A few days back, on 8th July 2020, nearly a storm came in the world of gadgets. Be it Instagram, Youtube, or any other social media platform, the poll was going everywhere, Which one is the best- POCO M2 Pro or Redmi Note 9 Pro? The reason behind the storm was the launching of POCO M2 pro which came out to be a replica of Redmi note 9 Pro. Even the more interesting fact was their price. Both the phones are giving stiff competition to each other as they both cost INR 13,999. In such a situation, the question churning in the heads of buyers is- Which is the best buy of the two? So, in that case, let’s compare both of them and then come to a conclusion.
Launched recently on 8th July, Poco M2 Pro runs on the Android v10(Q) operating system. The Poco smartphone is powered by Octa-core (2.3 GHz, Dual-core, Hexa core, kryo 465+1.8 GHz, Kryo 465) processor. Running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, it has 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Moreover, it has an IPS LCD and measures 165.7 mm x 76.6mmx 8.8mm and weighs 209 grams. The screen has a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and 395 PPI pixel density. Talking about its ratios, Poco M2 pro has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and screen to body ratio of 84.62%. Coming on to the camera, the buyers get a 16MP primary camera. And, on the rear, there is a 48+8+5+2 MP camera. It also has features like Auto Flash, Digital Zoom, Touch to focus, and face detection. It is backed by a 5000 mAh battery and various standard connectivity features that include Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, Volte, and more. Also, this smartphone has a corning Gorilla Glass 5 protector on both front and back as well as on the camera module. The Poco smartphone comes is available with variance in storage and Ram. These include Poco M2 Pro 6GB RAM and Poco M2 Pro 128GB. Talking about its color shades, the smartphone is available in two shades of black, out of the blue, green, and greener colors.
The stiff competitor of Poco M2 pro, Redmi note 9 pro is a true performer. It comes with a 6.67 inch LCD screen with an IPS LCD. Having dimensions of 165.8 mm x 76.7mm x 8.8mm, it weighs around 200 grams. This Redmi smartphone too runs on the Android v10(Q) operating system and is powered by Octa-core (2.3 GHz, Dual-core, Hexa core, kryo 465+1.8 GHz, Kryo 465) processor. Running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, the phone has smooth functioning and leads to the easy accomplishment of tasks. Talking about its camera, it has a 48MP primary camera, a 5MP macro camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. The front camera is 16MP hence is great for taking selfies. the camera setup of this smartphone is centrally mounted and all four sensors are surrounded in a raised rectangular section with a flash located below it. Coming on battery, it has a 5020mAh battery and support for 18W fast charging. Other highlights of Redmi Note Pro includes NavIc support along with dual-band WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 5, Face Unlock sensor, and more. Moreover, it comes with a glossy panel of Gorilla Glass 5. It is also available in two variants like 4GB RAM +64GB storage and 6GB RAM+128 storage. The phone is available in vibrant colors like Aurora Blue, Interstellar Black, and Glacier White.
There are tons of similarities between the two smartphones. Both of them sport a 6.67-inch Dot notch display bearing full HD+ resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, Corning 5 glass layer atop, and a standard 60Hz refresh rate. Moreover, both the phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset paired with a 128GB storage and 6GB RAM. Also, there is a dedicated microSD card slot in both the phones which can further expand the storage up to 512GB. Coming to cameras, both the phones feature a quad rear camera in a square-shaped module. Also, the cameras of both Redmi and Xiaomi phones include 48MP primary sensor, 5MP macro sensor, 6MP ultra-wide sensor, and 2MP depth sensor along with the front camera of a 16MP sensor. Another similarity between both the phones includes featuring a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, P2i water-repellent nano-coating technology, and standard connectivity options.
After looking at similarities, there would surely be chaos going in your mind and a lot of questions including-Which one should you buy? To calm this wave of thoughts emerging in your mind, let’s have a look at what all features make the two phones different from each other?
Undoubtedly, POCO M2 Pro is a rebranded Redmi Note 9 Pro. However, it still tries to offer something unique and special. The Poco phone comes with a dual-tone finish on the back which completes the look and offers a fresh one. Though it houses a bit smaller 5000mAh battery, it supports 33W fast charging. This is significantly faster than that of Redmi Note 9 Pro 18W fast charging. Also, both the phones run on Android 10-based MIUI 11 software but the one launched by POCO comes with a POCO launcher. This means you will get an app drawer and no ads.
Knowing the details, we can narrow this down and choose a winner. Both phones are good and have various similarities. However, a few differences make it safe to conclude that POCO M2 pro has the edge over the Redmi Note 9 Pro with a different packing, fresh look, and a quick charger. Moreover, in the present scenario when India and China relations are tense, Poco outshines being an Indian smartphone while the Redmi is a Chinese one. Hence, we can conclude that it doesn’t seem a wise decision to buy Redmi Note 9 Pro when a better option like POCO M2 Pro is available at the exact same price. Therefore, POCO M2 Pro is the better buy as it offers a better value of the two.
By: Ishita Rai