Xiaomi shows us what we are missing in the US with the Poco F4 and X4 GT

Xiaomi has announced the Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT, which offer global versions of budget devices previously released in China. The € 399 Poco F4 (about $ 418) is primarily a makeover of the Redmi K40S, with a Snapdragon 870 processor, an OLED display with fast refresh rate, stabilized main camera and fast cable charging. The performance-focused Poco X4 GT will cost € 379 (about $ 398) includes a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, 6.6-inch 144 Hz LCD and a high-capacity battery, also with fast cable charging. Simply put, they offer specifications that embarrass our current mid-range phone harvest, if they ever came to the US.

The Poco F4 870 processor is transferred from the Poco F3 and is a flagship chipset capable of 5G support. The 6.67-inch OLED display of the Poco F4 offers a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz and a resolution of 1080p. Its 64-megapixel main rear camera includes optical stabilization, a rare feature on non-flagship devices, and is complemented by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and 2-megapixel macro. There is a 4,500 mAh battery that supports a fast charge of 67 W with the charger included.

The Poco F4’s stabilized main rear camera is a rare feature in economy class. Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

I’ve been using F4 with 6GB of RAM; between that, the Snapdragon processor and this fast refresh rate, it behaves like a more expensive phone. The glossy plastic back panel is a gift, as is the fingerprint sensor (perfectly suited) mounted on the side, but it handles daily tasks without any problems. Like the X4, it ships with Xiaomi’s Miui 13 skin on top of Android 12.

The Poco X4 GT is more gaming-oriented, starting with 8 GB of RAM, and opts for a fast 144 Hz LCD screen, not as contrasted and rich as an OLED, but its slightly faster refresh rate makes the animations and action are smoother. It is a 6.6-inch 1080p display with a 270 Hz touch sampling rate. There is a larger 5,080 mAh battery that also supports a fast charge of 67 W using the included charger. The X4 has a similar rear image array driven by a 64-megapixel camera, but lacks optical stabilization.

The Poco X4 GT is geared towards games and streaming video. Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

Genshin Impact is preloaded on the X4 and works great. The phone warms up a bit after a few minutes of gaming, but not as hot as other devices sometimes running graphics-intensive gaming. Xiaomi’s cooling technology does a good job here, preventing the system from overheating.

In the US, meanwhile, mid-range phones are a history of engagement and engagement. At best, you may have two or three of the following: an OLED display, a fast refresh rate, a stabilized main camera, or a fast charge. The Poco F4 manages to wrap all of the above in a single device.

The Poco F4 (top) and X4 GT (bottom) will be sold in parts of Europe and Asia. Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

The new Poco phones will be sold in parts of Asia, Europe and the UK from June 27th. The € 399 Poco F4 includes 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; a variant with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage will cost € 449. The Poco X4 GT with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB will cost 379 euros, and a version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage will cost 429 euros.

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