The Pocophone F1 was an affordable top smartphone due to its excellent value for money. What about its successor, the Poco F2 Pro? We will tell you in this extensive Poco F2 Pro review.
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The Poco F2 Pro from manufacturer Xiaomi was presented in mid-May and Android Planet obtained one of the first review models in the Netherlands. The device (which costs 599 euros) has a lot to offer but it also has several compromises. Curious about our opinion? Read this extensive Poco F2 Pro review.
Sleek design, but lacks sophistication
The Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro is available in four colors, in which we have tested the gray model. That is a color variant with a matte finish and that looks a bit less cheap than the shiny versions. What is immediately noticeable is that a hole for the front camera or notch is not present. This ensures the best viewing experience for films, websites, or photos, but more about that later.
The extendable selfie camera is hidden in the top of the device and there is also the headphone jack and infrared sensor. With the latter, you use the smartphone as a real remote control. A complete phone in terms of connections, but there is more. The bottom has room for the sim tray, single speaker, and USB-C port. On the right are the power and volume buttons.
On the back is the quadruple-camera, placed in a circle, which gives a nice effect. A shiny border around the camera and the flash finish it off. The back feels very smooth and cheap and if you tap it with your finger, you can hear it clearly.
Xiaomi does provide a transparent case with the box as standard. What is also striking is the weight of the Poco F2 Pro, because with 219 grams it is not a light boy. We did not experience that as negative, but that of course differs per person.
Great screen, but few extras
In terms of screen, the Poco F2 Pro does not offer too much fuss and we would have liked to see it differently. Let’s start with the 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400 by 1080 pixels. This ensures excellent images when watching movies, photos, or websites.
The fact that no front camera is placed on the screen also deserves some extra kudos. The brightness is good enough for a sunny day, the viewing angles are good and the contrast is also not to be criticized.
The screen is flat and therefore has no rounded screen edges, as we increasingly see nowadays, but that is also fine. What is striking is that Xiaomi still opts for a screen with a refresh rate of 60Hz. That means the screen is refreshed 60 times per second which is the standard for smartphones.
However, there are already several smartphones on the market with a higher refresh rate, also in this price range. If you’ve never owned a device with a panel that refreshes faster, you probably won’t notice it, but a 90Hz screen would have been in order.
The fingerprint scanner is incorporated behind the screen, which is not the best on the market. Especially in the beginning, we had a lot of trouble unlocking the phone. That got a bit better during the review period but still had to be scanned several times to unlock the device.
Pure power and ready for 5G
Just like its predecessor, the Poco F2 Pro has the best mobile hardware at the moment. So we see the Snapdragon 865 chip and at least 6GB of memory. That processor is also in (much) more expensive devices such as the OnePlus 8, Xiaomi Mi 10, or Oppo ‘s Find X2 series. Standard, there is 128GB internal memory onboard, but this expansion is unfortunately not there.
If you still need more storage, you can always switch to the 8GB / 256GB version of the Poco F2 Pro. Extras such as IP certification for dust and water resistance and wireless charging are missing.
There is room for two SIM cards in the device and a 5G chip is also available. The only provider Vodafone now offers a 5G network in the Netherlands, although that is actually a slightly improved version of 4G, where coverage is not yet national. Curious if such a device with 5G is already a good purchase, check our article with reasons to buy or not to buy a 5G phone.
Android 10 and heavily modified MIUI shell
All in all, the Poco F2 Pro has a lot to offer in terms of raw processor power. Playing heavy games such as Fortnite or Call of Duty Mobile is also no problem. In addition, it is not striking in terms of fluency that the device is equipped with a heavily modified version of Android. The F2 Pro runs on Android 10 with the MIUI 11 skin developed by Xiaomi over it.
This new variant offers a much quieter appearance and fewer possibilities compared to previous variants. Still, the skin is still very loud, which you can, fortunately, do something about by setting a different theme.
In addition, there are still all kinds of Xiaomi applications pre-installed and apps and all kinds of third-party games are standard on the device. For example, LinkedIn, Facebook, Netflix, or the AliExpress app are already on board, something that certainly not everyone is waiting for.
When you switch on the Poco F2 Pro for the first time, you should pay extra attention to all conditions. In it, you can also disable that you do not want to see ads in the own apps of Xiaomi.
The device runs standard on Android 10 and we also expect the update to Android 11 for this device. The Pocophone F1 was released with Android 8.1 (Oreo) and is twice equipped with a major Android update. Whether that also applies to the F2 Pro is unclear, but seems plausible. Security updates for Xiaomi flagships do roll out on a regular basis, so you’re good to go.
Five cameras for great photos, except in the dark
Let’s start with the extendable selfie camera on the front, which takes photos of up to 20 megapixels. They look great in terms of sharpness and contrast. The camera module also contains a few LEDs, which light up when the camera slides out. You can also set a sound that you hear when that happens.
Pictures of up to 64 megapixel
The primary camera shoots pictures of up to 64 megapixels, although that mode is not recommended in our opinion. The size of the images quickly runs into the tens of MBs and emailing or sending a photo is no longer an option. By default, four pixels are fused into one pixel, which produces images of 16 megapixels. Photos with good light look good, with details, contrast, and colors perfectly fine.
If you want to capture more of nature or, for example, architecture, you can easily switch to the 13-megapixel wide-angle lens. The colors also look true to nature and hardly differ from those of the normal camera. Below are three photos were taken with the wide-angle lens, normal lens, and two-times zoom.
Macro photography and portrait photos
Are you a fan of macro photography? Then you’re good with the new device from Xiaomi. There is a third camera onboard, especially for close-up objects. It also does its job well and creates fine pictures of insects or, for example, a flower bud. Finally, there is a depth sensor, which is used to take a good portrait photo. The subject is sharply captured, while the background is somewhat blurred.
Especially in the dark, not the best choice
Overall, the photos of the Poco F2 Pro are great to post on social media or to use for a photo book. If you put them next to top models from Samsung, Huawei, or Oppo, there are of course differences. Especially in the dark, the Poco F2 Pro drops stitches.
There is a special night mode, but you should not rely on that blindly. Other devices here make short work of this device and when viewing the pictures on a larger screen, purple-red discolorations can quickly be seen along the edges. So if you plan to take a lot of photos in lesser light conditions or in the evenings, then you can better ignore the Poco F2 Pro.
If you are a little more knowledgeable, you can get started with variants of the Google camera app: Gcam. The results are promising, but the use and installation are not for everyone. Photos in less lighting conditions look a lot better.
Power and long battery life go well together
The hardware in the Poco F2 Pro is powerful, but also energy efficient. The Snapdragon 865 chip and the 60Hz screen are not too big energy guzzlers and then there is the size of the battery. Xiaomi chooses a battery of 4700 mAh. This combination ensures that you can easily use the device for an intensive day, without having to recharge in the meantime.
If you use the device a little less, then two days on a battery charge is no problem. We also easily reached the 8 o’clock screen time in a day, where we put it on the charger for an hour before going to sleep. Unfortunately, charging is not possible wirelessly, but the manufacturer does supply a fast 30 Watt charger. This ensures a full battery within an hour.
Conclusion Poco F2 Pro review
The Poco F2 Pro is a real powerhouse and offers many great features that you do not always see in other devices. Think, for example, of the infrared sensor, headphone jack, 5G support, and an extendable selfie camera. In terms of battery life, you have nothing to complain about and also in terms of raw processor power, this is simply the best choice.
This new top model certainly has several disadvantages. The screen refreshes up to 60 times per second, while that is already a lot higher in the competition. The cameras perform more than enough during the day but are not among the top. The device is also on the heavy side and not everyone likes that.
In addition, there is also a lot of work on the own software layer of Xiaomi itself and that is also something to take into account. All in all, this is a must for people who are looking for raw power but can also live with some concessions.
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