The Poco F1 quickly stole the ‘Flagship Killer’ title when Xiaomi released it back in August 2018. Poco is now an independent brand and has today returned with a second-generation model – the Poco F2 Pro.
Massive Super AMOLED display with no notch
The new smartphone is an improvement over the original in virtually every way, especially design. Gone is the 6.2-inch LCD display introduced on the F1 and in its place is a massive 6.7-inch Super AMOLED panel covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 5.Bezels have been reduced to a minimum and the Poco F2 offers an impressive 92.7% screen-to-body ratio. This is all made possible by a discrete pop-up camera system that replaces the notch and houses a 20-megapixel selfie camera.
Poco says the display can reach 800 nights of brightness in high brightness mode and a maximum brightness level of 1,200 nits. It also claims a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2400 x 1080p Full-HD+ resolution.
The Snapdragon 865, a huge battery, 30W charging, and 5G
Ensuring the visual experience is as smooth as possible at all times is the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 5G connectivity. The aforementioned chipset is also used inside Galaxy S20 Ultra and OnePlus 8 Pro, among others.
Poco has paired it with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage as standard, although a pricier variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is also available. Unfortunately, microSD cards are not supported.
High-end smartphones often get hot when being used for intensive tasks such as gaming, but the Poco F2 Pro does its best to avoid that. The phone is equipped with 10 heat sensors and Liquid Cool Technology 2.0 that helps dissipate heat.
Rounding out the package is Android 10 and the Poco Launcher 2.0 paired with a 4,700mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging. According to Poco, the F2 Pro can be charged to 100% in only 63 minutes.
On an unrelated note, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IR blaster.
Four rear cameras and 8K video recording
As for the all-important camera department, the Poco F2 Pro is fitted with a quad-camera system on the back.
Sitting alongside the primary shooter is a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera that supports a 123-degree field of view. Users can also find a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a 5-megapixel ‘telemacro’ camera.
The latter is the first ‘flagship telemacro’ camera on a smartphone and offers up to 2x more macro than rival implementations.
Poco F2 Pro price and release date
The Poco F2 Pro is available to purchase starting today across the globe via partnering online retailers AliExpress and Gearbest. It will be coming to Amazon, Poco.net, and others in the near future.
The 6/128GB and 8/256GB models are available for €499 and €599 respectively across Europe, although there is an important catch. Those prices seem to be a launch promotion that, at least in some countries, is limited to only the first 500 units.
The true Poco F2 Pro pricing is €549 and €649 in Europe.