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POCO M2 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro: Specs Comparison

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Xiaomi’s sub-brand, POCO, just launched its latest midrange phone.

The POCO M2 Pro is simply a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 9S with a couple of upgrades, and almost similar to the other Xiaomi devices that we already have.

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So the question is, was the M2 Pro really necessary? Today, we will be comparing it with the Redmi Note 9 Pro, one of the brand’s most popular offerings today.

Much like the M2 Pro, the Redmi Note 9 Pro sports a couple of interesting specs and features that aims to justify its price tag.

Here in our POCO M2 Pro versus Redmi Note 9 Pro specifications and features comparison, we’ll see if POCO’s latest still has a room in this saturated market already populated by Xiaomi’s own devices.

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POCO M2 ProRedmi Note 9 Pro Global
Operating SystemAndroid 10
MIUI 11
Android 10
MIUI 11
SIMDual SIM
Dual standby
Dual SIM
Dual standby
Display6.67-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
~394ppi
90.6% screen-to-body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.67-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
~394ppi
90.6% screen-to-body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core
RAM4GB/6GB6GB
GPUAdreno 618Adreno 618
Storage64GB/128GB
UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
64GB/128GB
UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
Front Camera16-megapixel
Punch-hole 
16-megapixel
Punch-hole
120fps slow-mo selfie
Rear Camera48-megapixel (f/1.8)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
5-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
4K video recording
Ultra Nightscape mode
[email protected] slow-mo
64-megapixel (f/1.8)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
5-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
4K video recording
Ultra Nightscape mode
[email protected] slow-mo
AudioHeadphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Ultra-linear speaker
Headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Ultra-linear speaker
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity4G LTE, VoLTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BDS, NavIC
NFC
IR blaster
USB Type-C
4G LTE, VoLTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BDS, NavIC
NFC
IR blaster
USB Type-C
Dimensions165.75 x 76.68 x 8.8mm165.75 x 76.68 x 8.8mm
Weight209g209g
BodyFront: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Back: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
P2i splash proof
Front: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Back: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
P2i splash proof
ColorsTwo Shades of Black
Out of the Blue
Green and Greener
Aurora Blue
Glacier White
Interstellar Black
Battery5,000mAh
33W fast charger included
5,020mAh
30W fast charging
33W fast charger included
Price4GB/64GB: INR13,999 (~Php9,200)
6GB/64GB: INR14,999 (~Php9,900)
6GB/128GB: INR16,999 (~Php11,200)
6GB/64GB: Php12,490
6GB/128GB: Php13,990

Design

As you can see, both devices are pretty similar in design. The two are sandwiched with a sturdy Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and has the same exact size and dimensions.

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Redmi Note 9 Pro

Despite the M2 Pro’s unnecessarily mouthful color names, the available options are pretty much alike. They also come with punch-hole in the middle of the screen for the selfie camera.

https://www.noypigeeks.com/android/redmi-note-9-and-note-9-pro-prices-philippines/

This is one of the disappointing facts about the POCO M2 Pro and its bigger brother, the F2 Pro. Their designs were copied from other Xiaomi devices, thus lacking the uniqueness that the first Pocophone F1 was known for.

Display

As what you just saw in our specs comparison table above, the two share the same displays.

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They both use a 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS screens, which are large enough to provide room for multitasking, watching movies, and playing games. Although, we wish that the punch-hole was on the corner, instead of the middle, so it’s less distracting.

Performance

Both phones also share the same processor. They are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core processor. So if you’re all about performance, you can’t go wrong with either of them.

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They also come with fast UFS 2.1 storage and 6GB of RAM, but the M2 Pro is giving you a cheaper option with a 4GB RAM variant.

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Camera

This is probably where their only main difference lies. The Redmi Note 9 Pro sports a 64-megapixel main camera, winning against the 48-megapixel main shooter of the POCO M2 Pro.

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But after that, their similarities goes back again. As you see, they share the same 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 5-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth sensor.

They even have the same 16-megapixel selfie camera. However, the Redmi Note 9 Pro’s official webpage did say that it supports 120fps slow-mo video recording, which we didn’t see on the M2 Pro’s.

Battery

Here’s another similarity. The Redmi Note 9 Pro officially comes with 5,020mAh battery, while the POCO M2 Pro has 5,000mAh. The marginal difference shouldn’t be noticeable.

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The Redmi Note 9 has a 33W fast charger included in the box despite only have support for 30W. On the other hand, it appears that the POCO M2 Pro fully supports this charging speed, earning them special points for this comparison.

Conclusion

So, does the POCO M2 Pro makes sense? Well, maybe for India, yes. If you remember, the Redmi Note 9 Pro that they got was different from the global version that everyone had. Plus, they never got the Redmi Note 9S — which is possibly the reason behind the M2 Pro’s existence.

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However, this makes us worried about POCO’s future. Will their future releases be rebranded versions of existing phones, too? After the legendary Pocophone F1, people had high expectations on its successors. Hopefully, it doesn’t continue this way.

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