Xiaomi offshoot Poco introduced the M2 Pro back in July, and today, the company announced its toned-down variant, dubbed Poco M2.
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The Poco M2 has a Helio G80 SoC at the helm that's paired with 6GB RAM. The smartphone runs Android 10-based MIUI 11 out of the box, and the company has promised to roll out MIUI 12 soon. Poco also says that M2 won't come with any ads like other MIUI-running smartphones sold under the Mi and Redmi brand.
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The Helio G80-powered smartphone is built around a 6.53" FullHD display, that has a notch up top for the 8MP selfie camera and the protection of Gorilla Glass 3.
The back of the phone has a two-tone pattern with "anti-fingerprint texture" and is home to a fingerprint scanner that's accompanied by a quad camera setup, comprising a 13MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP macro and 2MP depth sensor units.
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Fueling the entire package is a 5,000 mAh battery that draws power through a USB-C port at up to 18W. However, the bundled adapter only supports 10W charging, so you'll have to shell out more money for faster charging.
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If all this sounds familiar to you, that's because the Poco M2 isn't an entirely new smartphone. It shares most of its specs with the Redmi 9, which was launched in India as the Redmi 9 Prime.
The rest of the specs of the Poco M2 include up to 128GB storage, a dedicated slot for microSD card allowing storage expansion up to 512GB, P2i water-repelling nano-coating, IR Blaster, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Poco M2 is offered in Brick Red, Pitch Black and Slate Blue colors, and it will go on sale in India from September 15 through Flipkart. The base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at INR10,999 ($150/€125), and for INR1,500 ($20/€17) more you get double storage.
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