Xiaomi POCO M2 Pro Review It’s Compact and Powerful, But Is It Worth the Price?


What is Poco?

Poco was created in December 2017, just months after the launch of the Poco F1, which was supposed to be a successor to the Xiaomi Mi 5X. It was created by the leading technology companies in India, for the leading smartphone manufacturer in the country. Xiaomi, of course, is the largest smartphone manufacturer in India, and the world. However, as of now, the company is concentrating on the offline market. Having a manufacturing base in India, it is able to meet the needs of the Indian market. Talking to Gadgets 360, Poco Managing Director and Co-founder, Jai Mani said that the company was thinking about a flagship but the opportunity with the F1 was too good to let go. For those who did not find the Poco F1 compelling, there is now an option in the Poco series.


Xiaomi’s Latest Release – The M2 Pro

The M2 Pro has the same look as the X2, but it gets a few key hardware updates. For instance, the cameras have a higher megapixel count and a dedicated camera app, allowing users to take advantage of the best features that are available on the Xiaomi Mi A2 (Review). However, the price has gone up. The 64GB and 128GB variants of the M2 Pro now cost Rs. 14,999 and Rs. 17,999 respectively, while the 256GB variant now costs Rs. 17,999. These prices are identical to the prices of the Poco F1, but there are some significant improvements in this variant. Poco M2 Pro price in India Poco Poco M2 Pro specifications, features The Poco M2 Pro has a 6.2-inch full-HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio. It runs on a Snapdragon 636 processor paired with 6GB of RAM.

Xiaomi POCO M2 Pro
Xiaomi POCO M2 Pro

Xiaomi POCO M2 Pro Design & Build Quality

The Poco M2 Pro is surprisingly compact for a smartphone with a 6.2-inch display. It doesn’t have the curved corners we’ve seen on many devices in this price segment, and sports an unadorned all-glass design, with the front and rear panels both being covered with Gorilla Glass 3. Like the Poco F1 (Review), the M2 Pro does not have a fingerprint sensor on the front or the rear, and has also removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The Poco logo is present on the back, which is the right move as it adds to the minimal design. The power button is on the right while the volume buttons are on the left. The fingerprint sensor in the device could be a tad faster, but apart from that, the setup is extremely quick. The Poco M2 Pro has a metal unibody design with the bottom being glass on both sides.


Xiaomi POCO M2 Pro Features & Performance

The Poco M2 Pro is very compact. It measures 153.5×75.8×8.2mm and weighs 169 grams. It has a very sleek design with a 5.99-inch LCD screen, which is powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor clocked at up to 2.2GHz. It has an Adreno 512 GPU for graphics performance. With 8GB of RAM, it is the first Poco phone to have more than 6GB of RAM. The display is good for an entry-level smartphone with a brightness of 442 nits and Poco has provided an 18:9 aspect ratio. This phone has a single camera with a 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. At the rear, there is a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an aperture of f/1.9 and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Poco’s custom MIUI 9 skin on top.

Xiaomi POCO M2 Pro
Xiaomi POCO M2 Pro

Xiaomi POCO M2 Pro Camera

What makes the Poco M2 Pro stand out from the competition is its dual rear camera setup and its digital zoom function. The telephoto and wide-angle sensors aren’t different from what you find on the Poco F1. In fact, the X2 has a single 12-megapixel camera with 1.4-micron pixels, whereas the Pro has two 12-megapixel sensors (f/1.9), one with a standard lens and the other with a telephoto lens. The company is clearly not placing a big emphasis on megapixel counts, and as such, the Poco M2 Pro packs in dual cameras with a better low-light performance than what you get with the Poco F1. The primary lens has a pixel size of 1.4um and the secondary 1.0um lens has a variable aperture that can go between f/1.5 and f/2.4.


Xiaomi POCO M2 Pro Verdict

The Poco M2 Pro looks well-designed, feels lightweight, and the 18:9 display is definitely something you cannot pass up. The phone’s real USP is its camera performance. The phone is excellent at producing crisp images in well-lit conditions. What does not work is its long-lasting battery life and odd fingerprint sensor placement. There are a lot of phones that have been in this price range that are far better than the Poco M2 Pro in this department. Priced at Rs. 20,999, the phone undercuts the Redmi Note 6 Pro, which is priced slightly higher at Rs. 14,999.


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