Our Opinion

The POCO X2 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the POCO X2 (6GB RAM, 64GB)!

POCO X2 (6GB RAM, 64GB)  Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
POCO X2 Samsung Galaxy M21
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Excellence Score
53.1
34.1
Value for Money Score
84.4
76.9
Price ₹ 16,499 onwards ₹ 12,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2020 Mar, 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 6.67 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 60 HzStandard
Display Features HDR10, 120Hz Refresh Rate Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Mali-G72 MP3
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 USB-C
Primary Camera 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 64MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; Sony IMX686 sensor; 1/1.7" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide); 1/4" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size; Macro camera, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/120fps; [email protected] 48MP: f/2.0 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 12mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.2 aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]; EIS
Secondary Camera 20MP + 2MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 27mm Focal length; 1/3.4"; 0.8um Pixel Size, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um; Depth Sensor, HDR f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.8 mmMedium 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 208 gmHeavy 188 gmMedium
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coated)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 6000 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, 27W Fast Charging Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 27.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Flashy, colourful glass rear with a gradient tone along with Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back make it feel as premium as it gets
  • The centrepiece of the rear design is the circular patch around the camera strip, with smooth finish while the glass around it looks frosted - giving the POCO X2 a differentiating look
  • The front looks slick, with all-screen, minimum bezels and punch holes for the front cameras
  • Lightning-fast fingerprint sensor (though, it's side mounted & can take some time getting used to)
  • Gorgeous, super smooth 120Hz Full HD+ IPS display - the added smoothness to transitions throughout the phone is love at first sight, every scroll and swipe will feel buttery smooth, and once you experience this, it is hard to go back to 60Hz
  • Strong brightness and great sunlight legibility
  • The POCO X2 has Widevine L1 from day one, allowing you to stream 1080p videos from Netflix and other streaming services
  • Poco's UI is identified as Poco Launcher as well as MIUI in different parts of the UI - MIUI has always been one of the most refined Android UIs out there, and continues to get even better - it offers a good combination of aesthetics, useful added functionality, lots of customisability, and optimisation - not only is there now an app drawer, but it has tabs that filter various categories of apps for easy access
  • Excellent performance, backed by the scorching Snapdragon 730G - the Poco X2 breezes through apps and games - heavy games run smooth, with PUBG Mobile running at high graphics as default
  • Good heat management - the phone doesn't get too hot in use, and only feels mildly warm when playing games or using the cameras for a while
  • Excellent quad cameras for the price - the primary 64MP + 8MP ultra-wide camera + 2MP macro camera + 2MP depth sensor
  • The 64MP main camera saves 16MP photos, and the daylight pictures came out excellent for the class - the resolved detail is plenty, the contrast is great, and the dynamic range is rather high with vibrant colours - you can shoot in the full 64MP resolution and the photos look quite good, with a downright impressive level of detail
  • The 8MP ultra-wide cam snaps good photos with enough level of detail and commendable contrast - very good ultra-wide shots for the class (though the quality is not as good as the main snapper, as expected)
  • The POCO X2's 2MP macro cam has autofocus, unlike the majority of the macro shooters out there, be it flagship or not - it is much easier to use, and the closeups are also good
  • The portrait photos are very detailed, have convincing blur and with some fine-tuning they can easily rival some of the best portraits from recent smartphones in this price range
  • Low-light shots are also good from both primary & ultra-wide cam - the night mode makes a considerable difference and you don't have to stand still too long - the night mode brightens frames and shows details that would have been otherwise lost in the shadows
  • Very good dual 20MP + 2MP selfie camera - there is enough detail in selfies, the colours are nice, and the contrast is good
  • Selfie portraits are good too - edge detection is quite accurate
  • Video recording is also good with good stabilisation, crisp details and smooth motion tracking
  • Overall, one of the best cameras you'll find in any phone around the price of the POCO X2
  • Good single speaker at the bottom - it's very loud and the sound is impressively deep and rich
  • Call quality on the Poco X2 is very good and there is barely any noticeable distortion or jarring while taking calls
  • Solid battery life with the 4500 mAh cell - can easily accommodate a day and half worth of moderate use
  • Impressive and unmatched 27W Fast charging for the price - the cherry on top is the included 27W Fast Charger which fills the phone in an hour
  • Offering high-end specifications at rock-bottom prices is the mantra POCO follows and the POCO X2 is so well priced it makes very good value for money phones like the Realme X2 and the Redmi K20 seem a little worse in comparison - the POCO X2 is the new value champ in its price segment - the processor, RAM, storage, battery, and cameras are all strong, and there's nothing to complain about in terms of build quality or the included accessories (though some people might struggle with the sheer size of this device and the ads in MIUI)
  • Decent looks and build quality - very similar to the Samsung Galaxy M31, with a a unibody polycarbonate design, and glossy finish on the back panel - the only major difference is the camera module which houses a triple rear camera
  • The plastic body keeps the phone feeling relatively lightweight at 188 grams, which is mighty impressive for a phone packing a big 6000 mAh battery
  • It also feels great to hold with a seamless curved panel that meets the display up front
  • Modern, Infinity-U front - bezels around the screen are slim, except for a slightly thick chin - you still get around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach and work very well
  • Gorgeous, 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Night mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimised for large displays like this
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black, and looks great on the M21's AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Decent performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - the device is fairly quick to load up apps - multitasking is a breeze
  • Decent triple rear camera setup - a 48MP primary snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth sensor
  • In broad daylight, you'll get consistent, crispy shots with decent dynamic range and sharpness levels are respectable with the primary lens
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any budget phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Live Focus shots are quite good and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M21 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The 20MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though, in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Monster 6000 mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • If you're someone who consumes a lot of content on their phone, the Galaxy M21 is a good phone for you, it has great AMOLED display, outstanding battery backup that will last you for days
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The POCO X2 is a humongous phone with its 6.67-inch display, making one-handed use potentially awkward - a bit heavy too at 208g
  • There is a noticeable shadow around the dual punch-hole cameras when displaying brighter content and it could be annoying - it could also be distracting when watching full-screen content
  • There's a lot of preloaded bloatware which sends you multiple annoying notifications each day asking you to download more through the company's own GetApps store - you'll see ads and promoted content in many of the default apps (though, it seems to have been toned down a little compared to before)
  • The camera app is a bit complicated for an average user, there is no clear way to navigate through all cameras - you have zoom controls for switching between ultra-wide and primary and different toggles for portrait and macro mode
  • The power button and volumes are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that tactile, clicky feel
  • Design feels a bit dated and underwhelming, there is no spark in Galaxy M21's design as we see in other brand's phones like Xiaomi and Realme
  • However, this is an old chipset and heavy gaming isn't best on this phone - the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 are much better options that will handle gaming better than the Galaxy M21
  • Photos taken in low-light are average - focusing gets worse in low light and the extreme noise-correction makes images look like water paintings
  • Overall, the cameras on the M21 are decent, but there are better cameras available in this price bracket, including the Galaxy M31, which is just a tad bit pricier
  • Samsung Galaxy M11 falls behind in fast charging as competitors are offering close to 30W fast charging, the 15W on M21 feels low
  • Having said that, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 will still offer you more bang for your buck, overall and when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, you’ll be better off choosing the Realme 6 or the Redmi Note 8 Pro that are probably the best phones for gaming in this segment
Expert Reviews
  1. If cost is your main motivator, then the Poco X2 is the new obvious choice in its segment
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A good mid-range smartphone from POCO, worth the wait
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Poco X2 ticks all the boxes in the spec-sheet... but ultimately fails to deliver a hassle-free experience
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. It is a great smartphone fundamentally... but novel features like 120Hz display don’t take your breath away
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A perfect mid-ranger... but doesn't stand out
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A power-packed mid-range phone from POCO
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. You're getting an excellent value
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. This is the budget phone for gamers
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Poco X2 looks sharp, performs well, has a solid battery life and provides a great user experience at an attractive price
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A fine smartphone in its own right, with a bit of something for everyone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A great smartphone recommended to anyone buying a phone in the sub-20k segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The Poco X2 is certainly one of the best smartphones in its price segment
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Pricing is stellar, and that might be Poco’s trump card for the POCO X2
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. It has everything that most people this side of the flagship segment need, and almost nothing that they don’t
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Easily the best phone you can buy in it's price range
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. A daily driver which can let you game at the best settings
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. All the battery life you need
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Big battery and display at an affordable price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good option if you are out in the market looking for a capable smartphone that is not Xiaomi or Realme
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A Phone That Caters Best To Video Content Consumers
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Sharp display, good cameras, decent performance and an amazing battery life, though the Galaxy M31 is better
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
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