After a long wait, the successor of Poco F1 is here. Poco F2 Pro is actually a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro and is an actual flagship killer phone both spec-wise and design-wise at a very reasonable price. Can this 5G phone satisfy the users as Poco F1 did? Let us find it out.
Poco F2 Pro with a dimension of 163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 mm and weight 219g is a huge and heavy phone. It will be pretty hard to operate with one hand for a person with a small hand.
The build quality is solid and feels like the phone has got good durability. It has the universal 3.5 mm jack, pop-up selfie camera and IR blaster on the top.
It has got an aluminum frame with both front and back is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with an anti-glare matte finish. The matte-finished back keeps the phone fingerprint free and gives it a premium look. The matte finish back is available only in grey and purple variants. The phone supports single 5G standby but supports dual 4G standby.
Poco F2 Pro has a stunning 6.67 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels at 395 PPI with an aspect ratio of 20:9. Its display is HDR10+ certified and can get you a brightness of 500 nits which is I think great for a phone of that price.
Like almost all the flagship phones the display of this phone is not curved but a flat display that looks little old fashioned but has its own benefits.
No matter how small a notch or a punch-hole the display comes with, it’s presence always distract you whether you play games and stream movies. The absence of the punch-hole and notch makes the display clean and gives an uninterrupted viewing experience.
The bright display has a 360 degree light sensor to provide accurate ambient light detection and brightness adjustment. This great display unfortunately has a refresh rate of only 60 Hz which may disappoint many users.
Poco F2 Pro has an Octa-core Snapdragon 865 processor (7nm+) combined with Adreno 650 GPU. The 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage will provide a very fast read-and-write capacity to the phone giving smooth access to files and apps to the users. Please note that the 6GB variants come with LPDDR4X RAM.
The phone has an in-display fingerprint scanner which is not fast enough to respond. It does not have IP water and dust resistance rating, the company may have avoided it to cut the price. There is only one speaker at the bottom which is surprisingly very loud and clear, does not even distort at max volume.
Poco F2 Pro runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10. Though it is smooth and fast, you will feel the 60 Hz display and is not an issue if you are not used to 90 or 120 Hz display.
Poco F2 Pro has scored a huge 572967 in AnTuTu V8 benchmark test that is much higher than many flagship phones.
The rear camera has a quad-camera setup with Sony’s IMX686 64MP sensor to capture fantastic and detailed images, 13MP 123 degrees wide-angle lens to capture landscapes, 5MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor to click the beautiful images.
The rear camera images are sharp and vibrant but not amazing. In low-light situations you get images which are just ok.
The front camera is a 20MP pop-up camera that takes brilliant images with enough details and accurate color. There is a multi-color LED notification light on the top of the pop-up camera. The selfie camera also takes good photos that are crisp and has accurate color saturation.
The rear camera can record 8K videos at 30fps, 4K at 60fps, and Full HD at 960fps, whereas the front camera can record Full HD video at 30fps. If you are a YouTuber then it is a great phone to record your footage when you are away from your DSLR.
Poco F2 Pro comes with a hefty 4700 mAh battery which supports 30W fast charging. The manufacturer claims that the 33W in-box charger can fuel the phone to 64% in just 30 minutes that sounds awesome.
This battery gives an excellent backup as the 60 Hz display consumes less power. Even after pretty heavy use, the phone will last till bedtime.
The phone does not support wireless charging, which was expected for a flagship killer phone. It may not be a big issue for some users as you get almost 2 days of battery backup with a 33W fast charger.
Though the Poco F1 was available for a great price and was truly value for money, Poco F2 Pro is a little overpriced. But with the specs, features, and quality it is worth more than $500 if we compare with the high-end phones costing around $1000 with close specs and features.
If you want a solid and good performing phone with longer battery backup at a reasonable price then this phone is for you.
If you need a display with a higher refresh rate and want your phone’s camera to capture brilliant images then you should go for iPhone SE or Google pixel at a similar price.