POCO began hyping its new device as soon as it was spun off from Xiaomi as an independent brand in India. Obviously it will utilize Xiaomi’s resources and all, but it will adopt a different business model to penetrate the excruciatingly price-sensitive market of the country. After days of teases and leaks, Poco has officially unveiled the new POCO X2 in India. It, as we suspected, is just a rebranded Redmi K30, which nevertheless comes with fabulous pricing. The launch event, which took place today felt evident of one thing besides the product launch – how the phone is better compared to the months-old Realme X2.
POCO X2 Overview
If you already know about the Redmi K30, then all of the following will sound very similar to you. And maybe the price is only what you’re after. Anyways, talking about its design, it comes in a 3D curved glass body with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both, front and back of the phone, with aluminum frame. The phone comes in a glossy gradient finish in three color variants: Atlantis Blue, Matrix Purple, and Phoenix Red.
The camera arrangement on the back is quite unique as well, with the quad-cameras placed vertically, which reminded me of the “baseline test monitoring device” from Blade Runner 2049. More on the design, you’ll find the fingerprint scanner on the right side of the phone, like the one on the Huawei Nova 5T. The evanescent IR blaster is still there, which is nice. Furthermore, there’s no IP rating, but the POCO X2 does come with a P2i coating which should protect the phone from any splashes of water here and there.
Coming to the front, the POCO X2 employs a dual punch-hole cutout for the front cameras on a tall 6.67-inches “RealityFlow” FHD+ IPS LCD screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio and HDR10 support. But the most exciting thing about this display is definitely its superior 120Hz refresh rate. The trend of a smoother display panel really kicked off in 2019, and it looks like 2020 is when it really goes mainstream; why wouldn’t it? POCO X2’s “Intelligent Dynamic Refresh Rate” technology dynamically arranges the refresh rate depending upon the type of app being used, which could be crucial to saving battery in the long run.
Now let’s talk cameras, shall we? POCO X2 comes with a quad-camera setup on the back arranged vertically inside a distinct gradient halo that complements the phone’s colors. And just below the cameras, there’s the dual-LED flash.
Here, the primary lens is the new 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, which is set to feature in many flagship phones in 2020. Additionally, you also get an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 120º field-of-view (FOV), a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. With such an impressive camera arrangement, POCO hopes to deliver flagship-grade photography on a budget.
The company especially took its time to emphasize how great the phone’s cameras were in terms of dynamic range. Well, only real-life testing will reveal exactly how it performs, so stay tuned with us for that. The Redmi Note 8 Pro we tested a couple of months back didn’t have the best of dynamic range, so I’m hoping the POCO X2 doesn’t disappoint similarly.
Moving on, the phone can also capture uncompressed RAW images, which can be really helpful to professional photographers. In terms of video, you can shoot up to 4K @30fps, while there’s also the support for the glorious 960fps videos at HD resolution. Besides this, a dedicated “VLOG Mode” has been embedded into the camera to fuel the inner vlogger in you.
Getting to the front cameras (yes, cameras), there’s a 20MP main lens, and a 2MP depth sensor packed inside a dual punch-hole cutout on the top right corner of the display. Personally, I prefer pop-ups or even minimal centered notches to these, but to each his own I guess.
Performance & Memory
The performance is what’s gotta shine to sell a smartphone in markets like India. POCO X2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, which is based on the 8nm fabrication process. This SoC was a great gaming chipset and the first of its kind from Qualcomm, by which I mean that the 730G was the gaming-focused chip from the company. Sure, it was great for a 2019 phone, but should we have gotten the new Snapdragon 765/765G instead?
Well, I was a little disappointed on the POCO X2 for having the 730G because of the legacy the name “POCO” carries with it. The POCO X2 not having the latest Snapdragon 865 was fine by me because it looks like it will feature in some other upcoming phone from the company. But the 765G is a warranted wish, right? Nevertheless, 730G is not unworthy either. What surprised me was how the company claimed better performance on the POCO X2 than the Realme X2 having the same processor. A consistent AnTuTu score over multiple cycles? Sounds too good to be true, but not impossible.
POCO also emphasized on the gaming capability of the phone, with a better thermal performance thanks to its LiquidCool technology and the second-gen Game Turbo. And once again, comparisons were made against the Realme X2 for their heating.
Getting into memory, the POCO X2 comes with either 6 or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and from 64 to 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage. The hardware on the phone is further complemented by the software, which the company claims helps in optimizing the core-level performance for enhanced RAM management. Now that’s what I like to hear. No matter how excellent the hardware is, if a decent software to back that up is absent, the phone is no good. Here, POCO X2 runs on Android 10.0 with a modified version of MIUI 11 on top.
Talking about the battery, the phone comes with a big 4500mAh cell, which should last a day even on moderate to heavy use. Don’t quote me on that because we still haven’t tested it ourselves yet. A big battery needs a better charging mechanism too, right? Well, the POCO X2 comes with a 27W charger on the box. Nice!
And continuing the saga of comparison, POCO claims that the 27W charger of the POCO X2 charges its bigger 4500mAh faster at 68 minutes compared to Realme X2’s 30W VOOC flash charger charging the phone’s smaller 4000mAh battery in 76 minutes. bruh! I can’t wait to see if it’ll really stand up to its claims in real-life tests.
POCO X2 Specifications
- Body: 6.51 x 3.02 x 0.35 inches; 208 gm; P2i coating
- Display: 6.67-inches “RealityFlow” IPS LCD panel with HDR10 support; 386 PPI and up to 500 nits of brightness
- Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1800 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G; 8nm Mobile Platform
- CPU: Octa-core (2x Gold @ 2.2GHz + 6x Silver @ 1.8GHz)
- GPU: Adreno 618
- RAM: 6 / 8GB LPDDR4X dual-channel memory
- Storage: 64 / 128 / 256GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a microSD card)
- Software & UI: Android 10 with MIUI 11 on top
- Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
– 64 MP f/1.89 Sony IMX686 sensor, PDAF support
– 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor with 120º FOV
– 2MP f/2.4 macro lens
– 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
– Dual LED flash
- Front Camera: Dual-camera;
– 20MP f/2.2 primary sensor
– 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
- Security: Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
- Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, Qualcomm Hi-Fi DAC support
- Connectivity: Hybrid dual-SIM (Nano), microSD card, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB Type-C
- Battery: 4500 mAh with 27W fast charging
- Colors: Atlantis Blue, Matrix Purple, Phoenix Red
POCO X2 Pricing & Launch
So, this is what matters the most – the price. We’ve come to expect great performance from POCO’s smartphones on a fragment of what the flagships cost. Continuing that tradition, POCO India is launching the POCO X2 in following price points:
- POCO X2 (6/64GB) – INR. 15,999 (~NRs. 25,600 | $225)
- POCO X2 (6/128GB) – INR. 16,999 (~NRs. 27,200 | $240)
- POCO X2 (8/256GB) – INR. 19,999 (~NRs. 32,000 | $280)
For now, the phone will we on sale from February 11 on Flipkart, which is one of India’s top e-commerce websites. Indian buyers can enjoy further INR. 1,000 discount when making payments through credit/debit cards of ICICI Bank.
As for POCO X2’s Nepal launch, the phone will arrive in the country sometime in March. Its pricing should be somewhat similar to the price in India, though an NRs. 1000 – 2500 price jump is expected, looking at the company’s trend.
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