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Poco launched the M2 Pro in India

Poco launched the M2 Pro in India

Last month, Poco launched the M2 Pro in India. The M2 Pro is the most affordable smartphone in the Poco lineup and arrives in India’s sub-Rs 15,000 segment.

The M2 Pro arrived in three variants with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. The phone starts from Rs 13,999 and goes all the way up to Rs 16,999. It not only has similar

specifications like the Redmi Note 9 Pro, but it also falls in the same price segment.

So, while the wait for the Poco F2 Pro continues, let’s take an in-depth look at the most affordable Poco phone yet.

Poco emphasises its “Made in India” commitment on the front and back of the box. The company offers a silicone case, charger, cable, and SIM eject tool inside the box. The M2 Pro’s design is quite similar to that of the Redmi Note 9 Pro. The phone arrives in three colours, including Blue, Green and Greener, and two shades of Black. The Green and greener finish seemed a bit too flashy to our liking.

Audio

The speaker is at the bottom and is surprisingly loud, although the lack of having stereo speakers is noticeable from the lack of bass. The Poco M2 Pro features AptX, AptX HD and LDAC, ensuring that sound quality with wireless headphones is on point. For the price, the M2 Pro does a pretty decent job across the board.

Display

The phone’s display comprises a 6.67-inch LCD panel with an FHD+ (1,080*2,400 pixels) resolution with a 20:9 aspect ratio but it lacks high refresh rate.

It offers decent colour reproduction, brightness and viewing angles for an LCD panel, but doesn’t live up to an OLED screen. The display on the M2 Pro is Widevine L1 certified, which will allow you to stream content from OTT platforms in Full HD.

The M2 Pro offers around 450 nits of peak brightness and the screen is bright enough for outdoor use, you aren’t going to struggle to use the phone in direct sunlight.

Though the similarly priced Realme 6 makes up for the lack of an OLED panel with a high refresh rate display, the Poco M2 Pro falls short here. The screen on the Poco M2 Pro is decent for consuming entertainment and is pretty good for its price, but it is far from the best in the segment.

Performance and Battery

In terms of performance, the Poco M2 Pro rocks a Snapdragon 720G chipset, which delivers performance at par with the Snapdragon 730G SoC on the Poco X2.

The chipset is paired with up to 6GB of RAM, although you are stuck with 4GB on the base model, which does seem slightly underwhelming for 2020.

The Snapdragon 720G chip can handle most tasks without a hitch. The Poco M2 Pro managed an overall score of 270014 in our AnTuTu benchmark test, which puts it at par with some of the best mid-tier phones, in terms of raw performance.

We tested quite a few games on the phone, including Call of Duty: Mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends, Raid: Shadow Legends, PUBG Mobile, and Fortnite.

Call of Duty: Mobile defaults to medium settings, but you can play the game on high settings without any lag or thermal throttling. Overall, we have no complaints about performance; the M2 Pro certainly

Software   

The phone runs the MIUI 11 based on Android 10 with the Poco launcher. Not a lot has changed from the Poco X2 on the software front. While navigation is pretty smooth with some customisations, MIUI 11 is still riddled with bloatware. Many third-party apps can be uninstalled, but stock MIUI apps are here to stay.

This phone has Poco Launcher as opposed to the default MIUI Launcher; the latter adds some versatility like an app drawer as well as intelligent categorisation of apps. It is safe to say that the main gripe with MIUI is ‘spam’. We were glad to see that ‘ad spam’ was not an issue on the Poco M2 Pro.

Our overall experience with MIUI on the Poco M2 Pro was quite satisfying; we feel that Xiaomi Mi 10 can also learn a couple of lessons on Poco’s software front.

Camera

In terms of optics, the Poco M2 Pro boasts a quad-camera setup on the back. The setup comprises of a 48 MP primary shooter, an 8 MP ultrawide snapper, a 2 MP depth sensor, and a 5 MP dedicated macro camera.

On the front, the camera cutout houses a 16 MP selfie shooter. You can record videos in up to 4K resolution at 30 fps on the primary camera. The camera app is the same as on all phones that run MIUI.

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