The Poco F2 Pro has a 3.5mm headphone jack that improves sound quality.
This software is Android 10 with MIUI 11 on top of my Poco F2 Pro board. Since I recently reviewed the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and experienced some software issues, I approached the FP2 Pro with some misconceptions, but the MIUI way in the surface is much better here than the Mi 10 Pro. Why does MIUI change its performance so much from one phone to another even though it is technically the same?
Yes, the software experience on the Poco F2 Pro is solid. It is reliable and stable and notifications are sent smoothly when the phone appears on the surrounding.
The $ 500 Poco F2 Pro, which sports a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G, 8GB of RAM and a 64-megapixel triple-lens camera module, is very attractive.
But wait, haven’t you heard of Poco? I can’t blame you. The company, which is part of the Xiaomi Empire, first stood out in August 2018 with the Poco F1 phone, a capable smartphone with great specs and low prices.
Poco has released a host of gear since then, but hardly anyone has come forward to replicate the original ride – until now. It seems that the F2 Pro we like everything about the Popophone F1. But can it still compete not only with other flagship hardware but also with the new low-cost and desirable smartphone?
The Poco F2 Pro is similar in size to the OnePlus 8 Pro and has the same aluminum construction and Gorilla Glass 5, but is slightly smaller on the front with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display. A motorized selfie camera is used to keep the field of view free from distractions, but this configuration means a total weight of 219 grams in height.
That issue obscured the OnePlus 7T and the similarities don’t end there. The rear camera is housed in a circular module with four sensors similar to the OnePlus phone, while the flash unit is located outside. I like the extended etched ring as does the flash unit that rotates around the camera module. It gives the back of the phone some character as does the curved X-shaped pattern on the surface of the module.
The rear glass has a matte finish. It appears here in the usual cyber gray colourway, but striking purple and blue models are also available. Although not overly reflective, it attracts a lot of fingerprints and I am disappointed to see that an inch long scratch has already built up. This is surprising, because due to confinement restrictions, he did not spend most of his time in pockets or bags. However, the box includes a transparent silicone sleeve on the Poco.
On that side is a power button and volume rocker that is easy to find and press, but the power button can use a different texture with its bright red color. There is an in-display fingerprint sensor with an excellent location, as my thumb is almost always connected without finding or stretching it. It’s reliable and offers an attractive vibration when activated, but it’s not particularly fast. The motorized camera works for face unlock, but only after swiping the screen through the lock, it is not faster than the fingerprint sensor.
I don’t think the Poco F2 Pro is surprising, but the circular camera module helps it stand out from most phones available today, and that’s a good thing. It measures 8..9 mm. Chi is a heavy object, with many overweight pairs, which means it never feels smart, but it is comfortable to hold. The Poco F2 Pro resembles the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro, which is less available to fans of Xeno-eyed smartphones, inside and out.
Let’s take a look at the glasses before continuing. The main camera has 64 megapixels with f / 1.9 aperture, while the wide-angle one has 13 megapixels and f / 2.4 aperture. It also has a 5-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera. The motorized selfie camera has 20 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.2.
The photo quality is good enough, but not that good for these glasses. Photos may lack dynamic range and the camera does not enjoy challenging lighting conditions, indicating that the exposure levels are off. The results are variable and this discrepancy is disappointing. For every shot that I like, there are two lists that need to be edited before they can be shared.
I liked the macro function. Most of the time this mode hits or misses with precise focus and quality, but the Poco F2 Pro focuses well on the limited prompts you need, and the 5-megapixel sensor has high resolution for sharing results. Portrait mode has a nice advantage, but it is affected by the different exposures found on the main camera and dynamic range issues. I like the selfie camera, the portrait mode is effectively blurry in the background.
The price of the Poco F2 Pro reflects the attention paid to the fit of its camera. It’s decent, but it doesn’t meet the OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro.
You’ll see the 20: 9 aspect ratio, 6.47-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,400 x 1,080 pixel resolution, complete with support for HDR10 Plus. Without keeping a sharp curve from side to side, you go against the important trend.
Dig deep into the display settings and you can change the color palette to warm or cool and even adjust the color scheme yourself. I was completely satisfied with the default settings despite the general freshness.
None of this is a criticism and I like the Poco F2 Pro’s display, which looks much better than you would expect from a $ 500 smartphone. The audio is a bit deep, however. The sound comes almost exclusively from one of the speakers at the bottom of the phone with just a bit of speaker padding at the top of the screen.