POCO has been present in India for two years now and surprisingly the brand had only two phones in the market until a few moments ago the wildly popular POCO F1 and POCO X2. And now, POCO has launched its third phone in India, called the POCO M2 Pro. The POCO M2 Pro is part of a new series from the brand. It is the company’s most affordable phone. The POCO M2 Pro is a mix of the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, which means it’s a familiar phone that offers little in terms of uniqueness. The POCO M2 Pro is a powerful device for its price and offers an attractive display.
Design and display
The front sees a large display with a centre-aligned punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. The back has a curved glass panel that is glossy and reflective. There’s a square-shaped camera module on the top center that houses four camera sensors. The rear panel has a dual-tone finish with two-thirds having a pattern of slanted lines. We have seen a similar dual-tone finish on the global Redmi Note 9 Pro Tropical Green variant. The POCO M2 Pro comes in ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘Two Shades of Black’ colour options.
The display, the POCO F2 Pro sports a 6.67-inch screen that we found to be pretty easy to use with one hand. The screen delivers full HD+ resolution and a standard 60Hz refresh rate instead of a higher 90Hz or 120Hz display. This may disappoint fans who were expecting a high refresh rate, especially since phones with high refresh rate displays do exist in this segment. The POCO M2 Pro’s display delivers good sharpness and colour reproduction while watching content in 1080p resolution.
The 48MP primary camera uses the Samsung GM2 sensor, which will get you some bright and clear photos in daylight. Colours look rich and vibrant even with Pro Colour mode disabled48MP mode for better detailing, but it lacks HDR support and images typically look duller compared to the default pixel binned shots. The 8MP wide-angle lens manages to keep colour tones close to what you get with the main sensor, but details take a hit.the 5MP macro camera will capture some nice close up shots in daylight, but we noticed a drastic change in colour tone that made photos look washed out. The 16MP front camera can capture pleasing and accurate selfies in daylight provided the beauty effect is turned off. We were happy with the exposure and colour reproduction of skin tones and hair. The selfie portrait mode was also able decent bokeh shots. The front camera also supports night mode, which is supposed to capture brighter and clearer selfies in low-light, but we weren’t impressed with the results
Software and performance
The POCO M2 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 720G, which is the same processor inside the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. The phone scored 276,927 on AnTuTu and managed scores of 552 and 1807 in Geekbench 5.2.0 single-core and multi-core, respectively. The Snapdragon 720G is a superb mid-range processor that handles real-world day-to-day tasks with ease.
Battery and Storage
The POCO M2 Pro houses a 5,000mAh battery supports 33W fast charging in the box that charges the phone from from zero to 100 percent in about 85 minutes. The phone breezes through most apps without any hiccups and multitasking was smooth as well on the 6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB variant that we received. The 4GB + 64GB option may show some lag if you have too many apps running in the background.
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