Poco F2 Pro first look: the new flagship killer?

Recently, sales of the flagship smartphone Poco F2 Pro began in Russia. The original Poco F1 became a real hit at the time, fans were waiting for his heir for two years. We got a new product, used it, and are ready to share our first impressions.

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Design is youthful but out of trend

Poco F2 Pro is one of the few phones of 2020, which, contrary to current trends, received a retractable front camera instead of a hole in the screen. For haters of selfie cameras and any cutouts, this is a definite plus. With dimensions of 163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 mm, the device is quite large. The impressive weight does not add convenience to use – almost 220 grams. Only the strong rounding of the back cover saves.

The gadget is clearly aimed at a young audience: it comes in bright colors. The red power button immediately catches your eye. In addition, the front camera comes out with bright lighting and soundtrack. The front and back are Gorilla Glass 5, while the frame is made of aluminum, which is felt in a pleasant cold. The round block of the main camera looks original against the background of other devices of this year. It minimally sticks out of the case, thanks to which the smartphone stays stable on the table and does not stagger – a rarity today.

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Poco F2 Pro, unlike the first version, received NFC. There is also an infrared port for controlling household appliances. Music lovers will delight in the audio jack for headphones and support for the latest Bluetooth codec aptX Adaptive, which provides sound quality comparable to 24-bit / 48 kHz streaming. But you cannot install a memory card, only two SIM cards are provided. There are no stereo speakers, but even one of the existing ones produces a loud and spacious sound. True, it is easy to block it with your finger. Recall that the Poco F1 had stereo, but the audio sounded mediocre.

The package includes a transparent silicone case. It is thick, noticeably increases the already considerable dimensions of the model, but it provides good protection.

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Almost perfect display

The novelty was equipped with a 6.67-inch AMOLED matrix with a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels and support for HDR 10+. No complaints about the image quality. Colors are not distorted even at extreme angles, and when the auto brightness is turned on, the picture is visible in the sun. The bezels around the screen are not very thin, especially against the backdrop of modern smartphones with waterfall displays, but they are almost perfectly symmetrical.

The screen options have three color profiles and temperature control. For fine tuning, you can select one of the color gamuts (sRGB, DCI-P3, and so on), as well as manually calibrate the saturation, color gamut and other parameters. Lovers of customization will have something to do. There is also a function to reduce the flicker of the matrix and supports the Always-on-Display mode, which provides various options for displaying information on an inactive display. 

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To complete the picture, only the increased hertzovka is not enough, which has become the norm for the flagships of 2020. Here it is standard – 60 Hz. Not to say that the image from this was worse, but after devices with 90, 120, and even 144 Hz the device seems a little slow.

An optical fingerprint scanner was built into the screen. It acts quickly and accurately, but it is necessary to hit exactly the right place, which does not work blindly every time. The alternative has always been authorization using face recognition, but in this case, it is not instantaneous: you need to press the power button, then swipe across the screen and wait another second for the camera to pop out and capture the picture.

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Ambiguous camera

The set of cameras in Poco F2 Pro is strange. On the one hand, there is an advanced 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. However, by default, pictures are taken at 16 megapixels. Even if you manually set a 64-megapixel photo, you can notice a small increase in detail only in ideal conditions. Optical stabilization is not provided, which is why pictures are often blurry in medium or poor lighting conditions. Also, there is no autofocus at an ultra wide-angle, so it will not work to shoot a subject close up. 

Most disappointing is the lack of an optical zoom telephoto. Instead, a 5-megapixel macro camera with a 50 mm lens and autofocus is installed. She gives out good shots, but hardly anyone will take such photos often. Finally, the fourth module is a 2 Mp depth sensor. There are no complaints about portraits: objects are separated accurately, blur looks natural.

You can download all photos in their original resolution and compare the same frames taken in 16 and 64 megapixels from Yandex.Disk (98.6 MB) . And a few more examples of pictures on the Poco F2 Pro are in our Instagram.

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Super wide angle camera

The maximum resolution for video shooting is 8K at 24 or 30 fps. But in this case, the picture shakes a lot. The situation is slightly better in 4K at 60 fps, but the best electronic stabilization works in 1080p.

A true flagship inside

If there are some remarks to the display and camera, then the manufacturer did not compromise on the part of iron: the filling is the most top-notch. The flagship Snapdragon processor 865, 8 GB ultra-fast RAM type LPDDR5, high-speed drive 256 GB standard UFS 3.1. Needless to say, any games fly at maximum settings? True, after 20-30 minutes the case heats up noticeably in the area of ​​the camera and display, but this does not cause discomfort to the fingers.

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A sufficiently capacious 4700 mAh battery supports fast 30-watt charging. In half an hour, the phone charges from 0 to 63%. Autonomy, at first impressions, pleases. The Poco F2 Pro video plays continuously for 23 hours and 40 minutes (airplane mode, display half brightness).

The gadget runs on Android 10 with the proprietary shell Poco Launcher 2.7.4. In fact, this is the same interface from MIUI 11, but with unique features. For example, there is a separate menu of installed applications with advanced search.

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Released two years ago, the Poco F1 became a national favorite thanks to the top-end processor and affordable price, but the rest was noticeably inferior to the then flagships. The Poco F2 Pro feels more balanced in this regard. It has no particular drawbacks, as well as the feeling of cheapness. Of course, its price is no longer as low as that of its predecessor. As for the cons – there is no camera with optical zoom, stereo speakers and increased screen refresh rate. But you get a frameless display without cutouts and the most top-end hardware.

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