Poco F2 Pro launched with Snapdragon 865, motorized selfie camera, headphone jack, and a €499 price tag
Poco fans were quite disappointed earlier this year when the company unveiled a mid-ranger in lieu of an affordable flagship. To make matters worse, a Poco spokesperson also said a Poco F2 was out of the cards. The statement holds, and there is no Poco F2. Instead, the Poco F1 is succeeded by a Poco F2 Pro, which got unveiled today. Let's take a look at what it has in store for us.
One of the most important revelations of the Poco F2 Pro unveiling was that Poco stands for Powerfully Cool. As expected, the phone is a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. No, Poco has not tried to change it at all, unless a slightly different version of MIUI counts. A high refresh-rate screen was rumored, but that's all it was: a rumor.
The Poco F2 Pro's 6.67-inch Super AMOLED panel has a peak brightness of 1200 Nits and is HDR 10-ready and has a touch sampling rate of 180Hz, allowing for a smoother gaming experience. The phone is all-screen, as a 20MP motorized thingamajig replaces the notch.
Poco's entire marketing strategy has revolved around the 'affordable flagship' schtick. So it comes as no surprise that the Poco F2 Pro packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. The storage department gets a bit fuzzy, as the base version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage comes with UFS 3.0 storage and LPDDR4 RAM. Only the high-end version comes with UFS 3.1 and LPDDR5.
Poco claims that the RAM and storage are 'significantly' faster than that of its competitors, a claim that is best accompanied by a handful of salt. A 4,700mAh battery powers the Poco F2 Pro. It supports wired charging at 30W. Unfortunately, there is no provision for wireless charging.
The Poco F2 Pro's quad-camera array consists of a 64MP sensor assisted by a 5MP Macro lens, 13MP wide-angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The rear camera can record videos at 8K, much to the delight of the dozen-odd people that will use it. Lastly, the front-facing camera can capture slow-motion images at 120FPS too.
Thankfully, the Poco F2 Pro also comes with a handful of useful features such as an IR Blaster, a headphone jack, improved vibration motor, and Widevine L1 support. It will run Android 10 customized with Poco Launcher out of the box. Early rumors suggested that the phone would skip on 5G support, but its packaging seems to suggest otherwise.
Despite the blatant rebrand, the Poco F2 Pro is still an attractive buy, primarily due to its price. The base variant of the phone can be had for €499, and the maxed-out variant retains at €599. There are four color variants of the phone, namely Neon Blue, Phantom Blue, Electric Purple, and Cyber Gray.