The new Poco X4 Pro 5G is a sign of the times. It’s not a real successor to last year’s Poco X3 Pro, which is still available and has an almost flagship SoC but has few other features in terms of features. Costs are rising across the industry, and Poco has opted to introduce new models with a simpler SoC rather than raising prices. This relocation of the X series means once again, fans looking for the current Poco F1 will be left behind. That’s probably not a bad thing, as the X4 Pro 5G aims to be more versatile than its predecessor. There is only one important fact you need to know about this phone.
Prices start from Rs. 18,999 in India, there is no fact that the Poco X4 Pro 5G is a device very similar to the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G, which we just reviewed. The Poco version has a different back panel and there is a bit of variation in the specifications, which we will discuss, but the body of this phone has the same proportions and dimensions, all the ports and buttons are in the same place with the same design, and both come with the same charger and USB cable. Even the box they entered was the same, other than what was printed on it.
The Poco X4 Pro 5G weighs 205g which is 3g higher than the weight of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G. That may be explained by the large camera surround, which spans the width of the phone. If you look closer, the camera itself is all in the same position, with the main one raised slightly and even the same “AI” printed on one blank spot.
The back panel of the Poco X4 Pro 5G has a different finish but the idea is the same. The phone is available in a special Poco yellow color as well as Laser Blue and Laser Black. They all show a laser-like line pattern, which radiates from the two bottom corners and waves as you move the phone. There is also a large Poco logo on the camera shroud. This is not a brand that uses finesse in design, but a black unit that I can look quite calm in the case.
All specs match what you get with the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G, except for the main rear camera which has a resolution of 64 megapixels. We’ll have to see if this is a downgrade in practical terms when we test the Poco X4 Pro 5G in our full review. You still get an 8 -megapixel ultra -wide camera, a 2 -megapixel macro camera and a 16 -megapixel front camera.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC makes another appearance here, along with a 5000mAh battery and 67W fast charging support. You also get the same 6.67 -inch full HD+ 120Hz Super AMOLED display as the Gorilla Glass 5, as well as stereo speakers. The phone supports dual 5G but has a hybrid dual-SIM tray. There is Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1 and GPS. There is an infrared transmitter at the top as well as a 3.5mm audio socket.
The phone runs MIUI 11 on top of Android 11 and again, the experience is very familiar. It looks like Poco has chosen to use the default -enabled app drawer, but everything else looks and feels the same. Hopefully, the Android 12 update is in the works.
Poco offers the X4 Pro 5G starting with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for Rs. 18,999. That’s less than what the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G started out, and that could be in its favor even with half the storage. 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant priced at Rs. 19,999 and there is also an 8GB, 128GB option for Rs. 21,999 in India. These are both Rs. 1,000 cheaper than their Redmi equivalent, which makes sense. Poco also offers discounts for some bank customers and exchange bonuses.
Following its spin-off from Xiaomi, Poco is supposed to be a separate brand focused on the youth market. We’ve seen situations like this before, and it still doesn’t seem to make sense. There are already several models and variants in the Redmi Note 11 family, most of which overlap in terms of price. It will be hard to go through all the options to find the right one for you, and in the end, it may just depend on which one you feel looks more beautiful.
It seems unfair to focus on the similarities between these two phones, but this is our first impression of the Poco X4 Pro 5G, and the fact is impossible to ignore. As we run our full review, you can find out most of the things you need to know about this phone, in addition to the quality of the main camera, in our full review of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G.