Poco X2 is launched in India: Expert review, Price, camera and more

The SmoothAF phone you deserve.

Poco X2 is successor of Poco F1 which was launched in year 2018.

Poco X2
Poco X2

The only disappointing is that its not as groundbreaking as the F1, even more this phone is essentially a re-marketed Redmi K30 that made its debut in China in last year.

Above all the bigger news is, this phone is exclusive to India, it won’t be launched elsewhere.

Where to buy?

This phone has been launched in three variants at three price points and it will be exclusively only to Flipkart- 11 Feb onwards. It is also available on Amazon. We also have good news for ICICI bank card holders, you can save an additional discount of Rs 1,000.

You won’t be able to buy it offline for near future.

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TABLE OF CONTENT

  • VERDICTS
  • SPECIFICATION
  • DESIGN & BUILD
  • DISPLAY
  • CAMERA
  • PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY
  • PROS AND CONS
  • PRICE AND RELEASE DATE

VERDICTS

Above all this phone comes with great specifications, hitting rock-bottom prices this phone is surely going to make an impression in Indian market.

It is not having so much impact as POCO F1 but still its amazing.

Processor, RAM, storage, battery, and cameras are all so strong, in overall its build quality along the accessories are great deal.

Some people may find it little difficult to hold with its sheer size of this device.

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SPECIFICATION

  • Display: 6.67-inch LCD, 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, Punch-hole display
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G, Octa-core, Adreno 618 GPU, 8nm
  • RAM: 6/8GB, LPDDR4X
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB, UFS 2.1, Expandable
  • Cameras: Rear: 64MP main camera (IMX686) with f/1.89 aperture, 8MP ultra wide camera (120-degree field of view) with f/2.2 aperture, 2MP macro camera (2cm to 10cm) with f/2.4 aperture, 2MP depth camera with f/2.4 aperture Front: 20MP primary camera, 2MP depth camera
  • Dimensions and weight: 165.3 x 76.6 x 8.79mm, 208g
  • Battery: 4,500mAh, 27W fast charging, Non-removable
Poco X2
Poco X2

DESIGN & BUILD

Above all its design looks very much similar to Redmi K30 series.

The only visible difference in design is LOGO at the bottom and a design around the rear camera. That’s due to their collaboration on design. Over that you will get a few extra software features as the phone is running MIUI for POCO other than Redmi K30 series.

It does a great job highlighting the cameras, having circular ring around it. It also has the perfect heft and balance, that feels pretty good to hold in hand.

While its surface is slippery, more than nearly all other phones we have used. Although it will fit your hand perfectly, but you have to be careful due to its slippery surface.

It comes with Gorilla Glass 5 layer at the back did a great job minimizing any damage. with the central mid-frame made of plastic .

Similarly to Samsung’s Galaxy S10+, POCO went with the punch-hole cutout option. and it also has dual front cameras.

Poco X2
Poco X2

Even more there is no provision for an in-display fingerprint sensor, at place of that there is a side-mounted captivate module that is baked into the home button where you rest your finger.

Also X2 got a splash-proof nano-coating too, while it is not claimed to be water resistance.

Other elements in use are as: speaker grille at the bottom, a USB-C port for charging, as well as a headphone jack. Furthermore on other side there is a hybrid slot for dual SIM cards, and a microSD card if you want to expand storage.

DISPLAY

Above all it does not has the deep dark blacks, that are afforded by OLED panels and the colors certainly aren’t as punchy.

Poco X2 comes along with an IPS LCD panel with a 20:9 aspect ratio. It sports a 1,080 x 2,400 pixel resolution with a pixel density of 395 PPI.

Poco X2
Poco X2

The display has a 6.67-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080, with refresh rate of 120Hz.

Even more here is the 120Hz refresh rate, which really make deal out of Display standards

Although the phone has MIUI, it does not feel quite as smooth as it should. Even when the phone is having 120Hz refresh rate.

Its brightness is enough to view the screen under the direct sunlight, but it would be great it there was having more brightness to it.

CAMERA

Poco X2
Poco X2

Above all POCO X2 has four rear camera, with a 64MP sensor joined by an 8MP wide-angle lens, 2MP macro shooter, and a 2MP sensor for portrait shots.

At front there are two cameras: 20MP camera and a similar 2MP module for portrait mode.

PHOTO

During daylight photos, the details are quite good, it also got a scenes of greenery, food, architecture, landscape and so on. Of course, when these modes are selected, they certainly gets a color boost.

However, in many photos, we saw blurring out the hair on the edges which is really decreasing its worth. It must be fixed by software update or another source.

It performes very well in low lights.

64-megapixel rear camera:

camera Poco X2
camera poco x2

It has f/1.89 aperture and uses the Sony IMX686 sensor which succeeds the widely used IMX586, that gives 16 MP image in regular photo mode.

However to shoot a 64 MP images, you have to select the 64 MP mode.

While taking photo’s in  64 MP resolution will surely make noise even more apparent when seen at 100 percent. However when when 16mp is used the noise level goes very down.

8MP wide-angle lens and 2MP macro shooter :

It comes with an f/2.2 aperture foe 8MP camera, however the 2MP camera helps to offer a 2x digitally zoomed crop. Here the focus in on point across of the field of view, and the company has done a excellent job at distortion correction.

2MP depth sensor:

Due to portrait mode you will like to use 2MP depth sensor.

While the bokeh fall-off is reasonably good, you will noticed that the phone struggles around hair and creates a artificial looking cut-out pattern.

Front camera’s: 20MP selfie camera and a 2MP module

Its depth sensor is better than the usual software-based modes,

Videos

At 1920×1080 videos were crisp with smooth motion tracking and reasonable stabilization.

However at 4K, colors became over-exaggerated and there was a warm cast to the clips we recorded.

PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY

Poco X2 does not sport the flagship processor of this generation. While it have decided to go with Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G,  as gamer-focused.

PERFORMANCE

Pairing either 6 GB or 8 GB RAM with two high performance Kyro, Kryo 470 Gold cores and six low power Kryo 470 Silver cores. Poco X2 offers enough horsepower to run most of the tasks you put it for.

Poco X2
Poco X2

Game Turbo 2 gets activated automatically which is very vital during large games like PUBG and the LiquidCool technology ensures that the phone doesn’t heat up much, even while charging.

Also the call Quality of POCO X2 is exceptionally good, there was no trace of distortion or jarring during calls.

Sound quality is very good and clear but there is no stereo speaker, there is also a 3.5 mm jack. And the music distorts if the volume level is above 60 percent or so.

Even more there is no issues with animations, app switching, transitions or other elements, due to MIUI 11.0.3 running over Android 10.

Poco X2
Poco X2

It not that every thing is perfect with this phone, there is a little issue which is due to ads. You cant force stop these ads showing up in notification bar, so for that you have to Personalize ad recommendations and toggle it off.

Also there was slight stuttering in UI once or twice but it was only momentary.

BATTERY

We can say it loudly that it got a decent battery life.

However, in a HD video loop test it ran for 13 hours, 43 minutes, which is not a great result but for this size of screen its okay.

It has a huge battery of 4,500 mAh, which can easily last for 2 days. It also has bundled a massive 27W charger which takes under 75 mins to completely charge the device.

PROS AND CONS

Poco X2
Poco X2

PROS

  • 120Hz refresh on display
  • Excellent battery life
  • also has 3.5mm jack
  • Robust internals
  • Stellar value

CONS

  • MIUI 11 got some issues
  • Average camera

PRICE AND RELEASE DATE

Starting at just Rs 15,999 for the base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Also the 6GB+128GB storage will retail at 16,999 and the 8GB+256GB variant will be available at Rs 19,999.

Its going to launch on February 11 at 12:00 noon onward on Flipkart.

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