Most people haven’t heard of the smartphone company Poco, and for good reason. They’re still relatively young, launching their first phone in 2018. The Poco F1 (read: Poco Fone) was widely lauded, and for good reason. It launched for $300 and had most of the top-line specs of $1,000 flagships. After a disappointing follow-up, the X2, they have launched a true flagship killer sequel in the new Poco F2 Pro.
The Poco F2 Pro was announced this week via a live online event, once again promising top of the line performance and features at a fraction of the price. It has a 6.67-inch, AMOLED display without a notch, is powered by Qualcomm’s most powerful processor, the Snapdragon 865, and is available with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage.
The notchless display is made possible by 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera on top of the phone, similar to what we saw from some rivals like OnePlus.
Other than the familiar specs already mentioned, it also has a camera array that may be reminiscent of flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S20+. The Poco F2 Pro has a quad camera with a 64MP main sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide sensor, a 5MP macro sensor with 2X zoom, and a 2MP depth sensor.
It has also been optimised for long gaming sessions with a liquid cooling system. The 4,700mAh battery can be charged at 30W, which is respectable at this price point. It also retains the headphone jack and has 5G as standard.
Where it may be lacking compared to flagship devices is with the display. While the AMOLED display is sure to be crisp and sharp with detail, it lacks the high refresh rates that has now become the norm for flagship devices. We also aren’t sure if it will include wireless charging, which is a luxury many have grown accustomed to.
The design reminds us of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, but it isn’t uncommon for Chinese companies to take cues from each other. Poco is a spinoff company of Xiaomi, which has become a smartphone giant in its own right.
What makes the Poco F2 Pro stand out from the flagship crowd, as mentioned before, is its price. The 6GB RAM, 128GB storage version starts at $499 and the top-end 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage version is $599.