Poco M4 5G review

GSMArena Team, 15 August 2022.


The Poco M4 5G has a pretty recognizable design. That's honestly harder and harder to pull off with the seemingly never-changing modern "slab" design. Of course, we are talking about the back side of the M4 5G which sort of has a Google Pixel thing going on. The camera island is more of a plate extending from side to side. It is noticeably taller and bigger on the M4 5G, so the resemblance is fleeting.

Xiaomi Poco M4 5G review

The rest of the back of the M4 5G is made of plastic and has a fine texture finish to it. It feels nice to the touch and has a matte finish to it. That finish attracts grease and dirt quite a bit. A fine texture also invites things to get stuck in between the grooves, making it generally hard to keep the surface clean.

The Poco M4 5G is available in a trio of colors - Power Black, Cool Blue and POCO Yellow. Our review unit is in Power Black, which is definitely the most boring of the bunch. Yellow and blue both look very vibrant and youthful. We appreciate having options.

Xiaomi Poco M4 5G review

The sides of the M4 5G are flat and pretty modern in design. The middle frame is also made of plastic. The finish on top does a very convincing job of imitating metal, which is always a welcome sight when pulled off successfully.

Xiaomi Poco M4 5G review

The front side of the M4 5G also looks quite modern. The bezels are very thin for a budget device. The selfie notch isn't overly large, either. Even so, Xiaomi managed to cram in a proximity and light sensor above the display. The earpiece is also very well tucked away.

Xiaomi Poco M4 5G review

The Poco M4 5G is very comfortable to hold. It measures a reasonable 164 x 76.1 x 8.9 mm and tips the scale at a pretty light 200 grams. A lot of that lightness is thanks to the mostly plastic construction.

Materials and build quality

We've said it before, and we'll say it again - there is nothing intrinsically wrong with using plastic as a construction material. It is light and durable. It doesn't dent like metal and can show scuffs and scratches less than many alloys.

The M4 5G feels solid with practically no flex to the overall construction. Weight is well distributed vertically too. The one issue we have is that the back side has a hollow feel when tapped, which is frequently seen on cheaper devices. It doesn't affect the overall structural rigidity of the phone, though.

Xiaomi Poco M4 5G review

The Poco M4 5G has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front, protecting the display. Even though this particular product version is quite a few years old, it still offers excellent scratch protection. Corning has been optimizing more for shatter resistance in recent years.

The phone also has at least some level of ingress protection, even if fairly basic. It is IP52, which basically means it should survive some dust exposure and splashes of water.

Controls and connectivity

The Poco M4 5G has a pretty standard set of controls and general layout. Both the volume rocker and power button are on the right side. Both are nice and clicky, with excellent tactile feedback. Their vertical positioning is also nice and ergonomic.

Xiaomi Poco M4 5G review

The power button doubles as a capacitive fingerprint reader. It is very snappy and accurate. It is also always on and can be set to unlock the phone with or without an actual press of the button. We have no complaints about it.

Xiaomi Poco M4 5G review

The phone's left side only houses the SIM tray. It is a long tray with two dedicated nano SIM slots and a separate microSD one. So, no need to pick and choose.

Xiaomi Poco M4 5G review

The top of the M4 5G has a 3.5mm audio jack which is an increasingly rare sight. That goes double for the IR blaster that is also positioned on the top of the phone. Xiaomi is pretty much the last major manufacturer to include IR on some of its models. It is quite convenient as a remote control alternative for appliances.

Xiaomi Poco M4 5G review

The bottom bezel houses the main microphone of the device as well as the single bottom-firing speaker. Between the two is the Type-C port. As already mentioned, it is capable of fast charging up to 18W. It is also wired for data at USB 2.0 speeds and has OTG support. There are no other extra features to it, though. No video out or anything of the sort.

Speaking of connectivity, the Poco M4 5G offers 5G in SA and NSA modes on both of its slots. There is also dual-band Wi-Fi ac with hotspot functionality on board. Bluetooth 5.1 with LE support and GPS with GLONASS and BDS are also present. So are an FM radio receiver and NFC.

Xiaomi Poco M4 5G review

The Poco M4 5G also has a surprisingly full set of sensors under its belt for a budget device. Nothing is virtual or otherwise simulated. You get an actual TDM2755 combo proximity and light sensor, also an accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and magnetometer.

Reader comments

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  • 27 Oct 2022
  • gNR

Lie, my battery life is low compare to xiami other phone worth 9thousand.. I wasted 4,5thousand..disapointed

I agree with that but the reality is that manufacturers do not care, especially xiaomi because of their razor thin profit margins so they cut more corners compared to apple or samsung.

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