The POCO M2 Pro is a mix of the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, which means it’s a familiar phone that offers little in terms of uniqueness. That being said, if you’re able to move beyond the similarities, there isn’t too much to complain about the smartphone. The POCO M2 Pro is a powerful device for its price and offers an attractive display, although its speaker and cameras may leave you wanting for more.
If you’ve seen the Redmi Note 9 Pro, then you’ve seen the POCO M2 Pro. The design is identical to the budget Redmi phone, specifically the global variant. The front sees a large display with a centre-aligned punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. The back has a curved glass panel that is glossy and reflective. There’s a square-shaped camera module on the top center that houses four camera sensors. The rear panel has a dual-tone finish with two-thirds having a pattern of slanted lines. We have seen a similar dual-tone finish on the global Redmi Note 9 Pro Tropical Green variant. The POCO M2 Pro, however, comes in ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘Two Shades of Black’ colour options.
The POCO M2 Pro comes with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The placement of it is good, but we would have liked it to be more defined. We would often miss the fingerprint in the first attempt as the recess isn’t well defined. The button also doesn’t offer a good tactile feel when pressing it. Just above the fingerprint sensor is the volume control. There’s a triple card slot on the left side that can hold two nano SIM cards and a microSD card. The bottom holds a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Type-C port and a speaker grille.
Coming to the display, the POCO F2 Pro sports a 6.67-inch screen that we found to be pretty easy to use with one hand. The screen delivers full HD+ resolution and a standard 60Hz refresh rate instead of a higher 90Hz or 120Hz display. This may disappoint fans who were expecting a high refresh rate, especially since phones with high refresh rate displays do exist in this segment (such as the Realme 6 that has a 90Hz screen).
The POCO M2 Pro also gets the exact same camera setup as the Redmi Note 9 Pro. The 48MP primary camera uses the Samsung GM2 sensor, which will get you some bright and clear photos in daylight. Colours look rich and vibrant even with Pro Colour mode disabled. With the feature enabled, colours tend to look quite saturated to the point of being unnatural at times and we rarely found the need to use it. In tricky backlit scenarios, the dynamic range impressed us. You have the ability to shoot in raw 48MP mode for better detailing, but it lacks HDR support and images typically look duller compared to the default pixel binned shots.
The POCO M2 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 720G, which is the same processor inside the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. We’ve already seen how the chipset performs on the two Redmi phones and you will get the same experience on the POCO phone as well. This is a powerful processor that performs quite well in benchmarks. The phone scored 276,927 on AnTuTu and managed scores of 552 and 1807 in Geekbench 5.2.0 single-core and multi-core, respectively.