Poco recently became an independent brand and its first smartphone for the year has been officially launched in India. The launch event resembled a YouTube-style comparison between the Poco X2 and Realme X2. It seems Poco wanted to take a jab at Realme with its latest smartphone. Of course, as most of us expected, the Poco X2 is basically a rebranded Redmi K30. Therefore, if you already know everything about the Redmi K3o, then there’s not much new to learn about the latest device from Poco.
Apart from the lackluster launch event, the Poco X2 is actually a decent device. And before we dive in further, we want to make one thing clear at first. The X2 is not the successor to the OG Poco F1. Therefore, we would not suggest anyone to trade in their Poco F1 for the rebranded Redmi K30. This, however, does not mean that you should not buy the new device. If you’re looking to upgrade your smartphone with a budget under Rs. 20,000, the Poco X2 is possibly the best option for most users. Additionally, the device’s kernel source will be available right from today for developers. Therefore, you can expect a lot of third-party development for the device soon.
Poco X2 Specifications
These are the specifications of the Poco X2.
- 6.67-inch IPS LCD display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate (RealityFlow).
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC with Adreno 618 GPU.
- Up to 8GB RAM. 6GB RAM in the base variant.
- Up to 256GB internal storage. Expandable via microSD card to 512GB.
- Rear cameras: 64MP Sony IMX686 + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor.
- Front cameras: 20MP wide + 2MP depth sensor.
- 4500mAh battery with 27W fast charging support.
- LiquidCool Technology.
- MIUI 11 out-of-the-box.
Most Poco fans expected the Poco X2 to rock the latest Snapdragon 765 SoC with onboard 5G support. However, it seems the only thing Poco changed from the Redmi K30 is the branding. The device comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection at the front and the back. Fortunately, the 27W fast charger comes in the box. Thus, you wouldn’t have to shell out more money to buy the fast charger separately.
Pricing and availability in India
The Poco X2 will be available in 3 storage and RAM variants — 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB. Poco has priced the 6GB + 64GB variant at Rs. 15,999. Whereas the 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 16,999 and the 8GB + 256GB variant is priced at Rs. 19,999 respectively. Moreover, buyers who have an ICICI bank credit or debit card will be able to avail a discount of Rs. 1,000. Hence the effective price of the device will be Rs. 14,999 for ICICI bank credit or debit cardholders. There will be three color variants to choose from — Matrix Purple, Phoenix Red, and Atlantis Blue. The device goes on sale on 11 February via Flipkart at 12 noon.