Poco has made a name for itself as the brand that offered flagship specifications at very affordable prices, majorly due to the POCO F1 success. However, the company has been focusing on the budget segment, especially in India. After POCO X2, we now have the brand new POCO M2 Pro, which all said, will disrupt the sub 15000 rupees segment.
However, with stiff competition from smartphones such as the Realme 6 and Redmi Note 9 Pro in this segment can the POCO M2 Pro stands out from the crowd. Let’s find out in our overview.
POCO M2 PRO OVERVIEW
POCO M2 PRO Design
The POCO M2 Pro has an attractive design and built well. Still, it also looks very similar to the Redmi Note 9 Pro for everything, including the buttons, ports, small punch hole in the display, and even the real camera bump lines up perfectly. It feels hefty and large in hands, but you will get used to it. The fingerprint sensor is embedded in the recessed power button on the right.
It looks good with two shade colour options with Green, Black, and Blue( Blue colour variant looks attractive compared to other variants, but the choice of colours are personal). The build quality is sturdy and does look premium overall. M2 weighs around 200 gm but is well spread across the device, which makes sure that the device didn’t feel bulky.
A soft clear case is provided out-of-the-box; it is highly recommended to put the case on as the device tends to get quite slippery because of the all-glass body. Talking about the glasses, the POCO M2 Pro is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides, front and back, and also on the camera module.
On the front, it has a punch hole in the display which houses a front camera and the display blends in perfectly. A screen guard is also provided attached to the display.
POCO M2 Pro comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack thankfully.
Overall, POCO M2 Pro feels very well built, and looks premium.
POCO M2 PRO Display
It flaunts a massive 6.67-inch full HD+ LCD-display with 2400×1800 pixels resolution. The display offers 395 PPI pixel density and works fine under direct sunlight. However, there is no higher refresh rate provided in POCO M2 Pro, unline POCO X2 where we get 120Hz refresh rate display. It can be suitable for regular users as it saves battery, but all-day gamers will miss higher refresh rate displays (90Hz or 120Hz).
The display provides vivid colours along with good contrast and viewing angles. All it is an all-screen display with a small punch hole, watching movies and playing games will be a joyful experience.
For the price you are paying, you will be mighty pleased with the features and quality of the display.
POCO M2 PRO Software/UI
M2 Pro runs MIUI 11, which is based on Android 10. The similarities with Redmi Note 9 Pro will continue here as well. Apart from having POCO launcher as default, all other features and functionality are similar to what you get with the Redmi device. There is a full suite of first-party apps from Xiaomi like Mi Video, Mi Music, Mi Browser, and lots of apps and games preinstalled.
Be very sure to read all the terms and conditions before you click on “Accept”, this is very important as it will decide whether the apps like Clean Master get access to your data or you will get ads on your device.
Make sure to not unnecessarily provided permissions to all Apps, there is lot of bloatware that you will never use, but the positive point is that you can uninstall them.
The overall UI experience on Poco M2 pro is smooth and snappy only when you spend some time on removing/uninstalling the junk bloatware else you will see all kind of ads recommending video and apps.
POCO M2 PRO Performance
Performance on the POCO M2 Pro is excellent, thanks to the tried-and-testing Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor. It takes care of a day-to-day task as well as high-end gaming with ease. For Graphics, Poco M2 Pro comes with Adreno 618 GPU and comes in either 4GB or 6GB LPDDR4X RAM.
If compared with POCO X2, which is powered by Snapdragon 730G SOC, you will not feel any performance gap during regular usage. And Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G does a slightly better job in heat management as compared to 730G.
POCO M2 Pro does not heat much when gaming and run them smoothly with high graphics.
Overall, navigating through POCO M2 Pro interface felt snappy, multitasking worked well, and apps were quick to load. Gaming performance was very good too.
POCO M2 Pro Camera
POCO M2 Pro flaunts a 48MP Quad rear camera setup, which includes 48MP primary sensor with f/1.79 aperture, 1.6μm 4-in-1, 6P lens, a 5MP macro camera, an 8MP wide-angle snapper, and a 2MP depth sensor.
For selfies, there is a 16MP front-camera with night mode support, which houses in small punch hole.
POCO M2 Pro supports 4K video recording at 30 fps.
POCO M2 Pro camera setup is exactly the same as what you get in Redmi Note 9 Pro. All the features are identical. The only difference between two phones in terms of camera functionality is the presence of Night Mode for selfies in POCO M2 Pro.
The images captured, are vivid and colors are bit saturated.
The selfie camera provides good quality images in low light condition as well, thanks to the night mode. Compared to its competitors, Realme 6 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro the camera quality is on par, and provide good quality images.
Overall the camera quality is decent. Under good lighting conditions, the camera performs well and offers good quality output while the low light and night shots are acceptable.
POCO M2 PRO Battery
M2 Pro gets its fuel from a massive 5,000mAh battery, which can easily last for a day for aggressive usage and 36 hours for normal usage. There is support for 33W fast charging, and a 33W fast-charger provided inside the box. It takes around one hour to charge the 5,000mAh battery fully.
POCO M2 PRO Price
Poco M2 comes in three variants:
There’s a lower variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage, which costs Rs. 13,999, a 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage variant, which is priced at Rs. 14,999, and a top-end variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 16,999.
POCO M2 is available at Flipkart
POCO M2 Pro Vs Redmi Note 9 Pro
We can say that POCO M2 is identical to Redmi Note 9 Pro, barring some features. Their looks are similar to each other or can say that they are the same in looks; the only difference is the design has a textured look and dual-tone color back.
Feature-wise, both phones have the same features; the only differences are the Night mode and 33W fast charging support present on Poco M2 Pro.
Verdict: POCO M2 Pro worth buying?
POCO M2 Pro is an excellent addition in under Rs. 15000 segment. It has all the features which you will need in your daily driver. You could think of it as Redmi Note 9 pro with 33W quick charge support at a similar price.
POCO M2 Pro has a sharp display, good build quality, reliable camera setup, excellent battery and Performance.
However I don’t see it disrupting the under 15000 price segment, there are strong competitors like Realme 6 Pro which also provides 90Hz display under 15000.