POCO M2 Pro Review.

Take a look at the complete specifications and features of the POCO M2 Pro (6GB RAM + 64GB).

POCO M2 Pro Review.
POCO M2 Pro

POCO has been in India for two years, but until just a few moments ago, the company only had two phones on the market: the immensely popular POCO F1 and the sub-Rs 20,000 POCO X2. Both of these smartphones were successful enough to establish POCO as a brand to keep an eye on. The business has been a bit of a game-changer, releasing powerful phones at extremely low rates. POCO has now introduced its third phone, the POCO M2 Pro, in India. Is it, however, as disruptive as the brand's past phones?

The POCO M2 Pro is the first of a new line of smartphones from the company. With a price tag of less than Rs 15,000, it is the company's most cheap phone to date. The POCO M2 Pro has respectable specifications for its pricing, including a Snapdragon 720G CPU, 48MP quad cameras, FHD+ display, and 33W fast charging capability, to name a few. Yes, the Redmi Note 9 Pro, which Xiaomi recently announced in India, has many of these capabilities. In our POCO M2 Pro review, we try to figure out whether the phone is truly different from the Redmi Note 9 Pro or if it's just a case of déjà vu.

The POCO M2 Pro is a cross between the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, so it's a familiar phone with little originality. However, if you can get beyond the similarities, there isn't much to complain about with the smartphone. The POCO M2 Pro is a capable smartphone for the price, with a pleasing display, yet its speaker and cameras may leave you wanting more.

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POCO M2 PRO (6GB RAM + 64GB) SMARTPHONE FULL SPECIFICATIONS

General

Sim Type

Dual Sim, GSM+GSM

Dual Sim

Yes

Sim Size

Nano+Nano SIM

Device Type

Smartphone

Release Date

July 7, 2020

Design

Dimensions

165.75 x 76.68 x 8.8 mm

Weight

209 g

Display

Type

Color IPS LCD screen (16M)

Touch

Yes, with Multitouch

Size

6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 60 Hz POCO M2 Pro review

Aspect Ratio

20:9

PPI

~395 PPI

Screen to Body Ratio

~ 84.5%

Glass Type

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Features

POCO M2 Pro review Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading Mode, Color Temperature Adjustment, Standard Display POCO M2 Pro review

Notch

Yes, Punch Hole

Memory

RAM

6 GB

Storage

64 GB

Card Slot

Yes, upto 512 GB

Connectivity

GPRS

Yes

EDGE

Yes

3G

Yes

4G

Yes

VoLTE

Yes, Dual Stand-By

Wifi

Yes, with wifi-hotspot

Bluetooth

Yes, v5.0, A2DP, LE

USB

Yes, USB-C v2.0

USB Features

USB Tethering, USB on-the-go, USB Charging POCO M2 Pro review

IR Blaster

Yes

Extra

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou, NavIC Support POCO M2 Pro review

Fingerprint Sensor

Yes, Side

Face Unlock

Yes

Sensors

Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Electronic Compass POCO M2 Pro review

3.5mm Headphone Jack

Yes

Splash Resistant

Yes

Extra Features

UFS2.1

Camera

Rear Camera

48 MP f/1.79 (Wide Angle)
8 MP f/2.2 (Ultra Wide)
5 MP f/2.4 (Macro )
2 MP f/2.4 (Depth Sensor) with autofocus POCO M2 Pro review

Features

Ultra Clear Mode, Night Mode, AI Scene Detection, Ultra Wide Angle, Pro Mode, Portrait Mode, Panorama Mode, Slow Motion Capture POCO M2 Pro review

Video Recording

4K @ 30fps UHD, 1080p @ 30/60fps FHD, 720p @ 30fps HD POCO M2 Pro review

Flash

Yes, LED

Front Camera

16 MP f/2 (Main)

Front Video Recording

1080p @ 30fps FHD, 720p @ 30fps HD POCO M2 Pro review

Technical

OS

Android v10.0, upgradable to v11 POCO M2 Pro review

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G POCO M2 Pro review

CPU

2.3 GHz, Octa Core Processor

Core Details

2x2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver POCO M2 Pro review

GPU

Adreno 618

Java

No

Browser

Yes, supports HTML5

Multimedia

Email

Yes

Music

MP3, AMR, FLAC, APE

Video

MP4, M4V, MKV, XVID

FM Radio

Yes, with FM Recording

Document Reader

Yes

Battery

Type

Non-Removable Battery

Size

5000 mAh, Li-Po Battery

Fast Charging

33W Fast Charging

StandBy Time

24 days

Talk Time

44 hours

Music Playback Time

193 hours

 

POCO M2 Pro Review: Design and display

You've probably seen the POCO M2 Pro if you've seen the Redmi Note 9 Pro. The design is identical to the Redmi phone from the cheap segment, notably the worldwide model. The front features a big display with a punch-hole cutout in the centre for the selfie camera. A curved glass surface on the back is shiny and reflective.

On the top centre, there's a square-shaped camera module with four camera sensors. The back panel is two-toned, with a slanted line pattern on two-thirds of it. The global Redmi Note 9 Pro Tropical Green edition has a similar dual-tone appearance. The POCO M2 Pro, on the other hand, is available in two colour schemes: ‘Out of the Blue' and ‘Two Shades of Black.'

The Out of the Blue version we received for review looks nice in the light, but it attracts a lot of fingerprints and dust. Unless you have a cover on, you'll be spending a lot of time cleaning the back, and thankfully, you do get a silicone case in the box.

The POCO M2 Pro has a fingerprint sensor on the side. It's in a good spot, but we'd prefer it to be a little more defined. Because the recess isn't sufficiently defined, we frequently miss the fingerprint on the first attempt. When pressing the button, it also has a poor tactile sense.

The volume control is located just above the fingerprint sensor. On the left side, there's a triple card slot that can take two nano SIM cards and a microSD card. A 3.5mm headphone jack, a Type-C port, and a speaker grille are located on the bottom.

Overall, the design is unremarkable and does not provide anything new or different. However, there's no disputing that for the price, it's a premium-looking phone. It also has a P2i coating that makes it splash resistant, which customers will like.

When it comes to the screen, the POCO F2 Pro has a 6.67-inch display that we found to be very easy to operate with only one hand. Instead of a higher 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rate, the screen offers full HD+ resolution and a normal 60Hz refresh rate. Fans who were expecting a high refresh rate display may be disappointed, especially because phones with high refresh rate displays already exist in this class (such as the Realme 6 that has a 90Hz screen).

We thought the display was bright and brilliant, with bold colours that might be a little too saturated for others. In the options, you can change the colour saturation. The brightness levels were good indoors, however due to the reflective nature of the screen, viewing the display in direct sunlight can be challenging. On a light-colored background, the punch hole can be distracting, and we believe a corner cutout would have been easier on the eyes while playing games or watching content.

When watching 1080p content on the POCO M2 Pro's display, the sharpness and colour reproduction are excellent. The phone has Widevine L1 certification, which means you'll be able to stream material in full HD resolution from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. We watched Our Planet on Netflix and were impressed by the vibrant colours and dramatic range.

POCO M2 Pro Review: Cameras

The camera arrangement on the POCO M2 Pro is identical to that on the Redmi Note 9 Pro. The Samsung GM2 sensor is used in the 48MP primary camera, resulting in bright and clear photos in daylight. Even when Pro Color mode is turned off, the colours appear rich and brilliant. Colors tend to look quite saturated with the option enabled, to the point of being artificial at times, and we rarely found the need to activate it.

The dynamic range pleased us in difficult backlighting circumstances. You can shoot in raw 48MP mode for more detail, but it lacks HDR functionality and results in photographs that are often duller than the default pixel binned shots.

Color tones are near to what you'd get with the main sensor thanks to the 8MP wide-angle lens, but details suffer. Meanwhile, in daylight, the 5MP macro camera will catch some beautiful close-up photographs, but we noted a noticeable change in colour tone that made photos look washed out.

In low-light situations, the dedicated Night mode helps you to snap somewhat brighter and clearer photos. It only works with the primary camera, and the results were mediocre. You shouldn't expect photographs to be noticeably brighter or sharper. Although the feature can help reveal details and balance exposure, we wouldn't rely on it for low-light shooting.

If the beauty effect is turned off, the 16MP front camera can capture pleasant and accurate selfies in daytime. The exposure and colour reproduction of skin tones and hair were both satisfactory. The selfie portrait option was also capable of producing good bokeh images. We weren't delighted with the results of the front camera's night mode, which is designed to record brighter and clearer selfies in low light. Overall, the POCO M2 Pro comes with a respectable set of quad cameras that perform best in daylight and well illuminated environments.

POCO M2 Pro Review: Software and performance

The Snapdragon 720G, which is also found in the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, powers the POCO M2 Pro. We've previously seen how the chipset operates on the two Redmi phones, and the POCO phone will deliver the same results. This is a capable CPU that performs admirably in benchmark tests. The phone achieved AnTuTu scores of 276,927 and Geekbench 5.2.0 single-core and multi-core scores of 552 and 1807, respectively.

Aside from benchmarks, the Snapdragon 720G is a fantastic mid-range chipset that excels at real-world workloads. On the 6GB RAM edition we received, the phone breezes through most programmes with no hitches, and multitasking was also smooth. If you have too many apps open in the background, the 4GB RAM option may lag.

When browsing through apps like Instagram and Twitter, the POCO M2 Pro feels sluggish after examining phones with 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rates. If you've never used a high-refresh-rate display, you won't notice, but we believe POCO could have offered a 90Hz screen to differentiate the phone from its Redmi equivalent.

Graphically demanding games run smoothly on the Snapdragon 720G. It has the ability to run PUBG on HD + High graphics settings, which is quite impressive. We didn't detect any stutters during the 30-minute session, and the touch response was good. During gaming, the phone becomes little warm, but it never gets uncomfortable to handle. The battery fell by 6 to 7% after a half-hour workout, which is pretty good.

The POCO M2 Pro comes pre-installed with Android 10 and MIUI 11. It also includes the POCO launcher, which is famous among enthusiasts since it includes an app drawer, which MIUI 11 lacks. Ads were included in certain pre-loaded apps, although they weren't as prevalent as they are on MIUI. Third-party apps, such as LinkedIn and Xiaomi's own Mi Credit and Mi Pay, are available. Helo is still there, but it won't work because it's illegal in India. There are also a few redundant apps, such as Xiaomi's own app store, calendar, and so on.

In terms of other features, we found the phone's single bottom-firing speaker to be pretty inadequate when watching movies and shows on Netflix and other streaming services. The speaker is simply not loud enough, even at maximum volume, and we were unable to hear the conversations even with the air conditioner on in our room.

As a result, while we appreciated the sights of shows like Our Planet, the low sound quality marred our enjoyment. We've never used the face unlock because the side fingerprint sensor is so dependable and fast. The POCO M2 Pro was able to regularly connect to a network, and we did not observe any drops in connectivity or call drops when playing games.

POCO M2 Pro Review: Battery life

The POCO M2 Pro has a 5,000mAh battery, which is only slightly less than the Redmi Note 9 Pro's 5,020mAh. With regular usage, it provides a good day and a half of battery life on a single charge. We define "normal" as general texting, a few hours of social media browsing, and some YouTube viewing. The phone will survive a full day with more intensive use, like as playing a few hours of graphic-intensive games. The phone lasted 18 hours and 37 minutes in our PCMark battery drain test, which is a good result.

The POCO M2 Pro supports 33W fast charging, which is the only difference between it and the Redmi Note 9 Pro, which only supports 18W. The POCO M2 Pro comes with a 33W charger that charges the phone from 0 to 100% in roughly 85 minutes, which is significantly faster than the time it takes to fully charge the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

POCO M2 Pro Review: Verdict

In India, the POCO M2 Pro (6GB RAM + 64GB) costs 14,999 rupees. As of Sep 22, 2021, it is available for the lowest price on Flipkart in India.

The POCO F1 was a hit since there was no other phone in its category in 2018. Because Xiaomi did not release the Redmi K30 in India, the POCO X2 was able to shine. However, the POCO M2 Pro is released at a time when the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max are already available in India. As a result, the POCO M2 Pro does not stand out and does not appear to be bringing anything new to the table.

The POCO M2 Pro clearly competes with the Redmi Note 9 Pro, with the latter's only advantage being faster charging capability. The Realme 6 is also worth considering because it has a higher refresh rate and superior cameras.

After all is said and done, the POCO M2 Pro may not have its own distinct identity, but it does have a lot going for it. The capability for quick charging, as well as the POCO launcher, is a plus. Overall, it's a good budget smartphone with good performance, a classy design, and a good display.