Poco M2 Pro: Price in India, Review, Specs, Comparison with Redmi Note 9 Pro
Is it a re-branded Redmi Note 9 Pro?
Poco has launched its new smartphone Poco M2 Pro in India with a starting price of ₹13,999. Although the brand has been very selective in the past, it has now entered the “budget segment” with this new smartphone.
Being spun off from Xiaomi, the sub-brand, Poco has grown into its own identity in India. However, there have been strong parallels being drawn between the new smartphone “Poco M2 Pro” and “Redmi Note 9 Pro”.
If you look and compare Poco M2 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro, both the smartphones look similar and can be said to be identical twins. But, Poco’s sheer existence and its history in the smartphone market makes the Poco M2 Pro a “value-for-money” smartphone.
Is it the best smartphone under ₹15,000 right now?
Poco M2 Pro is the third smartphone to be launched in India under the Poco branding since the fan-favourite Poco F1 came out. It is also the second product launched here after Poco became an independent brand.
With M2 pro, Poco is going down the price ladder into the budget segment. With its physical aspects being identical to Redmi’s Note 9 Pro, one can say that it is most certainly a rebranded version of the Note 9 Pro.
Redmi smartphones are known for their firmware quirks (especially their in-built ads system). The Poco M2 Pro, however, is a smartphone without any ads but it comes packed with other MI UI features.
Design and Display
The Poco M2 Pro borrows its design from Redmi Note 9 Pro, making it identical to the latter. M2 Pro come with the same high-quality materials in its built as the Note 9 Pro.
The smartphone gets Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection both, at the front and back. The back comes with a dual-tone finish which is somewhat glossy in terms of looks but has a downside of absorbing fingerprints if a back-cover is not used. Poco claims that the model is splash-resistant and has a P2i water-coating.
The smartphone is 8.8 mm thick and weighs 209 grams, which does seem a lot but the overall feel on hand isn’t uncomfortable, as the weight on the handset has been evenly distributed.
The design and built quality of Poco M2 Pro makes it seem like a premium smartphone to have on hand, but in reality, it isn’t. Starting at just ₹13,999, the phone offers ‘looks and feels’ similar to those of premium segment smartphones.
The phone has a 6.67-inch IPS LCD display panel with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and 1080p+ resolution. It has an aspect ratio of 20:9 (which is also similar to Redmi Note 9 Pro). It is also Widevine L1 – Certified. And like most smartphones these days, Poco M2 Pro also comes with a punch hole cut-out for the front camera.
As usual, you get the volume rockers and power buttons on the side. The “Always-On” Fingerprint scanner is a nice feature to have. And the fingerprint scanner is fast and smooth.
Software and Performance
The Poco M2 Pro runs Xiaomi’s MI UI 11 with a tweaked Poco Launcher. And unlike, Xiaomi smartphones, Poco smartphones do not serve you with ads (which is a really good thing in my opinion).
The handset does come with a lot of bloatware pre-installed and some of them can’t be removed (not a good thing). Moreover, you will receive some notifications by default like the Security App will ask you to try the App Lock, the Theme App will suggest you to try their new custom wallpapers and so on, but you can disable them at any time you like.
The MI UI on Poco M2 Pro is designed in a way that it lets the users manually set the “Default Apps” and it also lets the user to choose or change the App icons.
As for Operating System (OS), the Poco M2 Pro runs on Android 10. It also consists of a Game Turbo, which will serve as a boon for mobile gamers out there.
Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G Octa-Core processor with two A76 Cores clocked upto 2.3 GHz and six Cortex A55 Cores clocked upto 1.8 Ghz, paired with an Adreno 618 GPU. The Snapdragon 720G can be said to be an underclocked version of the Snapdragon 730G
It is also the first mobile chip to support NavIC Satellite Positioning System, which is developed by ISRO.
To be honest, the MediaTek Helio G90T offers more raw power than the Snapdragon 720G, but in real-world usage, it is very reliable in performance and thermal characteristics. This could be due to the 8nm-based manufacturing used in the S 720G, while the Helio G90T has a 12nm chip.
The Poco M2 Pro works buttery smooth and efficiently without any sweat. The MI UI’s aggressive RAM management is excellent and makes the smartphone work even better.
In terms of gaming experience, one can play heavy games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty: Mobile at maximum settings without facing any issues like image stuttering. The phone does however heat up when you play heavy games for long hours but it also cools down very quickly. The heat management on M2 Pro is really good.
Poco M2 Pro comes with a humongous 5020 mAh battery, which is simply awesome at this price point given the number of other features it has to offer. The battery can last upto a day or more on a single charge, depending on your use. In terms of heavy usage, the battery can last upto a whopping 15+ hours.
The handset also supports 33-Watt fast charging, and it comes with a 33W Fast Charger in the box itself. It took me almost an hour to get the phone charged to 95%.
Impressive! The Poco M2 Pro’s cameras are quite remarkable. At the back, it has a 48 Megapixels Sensor with PDAF with an f/1.8 Aperture lens, an 8 Megapixels Ultra Wide-Angle lens with an f/2.2 lens, a 5 Megapixels Macro lens and a 2 Megapixels Depth sensor. The secondary camera at the front comes with a 16 Megapixels sensor. Phew! That’s a lot of lenses. I’m exhausted!
The cameras are quick in terms of focusing on the subject and the shutter speed is good as well. The Primary camera (at the back) can capture images with great details and has little to no issues to complain about. You can choose to shoot with the 48 MP sensor which is a Samsung sensor. The details often go out for a toss, so clicking pictures with the default 12 MP is also good.
The 8 MP Ultra Wide-Angle camera is also good in terms of wide-angled images and it takes photographs with good quality.
The camera setup also has a dedicated Night Mode, which works fine and gives a little more detail to images at night. However, it does need some improvements. The Ultra wide-angle camera does not support night mode.
The 5 MP Macro lens can capture photos of great details, but colours in the images seem a little off sometimes. The 2 MP depth camera struggles in low-light or indoor conditions but works great under good lighting or outdoor conditions.
The 16 MP secondary camera (at the front) takes good selfies and it comes out sharp and brilliant. Turning off beautification will bring more details in photos (which is good, thankfully xD).
The Poco M2 Pro supports video recording upto 4K at 30 fps and 1080p at 30 fps and 60 fps. The videos recorded look great even without artificial video stabilization.
Should you buy it? Yes! Though it can be said that the Poco M2 Pro is a rebranded Redmi Note 9 Pro, the smartphone is more or less an improved version of the latter, which has more features and value at this price segment. Poco M2 Pro promises to be one of the best smartphones in the budget segment with a powerful Octa-Core processor. Overall, the smartphone is expected to be the most sought after model in the Indian smartphone market.
The Poco M2 Pro has been launched in India at a price of ₹13,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64 GB Storage variant, ₹ 16,999 for the 6 GB RAM and 128 GB variant and ₹14,999 for the 6 GB RAM and 64 GB variant.
Great Build Quality
Awesome Battery Life
Value for Money
Camera struggles under low-light conditions
Detailing in images with 48 MP sensor is often hit or miss
A bit bulky