addition to the 8/256 GB configuration, the phone runs MIUI 13, which adds an additional 3 GB of virtual RAM.
The camera, at least the main camera, has altered as well. There will be a 64 MP sensor in place of the current 50 MP sensor (pixels with an aperture of f/1.8 and an average size of 0.7 m). The Poco M phone's new sensor has the best resolution yet, but the manufacturer won't say how big it is. The 8MP ultra wide camera (118°) remains, but a 2MP macro camera has been added. The 16 MP sensor is found on the device's front-facing camera.
With the included 33W charger, the 5,000 mAh battery can be charged from 0% to 100% in less than an hour and last for two days of regular use before needing to be recharged again.
A Hi-Res Audio certification, two speakers, a Z-axis linear motor, an IR blaster, and NFC are all included in the M4 Pro's features. Despite the move to AMOLED, the fingerprint reader is still on the side.
The overall thickness and weight of the phone have been reduced to 8.09 mm (from 8.8 mm) and 179.5g (down from 195g). It still has an IP53 rating for splash protection.
Power Black, Cool Blue, and (of course) Poco Yellow will be the available colors for the phone.
The Poco M4 Pro 6/128 GB variant costs €220. There is, however, a €20 early bird discount in addition to a further €20 for the second Saturday in March. Starting at €270, you can get an 8/256 GB model.
At a glance, here's a list of M4 Pro's best features:
With nearly identical specifications, the Poco X4 Pro 5G is a close relative of the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, while the Poco M4 Pro is modeled after the Redmi Note 11. (though with a different camera). The Redmi Note 11T 5G served as the basis for the M4 Pro 5G's design.