Overview of smartphone Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro: back to rule?
Pocophone F1, released in the late summer of 2018, seemed to have failed, sitting between two chairs. It would seem that could go wrong is the most inexpensive (with a margin) smartphone with flagship at the time Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and even a bet on the wildly growing Indian market. Unfortunately for India it was slightly pricey, but for the rest of the world is not enough promoted on other characteristics, on the bare power of the hardware platform, as it turned out, does not go far; but
However, after a long silence began to seem that the experiment considered a failure to produce sub-brands Xiaomi will no longer be “pacioni” over before it started — because it’s been two years, and they are no news, just all sorts of dark rumors and insides. And here on this background suddenly goes POCO F2 Pro – c changed the strategy of the brand, by brand, retractable camera and no version without the word Pro in the title. The creators of the smartphone has clearly decided that it was more impressive, especially with no flagship hardware platform is not done. By the way, this time it “stuck” and a new cooling system with unusually large vaporization chamber — so that the gaming bias of the smartphone left. But a quick grab of the world (and India in the first place) already calculate not — POCO F2 Pro at a price very close to Mi 10, which (along with OnePlus 8 Pro), he will have to first compete.
In China, by the way, Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro was released under the name… Redmi K30 Pro. And it becomes a tradition for the company is to release to the world market as the flagship of the Redmi under other names. Let me remind you that last year the same thing happened with the Redmi K20 Pro, known under the name of Xiaomi Mi 9T – and it was one of the most interesting combination of characteristics of smartphones last year. See whether to repeat the success.
|Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro||Xiaomi Mi 10||OPPO Reno3 Pro||OnePlus 7T||Honor Pro 30+|
|Display||6.67 inch, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 386 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.67 inch, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 386 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.5 inch, Super AMOLED,
2400 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.55 inch AMOLED Fluid,
2400 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.57 inch, OLED, 2340 × 1080 pixels, 392 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||No information|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: single core Kryo 585 frequency of 2.84 GHz, three cores Kryo 585 frequency of 2.42 GHz, Quad core Kryo 585 1.8 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: single core Kryo 585 frequency of 2.84 GHz, three cores Kryo 585 frequency of 2.42 GHz, Quad core Kryo 585 1.8 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G: single core Kryo 475 Prime, 2.4 GHz + single core Kryo 475 Gold, 2.2 GHz, six cores Kryo 475 Silver, 1.8 GHz; 5G modem||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus: one core Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.96 GHz + three cores Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.42 GHz + four cores Kryo 485 Silver, the frequency of 1.78 GHz||HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, frequency of 2.86 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, the frequency of 2.36 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, frequency of 1.95 GHz); architecture HiAI; 5G modem|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 650||Adreno 650||Adreno 620||Adreno 640||ARM Mali-G76 MP16|
|RAM||6/8 GB||8/12 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8/12 GB|
|Flash memory||128/256 GB||128/256 GB||128/256 GB||128/256 GB||256 GB|
|Memory card support||No||No||No||No||Yes (NM)|
|Connectors||USB Type-C, mini-Jack (3.5 mm)||USB Type-C||USB Type-C||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|SIM card||One/two nano-SIM||One/two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
|GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41||LTE: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32, 38, 40||LTE: bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat.18 (up to 1200 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66||LTE: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, NavIC|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, infrared port||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|Fingerprint scanner||There, on the screen||There, on the screen||There, on the screen||There, on the screen||There, on the screen|
|The main camera||Quadruple module: 64 MP, ƒ/1,7 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz + 5 MP, ƒ/2,2 + 2 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, triple-led flash||Quadruple module: 108 MP, ƒ/1,7 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz 2 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz + 2MP, ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||The fourth module, 48 + 8 + 13 + 2 MP, ƒ/1,7 + ƒ/2,2 + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/2.4 GHz, optical stabilization with a 48-Megapixel module, phase detection autofocus, with the main and telecomhouse, dual-led flash||Triple module: 48 MP, ƒ/1,6 + 12 MP, ƒ/2,2 + 16 MP, ƒ/2.2, and optical stabilization with the primary camera, phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash||The fourth module, 50 + 16 + 8 + 2 MP, ƒ/1,9 + ƒ/2,2 + ƒ/3,4, hybrid auto focus, optical stabilizer with the main and telecomhouse, led flash|
|Front camera||20 MP, ƒ/2.2, and fixed focus||20 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||32 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, fixed focus||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||Double module: 32 + 8 MP, ƒ/2.0 + ƒ/2,2, fixed focus, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 17,86 W·h (4700 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 18,16 W·h (4780 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,3 W·h (4025 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 14,44 W·h (3800 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||163,3 × 75,4 × 8.9 mm||162,5 × 74,8 × 9 mm||159,4 x 72.4 x 7.7 mm||160,9 × 74,4 × 8.1 mm||Of 160.3 × 73,6 × 8.4 mm|
|Weight||219 grams||208 grams||171 grams||190 grams||190 grams|
|Protection case||No||No||No||No||IP54 (splash protection)|
|Operating system||Android 10, shell MIUI||Android 10, shell MIUI||Android 10, shell ColorOS||Android 10, shell OxygenOS||Android 10, shell Magic UI 3|
|Current price||34 350 rubles for the version 6/128 GB 49 990 rubles for the version 8/256 GB||44 100 rubles for the version 8/128 GB 54 900 rubles||49 990 rubles||34 700 rubles for the version 8/256 GB||54 990 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
During the presentation of F2 Pro POCO lot has been said about “innovation” and “killing the flagship.” It is logical to assume that these points are among other things supported by special design. So partly happened.
POCO F2 Pro really looks unusual for a smartphone of 2020 — it has no hole in the corner of the screen. Instead, the front camera is hidden in a sliding block from this logical solution, keeping the maximum area of the screen for the user, but is fraught mechanical damage, many refused. Many, but not Xiaomi. This adds a new “ponopono” identity and continuity in relation to the predecessor, the Redmi K20 Pro/Xiaomi Mi 9T.
The camera travels with sound, which pretty quickly starts to irritate — however, this is not a problem: both audio and visual (on drawer unit there are diodes backlight) support you can change or disable in settings. The camera takes about half a second — if you count on it when the face recognition, this delay may seem noticeable, but self can bear, despite the high pace of modern life.
The back four of lens are assembled in a circle with a characteristic figure within it, suggestive thoughts about flying the quadcopter. The camera module slightly protrudes above the body, a triple led flash is below it. It all looks good — and certainly fresher than the infinite square protrusions in the corner, copied from Apple. Xiaomi this year is working with design to surprise yourself and interesting.
And front panel, and back are covered with tempered glass Gorilla Glass 5 – back curved front, flat (fashion curved faces, which reduces the bezel of the screen to the absolute minimum, got only 10 Mi). On the perimeter of the POCO F2 is covered with aluminum, painted in body color from gray, purple and turquoise version and just polished the white, which got us to the test.
On the top face, we will see two surprises from the past — the infrared port and mini-Jack! Despite the flagship hardware platform, POCO F2 still and aiming at a mass audience, are susceptible to such things — and wired headphones to use, and appliances to manage.
The rest of Xiaomi POCO F2 is quite traditional: the USB Type-C from below, a conventional mechanical key on the right side, a couple of microphones on top and bottom. A fairly typical Android smartphone.
If you can unlock the phone using facial recognition I wrote above, but the basic method still remains the scanning of the fingerprint. To do this, there is proposed a display optical sensor. Unfortunately, not the same one that Mi 10 – responding it is slower, not as stable and, most hurtful, without identical mechanism of sensory impact, here the scanner is not so good to use in a tactile way. But in General, claims special about it — it works quite stably and without noticeable glitches.
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POCO F2 Pro runs on Android operating system 10, but is running a special shell Poco Launcher 2. Its difference from MIUI 11, however, the minimum is an endless carousel of apps there for them in a separate submenu with a normal search, grouping applications by type and variety, in the style of Xiaomi, settings. This more or less all the rest is the usual MIUI 11, this time without the especially Intrusive advertising — it basically annoys the happy owners of devices under the brand Redmi. The shell is fast, convenient and enjoyable in almost all respects. Except that stability sometimes lacking.
Display and sound
The Xiaomi F2 POCO Pro is set to almost the same display, as the Xiaomi Mi 10: Super AMOLED, 6.67 inch, resolution 2340 × 1080 pixels (386 ppi). Almost, but not quite: there is no key for our time element — high frequency of updates, here’s just the normal 60 Hz. Yeah, but declared the increased frequency response of the touch screen up to 180 Hz. Like a small detail, but the gaming capabilities are not impressed maximum, and somewhere in the area and is the line between conditional flagship smartphone and normal. Aggression with the “murder” of the flagship is aged to the end.
In General there is a good display with all the necessary layers, excellent oleophobic coating, high quality matrix announced support for the standard HDR10+ and a plenty of settings, which are below.
You can turn display information on the lock screen (Always-On Dislpay), and with animations to choose from; there is a special reading mode with the warm tone of the screen, adjust fonts, dark mode, even special options for working with VR. System settings color is very diverse: there are auto-correction depending on the lighting and the saturated regime, and the regime “original colors” (smartphone trying to adjust the color under the current image as accurately as possible), and advanced settings where you can choose the color space. I measured the color reproduction of the display with the widest possible mode (“enhanced”) and with the original palette.
The maximum measured brightness of the display Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro was 520 CD/m2. OLED-display rate is more than good and suitable stated in the specifications.
In the “improved” colors with expanded color gamut screen Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro shows is to be expected to configure this behavior: the gamma at normal levels (2,25), the color temperature is high, but not outrageous (main oscillations — from 7 500 to 8 000 K with a short drop to 6 600 K), the color gamut is slightly superior to DCI-P3 and the average deviation of DeltaE scale Color Checker including a wide range of colors and shades of gray, is at the rate of 4.32 3.00 – deviation is, but not very significant.
When you activate the mode “native” color gamut is narrowed to sRGB, but otherwise the behavior of the screen does not change: gamma of 2.27, temperature identical, and the average deviation of DeltaE scale Color Checker is 4,13. The screen is configured pretty good, but not perfect. Nevertheless, the situation is positively affected by the abundance of custom settings that allow you to manually make changes in color, if you are not satisfied with the standard.
Xiaomi F2 POCO Pro is on Board the relic, especially for okoloplodnykh segment, analog headphone Jack, but that will not carry his gun into the category of audiophile grade devices. The sound quality of the smartphone is comparable with the same Redmi Note 9S, which was in a puddle when compared to a real player to Sony Walkman NWZ-A105. So it is rather a matter of convenience and arrangement for user-traditionalists than sound quality. Stereo speakers, unfortunately, remained a privilege of the Xiaomi Mi 10 – here is the standard monaural speaker; but it is very loud.
Hardware and performance
Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro had a platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, that it is impossible to call him a killer advantage over the price, but the manufacturer claims that POCO is able to squeeze from it more than others, because of special cooling system, or software resources. Well, let’s see.
First, recall the composition of the Snapdragon 865: one superior modified Cortex-A77 with a frequency of 2.84 GHz; three modified productive core ARM Cortex-A77 with 2.4 GHz and four energy-efficient modified-core ARM Cortex-A55 with a frequency of 1.8 GHz. The graphics subsystem — Adreno 650. Also here is a new AI engine the AI Engine 5, which consists of a Hexagon Tensor accelerator Accelerator and Sensing Hub. Workflow — 7 nm.
According to test results it is seen that F2 POCO Pro really superior to the Xiaomi Mi 10 in all synthetic tests despite the fact that it has less RAM — 6 to 8 GB (and LPDDR4X, not LPDDR5). There is a version with 8 GB of RAM LPDDR5, but we at the review have not got. This, of course, the competition of the excesses of both devices (and any other for Snapdragon 865) have comprehensive to date performance, but understanding that you are officially one of the most powerful modern smartphones, can not warm.
With the throttle at the same same story, that of the Xiaomi Mi 10 – despite a hefty vaporization chamber, the benchmark Test of CPU Throttling that is fixed by lowering the operating frequency to 76% of the maximum, and with a smooth frequency decrease to the end, and not irregular in the beginning or in the middle of the dough. Average throughput of 206 GIPS. I can’t say my problem is really serious, but some restrictions on future POCO F2 Pro as a gaming smartphone it imposes — in long gaming sessions might be a problem.
The Xiaomi POCO Pro is set to F2 or 128, or 256 GB of flash memory standard UFS 3.1 without the possibility of expanding memory card slot is not provided. What can I say — 128GB for a modern smartphone, especially with the ability to record 4K, or, as here, 8K video is literally the lower limit of acceptable standards.
Communications and wireless communications
Xiaomi POCO F2 can work with 5G networks, modem, part of the Snapdragon 865, not disabled — another thing is that it is clearly not. Need to be 4G — and this is also the order and the speed (category LTE the manufacturer does not specify, but obviously everything is fine), and the supported ranges.
The wireless modules are presented in full: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Wi-Fi 6), 5.1 Bluetooth, NFC, infrared port, dual band GPS with support GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo.
All “killer flagships” have one thing in common — a smile. If somewhere much arrived (in this case performance), then we necessarily lose anything. Otherwise what’s the point — you can not produce the same Xiaomi Mi 10, because it will put to shame a competitor under the same brand. In this case, the compromises touched upon in the first place camera. This quadropedal, but much more simple, borrowed partially from 8 Pro Redmi Note/Redmi Note Pro 9.
The main camera has a 64-Quad-megapixel Bayer-sensor Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 (size 1/1,7″) which offers the default shooting resolution of 16 megapixels with the possibility to switch to ultra-high resolution. The lens is devoid of optical stabilization, but has a fairly high aperture — f/1,9. The main camera is the phase autofocus system. A wide-angle camera has changed relative to the last Redmi Note: AF did not appear, but grew up sensor resolution (13 MP instead of 8) while maintaining the individual pixel size (1,12 microns), but the angle was reduced (instead of 118 to 123 degrees) and fell aperture optics (f/2.4 vs f/2,2).
Separate camera for the zoom are not provided, a two-time scale at the expense of the crop with a 64-megapixel images. The quality of shooting in this mode is quite good the loss when shooting in ideal conditions, the light is barely visible. In the twilight especially at night — Yes, the quality summirovanii pictures already suffering. In poor light conditions feels confident only one main module with the standard (26 mm) focal length. Wide angle also allows you to achieve very nice pictures only during the day — but I have not noticed any problems with dynamic range, no detail, no “floating” of the camera to the camera white balance, as is the case with budget smartphones.
The white balance jumps only when switching from a 16-megapixel mode on the 64-megapixel, but it is not so critical. Above you can see examples of pictures in these resolutions.
But Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro and the feature that sets it apart not only Redmi Note but Xiaomi Mi 10, and all modern smartphones. Talking about the best to date, microcamere, allowing to achieve truly impressive shots closeup. It has the same sensor as in the Redmi Note Pro 9 (5 megapixels), but applies a fresh lens with an equivalent focal length of 50 mm and auto focus. The resolution is low, but it is enough that the picture has not suffered greatly due to lack of detail (which is inevitable in the common megapixel microcamera) and a specialized module allows to achieve very short minimum focusing distance. Thanks to the auto focus can not only use this camera on super-large plans, but with a certain distance, seeking, among other things, extremely expressive (and natural) bokeh.
The fourth camera POCO Pro F2 meets just behind the artificial background blur — ordinary depth sensor, which is based on megapixel sensor. Blurs the background of a smartphone well, there are different effects and beutification, problems well known from other Xiaomi – in portrait mode there is no possibility of zooming, why are only qualitatively General and (to some degree) waist plans; in close-UPS is very noticeable geometric distortion characteristic of wide-angle optics.
Provided specialized night mode is available only when working with the main camera with the usual angle of view or a hybrid with the double zoom. It works moderately effectively, to remove the night POCO F2 Pro it is possible, but on some special vertices in this regard, the smartphone does not apply.
Algorithms “artificial intelligence” similar to those in Mi 10 smartphone is often a little heavy on the saturation, making the colour bright, but unnatural. However, using neural networks disconnected — so there’s for everybody.
The camera app in Poco Launcher does not differ from the standard MIUI 11. In place and is enabled by default, the watermark indicating the model of the smartphone on which you take pictures. Make sure to turn it off — although it is possible to erase then in the gallery.
In video Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro demonstrates impressive functionality: there is the possibility of recording 8K video at up to 30 frames per second, affordable 4K shooting at up to 60 frames, and stabilization, and enhanced stabilization in Full HD 30p. Is a function of the VLOG, which “on the fly” glue rollers for social networking, there is beautification for video, shooting video with a blurred background, the assistant for shooting video, shooting video with the use of macrooptica… In General, with Xiaomi smartphones in this season for shooting video few beats. Quality — Yes, but here POCO F2 Pro shows good.
The front camera is similar to the one installed in Mi 10 — 20 megapixels, but the lens easier: aperture f/2,2 instead of f/2.0, fixed focus. The focus is exposed correctly, the spatial distortion when shooting self-portraits is not too significant, there is a soft bokeh, beutification. With a certain degree of confidence it is possible to shoot in low light and in bright direct sunlight.
Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro got a battery capacity of 17.86 W·h (4700 mAh, 3.8 V). A little less than 10 Mi, but the difference is insignificant and is not felt in real scenarios. As well as the official flagship of the brand, second “pompona” is enough for a day of active use without any particular problems. Even with intensive treatment to the device it is unlikely to require refueling in the middle of the day.
In our traditional test playing Full HD-video on maximum brightness with the included updates and notifications, the smartphone is almost reached to sixteen hours of continuous operation — the result is very good.
For charging the USB Type-C supports quick charging with the supplied adapter 30 watts of power. Smartphone fully charged in just over an hour. Wireless charging is not supported.
Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro leaves mixed feelings. On the one hand, the return of “pompona” turned out quite nice: unconventional design with a retractable camera, an excellent AMOLED display as in the Mi 10, mini-Jack, good battery life coupled with fast wireless charging and a full-fledged flagship performance.
On the other — have POCO F2 Pro does not understand positioning. This is no longer the ultimate cheap way to get the flagship platform of the current generation, as “another flagship killer” in the manner of the Xiaomi Mi and OnePlus 10 8 Pro is cheaper by 7-8 thousand, but the screen no mode 90 Hz, and no wireless charging, and the faceplate is not curved and the camera is much easier (although with a really impressive macro mode). For who in this case created the camera? For fans of 5 thousand extra points in AnTuTu or sincere adherents wired headphones (despite the fact that special sound quality POCO F2 Pro does not show)? Maybe for originals that are like retractable frontally? The issue is very complicated and I’m afraid the answer will be… another long pause before the next release of “pompona”. A pause that could last forever. Well, or saving a few thousand rubles at top performance all-taki will win.
- extendable camera (no patches in the screen);
- the most powerful hardware platform;
- large AMOLED-display with very detailed settings.
- the world’s best microcamera (standard main);
- good ability to video;
- mini Jack, IR port.
- no moisture protection (splash protection only);
- there is no memory expansion slot;
- camera without optical zoom;
- there is no stereo speakers;
- there is no mode 90 Hz.