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Smartphone Reviews, Poco M4 Pro 5G 2021

so it's been just four short months since the poco m3 pro landed here in blighty and already it's been succeeded by this big yellow bugger right here the poco m4 pro 5g seriously can we just stop with the 5g bit in like every smartphone name now because pretty much every smartphone has 5g it'll be a hell of a lot neater and easier just to put not 5g at the end of any phone that doesn't have it but anywho the poco m4 pro 5g appears to be a rebranded form of xiaomi's redmi note 11 which just launched a week or so back boasting a mighty 6.6 inch screen dimensionally 810 smart and a 50 megapixel main camera and you've got quite a few upgrades packed into this thing versus the previous generation including a stereo speaker setup you've got a performance boost and some rejiggered camera tech i don't know the official uk price as i'm shooting this video because i'm shooting it ahead of the actual uk launch but shut up already i hear you scream just get the poco m4 prone out of its box that's exactly what i'll do and for more on the latest and greatest tech please do poke subscribe and dig that notifications bell cheers.

Poco M4 Pro 5G review: Design and key features

 so if you purchase the poco m4 pro 5g what will you find in the box besides of course the smartphone well you've got yourself one 33 watt adapter thrilling bit of usb action protective condom case always got to see those bundled in with the budget blowers and the usual random selection of poko stickers as well so you can decorate your kids pets whatever and that's it not a bad little package overall so the design of the poco m4 pro is basically what you would expect you've got a plastic arse end around back it comes in this power black color otherwise also cool blue or poc or yellow if you want something a bit more eye popping the in your face we're not just talking attracting side glances as you walk down the street here we are talking wtf's all over the place it's a 6.6 inch smartphone and almost 200 grams does have a bit of a heft to it but nothing too cumbersome and it's actually a reasonably skinny smartphone as well helped along by the fact that that camera chassis doesn't really jut very far from the surface at all so the phone doesn't rock about the place when it's laid down on its back and you're poking that screen hopefully that plastic rear end won't scratch up under duressel at least you've got that condom case bundled in the box to keep it protected if you need to and it's a matte finish here not a glossy one so at least it doesn't seem to be picking up much in the way of greasy prints before you have to give it the occasional buffing to tidy it up a bit got some fairly obvious poco brandon as usual although it's not quite as in your face as some previous models and personally i would definitely go for one of the brighter models the power black not particularly exciting has to be said although a fairly neat and tidy finish at least then around front that six point six inch display is protected by gorilla glass three quarter and also it's got a screen protector slapped on there pretty thick bezel surrounding that screen but pretty standard for a budget smartphone of this sort of price point and of course you've got your selfie cam oop the selfie cam orifice uh watched away up top here and the symmetry situation pretty respectable here on the poco m4 pro 5g as well you've got space for two sims at once otherwise alternatively that second slot can be used for a microsd memory card to expand the storage up to a further terabyte.

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Poco M4 Pro 5G review: Software and features

 okay so i've got the poco m4 pro 5g all set up ready for action and as you can see here it's got a bit of android 11 with miui 12.5.1 just squatting on top of there like a randy toad and if you've seen one of my xiaomi or poco smartphone unboxings or reviews in the past you'll have heard me bang on about me ui to death basically and apologies i'm going to bang on about it some more right now so i want to skip ahead a section if you've already seen all this i think it's fair to say that reactions are rather mixed to me ui in general i actually quite like me ui 12 because the stock version of me ui android that we've had on a xiaomi smartphone you've got the likes of the apps tree by default i really like that control center which adds all kinds of useful toggles all just a quick flick of the right hand side of the screen away now you do get some pretty decent bonus bits chucked in there as well which are well worth getting on board with so plenty of customization and personalization features in here there's plenty of bonus bits like the game turbo feature packed on here as well which i will cover later on in the performance and gaming section the video toolbox is great for any youtube fans for instance it allows you to take screenshots you could play a video with just the sound so the display uh turned off which is really good if you're enjoying a podcast you want to conserve some battery life you mess with the audio output all that good shiz of course one of the problems with miui is you never know when you're going to get an update to the latest version of android might be several months from now that the pocket m4 pro 5g finally gets a bit of android 12 action and also this poco blower is weighed down by a horrendous amount of crap wear that's shoved on here before you even get the thing booted up like seriously this first line of the apps draw a lord four out of five of those apps i'll just crap that i just want gone from here and thankfully that is pretty easy to do uh but it is just a ball they come to go through and get rid of each individual one all right good old tile fun back once again that thing just never dies one of these days i might actually try playing it and see just how much fun tile fun is it's probably right up there with uh getting kicked in the as for the security side of things where you've got an edge mounted fingerprint sensor here on the side of the pocket m4 pro 5g a very narrow sticky out power button as you can see there but so far touch with that fingerprint sensor seems very reliable very accurate just a light tap of your fingertip against that uh power button and as you can see straight in alternatively you could also set up the poco m4 pro 5g so it unlocks when it recognizes your gorgeous mug this is normally pretty reliable as well although not the most secure of methods it usually works even when you're wearing a face mask of your face is covered up so yeah if you take it securely seriously i'd say probably just stick with that fingerprint sensor and there's no obvious gaps of the pocket m4 pro 5gs feature set you've got likes of nfc for your contactless payments my review model comes packing 128 gigs of storage uh which you know a fair chunk is used up by the ui and all those various apps but you can free up some of that quite easily and then you've got that micro sd expandability.

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Poco M4 Pro 5G review: Display and audio

 now that display is a 6.6 inch ips screen so fairly standard stuff for this sort of budget price point not really any different to what you'll find on fellow xiaomi and oppo and real me rivals around this price it's full hd plus resolution 2400 by 1080 so those visuals come through nice and crisp colors are respectably poppy for an ips panel not quite as vibrant and in your face as what you would get from an amoled of course the contrast isn't quite as short but it's absolutely fine viewing angles are all right and on that top brightness level the poco m4 pro 5g ain't exactly going to see your eyeballs but i could still see what i was doing when i was outdoors you can tinker with the display settings if you dive into that miui menu to a small degree at least you've got the likes of the region mode which can help to filter blue light although it is actually a reasonably warm panel to begin with but you can dive into that color scheme as well and change up the color output if you like make it cooler or just fully customize it to suit your own personal preferences and the poco m4 pro 5g uh does support 90 hertz refresh rate as well though it is stuck at 60 hertz by default there's no dynamic refresh rate there as you can see so if you want that extra bit of smoothness then you'll definitely want to boost that up and one of the upgrades for the poco m4 pro 5g versus the older poko m3 pro is the fact you've now got a stereo speaker setup of sorts here so let's see if it's actually halfway decent in there including away that a few not otherwise know about now even though you do have that dedicated top speaker just housed here on the actual top edge of the phone it's definitely a lot weaker than that bottom speaker an output is definitely a lot fainter a lot tinnier not the peak volume not particularly allowed but you know for this budget sort of price point you'll struggle to find much better to be honest personally i'm a lot more happy to see that there's actually a headphone jack housed down below here on the poco m4 pro and you've got full bluetooth 5.1 support as well.

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Poco M4 Pro 5G review: Performance and battery life

 now performance and the pokem4 pro is powered by the six nanometer mediatek dimension t810 chipset definitely an upgrade over the 700 series chip found on that m3 pro here are my review sample that's backed by six gigs of ddr4 ram and certainly everything seems pleasingly smooth so far i also took the liberty of running a bit of geekbench as well for any benchmarking fans and respectable enough scores quite low on the single core 592 but the multi-core score touching up towards those 2000s so this phone should certainly be more than capable for all of your everyday shenanigans but what about gaming well let's test it on out with a good bit of tile fun now i'm just coming with you we're gonna do a bit of call of duty of course so it's pretty basic offering as far as the graphics quality and the frame rate go as you can see they max out at medium and high all the same i found it call of duty mobile played absolutely fine on those settings the frame rate stayed strong and stable i like to get my ass handed to me as usual but that's just standard ah tits you got 240 hertz touch sampling on that display as well so every swipe and pork and frantic prod is instantly recognized and replicated and those game turbo features that i mentioned before you can drag out like so and this gives you all kinds of different bonus modes that you can activate you've got the likes of split screen multitasking if for instance you're using a uh a voice chat app in the background something like that and this could be minimized like so which is quite handy you've also got a shark load of different screen record features you've got the performance boost mode it helps to free up some memory all kinds of different stuff on here uh some of the icons like good luck actually figuring out what they do but once you get the hang of them it's all good and of course there's the endlessly amusing voice changer feature and of course there's the endlessly feature and just in case you've been asleep for about 90 of this video and by the way no one's blaming you yes the poco m4 pro 5g does have 5g support it's built into that dimensionally 810 chipset just a standard bit of sub 6 but so it was great to have this little budget price point speaking of which have you seen my video about the best budget 5g smartphones you can grab yourself in 2021 it's rather bloody good if i do see it all myself it's on the battery front 5 000 milliamp cell so i forget fairly sort of standard sort of battery capacity at this budget price but it should hopefully keep you going all day no worries certainly the battery drain i've seen from it so far nothing troublesome whatsoever but stay tuned i'm going to bring you a full poco m4 pro 5g review really shortly where i'll cover things like the battery life in full and when you need to recharge well it's 33 watt wide charging so we're getting pretty good for the cost and you've got that 33 watt adapter bundle there in the box.

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Poco M4 Pro 5G review: Camera

 now let's finish up this poco m4 pro and box some of the squids and the camera tech what you got here is a dual lens setup with a 50 megapixel main shooter and an 8 megapixel ultra wide angle lens that's right you heard correctly there's no pointless macro lens or any other bollocks like that slapped here on the back end of the poco m4 it's uh it's a thing of beauty let's just start it well up a little bit but the amazing difference of the hardware aside the actual camera ui itself looks very very familiar indeed anyone who's used a pocket or a xiaomi smartphone recently i got a whole bunch of different toggles and features to play around with including a full-on ai mode tweaks your photos depending on what you're actually uh taking a snap of can automatically launch the likes of the portrait mode for you although i tend to keep that knocked off as i find the colors aren't quite as accurate obviously that might not bother everyone you've also got the likes of the filters to play around with if you want to really change things up and you'll find that when you snap away in this auto mode you get 12.5 megapixel photos by default but if you want that maxed out res you can do that in the more section we'll also find the likes of the dedicated night mode you can change up the order of these as well so you can bring your favorite ones down here onto the main toolbar and of course i will be fully testing out the camera tech for my in-depth poco m4 pro 5g review but there's a couple of just quick sample ones just to keep you seated until then as you can see absolutely fine for yeah everyday shots as long as the lighting is all right if you're shooting indoors especially if you're shooting a moving subject you're gonna be struggling and yeah that eight megapixel ultra wide angle shooter quite a basic effort uh as you typically get at this sort of price point so find a few pullback shots but uh don't expect super accurate color reproduction i've done the video up front well if we just tap up here you can see it shoots at full hd 30 frames per second by default you bump up to 60 frames per second if you want a smoother finish but there's no 4k option so yeah pretty basic hardware should be fine for your simple shareable shots and that's about it around front however poco has actually boosted the megapixel account compared with the previous generation it was just eight megapixels on the pocket m3 now you've got a 16 megapixel selfie shooter yes should be again fine as long as the lighting conditions are all right should you get perfectly respectable selfies to chuck up on the the facebooks or whatever.

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 so there you have it that in a nutshell is the fresh new poco m4 pro 5g budget friendly smartphone which is launching uh right now as i say i'm going to slap the sim in there get you a full in-depth review soon so go over the camera tech the battery life the everyday performance all that good shits in the meantime it'd be great to hear your own thoughts down in the comments below please do post subscribe to that notification as well for more on the latest the greatest tech if there's any comparisons you want to see me do with the poco m4 pro 5g definitely let me know that as well hopefully be able to get some of that hot side-by-side action on the go and love yourselves a bloody lovely rest of the week cheers everyone

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