One of the latest budget phones in the market by Xiaomi is the Poco M2 Pro. The phone sort of resembles the Redmi Note 9 Pro when it comes to the design but nonetheless it looks quite attractive. The smartphone is splash-proof as it comes with the P2i water-coating. Gorilla Glass 5 has been used for the front and back glass. The back glass gives the phone a sort of premium look and a smooth touch. As always Xiaomi is ready to take on the budget phone market and always brings competitive flagship phones to the market.
The Poco M2 Pro is competing for the $200 budget mark and is priced at $175 for the 4:64 variant and $190 for the 6:64 variant. A good thing about Xiaomi is that this brand came to the scene to bring flagship phones packed with specs at a very affordable rate. The company has stayed true to this till date by manufacturing multiple budget-friendly phones every year.
OnePlus came to the market for the same reasons but then started manufacturing smartphones which were priced quite high. Thankfully, they have again started making good smartphones for the budget range that they had initially targeted while manufacturing higher priced phones.
The brain of the Poco M2 Pro is a Snapdragon 720G SoC. The Poco M2 Pro runs on the Android 10-based MIUI 11. The experience is very much the same to the other Redmi phones and people who have been using those smartphones can get behind this one as well. It does not feel clunky or laggy at all.
The screen is a full-HD+ LCD display which measures 6.67 inches. It is not a completely notchless or no cutout display as the selfie camera is situated in the tiny cutout at the upper middle area. This phone comes with a four-camera setup in the rear which fit neatly in a square. The flash has been put below the square.
The primary camera is of 48 megapixels. There are three other cameras which, as most you would already know, serve different purposes. There’s a 8 megapixel wide-angle lens for capturing wider shots, then there’s the 5 megapixel macro camera and a 2 megapixel depth camera. The front punch-hole selfie camera is of 16 megapixels. A Xiaomi phone can click good pictures but the quality decreases in low light.
This is one of the areas where Redmi needs to put some focus on. Their cameras, though quite good for daylight imaging fail to perform decently when it comes to low-light imaging. The Poco M2 Pro comes with a whopping 5000 mAh battery which is enough juice to last your for a day.
Let’s look at the list of important specs:
- The display is 6.67 inches and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5
- It is powered by a 5000 mAh battery
- The processor is a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
- It comes with a dedicated SD card slot with expandable storage up to 512 GB
- The quad-camera setup in the rear us 48MP-8MP-5MP-2MP
- The OS is MIUI 11 based on Android 10
- Supports 33W fast charging
- The phone supports dual SIM
- The smartphone features an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world. It is also one of the leading companies which deal in smartphone innovation. Samsung uses its huge infrastructure to bring these innovations to the smartphone market and make it accessible to the general public. One of the latest budget phones that Samsung launched this year is the Samsung Galaxy M31.
This 6:64 model is competing for the budget range near $200 and is priced at $214. It runs the Android v10 (Q) and runs on the Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9611 Chipset which is an octa-core processor (break up in the specs). It features a 6.4 inch full HD+ AMOLED display which is protected by a covering of Gorilla Glass 3. Having a good quality AMOLED display at this budget is a solid plus point.
Like many other smartphone models that are trying to compete in this range, the Samsung Galaxy M31 has a quad-camera setup in the rear. It houses the primary 64MP camera, the 8MP wide-angle lens, 5MP macro lens and the 5MP depth depth camera. The 32MP camera sits in the drop notch in the front. The fingerprint sensor is in the back and the function is quite smooth and quick.
The Samsung Galaxy M31 is powered by a whopping 6000 mAh battery to ensure that you don’t run out of power. You get a dedicated SD card slot with memory expandable up to 512 GB. The interface is quite smooth and doesn’t feel clunky. If you have been a Samsung smartphone user then you will recognize the familiar UI.
Let’s look at the list of important specs:
- This smartphone comes with a 6.4 inch super AMOLED display
- The battery backup is very decent as it is powered by a 6000mAh battery
- It runs on the Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9611 Chipset which consists of the 2.3GHz Quad core Cortex A73 and the 1.7GHZ Quad Core Cortex A53.
- The external storage is expandable up to 512 GB
- The rear quad-camera setup is 64MP-8MP-5MP-5MP and the front camera is 32MP
- The OS is based on Android v10 (Q)
- Supports 15W fast charging.
- It supports dual SIM
- The fingerprint sensor is mounted at the back.
Going by the specs the Poco M2 Pro has a better edge over the Samsung Galaxy M31. It has a better display protection, faster charging options and the glass back gives it a premium look. The Samsung Galaxy M31 dominates the Xiaomi phone when it comes to the display as it features a full super AMOLED display. The camera of M31 does a slightly better job than the Poco one. It is kind of a tough comparison.
If you want all the specs you can get for your money we suggest going for the Poco M2 Pro but if you have used Samsung smartphones before and enjoy the experience then you can go with the Galaxy M31. Though smartphones have become sturdier you still need to provide some form of protection. Invest in a good Poco M2 Pro back covers to protect your phone against damages. Back covers also give a different look to your phone. You can invest in some Samsung Galaxy M31 latest back covers as well.