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Xiaomi has announced the Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT, which offer global versions of budget-oriented devices previously released in China. The €399 (about $418) Poco F4 is mostly a rebrand of the Redmi K40S, with a Snapdragon 870 processor, an OLED display with a fast refresh rate, a stabilized main camera and fast wired charging. The performance-oriented Poco X4 GT costs €379 (about $398), which includes a MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, 6.6-inch 144Hz LCD and a high-capacity battery, also with fast wired charging. Simply put, they offer specs that would put our current generation of midrange phones to shame — if they ever made it to the US.

The Poco F4’s 870 processor is inherited from the Poco F3 and it’s a capable flagship-style chipset with 5G support. The Poco F4’s 6.67-inch OLED display offers a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz and a resolution of 1080p. The 64-megapixel main camera on the rear features optical stabilization – an unusual feature in non-flagship devices – and is complemented by an 8-megapixel ultrawide and 2-megapixel macro. There is a 4,500mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging with the included charger.

The stabilized main camera on the rear of the Poco F4 is an unusual budget-class feature.
Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

I used the F4 with 6GB of RAM – between that, the Snapdragon processor and that fast refresh rate, it behaves like a more expensive phone. The glossy plastic back panel is a giveaway, as is the (perfectly appropriate) side-mounted fingerprint sensor, but it handles everyday tasks without a hitch. Like the X4, it comes with Xiaomi’s Miui 13 skin on top of Android 12.

The Poco X4 GT is geared more towards gaming, starting with 8GB of RAM, and it opts for a fast 144Hz LCD display – not quite as high-contrast and rich as an OLED, but the slightly higher refresh rate allows for smoother animations and action. It is a 6.6-inch 1080p display with a touch frequency of 270 Hz. There is a larger 5,080 mAh battery that also supports 67W fast charging via the included charger. The X4 has a similar image array on the back, led by a 64-megapixel camera, but it lacks optical stabilization.

The Poco X4 GT is aimed at gaming and streaming video.
Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

Genshin impact is preloaded on the X4 and it runs very smoothly. The phone does get a little warm after a few minutes of play, but not as hot as other devices sometimes get with the graphics-intensive play. Xiaomi’s cooling technology does a good job here and keeps the system from getting too hot.

Meanwhile, midrange phones in the US are a story of trade-offs and trade-offs. At best, you can have two or three of the following: an OLED screen, a fast refresh rate, a stabilized main camera, or fast charging. The Poco F4 manages to pack all of the above into one device.

The Poco F4 (top) and X4 GT (bottom) will be sold in parts of Europe and Asia.
Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

The new Poco phones will go on sale in parts of Asia, Europe and the UK starting June 27. The €399 Poco F4 packs 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; a variant with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage costs € 449. The Poco X4 GT with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB costs € 379, and a version with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage costs € 429.

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