Jun 16, 2020 Reviews
Xiaomi has been gaining a lot of traction for its presence in the smartphone market, and it has slowly been climbing up the charts in sales and market value. It’s one of the most well-known phone brands in the world currently, and is respected globally for the value the company provides in its smartphones. Back in 2018 when the Pocophone, or the Poco F1 was released, it got a lot of attention from media, tech journalists and reviewers all alike. The phone was ridiculously low priced for the specs it offered on paper, and whether or not it was up to that level in real life, it still was a great deal to get nonetheless. Snapdragon 845, the flagship chipset of that year, 6 to 8 gigs of RAM, and a pop-up selfie camera all for under 400 bucks. No one had ever seen a smartphone provide the latest and greatest from Snapdragon at such a price point, and that’s why the phone was talked about by everyone. To overcome the value provided by the Poco F1 would surely be tough, but we feel Xiaomi has actually done that with the release of Poco F2 Pro. Yes, the F2 Pro costs about 500 dollars, but we’ll show you how that’s justified considering the upgrades Xiaomi has brought in the phone.
The Poco F1 was definitely not a badly built phone at all, but it wasn’t upto the mark of a flagship phone. That was to be expected, however, since the phone’s price was a proportion of a flagship device, and they had to cut off some corners to make space for other features like the Snapdragon 845. This year they’ve improved the build quality as well, with the Poco F2 Pro looking and feeling like a proper flagship, as it’s covered in Gorilla Glass 5 from the front and back. The camera array looks like the one on OnePlus 7T Pro, and we’re not complaining at all as that itself was a good looking device. It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner which we felt could’ve been a bit better as it’s not as accurate as its predecessor’s. The phone overall is a little bit on the heavier side of smartphones, with a total weight of 216g.
This year’s AMOLED panel on the F2 Pro is a huge improvement over last year’s LCD display, which in itself wasn’t half bad either. The phone houses a 6.67” FHD+ AMOLED display that’s sure to output punchy colors, deep blacks, and overall produce high contrast content on the screen. The front camera being a pop-up one also means no interruption on the screen. The refresh rate on the display is only 60Hz though, which we feel should’ve been improved to 90Hz to follow in the footsteps of other smartphones at a similar price point. However, these smartphones don’t have flagship specs then as the F2 Pro does. Overall, media consumption and gaming is going to be a joy on this device, as you’ll get a large uninterrupted AMOLED display with great colors and brightness. Props to Xiaomi and Poco for going with this decision.
Well, we don’t even need to talk about the performance on the Poco F2 Pro, as it’s already obvious how the story is going to pan out. The F1 was known for the speed it could deliver at the price it came with, and the F2 Pro is no different. Packing the latest Snapdragon 865 inside as the main SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM, you’re going to get a blazing fast experience on this phone no matter what you’re going to be doing on the device. It’s going to run smooth and you won’t notice any lag or jitters across the UI whatsoever. Heavy games like Fortnite, PUBG and CoD mobile will run easily on high graphics at 60 FPS without breaking a sweat. Overall, if you want a powerhouse of a performer and don’t want to spend flagship bucks, then this device is for you.
The camera situation is probably the only non-flawless thing about this phone, and even that isn’t too bad. The Poco F2 Pro comes with a 64MP main shooter, 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP telephoto and a 2MP depth sensor. Overall image qualities come out decent, with some images looking good in ample lighting, and some not as up to the mark as you’d like. There surely is some sort of inconsistency in the processing department, and we hope Xiaomi can fix that through updates. The 12MP ultra-wide lens helps with more detailed shots than other cameras are able to capture, as most other phones only house an 8MP ultra-wide at most. Portraits are probably the best aspect of the camera department, as images look almost professional-like, with great edge detection and background blur thanks to the depth sensor on board. All in all, the camera performance isn’t the best, but it isn’t anywhere below average either.
The Poco F2 Pro shines in the battery department as well, with a large, 4700 mAh battery cell on board that can go a day easily without having to recharge - even with heavy usage including significant gaming as well. And when you do need to recharge the phone, it supports an impressive 30W fast charging, which will take your phone from 0 to 100% in just over 60 minutes. You can just throw on the charger on your phone and go for a walk and it’ll be charged fully in no time.
Xiaomi has been on point with the Poco F2 Pro, as they tick almost all boxes that are essential in a top-tier smartphone, with only falling slightly behind in the camera department. The phone packs a huge punch for the 500$ price tag that it comes with!