Xiaomi’s sister brand, Poco, recently launched it’s brand new product, the Poco M2 Pro to target the low budget buyers.
The Poco M2 Pro, at first sight, looks a lot like the Redmi Note 9 Pro but it is actually a better choice at the same price when you compare the two.
But is it the best choice for smartphones under 15k? Let’s find out and see what it offers.
- Gorilla Glass 5 front & back.
- Display – 6.67″ FHD+ (2400 x 1080) IPS LCD; Center-weighted punch-hole display HDR10 support
- SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G.
- RAM and Storage – 6GB RAM LPDDR4, 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1.
- Battery & Charging – 5,000 mAh battery 33W fast charger (inside the box).
- Rear Camera – Primary: 48, f/1.8, 0.8μ, Secondary: 8MP wide-angle, f/2.2, 119°, Tertiary: 5MP Super Macro with autofocus, Quaternary: 2MP Depth Sensor, f/2.4.
- Front Camera – 16MP selfie shooter.
- Android 10 with MIUI 11 for POCO.
The POCO M2 Pro is extremely similar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro/Max from the outside. The few noticeable differences are that the camera module is different, the backplate has a new paint job and a striped pattern is designed on the bottom half.
The middle frame is made of plastic and is placed between two panels of Gorilla Glass that protect the front and back. The back is shiny and reflective, making it a task to keep fingerprints and smudges away. The back is curved from the sides, helping you get a better grip. On the right side of the frame is the fingerprint scanner which is also the power button. The volume keys are placed higher up along the same side, which is harder to reach when holding the phone in one hand. You can also use POCO M2 Pro back covers for better grip over phone.
The POCO M2 Pro has a 6.67 inch full HD+ LCD panel with a centre hole punched cutout. This display supports Wideline view for full HD playback on video streaming apps.
The maximum brightness is at 450nits, and it offers good outdoor visibility. However, there’s no high refresh rate panel or top-of-the-line chipset.
MIUI for POCO
The POCO M2 Pro runs MIUI 11 based on the Android 10, a slightly upgraded version of MIUI we usually see in MI and Redmi phones. POCO Launcher is one of the most versatile and filled with features launchers available. It has an app drawer, Google Feed integration, support for icon packs, layout customizing, feature to hide apps, and much more. POCO is also an ad-free software.
The standard MIUI 11 features are all there as well, such as, full screen navigation gestures, 3 finger screenshots, dual apps, Game Turbo, etc. Which means the bloatware and app recommendations are also there but most can be opted to uninstalled or turned off.
POCO M2 Pro Performance Impressions
The POCO M2 Pro has 6GB RAM and 64GB/12GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage. The overall UI performance is fluid and smooth, and memory management performs very well.
The app installation time is also shorter and it now take less time for the apps to load. The POCO M2 Pro has a solid graphic punch and can handle various modern graphic intensive games without an issue as well, even when its not a gaming phone.
POCO M2 Pro Camera Impressions
The POCO M2 Pro’s camera gives average daylight performance but struggles in low light environments. The hardware of the camera is same as the Redmi Note 9 Pro.
There’s an 8MP Ultra-wide camera for clicking wider perspectives. You also have a 5MP Macro senor that helps you capture some amazing detail in fine textures, foliage and more. But this macro mode toggle is hidden under a hamburger menu, which doesn’t make sense since it could’ve been placed right in front of your eyes with other options.
The camera performance is good but not the best available.
Battery Life & Charging
The POCO M2 Pro provides long battery life, with a 5,000 mAh capacity battery. The best part is the inclusion of a 33W fast charger with the box.
Devices with higher battery life mostly get a 15W charger with their phones, but that’s not the case with this Poco device. Hence, the device takes 1 hours and 35 minutes to go from 0% to 100%.
The POCO M2 Pro shows a change in POCO’s strategy as the brand prepares to step into the budget segment. This is a message that the brand is not going to stop at a certain audience and will be expanding its stance across many price segments.
If you’re looking for a good looking phone with amazing battery, working cameras and high software experience for under ₹15k, the POCO M2 Pro is the best smartphones for you.