Not quite as hot on the heels of the trailblazing Poco F1, the Xiaomi offshoot has now officially launched the Poco F2 Pro follow-up at a knockdown price, with some impressive specifications.
If the Poco F2 Pro looks familiar to you, that’s because it shares a lot of design features with the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro released in China. However, this device looks more than just a simple rebrand, mainly because the price seems to be very affordable for those of us here in the West.
Starting with the specifications, the Poco F2 Pro picks up where it left off the original F1. That means a top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset is at the very core of this device – and, thanks to the X55 modem, provides 5G connectivity. This is accompanied by RAM of 6 or 8 GB and internal storage of 128 or 256 GB.
It is worth noting, however, that the 6GB/128 GB model is configured with UFS 3.0 storage and LPDDR4X RAM. The 8GB/256 GB model comes with LPDDR5 RAM and 3.1 storage. Also included in the budget flagship is a huge 4,700mAh battery that can be supplemented with the provided 30W fast charger. Wireless charging is also missing here as is the original Poco F1.
Measuring in at 6.67-inches, the FHD+ AMOLED looks like a big step up over the previous model’s rather poor display. However it is capped at 60Hz, but the Poco F2 Pro comes with a 20-megapixel selfie pop-up camera instead of having a display cut-out.
One area that seems to have seen some major changes to on-paper is the camera setup. The F2 Pro comes with a quad-camera package featuring a Sony IMX686 64-megapixel sensor, 2-megapixel depth sensor, 13-megapixel ultra-wide – angle lens, and 5-megapixel macro camera all combined to give you plenty of photographic possibilities. With the inclusion of the Snapdragon 865 chipset and large sensor, you can capture video at up to 8K 30fps, with 4K 60fps support included as well.
Many notable additional features include a Widevine L1 rating, fingerprint in-display reader, headphone port and even an IR blaster. The Poco F2 Pro’s base model starts at just €499 (or ~$550), while the top tier model will cost only €599 or (~$650) making this one of the cheapest Android smartphones with the Snapdragon 865 chipset to come with. It will have four colors available: Neon Blue, Phantom Blue, Electric Purple, and Cyber Gray.