POCO, a brand that spun out of Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi earlier this year, today launched the POCO F2 Pro smartphone as it continues its new journey as an independent firm. The POCO F2 Pro, like its two-year-old sleeper hit predecessor Pocophone F1 smartphone, punches above its price class.
The POCO F2 Pro is a rebrand of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro that was also launched in China. A rebrand in this space is not a bad thing, because all that really changes is the name on the phone — the base hardware remains the same, which is a good thing because the Redmi K30 Pro has some very good specifications on paper.
It features an all-screen 6.67-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display (with 2400×1080 pixels), in-screen fingerprint scanner, support for 5G, quad-core rear camera setup, and a pop-up front camera that quietly tucks away when not in use. There’s even a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Poco F2 Pro does bring a long list of improvements compared to the F1, starting with the latest chipset. The Snapdragon 865 is the best chip from Qualcomm yet and one of the first to feature updatable GPU drivers, which might improve the phone’s longevity.
Besides the new chipset, Poco F2 Pro’s new camera setup may be what pushes die-hard Poco fans to upgrade. The main camera has a 1/1.72” sensor with 64MP resolution, with pixel binning that works out to 16MP photos with 1.6µm effective pixels.
Storage begins at 128GB, and there’s also a 256GB option for those who want more. It’s also faster UFS 3.1 storage, as opposed to last generation’s 2.1. It’s something to consider as Xiaomi has axed the microSD slot. The F2 Pro will also run Android 10 out of the box with Poco Launcher 2.0. Dark mode is available, a must have on AMOLED screens.
A lot of emphasis was placed on the LiquidCool 2.0 tech, which has three layers: graphite, graphene and, finally, the “Super VC”. That vapor chamber is larger than competing phones, which Poco says will enable more efficient cooling.
The smartphone comes in two variants: one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage that is priced at €499 (roughly $540), and the other that features 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage that costs €599 (roughly $650).
POCO executives today shared little plans on what the future hold for the firm. But assured that they are here to stay. “We’re back. It’s been awhile, but we are back,” said Angus Ng, a product marketing manager at POCO.
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