The Poco F2 Pro is the new smartphone introduced by a sub-brand of Xiaomi’s known as Pocophone. You might remember its predecessor Pocophone F1 which was introduced in 2018. That model became a popular budget phone but people believed that it wasn’t going to get a follow-up. Well, the newer model has just launched and it has not much in common than its predecessor.
The phone has very interesting features such as a pop-up camera which was very popular in most of the 2019 phones, but in 2020 we hardly see such features. The pop-up camera might not be the most decisive feature but an all-screen display is a treat for mobile users. You could say that it is a mid-range phone with some top-end specs such as snapdragon 865 and 64MP camera. Poco F2 Pro is still very new in the market and only some people have used it. However, after our initial usage, I think I might be able to give you a comprehensive review of the device.
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Design and Display:
Before we begin with a detailed review of the display and design let me give you some specifications:
- The screen size of 6.67 inches
- Resolution 2400 x 1080 with HDR10+
- Aspect ratio 20:9
- USB-C port at the bottom
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- In-screen fingerprint sensor
The phone seems very thick and heavy may be due to the huge screen size. The screen resolution is pretty awesome, the HDR10+ and AMOLED screen provides good graphics. However, the aspect ratio is not quite good the screen looks much longer and thinner. Due to the pop front camera, the screen is completely from any kind of notch. You might experience that the brightness is a little dimmer with the auto-brightness function. So, manually setting the brightness for dark movies is not that exciting.
Looking at the design of the device I must say that it is not a handy phone the enormous screen size forces you to use two hands. The power button is easily reachable on the right side of the phone but for the volume controls you might have to stretch a bit. The in-screen fingerprint sensor works fine but it felt a little higher than it should be. The charging port is at the bottom and the headphone jack is on the top edge. Pop up camera is a bit flashy with the LEDs that light up when the camera is raising or lowering.
You could see a cluster of four lenses at the back of the Poco F2 Pro. One 64MP main lens, 13MP ultra-wide lens, 5MP macro, and 2MP depth-sensing snapper. We have not used the camera enough to give a final verdict but for now, it feels pretty awesome. The main lens of the camera clicks bright, punchy, detailed, and sharp images. The depth sensor gives the camera an impressive depth of filed for a smartphone camera.
The ultra-wide lens is not the best as it distorts images from the corners but it does the job. What would impress you is the 5MP macro lens as it is a big jump from its predecessors’ 2MP lens.
Poco F2 Pro can record 8K video at 30fps and 4K video at 60fps. So, this phone is the cheapest one which allows you to record such high-quality videos. Moreover, the slow-mo. mode of the camera has a standard 960fps setting.
Last the selfie camera with the pop-up feature has a 20MP snapper. This allows you to click some good quality selfies. However, the post-processing time could be a bit higher in the portrait mode of this camera.
The biggest demand for smartphone users is good battery life. The Poco F20 Pro has a 4,700mAh battery which easily lasts a complete day on a single charge. Although the battery life depends on your usage and with constant use of 4G you could suspect a decrease. However, the mobile comes with a 30W super-fast charger that would charge your device in less than an hour.
Snapdragon 865 chipset with an 8GB of RAM gives the phone ultimate performance in this price bracket. It is not the best specs but still the phone does not lag in speed and the gaming experience on this device is smooth. We also tested this phone with the Geekbench 5 benchmarking test and let me tell you it was only beaten by some premium smartphones such as iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The smartphone has an Android 10 operating system with Xiaomi’s MIUI 11. The MIUI has it’s pros and cons where it makes the navigation easier for the user at the same time some issues.
The Poco F2 Pro does tick a lot of boxes at the initial stage. I was intrigued by these specs of the smartphone in this price range. However, a thorough review of the device would be done when it would launch in all the markets.