I usually buy phones between 200 and 300€ maximum but I couldn't resist the temptation to break my piggy bank to buy the Poco F2 Pro.[b][b]Poco is a brand of the Xiaomi group which aims to offer even more performance for an even lower price. Xiaomi had already succeeded very well with the Poco F1 in 2018, the Poco F2 sets the bar even higher by tackling the Samsung Galaxy S20+ or the One Plus 8T Pro![b][b]On paper this new Poco F2 Pro has everything you need to offer the best quality/performance/price ratio. [b][b][b][b][b][b]linkManufacturer web site:https://www.poco.net/global/[b][b]
Structure of my tests
I test the phones according to a pre-established structure (see below) to provide you with as much information as possible. Unfortunately, this takes a long time. Some tests like network performance tests take several days and for photo tests I sometimes have to wait until the weather is suitable to take pictures in good conditions. I am therefore obliged to publish the tests step by step, so I invite you to come back if the test is not complete at the time of your visit.[b] How are my tests different from others on the web?
- I usually buy the devices with my own money, so price is just as important as you are! - I keep the devices for at least a few weeks (sometimes more) to see what they are worth in real conditions. - I answer (when possible) your questions to help you decide before you buy - no one pays me to do these reviews, so I'm completely neutral and independent... - My pages are not filled with ads
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Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro 5G - Smartphone 6.67" AMOLED, 6GB RAM, 128GB, 64MP, Cyber Gray...
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21/05/20 Purchase of the Poco F2 Pro on Gearbest.com[b]15/06/20 I finally received the Poco F2 Pro, I'll be able to start testing it.[b][b]
Why this phone?
Xiaomi had launched the Poco / Pocophone brand with the Poco F1 in 2018 targeting first the Indian market and then the rest of the world. This phone was a massive success and unfortunately I did not test it. [b][b]With the Poco F2 Pro, Xiaomi brings to the market a high-end phone comparable on paper to the Samsung Galaxy S20+ for a price below 500€. This territory was usually reserved for phones like the Xiaomi Mi 10 but the price of this device has increased significantly, so there was a place to take.[b][b]The Poco F2 is one of the most powerful phones on the market (at launch), it uses a Sony sensor that has already proven itself in the Huawei P30 Pro, it is 5G compatible, it lacks nothing to compete.[b][b]
The box of the Poco F2 Pro leaves no doubt as to its link with Xiaomi, the box contains the bare minimum and the packaging has not been given any special treatment. The difference with the Xiaomi phones lies in the use of a box without photo with specific Poco colors (black and yellow).[b][b]The box contains the phone, a charger, a USB cable type C, a manual, a needle for the sim drawer and a transparent shell.[b][b]
Length : 163.3 Width : 75.4 Thickness : 8.9 Weight : 219 Jack output : Yes USB Type : Type C USB norm : 2.0 Infrared port : Yes
The configuration of the Poco F2 Pro faithfully follows the configuration of the phones at Xiaomi. After accepting the general conditions, you must connect to the wifi, then transfer your account from your old device and finalize the configuration with the fingerprint sensor.[b][b]At the end Xiaomi will invite you to register to its cloud and validate the privacy rules a second time, it's the same on Xiaomi phones.[b][b]I encountered an error while importing my profile from a Xiaomi, I had to use a Samsung for this to work. [b][b]
[b][b]The first Poco was launched in 2018 and was a high-performance phone positioned as a low-cost phone. This new Poco is a different kind of animal. It still offers a very interesting quality/price ratio but this new Poco F2 Pro is far from being a low cost phone.[b][b]Xiaomi has borrowed the basics from the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro to make it a slightly larger phone but keeping the pop-up camera for selfies and placing a circle at the back to hold the photo sensors. The power button is red like on the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro.[b][b]The phone really made a very good impression when I opened the box.[b][b][b][b][b]The perimeter of the phone is made of the same material as the back, so there are no interruptions and the phone gives the impression of a screen supported by a glass back.[b][b]On the top of the phone there is a pop-up selfie camera, a jack connector and an infrared port. This is the same as the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro[b][b][b][b]The lower part of the phone is composed of a SIM drawer, a USB type C port and an external speaker. Here too it is the same as the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro.[b][b][b][b]The left side of the phone is completely smooth because the SIM drawer is at the bottom of the phone. On the right is a classic configuration with the two volume buttons and the red start button like on the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro. These buttons are correctly positioned and come out enough from the device so as not to confuse them.[b][b][b][b]The Poco F2 Pro is very similar in many ways to the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro but it is the back of the phone that is different from the latter. Where the Mi 9T Pro had gone in a festival of not necessarily pretty gradients, the Poco F2 Pro offers a totally uniform glass surface with a brushed aluminum effect. It is much more sober than the Mi 9T Pro, I think the Poco F2 Pro is much more elegant but it's a matter of personal taste![b][b]Another new feature is the position of the rear photo sensors. Xiaomi has probably already tried everything, they tried something else with the Poco F2 Pro. The sensors are encircled by a black circle that stands out a little bit from the device, so the device will never be completely flat, but this is the case with most phones at the moment. I'm curious to see if using the sensors in this position will have an influence on the parallax of the pictures.[b][b][b][b]The screen of the Poco F2 Pro is huge (6.67 inches compared to 6.39 inches for the Mi 9T Pro) and takes up 87% of the available space compared to 86% for the Mi 9T Pro. [b][b]The edges of the screen are thin but not to the point of offering a full-screen experience like on a Samsung Galaxy S20.[b][b]
[b]The information below comes from the Device Info HW application. The application provides detailed technical information about the tested phone.Es gibt zwei Versionen des Poco F2 PRo, eine 6 Gb / 128 Gb-Version (die ich getestet habe) und eine 8 Gb / 256 Gb-Version. Beide Versionen bieten die 5G.[b][b]
Last week, I started testing the Samsung Galaxy S20 and not surprisingly, this phone delivers top level performance. Xiaomi positions the Poco as a direct competitor of the Samsung, so I was curious to see if the Poco would outperform the Samsung in performance? The answer is yes![b][b]I scored 569,000 points on Antutu with the Poco F2 Pro where I scored 503,000 points with the Samsung. If I look at the results in detail I can see that it is mainly at the CPU level that the Poco outperforms the Samsung with 17% more performance while at the GPU level the Poco outperforms the Samsung by 4%.[b][b]The Poco will therefore allow you to play any game using the maximum level of graphics and to push the nail even harder, the Poco F2 Pro heats up less than the Samsung. When the Samsung gets hot, it's unpleasant to hold (especially near the volume buttons) while the Poco doesn't present this kind of problem. The Poco also heats up, but not at least not to cause an unpleasant sensation.[b][b]
[b][b][b] I scored over 7000 points with 3D Mark, it's simply the best score I've gotten so far, even the Samsung Galaxy S20 doesn't do any better.[b][b]
Antutu score : 569559 Antutu CPU : 181195 Antutu GPU : 216606 Antutu UX : 78856 Antutu Mem : 92902 3D Mark Open GL : 7202 3D Mark Vulkan : 6631
[b]Top 10 - performance ranking based on Antutu 1. Oppo Find X2 Pro - 605184 2. Oneplus 8t - 595000 3. Xiaomi Mi 10t Pro - 581650 4. Oneplus 8 Pro - 579417 5. Xiaomi Mi 10 - 579114 6. Poco F2 Pro - 569559 7. Samsung Galaxy S20 Fe - 565000 8. Samsung Galaxy S20 - 503905 9. Huawei P40 Pro - 466765 10. Huawei P40 - 466765
Number of smartphones in the ranking:117 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:6/117
Note: this ranking only contains the phones I tested as well as a few others that I added for reference. [b]Gaming[b]To test the performance in game, I download the mobile PUBG game and evaluate the in-game experience, graphics level and depth of vision. This game is quite demanding and should help you evaluating the performance of a phone.The Poco F2 Pro has been designed to run any game. It can run any game with the maximum level of graphics without burning your hands thanks to its efficient cooling system.[b][b][b][b]PUBG Mobile works wonderfully on the Poco F2 Pro, the level of detail and depth of vision are at their maximum.[b][b][b][b]I'm usually only testing game performance with PUBG Mobile, but since this phone is designed to appeal to gamers, I also tested Fortnite. It looks like nothing can beat the Poco F2 Pro here too.[b][b][b]
The Poco F2 Pro supports all frequencies used in Europe for 3G and 4G. This is the first 5G phone I'm testing but I don't have access to a 5G network in Belgium yet. For those who live in France, the Poco F2 Pro will allow them to use 5G thanks to the n78 frequency.[b][b]
3G frequencies : B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B4 (1700/2100 AWS A-F), B5 (850), B8 (900) 4G frequencies : B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B20 (800), B28 (700), B38 (TDD 2600), B40 (TDD 2300), B41 (TDD 2500) 5G frequencies : n77 (3700), n78 (3500) Bluetooth : Bluetooth 5.1 LE Volte : Yes NFC : Yes Number measurements : 1247 Average signal : -99.8 Number measurements : 1438 Average signal (reference) : -91.02 Average signal (telephone) : -94.99 Average deviation reference/telephone : -3.97 Min/Max signal (reference) : -89 / -94 Min/Max signal (phone) : -94 / -96 Download speed : 207 Upload speed : 53
Choose your country to check if your phone is compatible:
The frequencies displayed below will allow you to see if this phone is compatible with your operator or if you will be able to use it in the country where you are going on vacation.
Signal 4G[b]The ability to pick up the network correctly is an essential element for a phone but it is only very rarely measured. To measure a phone's ability to pick up the network, I perform a large number of measurements on the same cells to be able to compare phones under similar conditions. The signal is measured in dBm, a value of -90dBm indicates a worse signal than -70dBm. These measurements are therefore taken under real conditions and not in a laboratory, they are not scientific but give a good indication of performance. [b][b]Network signal sensitivity rating
Average signal (dBm)
Number of measurements:
Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite
Samsung Galaxy A70
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi Mi A3
Huawei Y6 2019
Doogee S58 Pro
Meizu Note 9
Motorola G8 Power
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Umidigi S3 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Ulefone Armor 7e
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s
Poco F2 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g
[b]I had very good results with the Mi 9T Pro when I tested it, the Poco F2 Pro on the other hand is in the middle range with signals fluctuating between -97 dBm and -100 dBm. Most of the phones I test are in this range with a few rare exceptions that stand out from the crowd. Xiaomi has never been a champion at network level, this Poco F2 Pro is not a champion but it is not a bad phone. [b][b][b]Download/Upload speed[b]To test the download speed, I have identified some 4G cells offering good performance where I test all my devices several times to see what download and upload speed they can achieve.[b]Top 10 - speed ranking in download 1. Samsung Galaxy S20 D:351Mbps U: 20Mbps 2. Poco X3 D:232Mbps U: 55Mbps 3. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g D:223Mbps U: 52Mbps 4. Poco F2 Pro D:207Mbps U: 53Mbps 5. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite D:153Mbps U: 68Mbps 6. Xiaomi Mi A3 D:150Mbps U: 60Mbps 7. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s D:150Mbps U: 60Mbps 8. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite D:149Mbps U: 60Mbps 9. Samsung Galaxy A21s D:147Mbps U: 51Mbps 10. Huawei Y6 2019 D:145Mbps U: 61Mbps
Number of smartphones in the ranking:30 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:4/30
Note: the theoretical maximum speed of a telephone is often limited by the configuration of the mobile network and the congestion of the network at the time of the measurement. So maybe you could get a higher speed on another network [b]The Poco F2 Pro gets a good score for wifi downloads but this is also the case for 4G speed. In download I got 207 Mbps and in upload I get just under 60 Mbps. With such a speed the Poco F2 Pro ranks among the fastest phones I've ever tested.[b][b]I don't have access to a 5G network, so I couldn't test the speed in 5G. [b][b]
To test a phone's ability to receive the network properly, I take measurements near my router and then remotely (and always at the same place). This gives me an average in dBm where a value of -90 dBm indicates poorer performance than a value at -30 dBm.[b]
Wifi frequencies : 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11n 5GHz, 802.11ac, WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Download speed : 341 Signal / close : -11 Signal / distant : -68
Wifi signal[b]I measured a signal of -11 dBm near the router, it's simply the best signal level I've gotten so far, the Poco F2 Pro ranks ahead of everyone else with even a solid lead.[b][b]I measured a signal of -68 dBm away from the router, again this is the best score but the difference is less marked than with the other phones I tested.[b][b]
[b][b][b]Top 10 - wifi sensitivity ranking 1. Poco F2 Pro -11dBm 2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro -12dBm 3. Samsung Galaxy A21s -13dBm 4. Redmi Note 9t -15dBm 5. Poco X3 -17dBm 6. Xiaomi Mi 10t Pro -18dBm 7. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s -18dBm 8. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro -19dBm 9. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite -19dBm 10. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g -19dBm
Number of smartphones in the ranking:37 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:1/37
[b]Download/Upload speed[b]To test the speed in Wifi, I connect to my router in 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (if available) and use the Ookla application to measure the speed.A good score on the wifi signal often translates into a good download speed, the theory is fully verified with the Poco F2 Pro. I got a download speed of 341 Mbps and I'm sure the phone can go higher but I probably didn't have the bandwidth at the time of the test.[b][b]
[b][b][b]Top 10 - wifi download speed ranking 1. Samsung Galaxy S20 351Mbps 2. Poco F2 Pro 341Mbps 3. Redmi Note 9t 332Mbps 4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 319Mbps 5. Umidigi Bison 306Mbps 6. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g 300Mbps 7. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite 260Mbps 8. Poco X3 251Mbps 9. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 250Mbps 10. Umidigi F1 220Mbps
Number of smartphones in the ranking:35 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:2/35
Note: I have a 400Mbps line and a modem capable of delivering higher speed, but I can never be sure how much bandwidth is available when doing a test. [b]
[b]To test the quality of the GPS signal I use the Offline Maps application and I make the same train trip in pedestrian mode. Why? In pedestrian mode, the GPS does not artificially correct the signal to stick to the road, it has no markings, so you can see the actual position. I then use an application to measure the accuracy of the signal. GPS accuracy test[b][b]The Poco F2 Pro is compatible with most major GPS providers such as Glonass, Beidou and Galileo.[b][b]The Poco F2 Pro hooks the signal quickly and stabilizes to an accuracy of 3 meters. This is an average score without being exceptional. Its computing power, however, will allow you to quickly recover the signal after a tunnel exit.[b][b]GPS test on the road[b]Not yet done[b][b][b]Top 10 - GPS accuracy ranking 1. Oukitel C21 1m 2. Redmi 9a 1m 3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 1m 4. Redmi 9c 2m 5. Umidigi Bison 2m 6. Redmi Note 9t 2m 7. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g 3m 8. Xiaomi Mi 10t Pro 3m 9. Umidigi A9 Pro 3m 10. Samsung Galaxy A21s 4m
Number of smartphones in the ranking:12 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:0/12
Note: An accuracy of 3 meters or less can easily be corrected by a good GPS application. Phone performance also plays a role in how fast your display updates, so good accuracy could be compromised by too slow a display. [b]
Capacity : 4700 Fast charge : Yes W max : 30 Range (100% brightness) : 1150.00 Range (50% brightness) : 1536.00 Charging time : 180.00 Discharge speed (100%) : 0.09 Discharge score (100%) : 4.09 Discharge speed (50%) : 0.07 Discharge score (50%) : 3.06 Charging speed : 0.56 Charging score : 26.11
From March 2020, I replaced my subjective battery test with a technical test to better measure the real behaviour of the battery. Now I test the autonomy and charging time under absolutely identical conditions. I perform several measurements, so this test alone takes several days during which I cannot use the phone for anything else.
Battery life - methodology To test the battery life, I measure the battery consumption every minute in strictly identical conditions to be able to compare phones and also to allow you to evaluate your phone in the same conditions. I rule out any influence of applications that could interfere with the measurement. The autonomy is not linear, the battery sometimes discharges much faster at the end. This is a frustrating phenomenon but with my measurements, you will know if you need to find a charger quickly.
Battery life The battery of the Poco F2 Pro has a capacity of 4700 mAh and has discharged from 100% to 1% in 1150.00 minutes with 100% brightness, it has discharged from 100% to 1% in 1536.00 minutes with 50% brightness. I obtain in this way an average discharge speed of 0.09% per minute with 100% luminosity and 0.07% per minute with 50% luminosity, the consumption is therefore 4.09 mA per minute with 100% luminosity and 3.06 with 50% luminosity. To be able to compare the efficiency of the phone and its influence on the battery, you have to compare the 4.09 (or 50%) score with that of other smartphones, the figure should be as low as possible.
Charging time - methodology To test the charging time, I always use the same charger with the same cable. I measure the charging time minute by minute to see the evolution of the charge as well as the charging speed. The charging speed of a battery is not linear, it is often faster at the beginning and slower at the end. The charger is compatible with fast charging.
Charging time The battery of the Poco F2 Pro has a capacity of 4700 mAh and has been charged from 1% to 100% in 180.00 minutes. This gives me an average charging speed of 0.56% per minute and therefore an increase of 26.11 mA per minute. To compare the performance of the Poco F2 Pro compared to other phones, you should use the 26.11 per minute score, this score should be as high as possible.
Important note: the charging speed is not always linear, the graph below gives you an indication of the battery behaviour.
The following table lists the phones tested with the technical battery test, they are ranked in order of efficiency. A higher battery capacity should logically result in a higher battery life but it is not always the case and it does not give any indication of the efficiency of a phone.
Battery life (minutes)
Battery life (minutes) / 50%
Efficiency Score / 50%
Samsung Galaxy S20
Umidigi A9 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g
Poco F2 Pro
Motorola G8 Power
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Redmi Note 9t
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Doogee S58 Pro
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Ulefone Armor 7e
helpHow to read these figures? The battery capacity is an important element in determining the autonomy of a phone but it is not the only factor. A phone with a large battery may have a shorter battery life if it consumes more power. If I had to take an example from everyday life, I would use the universe of the car. If a car has a large fuel tank, it should be able to drive a longer distance unless its average fuel consumption is higher. The battery efficiency score works the same way, it should be as low as possible and represents the energy consumption of the phone. These differences in efficiency are often related to the brightness of the screen, large bright screens will tend to consume more energy and even if they have a large battery, their range will be shorter.
In summary [battery product="poco-f2-pro" capa="4700" lg="en"][b][b]The Poco F2 Pro is equipped with a 4700 mAh battery, it is more than the market average, which is currently around 4000 mAh. [b][b]With 4700 mAh, the Poco F2 Pro is able to offer a longer battery life than the Motorola G8 Power when the display is turned on at maximum while the Motorola has a larger battery. This is due to the default activation of the Poco's power save mode which remains in economy mode unless you ask it to do otherwise.[b][b]When the screen is on at 50%, the Poco will run for more than 25 hours. The autonomy is therefore very good but it is mainly thanks to its capacity because the efficiency of the Poco is in the average.[b][b]
Photo camera test
To test the quality of photos produced by a phone, I do a technical test (resolution, sharpness, chromatic aberration,...) in studio (identical conditions) to evaluate the technical part objectively. From the second half of 2020, I built my own laboratory to take completely objective technical measurements. I then take pictures in real conditions to see how the camera performs. I then evaluate these photos according to my criteria but I publish the photos so that you can evaluate the result according to your criteria.[b]
Selfie / resolution : 20 Selfie / sensor : Samsung S5K3T2 Resolution : 64 Sensor : Sony IMX686 Exmor RS Video resolution : 8k mm wide angle : 2.13 mm mm ultra wide angle : 5.
The Poco F2 Pro is equipped with a Sony IMX 686 sensor as the main sensor. This sensor has already proven itself on the Huawei P30 Pro and is one of the best sensors available. [b][b]The other three sensors are:[b]- ultra wide angle sensor[b]- portrait sensor[b]- macro sensor[b][b]With the Sony IMX 686, I'm curious to see if Xiaomi will be able to match the Huawei P30 Pro because the quality of the sensor has to be combined with good image processing.[b][b][b]Default app[b]The Poco F2 Pro's default photo application is a perfect copy of what is found in other Xiaomi phones.[b][b]The application is quite complete and offers many settings possibilities. What I regret is the use of a semi-transparent zoom button above the photo, this button is not very readable. The other thing that annoys me is the abandonment of the choice of resolution in the settings. It was previously possible to choose the resolution of the photo or videos in the settings and keep this setting in memory, this is no longer the case. It is necessary to choose an image format to change the resolution. For the video it is the same, 8k is not activated by default and the option is not very visible.[b][b][b][b][b]
Photo test / studio[b]First example: ƒ/1.89 1/166 5.43 mm 50 ISO[b][b]Exposure: ok[b]Sharpness: Okay.[b]Colors: ok[b]Depth of field: ok[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: none[b][b]The Sony sensors are doing better than the Samsung sensors in my studio and this is once again true with this Sony IMX 686. The photos are correctly exposed, the colors are correct even if they could be a little less saturated. The sharpness is very good, you can even see the dust on the hood of the car. The Sony sensor of the Poco F2 Pro does a good job.[b][b]Second example: ƒ/2.4 1/186 2.13 mm 50 ISO[b][b]Exposure: slightly underexposed[b]Sharpness: medium[b]Colours: a little too dark[b]Depth of field: ok[b]Distortion: the curvature is visible on the head of the character on the right side.[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: none[b][b]The ultra wide angle sensor does not deliver the same level of quality as the main sensor. It has the usual defects of ultra wide angle sensors such as a lack of light, less sharpness and distortion. [b][b]Third example: ƒ/1.89 1/129 5.43 mm 50 ISO[b][b]Exposure: ok[b]Sharpness: Okay.[b]Colors: ok[b]Depth of field: ok[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: none[b][b]The Poco F2 Pro does not have an optical zoom, so the main sensor acts as a zoom lens with a digital zoom. The photo therefore also has the same characteristics as the first photo.[b][b][b]Photo test / sunny[b]First example: ƒ/2.4 1/322 2.13 mm 50 ISO[b][b]Exposure: ok[b]Sharpness: ok.[b]Colors: ok[b]Depth of field: ok[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: none[b][b]I decided to start this test with the ultra wide angle sensor because the landscape was very suitable. Ultra wide angle sensors from Xiaomi do not usually produce extraordinary photos, the quality of the photo is often much lower than the main sensor. With the Poco F2 Pro, Xiaomi has set the bar very high because this wide angle sensor produces beautiful photos in good conditions. The colors are well saturated, the exposure is good, I don't see any distortion and the level of detail is really good for a sensor of this type (only the trees in the background of the photo are not as well detailed). Even the darker areas are richly detailed. If I get such a good result with the ultra wide angle sensor, I'm curious to see what the main sensor will be able to produce.[b][b]I took a picture at the same place with two other cameras (another day but the conditions were similar)[b][b]Redmi Note 9s[b][b]The Redmi Note 9s delivers an almost ordinary photo next to what the Poco F2 Pro can produce while it produce good photos in its price category.[b][b]Samsung Galaxy S20[b][b]The Samsung also produces very nice pictures but I think it offers less detail than the Poco. The colors of the Poco are also more saturated.[b][b]Second example: ƒ/1.89 1/741 5.43 mm 50 ISO[b][b]Exposure: slightly overexposed[b]Sharpness: very good[b]Colors: ok[b]Depth of field: ok[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: none[b][b]For this second photo, the sun had passed behind a cloud and yet the photo is even slightly overexposed, this is especially visible on the buoys in the water. The level of detail is very good, the colors are saturated without forcing too much. This picture was taken with the Sony sensor and it delivers a very good result. [b][b]Third example: ƒ/1.89 1/1072 5.43 mm 50 ISO[b][b]Exposure: slightly overexposed[b]Sharpness: very good[b]Colors: ok[b]Depth of field: ok[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: none[b][b]The Poco F2 Pro does not have an optical zoom, so this photo was also taken by the Sony sensor using a digital zoom. The photo is also a little overexposed but with the digital zoom it is easier to see the level of detail in the photo. This Sony sensor does a very good job and will deliver great pictures without any effort. Of course, we can always discuss the processing of the image, but every manufacturer applies some processing and this one is quite successful.[b][b]I've taken a few more examples to highlight the quality of the Poco F2 Pro's photos[b][b]The sharpness of the image is really excellent.[b][b][b]The ultra wide angle sensor has a limited level of deformation and an above average level of accuracy for this type of sensor.[b][b]And here is a gallery of images taken in good conditions[b]
[b][b]Sometimes I get photos that are a little too exposed, sometimes a little too little exposed but the deviation from reality is not very important, the rest of the image compensates quite largely for this fluctuation between light and shadow. If the color saturation disturbs you, it is possible to adapt it with a filter or in post-processing.[b][b][b]Photo test / cloudy[b][b]First example: ƒ/1.89 1/1798 5.43 mm 50 ISO[b][b]Exposure: good[b]Sharpness: good[b]Colours: slightly too saturated[b]Depth of field: shallow[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: none[b][b]I like to take pictures before a storm, the colors of the sky are often surreal, but it's not an ideal situation to take pictures with a smartphone. The Poco F2 Pro does very well though. Smartphones tend to underexpose photos when the light is bad, it is not the case with the Poco. The photo is a little too saturated, but it captures the ominous atmosphere of the sky nicely. The depth of field is quite poor, the phone thought it would be a good idea to focus on the first ears of wheat. The background blur is artificial but the rendering is quite convincing. [b][b]Second example: ƒ/2.4 1/934 2.13 mm 50 ISO[b][b]Exposure: good[b]Sharpness: good[b]Colours: good[b]Depth of field: good[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: none[b][b]This ultra wide angle sensor does a really good job, it had already produced beautiful photos under the sun and here by this stormy weather it produces a really interesting result. The colors are less saturated than the main sensor, the depth of field is more important than with the main sensor and the sharpness is really good. The Poco automatically corrects the deformations related to this kind of sensor and it does it very well because I don't see any typical curvature of the wide angles on the edges of the photo.[b][b]Third example: ƒ/1.89 1/2601 5.43 mm 50 ISO[b][b]Exposure: slightly underexposed[b]Sharpness: good[b]Colours: slightly too saturated[b]Depth of field: good[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: none[b][b]We can see here the characteristics of the first photo with a photo darker than the wide angle and an accentuation of the saturation. The effect is probably a little exaggerated but I find the atmosphere of the moment I took the picture. There are here very important differences between the dark and light areas but only a small portion of the sky is burned, so the dynamics is rather good.[b][b]Here are some other pictures taken at the same place:[b]
[b][b]Even if from a purely technical point of view, the Poco tends to force the processing a bit, it produces good photos. The Poco offers many settings to adapt this type of effect to your tastes, you can create surrealistic photos with the combination of HDR, AI and filters but you can also produce a more neutral effect by disabling these options and reducing saturation with a filter. [b][b][b]Test photo / night[b]First example: ƒ/1.89 1/13 5.43 mm 2047 ISO[b][b][b]Exposure: correct[b]Sharpness: correct[b]Colours: correct[b]Depth of field: correct[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: light[b][b]I took this first picture with the main sensor without any assistance (no hdr, no night mode). The result is rather good if you look at the central area of the picture. The edges are losing sharpness (ex: the grass at the bottom right). [b][b]Second example: ƒ/2,4 1/15 2,13 mm 4411 ISO[b][b][b]Exposure: underexposure[b]Sharpness: high smoothness[b]Colours: too cold, appearance of mauve in the sky[b]Depth of field: correct[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: mauve in the sky[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: visible[b][b]Ultra-wide angle sensors do not produce good night-time photos and this is also true on the Poco. The photo is underexposed, details have disappeared due to heavy smoothing and the colours are too cold. The sky is turning purple. This sensor is therefore not recommended for night photos.[b][b]Third example: ƒ/1.89 1/13 5.43 mm ISO 4041[b][b][b]Exposure: good[b]Sharpness: good[b]Colours: correct[b]Depth of field: correct[b]Distortion: none[b]Chromatic aberration: none[b]Vignetting: none[b]Digital noise: light[b][b]The night mode of the Poco F2 Pro can only be used with the main sensor and that's a good thing because the result is really good. I find colors richly saturated and close to reality, the sharpness is much better than what I got on the first photo, just the grass or the foliage of the trees, the sharpness is really very good. [b][b]I took pictures at the same place with Gcam to see if the night mode of this application would give a better result.[b][b][b][b]The photo is slightly overexposed, the sharpness is less good and the colors are too cold. I used the Gcam version intended for the Redmi Note 8 Pro because at the time of writing, there was no version for the Poco F2 Pro. Gcam is generally quite unstable on the Xiaomi but I didn't have a crash with the Poco, the application works pretty well but I prefer the night mode processing of the Xiaomi application.[b][b]In night mode, the Poco is able to deliver nice night pictures, you have to be able to hold the camera without moving too much for a few seconds but it's the same for all cameras.[b][b]
[b][b]I'm not used to test the pro mode because I didn't see the point, the automatic mode often does a good job but there is a type of exercise for which the pro mode is absolutely necessary. Indeed to photograph a starry sky at night, the automatic mode will not produce good results because you need to be able to increase the exposure time. I was very surprised by what I got because where I live, the light pollution is very visible and the sky was slightly veiled.[b][b]
[b][b]The result is simply incredible. I can get better pictures with a DSLR but it takes a lot more work. I simply put the Poco F2 Pro on my garden table with a few settings in pro mode. Jupiter and Saturn can be seen very clearly on the horizon, the Milky Way is also visible, it's been a long time since I've seen it. I also recognized some other bright stars like Vega or Deneb. [b][b][b][b]
Stabilisation[b]Video stabilization has never been a strength of Xiaomi, most of the models I tested didn't offer efficient stabilization. The Poco F2 Pro is the first Xiaomi phone I test that offers real stabilization and it works pretty well. The shocks from my footsteps are well absorbed and the video is very smooth even if I quickly move around.[b][b][b][b]I have a second test that complicates the Poco's work because he has to recompose an image full of many details. The stabilization is effective as on the first video but we see a pixelization of the details which is corrected with a small delay.[b][b][b][b]Video normale conditionsNot yet available / tested[b][b]Video low light[b]Video at night is a difficult exercise for a phone because it has to constantly look for the ideal place to focus. The Poco does quite well, the focus is fast, the video doesn't have too much digital noise and the Poco can do all this in 8k. You'll need a good connection to enjoy it.[b][b][b][b]
To test the quality of the phone's audio output, I connect the device's audio output to a measuring tool, then play sounds on all frequencies and measure the differences between the original sound and the sound produced by the phone. In this way I measure the phone's ability to correctly reproduce all sounds.[b]
The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is one of the best Xiaomi phones in terms of audio and as the Poco F2 Pro seems to be strongly inspired by this model, I expected to experience a very good sound and this is the case. On a subjective listening I found the finesse of the sound of the Mi 9T Pro with probably a little less power. Not only will I compare the Poco F2 Pro to the Mi 9T Pro, but I will add the best phone I have tested in terms of audio (Galaxy S10+) to see if Xiaomi managed to attack Samsung on its territory.[b][b]Frequency Response[b]This test is intended to test the device's ability to correctly reproduce all frequencies. The white line in the middle of the graph is the ideal situation and the other colors come from tests on different phones. A deviation from the reference line indicates a deviation from the ideal situation. To see good sound at all frequencies, it is therefore necessary to get as close as possible to the reference line. [b]I compared the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10+ with the Poco F2 Pro and the curves are so close that it's hard to differentiate them. This means that all these phones can reproduce all frequencies very well.[b][b]The Poco F2 Pro has a slight weakness in the low tones, it looks big on the graph because I compare phones that are very close to each other but when listening I didn't notice any difference.[b][b]The Poco F2 Pro seems to offer more stable sound reproduction across all frequencies.[b][b]Is the Poco F2 Pro better than the Samsung Galaxy S10+? Not yet but it's not very far and I doubt many users can really hear the difference.[b][b]Dynamic Range[b]This test is designed to test a phone's ability to play sounds at different volume levels. Here too, the phones must be as close as possible to the reference.[b][b]I used the same phones for this test and apart from a difference in power, the Poco F2 Pro follows the frequency curve of the other phones, I find that its curve is quite regular except in the highest frequencies.[b][b]The Poco F2 Pro doesn't do better than the Samsung Galaxy S10+ but it's not far off.[b][b]Noise Level[b]This test aims to identify if the device under test is able to reproduce sounds without too much noise. A high score indicates a low parasite rate, a lower score indicates a higher presence of parasites.[b][b]The sound produced by the Poco F2 Pro is of good quality and this is also shown on this graph. [b][b]If I look at the values obtained for distortion I see that the Poco F2 Pro produces less distortion than the Samsung Galaxy S10+ but it also produces a much less powerful sound, so the comparison is not very fair. [b][b]In conclusion, I'd say that the Poco F2 Pro offers a very good sound performance at a level equivalent to the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and slightly lower than the Samsung Galaxy S10+. In this price range, the Poco is without doubt one of the best devices.[b][b]Concert recording[b]The purpose of this test is to measure the recording quality of the phone when there is a lot of ambient noise. Since I don't have the opportunity to go to a concert every time I test a phone, I simulate the noise of a concert in a closed environment.Not yet available / tested[b][b]
To test the screen, I use a colorimetric probe that measures the color accuracy of a screen, as well as other parameters to see if a screen is able to correctly reproduce an image. I also test the brightness level to determine if the screen will be able to display an image in full sunlight.[b]
Screen size : 6.67 Resolution : 1080 x 2400 Ratio : 20:9 Protection : Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Type : Amoled % occupancy : 87 dE white : 1.4 dE red : 2.2 dE green : 1.8 dE blue : 1.9 dE jaune : 1.7 dE cyan : 1.5 dE magenta : 1.6 Contrast : 5000000:1 Brightness : 500
Colorimetry[b][b][b]Since the Poco F2 Pro has many similarities with the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, I was wondering if it could do better in terms of screen quality. After passing under the colorimetric probe, the Poco F2 Pro a dE of 1.72. With such a score, the Poco outperforms the Xiaomi and even allows itself to get very close to the Galaxy S20.[b][b]Screen quality is usually Samsung's territory. Even if this Poco F2 Pro fails to defeat Samsung, it still comes very close.[b][b]The default setting of the Poco is not good from a colorimetric point of view, you have to take the "standard" mode to obtain good colors.[b][b][b]Top 10 - ranking of the best screens by colorimetry 1. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g dE = 0.73 2. Xiaomi Mi 10t Pro dE = 0.83 3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 dE = 1.2 4. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro dE = 1.31 5. Samsung Galaxy S20 dE = 1.4 6. Poco M3 dE = 1.4 7. Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite dE = 1.46 8. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s dE = 1.47 9. Honor 9x dE = 1.5 10. Poco F2 Pro dE = 1.73
Number of smartphones in the ranking:37 Position of this smartphone in the ranking:10/37
Note: the colorimetric difference is measured in dE. After three, the human eye will perceive a colorimetric difference, so the dE should be the lowest. The tests were all carried out with a colorimetric probe. [b]Brightness / Contrast[b]The screen of the Poco is very bright in a natural way, I get 460 cd/m² by setting the brightness to maximum manually. I couldn't get any more it's the front sensor which is usually used to check if the brightness should be pushed higher but this sensor is inside the unit. This means that the Poco gives you right away where a Samsung Galaxy S20 can go higher, but only if it is under strong light. [b][b][b]The Poco F2 Pro uses a good quality Amoled screen, the blacks are truly black and the contrast is therefore infinite.[b]Light Absorption/Reflection[b]The smartphone screen reflect light and sometimes turn them into a real mirror. This mirror effect makes it harder to read. [b][b]The absorption index below indicates the percentage of light absorbed by the screen. The readability of a screen is better when the absorption index is high.[b][b]
% light absorption
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
Redmi Note 9s
Motorola G8 Power
Poco F2 Pro
Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy A21s
The phones tested have an average absroption rate of54 %
The Poco F2 Pro is equipped with a fingerprint sensor below the display. This unlocking mode of the phone is fashionable, most phones are equipped with it nowadays. Where the Poco stands out a little is the position of this fingerprint sensor, which is usually at the bottom of the display. On the Poco the fingerprint sensor is located a little higher up on the screen and this makes unlocking much more intuitive. The success rate is also higher than what I was getting with the Mi 9T Pro but this type of fingerprint sensor is still less effective than a sensor on the back of the phone.[b][b]Since the Poco doesn't have a front camera in the screen, face-based unlocking isn't even offered when the phone starts up because that would mean having to pop out the pop-up camera each time.[b][b]
[b][b]The Poco F2 Pro is sold with MIUI 11 but the interface is not quite the same as on the Redmi range. The Poco F2 Pro has an application launcher with a classification of applications by theme and a dedicated search engine. This type of launcher is much more convenient than the default Android launcher. The right-hand screens are used to place the shortcuts, so not all the applications can be found like on other Xiaomi phones. [b][b]Apart from this launcher, the experience is quite similar to what I've tested before, this application launcher on the Poco brings a real added value to the phone.[b][b][b]
Not yet available / tested[b][b]
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I assigned a score of 1 to 10 for each test that determines the strengths and weaknesses of a product. I am using 0 for criteria that have not (yet) been tested. A score of 1 to 3 indicates poor performance (and yes, it does), a score of 4 to 6 indicates average performance, a score of 7 to 8 indicates good performance, and a score of 9 and 10 indicates exceptional performance. . The score is calculated based on my measurements and when there are no measurements, it is a subjective opinion based on my experience.
The scores are not static, they change over time because the performance of new products changes and this must be taken into account.
This new Poco is not a Poco, it is clearly a muscled Xiaomi with another name. The Poco inherits the same positioning as the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro at the time of its launch, it could just as well have been called the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, it wouldn't have made any difference.[b][b]On paper the Poco F2 Pro is simply the best phone in the segment around 400€, Xiaomi has even positioned it in competition with the Samsung Galaxy S20 which costs much more. So is it just a bluff? No, clearly not. This Poco F2 Pro may not be perfect in every way but it sets the bar very, very high and at the same time, I don't directly see a model capable of competing in this price range.[b][b]The Poco F2 Pro is a massive phone as is often the case with Xiaomi but you have to store this power and battery somewhere. This phone doesn't really have any defect and it allows itself to attack much more expensive phones frontally and without any complexes. The Poco F2 is very powerful, has a good autonomy, it makes beautiful pictures and offers the 5G at a more affordable price than the competition.[b][b]Is it better than the Galaxy S20? I would say yes for a number of reasons, but the Galaxy S20 fits in a lighter and more elegant format and offers a more consistent photo quality in all conditions. Unless you don't like massive phones, the price difference is not justified.[b][b][b]Strengths[b]CPU/GPU power[b]Screen quality[b]Photo/video quality[b]Video stabilization[b]Battery life[b]Finishing[b]Wifi & 4G speed[b][b][b]Weaknesses[b][b]GPS just about average[b]4G capture quality in the average[b][b][b]Alternatives to this product[b][b]
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