Our Opinion

The POCO M2 64GB is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 9 128GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the POCO M2 64GB!

POCO M2 64GB  Xiaomi Redmi 9 128GB 
POCO M2 Xiaomi Redmi 9C
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Excellence Score
35.0
26.8
Value for Money Score
85.9
71.3
Price ₹ 10,499 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2020 Aug, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.53 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek Helio G80Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio G35Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G52 MC2 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length; 1/3.1" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 118-degree Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Lens, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length; PDAF, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera 8MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter f/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 5.0, HDR, Screen flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Portrait selfies, Palm shutter
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless) Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.1 mmThick 9 mmThick
Weight 198 gmHeavy 196 gmHeavy
Width 77.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 77.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent rear design - the Poco M2 uses a dual finish polycarbonate back, half of which is patterned and other half is smooth, similar to the Poco M2 Pro
  • The front is the routine, dew-drop notch with decent bezels
  • The fingerprint scanner is on the back and it is fast and reliable
  • The textured back of the Poco M2 feels great in the hand and provides excellent grip
  • Sharp, vibrant, and vivid 6.53-inch full HD+ IPS display - keeping the price-point of the phone in mind, Poco M2 offers a pretty good display
  • MIUI 11 is as feature rich as ever, the overall interface on the phone is quite smooth and user friendly - Android 10 is running beneath all the jazz
  • Very good performance from the new MediaTek G80 chipset (similar to the Snapdragon 712) - the phone smoothly handles day-to-day task with ease and heavy games like PUBG Mobile run reasonably well
  • Decent quad-camera setup - a 13MP main, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The photos from the main camera are good for this budget class
  • The ultra-wide camera is among the better ones at this price and captures more of the scene easily
  • The macro camera puts out decent close-ups if you get the distance right with its fixed focus lens
  • The portraits are detailed, and the blur is convincing thanks to the dedicated depth sensor
  • Decent selfies from the 8MP front camera - portrait mode is available for selfies too, and it is as competent as a single fixed-focus camera can be
  • Excellent battery life with the 5000 mAh cell - with regular use, the Poco M2 easily lasts through two days of use
  • Poco M2 is a great option for people looking for a phone with decent gaming performance, good display, and solid battery life at an affordable price
  • Well-built, sturdy design - the unique matte-finish ridged pattern at the back looks really nice
  • The front carries a dew-drop notch with decent bezels, which works for the price
  • The textured back surface feels grippy and doesn't attract fingerprints
  • The back has a fingerprint reader that works accurately and fast (though, the face recognition isn't very quick)
  • It doesn't feel too thick or heavy even though it measures around 9mm and weighs 194g
  • Good 6.53-inch IPS HD+ display - the viewing angles and colours are pretty good, better than those of the Realme C12 and C15
  • The brightness is also adequate (though, it could have been better)
  • MIUI 11 is as feature rich as ever, the overall interface on the phone is user friendly - Android 10 is running beneath all the jazz
  • Decent entry-level performance from the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC - good for day-to-day tasks and can handle a bunch of light to medium apps at once (though, there's some noticeable stutter in the animations and opening apps at times)
  • Decent dual cameras for the price - a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The quality of photos from the main camera is decent, given enough light - shots came out looking crisp and vivid
  • Portrait mode works fairly well, even for objects
  • The 5MP selfie camera can produce decent selfies during the day - photos maintain good color, and exposure levels
  • Very good battery life - easily able to go about a day and half or even longer, on a single charge
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The display has average sunlight legibility and you’d have to keep the brightness all the way up for more clarity
  • It packs in plenty of bloatware, so you can get strange notifications and ads, which is annoying
  • Average low-light photos, the camera struggles to get the exposure right
  • Charging is a bit slow - the 10W charger included in the box tops up the Poco M2 in 2 hours and 48 minutes
  • It packs in plenty pre-installed bloatware, the ads are still here, it isn't the perfect user experience
  • The Redmi 9 really struggles in low light - details are generally weak when shooting at night
  • Video quality is strictly average
  • The phone doesn't support fast charging and an hour of charge could only fill the battery to 40-percent charge
  • The Redmi 9 doesn't have any singular standout feature which it can lean on to differentiate itself and command a premium - it is easily outperformed by competition, including Xiaomi’s own Redmi 9 Prime, for just money, you end up getting a much better overall device in the 9 Prime
Expert Reviews
  1. The Redmi 9 Prime is an excellent budget phone that seems easy to recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It's hard to find a better phone at this price point
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The full-HD+ display and the big battery give this phone an edge over the competition
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Redmi 9 Prime is one of the best phones in the price bracket
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Redmi 9 Prime strikes a good balance between style, battery, and performance
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Redmi 9 Prime's performance for its price point is very Note-worthy!
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Redmi 9 Prime promises a lot of power with its MediaTek Helio G80 SoC and impressive camera performance all on a tight budget
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you are a gamer on a tight budget, Redmi 9 Prime makes for a value for money package
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. Better off with other alternatives
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Redmi 9 is easily outperformed by the competition
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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