Poco F2 Pro unveiled with S865 chipset, 6.67" Super AMOLED screen and 64MP camera for €500 The Poco F1 was a rare beast, an actual example of a “flagship killer”. Now, almost two years later it is finally time for a sequel, after the detour named Poco X2 – a mid-ranger that was based on the Redmi K30. Actually, it seems it was a change in course rather than a detour as the new model is essentially a rebadged Redmi K30 Pro. The Poco F2 Pro does bring a long list of improvements compared to the F1, starting with the latest chipset. The Snapdragon 865 is the best chip from Qualcomm yet and one of the first to feature updatable GPU drivers, which might improve the phone’s longevity. A lot of emphasis was placed on the LiquidCool 2.0 tech, which has three layers: graphite, graphene and, finally, the "Super VC". That vapor chamber is larger than competing phones, which Poco says will enable more efficient cooling. The F2 Pro will run Android 10 out of the box with Poco Launcher 2.0. Dark mode is available, a must have on AMOLED screens. Storage now starts at 128GB (twice as much as before) and there’s also a 256GB option for those who want more. Plus, this is fast UFS 3.1 storage, up from 2.1. This year it’s actually something to consider as Xiaomi has axed the microSD slot. Besides the new chipset, Poco F2 Pro’s new camera setup may be what pushes die-hard Poco fans to upgrade. The main camera has a 1/1.72” sensor with 64MP resolution, with pixel binning that works out to 16MP photos with 1.6µm effective pixels. The phone can push in closer with the 2x zoom camera, which has a 5MP sensor and 50mm lens, or go wide with a 13MP camera. There’s also a 2MP depth sensor. There's no dedicated macro camera, the tele cam takes care of that (it's a tele macro, actually, letting you shoot at a comfortable 3-7cm distance). The more powerful chipset enables 8K recording at 30fps (you probably want the 256GB phone if you’re going to shoot in 8K). Also, 4K videos can now be recorded at 60fps. The final camera is on the front - a 20MP shooter on a motorized pop-up mechanism. This leaves the 6.67” screen completely unblemished. This year it’s a Super AMOLED panel with HDR+ support, so you can expect a boost in image quality, even if the resolution remains at 1080p+. The switch to AMOLED also allowed the fingerprint reader to move below the screen. The screen refreshes at a standard 60Hz, but the touch sampling rate has been amped up to 180Hz. The phone has Widevine L1 certificaiton, so it can play HD content from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other services. 6.67" Super AMOLED display with up to 1,200 nits of brightness While Xiaomi skipped the microSD slot, it did leave the 3.5mm headphone jack intact – we know many of you don’t care for Bluetooth headphones. Although the phone does offer Bluetooth 5.1 with aptX HD. Finally, we make our way to the battery – it’s bigger and faster than before. The capacity increased to 4,700mAh (from 4,000mAh) faster 30W charging (up from 18W). The Poco F2 Pro will be available online, starting at $500/€500 for the 6/128GB version. There's also a version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage for €600. The phone will be available at ***** and ***** first. You can pre-order it today, shipping should start on May 19 (a week from now). It will come to other online distributors - from Amazon through Lazada and Shopee to JD and more. The phone will also sell through the official Poco.net site and the team is working on making the F2 Pro available in offline stores too. During the presentation, the Galaxy S20+ and OnePlus 8 Pro were often used for comparisons, two shining examples of Android flagships. Here's how the Poco F2 Pro compares against them: Poco F2 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S20+ and OnePlus 8 Pro Redmi K30 Pro arrives with Snapdragon 865, K30 Pro Zoom adds telephoto camera The Redmi K30 Pro and K30 Pro Zoom are here, after weeks of teasers and speculations. They bring a radically different design compared to the K30 and K30 5G with a pop-up selfie camera and quad rear shooters housed in a circular setup. As expected they also come with the flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset, complete with X55 modem for 5G connectivity and larger 4,700 mAh batteries. In fact, the two K30 Pro versions are identical save for one of the cameras on the back. The 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display comes without any cutouts as it brings back the motorized pop-up solution for the 20MP selfie cam. The panel comes with a built-in fingerprint scanner and a 20:9 aspect ratio but its refresh rate is stuck at 60Hz. Around the back, the Redmi K30 Pro features a 64MP Sony IMX686 main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 13MP ultrawide snapper, a 5MP macro shooter and a 2MP depth helper. Those who want a telephoto module will have to step up to the K30 Pro Zoom version which swaps the 5MP macro cam for an 8MP tele shooter with OIS capable of 3x optical and up to 30x hybrid zoom. Both K30 Pro variants are able to record 8K video. Redmi K30 Pro and K30 Pro Zoom version camera details The Snapdragon 865 SoC can be paired with either 6GB or 8GB RAM while the speedy UFS3.1 storage, is either 128GB or 256GB. Both Redmi K30 Pro versions come with 4,700 mAh batteries and 33W fast charging. Other notable additions include improved haptic vibration motor, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, NFC, an IR port and a headphone jack. The Redmi K30 Pro will be available in grey, purple, white and blue colors. The base version starts at CNY 2,999($425) for the 6/128GB config, there’s also an 8/128GB model for CNY 3,399 ($480) and an 8/256GB trim for CNY 3,699($520). The K30 Pro Zoom base is CNY 3,799 ($535) while the 8/256GB model will go for CNY 3,999 ($565). Both variants of the K30 Pro are up for pre-order in China with official sales tipping off on April 4. There are no details on international availability just yet.