Poco M4 Pro 5G: design and construction
And it seems that Xiaomi has returned to invest in the Poco design, as this time it has delivered a super stylish and very well-crafted smartphone.
The Poco M4 Pro 5G features a differentiated back in Cool Blue that has a beautiful gradient finish, which draws a lot of attention.
On the right side of the device we have the on/off button, which is also the biometric reader, and the + and – volume buttons. On the right side, we have a card drawer which, unfortunately, is hybrid, so we have to choose between expanding the smartphone’s memory or using two chips at the same time.
On the underside, it features a USB Type-C connector for faster charging, a 3.5 mm output for conventional headphones, and a built-in speaker.
Finally, at the top, we find all the differentials of this construction: an extra microphone for a clearer conversation; a second speaker that delivers stereo sound; and we even have an infrared sensor.
And as a bonus, this smartphone has ip53 protection against dust and water splashes.
As we have already mentioned, the Poco M4 Pro 5G was very well designed, so the only point to improve would be in relation to its weight, since even though it is all plastic, it weighs 195g.
Yes, this is a considerable weight and could cause discomfort to the user due to prolonged use, but this does not happen here, as the Poco M4 Pro 5G had its weight very well distributed.
Poco M4 Pro 5G: screen
The Poco M4 Pro 5G features a large 6.6″ LCD screen that, despite not being the best screen on the market, delivers great performance and very beautiful colors.
And in addition to having a great sharpness rate of 399 pixels per inch, it still has a refresh rate of 90Hz with excellent performance.
Of course, being an LCD screen, we were able to distinguish the screen perfectly from the edge, but they are not very protruding edges, which results in a utilization rate of 84.8%.
The only point that needs to be reviewed in this screen is its amount of brightness, as even when it is at the maximum level, it is a little difficult to see the screen in bright sunlight.
Poco M4 Pro 5G: hardware and software
The Poco M4 Pro 5G features a processor that is not very well known, but also leaves nothing to be desired, the Dimensity 810 5G. This 6nm processor features 5G technology, so it is much more energy efficient.
Plus, the Poco M4 Pro 5G also features the Mali-G57 MC2, a mid-range graphics card that paired very well with this processor.
During our day-to-day testing, the Poco M4 Pro 5G delivered excellent multitasking performance, opening multiple apps at the same time without crashing at any time.
And of course, we did our gaming test to see if this union really works, and we were surprised by the excellent performance in heavy games like Call of Duty and PUBG.
However, we have to admit that the graphics performance wasn’t perfect in more demanding games like Genshin Impact, but it was a nice and stutter-free experience.
Poco M4 Pro 5G: battery
Remember we talked about the energy efficiency of the Dimensity 810 5G?
Well, together with a 5000mAh battery, the Poco M4 Pro 5G was able to deliver 12 consecutive hours of heavy gaming, which is an excellent performance for an intermediate smartphone.
Oh, this test was done with brightness at 50% and the 90Hz feature turned on.
Poco M4 Pro 5G: Cameras
The Poco M4 Pro 5G brings a good set of cameras where the highlight is a main lens of 50MP with an aperture of f/1.8. This means that a lot of light enters during the clicks, which is very good in low light situations.
However, this is not such a good aperture, so some photos lose some detail and suffer from color distortion.
The impression I had when analyzing the images is that most night photos were better than the daytime ones, but this can vary according to the exposure and even the user’s taste.
Another important issue to note is that it doesn’t have night mode for selfies, so you can’t expect a good job from the front camera in low-light environments.
Main – 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, PDAF
Ultra wide angle – 8 Mp, 119º
LED flash, HDR, panorama
16 MP, f/2.5 (wide) 1/3.06″, 1.0 μm
Check out the photos taken with the Poco M4 Pro 5G:
Poco M4 Pro 5G: is it worth it?
It brings a well-distributed construction, an improved design for the Poco line, and it still has infrared, two microphones and two speakers, which is not common to be seen in intermediate devices.
And unlike most competitors in the same price range, it is capable of delivering excellent gaming performance, so it’s perfect for gamers looking for a more affordable device.
Finally, the Poco M4 Pro 5G lacks some details in daytime photos, but has very good night shots, with a few exceptions.