Poco F2 Pro review: a OnePlus rival worth watching

Quick verdict

After their brief pause, we are pleased to see Poco F2 Pro back in the driver’s seat of his own destiny. There is no denying that this phone offers a lot for the money. But he is not professional at all times as his name suggests.

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– Dominant display design with no perforations or nicks
– Lots of power for little money
– Large and heavy design
– Lackluster cameras
– The pop-up camera lighting seems gruesome

In 2018, a phone with a rather strange name, the Poco F1, appeared in Xiaomi’s smartphone stable. Its objective was clear: to offer a lot of power at a cost that is not usually associated with such specifications. You might think that is the way Xiaomi confronts OnePlus in its efforts.

After a short break, Poco returns with his follow-up, the F2 Pro (there is no standard model, it is Pro to the end). The Poco brand is supposed to have separated from Xiaomi to be its own entity, but with the design of the F2 Pro being effectively the same as the Redmi K30 Pro and the software being the same MIUI 11 that you’ll find on Xiaomi phones, it’s fair to say that the apple does not fall far from the tree.

The real question is whether the Poco F2 Pro is as professional as the name implies and if at this price (€ 499 for the entry model, or ₹ 40,790 (India is a large target market)) it can be called a true ship destroyer. badge?

Design and display

  • 6.67-inch OLED screen, 1080 x 2400 resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio
  • Finishes: Neon Blue, Phantom White, Electric Purple, Cyber ​​Gray
  • Dimensions: 163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 mm / Weight: 219 g
  • Fingerprint scanner under the screen
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Different brands have taken on the front camera puzzle in various ways over the years. In search of more screen space to stay front and center, the Poco F2 Pro has a pop-up camera instead of any hole or notch to disrupt this 6.67-inch OLED display. That makes the F2 Pro feature just a bevel slide to the sides, which is a great look.

Poco F2 Pro

However, while that makes the screen-to-body ratio surprising, the F2 Pro’s body is an issue. Because this phone is big and heavy. You could look at the dimensions and ask yourself how: surely it is not much bigger than any other current flagship?

Well, it all comes down to design. Because the screen is flat, there is no smooth curve to make it more elegant; Meanwhile, the thickness is undeniable (in part due to the large battery capacity) and the rear camera unit protrudes excessively on top of that. That makes the F2 Pro somewhat difficult to handle as high-end phones advance. We prefer the scale of the OnePlus 8, as a comparable example, and one at a similar price.

READ: OnePlus 8 & OnePlus 8 Pro: Anticipated Specs, Price, Launch & Colors

Elsewhere, the F2 Pro incorporates a variety of technologies. There’s a fingerprint scanner under the screen that works just as well as any updated flagship. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a rarer sighting on phones these days, but we’re always happy to see wired headphone support beyond just Bluetooth wireless connection.

Poco F2 Pro

This phone’s default color balance isn’t excessive – it doesn’t have the kind of excess black clutter you’ll see on the OnePlus 8 Pro, for example, and those who are used to seeing ultra-high saturation may think it looks a bit dull. There are many settings to adjust this to your liking, whether you want the full P3, sRGB, or enhanced color space. Enjoy your heart’s delight, including hot/cold color balance selection and saturation adjustment. The most delicate touch to color is actually the most accurate way to approach it.

In terms of resolution, there are enough pixels (1080 vertical lines, 2400 horizontal) for most use cases. Some manufacturers offer higher resolution displays than this, but often the difference is barely noticeable.

Poco F2 Pro

The only problem we see with the screen is that when it wakes up it will jump between its automatic settings and a new color balance as it makes adjustments to the surrounding light, which is unusual. And since the front camera is far away by default, the phone can’t detect your eyes either, and therefore automatic dimming turns on too quickly when you don’t necessarily want to.

Performance and battery

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor (octa-core, maximum 2.84GHz), 6GB RAM (LPDDR4X)
  • 4,700 mAh battery capacity, 30W fast charge (4+ fast charge)
  • Android 10 operating system, MIUI 11 software
  • 128 GB of storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 5G connectivity

On the performance front, there’s no denying that the Poco F2 Pro has most of the top-notch 2020 phone hardware in tow. That means the best Qualcomm SD865 processor in its class, ample 6GB RAM; Yes, others offer 8 GB or 12 GB (and LPDDR5 to boot, which is not the case), but we have not been able to detect a minor experience. Little – and even 5G connectivity for fast future-proof connectivity.

Poco F2 Pro

All works perfectly as the result of this hardware setup, so you don’t have to be afraid or delayed when you run several applications including high-end games. Including custom visual experiences by game (although it is not good to bother for some reason), there is also a game mode, which inexplicably is concealed to allow memory exceptions and increased power needs.

Poco F2 Pro

There are some additional benefits, such as duplicating applications for dual SIM use as well. The base software also means that gesture controls are available if you don’t want the arrangement of the above three virtual buttons. Xiaomi has put a number of settings in the software to make it more similar to Google than your own choice, the choice is yours, so more than ever you can make this phone feel personalized to your preferences.

So the software issues are often not apparent, though some quirks, like Xiaomi’s own apps, especially your browser, don’t open links and documents, even sometimes after selecting Firefox / Chrome alternatives.

All that power means that the battery demands are potentially significant. But that’s why the F2 Pro comes loaded with a whopping 4,700 mAh battery capacity. There is little else with such a large capacity: the budget of the Moto G8 Power exceeds it, as an example, and pays dividends.

Poco F2 Pro

We were able to work for about 12 hours and use half the battery, so even an 18-hour day won’t be a problem, including several hours of screen time, GPS tracking, gaming, etc.

Cameras

  • Triple rear camera with separate Time of Flight (ToF) depth sensor
    • Main: 64 megapixels, f / 1.9 aperture, 25mm equivalent, 1 / 1.72in sensor size
    • Ultra wide angle: 13MP, f / 2.4, 123 degree viewing angle
    • Zoom / Macro: 5MP, f / 2.2, 50mm equiv.
    • Depth: 2MP, f / 2.4
  • Front pop-up camera: 25MP, f / 2.0, 0.9µm

That big camera bump on the back is certainly hard to miss, as if the F2 Pro suggested that it has some serious camera credentials. Yes, it does have a quad rear system, but it’s actually normal at best.

Poco F2 Pro

The main sensor is a 64 megapixel range that uses four pixel for best results. If you like, you can fire in full 64MP. Although images have a certain texture quality when viewed in detail, the main sensor works quite well in good light. This is a problem in low-light situations, where images show multicolored noise and lack the presence many other companies offer with different options for night mode.

The super-wide camera is only 0.7x, so it is not significantly larger as the main lens, but it plays with the borders of the images, leading to pronounced smoothness, almost at a flurry level in the introduction of a broader panorama.

The zoom lens, which is twice as large as the primary, hence 2x, is not as significant an optical zoom as many other flagship 3x, 5x, or 10x competitors offer. It will have its uses, no doubt, and it actually works out the details well despite its low resolution. The thing is, it’s not really a necessary lens – the 64MP main camera could fix this with cropping without too much trouble. However, it doubles as a close-up macro lens, which is useful.

Lastly, there is a depth sensor, if you want to call it a true camera. Used to apply background blur to portraits, for that more professional look.

Therefore, the main camera is acceptable in good light, but the other lens seems a bit over the top in value. However, they do not seem to represent a phone with its own name. We would prefer to have the single main camera and eliminate all the volume and cost that comes with the quad solution.

Little could also refine the functionality of the camera. Autofocus often went off, even when touching a subject, so better artificial intelligence here would certainly be a help.

And then there is the front camera. When this is released from its stowage, it comes out screaming: there is a blue light on each side of the unit, making a great song and dancing about its presence. It is completely unnecessary and really gruesome. Just be a camera and get out. Simple.

First impressions

There is no denying that the Poco F2 Pro offers a lot for the money. That is the purpose of this device. If you want the top-notch Qualcomm 2020 processor but can’t afford a Samsung, Apple, or other similar flagship, Poco might be your favorite device.

However, as its name suggests, the F2 Pro does not feel as professional. Building is large and hard to handle. The camera bump on the back is quite huge, which is pompous because the cameras don’t live up to what you’d expect. Oh, it’s simply not necessary to reveal the pop-up camera light show.

However, enjoy what Little does well: that big screen doesn’t push excess saturation like its competitors; there are no holes or notches to get in the way; there are no curved edges to spoil your game or media consumption; And the phone’s battery life will ensure you can work and play all day without fear.

After their brief pause, we are pleased to see Poco back in the driver’s seat of his own destiny. And depending on what the F2 Pro offers, this is a brand to keep watching, because it offers a lot for not a lot of money.