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Xiaomi Poco M2 Pro 6GB RAM, Launching on 8th September

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Poco has been very selective about its smartphone portfolio. It was spun off from Xiaomi and launched the Poco X2, more than a year after the Poco F1. Rather than releasing ‘flagship killers’ such as the F1, the company is now focusing more on the budget segment. With the new Poco M2 pro, it aims to take on the sub-Rs. 15,000 price segment. Poco says it has seen tremendous success with the X2 and hopes to replicate that formula.

The Poco M2 Pro starts at Rs. 13,999 and looking at its specifications, it seems like it could be a strong opponent to the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Realme 6, which are two excellent offerings with similar pricing. However, numbers on a paper aren’t always an accurate depiction of actual performance. It’s time to put the Poco M2 Pro to the test, to see if it’s as good as it’s made out to be.

As for the colour options, the Xiaomi Poco M2 Pro 6GB RAM smartphone comes in Two Shades of Black, Out of the Blue, Green and Greener colours.

Poco M2 Pro design

The Poco M2 Pro has an attractive design and is built well, but it also looks very similar to the Redmi note 9 pro.On examining both phones side by side, they appear to have the exact same body. Everything, including the buttons, ports, hole-punch in the display, and the rear camera bump, lines up perfectly. Poco has used a new angular striped pattern on the bottom three-quarters of the phone. The camera module has also had some cosmetic changes. The M2 Pro features a P2i water-repellent coating, which is said to make it splash-proof.
The Poco M2 Pro feels a little hefty and large in the hand, but I got used to the weight after a few days. A fingerprint sensor is embedded in the recessed power button, on the right side, and it authenticates you with a simple tap. I do wish the volume buttons were on the opposite side, as they are a little hard to reach. The SIM tray on the left supports two Nano-SIM cards and a microSD card. The headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and speaker are at the bottom, while on the top, we have a secondary microphone and an infrared emitter.

Poco has used a 6.67-inch full-HD+ LCD display, with a cutout for the selfie camera. You also get Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, back, and the rear camera module. I usually find pre-applied screen protectors really annoying, but the one on the M2 Pro is not intrusive. The display gets bright, colours are punchy, and the Settings app lets you tweak the colour profile.

Poco M2 Pro software: MIUI with Poco launcher

The similarities to the Redmi Note 9 Pro continue with the software. The Poco M2 Pro runs on MIUI 11, which is based on Android 10, and my unit had the June security patch. Apart from having the Poco Launcher as a default, the features and functionality are very similar to what you get on Redmi devices. The full suite of Mi apps is present, including Mi Music, Mi Video, Mi Browser, etc, and most of them can’t be uninstalled. There are also plenty of third-party apps such as Helo, Facebook, and some basic games, and all of these can be uninstalled.

Despite all the stock MIUI apps, I was surprised to not see any spam messages from them in the notification shade. Certain sections of some apps still push random promoted content, but this can usually be disabled.

Poco M2 Pro performance: Reliable

MIUI and app performance were superb throughout our review. This is largely thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. It’s the same one used in the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Realme 6 Pro. I’m testing the middle variant of the Poco M2 Pro, which has 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage and is priced at Rs. 14,999. There’s a lower variant with 4GB of RAM and the same amount of storage, which costs Rs. 13,999, and a top-end variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 16,999

Navigating through MIUI’s interface felt snappy, multitasking worked well, and apps in general were quick to load. Gaming performance was very good too. I played the usual heavy-hitters and all ran smoothly with good graphics. I didn’t notice any heating issues either, even after playing for long stretches at a time. Game Turbo is a handy utility that gives you shortcuts for screen recording, etc, while playing games.

Videos looked good on the Poco M2 Pro’s display. However, the single speaker isn’t very impressive. You can enable software enhancements for audio if you use wired headphones, but there’s nothing to boost the volume of the speaker.

Poco M2 Pro cameras: Good, but not great

The Poco M2 Pro has four rear cameras, which include a primary 48-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. You get a 16-megapixel hole-punch selfie camera. The M2 Pro has the same version of the MIUI camera app as the Redmi Note 9 Pro. From what I could tell, the only real difference between the two phones in terms of functionality is that you can use Night mode for the selfie camera on the M2 Pro.

The New Poco M2 Pro – Highlights

Features and options

There are some interesting features such as the ability to record full-HD video with the macro camera, and the results were surprisingly good. Pro mode also supports video recording, allowing you to manually set the exposure for a shoot and also the ability to record in LOG format, which can be colour graded later. For what it’s worth, the Redmi Note 9 Pro has the exact same features now.

In daylight, the Poco M2 Pro’s primary camera captured good-looking photos. Details were generally sharp in landscape shots, and colours were vivid. The Pro colour toggle lets you capture more saturated colours, if needed. Close-ups looked good too, although the camera app brightened colours a bit more than they were in the actual scene. The wide-angle camera produced noticeably weaker colours and details, compared to the main sensor. Portrait mode worked well, and the level of background blur could be adjusted.

In low-light situations, the main and wide-angle cameras struggled with exposure and details. The camera app did a good job of suppressing noise, but the photos generally looked underexposed and zooming in revealed weak details. Night mode wasn’t too effective either, barely doing anything to improve the image.

Selfies shot under bright light looked good. Details and skin textures were generally well represented. Shots were decent, as long as there was enough ambient light around.

The M2 Pro supports video recording at up to 4K 30fps. Videos shot at this resolution had a very warm colour tone, and colours looked quite exaggerated. There’s no stabilisation at this resolution. Stepping down to 1080p, videos looked better thanks to stabilisation and colours had a more natural tone. Low-light performance wasn’t great, and videos generally looked a bit underexposed and grainy.

Overall, the cameras of the Poco M2 Pro performed decently under good light but struggled to deliver satisfactory results in low light.

Poco M2 Pro battery: Long-lasting
The battery life of the Poco M2 Pro to be very good. The 5,000mAh capacity easily lasted for an entire day, even with lots of gaming and camera usage. With lighter workloads, I was able to use the phone well into the second day. The phone also ran for a little more than 17 hours in our HD video loop test, which was good. The bundled 33W fast charger does a good job of quickly charging the battery. I was able to charge this phone to about 95 per cent in an hour.

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WhatsApp End-to-end Encryption rolled out for backups

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WhatsApp recently made an announcement related to the end-to-end encryption to the cloud backups on both Android and iOS. As you may be aware like WhatsApp itself has been end-to-end encrypted by default,  and now if you chose to backup your chats history to Google Drive (Android) or iCloud (iOS), those data is also encrypted. Now,  you can enable end-to-end encryption for your backups. It’s an announcement from WhatsApp, and it won’t be on by default option but the user has to choose to enable it by going to Settings > Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup.

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Apple Unleashed event today at 10.30 PM IST

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After the release of the iPhone 13 series and a new smartwatch, Apple is ready to host another launch event today. Users can expect to see the launch of new Macbooks running on Apple’s in-house M1 chipsets on the Apple ‘Unleashed’ event.  Apple fans eagerly waiting for the new MacBook Models and a new mini version of the same. Also, we can expect a new or upgraded version of AirPods in the event. The event will begin at 10:30 PM IST today and we can watch the event on the Apple website and on the YouTube channel. If you have an Apple TV, you can open the TV app and look for the ‘Apple Special Event’ section. It lets you stream today’s Apple unleashed event and rewatch old ones if you are interested.

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Oppo F19s Launched, Specifications

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Oppo recently launched Oppo F19s mobile on 27th September 2021. This one also has a 6.43-inch touchscreen display. This display is equipped with a resolution of 1,080×2,400 pixels at a pixel density of 409 pixels per inch (PPI) and an aspect ratio of 20:9. F19s comes with 6GB of RAM and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Oppo F19s runs Android 11 and is powered by a 5,000mAh battery.
Also, the Oppo F19s supports proprietary fast charging. Dimensions of the Oppo F19s measures 160.30 x 73.80 x 7.95mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 175.00 grams.

On the camera department, the Oppo F19s on the rear packed with a triple camera (has autofocus) setup featuring a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture; a 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. On the front a single camera (has autofocus) setup for selfies, featuring a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. The Oppo F19s runs on ColorOS 11.1 is based on Android 11. This phone is available in Glowing Black and Glowing Gold colors. On the connectivity section, the Oppo F19s is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) mobile that accepts two Nano-SIM cards. Connectivity options on the Oppo F19s include Wi-Fi, GPS, USB OTG, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor.

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Connectivity options on the Oppo F19s include Wi-Fi, GPS, USB OTG, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor. Oppo F19s price in India starts at Rs. 19,990. The Oppo F19s can be ordered from Oppo’s official store.

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