POCO X2

POCO X2

POCO X2

POCO X2 – Full explained specifications with pros and cons. The second Poco phone. Great battery life. Rear quad-camera setup with dual front cameras. Powerful Qualcomm SD730G Processor. Flagship 120Hz display without a notch. Punch hole onscreen front camera.

Introduction

The Poco X2 is the second phone of the Poco series launched in India by Xiaomi. The first Poco, Poco X1 smartphone, was launched way back in…

At that time, it was the best value for money smartphone as the device was offered with a crisp notch screen display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the flagship Qualcomm processor at that time, and the pricing started from just Rs19,999. It created a new benchmark there. Although Honor also launched Honor Play, which boasted of Huawei’s own flagship HiSillicon Kirin 970 processor with amazing AI capabilities at the same time, the Poco was more popular because it was from the house of Xiaomi. It had a very popular processor, SD 745.

 Now, after a long time, Xiaomi has launched another device of that lineup, and the expectations are quite high this time due to the popularity and performance of its predecessor. So let’s go through what the smartphone is offering us by analyzing all its features. We will also check its value for money because that’s the most important thing people expect from Xiaomi, and especially the poco line up.

Build Quality:

 The Poco F1 had a very bland and straightforward polycarbonate build, which looked kind of cheap and was not much liked by the people. But this time, Xiaomi has made significant improvements. The Poco X2 comes with a premium glass build with gorilla glass protection on the front and rear. There is a circular portion with a different gradient in the rear side, which holds all the four cameras. The smartphone looks good and gives a premium in-hand feel. The first look is also beneficial. Thin bezels and the on-display punched cameras make the device look very modern.

 The fingerprint sensor of this device is uniquely located on the power button of the device, making it quite convenient to unlock the phone and also make the design better. There is an IR blaster in the device like any other Xiaomi device and hence can be used for controlling the TV, AC, etc. The device still has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, fortunately.

Display:

The Poco X1 comes with a 6.67 inches IPS LCD Screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The display is crisp. The colors are punchy, and the screen is bright enough. Even in direct sunlight, the screen is easily visible. The display comes with Gorilla Glass and is expected to be strong sufficient for minor issues. The 120 Hz refresh rates can prove to be very helpful, especially for the gamers, provided the game also supports 120 Hz refresh rates.

Battery Life and Charging:

                Like almost all other Xiaomi smartphones, this device also comes with a massive battery. The Poco X2 comes with a 4440 mAh battery, and the battery life is perfect. Even with heavy usage, the device must give around 1 – 1.5 days of battery back-up. A regular casual user can get around 2-2.5 days of battery back-up with a single charge. The device comes with fast charging support, and the charging time is quite good, i.e., not very high.

Performance:

                              The Poco X2 is geared up with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, which is a bit old but still a fantastic performer. The Adreno 681 GPU compliments the efficient processor to give a buttery smooth performance. It can run almost anything that comes into it. All regular tasks are a breeze in this device, whereas heavy tasks like playing PUBG etc. also don’t show ant problem. The device comes with liquid cooling. There are no heating issues ass such, but the back tends to get a little bit warm after prolonged gaming, maybe due to the glass back panel.

                The device comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants with 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB of storage options. The device has excellent writing and reading speed, and hence app loading time and installing or saving time of files is expected to be less.

Camera:

                The Poco X2 comes with a quad-camera setup in the rear. It has a 64MP primary camera which has f/1.9 aperture. There is an 8 MP ultrawide lens with an aperture of f/2.2. Then there is a 2 MP lens for macro shots, which has an aperture of f/2.4. The fourth camera is 2 MP lens with f/2.4 aperture; it is for capturing the depth effect. Dual LED flash is provided to help take photos in dark conditions.

                There is an onscreen (punched) dual front camera setup in this device. There is a main 20 MP main camera for the selfies, and a 2 MP camera is given so capture depth effect.

                              The rear camera setup works amazingly well. The captured photos have the right amount of details in them. Noise is minimum in the images, even in images captured in dark conditions, all thanks to the brilliant 64 MP camera. The pictures are also crisp. The clarity is outstanding. The bokeh effect and portrait mode photos also come out to be excellent. The camera has EIS support. It is Electronic Image Stabilisation and is responsible for making the photos and videos captured by the device stable even if the user is not stable that moving (running, walking, or driving). The EIS also works brilliantly well. The video recordings are durable, and the audio recorded is also quite clear.

                The front camera is also capable of taking good selfies. The dual-camera setup helps intaking good portrait shots and bokeh captures. The images have details, and the colors are punchy. The noise levels are also quite less.

Sound:

                              The Poco X2 comes with a single speaker setup, which is a bit disappointing for quite a several people as the Poco F1 had a dual speaker setup. Further, The speaker is at the bottom, and it is subtle enough. The volume levels are proper, and it is adequately loud. Although there isn’t any support for Dolby Atmos, the media output is not at all disappointing. Fortunately, the 3.5 mm headphone jack exists on the device.

Connectivity:

                              The Xiaomi Poco X2 supports Wi-Fi 802.11. Other wireless connectivity features include Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot. It comes with Bluetooth v 5.0 for sharing files. For navigation and different location-related services, it is equipped with A-GPS, GLONASS, and also BDS. For wired connectivity, there exists a type-C (which has become a common thing in most devices) port supporting USB 2.0.

Sensors:

                               Xiaomi has always given all the necessary sensors in all its devices. This device is no different. It has all the essential sensors such as gyroscope (which is used for watching 360-degree videos, gaming, etc.), fingerprint sensors, compass, and also accelerometer. The fingerprint sensor is a physical type (not on screen), and side-mounted, hence more convenient to use in most cases. It works quite accurately and unlocks the phone quickly. Face-unlock is also supported and works quite nicely. It has also got the IR blaster, and hence it can control devices such as TV, AC, etc.

Pros and Cons:

               No matter how popular and how good a smartphone is, it has got some cons along with the advantages. The same goes for the Xiaomi Poco X2.So let us jot down the pros and cons of the device and decide is the device a good buy – it is value for money devices just like most other Xiaomi devices.

Pros:
  1. Poco X2 has a very premium build quality, complete glass body with front and back gorilla glass protection.
  2. The device has as a very efficient and powerful processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, along with Adreno 618 GPU, so expectations are high.
  3. The camera of this smartphone is one of the best in the segment. Quad Camera setup with (64 MP + 8 MP + 2MP + 2MP) is really good.
  4. It has a dual front camera, which is not so common in this segment. (20 MP + 2 MP)
  5. It has IR blaster which is very rare (Mostly found in Xiaomi only)
  6. It has a huge 4400 mAh battery life and also supports fast charging.
Cons:
  1. The phone is quite heavy, even though the weight balance is done quite nicely.
  2. Has screen bleeding issue from the bottom of the screen, as it used to have in Poco F1.
  3. No dedicated Micro SD Card slot.
  4. Has MIUI which has a lot of ads and other recommendations (like video recommendation)

Conclusion:

               Looking into all the features it is offering at Rs 15,999, and the overall package sounds to be really very attractive. Those who are looking for an excellent value for money device, it is for them. The base variant offers 64 GB of inbuilt storage along with 6 GB of RAM (Random Access Memory), whereas the one priced at Rs 16,999 offers 128 GB of storage with 6 GB RAM.

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