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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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Oppo A77 Will Launch in First Week of August: Details,Specifications

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It’s expected that the  Oppo A77 has been rumored that the Indian variant of the smartphone is going to release in India in the first week of August.  The Oppo A77 Indian variant would be in 4G model. It features a redesigned rear camera design. And also it accommodates a larger 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. The other specifications include a 6.56-inch HD+ display, MediaTek Helio G35 Processor, 50MP main camera, and a 2MP depth one. And the Oppo A77 will include an 8-megapixel AI portrait lens on the front.

 

 

 

 

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Amazon Great Freedom Festival Sale 2022 – Dates Announced

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The Great Freedom Festival sale from Amazone promises discounts on most smartphones, laptops, Amazon devices, and other electronics items. This will start from August 6 to August 10 this year as Independence Day special sale. Amazon will collaborate with SBI Card to offer a 10 percent instant discount to its cardholders during the sale. In addition to the discounts, the Independence Day sale will also offer no-cost EMI payment options, exchange offers, and other deals with top mobile phones and items.

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Realme Buds Air 3 Neo, Watch 3, Buds Wireless 2S Earphones Launched in India

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Recently Realme launched three mainstream products in their gadgets line up, Realme Watch 3 smartwatch, Buds Air 3 Neo true wireless earphones, and Buds Wireless 2S neckband-style wireless earphones.

The Realme Watch 3 has a major feature addition in the form of Bluetooth calling functionality, while the Realme Buds Air 3 Neo has support for Dolby Atmos audio. The Realme Buds Wireless 2S will be priced affordably and will promise reliable and stable connectivity thanks to Bluetooth 5.3

Realme Watch 3

Realme Watch 3 has a 1.8-inch TFT-LCD touch screen, with a resolution of 240×286 pixels. Watch 3’s important feature is Bluetooth calling, and it has a built-in microphone and speaker system. With that, once it’s paired, the Realme Watch 3 can function the same as a hands-free speaker device for your smartphone. Realme Watch 3 has a 340mAh battery, and IP68 rated for dust and water resistance and has sensors for heart rate and SpO2 monitoring, and step and sleep tracking, with over 110 fitness modes for workout tracking. The Realme Watch 3 is on sale at Rs. 3,499 in India, but for the time being it will be available at an introductory price of Rs. 2,999. The Realme Watch 3 goes on sale on August 3, on Flipkart, the Realme online store, and select retail stores.

Realme Buds Air 3 Neo, Buds Wireless 2S specifications and features

The new Realme Buds Air 3 Neo came with 10mm dynamic bass drivers and supports Dolby Atmos, AI ENC for noise cancellation for calls, and Bluetooth 5.2 technology. The earbuds support up to 7 hours of music playback on a single charge. Also, the earbuds charging case bring the battery life up to 30 hours, with USB Type-C charging. The Realme Buds Air 3 Neo is priced at Rs. 1,999 in India, while the Buds Wireless 2S is available for Rs. 1,499. For the time being, these products will be available at discounted prices of Rs. 1,699 and Rs. 1,299 respectively. These products go on sale July last week, on Flipkart, the Realme online store, and select retail stores.

 

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