POCO, an independent sub-brand of Xiaomi, has announced the global launch of the competitively-priced POCO X4 Pro 5G and POCO M4 Pro smartphones during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022.

The displays are a key difference between the X4 Pro 5G and the M4 Pro smartphones. The X4 Pro 5G includes a 6.67" AMOLED DotDisplay screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The M4 Pro has a smaller 6.43" AMOLED DotDisplay screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. The X4 Pro 5G has a 360Hz sampling rate, up from 240Hz on its predecessor, while the M4 Pro has a 180Hz sampling rate. The X4 Pro 5G can display the DCI-P3 color space, and its peak brightness is 1200 nits.

Another big difference is the included camera technology. The X4 Pro 5G includes a 108MP (1/1.52"-type) image sensor. The camera is paired with an F1.9 lens. It's the first time this sensor has been used in a POCO smartphone. We think the sensor is a Samsung HM-series sensor, possibly an ISOCELL HM2. The sensor includes 9-in-1 pixel binning technology for improved low-light performance when 108 megapixels aren't needed. The 108MP camera is flanked by an 8MP ultra-wide camera (118° field of view and F2.2 lens) and a 2MP micro camera for close-up photography. On the front of the smartphone is a 16MP selfie camera. The smartphone includes a panoramic selfie option, slow motion, dual-video, time-lapse video, super macro and more.

The M4 Pro also features a triple rear camera setup, although the primary camera has 'only' 64MP. The phone includes an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP micro camera. Like the X4 Pro 5G, the front-facing camera is 16MP.

While it may not be packed with the same photography features as the X4 Pro 5G, the M4 Pro promises to be a relatively compact and lightweight smartphone. Weighing 179.5g, it's the lightest POCO smartphone to date. Despite its thin 8.09mm frame, it includes a 5,000mAh battery that promises two days of battery life. It can fully recharge in an hour thanks to 33W Pro fast charging capabilities. The X4 Pro 5G has the same size battery, although it includes 67W turbo charging. A full charge is possible in just over 40 minutes.

POCO M4 Pro

The two smartphones include different chipsets. The X4 Pro 5G features a Snapdragon 695 5G chip, whereas the M4 Pro uses the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset. Both phones include an optional 8GB of RAM with a special Dynamic RAM Expansion Technology that can pull an additional 3GB from the internal storage.

'This unveiling is a key milestone for our brand. At POCO, we strive to surpass customers' expectations and go above and beyond to provide the best experience at an affordable price,' said Kevin Qiu, head of POCO Global. 'With POCO X4 Pro 5G, we definitely set the industry standard for this segment, and with these prominent flagship-level features, we truly take the user experience to the next level. For consumers looking for a superior and fun entertainment experience at an unbeatable price, POCO M4 Pro is a highly competitive option.'

POCO X4 Pro 5G

The POCO X4 Pro 5G will launch in three colors, Laser Black, Laser Blue and POCO Yellow. It will come in two variants, one with 6GB of RAM plus 128GB of storage and another with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Pricing starts at a very competitive €299 ($335 USD). The POCO M4 Pro comes in slightly different versions of black and blue, plus yellow, with the same RAM and storage options. The M4 Pro starts at €219 ($245). For additional information, visit POCO.