Table of contents:
- Little F2 Pro, technical sheet
- Completely renewed design
- Good screen, but without the jump to more hertz
- Move any task and any game
- Unlocking systems, between fast and slow
- Sufficient camera, but could be improved
Some terminals gain worldwide attention as soon as they are launched, as happened to the Pocophone F1, since it was a commitment to high-end specifications wrapped in a mid-range terminal at a price never seen. Even the legend of this terminal has become greater because the brand has taken a long time to launch its replacement. Well, said replacement, the Poco F2 Pro, is already here ready to pass our review
Something that was evident is that after so much time from one version to another, something had to change in the new edition, but we have realized something from minute one that we had the Poco F2 Pro in our hands is that the change has been substantial in all sections
Little F2 Pro, technical sheet
- Screen: 6.67-inch Super AMOLED, 2,400 x 1,080 pixel resolution, 20:9 ratio, 395 ppi density, Gorilla Glass 5 and HDR10+ compatibility.
- Processor: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7nm+), Octa-core (1 x 2, 84 GHz Kryo 585 and 3 x 2, 42 GHz Kryo 585 and 4 x 1, 80 GHz Kryo 585).
- RAM memory: 6/8 GB.
- Internal storage: 128/256 GB.
- Rear Camera: 64MP Wide, f/1.9, 26mm, 1/1.72", 0.8µm, PDAF + 5MP Macro, f/2.2, 50mm, AF + Ultra Wide 13 MP, f/2.4, 123˚, 1.12 µm wide angle + 2 MP, f/2.4 depth sensor.
- Front camera: 20 MP, f/2.2, 1/3.4" and 0.8 µm.
- Connectivity: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, QZSS, FM radio, NFC.
- Ports and sensors: USB Type-C, 3.5mm jack, infrared port, optical fingerprint reader, facial reader, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass and barometer.
- Battery: 4,700 mAh with 30W fast charge.
- Operating system: Android 10 + MIUI.
- Price: 549/649 euros.
Completely renewed design
Although this Poco F2 Pro has risen in price (we'll talk about that later) the truth is that the leap in terms of design, finishes and quality of materials is really substantial.
There is no plastic anywhere to make way for the glass with a glossy finish (protected by Gorilla Glass 5), a material much more noble and that denotes much more quality, to which the blue color that they have sent us from the brand also helps a lot, since we find it extremely attractive.
It is evident as soon as we hold it in our hand that we are before us a heavy terminal, although nothing that is uncomfortable for us, but heavier than we would have liked since it goes up to 219 grams.
The front part is dominated by the screen, with some frames quite well achieved and without any type of notch or hole in the screen, since the front camera is of the “pop-up” type, that is, it comes out from the top of the device.
It looks pretty spectacular every time this camera comes out as it has some blue LEDs on each side Also, when closed, at the top you have another notifications LED, something that seems to be missing of late.
In the rear we have the layout of the cameras inside a very original circular module, as it does not follow the fashion marked by the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the rectangular module that others have incorporated.
The rear part gives a fairly correct grip, although it is extremely attractive to our marked footprints.
On the right side we have the button to control the volume and to turn off the terminal.
On the left we have nothing.
If we look at the top we will see the pop-up camera next to the infrared sensor (something in danger of extinction, except in the Xiaomi group), the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the noise microphone.
Already at the bottom we have the slot for the SIM card, USB Type C, the call microphone and the multimedia speaker.
Good screen, but without the jump to more hertz
The screen of the Poco F2 Pro is a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, occupying almost a 93% of the front according to the brand, with HDR10+ certification, aspect ratio of 20:9 and a density of 395 pixels per inch
It is a very good screen with a great balance between color, sharpness and contrast, with more than correct viewing angles and a spectacular brightness.
Too bad that all this is not accompanied by a 90 Hz screen, something that leaves you at a disadvantage with terminals even of a lower range. If instead of the 60 Hz it has they had made the jump to more hertz, we could be talking about a screen that is very close to competing with the best.
What we do have on the screen of the Poco F2 Pro is a high sampling rate since it has180 Hz , something we've had good experience with.
As for the sound, we had our doubts when we found out that we did not have stereo sound, since the sound only comes out of the multimedia speaker at the bottom of the terminal, but the truth is that theThe sound of this speaker is clean , with correct bass and a good body in the sound.
When we turn the volume all the way up, we notice that the sound is getting worse, but this is normal considering that it only has one speaker, although this deterioration is not excessively pronounced either. When it comes to power, the speaker of the Poco F2 Pro is quite correct.
It's not the best sound we've experienced on a smartphone, but the experience has been good and mildly surprising.
The sound through headphones is quite goodwith several of the possibilities that the Poco F2 Pro offers us, since we can choose by leaving the configuration as it comes, change it by the type of headset (only if they are Xiaomi), by the type of music, by age or change it manually directly.
Move any task and any game
Inside the Poco F2 Pro we have the following configuration:
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.
- GPU: Adreno 650.
- RAM memory: 6/8 GB.
- Internal storage: 128/256 GB, no expansion possible.
We have received the Poco F2 Pro with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, although the other version in which it is marketed, being slightly more powerful, should work better, as is normal.
The truth is that we don't have the slightest complaint since everything works really well, being able to move games or demanding applications with ease, even if we have a lot of multitasking on the terminal.
The software chosen to move the Poco F2 Pro is Android 10 under Xiaomi's own customization layer calledMIUI . This is arguably the most intrusive overlay from pure Android design on the market.
It has many appearance and security customization features, something that allows the user to manage the system to their liking and managing everything related to security almost to the millimeter, although there are users who consider this as one of its drawbacks, since it is not always an entirely intuitive interface
What no one can doubt is the super fluidity and operation of MIUI, placing it among the customization layers that work best in any all that are currently in the smartphone world.
MIUI is a layer that has the same number of lovers as detractors, something that has happened since Xiaomi appeared in our lives.
In addition, we are looking at a smartphone compatible with 5G networks, with WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, USB Type-C, infrared port, fingerprint reader under the screen, facial reader, dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, QZSS, FM radio, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass and barometer.
Unlocking systems, between fast and slow
The unlocking system by means of the fingerprint is of the optical type and is located under the screen in a situation that has seemed very correct.
Regarding the operation we cannot have any complaints since works very well and reliability when it comes to recognizing our fingerprintshe's very tall.
If we talk about facial recognition, as it does not have any type of notch or hole on the screen and does have a “pop-up” type camera”, the system is considerably slower than if the camera were always present on the front.
Something that hasn't convinced us either is that if the system of having to wait for the camera to open is slower, the fact of having to slide with your finger up on the screen that we have previously activated, pressing the power button makes the facial recognition system even slower
Sufficient camera, but could be improved
The new Poco F2 Pro has 4 rear sensors with the following specifications:
- Wide Main: 64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm, 1/1.72", 0.8µm, PDAF.
- Macro: 5 MP, f/2.2, 50mm, AF.
- Ultra Wide: 13 MP, f/2.4, 123˚, 1.12 µm.
- Depth sensor: 2 MP, f/2.4.
- Video recording: resolution [email protected]/30fps, [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps and 1080p at 960fps.
When the light is sufficient, we have some good photos where the color is well treated (although it sins of being warm) and both sharpness as a contrast they also behave correctly, although the dynamic range should be a little better.
We didn't like too much the photos it takes when artificial intelligence is activated, since it over-saturates them. When the time comes, very spectacular photos can come out, but they have nothing to do with reality.
The wide-angle sensor lowers a lot compared to the main one, since we have less sharpness and much less definition in the photos.
The snapshots with the macro sensor are better than what theory could tell us, being able to take close-up photos with a pretty decent result in all photo parameters.
If we use the portrait mode it doesn't behave badly at all, with a blur that is moderately natural and a cut that, despite the fact that there are times when it is wrong, is generally enough for the vast majority of users.
When we take night photos we realize that the camera behaves better than we expected, but even so we consider the night mode as essentialsince the improvement is substantial. This does not mean that the photos are among the best in this sense, but in general they are correct enough.
The front camera is 20 megapixels, focal aperture 2.2, 1/3.4" and 0.8 µm. This front camera “pop- up” is enough to post selfies on social networks, even if you don't expect great results since you won't get them. Of course, if we use the HDR mode the photos improve, above all, in color.
The battery of the Poco F2 Pro is 4,700 mAh with 30W fast charging.
After several days using this terminal we believe that any type of user, whether demanding or not, will reach the end of the day without problemsThis means that every night it will have to be charged, since we will not have enough charge to last the next day.
As soon as we plug it into the electrical grid, the fast charging system allows us to achieve 0 to 100% in about an hour.
There is no doubt that the leap that the Poco F2 Pro has taken with respect to the previous generation is enormous in every way. Now it does seem that we are dealing with a high-end terminal, not only due to its specifications, as happened in F1, but also due to manufacturing and materials.
To get the version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM (without any launch promotion) you will have to pay 549 euros, a price that right now, except for Realme, Xiaomi's true competitor, no one can match.
What is certain is that if you need a high-end phone and you don't have a budget large enough to spend the amounts that They demand terminals like the Oppo Find X2 Pro or the Huawei P40 Pro, the solution is clear in this Poco F2 Pro.
Strengths of the Poco F2 Pro in our review
- Value for money
- Finishes of first level.
- High quality screen.
- Performance equal to the best.
Weak points of the Poco F2 Pro in our review
- The screen with 90 Hz would have been almost perfect.
- The rear camera can be improved.
- Face unlock is slow.
- Design: 9
- Display: 8, 5
- Hardware: 9
- Autonomy: 7, 5
- Camera: 7
- Software: 8
- Price: 10
- Overall score: 8, 4