Xiaomi’s Poco F3 was a fantastic balance of specifications and price that impressed primarily thanks to its performance and camera quality. Now, Poco is finally ready to unveil its successor, with a launch set later this month.
Here’s all we know so far about the Xiaomi Poco F4 - and the Redmi K50 phones it's likely based on.
When will the Xiaomi Poco F4 be released?
We don’t have a confirmed release date for the regular Poco F4, but we do know that the Poco F4 GT is launching on 26 April at 8pm Beijing time (1pm BST/8am EST/5am PST).
How much will the Xiaomi Poco F4 cost?
There are no strong rumours on the potential price of the Poco F4, so we look to the previous models as a rough guide to European pricing:
- Xiaomi Poco F3 (6GB RAM, 128GB) – £329/€349 (US$399)
- Xiaomi Poco F3 (8GB RAM, 256GB) – £349/€399 (US$459)
- Xiaomi Poco F1 (6GB RAM, 64GB) – £230/€260 (US$300)
- Xiaomi Poco F1 (8GB RAM, 256GB) – £320/€375 (US$415)
If we take the top tier 8GB RAM models with 256GB of storage as our waypoints, then it looks likely that you’ll be paying between 350 to 450 of your local currency for the Poco F4. Of course, the current global shortage in silicon is driving prices up, as are the disruptions to the supply chain caused by the pandemic. So, we could see slightly higher pricing when the Poco F4 actually arrives.
What will the Xiaomi Poco F4 specs be?
As with all details about the Poco F4, there’s nothing coming from Xiaomi directly at present. A few phones linked to the Poco F4 range have been registered with Russia's Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), but the listings don't include any spec or design details at all.
Another certification listing specifically for the F4 GT reveals a 4560mAh battery and that the phone will run MIUI 13, but doesn't really say much more. Meanwhile the FCC listings for the F4 and F4 Pro suggest a 4400mAh battery and give us model numbers - 22021211RG and 22021211G - but little else.
A phone believed to be the regular Poco F4 has also appeared on Geekbench, featuring a Snapdragon 870 chip and 8GB of RAM, running Android 12. Meanwhile another phone, like the F4 GT (the model launching first) has also appeared on Geekbench, with a more powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 12GB RAM.
As we mentioned earlier, there have been a few reports linking the F4 series to the Redmi K50 range however, and we know much more about those phones.
So far there are three models in the K50 line: the K50, K50 Gaming Edition, and K50 Pro - but we've also heard rumours of a K50 Pro+.
We're expecting to see some of these recycled as Poco F4 variants, but we're not certain which - and it's unlikely all four will be turned into Pocos.
The K50 Gaming Edition - expected to appear as the F4 GT - was the first model to launch in China. It packs a flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip and 120W fast charging for a 4700mAh battery - which would line up right as the 'rated' capacity of the 4560mAh cell seen in F4 GT certification above.
The Gaming Edition also features a 6.67in AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and 480Hz touch sampling rate, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. There’s a 20Mp Sony IMX596 front-facing camera, while the back houses a 64Mp Sony IMX686 main, an 8Mp ultrawide, and a 2Mp telemacro.
Meanwhile the K50 Pro uses the MediaTek Dimensity 9000, and the K50 includes the more recent but less powerful Dimensity 8100. Both have 6.7in 120Hz AMOLED screens coated in Gorilla Glass Victus. The Pro has a 108Mp main camera, 5000mAh battery, and 120W fast charging, while the regular K50 offers a 48Mp main camera, 5500mAh battery, and 67W charging.
Complicating things, the Geekbench listing for the F4 features a Snapdragon 870 - not included in any of the Redmi K50 phones. On the other hand, that is used in the Redmi K40S, which actually also released this spring despite the name, prompting some to predict that this phone will be the base for the regular Poco F4.
If so, fans can expect a 120Hz AMOLED display, 48Mp main rear camera with an 8Mp ultrawide, and 67W wired charging for a 4500mAh battery.
As a reminder of what the F4 would be replacing, and to give you an idea of what the full spec sheet might look like, here’s how the Poco F3 was equipped:
Xiaomi Poco F3 Specs
- Android 11 with MIUI 12
- 6.67in Full HD+ (1080x2400) 20:9 AMOLED, 120Hz
- Gorilla Glass 5 display and rear, plastic frame
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor
- 6/8GB RAM
- 128/256GB internal storage
- 48Mp, f/1.8, PDAF main camera
- 8Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide
- 5Mp, f/2.4 macro
- 20Mp, f/2.5 selfie camera
- Video up to 4K @30fps
- Fingerprint scanner (in power button)
- Wi-Fi 6
- Bluetooth 5.1
- Nano SIM
- Stereo speakers
- 4520mAh non-removable battery
- Fast charging 33W
- 163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8 mm
- 196 g