“The Poco F2 Pro was eagerly awaited by price-conscious tech fans. With the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, Mi 10 and Mi Note 10, Xiaomi has recently shown that the Chinese brand can even compete with top brands like Samsung. At the same time, devices like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro offer a lot of technology for money for less than 300 euros.
But by reviving the Poco brand, does Xiaomi once again succeed in bringing a device with cutting-edge technology to the market at a mid-range price? Xiaomi itself is convinced, once again referred to the Poco F2 Pro as a flagship killer at the launch. But can it really take up the fight with the sometimes twice as expensive top smartphones as Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, OnePlus 8 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max? The test of “Computer Image”.
Poco F2 Pro has Snapdragon 865 at an enormous pace
For the processor, the Poco F2 Pro repeats the coup of its predecessor Pocophone F1: With the Qualcomm processor Snapdragon 865, the Poco F2 Pro is the fastest processor in the Android world at the time of release (in the F1, this was the 2018 Snapdragon 845). The same processor also provided enormous speed in the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Xiaomi claims: The Poco F2 Pro is even faster! Test results from the benchmark app Antutu were cited as proof. According to Xiaomi, the Poco F2 Pro scores 590,000 points, while the OnePlus 8 Pro only scores 575,000 points and the European version of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus with Exynos 990 CPU only gets 526,000 points.
“Computer Bild” uses another benchmark program in the test, Geekbench 5.1: Here both devices are equal to a maximum of around 3350 points (multi-core), differences are in the range of usual fluctuations. Compared to the version of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (2825 multi-core points) sold in Germany, however, the lead is clear.
According to Xiaomi, liquid cooling also keeps the Poco F2 Pro a few degrees cooler than Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Plus after an hour of gaming use. Because: The hotter the processor gets, the sooner it may have to reduce its performance. The game performance was even confirmed by TÜV Rheinland. The High Tempo of Benchmark Results was also confirmed by the Poco F2 Pro in the practical test.
Result: At the pace Xiaomi keeps the promise. The Poco F2 Pro is faster, or at least the same as all Android top-of-the-range smartphones – but: Apple’s A13 CPU is also not available from the Poco F2 Pro.
Design and colours of the Poco F2 Pro
The first F2 Pro was not visually convincing in the test with its plastic housing. The Poco F2 Pro with Gorilla Glass 5 relies on more noble materials at the front and back, the housing (dimensions: 163.3×75.4×8.9 mm) is slightly rounded at the back and at the edge. The case is available in four colours (neon blue, white, violet, grey).
The blue iridescent version was used in the test – looks great, but is attractive for fingerprints. And unlike, for example, the Mi 10, the display glass is not noticeably rounded, so here only reaches upper class level, but no top level.
Exciting: The grey and purple versions have a matte surface, which is probably less sensitive to fingerprints. At 218 grams it is quite heavy. Cool effect: The front camera is hidden in the housing, but goes out in seconds if necessary.
Conclusion: The design is great – but only top class. With more expensive top-of-the-line smartphones, the whole thing looks even more noble, here also rounded, higher-quality displays are used. So no flagship killer.
Poco F2 Pro has display with AMOLED
The display is 6.67 inches tall, and the entire area is fully usable: the front camera is hidden in the housing, only exiting when needed. Samsung’s OLED technology (AMOLED) provides enormous contrasts, the brightness according to Xiaomi should be ripped up to 800 nits in the maximum – that’s good values!
In fact, the display was also very easy to read outside in the test, and also convinced with crisp colours. The latest Samsung displays, however, achieve a record brightness of over 1100 candela in the test, so are even more a number better. The resolution (2400×1800 pixels, Full HD+) is not top level, but proved sharp enough in the test.
Conclusion: The display achieves top performance in all essential points. But it’s not enough for the flagship killer to make the difference to more expensive top-of-the-range devices is hardly visible away from exact laboratory measurements.
Poco F2 Pro: Camera up to 64 megapixels, 8K video
Four cameras are installed: The main camera comes with a 64-megapixel sensor from Sony (IMX686), in which four pixels are combined into one each by pixel binning. There is also a slightly light-light 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens (aperture f/2.4 instead of f/1.89 for the main lens) and a 5-megapixel camera with magnification for macro shots (Xiaomi speaks of “Telemacro”).
The fourth camera with two megapixels is only an auxiliary lens for bokeh photos. Videos can be made up to 8K (up to 24 FPS) or 4K (up to 60 FPS). A real tele-lens is therefore missing, unlike, for example, in the Mi Note 10. The retractable front camera (without autofocus) comes to 20 megapixels, masters selfie videos in slow motion.
Photo quality of the Poco F2 Pro in the test
The main camera takes really strong pictures, at least in the practical test in daylight there were no dramatic differences to top smartphones like the Huawei P40 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Different for additional cameras and zoom applications: The ultra-wide angle lens tended to squishy images, while the Poco F2 Pro delivered only pixel slang instead of great details (such as the Huawei P40 Pro Plus). Videos were okay.
Conclusion: The camera closes to the upper class. But given the zoom and wide-angle weakness, the right flagship smartphones remain ahead.
Face lock easily crackable
There are two ways to unlock biometrics: The recommended version is the fingerprint sensor installed under the display. In the test, however, he proved to be very moody, reacting at lightning speed, sometimes only in the second attempt or after a long lay-up.
There is also a face lockdown. If the user swipes the lock screen, the front camera will be pulled out. Nice to look at, but not sure: In the test, a cut-out cell phone photo of the face was enough to unlock the device.
Quick charging on board
The battery is quite strong with 4700 mAh, fast charging via USB-C is supported with up to 30 watts. A 33-watt power supply is included. Wireless charging does not exist, so unlike android top models, no accessories such as wireless in-ears can be charged from the back. In addition to the USB-C jack, there is a classic jack for headphones, which is missing almost all top smartphones.
Conclusion: Battery capacity and charging speed are at the highest level – but only if you charge by cable.
Poco F2 Pro has Wi-Fi 6 and 5G with high speed
Thanks to the built-in 5G and Wi-Fi 6 (multiple antennas), high speed is also guaranteed when accessing the Internet. Important also: LTE can also be used on 700 MHz (band 28), so the Poco F2 Pro benefits from Vodafone’s 700 MHz expansion.
Xiaomi has not yet revealed whether the Band 28 can also be used for 5G. In the test in the city of Hamburg, the Poco F2 Pro showed excellent 5G reception, but there were weaknesses in the tempo measurements, which are probably due to the local network.
Conclusion: The radio equipment with 5G and Wi-Fi 6 is better than with some flagships.
Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro: Price, Release
The predecessor was particularly exciting due to its price of 329 euros. The successor is not quite as cheap: The version with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal memory cost 499 euros as a promotional offer for the start, the variant with 8 GB/256 GB costs 599 euros.
The sale started initially (May 12, 2020) only at the Chinese dealers AliExpress and Gearbest, meanwhile the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro can also be obtained in German retailers, prices range from 499 to 550 euros (June 2020).
Conclusion: The recent performances of OnePlus and Oppo have already hinted at it: The days of a flagship killer for less than 400 euros are not only over at OnePlus. The second Poco smartphone also follows this trend: it is more than 50 percent more expensive than its predecessor. For the offered technology, 499 euros are nevertheless a battle price, especially since the Pocophone F1 was not always easy to get for German consumers and failed with HD video streaming.
The test showed that the Poco F2 Pro performs just as well or better than some flagships in processing, speed and internet speed. In the camera test there were ambivalent results: The main camera is excellent in normal conditions, but expensive top Androids are better for zoom shots. Overall, therefore, it is not enough to the flagship killer, but probably to the top-class price tip.
Strengths: very fast working speed, 5G mobile, large OLED display, good main camera, ultra wide angle/macro lens, jack
Weaknesses: not waterproof, no wireless charging, zoom quality of the camera poor