Last year in August Xiaomi launched POCO F1 with flagship Snapdragon 845 SoC for an incredibly low starting price of $2,99. And now, after a long wait, the second POCO phone has been launched in India dubbed as the POCO X2.
The POCO X2 is not the successor to the POCO F1 rather it comes under the newly minted X-series. The POCO X2 is the first smartphone from POCO after it spun off from Xiaomi recently to be regarded as an independent brand.
The POOC X2 at a starting price of INR15,999 (Approx. $224) offers impressive specs such as 120Hz display, 64MP Quad camera (Sony IMX686 sensor), Snapdragon 730G SoC, and 27W out-of-the-box fast charging. The POXO X2 is a rebranded version of the Redmi K30 4G that launched in December last year in China.
The POCO X2 comes in three variants with the base model coming in 6GB RAM+64GB storage configuration. The other two models are of 6GB RAM+128GB storage and 8GB RAM+256GB storage configurations priced at INR16,999 (Approx. $238) and INR19,999 (Approx.$280), respectively.
The smartphone is built around a 6.67-inch 1080×2400 FHD+ LCD screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The front and the back of the device is layered with Gorilla Glass 5. The display comes with a pill-shaped cutout for dual selfie cameras on the top-right corner.
The POCO X2 boots MIUI 11 running on top of Android 10 while on the inside it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset mated to Adreno 618 GPU.
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The SoC is no doubt gaming-oriented but it is the presence of Liquid Cooling technology that elevates the gaming experience further by ensuring a 600% boost in heat dissipation compared to a normal smartphone without this feature.
In terms of optics, the POCO X2 mounts four vertically-aligned cameras at the back led by 64MP f/1.9 Sony IMX686 primary sensor. An 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor round off the quad-rear camera setup.
On the front, the cutout houses two selfie shooters- 20MP f/2.2 wide sensor and a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor- inside the punch-hole cutout.
For fuel, the POCO X2 depends on a 4,500mAAh battery equipped with 27W fast charging brick (bundled in the box). The battery draws charge via USB Type-C port, but the traditional 3.5mm audio jack remains intact.
The smartphone comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner cum power button as well as an IR blaster. Other aspects include UFS 2.1 storage, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, and hybrid SIM slot.
The POCO X2 aims its gun at the Realme X2 which comes with similar price tags and specifications. However, the latter lacks the 120Hz display and the dual-selfie camera setup. The POCO X2 will go on sale beginning February 11 in India. The international availability of the phone as of now remains shrouded in mystery.