Poco M4 Pro 5G

Poco M4 Pro 5G

Introduction:

The Poco M4 Pro 5G is now available in the global market, and we can say it has become one of the season’s bestsellers. It is a sizable upgrade over the Poco M3 5G with a large and more colorful display, an improved rear camera setup, faster charging speed and stereo speakers. Essentially, it is still incredibly cheap. Let’s take a look at the specs sheet of the smartphone.

Body

163.6×75.8×8.8mm, 195g; Gorilla Glass 3 front, plastic back, plastic frame, IP53-rated for dust and splash protection.

Display

6.60″ IPS LCD, 90Hz, 450 nits (typ), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 399ppi.

Chipset

MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.

Memory

64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC.

Rear Camera

Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, PDAF;

Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 119˚.

Selfie Camera

16 MP, f/2.5, (wide).

Video capture

Rear camera: [email protected]/60fps; Front camera: [email protected]

Battery

5000mAh; Fast charging 33W, 100% in 59 min (advertised).

Operating System

Android 11, MIUI 12.5.

Misc

Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); Infrared port; 3.5mm jack.

Unboxing:

How can we forget the iconic yellow box of Poco. The Poco M4 Pro 5G comes in the same Poco’s signature yellow box, just like the previous Poco phones that arrive in the same attractive box.

Inside, you’ll find a 33W power adapter, a 3A rated USB cable, and a transparent rubber case for additional protection.

The compartment in which the case is packed also houses some documentations, the SIM ejection pin and a few Poco stickers for the fans that like to show off their love for the brand.

Design:

The Poco M4 Pro 5G is a slightly reworked version of the Chinese Redmi Note 11. While Poco likes to have its own design, the only cosmetic change we see on the M4 Pro 5G is the large black stripe, with the same height as the camera module and stretches from one edge to another, which houses the large Poco logo.

The Poco M4 Pro 5G is a total looker. The slightly curved back uses matte plastic. The matte finish can be best described as premium because it is incredibly pleasant to touch and makes the plastic feel more like glass.

Although the rear panel looks gorgeous, it is a huge fingerprint magnet and gets crowded by smudges in minutes.

There is a huge camera island, but it’s quite misleading, since it houses only two cameras – the 50MP main camera and 8MP ultrawide shooter. Other holes feature an LED flash, a red dot and an AI logo.

Apart from the Poco identity touch on the back, the M4 Pro 5G is pretty much your typical smartphone with a Gorilla Glass front, plastic frame, and a plastic rear panel. The smartphone has an official IP53 rating for dust and splash resistance, and it features proper insulation here and there. Meaning, the Poco M4 Pro 5G will be fine in rain and humid cities, but don’t try dropping it in water.

The front is equipped with a 6.6-inch display, with a center-aligned punch hole for the selfie camera. The front has been improved with newly added DCI-P3 color space support and faster 240Hz touch sampling rate.

Above the display there is a thin earpiece grille. The phone has a stereo speaker setup with two channels. The top speaker is not as loud as the one on the bottom, but the stereo effect is good as both are tuned quite well.

The frame is made of plastic and offers the same premium matte finish and paint as the back panel. It has a slight curve, you can feel it when you hold the phone.

The top section is home to the secondary microphone, the IR blaster and one of the stereo speakers. The bottom accommodates the more powerful speaker, the USB-C port, the 3.5mm jack and the primary microphone.

The left side houses the hybrid SIM slot – it houses two nano SIMs, but can also switch the second SIM for a microSD card. The right side houses the volume rockers and the power key, which also performs the functions of the fingerprint scanner.

The footprint of the M4 Pro 5G measures 163.6 x 75.8 and 8.8mm and weighs 195 grams, slightly taller and heavier than the Poco M3 Pro 5G.

Display:

The Poco M4 Pro 5G is equipped with a 6.6-inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. There is a small punch hole cutout for the selfie camera and it is protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 sheet. The screen is further covered by a thin plastic film for additional display protection, we peeled it off since it is cheap and impossible to keep clean.

The Poco M4 Pro 5G comes with a dynamic 90Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 color space and offers a 240Hz touch sampling rate. There is no HDR support.

The typical brightness of the phone is listed as 450 nits, but manually adjusting the brightness delivered 410 nits and 510 nits when the Sunlight mode kicks in. In both cases we saw deep blacks, which made for an amazing contrast ratio of 1500:1. The minimum brightness was recorded at white points was just 1.3 nits.

There are two refresh rate modes available – High (90Hz) and Standard (60Hz). The high setting is advertised as dynamic – it should auto switch between 50Hz, 60Hz and 90Hz depending on the content on the screen.

The screen supports DCI-P3 color space, which is an upgrade over the Poco M3 Pro 5G. The MIUI for Poco supports three different Contrast settings – Vivid (default, DCI-P3), Saturated (DCI-P3) and Standard (sRGB).

Finally, the Poco M4 Pro 5G supports Widevine L1 DRM out of the box, and you will be able to enjoy streaming content at the maximum Full HD resolution.

Battery life & Charging speed:

The Poco M4 Pro 5G has a 5,000mAh battery under the hood which keeps the phone running. It now supports 33W fast charging, an upgrade over the 18W charging of the M3 Pro.

The smartphone has a great battery life just like its predecessor, Poco M3 Pro 5G. We recorded nearly 33 and a half hours of talk time, 18:47h of web browsing and 16:31h of video playback time. That’s an outstanding job across all test scenarios.

One of the easily noticeable updates over the Poco M3 Pro 5G is the fast charging. Now the new Poco M4 Pro 5G supports 33W fast charging.

The handset is shipped with a 33W charger and a 3A-rated USB-cable, so you won’t have to step out to look for a compatible charger.

The battery percentage reached only 54% in 30 minutes, while a full charge took around 67 minutes. There are a lot of various factors affecting the charging speed, still 67 minutes is a great result for a budget smartphone.

Speakers:

The Poco M4 Pro 5G features two speakers, one on the top and other on the bottom section of the frame, sitting behind dedicated speaker grilles. The speaker on the top also doubles as the earpiece – the reason why sound is coming from both the top and the bottom grilles.

The bottom speaker is more powerful compared to the one on the top, but when playing music or video, the output seems well balanced.

The speakers are very good in terms of loudness, but the audio quality is not that good. The bass and the high notes are well presented, but it is lacking in the mid-tones department. However, for a budget smartphone the speakers are pretty good and most of the people will be satisfied with the stereo sound and the audio.

Performance:

The Poco M4 Pro 5G utilizes MediaTek’s 5G chipset – Dimensity 810. It is a refreshed version of the DImensity 700 (in Poco M3 Pro 5G) with more powerful big CPU cores.

The Dimensity 810 5G chip comes with an octa-core processor with 2x 2.4GHz Cortex-A76 and 6x 2.0GHz Cortex A-76 cores. The GPU is still Mali-G57 MC2, but its clock has dropped from 950MHz to 850MHz, that’s strange, indeed. The chip also includes an improved 5G modem and ISP.

The Dimensity 810 chipset is available in two memory configurations, all containing LPDDR4X RAM and UFS2.2 storage – 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB.

The benchmark scores are all great and indeed offer more than adequate performance. On the Geekbench 5 test the handset got a score of 597 and 1,797 points in the single-core and multi-core tests. As for the AnTuTu it marked a score of 353,663 points.

Camera & Photo quality:

Rear Camera

Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, PDAF;

Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 119˚.

Selfie Camera

16 MP, f/2.5, (wide).

Daylight photo quality:

The pictures captured with the main camera are saved in 12.5MP by default and they are quite good for the budget class. The colors are mostly true to life, the contrast and dynamic range are great and the noise is close to non-existent. Auto HDR was off, though even when it was on, it refused to kick in.

The level of detail is average at best and not that sharp, some stuff in the pictures may look like oil-painting or just smeared. Still, for a budget phone, we’d say the pictures are pretty good.

The Poco M4 Pro 5G as usual has an AI trigger. It improves the photos by saturating the colors and boosting the contrast depending on the scenes.

The 2x zoom photos look a bit more proficient than the basic crop and upscale shots. They are sharper than expected and seem less processed than the default 1x photos, and if you want a zoomed photo, we suggest trying out the 2x zoom.

The zoom still looks quite artificial, but some smart upscaling is involved, and it delivers a little better output compared to the simple crop and upscale.

The 50MP shots are basically upscaled from the 12.5MP images, and there’s no point in shooting with the 50MP mode. Not even when capturing images with 2x zoom because the 2x digital zoom from the viewfinder does a good job as it is.

The 8MP ultrawide photos are surprisingly quite likable, especially for a budget phone. The level of detail is great all across the entire frame and the noise is pretty low. The contrast and dynamic range are nice. In short, we can say that these are one of the best ultrawide shots we’ve seen from a budget smartphone.

Low-light image quality:

The low-light photos are pretty good for the class. The photos have plenty of detail, thanks to the not that aggressive noise reduction. The colors are great, contrast is average and the dynamic range is not that good.

We know there is still room for improvement, but do keep in mind that this is a budget phone with a budget camera and yet it does a good job.

The Poco M4 Pro 5G is one of those rare phones where we can’t recommend using the Night mode. The Night mode photos are noisier, softer and look worse than the default ones. The only plus point here is the restored clipped highlights, which we will never trade for the drop in quality.

You can see the scene in the ultrawide photos at night, but upon taking a closer look, you’ll notice softness and abundant noise. They do have good colors and okay contrast. There is no Night mode available on the Ultrawide camera.

Portraits:

There is no depth sensor on the Poco M4 Pro 5G, and it has to depend on the AI magic for the depth map required for the portrait mode. It does a great job indeed, as the subject separation is uninterrupted by abrupt transitions or clipped parts.

The photos are colorful with good contrast and sharpness. We also like the blur quality. Sure, a bit more detail would have been appreciated, but they are quite good.

Selfies:

The Poco M4 Pro 5G comes with a Quad-Bayer 16MP camera that saves 16MP photos instead of 4MP ones that you’d expect. In fact, this is the same shooter that the more expensive Xiaomi 11T Pro has.

Saving the images in full resolution leads to softer images, but other than that, the photos are pretty likeable. They have good colors, contrast and dynamic range. The sharpness is okay and noise levels are acceptable.

You can also capture selfie portraits, but they are not that amusing. Although the pre-pixel quality is the same as the regular selfies, the subject separation is okay, and it could be bad with more complex backgrounds.

Final Verdict:

The Poco M4 Pro 5G is a good all-around device, and it does what it was supposed to. It delivers a smooth OS experience thanks to its 90Hz LCD screen, it can handle games if needed, it is capable of capturing some great photos, it has a stereo speaker setup and battery life is amazing  and we also appreciate the fast charging.

There are several devices in this price segment, but the Poco M4 Pro 5G is a consistent performer in every aspect and that’s why you should surely check it out if you are in the market for a budget smartphone.

Pros

  • Attractive design with cool color options and splash resistance.

  • Large 90Hz display with amazing contrast ratio.

  • Excellent battery life and fast charging.

  • Stereo speaker setup with satisfying loudness.

  • Dependable performance, no throttling.

  • Google photo and video quality, portraits are fine without depth sensor.

  • 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD slot, dual 5G, NFC, IR Blaster and FM radio.

  • Affordable price.

Cons

  • The 90Hz refresh rate may put pressure on the GPU.

  • The audio quality is not so good.

  • No macro unit and no 4K video capturing.

  • No noticeable performance updates since the Poco M3 Pro 5G.

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