Poco F1 Vs RealMe 2 Pro: How close can a Budget midrange get to the Budget Flagship?

Pocophone F1 Vs Realme 2 Pro Review Who Wins?


/ by Rahul Layek

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  • Poco f1 vs Realme 2 Pro Review
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The world of smartphone is changing even faster than light. Long gone were those days when the difference between a midrange phone and a flagship phone is sky high.The price gap between those two has also decreased a lot.
 Poco f1 vs Realme 2 pro review who wins
Today let us draw a comparison between the Realme 2 pro and the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and find out how big or small the difference really is.

Poco F1 Design:
The poco f1 sports a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It has 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. Just like other recently launched smartphones, the Poco F1 has a notch at the top of the display, but it’s bigger primarily because it houses an infrared camera, infrared emitter, 20-megapixel selfie camera, and the earpiece. Also, the borders around the display are slightly thicker than on those phones. The bottom chin is thick and houses a tiny white notification LED, which also lights up when a cable is plugged in.The buttons on the Poco F1 are placed on the right. The power button is easy to reach but the volume controls are placed a little too high, needing a bit of a shuffle to reach them. At the back, this phone has a vertically positioned dual camera setup along with a dual-LED flash. Below the camera module is the fingerprint scanner. The positioning is perfect, and either of your index fingers will rest on it naturally when you hold the Poco F1.

Realme 2 pro Design:
Coming to the RealMe 2 Pro in one hand, the Realme 2 Pro feels pretty big. We struggled a bit with one-handed use but the phone itself isn’t too heavy. It’s a bit on the thicker side at 8.5mm, but the rounded polycarbonate edges offer a comfortable grip. The back of the phone has multiple layers of lamination which give it the feel of a glass panel, or as Realme calls it, a “crystal-like dewdrop effect”. The body attracts plenty of smudges and fingerprints, but it’s said to offer some resistance against heat and scratches. The latter claim might not be very true, as our review unit picked up scuffs after just a couple of days of ordinary use. The 6.3-inch full-HD+ display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and has rounded edges and fairly slim bezels all around. However, the glass doesn’t wrap around the sides as seamlessly as we would have liked, which makes the edges a bit rough to the touch. This is made worse by the edges of the pre-applied screen protector. The ‘dewdrop’ notch design seems to be gaining popularity as it takes up the smallest footprint, and aesthetically, it looks really good.

  • Overall both the phone have a pretty similar display footprint but the Poco F1 takes the lead here with a slightly better display with better brightness and HDR 10 capabilities.
  • On the other hand both the smartphones have polycarbonate back but its the RealMe which look better in every angle.
  • Both the phone features a headphone  jack and support dual 4g standby.The poco has an infrared camera and an ir illuminator which aids in faster and more reliable face unlocking whereas the RealMe uses the front camera for face unlocking.

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Poco F1 Performance:
The Poco F1 sports a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with four cores clocked at 2.8GHz and the other four clocked at 1.8GHz. Xiaomi has designed a cooling system called ‘LiquidCool’ for this phone, using a copper chamber with vapour in it to dissipate heat. There are three RAM and storage variants: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM with 256GB of storage, with the Armoured Edition we reviewed only available in the latter configuration. The Poco F1 has a hybrid dual-SIM tray that lets you expand storage if you wish to. Xiaomi has opted for LPDDR4X for RAM and UFS2.1 for storage, similar to the Honor Play and OnePlus 6. In terms of connectivity, the Poco F1 has Bluetooth 5 and dual-band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac. The Poco F1 is a hybrid dual-sim device. It has support for 4G and VoLTE on both SIMs, which lets both SIMs be on a 4G network no 5G networkXiaomi has said that the Poco F1 also supports 4G+ that will lets it latch onto the 800MHz and 2300MHz bands simultaneously.

Realme 2 Pro Performance:
The specifications of the Realme 2 Pro are pretty solid. All variants get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, which is a powerful octa-core chip. Up until now, the only phones priced below Rs. 20,000 that it has been seen in have been the Xiaomi mi A2 and the recently introduced Vivo 9 Pro Benchmark numbers attest to its capabilities, and AnTuTu returned a good score of 1,31,968 points while in the GFXbench T-rex gaming test, we got a score of 39fps. The phone is available in three RAM and storage configurations to suit your budget. You have a choice between 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage; 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage; and the one we have, which has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The top-end variant of the Realme 2 Pro is the first phone in this price segment to have 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Other specifications include Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, USB-OTG, a gyroscope, an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor, a compass, and an accelerometer. There’s no FM radio or NFC.

Poco F1 Vs Realme 2 Pro Software Comparison:

Poco F1 Software:
In terms of software, the Poco F1 ships with the familiar MIUI , but with a new Poco theme. The phone currently runs MIUI 10 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo . Xiaomi says that it will roll out an update to MIUI 10 when it is available, and an update to Android Pie is expected to roll out in Q4 2018. The Poco F1 gets an app launcher right out of the box, something that is missing on MIUI-powered Xiaomi devices. The Poco Launcher has tabs that let you sort apps based on their type, but there is no way to customise this. Xiaomi has also added a sort by colour option that lets you group apps together based on their icon colour. We used this feature and found it to be useful when searching for an app quickly. There are also a few other customisations to the notification shade. The Poco F1 supports themes, which lets you change the way the phone looks, right down to the icon pack. The Settings app is unchanged from what we’ve seen with MIUI before, and just like with other Xiaomi phones, we sometimes had to use the search function to get to the setting we were looking for. You also get other MIUI features including Dual Apps which lets you run two instances of supported apps such as Whatsapp, and Second Space which lets you create a separate user profile.

Realme 2 Pro Software:
The Realme 2 Pro runs on ColorOS 5.2, which is based on Android 8.1, and we were glad to see the recent September security patch. There’s a slight learning curve here, unless you’re coming from an Oppo phone. The latest version of ColorOS still has the annoying two-step process for dismissing a notification, but other than that, it’s quite polished. It also offers plenty of gestures and customisation options. Our unit had a lot of Vietnamese apps pre-installed, which obviously won't be present on Indian units, but we can’t tell whether some other bloatware will come in their place. In addition to the fingerprint sensor, the phone also supports face recognition. It’s really quick at authentication, and works only when your eyes are open so it’s more secure than some of the other implementations. The screen lights up for assistance in dark environments. You can enable face recognition for securing apps and a private space within the phone’s storage, as well as unlocking the phone itself. Smart Sidebar is a handy utility that gives you a slide-out panel from the edge of the screen for quick access to apps like the File Manager and Camera, and actions such as taking a screenshot. You can add shortcuts to your frequently used apps. The traditional navigation keys can be swapped out for gesture input, which works well. Some gestures are quite useful, such as the three-finger swipe up for entering split-screen mode, and a swipe down for taking a screenshot.

Pocophone F1 Vs Realme 2 pro Overall Comparison.

  • In the Overall Performance the Poco F1 just kills the RealMe 2 pro.SD660 is definitely good and it would run almost every app without breaking a sweat but its no match to SD 845.Just take a look at the numbers above.

Poco F1 Vs Realme 2 Pro Camera Review:

Poco F1 Camera:
The Poco F1 has a dual camera layout.The primary shooter is 12mp Imx 363 f/1.9 camera with 1.4 micron pixel size and dual pixel phase detection autofocus.There is support for AI recognition with upto 206 scenes.The secondary camera is a 5 mp f/2.0 samsung sensor which is mainly used for depth sensing.Coming to the front camera it features a 20mp f/2.0 samsung sensor having pixel size of 0.9 micron.The front camera takes pixel binning technology into effect.There is also support for portrait mode and HDR.Video caps out at [email protected] fps but an update of [email protected] recording is coming soon.There is support for EIS.Slow motion videos go all the way down to [email protected] fps.

Realme 2 Pro Camera:
Coming to the RealMe 2 Pro it also features a  dual camera setup.The primary sensor is a 16mp f/1.7 sensor while the front camera is also a 16mp sensor with support for portrait mode and HDR.Video caps out a [email protected] fps.Eis is available at 1080p. Coming to picture quality the Poco F1 is better than the RealMe 2 pro in almost all condition thanks to a better sensor and better image processing.The portrait mode shots are also better and the edge detection is also better on the Poco F1 thanks to Xiaomi's superior algorithm.Low light shots are a bit brighter on the RealMe 2 pro thanks to the larger aperture but they lack derails and the colors are a bit washed out too. The Poco on the other hand captures a little bit darker images but the details and colors are overall better than the RealMe 2 pro. The front camera is also better of the Poco. The images are sharper and have a better skin tone too.The front portraits are also better again thanks to Xiaomi's algorithm. Videos also tell the same story. The videos from the Poco F1 are sharper and have a wide dynamic range comp├áred to the RealMe 2 pro.The stabilisation is also better on the Poco F1.The front camera video also tells the same story.

  • Overall the Poco F1 is much better when it comes to camera quality.

Poco F1 Vs Realme 2 Pro Battery:

Realme 2 Pro Battery:

The 3500mAh battery easily lasted  through an entire day on a single charge, with ordinary usage that included a bit of gaming, streaming music, the usual social apps. We had two SIM cards in the phone. In HD video loop test, the phone got a runtime of 10 hours and 22 minutes, which is slightly better than average. The Realme 2 Pro doesn’t support fast charging, but with the bundled adapter, we were able to get to roughly 64 percent in an hour, and it took about 2 hours and 20 minutes to charge completely from zero.

Poco F1 Battery:

The 4000mah battery of the poco lasts really long.In HD video loop test, the Poco F1 went on for 17 hours and 5 minutes. With our heavy usage consisting of playing close to an hour of PUBG, an hour of GPS navigation, an active WhatsApp account, and a few calls, we ended a day with 25 percent left in the tank. If you aren’t a heavy user, we reckon this phone could last you two working days. When it finally needs a recharge, the supplied fast charger is capable of charging the phone up to 35 percent in 30 minutes, and 74 percent in an hour. It takes approx 1hr 40 min to top the phone up completely.

  • Both the battery lasts really long but its the Poco which again beats the Realme 2 pro with a stellar battery life and and a quickcharger 3.0 out of the box.The Poco is also the one of first  smartphone to support qc 4.0.

The Final Verdict Of Poco F1 Vs Realme 2 Pro Who Wins?
Clearly throughout the whole comparison the Poco F1 is superior in every aspect. But what's interesting is the fact the difference between the two is not ground breaking. The RealMe 2 pro is a champ in its own category and one can extract every bit of the money they pay for this phone. Similar is the story in case of Poco F1. It's  aggressive pricing puts higher end flagships to shame. Finally both are great value for money and one would not regret getting either one.

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