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The POCO M2 Pro hits an all-new price point for the brand

A better Redmi Note 9 Pro.

Published onJuly 7, 2020

POCO M2 Pro split back panel
  • The POCO M2 Pro is the company’s take on the Redmi Note 9 Pro.
  • It includes fast 33W charging as well.
  • Prices start at Rs. 13,999 (~$186) and go all the way to Rs. 16,999 (~$226).

The POCO M2 Pro is the company’s latest affordable smartphone following the launch of the POCO X2 earlier in the year. Once again, POCO has cribbed Xiaomi’s design, this time the Redmi Note 9 Pro, but has made a few changes that should help it stand out from its stablemates.

Key specifications for the hardware include a Snapdragon 720G chipset paired up with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Additionally, there’s a quad-camera setup at the rear. The cameras are fairly versatile too and include a 48MP primary shooter paired up with an 8MP ultrawide camera as well as macro, depth sensors. Just like the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the 6.67-inch display over at the front includes a central punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera.

6.67-inch IPS LCD, 20:9 aspect ratio,
camera cut-out,
Full HD+ (1,080 x 2,400) resolution,
84.5% screen-to-body ratio
Snapdragon 720G

2 x 2.3GHz Kryo 465 Gold
6 x 1.8GHz Kryo 465 Silver

Adreno 618

microSD expansion
48MP main (Samsung GW2), f/1.8, 0.8-micron pixel size, PDAF
8MP ultra-wide, f/2.2, 120-degree fov, 1.12-micron pixel size, 1/4-inch sensor
2MP macro, f/2.4, 1.75-micron pixel size, 1/5-inch sensor
2MP depth sensor, f/2.4, 1.75-micron pixel size, 1/5-inch sensor
4K video at 30fps, Full HD video at 30/60fps and slo-mo at 120fps, HD video at 30fps and slo-mo at 720p, 960FPS

16MP, f/2.0, 1.0-micron pixel size, Full HD video at 30fps
33W charging
165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm
Green and Greener, Out of the Blue, Two Shades of Black
Side-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Proximity sensor, In-screen ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic compass, Vibration motor, IR blaster
Headphone jack
LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28
LTE TDD: B38/B40
WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8
GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8
Wi-Fi (2.4GHz and 5GHz): 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Direct/Wi-Fi Display
Bluetooth 5.0

While the main specifications might be similar, the POCO M2 Pro has a few tricks up its sleeve. The biggest, of course, is the fast 33W charging support. The included power brick promises to top-off the large 5,000mAh battery in under 90 minutes which is definitely a welcome addition.

POCO M2 Pro showing display in hand

Elsewhere, since this is a POCO phone, the M2 Pro swaps out the launcher for the POCO launcher which affords it abilities like automatic sorting and categorization of apps. Additionally, there are no ads here which should be a big enough selling point for people who like the Note 9 Pro but don’t want to deal with advertisements plaguing their device.

The phone will be available in three color options, namely Green and Greener, Out of the Blue, and Two Shades of Black. POCO is gunning for the competition with the M2 Pro and has priced it to move. The phone starts at Rs. 13,999 (~$186) for the 4GB/64GB variant, while bumping up to the 6GB/64GB variant will cost you Rs. 14,999 (~$200). Finally, the top-end 6GB/128GB version of the phone comes in at Rs. 16,999 (~$226).

The POCO M2 Pro goes on sale starting July 14 in India and has been priced aggressively to go up against the realme 6 and even the Redmi Note 9 Pro itself.

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