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.
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.
OnePlus 9 series, launch date and specifications
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OnePlus is planning to launch its three flagship smartphones in India on March 23, 2021. As per the latest report, OnePlus is ready to launch the below smartphones on the launch day.
OnePlus 9 Pro
We assume the first two smartphones will have similar dimensions but the Pro model might include top-end features. And the OnePlus 9E might be the replacement for the current OnePlus Nord. Currently, there are more teasers telling about the appearance (both front and back)of the smartphone in detail. At this time we can only predict the price range for these phones like 40000,48000 and 30000 respectively in India.
Samsung Galaxy F62 announced
The latest addition from the Samsung Galaxy series is the Galaxy F62, and it includes a 7000mAH battery and 25W charger in the box. It is the second phone from Samsung with a big battery after Samsung Galaxy M51. Design-wise its comes with a dual-tone Laser gradient design.
The Samsung Galaxy F62 comes with a 6.7-inch Infinity-O AMOLED Plus display with FHD+ resolution. It equipped with a 32MP selfie camera in the front. On the rear side, we will get a quad-camera setup with a 64MP primary sensor, 12MP ultrawide and two 5MP modules for macro shots and depth data.
Samsung’s 7nm Exynos 9825 will be under the hood, with 6GB / 8GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. The Samsung Galaxy F62 comes in Laser Green, Laser Blue and Laser Grey colors. The phone is about 9.5mm thick, included with Android 11 with Samsung One UI 3.1 and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Samsung Galaxy F62 is set to go on sale in India at 12 noon on February 22.
Budget Smartphone selection for 2021 January
Best economic mobile phones for January 2021
Nowadays mobile phones are used for several purposes. Some of them are important and some of them for time pass.
What are the main use of mobile phones?
- Make calls
- Send Messages
- Surf Websites
- Capture your best moments
- Enter into online and offline applications.
To fulfill this, and average person only need a phone with price around 10,000 RS. Selecting a phone with maximum features is a himalayan task for few. Here are my list of budget phones for the month of January 2021.
5. Realme C15 3GB 32 GB
Realme C15 only have 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. You might be wondering why this phone entered into my top 5 budget phone list for the new decade.
Following are key elements making the Realme C15 in my favorite list.
- 6.52 inch HD Display
- 13MP AI Quad Camera
- 6000 mAh battery
Realme C15 can be preferred for those who are looking for a good photography experience and huge battery backup.
4. Redmi 9 Prime 4GB 64GB
Redmi 9 Prime outperformed Realme C15 with its 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory.
Other few features are
- A descent 5020 mAh battery
- 6.53 full HD Display
- AI Quad Camera
3. Oppo A5 2020 3GB 64GB
Oppo A5 beaten Redmi 9 Prime with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Octa core processor. I personally like Qualcomm processors over MediaTek.
Key other features include
- 64 GB internal memory
- Snapdragon 665 Octa Core Processor
- 5000 mAh battery
2. Samsung Galaxy M11 3GB 32 GB
Even though the Galaxy M11 comes with 3GB RAM 32GB internal memory, the position of the selfi Camera given rank 2 in my list. Most of the under 10K range Smartphones comes with water drop Camera. Hence the punch hole Camera in the Galaxy M11 making it favorable for many. Moreover Samsung has more brand value than the other phones in the list. At least from my point for view. There is no need for an argument at this time.
Here are some of the other key features
- Expandable memory support upto 512GB
- Qualcomm octa core processor
- 5000 mAh battery
1. Redmi 9 4GB 128 GB
While seeing the heading itself you might have noticed the heavy internal memory. Getting a Smartphone with 128GB under 10K is the only reason making Redmi 9 in the top of my list. 4GB RAM and 128GB internal memory gives enough room for us store and capture whatever we wants.
Other Key features are
- 5000 mAh battery
- 6.53 HD display
Note: I have checked our main online ecommerce websites prior to writing this article. There might be small variations in the price when you check the price online. Sellers keep changing in Flipkart and Amazon. I’m sure that these phones can be purchased within 10000RS. If you see the price above 10000RS, please visit the site on a later point so that the seller with less price shows again.
- OnePlus 9 series, launch date and specifications March 15, 2021
- Samsung Galaxy F62 announced February 15, 2021
- Budget Smartphone selection for 2021 January January 7, 2021
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- Samsung Galaxy S21 (2021) Redefine Concept Introduction December 1, 2020
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