May 19, 2020
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro
The long-awaited Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro has finally landed, as expected this is just a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro, the cheapest flagship spec undercutting the Realme X50 Pro and Black Shark 3.
Design and Display
The Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro takes after the design spec of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro. The Poco branding on the rear differentiates it from the K30 pro.
The smartphone is built with Gorilla glass 5 on both the front and the rear and an aluminum frame.
On rear panel is a circular camera module cameras housing four cameras arranged in a star-like fashion. Beneath that circular camera module is an LED flash while at the bottom lies the branding.
Upfront is a 6.67-inch screen which is completely unblemished. The display feature a Super AMOLED panel with HDR+ support, so you can expect a boost in image quality.
It Super AMOLED display allows the fingerprint reader to move below the screen.
Unfortunately, there’s no 90Hz refresh rate, a feature the Realme and Black Shark, instead you get a have a 60Hz refresh rate, and a screen resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.
It 5.4 x 8.9 mm dimensions is on the heavy side with 219 g and a screen density of 395 PPI.
The smartphone is available in four different colourways; Blue (Neon-Blue), Grey/Silver (Cyber-Grey), Purple (Electric Purple) and White (Phantom-White).
The optics shares the same replica with the Redmi K30 Pro with same quad rear cameras and the same motorized pop-up mechanism upfront.
The rear camera setup boast of a 64MP Sony IMX686 main camera with pixel binning that works out to 16MP photos, accompanied by a 5MP telephoto Macro camera which I have never heard of before, but this shooter acts as a 2x zoom and macro camera.
The other two rear cameras includes a 13MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP depth camera.
This quad-camera setup can record 8k video, a feature which top tier smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Xiaomi Mi 10 5G possess.
You can also record 4K at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60/120/240fps, 1080p at 960fps while photos can be captured in HDR and Panorama mode.
It front-facing camera is a 20MP pop-up shooter designed for video calling, video recording, slo-mo videos and selfie shots.
Hardware and Software
The smartphone gets the latest top-of-the-range hardware despite it budget price.
It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-Core processor with 2.84 GHz the Xiaomi Mi 10 or OnePlus 8 Pro along with an Adreno 650 graphics processing unit.
Just like the POCO F2, the POCO F2 Pro, run on its Xiaomi’s MIUI 11 ontop Android 10, operating system.
The base model configuration is 6 GB LPDDR4X and 128 GB UFS 3.1 mass storage, while the max out variant is an 8GB LPDDR5 with 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. On the down side, there’s no room for expansion.
The smartphone connects with Bluetooth 5.1 for the first time, and the range of the “Super Bluetooth” is said to be over 400 m along side with infrared blaster, GLONASS, GPS, NFC as well as a Dual-SIM slot, USB type-C and a 3.5mm headphone port.
With 5G is integrated Snapdragon 865, you can browse and download at a fast speed.
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro Price and Availability
The Poco F2 Pro is available and the price goes for $542 for the base 6GB / 128GB variant. In Nigeria it will cost about 211,380 Naira, 57,853 Kenyan shillings, and 3,121.92 Ghanian Cedi.
The higher variant of 8GB / 256GB sells for $650, which is about 253,500 Naira in Nigeria, 3,744 Ghanian Cedi and 69,381 Kenyan shillings.