Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A71 is a slightly better phone, but the POCO X2 (8GB RAM, 256GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

POCO X2 (8GB RAM, 256GB)  Samsung Galaxy A71 
POCO X2 Samsung Galaxy A71
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Excellence Score
57.2
58.1
Value for Money Score
72.6
63.7
Price ₹ 21,499 onwards ₹ 28,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2020 Feb, 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 6.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 393 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 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 730Ranked #23 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 618
RAM 8 GB 8 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 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 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] 64MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.7" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Dedicated Macro camera, 5MP: f/2.2 Aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]/240fps
Secondary Camera 20MP + 2MP 32MP
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/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 256 GB 128 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.8 mmMedium 7.7 mmMedium
Weight 208 gmHeavy 179 gmMedium
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 76.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coated)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 4500 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, 25W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 27.0W Fast Charger Yes, 25.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration In-display fingerprint sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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)
  • Crushingly beautiful 'Prism' design, as soon as the light hits the back, there is a captivating blast of colours - it's a stunning view for sure!
  • It is a pleasure to hold, handle, and use as a daily driver - the frame provides just enough grip to make it secure in hand, while the slim profile helps in keeping it pocket and one-hand friendly
  • It manages to stay quite slim and lightweight (by today's standards) - the Galaxy A71 is just 7mm thin and weighs 179g
  • Absolutely gorgeous, 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, with a tiny punch-hole camera and a near bezel-less design - you get vibrant colours and perfect inky blacks, as well as good sunlight legibility
  • Video viewing and gaming experience on the giant display is an absolute delight - as far as media consumption goes, this is simply one of the best phones out there, period
  • Running the Galaxy A71 is Samsung's OneUI 2 on Android 10 - which, as far as Android UIs go, is one of the most refined, well thought-out experiences
  • There are many useful add-ons on board - like gesture navigation, and a great 'dark' mode
  • Samsung Pay makes the cut too, making this the cheapest phone to sport the full version of the payments app, which will be especially useful if your transactions largely rely on card payments
  • Good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 730 SoC, 8 GB of RAM, and super fast UFS storage - everything from daily use to complex games like PUBG is fairly smooth (add that to the ridiculously wide display, and all gamers are in for a treat)
  • Good quad-camera setup on the back with a primary 64MP sensor, a secondary ultra-wide 12MP shooter, a 5MP Macro and a 5MP depth sensor
  • The default 16MP photos from primary camera are good - detail is enough, dynamic range is very good, the colours are lively and saturated and the noise reduction works well
  • The new 12MP ultra-wide camera is a notable upgrade over the old 8MP shooter in the Galaxy A70s in both resolution and picture quality - there is more detail, better sharpness, the colours are punchy, and, of course, you can fit a lot more in the frame
  • The Galaxy A71 shoots good portraits, subject detection and separation are very good, and the blur looks just right
  • Low light photos are decent from both primary and ultra-wide cameras and the night mode helps further in getting more light and reducing noise
  • Good video recording performance with good detail levels, including some impressive slow-mo video recording with great stabilisation
  • Good front camera - the 32-megapixel sensor does a good job with nice colours and wide dynamic range, the details are quite good as far as selfie cameras go
  • The bundled in-ear earphones, when paired with Dolby Atmos, makes for a pretty good audio experience
  • The loudspeaker is decent (though not exceptional)
  • Very good battery life with a large 4500 mAh battery - it will comfortably last you a day or more, even with that large display
  • There is also fast charging on-board, with the included 25W charger it takes 81 minutes for a full charge
  • The Galaxy A71 is a good all-rounder and a tangible upgrade over the A70s - the large, beautiful Super AMOLED display + the big battery + Dolby Atmos support - make for an excellent media consumption device
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
  • In-display fingerprint sensor is neither the fastest nor the more accurate
  • Having said that, there are certainly even better performing competitors around, like the realme X2 Pro with it's top of the line Snapdragon 855 Plus CPU
  • The 5MP macro camera is average, it has fixed focus so getting the focus right is difficult and the final output isn't that great
  • Overall, for the price bracket, the camera package on the Galaxy A71 is good, but not the best - you will find better camera phones in the competition
  • Having said that, both realme and Xiaomi are bringing meaningful innovation to their phone, be it higher watt charging, smooth display or top of the line performance, things which are not seen in the Galaxy A71 - in their comparison, the Galaxy A71 get a little overshadowed
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. The Galaxy A71 is a tangible upgrade over the A70s... but it's neither cheap nor competitively priced
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Galaxy A71 offers everything you're looking for in a mid-range phone in 2020
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Gorgeous display, nifty design at a premium
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Samsung Galaxy A71 does everything as well as its predecessor but hardly brings any true innovations to the table
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  5. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  6. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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