After a probable one and half years of waiting, POCO has finally launched its next iteration of the flagship killer smartphone – POCO X2, a successor to POCO F1 (apparently). The only difference is that this time it is not a flagship killer, but a mid-range booster. Let’s find out more about the device’s specs and features.
POCO X2: Long Haul, Huge Hype
The hype is not just because of the wait but also because of what POCO did with the F1 (POCO F1). The POCO F1 was one of the most recommended smartphones of the year and featured in MKBHD’s video brought in more eyes. It featured a Snapdragon 845, a Sony IMX486 camera sensor, and a 4000mAh battery for less than half of the price of flagships in 2018.
Xiaomi sent the phone to many developers to ensure that there should be a strong custom ROM support, and today, there is a massive community on Telegram (join TechDipper Telegram community) with around 20,000 active members. People are still buying the F1 as the prices have also gone down.
The POCO F1 now retails at INR 14999 for the 8/128GB variant and INR 16999 for the 8/256GB variant. POCO’s General Manager, C Manmohan, in an interview, said the company is no longer manufacturing the phone, and the reason is unknown. If we had to guess, it could be because of Qualcomm not making Snapdragon 845 anymore.
Is The Poco X2 Any Good?
As the embargo lifted from the POCO X2 after a lot of leaks, and the phone in itself is quite interesting (or should I say less appealing?). POCO, even after turning “independent,” rebranded Redmi K30 as POCO X2, which is the only thing that annoys us, seriously Xiaomi?
The POCO X2 is powered by a Snapdragon 730G, which we already have seen in the Redmi K20. So, what’s new, you ask? The display has now moved from 60Hz to 120Hz, which is the USP of the device. The Redmi K20 has an AMOLED panel, whereas X2 sports an IPS LCD panel, a bit of a downside.
No IPS display panel comes close to the deep blacks and whites of an AMOLED panel. The display is still acceptable for the price, as it is a 120Hz panel making it the first budget-end device to come with it.
No AMOLED means no in-display fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner resides within the power button. On the camera front, the POCO X2 sports a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, 2MP macro, 2MP depth sensor, which is quite common.
The images we saw came out pretty good, and the image quality will improve future updates. The phone comes with MIUI 11 based on Android 10 out of the box, which is excellent. There are two front cameras this time around with a 20MP primary and 2MP depth for bokeh effects.
There is a 4500mAh cell that supports 27W fast charging. The design is quite appealing, and the three colors to choose from are unique. Overall, specs speak for themselves. The Snapdragon 730G should be able to handle everyday performance and gaming with ease assuming MIUI 11 is further optimized in future updates.
POCO X2’s Asking Price
At an asking price of INR 15999, 16999, and 19999 for 6/64GB, 6/128GB, and 8/256GB variants, respectively, it is undoubtedly an excellent offering. We see the 6/128GB version selling more than the other two options.
The Realme X2 is the only competitor that provides the same specs at a little high cost, but from what we speculate, Realme might cut off some margin and lower the price of Realme X2, for better competition. Again, just speculation.
We cannot deny, mid-range smartphones have gotten better over a couple of years. Due to the immense competition (cheers to Realme), as long as the customers being benefited, phones will be getting a lot better in the future.
While most of the fans are waiting for POCO F1’s real successor F2, it will be interesting to see what POCO has got for us in the bag of “surprises.” Till then, the Poco X2 will continue the great legacy of memories that F1 left behind. Let us know if you liked the X2, or would you rather wait for POCO F2 (if it exists)?
With inputs from Atish Rajasekharan