The main camera and display are well over its €299 price tag

Xiaomi is known for many things, but two frequent talking points here at XDA are “Xiaomi offers the best value for money of anyone” and “Xiaomi’s constant rebranding of existing phones to release under another name is annoying and confusing.“On the first day of Mobile World Congress, the Beijing-based tech giant once again did both, but not directly. POCO has announced the POCO X4 Pro, a stunning affordable mid-range priced in Europe from just €299 (around $335) that offers more features and better components than most $500 phones sold in the US . But the phone is mostly just a rebrand of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 11 Pro announced for another region last month. By the way, this global version of the Redmi Note 11 Pro also differs from the Chinese version of the Redmi Note 11 Pro. Confused again?

But anyway, maybe we at XDA are being finicky – we’re confused by these branding changes as we have to keep up with the three dozen Xiaomi devices released each year in multiple regions. But for the average consumer in Europe, they will soon be able to buy a phone under €300 that could pass for a modern flagship. It doesn’t matter what the brand label on the phone says as long as the phone can hold its own. And the POCO X4 Pro does.

POCO X4 Pro

    POCO X4 Pro
    The POCO X4 Pro brings a large 120Hz OLED display with a very good 108MP camera for a low price.

POCO X4 Pro: Specifications

specification POCO X4 Pro
To construct
  • Front Gorilla Glass 5
  • Regular glass back
  • Plastic central frame
Dimensions and weight
  • 164.19 x 76.1 x 8.12mm
  • 205g
To display
  • 6.67 inch FHD+ AMOLED
  • 2400x1080p
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 360 Hz touch sampling rate
  • Wide DCI-P3 color gamut
  • 1200 nits maximum brightness
SoCs
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 695
  • Adreno 619 GPU
RAM and storage
  • 6GB LPDDR4X + 128GB UFS 2.2
  • 8 GB + 256 GB
Battery charging
  • 5000mAh
  • Support 67W wired fast charging
  • 67W charger included
Security Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Rear camera(s)
Front camera(s) 16MP, f/2.4 front camera
Port(s) USB Type-C
audio Two stereo speakers
Connectivity
Software
Other Features
  • Z axis linear motor
  • NFC
  • IR blaster

A lot of good material for only 299 €

The POCO X4 Pro features a 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED panel with relatively thin bezels and perhaps the smallest hole in the industry. If you’re a phone enthusiast and nitpick, of course, you can see that this OLED panel isn’t on par with, say, a Galaxy S22 Ultra or OPPO Find X5 Pro panel. Refresh rate can’t change on the fly, brightness only hits 700 nits, so it’s not as great to see in direct sunlight – but for most average consumers who won’t notice these things, this screen looks great. It’s dynamic, offers excellent viewing angles and looks quite modern.

POCO X4 Pro.

This front panel is covered in Gorilla Glass 5. Around the back is also a glass panel – but just regular glass – and while I find the black color of my device a little dull, there is a coating here which gives on the phone this light streak pattern when light hits it at certain angles. However, the yellow and blue models seem more eye-catching.

There’s a large camera island at the top housing a 108MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide and the mostly useless 2MP macro sensor, along with an LED flash. The performance of the main camera is really good in this price range, and even quite capable of taking on phones well above its price range. I actually took side-by-side photos pitting the $335 X4 Pro main camera against the $1,100 Galaxy S21 Ultra, and to be honest, you should zoom in and squint and look at the pixels of close to really identify where Samsung’s image “wins”. I will talk more about these samples in the next section.

poco x4 pro camera module

Inside the phone is a Snapdragon 695 SoC that supports 5G connectivity, a 5000mAh battery that can be charged at 67W speeds – and the charger is included in the box – an excellent haptic engine that I mean is almost the flagship level of the phone, a headphone jack and even IP53 water splash resistance. I only used the phone for two days so it’s not a definitive conclusion on the battery, but on both days the phone easily lasted an entire 13 hour day on a single charge.

As I said earlier, Xiaomi makes the best value-for-money smartphones. This phone brings significantly superior components to similarly priced devices sold in the US (where the phone scene is much less competitive) like the OnePlus Nord 200 or the Galaxy A42. It’s phones like these that make markets like India so much more competitive, so seeing them reach more markets like Europe is always a good thing to have.


The POCO X4 Pro’s main camera can hold its own, but the ultra-wide is just okay

As previously reported: here are some key shots captured by the $335 POCO X4 Pro against the $1,100 Galaxy S21 Ultra. It’s not really a fair comparison to make, but here it is anyway.

You can see the Galaxy S22 Ultra shot has better dynamic range, the shadows of the daytime shot are more accurate compared to the scene look, and at night the dark street on the right side is better lit. But given that Samsung’s flagship costs four times as much, this is a pretty impressive demonstration of the POCO X4 Pro. As for the main camera, you’ll have to find a pretty tough shot like the one below to finally see a clear win from Samsung.

The POCO X4 Pro’s 108MP sensor with a 1/1.52-inch sensor is well above its price range. It naturally draws in light thanks to the large sensor, so I rarely needed night mode; there’s that shallow depth of field that we associate with professional cameras; and the X4 Pro even uses the same 9-in-1 grouping technology that Samsung uses. Here are more POCO X4 Pro samples.

The ultra-wide sensor won’t be able to keep up with flagships over $1000, as it’s noticeably softer on detail and no longer able to get strong HDR, but it’s still a very good ultra-wide for this price.

Video performance is where the phone shows its $335 price roots. The resolution maxes out at 1080p and there’s no stabilization. All walking and talking videos will look jerky and shaky.

Despite the noticeably smaller punch-hole, the X4 Pro’s selfie camera is decent; it can expose my face well in low light or against difficult backlit scenes.

poco x4 pro selfie camera hole

The perforation of the POCO X4 Pro compared to the perforation of the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Despite the small hole-punch, the selfie camera is also solid and is able to expose my face well in low light or backlit situations.

Unless you regularly compare it to a smartphone with a flagship camera and are looking for pixel detail, the POCO X4 Pro should serve you just fine for your casual photography needs.


The POCO X4 Pro is also quite good as a mid-level gaming/movie machine

The POCO X4 Pro running a game

Gaming or watching videos on the POCO X4 Pro was enjoyable, given the large display which is also flat, making it easier to hold. The Snapdragon 695 SoC and Xiaomi’s liquid cooling system inside kept the phone going as I leveled up. Max Payne Where Modern combat 5. The latter saw occasional framerate stutters, but nothing unbearable.


Still on Android 11, though

The POCO X4 Pro runs on MIUI 13 on Android 11. It’s disappointing that this phone didn’t get the upgrade to Android 12 given that there are already Xiaomi phones running Android 12. But for smartphones based on Xiaomi, the MIUI version is much more important than the underlying Android version. We still would have liked to see it based on Android 12, though.

The software experience is good – if you’ve used a Xiaomi phone in the past two years, you’ll know what to expect. Xiaomi’s user interface is colorful and full of fancy animations, but there are quirks, like the settings page having overly complicated layers. For example, the phone comes with on-screen navigation buttons, and if you want to switch to gesture navigation, you have to find it in the “Full screen display” part of the settings, which is separated from the main “Display” part of the settings. If I haven’t used MIUI for a few months, it always takes me an extra 20-30 seconds of navigating through settings to make simple changes to each Android phone.

Many people love MIUI for all the settings it offers. So if you’re used to seeing a lot of features and customizations, you should feel right at home with MIUI.


Hard to find better at this price

At around $335, the POCO X4 Pro is well above its price range, and anyone in the market for a phone that can’t or won’t pay more than $400 will be hard-pressed to find anything better than that. The main camera and the screen in particular are impressive and feel like they belong in a phone costing $600 or more. If Xiaomi hasn’t announced this phone for your region yet, don’t worry, because as we said, this is just a refurbished Redmi Note 11 Pro, so chances are you’ll be able to take this device instead and achieve very similar performance.

    POCO X4 Pro
    The POCO X4 Pro brings a large 120Hz OLED display with a very good 108MP camera for a low price.