Poco X2 was the most anticipated device of 2020. And it should be because of its predecessor Poco F1. After launching the Poco F1 the phone maker didn’t talk much about its successor for almost two years. But, at the starting of 2020 Xiaomi separated its sub-brand Poco and launched the Poco X2, instead of Poco F2.
However, the smartphone does not launch with the Snapdragon 800 series chipset, as we thought. I mean everyone thought it would launch with the most powerful processor i.e, snapdragon 865. But, it turned out the Snapdragon 730G. The 730G is not a bad processor at all.
The Poco X2 is the Indian variant of Redmi K30. The device comes with a starting price of Rs 15,999 and goes all the way up to Rs 20,000. It has three variants 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB internal storage.
To check this we recently purchased the 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant of Poco X2. The phone comes in three color variants Matrix Purple, Phoenix Red, and Atlantis Blue. We are using the Phoniex Red color.
Poco X2 Display and Design
Poco X2 comes with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ with a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels. The display is pretty big and it comes with the 120Hz refresh rate.
However, you have the option to reduce the refresh rate to 60Hz in order to save battery. The Poco X2 is the first smartphone to come is India with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Further, the display is HDR10 rated. And it houses the dual-punch hole selfie camera at the top right corner.
The display is pretty bright, you can watch the content even in the direct sunlight. MIUI gives you tons of option to customize the display like the color scheme, dark mode, text size and more. The notch is customizable and you can ‘partially hide the notch’.
Before purchasing the smartphone, I read that the single punch hole is actually not single. When you switch between notch settings you’ll notice that it has two different holes for two cameras. I would like to love if we had an option to separate both.
Talking about the design, the device has a glass body, on both sides and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Which does promise some protection to the glass. But, I have doubts about the side of the device.
On the right side, it features a fingerprint speaker which is fast in my opinion. If you are wondering it is P2i splash-proof, which is not bad according to what price you are paying.
The fingerprint scanner is followed by the volume rockers and in the bottom, it has a speaker grill, microphone, type-C port followed by 3.5mm audio jack.
After using the Poco X2 for so many days, I think it has the best position for fingerprint. I mean the second you click the power button, it got unlocked.
Poco X2 Performance
In terms of performance, the device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G. The G in 730G is for gaming. The phone is aimed at smartphone gamers. The octa-core processor is combined with Kryo 470 CPU and Adreno 618 GPU.
Additionally, the Poco X2 also comes with LiquidCool Technology that ensures sustained peak performance without hindered by thermal throttling.
Well, if you are looking for Poco X2 benchmark numbers here are some of it.
The smartphone scored 2,56,127 on Antutu and 1557 in multi-core and 534 in single-core on Geekbench.
Talking about games I have played games like PUBG, COD and many more but I never see any performance hiccups or frame drops.
However, the 120Hz display, for now, is not usable for gaming. The PUBG mobile goes only up to 30fps, which is strange.
Poco X2 Camera and Battery
In terms of the optics, the 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor works really well and its the first device to come with the 686 sensors in India. The Sony sensor is accompanied by an 8MP sensor with an ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.
On paper, the quad-cam setup looks good. The device can record 4K videos @30 fps and 1080 videos @60 fps. It has other regular features like night mode, slo-mo(up to 960fps) beauty filter, panorama and many more.
Additionally, the camera has a dedicated 64MP mode, AI, wide-angle and macro mode. In the video, It has a dedicated tracking mode to track moving objects and a vlog mode to shot short and cool videos. The vlog mode has multiple templates where you got different templates with different pre-applied transitions and music.
The image quality is great, it got details, sharpness and also has a good dynamic range. The night mode also delivers a decent quality. Here are a few samples.
Switching to the front, the dual-front camera delivers good photos in the good lighting conditions but when you go in the dark, it starts compromising with the quality. The front has a 20MP primary camera with a 2MP depth sensor. Which is also used for face unlock.
The X2 has a 4500mAh battery which easily lasts over a day in medium usage (watching videos and playing some PUBG matches).
When you start using it heavy, the battery will die before completing the day. However, you always have the option to downgrade the refresh rate to 60Hz to save some battery.
The phone comes bundled with 27W fast charging right out of the box. Which charges the device 10% to 100% within an hour.
The smartphone is big and a little bulky.
Well, If you are looking for a budget gaming smartphone with good camera specs and you are okay with using a bigger 6.67-inch display then Poco X2 is perfect for you.
However, you’ll only enjoy the 120Hz smoothness only in UI. I know, there are more people like me, who don’t see it as a Poco F1 successor, but overall it is a good smartphone to look for.