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The POCO M4 Pro VS The POCO X4 Pro 5G - Which is better?


POCO M4 Pro (6GB + 128GB)

RM 899


POCO X4 Pro 5G (6GB + 128GB)

RM 1,199


Since the POCO X4 Pro 5G and POCO M4 both appeared on my doorsteps waiting to be reviewed, I decided to compare them and see which is more worth the cash (although one is relatively more affordable than the other).

 

Design


Upon first glance, the POCO X4 Pro 5G and POCO M4 Pro are noticeably identical with a glass back and a quarter of the back having a rectangular bump which is where the rear camera is placed. The only difference is the 5G logo on the bottom of the POCO X4 Pro and the availability of colours.


POCO X4 Pro 5G in Laser Black & POCO M4 Pro in Power Black

The colours available for POCO M4 Pro are Power Black (review unit on hand), Cool Blue, and POCO Yellow. Whereas, the colours available for POCO X4 Pro 5G are Laser Black(review unit on hand), Laser Blue, and POCO Yellow.


The POCO M4 Pro is also a tad-bit smaller weighing 179.5g and measuring a dimension of 159.87mm x 73.87mm - in comparison to the 205g and 164.19mm x 79.1mm the POCO X4 Pro 5G carries.


On the right side of the POCO M4 Pro, you can find the volume rocker and lock button for easy access. While you can locate the sim card tray on the left side. On the top, you can find the headphone jack and on the bottom is the charging port.

For the POCO X4 Pro 5G, the good ol’ volume rocker and lock button is located on the right but this time the left side of the phone is empty as the sim card tray was moved to the bottom alongside the charging port. The headphone jack is still located on the top of the phone.

There is also no added earpiece in the box and the position of the headphone jack is pretty disappointing as the dangling wire is actually distracting, though it could just be a personal preference.


 

Display & Audio


One of the main selling points of the POCO phones is the display. Which is why, the POCO M4 Pro comes in a 6.43” FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay with contrast ratio of 4,500,000:1, a peak brightness of 1000 nits, and a refresh rate of up to 90Hz.

POCO M4 Pro display

On the other hand, the POCO X4 Pro 5G has a 6.67” AMOLED DotDisplay with a peak brightness of 1200 nits and a refresh rate of up to 120-Hz. Not to mention, the POCO X4 Pro 5G uses a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 whereas the POCO M4 Pro uses a Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

POCO X4 Pro display

I am also pretty pleased with the dual speakers both the phone comes with, which allow for a clearer audio experience even when you are gaming.

 

Camera


In terms of camera, the POCO X4 Pro 5G wins for me as the triple-rear camera it comes with has a 108 MP main camera, as well as an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera.

POCO X4 Pro Camera

While the POCO M4 Pro does have a triple-rear camera as well including the same ultrawide and macro sensors, the main camera uses a lower grade 64MP lens.

POCO M4 Pro Camera

In the real world, the POCO X4 Pro can produce clearer photos but there’s not a huge difference from the POCO M4 Pro - meaning both phones can take pictures that can suffice for casual postings from time to time.


POCO M4 Pro rear camera

POCO X4 Pro 5G rear camera

Personally, I am happy with the ultra-wide camera as the photos still came out clear and the colours did not change which I have experienced on other phones.


POCO M4 Pro ultra-wide camera

POCO X4 Pro 5G

However, the front camera for the POCO M4 Pro didn’t really blow me away as the eyeliner on my face lacked clarity and looked pixelated. The POCO X4 Pro 5G was pretty good and I didn’t look as cakey as I did compared to the POCO M4 Pro.


 

Performance


The POCO M4 Pro is powered by a MediaTek Hello G96 processor and the unit I have is equipped with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. However, there is another variant offered which is 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. You will also have the option to expand the storage of up to 1TB.


Based on my experience, this phone is great if you are just a casual gamer who needs a quick game every once in a while, it is also great for social media usage and it does not hang half way.


Battery-wise, it has a 5000mAh capacity that can actually last me the whole day without the need to charge. A 33W Pro fast charger was also included in the box and it could charge the phone from 15% to 100% in around 45 minutes.

The POCO X4 Pro 5G, on the other hand, comes on board with a Snapdragon 695 5G processor and my review unit has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. However, just like the M4 Pro, there is another model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of Storage available. Storage can also be expanded up to 1TB.


This phone is pretty smooth as I used it for a few rounds of Mobile Legends and it only warmed up a bit after about an hour and a half of usage which is considered great. If you would rather scroll through social media instead of playing games during your free time, this phone is also great at that, in fact I could scroll on social media for 5 hours and there was still enough battery juice to last me the day.


For battery, the POCO X4 Pro 5G comes with a 5000mAh battery and a 67W turbo charger bundled in the box for fast charging.


 

Buy or no buy?


Personally, I think both the M4 Pro and X4 Pro 5G did POCO justice and it worked well from display all the way to the performance.


However, as the M4 Pro is made towards those young-adults with a constrained budget, it is still good enough for social media use. While the POCO X4 Pro 5G is pretty great given the price.

All-in-all, I think that you should give either the POCO M4 Pro or the POCO X4 Pro 5G a chance as it’s packed with features and is great for surfing the web and even casual gaming.


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