POCO, the subdivision of Xiaomi is putting their next budget smartphone POCO M2 Pro on sale this Tuesday. It will be their second smartphone this year after releasing POCO X2 in February. The POCO M2 Pro pricing starts with ₹13,999 for 4 GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. It comes into three colour variant Green and Greener, Out of the Blue and Two Shades of Black.
Display and Design
The phone features 6.67″ Full HD+ IPS LCD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back both. It is splash resistant as it has water repellent Nano-coating on it. The phone feels a bit too large in hand and weighs 209g. The fingerprint is on the right side of the phone which is the norm for this price range nowadays. It has 33W Type-C fast charging and comes with a 33W fast charger in the box. The company claims “It can charge 0-50% in 30 mins“.
Chipset and Camera
The POCO M2 Pro boasts Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G and Adreno 618 GPU which can run most mobile games with ease like PUBG mobile. The phone comes with a quad-camera setup of 48 MP as the main sensor, 8 MP for the ultrawide camera, 5 MP for the macro camera and 2 MP depth sensor. In the front, the phone has 16 MP single punch whole camera. The phone runs on Android 10 with MIUI 11 and will have preinstalled POCO launcher 2.0.
Is it worth buying?
The phone is just a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro (Indian version). The design of the phone is exactly copied from the Redmi Note 9 Pro (Global Version). The screen size, the front camera position on the screen, the dimensions, the camera bump on the back and even the two colour tone at the back. Apart from the 33W fast charging and the preinstalled POCO launcher, there is absolutely no difference. The performance will be similar to Redmi Note 9 Pro and releasing it under 15k doesn’t make sense.
We’ve come to know POCO as an innovator with their POCO F1 in the past. However, it is disappointing to see POCO launch a mere rebranded copy of another device. Previously launched POCO X2 was also a rebranded version of the Redmi K30 (Chinese Version). This is their second rebranded phone this year which makes them a spin-off of Redmi brand. Fan’s expected a 90hz refresh rate screen with a better processor or at least an AMOLED display.
Buying its 6GB, 128GB variant might not be a good option as at that price buying Realme 6, Redmi Note 8 Pro will give better 64 MP primary camera and better gaming performance with MediaTek Helio G90T. Even buying Motorola One Fusion+ for ₹500 more is a better option as it provides a full-screen display with pop up camera and comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G in it. In conclusion, buying its lower variant will provide more value for money. Although, POCO could have done better with this new budget device.