POCO was one of the leading brands of the last edition of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where it presented the new POCO X4 Pro 5G and POCO M4 Pro, but it also provided interesting ideas for the future: MIUI could be subjected to a cure slimming so as not to burden too much on cheaper smartphones.
The problem with the latest POCO
If POCO M4 Pro 4G is a smartphone with very little appeal, thanks to the presence on the market for months of the POCO M4 Pro 5G model (which costs even less), POCO X4 Pro 5G on paper is quite interesting, with its excellent AMOLED display 120Hz FHD + with 1,200nits peak brightness, Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, 5G connectivity, 108MP main camera and up to 256GB of internal storage.
Too bad that in practice, as we have seen in our review, it is anything but exciting and this especially due to performance not up to par with a less contained and convincing price than usual. To curb this smartphone is also a questionable software experience, with the MIUI 13 still based on Android 11 and an interface that is overall rich in functions but also decidedly heavy and poorly optimized.
The statements made by POCO Global – in the people of the general manager Kevin Qiu and of Angus Kai Ho Nghead of product marketing and spokesperson – to colleagues of XDA right in the spotlight of the MWC 2022. The two executives talked about the future of the POCO brand, but also about MIUI and what can be expected in the near future.
Throughout the interview, POCO Global executives emphasized the brand’s commitment to its community of enthusiasts several times, including those who love modding, who will be pleased to hear of the promise to continue to allow unlocking of the bootloader on the entire smartphone lineup of the Chinese house.
Furthermore, it was reported to colleagues that, although at the moment the focus of POCO is aimed at mid-range smartphones, far more ambitious projects for the future cannot be excluded, such as one foldable smartphone it’s a “ultra” flagship. Of course, these speeches do not amount to promises and do not give us any precise indication on POCO’s plans or on the timing of their eventual implementation, but they represent an opening – so exciting – towards a future of folding smartphones within everyone’s reach.
Software support and a lightened MIUI
As for the theme of the software support and the possibility of catching up with the Google and Samsung models, the brand has left the decision (ie the responsibility) to the MIUI development team, not being able to offer longer support than Xiaomi. In particular, Angus reported that POCO is evaluating the possibility of offering longer support for some models and the main suspects would be those of the F series And X.
If extended support depends above all on Xiaomi’s willingness to guarantee it to its models, the executives of POCO Global have provided another very interesting starting point: evaluations are underway to offer a modified and lightened version of MIUI for cheaper models, which would greatly benefit from it in terms of performance. In particular, to the interviewer’s observation that several users prefer cleaner and lighter interfaces to MIUI, Kevin replied that “some customers buy low-end models for an essential function»And Angus added«the way you talked about a simpler or cleaner system is exactly what we’re considering for low-end, entry-level devices. That would take some load off the processor“. Angus himself confirmed that they could be introduced exclusive functions for POCOsunderlining how the POCO Launcher was introduced just to try something new and how the team has been working to improve it since the launch of version 2.0 in 2020.
At the moment it is superfluous to make predictions on this hypothetical lightened MIUI, given that it constitutes a mere possibility – and it could remain so – and that the cuts could touch some of the bloatware currently present in abundance or even more advanced functions to be reserved for the most powerful models .
In any case, Kevin bluntly stated that 2022 will be POCO’s best year so fartherefore we just have to wait and hope for a change of pace, given that the start was not encouraging.
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