The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro


  1. Introduction
  2. About POCO F2 Pro


Once upon a time, OnePlus walked in the rank of “flagship killer”, but this is a dangerous and insidious title. There is a lot of honor, little money, and mountains of work, and a carriage of scandalous words. So OnePlus chose to flee to a safe haven. But a holy place is never empty, and the title is resounding. I want to try it on. Here Xiaomi could not resist, presenting in August 2018 Pocophone F1 – the flagship hardware for 24 thousand rubles. The smartphone attracted a lot of interest. On our website, the Pokophone review has been perfectly readable for several months.

However, despite loud media buzz and interest, the Pocophone was a niche story. This was confirmed by the speaker of the online presentation of the second Pocophone model. However, at first the speaker reminded that we all need to be responsible! You need to do sports exercises, distance yourself and wash your hands. On my own behalf, I want to add that although everyone was stocked up with toilet paper until the second coming, but the water is more pleasant and healthier!

Back to Pocophone! It turned out that the total number of devices sold was only 1.64 million units. This is extremely small. I have two assumptions. First, the Pocophone F1 is ahead of its time. India was supposed to be the main market for Pocophone. There is now an active smartphoneization of the population, and since many are just buying the first devices (at a price of $ 150), then in 2018 people were simply not ready to spend $ 230 on the Pocophone F1. They did not understand what exactly he was giving. Secondly, it is likely that Xiaomi itself has limited sales. There is a strong suspicion that the Pocophone F1 was sold, relatively speaking, at the cost of iron and the work of engineers and was unprofitable for this reason. And the Pocophone F1 project itself was more of a marketing campaign to attract attention.

About POCO F2 Pro

Let’s see what Pocophone # 2 has in store for us! The speaker said that the POCO brand has completely relaunched!

Brand communication has changed! The Pocophone F1 was aimed at delivering maximum performance. The promo video for POCO F2 Pro said that while the whole world is in constant pursuit of the fastest and brightest, the Poco team prefers to focus on those things that really have an impact on the user experience, while not forgetting about performance. And the new POCO slogan: focus on innovation that matters!

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

Apparently, the mountain with snow is just a symbol, since there is no IP protection in the new smartphone

If the Pocophone F1 was the “flagship killer”, then the POCO F2 was presented as “the real flagship killer.” Probably, at the presentation in a couple of years, some POCO F4 will be called “well, exactly, 100%, really a real killer of flagships.” By the way, the new smartphone is called POCO F2 Pro. Apparently, marketing said that the trend can not be ignored, Apple has smartphones “Pro”, even if we have.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

The speaker said the new model builds on the legacy of the Pocophone F1 in terms of insane performance, but will focus on the 3 things that really matter to the user – performance, design and camera.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

Pro performance

We decided to start the story with performance. It’s not just performance, but Powerfully Cool Performance, that is, “Very cool performance”! But here is a play on words, implying that, despite the performance, the smartphone will not warm up.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

The chipset is Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. And, of course, Xiaomi makes the most of the chipset’s potential. The Poco F2 Pro will have 5G support, Wi-Fi 6 and dual-band GPS. Next, the speaker said that the smartphone has LPDDR 5 memory (Speed ​​44 GB / s), and the drive is up to UFS 3.1 (777 Mb / s). These technologies hint that the Poco F2 Pro will fly first! Secondly, it apparently supports shooting in 8K.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

The new Poco F2 Pro was called an absolute beast that tears all competitors like Tuzik a heating pad. And they immediately gave a demonstration! Apple has yet to compete with Apple in terms of performance. The company has improved its quality in chipset construction. Compared to MediaTek is somehow not comme il faut, so the Exynos 990 and Samsung S20 + were humiliated. And they did the right thing! Let Samsung watch and be ashamed of its handiwork! Well, it is necessary to release a flagship that can humiliate some kind of peace!

Next, we made a comparison with the OnePlus 8 Pro, poking around the engineers and showing how to squeeze the maximum out of the chipset! Poco F2 Pro won 3%. In elite sports, thousandths of a second are also quoted. Here is the same logic.

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POCO F2 Pro has a new LiquidCool Technology 2.0, which should provide stable performance without throttling and overheating! In addition to using materials with high thermal conductivity, POCO has installed a huge evaporation chamber.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

If you remember, then the same Redmi Note 8 Pro uses a vapor tube. And here Xiaomi really presented something new. The evaporation chamber is huge. It not only covers a larger volume, but also due to its size allows you to dissipate heat more efficiently. However, Xiaomi has chosen to make comparisons with smartphones from other manufacturers. And the audience was shown three disassembled smartphones: S20 + (right), OnePlus 8 Pro (left) and POCO F2 Pro. All three smartphones have steam chambers. But POCO has it in the center and the largest!

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

S20 + (right), OnePlus 8 Pro (left) and POCO F2 Pro

In conclusion, they decided to further humiliate OnePlus and Samsung in real gaming tests.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

If you’re wondering, Janks is a metric that counts the time between the start and end of one frame, or, more simply, estimates the frame delay. The lower the number, the smoother the picture.

The POCO F2 Pro will probably be really good at gaming. It has 180 Hz touch processing (not to be confused with the screen refresh rate!), As well as a semi-premium Z-vibration motor. I already talked about the Z-axis vibration motors in the presentation of Redmi Note 9 Pro, so I’ll just quote:

Conventional rotating motors are superior in vibration force to linear motors with Z-axis, and not only them, but also motors with X-axis (Z-axis and X-axis linear motors). For understanding: the names of the motors are tied to the axes along which the motor moves to create vibration. The Z-axis is the depth axis, that is, the movements of the motor are limited by the thickness of the smartphone. X / Y-axis are motors moving horizontally.

However, if a cheap vibration comes from an ordinary motor, then the Z-shaped motors vibrate less, but give the user the effect of vibration “like a stretched string”, when when typing messages it seems that the smartphone is ringing tactilely. The most premium ones are horizontal motors, that is, with an X-axis. The most advanced horizontal motor in the iPhone, better known as the Apple Taptic Engine.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

Xiaomi has become close friends with the German studio TUV Rheinland. It was also used in the presentation of Redmi Note 9 Pro, but there it was about screens, and here it was about gaming performance. The Pocophone F2 Pro was unveiled as one of the few smartphones to have received a gaming performance certification from TUV Rheinland. The fact is that TUV Rheinland inspects everything from bridges and railways to cyber security audits. She is asked a question and asked to confirm or deny, so the reason why other manufacturers do not have a certificate is simply because they did not go to TUV Rheinland.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

About battery life

Battery 4 mAh. This is the layout that can be obtained from a single charge. Fast charge 700W, 30 minutes to 63%.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

About humiliation of Samsung

The sneaky POCO found a weak point in the armor of the great Korean company and throughout the presentation hammered into it like a drunken woodpecker in a birdhouse. To put an end to the conversation about the performance and superiority of the new Pokophone, we conducted a gaming test, during which the Poco F2 Pro showed that it is more powerful, colder, more stable, and in general it seems like a better buy.

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In fact, after 1 hour of play, the difference is minimal: 2.5 degrees and 4% charge. Thus, if we extrapolate, then Samsung will last 5.55 hours of play, and POCO F2 Pro – 7.14 hours of play. And then, if you carefully looked at the pictures in the section about battery life, the question should arise: where is 13.5 hours of the declared gaming ?! Because happiness cannot be built on someone else’s misfortune!

About the screen

Screen characteristics are shown in the screenshots below. A fingerprint scanner is hidden under the screen.

An unusual feature is a 360-degree light sensor. To those who are not in the subject, it may seem that this is an innovation, but many manufacturers put a light sensor on both sides of the smartphone in order to better adjust the brightness of the screen. But POCO has 3 sensors. Usually 2 additional sensors are located on the back of the device, but here, maybe they were stuck in the end for the sake of innovation ?!

The smartphone has HDR10 +. I can’t remember, but one of the Xiaomi smartphones (maybe the Pocophone F1?) Had a problem with the lack of a certificate that allowed Netflix and other streaming services to work. Now such a certificate has appeared.

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About OS features

Android 10 smartphone with Poco Launcher 2.0 shell. There are small tweaks in the shell that distinguish it from MIUI. For example, the search bar for applications has moved down, where it is more convenient to reach it, and the shell itself is able to catalog applications. And of course there will be dark mode. Also Poco Launcher is available for download in the Google market. You can download and rate!

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About design

Here’s a design.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

Smartphone made of glass and aluminum frame with motorized camera. I like the camera block, do you? The smartphone will have NFC, 3.5 mm jack and infrared remote control. Just bunnies!

About the camera

The camera needs to be tested, they promised gorgeous shooting from above, and from below, and to the right, and to the left, both day and night, but the broadcast was carried out in 720p, so I did not understand anything.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

The most interesting thing is the tele-macro camera. The camera allows you to take photos from a distance of 7 cm, while there is a 3x zoom. That is, not only did the smartphone bring it close, but you can also increase it. And then the distance seems to be XNUMX cm.

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The smartphone has 8K shooting.

The front camera is 20 MP, it is motorized and hides in the body. Allows you to make a new Xiaomi feature – slow-mo selfie.

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About technical characteristics

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (7nm +), Octa-core (1 × 2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3 × 2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4 × 1.80 GHz Kryo 585), Adreno 650 graphics
Operating system Android 10, shell POCO LAUNCHER 2
Memory 6 LPDDR4X / 8 GB LPDDR 5/128/256 GB, no memory card slot
Screen 6.67 inches, Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2400 pixels, aspect ratio 20: 9, dot density 395 ppi, declared brightness 500/800 nits, peak 1200 nits, HDR10 +, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Battery Li-Po 4700 mAh, fast charging 30 W, Quick Charge 4+ 100% in 63 minutes, in the box charging 33 W.
Main camera 64 MP, 26mm, Sony IMX686 (wide), 1 / 1.72 ″, 0.8µm, PDAF
5 MP, 50mm (tele / macro), AF
13 MP, 13mm (ultra wide angle)
2 MP, (depth)
Video recording: 4320p @ 24 / 30fps, 2160p @ 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30/60/120 / 240fps, 1080p @ 960fps; gyro-EIS stabilization
Front camera 20 MP, (wide-angle), 1 / 3.4 ″, 0.8µm, motorized
Sim card 2 Nano-SIM
Network and data transmission GSM 900/1800/1900, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, dual band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC, NFC, IrDa, USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0
SENSORS fingerprint scanner (under the screen), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer
Other there is a 3.5 mm jack, there is NFC, there is no protection against water, there is no slot for memory cards
Materials Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, aluminum frame
dimensions 163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 mm, weight 218 g.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

About the price and conclusion

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The POCO F2 Pro is now a truly new OnePlus. The smartphone gives a fairly powerful price and excellent performance at the same time. Recently, Xiaomi has learned to work with cameras, and its smartphones are in the top DxOMark ratings, but the POCO F2 Pro still needs to be tested. And if the camera is really good, then the new Poco is definitely more interesting than the OnePlus 8 Pro.

The real flagship killer POCO F2 Pro

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