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In what means its first release of the year, Little bit -Asian brand linked to Xiaomi– formally presented its new M4 Pro 5G in Peru, a smartphone with which it intends to keep a piece of the highly disputed local mid-range.
The bet is to offer a device at a reasonable price and that is efficient enough, with some characteristics -such as its battery- that can serve as an important differential. The big question is whether that will be enough to convince users. Therefore, I invite you to read this review in full.
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Plastic is king, but it’s not bad at all. There is not much new in terms of the design of this Poco M4 Pro 5G, because it maintains both predictable characteristics in phones of this range and aspects of the brand, but that we had already seen in other models. The back cover is, without a doubt, the most striking. I had to try the yellow color that draws attention for two additional reasons: the large dark segment where the camera module goes and for having a finish that allows it to react as the light falls on it. It feels good in the hand – I just tried it at the same time as a Oppo Reno 6 Lite and, in comparison, it was a bit bigger and slightly heavier – but not a fingerprint magnet.
Speaking of which, the fingerprint sensor sits on the right side in a fairly natural position for the hand and the volume controls exactly above it. Includes input for wired headphones and an infrared sensor, to use the smartphone as a remote control.
On the front, it has very thin edges and the front camera is in a hole in the upper central area of the screen. On the back, it has a large sector – in the upper area – that is painted black. On the right it has the name of the brand and on the left the camera module. This is where we find a “little trick” for the user to think that he has a more complex device, when he is not: the module only has two lenses, but it looks like it had four. Above it has a lens that allows taking photos of 50 MP [más adelante explicaré cómo lo hace] and below it has four spaces arranged like the face of a dice. Of all that, only one is a lens, the other is an LED flash, another includes a red dot and the last one the letters AI, referring to its artificial intelligence function.
Fair screen, but with surprises. The screen of this Poco M4 Pro 5G It is 6.6 inches, IPS LCD, with Full HD + resolution, with a 20: 9 aspect ratio. It has good viewing angles, but they can be improved. Personally, it seems to me that it offers colors and brightness in a fairly correct way, although in my opinion in this last aspect it is a bit relegated when the screen is under natural light. [pese a que cuenta con la función Sunlight Display]. But afterwards, for browsing and consuming content, the screen performs well.
The surprise is that the screen of this Poco device offers a refresh rate of 90 HzAlthough by default the equipment is configured at 60 Hz. The good thing is that to make the manual change there is not much complication, other than entering the Screen option within the Configuration. Of course the having a higher refresh rate will have a direct impact on battery life.
In addition, it includes a function that – as it is not yet a standard – tends to confuse me a bit: sliding down from the right side of the upper edge the shortcut menu is displayed [Interruptores, como los llama Poco], which allow you to control mobile data, Bluetooth, flashlight or Wi-Fi, as well as activate or deactivate sounds, airplane mode, reading mode, recorder, energy saving, etc. Also, sliding down, but now from the left side of the upper edge you will access notifications.
Expected performance. The configuration of the model I tested was 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (expandable up to 1TB), with a MediaTek Dimensity 810 processor. After the experience of the last days, it seemed to me that the performance of this Poco M4 Pro 5G it was good: quite fluid, no problems with multitasking, with load times within the standard in the range. On issues of social networks, productivity, use of multimedia goes well and fast.
It can be used for games, but you cannot demand too much of it in graphics performance. For example, With Asphalt 9 Legends the experience for me was good, within expectations. Tried with Genshin Impact, but got bored of waiting for the update to download. I didn’t feel like it got too hot from the demand. Yes i think If you are looking for a device to give everything to games, perhaps this should not be your only option.
The Poco M4 Pro 5G It offers IP53 certification, that is, it protects against the entry of a quantity of dust that could damage the equipment and is resistant to splashes or water spray. Nothing more.
The team uses the Android 11 operating system and MIUI customization layer for Poco 12.5.3 (global version). If you have already used Xiaomi devices, you will know that it is a layer that is not very complex to use, with many customization options, but that it comes with a lot of pre-installed applications that you probably will not use. The good thing is that you can uninstall them.
As security layers it has a fingerprint sensor (which works very well and can be configured to press or press), face recognition (which works well when there is good lighting), unlocking by PIN and pattern, among others. It has NFC and FM Radio. Although the Poco M4 Pro 5G It has a double speaker and reaches a fairly high volume, in reality its quality is not remarkable.
Compliant cameras. After discovering that our team instead of four has only two sensors, let’s move on to review them. In general terms, both the main two and the front sensor comply in good lighting conditions.
With the main cameras you are going to get reasonable photos for the segment in which the team is located. You have the option of HDR, so leaving it on automatic will be the best you can do. Includes a wide angle lens that, although it reduces the final quality a bit, it is always an interesting option that is appreciated, surprising even when there are good light conditions. Its Night mode tries to do a good job and also offers shots that may be to your liking. The front camera is 16 MP, with a Portrait mode that we can take advantage of. Of course, everything will be better the more lighting we have.
In video recording it has several limitations. It only has two resolutions: 720p and 1080p and the possibility of recording at 30fps or 60fps. You have the option for stabilization only at 1080p / 30fps. It may take a while for the approaches. On the front camera, record at 1080p / 30fps.
Strong point, but not exclusive. Undoubtedly, one of the attractions of Poco M4 Pro 5G is his 5,000 mAh battery and 30 W fast charge. In moderate use, you can easily reach up to two days of autonomy. If your use is intense, the battery time can go from a whole day to a day and a half. Although it is a not inconsiderable feature, it is true that it is not an exclusive feature of the brand. More and more models in this range have batteries of this type and more than a particularity it is becoming a standard.
It is compatible with 30 W fast charging and for that it requires a wall adapter that is included in the box. In 20 minutes you already have 38% of the charge. In just over half an hour you get close to 60%. It takes a little over an hour to have the battery fully recharged.
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The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage version of the Poco M4 Pro 5G has a regular price of 1,299 Suns. However, it is from today to a promotional price of S / 999 on the Falabella website, in xiaomioficial.pe and, soon in the local Mi Store and in Movistar and Entel. The available colors are Power Black, Cool Blue and Poco Yellow.
It’s worth it?
After several days with him Poco M4 Pro 5G, it seems to me that today is -starting 2022- An interesting option with the value for money in the Peruvian market. It has an overall performance that, although it does not stand out, is very compliant, with a key battery and recharging system, an eye-catching design and the possibility of having a device ready for the new 5G networks without the need for a high price.