Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro review

The Poco F2 Pro is the successor to the Pocophone F1 from late 2018, a popular budget phone put out by Xiaomi’s sub-brand Pocophone which, for a long time, looked like it wasn’t going to get a follow-up. Well, the newer phone is here now and it’s not got that much in common with its predecessor.

One of the most interesting parts of the Poco F2 Pro is its pop-up camera – quite a few phones packed this feature in 2019. In 2020 we’ve barely seen any. Pop-up selfie cameras can be quite a divisive feature.

In general the Poco F2 Pro seems to be a mid-range phone with some specs that top-end phones have, like its Snapdragon 865 processor and 64MP main camera – in this way it feels like the kind of phone OnePlus would have put out before it embraced premium-ness, and it’s likely going to compete with the rumored OnePlus Z when that launches.

We haven’t used Xiaomi’s Poco F2 Pro enough to write a full review yet, but until we do, here are our initial impressions of the phone after a day of using it.

Design and display

The Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro feels like a pretty bulky phone – it’s got a big display at 6.67 inches. Which may be part of the reason why, but it also seems pretty thick and heavy too.

The screen is AMOLED with a 1080 x 2400 resolution and HDR10+, and it has a 20:9 aspect ratio, so it’s rather long and thin. Thanks to the pop-up mechanism hiding the front-facing camera inside the phone. The screen takes up the entirety of the front of the handset, unbroken by notch or cut-out.

Camera and battery life

The Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro has four rear cameras – a 64MP main, 13MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, and 2MP depth-sensing snapper. We haven’t tested the phone out enough to provide conclusive verdicts on its camera capabilities. But from our brief time using it, it feels pretty good.

Specs and performance

The Poco F2 Pro has a Snapdragon 865 chipset. Making it one of the most affordable handsets with it (though beaten by a few gaming-focused phones like the Black Shark 3 and Nubia Red Magic 5G).