After teasing for some time, POCO officially launched its two budget phones in Nepal – POCO M2 and POCO C3. With this, POCO finally re-entered the Nepali market after its launch of POCO F1 back in 2018. POCO M2 is the premium one among the two devices offering superior specifications with a slight hike in price.
POCO M2’s official price in Nepal is NPR 18,999 for the 6/64GB variant and NPR 19,999 for the 6/128GB variant. Let’s look at the specifications, features, and availability of POCO M2 in Nepal.
POCO M2 is one of the best smartphones priced under Rs. 20,000 in Nepal. POCO M2 is the rebranded version of Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime as it offers almost the same specs and features but comes with an additional 2GB of RAM.
Design and Display
POCO has adopted a dual-textured finish on the back of the POCO M2. The body and frame are plastic built with a textured finish that does not attract fingerprint marks. Also, the rear panel highlights a quad-camera array setup placed inside the pill-shaped camera module. The body is protected by P2i’s nano-coating against accidental water splashes.
On the front, POCO M2 equips a 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen with a waterdrop notch that houses a selfie camera. The FHD+ display with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution and 394 PPI density has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection that safeguards against accidental drops and scratches. Besides, the display screen is reading mode certified by TUV Rheinland.
Performance and Internals
POCO M2 integrates MediaTek’s gaming-focused Helio G80 SoC. It is an octa-core CPU with two Cortex-A75 cores at 2.0 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8 GHz that delivers optimized performance. Mali G52 MC2 GPU handles the graphics. With 6 GB RAM to complement the aforementioned hardware, POCO M2 provides smooth and seamless performance. Also, HyperEngineGame technology boosts your gaming experience.
The device runs on Android 10 based MIUI 11 out of the box. It is the same UI that runs on all Xiaomi phones. You get either 64GB or 128GB internal storage options, which can be further expanded up to 512 GB via a dedicated MicroSD card slot.
POCO M2 features a quad-camera array setup at the back aligned vertically. The arrangement comprises a 13MP primary sensor accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor with a 118-degree field of view, a 5MP macro sensor for close-up shots, and a 2MP depth sensor for portrait shots. Upfront, the device boasts an 8MP AI Selfie camera confined inside the waterdrop notch.
The phone captures 1080p@30fps video from both front and rear cameras. Though, lack of stabilization can disappoint you for the videos. The camera’s UI is comfortable and has the features to switch between HDR, AI, Pro mode, and Portrait mode.
Battery and others
A non-removable 5000 mAh built-in battery fuels the POCO M2. The smartphone uses a USB Type-C port for charging and supports an 18W fast charging but ships with a 10W adapter. Also, there is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor placed just below the rear camera array. Connectivity-wise, the device supports Bluetooth 5.0, IR blaster, USB Type-C 2.0, 3.5 mm headphone jack, etc.
POCO M2 Specifications
|163.3 x 77 x 9.1 mm
198 g (6.98 oz)
|Body||Glass front, plastic frame, and plastic back
P2i’s water-repellent coating
|Display||6.53 inches FHD+ IPS LCD
1080 x 2340 pixels, 394 PPI density
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Rear Camera||Quad Camera array;
13MP f/2.2, PDAF
8MP f/2.2, 118-degree FOV
5MP f/2.4, (macro)
2MP f/2.4 (depth)1080p@30fps Video Recordings
|Front Camera||Single AI selfie;
8MP f/2.01080p@30fps Video Recordings
|Internals||6GB LPDDR4X RAM
|OS||Android 10, MIUI 12|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio G80 (12nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Battery||Li-Po 5000 mAh
18W Fast Charging
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Colors||Brick Red, Pitch Black, Slate Blue|
POCO M2 Price in Nepal and Availability
POCO M2 price in Nepal is NPR 18,999 for the 6/64GB variant and NPR 19,999 for the 6/128GB variant. The smartphone is available in three color finishes – Brick Red, Pitch Black, Slate Blue. It is available for purchase across Nepal via all official Xiaomi stores and retail shops as well as online stores.
|POCO M2 variant||Price in Nepal|
|POCO M2 (6GB+64GB)||Rs. 18,999|
|POCO M2 (6GB+128GB)||Rs. 19,999|
At this price range, POCO M2 is one of the top contenders in the list of best smartphones under 20,000. The phone directly competes with Xiaomi Redmi 9-series phones, Motorola Moto G9 Play, Realme C15, etc.