Nearly two years after the release of the original Pocophone, the long-awaited sequel to the name of Poco F2 Pro is finally here. Last year, we called the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is the spiritual successor to the Pocophone, and it’s kind of filled a gap in the segment of the market, so we were not in the wrong. Mainly to see how to use the new Poco F2, a Pro is mostly a re-branded Redmi K30 Pro (the previous version of the phone, and K20 Pro, it is also known as the e 9T Pro in some markets). Complicated, isn’t it?
But enough about the semantics. The real question is, is the Poco < F2 > the Pro to live up to the hype as a successor to a once did. To be sure, there were a number of corner-cutting, so that the original Pocophone so at a competitive price, while this time round, the spec-sheet of the F2 and the Pro doesn’t really give us that understanding.
Xiaomi Poco < F2 > Pro specifications
- Body: 163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 mm), 219g; Gorilla Glass 5 and the rear aluminum frame.
- Screen: 6.67″, Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2400px resolution, a 20:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi; HDR10+ support.
- Specifications: Snapdragon 865 (7nm+): Octa-core, 1×2.The 84-GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.A 42-GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585); the Adreno GPU in the 650.
- History: 6GB(LPDDR4X)/8 GB(LPDDR5) of RAM, 128GB/256GB of built-in default algorithm 3.1 in the store.
- OPERATING system/Software: Android 10, MIUI 11.
- The rear-facing camera: Important: 64MP, 1/1.72″ sensor, with a 0.8-µm pixel size, 26mm equiv., the f/1.9 aperture, PDAF. Ultra wide-angle lens: 13MP, f/2.4, 123Ëš FoV, fixed focus, Tele-macro: 5 MP, f/2.2, 50mm equiv. OFF, 2 mp camera, the depth of the sensor.
- The Camera on the front side: 20MP, f/2.2, 1/3.4″, 0.8 μm.
- Video recording: Camera-rear: 8K 4320p@30fps, 4K, 2160p@30/60fps Full HD 1080p@30/60/120/240/960fps, 720p@480fps. Front Camera: Full HD 1080p@30.
- Battery life: 4,700 mAh, 33W Power Supply is the 3.0, which supports the QC 4.0+ (comes with charger).
- Other: NFC, visual, under-screen fingerprint reader; motorized selfie camera
With a significantly higher price than the Poco, F2, Pro has yet to prove it’s salt. It follows the same formula to come up with all the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 865, in this case, however, the F2, the Pro also adds a couple of welcomed improvements in the key areas. The display is now larger, and notch-less, and it has a bright OLED panel. In addition, the camera settings are applicable to almost all the focal lengths you could want from a modern smartphone, and the battery along with the charger, and have received a lot of love around this time as well.
And before we start pointing fingers, we would like to remind you that the prices of the current flagships have gone up in the past two years, there has been a lot of. This is the “flagship killer” segment, some of the headroom to raise the price. In this way, affordable flagships could offer a true flagship experience, at least spec-wise, and with a minimal price increase.
Also, there is the 5G part. All of the Snapdragon 865-enabled phones this year is much more expensive, and that probably has something to do with Qualcomm’s construction, and permits all of the components, and antennas for 5G. That does not take away from the bang for the buck factor of the Poco < F2 > Pro, if the phone is still much cheaper than the popular top-shelf smartphones, and offers a wide range of performance per dollar. But for the price, it means that the purchasing is no longer a ‘no-brainer’, in stark contrast to the original Poco F1.
Let’s dive deeper to see what the long-awaited Poco < F2 > the Pro has to offer.
Unboxing of the Poco < F2 > Pro
The phone came in its original box with all the usual manuals and user guides, along with the compliant 30W ac charger and the USB-to-C-to-USB cable for charging and data transfer. There was also a transparent silicone case is a slightly textured back for added grip, and a large notch at the top for the 3.5 mm jack and a pop-up camera.
A special thank you to the GearBest for the purpose of providing the review unit.