POCO M2 Pro gets an unofficial LineageOS 17.1 and PitchBlack Recovery builds
The POCO M2 Pro (our review) may not feature a flagship chipset like the first-gen POCO F1 or even a high refresh rate display panel like the POCO X2, but the smartphone does offer some solid specifications for a very competitive price. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC is specifically tuned for mobile gaming on a budget, while the massive 5,000 mAh battery with 33W fast charging support is capable enough to deliver a marathon battery life. Since the first POCO-branded device was quite a big hit among aftermarket development enthusiasts and custom ROM developers, we expect that this mid-ranger will continue that legacy. In fact, development on our forums has been in high gear right from the beginning, and here’s our first custom development roundup for the POCO M2 Pro.
Unofficial LineageOS 17.1
LineageOS is undoubtedly one of the most popular custom ROMs out there, and an unofficial build of the ROM is already available for this phone. Based on the contributions of XDA Recognized Developer erfanoabdi and Cosmin Tanislav AKA Demon000, XDA Senior Member ChaitanayaMittal has ported LineageOS 17.1, based on Android 10, to the POCO M2 Pro. Most of the features are reportedly working fine, however, it might not be ready yet to be a daily driver. If you’re a fan of the stock Android look, then head over to the thread linked below and follow the instructions to get the ROM up and running on your device.
Unofficial PitchBlack Recovery
If you wish to install the aforementioned LineageOS 17.1 build, you will first need a custom recovery on your device. Thankfully, an unofficial build of the PitchBlack Recovery (a fork of TWRP) is now available for the phone, courtesy of the same developer who compiled the LineageOS build. The recovery solution is also compatible with stock MIUI OTA packages, which means you can install incremental MIUI updates without modifying the updater script.