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Poco M2 Pro Launched in India; Closely Resembles Redmi Note 9 Pro

Poco just launched yet another smartphone for the Indian market, the Poco M2 Pro. At a glance, it looks like a reasonably good new mid-range smartphone, though upon closer inspection, it actually closely resembles the Redmi Note 9 Pro. In fact, it even has some of the Redmi Note 9S‘ hardware.

Design wise, there’s no mistaking the similarities between the Poco M2 Pro and the Redmi Note 9 Pro. Both smartphones have the same display size with a hole-punch cutout, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and even the same dual-tone back design.

There is, however, one difference: the primary camera sensor of the Poco M2 Pro’s quad camera system is a 48MP f/1.8 shooter – just like the Redmi Note 9S – while the Redmi Note 9 Pro features a 64MP f/1.89 lens. But beyond that, the other three sensors are the same, which include an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle shooter, a 5MP f/2.4 macro lens, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth camera.

Similarities aside, the Poco M2 Pro is really quite an attractive mid-range smartphone that offers good value for money. For one, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset. While it’s not the most exciting processor in the market now, it should be fast enough to provide a pleasant user experience.

In the display department, the M2 Pro sports a 6.67-inch 2400 x 1080 IPS display protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5; even the rear panel is covered with the same glass. As mentioned, there’s also a hole-punch cutout at the top of the display for the 16MP selfie camera.

When it comes to battery life, the M2 Pro should be a long-lasting smartphone. After all, it’s equipped with a very generous 5,000mAh battery. According to Poco, you can play PUBG Mobile continuously for up to 11 hours with this smartphone. It also supports 33W fast charging, which allows the battery to be charged from zero to 50% in less than 30 minutes.

Other specifications of the M2 Pro include up to 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Poco M2 Pro will be available for purchase in India from 14 July onwards with a starting price of 13,999 Indian rupee, which comes up to about RM800. It remains to be seen if the M2 Pro will be sold outside of India, though given its similarity to the Redmi Note 9 Pro, we reckon it’s unlikely to happen.