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Poco F3 vs. Poco F4: A tale of two similar smartphones [Video]

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Should you upgrade from the Xiaomi Poco F3 to the Poco F4? We compare the two budget Android phones to help you decide.
The Poco F3 was easily one of the best Android phones of 2021, but now Xiaomi has followed up with the Poco F4. What’s new, and is it worth the upgrade over one of the best budget flagship devices in recent years? Although not available in every global market, Xiaomi devices such as the Poco F3 and Poco F4 offer the perfect mix of hardware and internal specifications for most people. When wallets are being squeezed across the planet, high-quality Android phones without the high-end price are more than welcome. If you are wondering if the newest entrant into the Pocophone series is any better than the previous model, then here’s everything you need to know. Subscribe to 9to5Google on YouTube for more videos
The Poco F4 certainly does not look and feel like a Pocophone in a traditional sense. It’s boxy, light, and, dare I say it, it feels “cheap” compared to the Poco F3. As expected ahead of release, the Poco F4 ditches the more ergonomic look and feel of the Poco F3 and is a carbon copy of the previously released Xiaomi Redmi K40S. In the hand, the F4 certainly feels marginally hollow compared to the dense and softly curved F3. Looks and aesthetics aside, the two devices are practically identical across the board. The display is effectively the same, so too is the processor and battery capacity. Xiaomi has opted for a tried-and-tested approach rather than offering the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor here. That is likely going to be the biggest disappointment for fans hoping to see a return to an out-and-out flagship-level Pocophone. For the latest and greatest chip, you might want to look at the Poco F4 GT. The FHD+ AMOLED panel has a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, 900 nit max brightness, and 1,300 nit peak on both phones. It’s identical and every bit as impressive as it was thanks to a pin-size punch-hole in a central position along the upper borders of the Poco F3 and F4. Elsewhere though, the color options have been slashed from four to just two. If you value aesthetics, the Poco F3 is arguably the more visually appealing device here.

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