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The Pocophone F1 was an extremely important smartphone for Xiaomi in 2018. The price-performance killer was a real flagship for just under 300 € and thus drew the attention of many people to Xiaomi for the first time. A successor was denied for a long time, but then everything suddenly happened faster than expected. The Pocophone F2 Pro was presented and, as expected, is identical to the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro. After the test, it is clear that no other smartphone sums up everything we like about Xiaomi smartphones so well.

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Technical details of the Pocophone F2

Pocophone F2 Pro
Display6.67 ″ AMOLED display (2400 x 1080p, 20: 9 aspect ratio)
processorQualcom Snapdragon 865 @ 2.84 GHz
Graphics chipAdreno 650
random access memory6 GB LPPDR4X / 8 GB LPDDR5
Internal memory128 GB UFS 3.1 / 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage
Main camera64 MP Sony IMX686 with ƒ / 1.89 + 13 MP wide angle camera + 5 MP tele macro camera + 2 MP portrait sensor
Front camera20 MP
battery pack4,700 mAh with 30W
ConnectivityWiFi 6, WiFi ACGPS / Galileo / BDS / GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.1, Dual SIM, NFC, 5G
FeaturesFingerprint sensor in the display | USB Type-C | Headphone jack | IR blaster
operating systemMIUI 11, Android 10
Dimensions / weight163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 mm / 228 g
price6/128 GB: 499 € | 8/256 GB: € 599

Poco adopts Redmi K30 series

There were first leaks at the beginning of 2019, but they more or less came true in the Xiaomi Mi 9T and Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (Redmi K20 (Pro)). For us, the 9T was also a kind of Poco F2, because like the first generation it had the jack connection and a larger battery compared to the flagship (Xiaomi Mi 8). And in fact, Pocophone chooses the Redmi K series as a template for the new Pocophone. This has already been done with the Pocophone X2, which is based on the Redmi K30.

Borderless, but no "own" design

So we have it with the Pocophone F2 Pro with relative rimless design to do. You can tell immediately that the Poco F2 Pro is the quasi-successor to the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, it no longer has much in common with the first Pocophone F1. The 6.67 ″ screen diagonal is Xiaomi's current standard and despite the very borderless design, it is simply a big smartphone. But especially the rimless design quickly comforts you, finally no punch-hole design again! For example, it is very reminiscent of the Mi Mix 3, which was also "borderless" due to the slider design.

Of course, the smartphone is not completely borderless, especially since a curved display like the Xiaomi Mi 10 is dispensed with. This actually reinforces the borderless effect, but just between us: Far fewer people should be bothered by the flat display. The lower edge of the screen is the thickest with a thickness of 4-5 mm, while the Poco is a bit slimmer on the sides and above.

As with the Pocophone F1 and the Redmi K20 Pro / Mi 9T Pro, the cameras are arranged centrally on the back. However, it is now a square arrangement in a circle module, similar to a OnePlus 7T. Underneath is the LED flash. We also know it from the Redmi K30 Pro. There are a total of four different colorways that have been adopted from the K30 Pro: blue (neon blue), gray / silver (cyber gray), purple (electric purple) and white (phantom white). The reference to the Mi 9T Pro can also be recognized by the red power button on the right.

It only occurred to me after a few days with the Poco that, unlike its predecessor, it was even is not a stand-alone design. The first Pocophone was only available in this version and no model from our own ranks. In my opinion, this is not necessarily a point of criticism, a completely independent design would still be interesting, but would probably drive the price up further due to research and development.

Processing & handling

The plastic back of the first Poco was blasphemed, but the Poco F2 Pro cannot be said to have been badly manufactured. On the contrary, the Cyber ​​Gray back of our test device is off gorillaGlass 5 and looks very high quality. It looks more matt than the back of the Xiaomi Mi 10, but not as matt as that of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. Unfortunately, the back is very susceptible to fingerprints.

The high-quality workmanship can also be seen in the weight 228 g the Poco F2 Pro is not only larger than average, but also quite "difficult". That is also almost 50 g more than its predecessor. Everyone has to know for themselves whether one prefers or rejects a higher weight in the hand. For me it is actually not noticeably heavier than comparable devices.

That is definitely a plus Camera module on the back. That is because it does not protrude that far from the housing and because it is positioned centrally, the mobile phone does not wobble on the table! The fact that one was inspired by the OnePlus 7T cannot be denied. With the arrangement of the cameras, one has at least interpreted it in one's own way.

It's not surprising that you don't have an IP rating here, but it gets more annoying from year to year. Such official protection against water is expensive, but it is a security that well-known manufacturers have been providing for years. In any case, this is more forgiving with the Poco than with the Xiaomi Mi 10.

Poco continues the pop-up

The specialty is that Pop-up camera, i.e. the front camera that mechanically extends out of the housing when it is needed. The Pop-up design has found a surprising number of followers and you understand more and more with every minute why this is so. Due to the invisibility of the front camera, you have the feeling of simply having the display in your hand - very futuristic.

As with the Mi 9T Pro, the camera is slightly offset to the left. So far, we have hardly heard anything negative about the functionality of the pop-up camera from the Mi 9T Pro, even in long-term experiences. Even in the Poco F2 Pro, we cannot criticize the functionality after our tests. It feels a bit more stable, drives out and back in as quickly as usual and automatically drives in as soon as the mobile phone detects that it is falling. We didn't want to take a hardship, but it works well on a bed.

There is also a protective mechanism if you pull the camera out and back in several times in a row. MIUI will then send a notification.

Pop-up as notification LED

The pop-up cam not only serves as a selfie camera, but also as a Notification LED. There is an LED around the camera, which can light up in five different colors (light blue, blue, dark blue, green, red) for driving out. The color is also briefly indicated on the screen when it is pulled out. There are also six different Sound effects to adjust. This can be set under "Settings -> Special functions -> Front camera effects".

There you can also use the same LED as a notification LED under “LED light”. Unfortunately, it doesn't light up in the five different colors, but instead only in white. So if you get a notification, of course, the camera won't open. A small circle (~ 1 mm diameter) is indicated on the top of the pop-up camera module, through which the LED below lights up. This can be done for any app adjust individually, but it also lights up for incoming calls and during the charging process.

Unfortunately, I find the positioning a bit strange. So you have to turn your mobile phone by 180 ° so that you can see the top of the device. how do you see it?

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One of the best 60 Hz displays

One of the biggest differences between the two pocophones is the display. Now you bet AMOLED Display, of course with one Full HD + resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels in 20: 9 aspect ratio. This results in a pixel density of 394 ppi, an absolute standard value. Poco speaks of a 92.7% screen-to-body ratio. Since it is a kind of “budget flagship”, a higher frame rate is dispensed with and the Poco F2 is equipped with one 60 Hz panel off. There is at least an increased one for this Touch sampling rate of 180 Hz and an average brightness of 800 nit. There is also an HDR 10+ certification.

It might not be the best display out there, but it definitely is one really good display. I like the brightness very much in everyday life, at home or in the office a good 25% of the maximum setting is enough, outside you have to turn up, of course. I was pretty consistent with 50%, which was mostly enough for me. The color representation is also very strong and the higher touch sampling rate makes itself noticeable at times. Entries are implemented quickly!

One only has to criticize that Viewing angle stability. From acute angles makes one Color shift of the display noticeable, the colors then look very greenish. Since you never look at your cell phone in practice, this is absolutely negligible.

The biggest point of criticism from the community was that missing 90 Hz refresh rate. Since this is becoming more and more popular and can also be found in cheap flagships such as the Realme X50 Pro, it also seems to be theoretically possible in the Poco. Having the option of 90 Hz would certainly be better, no question about it, but thanks to the good display and the higher touch sampling rate, I didn't miss it in the test as much as I initially thought. It will still work without 90 Hz in 2020.

Setting options through MIUI

Similar to the Xiaomi Mi 10, the MIUI operating system gives you a lot of setting options for the display of the new Pocophone. In addition to the reading mode and the anti-flicker mode, there is also the Dark modethat looks really good and, thanks to the AMOLED panel, has a power-saving effect. You can also adjust the color temperature using the color palette and that Scheme even in advanced settings adjust further. Here you can preselect different color spaces and adjust them individually using the slider.

Then there is the Sunlight modewhich, like the automatic brightness, which can also be activated, increases the display brightness. In this case, however, only if the ambient light is very bright. For this purpose, Poco has installed a 360 ° light sensor that can intelligently and automatically adjust the brightness to the ambient light. In the test, I did not notice any significant advantage in this regard.

I've said it several times and I'll pass it on: Xiaomi’s always-on mode is probably one of the best on the market. The MIUI operating system offers 27 different styles, some of which you can still adjust the color scheme, but in any case what should be displayed: battery and / or notifications. But you can also use your own pictures as an always-on display - very cool! So here I could use our logo and then adjust the color of the font. That's just nice, isn't it?

Fingerprint sensor in the display

In the two years between the two pocophones, the status of the Fingerprint sensor changed. At that time still on the back, now it sits in the display, which was made possible by Vivo shortly after the Pocophone F1. It's hard to say whether it's the fingerprint sensor, the processor or the higher touch scanning rate, but I really like the unlocking through the display in the test. It works quickly and really very reliably, so far I haven't had a dropout.

Still that master of speed?

The Pocophone F2 Pro gets the latest top hardware despite the lower price. So he surprises us Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor with 2.84 GHz by no means. The current flagship CPU is also in the Xiaomi Mi 10 or OnePlus 8 Pro and, in combination with UFS 3.1 memory with 777 MB / s write speed, ensures rapid performance. The minimum configuration is 6 GB LLPDR4X RAM and 128 GB UFS 3.1 mass storage, for an additional charge of € 100 there are 8 GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB UFS 3.1 mass storage. It's a shame that such a distinction is made in this regard.

The Poco F1 was considered to be master of speed, the title cannot be given to the Poco F2 Pro. Not because it's slow, on the contrary. Therefore the Poco simply lacks the 90 Hz display, which, in combination with the higher touch sampling rate, would certainly have increased the feeling of speed and fluid performance. With the X2 Pro, Realme proves that 90 Hz panels can also be built into cheaper smartphones. BUT: Don't let that put you off, the Poco F2 Pro is still a powerful and fast mobile phone and will remain so for the next few years.

Apps open quickly, close just as quickly, multitasking has not been a problem so far and photos are processed quickly, if not always directly. Gaming is also not a problem, a few rounds of Call Of Duty on the highest settings won't make the device sweat. The Poco F2 Pro is probably that fastest 60 Hz Android smartphone on the market, you can definitely say that!

In order to be able to guarantee high performance in the long term in gaming, Pocophone uses the slogan "Powerfully Cool “introduced the LiquidCool technology. For this purpose, ten heat sensors have been integrated that measure the temperature. To cool the device, a graphite layer, graphene and an extra enlarged vapor chamber (Super VC) are used. The Poco F2 Pro has even received the TÜV Rheinland High Gaming Performance certificate.

Benchmark results

This impression is also confirmed by our benchmark results, which are even somewhat better than with the Xiaomi Mi 10 despite almost the same equipment. In the AnTuTu benchmark in particular, you have to admit defeat to a Red Magic 5G, but it shows how much performance you are here for gets his money. These are all absolute top values!

More than 2 days of battery life

The battery is also relatively large at 4,700 mAh. In contrast to the flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 10, it is still smaller, if only minimally. But since you do without a 90 Hz display, you actually get a slightly better one Battery life of a total of a good 2 days. The benchmark just didn't want to and didn't want to stop, as we normally only experienced this with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. This is also noticeable in practice, the device hardly loses battery overnight and the drain is really limited.

The Pocophone F2 Pro can be charged quickly with 30W. Although you can charge a Realme X50 Pro with 65W, I still think 30W is more than sufficient, even for a flagship. The Poco F2 Pro charges from 16% to 71% in 30 minutes and to 91% in 45 minutes. A complete charge therefore takes a little more than an hour, the corresponding charger is included in the scope of delivery. Unfortunately, wireless charging is not possible.

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Now also with a quad camera

A lot has happened in the smartphone market since the first Pocophone, especially in the field of cameras. Now there are four sensors instead of two. The main camera consists of the Sony IMX686 sensor, which is also found in the Mi Note 10 Lite or Red Magic 5G, for example. This is also equipped with Night Mode 2.0 and supports 8K videos. You combine it with one 13 megapixel ultra wide angle camera with a 123 ° angle and a 2 MP depth sensor that collects additional image information when taking portraits.

A normal version and a zoom edition have been released for the Redmi K30 Pro, but Xiaomi has opted for the normal version as a template. So the fourth sensor is one Tele macro camera with a 5 MP resolution.

Main camera

In my opinion, the Poco F2 Pro does everything right with the Sony IMX686 and probably delivers one of the best smartphone cameras in this price range. A pronounced sharpness, rich colors, a nice clarity and in most cases a good white balance. I like the sharpness and the natural bokeh better than with the Xiaomi Mi 10 thanks to the smaller sensor. The Sony IMX689 from the OnePlus 8 Pro or Oppo Find X2 Pro can tickle out even more details in places, but you can see that more on the second Look. Because even more distant writings on cardboard can still be read easily when zooming in.