Poco X4 Pro 5G First Impression: This looks very familiar

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The new Poco X4 Pro 5G is a sign of the times. It’s not a true successor to last year’s Poco X3 Pro, which is still available and boasts a near-flagship-level SoC but otherwise lacks features. Costs are rising across the industry, and Poco has opted to introduce a new model with a more modest SoC rather than raising prices. This repositioning of the X-Series means there’s something to be desired again for fans looking for an updated Poco F1. That might not be a bad thing though, as the X4 Pro 5G wants to be more of an all-rounder than its predecessor. There’s just one pretty important fact you need to know about this phone.

Priced from Rs. 18,999 in India, there’s no escaping the fact that the Poco X4 Pro 5G is pretty much the same device as the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G we just reviewed. Poco’s version has a different back and there are some slight differences in the specs that we’ll talk about, but the bodies of these phones have the same proportions and dimensions, all the ports and buttons are in the same places with the same designs . and both come with the exact same charger and USB cable. In fact, even the boxes they come in are identical apart from what’s printed on them.

The Poco X4 Pro 5G has a 6.67 inch Full HD+ 120Hz Super AMOLED display

The Poco X4 Pro 5G weighs 205g, which is 3g more than the weight of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G. That could be explained by the oversized camera bezel that stretches the width of the phone. However, if you take a closer look, the cameras themselves are all in the exact same positions, with the primary slightly raised and even the same ‘AI’ printed over a blank spot.

The back of the Poco X4 Pro 5G has a different finish, but the idea is the same. This phone is available in the signature color Poco Yellow as well as Laser Blue and Laser Black. All show a line pattern that emanates from the bottom two corners, similar to laser stage lights, and waves when you move the phone. There’s also a huge Poco logo on the camera cover. This isn’t a brand that’s going for subtlety in design, it’s the black unit that allowed me to look relatively sober in a case.

All specifications are the same as the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G, except for the primary rear camera, which has a resolution of 64 megapixels. We’ll have to see if that’s a downgrade in practical terms when we test the Poco X4 Pro 5G in our in-depth 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 reappears here, along with the 5000mAh battery and 67W fast charge support. You also get the same 6.67-inch Full HD+ 120Hz Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5 plus stereo speakers. This phone supports dual 5G but has a hybrid dual SIM tray. There is Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1 and GPS. On the top is an infrared heater and a 3.5mm audio jack.

This phone runs MIUI 11 on Android 11 and again the experience is very familiar. It appears that Poco has opted for an app drawer enabled by default, but everything else looks and feels the same. Hopefully an update for Android 12 is in the works.

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The Poco X4 Pro 5G has the same camera layout and body dimensions as the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G

Poco is offering the X4 Pro 5G starting with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage for Rs. 18,999. That’s less than what the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G starts with, and that could work in its favor despite half the storage. The variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs 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 equivalents, which makes sense. Poco also offers discounts for some bank customers and exchange bonuses.

After its fork from Xiaomi, Poco was supposed to be a completely separate brand, focused on the youth market. We’ve seen situations like this before, and it still doesn’t seem to make much sense. There are already several models and variants within the Redmi Note 11 family, many of which overlap in price. It will be difficult to sift through all the options to find the one that’s right for you, and ultimately it may come down to which one you find better looking.

It might seem unfair to focus so much on the similarities between these two phones, but these are our first impressions of the Poco X4 Pro 5G and the facts are impossible to ignore. While we run our full review, you can learn most of what you need to know about this phone aside from the primary camera quality in our Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G full review.

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