The wide portfolio of the manufacturer Poco has recently been expanded by the promising-looking X4 GT model, which offers a 144Hz display panel, a modern 5nm Dimensity 8100 processor and 67W charging. How did he do in the test?
|Construction||163,4 × 74,3 × 8,9 mm, 200 gconstruction: classic, resistance: IP53|
|Display||TFT IPS, 6,6″ (2 400 × 1 080 px)|
|Camera||64 MpxLED dioda, autofocus, video: 3 840 × 2 160 px, 30 FPS|
|Chipset||MediaTek Dimensity 8100CPU: 4×2,85 GHz + 4×2 GHzGPU: again|
|Memory||RAM: 8 GBinternal memory: 256 GBmemory cards: microSDXC|
|Data functions||5G: againLTE: 1 400 / 150 Mb/s, Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth: 5.3, NFC: again|
|Operating system||Android 12|
|Accumulator||5 080 mAhwireless charging: it ischarging time: 0:46 hours|
|Availability||June 2022, 9,999 CZK|
Package contents: worthy of praise
The box contains everything important, i.e. a USB-A/USB-C cable, a 67W power adapter, the phone itself, but also a protective cover. Nothing important is missing.
Construction: the capacitive reader on the side is still in
The Poco X4 GT is one of a number of similar-looking smartphones from the manufacturer Poco, which do not differ in particular in terms of design. In this case, the back has a matte finish and is well resistant to unsightly fingerprints, while the photo module is not extremely large and contains three cameras. The frame (as well as the back) is made of plastic, but despite this, the phone does not feel cheap in the hand. However, at a price of around ten thousand crowns, the new product would certainly benefit from increased resistance, which it does not have.
The layout of the controls on the right side is also not surprising, where we also find a capacitive fingerprint reader located in the power button. She has a quick reaction and it is not a problem even touching a wet finger, for example after washing her hands. On the body of the device, weighing 200 grams, we also find a slot for a pair of nanoSIM cards (eSIM is not available). The haptic response is a decent average in the given category, it certainly doesn’t dazzle, but it doesn’t disappoint either.
- without increased resistance
- plastic frame
Display: 144Hz, but only IPS LCD
The manufacturer decided to use an IPC LCD panel, with which, unfortunately, there is a noticeable shine through at the edges, especially around the hole, but also elsewhere. However, he wants to please customers by supporting a very high 144Hz refresh rate or supporting HDR10, although personally I would prefer, for example, 120 Hz and an AMOLED panel. On the other hand, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is not missing and the 6.6″ diagonal is certainly not to be thrown away, especially if you want to play games or watch videos. I was generally satisfied in terms of visibility outside in the sun, although the brightness is not the highest. When watching videos or playing games games at night, the lack of IPS LCD is visible again, when the dark areas are rather gray.In short, I think it’s a shame that we don’t find an AMOLED panel here, as the Motorola Edge 30 offers a 144Hz OLED display for a similar price.
- 144Hz refresh rate
- Gorilla Glass 5
- only IPS LCD, which also shines through
Sound: decent stereo
The sound is provided by a pair of loud speakers with Dolby Atmos support, which are capable of providing rather average listening quality and do not excel at anything. The 3.5mm jack is located at the top and will surely please all users of wired headphones, especially gamers who want the lowest possible latency.
- quality loud speakers
- 3,5mm jack
Hardware performance: 5nm Dimensity
The performance is handled by the 5nm MediaTek Dimensity 8100, which on the Czech market is accompanied by 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage (128 GB in the case of the tested version). Also new is the improved cooling (LiquidCool Technology 2.0), which proved itself even during high summer temperatures and kept the device relatively cool even during demanding operations. Support for memory cards is traditionally missing.
- some might miss a memory card slot
Battery life: fast charging available
The Poco X4 GT is equipped with 67W (wired) charging, with which it is possible to top up the 5,080mAh battery from 0 to 70% in about 30 minutes, which is absolutely sufficient. As far as durability is concerned, you can count on a very demanding one day, but rather 1.5 days, and in the case of calmer use, even two days can be achieved.
- very fast charging
- decent staying power
Connectivity: 5G on board
In terms of connectivity, the Poco X4 GT offers probably everything you could wish for. In addition to 5G, it’s Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, all navigation services and also good old infrared, for example for climate control.
- seamless connectivity
Camera: 64 Mpx sensor and worse macro
The Poco X4 GT has essentially the same equipment as the previously tested Poco F4, i.e. a 64 Mpx main sensor without optical stabilization, but with phase focus, an 8 Mpx ultra-wide-angle lens (with fixed focus) and a 120-degree range, and finally a 2 Mpx macro. On the front, there is a 16MP selfie camera capable of maximum Full HD recording at 30 FPS.
Given the gaming focus of the smartphone, I didn’t have overly high expectations, although for example the main sensor is slightly larger than that of the Poca F4 (1/1.72″). Photos taken during the day boast more saturated color rendering and properly adjusted contrast. Level of detail however, it is weaker, which applies to both the main and ultra-wide-angle lenses. On the other hand, if you intend to view photos mainly on the phone screen, you do not need to worry, it is not so noticeable at first glance. The night mode is rather weaker and in the given category you can you can probably find smartphones that take better photos in low light conditions.2Mpx macro does not need to be mentioned, it is only a number here and the results from it are simply bad.
- nice color presentation and correctly adjusted contrast
- less detail and unnecessary 2Mpx macro
Software: MIUI s Androidem 12
The novelty arrived with Android 12 supplemented with the MIUI superstructure full of many additional functions, which, however, are usually “buried” somewhere deep in the settings. For example, I often used the function of double/triple tapping on the back to launch the notification shutter (or other functions). However, it freezes that the phone does not allow you to map the launch of a specific application to a double tap, and you have to choose from a preset list.
Another thing I’m not too excited about is the amount of unnecessary pre-installed apps like Facebook, Booking.com, TikTok, Amazon Shopping and various others that everyone who is interested in them installs themselves. In the case of browsing the Internet, however, at least the brand does not use its own browser, and you will only find Google Chrome on your phone. For example, finding such gesture control can be quite difficult for users who are not used to the MIUI superstructure, because it is located in the “full screen display” section. And there are more various minor mistakes and inaccuracies in the translation of the superstructure. If you are a fan of pure Android, MIUI can be quite an important decision criterion for you.
- lots of additional MIUI features
- unnecessary pre-installed applications
The Poco X4 GT has a decently powerful processor, a large display with a 144Hz refresh rate and fast 67W charging, but unfortunately it doesn’t have much to offer compared to its own competitors, see below, and is thus in a rather unenviable position.
For a small additional fee, for example, you can buy a Poco F4 equipped with a Snapdragon 870, equally powerful charging and, above all, a higher quality AMOLED panel.
Xiaomi Poco F4 256 + 8 GB
|Dimensions||163,2 × 76 × 7,7 mm, 195 g|
|Display||Super AMOLED, 6,7″ (2 400 × 1 080 px)|
|Camera||64 Mpxvideo: 3 840 × 2 160 px, 60 FPS|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, 1×3,2 GHz + 3×2,42 GHz + 4×1,8 GHz|
|Memory||RAM: 8 GBrepository: 256 GB|
|Accumulator||4 500 mAhcharging time: 0:38 hours|
The Motorola Edge 30 is equipped with the proven Snapdragon 778G+, a 144Hz OLED panel and a 50Mpx ultra-wide-angle lens with automatic focus.
Motorola Edge 30
|Dimensions||159,4 × 74,2 × 6,8 mm, 155 g|
|Display||POLED, 6,5″ (2 400 × 1 080 px)|
|Camera||50 Mpxvideo: 3 840 × 2 160 px, 30 FPS|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+, 1×2,5 GHz + 3×2,4 GHz + 4×1,8 GHz|
|Memory||RAM: 8 GBrepository: 256 GB, it is|
|Accumulator||4 020 mAh|
Photo: Ioannis Papadopoulos, mobilenet.cz