POCO F2 Pro has been launched in Europe today at €499 & €599 euros and will eventually launch in India sometime soon. It is the much-awaited successor to well-received POCO F1 and a rebranded version of Redmi K30 Pro.

It is the much-awaited successor to well-received POCO F1 and a rebranded version of Redmi K30 Pro.

Let’s what it has got and what could have made it the best device for the 2020.

POCO F2 Pro Specifications:

  • Latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 GPU
  • 5G X55 Modem
  • 6.67 Inch 60Hz Super AMOLED FHD+ Display with HDR10 Support
  • 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM
  • 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM
  • Up to 256GB of UFS3.0 Storage
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • 4700mah with 30W Wired Fast Charging
  • 64MP (Main Camera, Sony IMX686) + 13MP (Wide-angle lens) + 5MP (Macro Camera) + 2MP (Depth Sensor)
  • 8K video recording 24fps/30fps, 4K video recording 30fps/60fps, 1080p video recording 30fps/60fps, 720p video recording 30fps
  • Slow-motion video 960fps 720P/1080P, 240fps 720P/1080P, 120fps 720P/1080P
  • 20MP Pop-up front camera
  • In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • Single Speaker

Do you remember why POCO F1 is such a success and pulled heartstrings of smartphone lovers across the world? Because, POCO F1 provided features that nobody can imagine at that price point, like dual stereo speakers, kevlar back chassis, and a very good camera that literally there was no other smartphone that was competing with it then.

POCO F1 provided features that nobody can imagine at that price point

For the same reason, people actually demanded that POCO should release the successor to the POCO F1.

Xiaomi actually listened to the customers and relaunched POCO brand and released POCO F2 pro. But POCO F2 Pro lacks the soul of POCO F1.

POCO F2 Pro lacks the soul of POCO F1

Let us see what it has missed and what it could have done to carry forward the legacy of POCO F1.

1. 60Hz Screen –> 90Hz Screen

Customers have accustomed to see higher refresh rate screens in flagships. It is very difficult to unsee the smoothness of higher refresh rate screens once you have seen them. And, it is a pity that POCO X2, a mid-range smartphone gets a 120Hz silky smooth screen and a flagship killer gets 60Hz screen. I don’t understand why they missed such a crucial point.

I understand POCO F2 Pro has upgraded its screen from LCD in POCO F1 to a very good AMOLED. But it is difficult to digest when smartphones like Iqoo Neo 3, Redmagic 5G, or Realme X50 Pro are providing higher refresh rate screen at the same price point.

2. Single Speaker –> Dual Stereo Speakers

It is no debate that Stereo Speakers provides excellent multimedia experience. And, you feel really bad when you remove a sought after feature and a differentiating factor that made you great in the successor.

POCO F2 Pro has a single bottom-firing speaker and it is not at all a match to the excellent dual stereo speaker setup that POCO F1 provided and I feel terribly bad about it.

3. Better Pricing

POCO F1 launched at €369 in Europe. Compare that to €499 for the base variant with old generation RAM and not at all an acceptable upgrade. POCO has been known for it’s value and it lost POCO F2 Pro lost it’s soul here again.

POCO is known for its beastly specs at unimaginable prices that customers go awe about it. With POCO F2 Pro, POCO forgot what made them great and lost its way. POCO F2 Pro is a missed opportunity and I feel very bad about it being an ardent POCO fan.

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