Our Opinion

The POCO X2 (8GB RAM, 256GB) is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the POCO X2 (8GB RAM, 256GB)!

POCO X2 (8GB RAM, 256GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
POCO X2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
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Excellence Score
60.8
56.7
Value for Money Score
85.6
80.4
Price ₹ 19,999 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2020 May, 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 6.67 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 60 HzStandard
Display Features HDR10, 120Hz Refresh Rate Sunshine mode, Night mode, Colour temperature adjustment, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 720GRanked #18 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 + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
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: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/120fps; 720p@960fps 64MP: f/1.9 aperture; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 119° Field-of-view; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@960fps, EIS, Ultra Nightscape mode, AI scene detection, Smart ultra-wide angle mode, Ultra wide-angle edge distortion correction, AI Beautify, Burst mode, Tilt-shift, Level display, Custom watermark, Pro mode, Portrait mode background blur adjustment, Studio Lighting, Panorama mode, AI high resolution photos
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 Panorama selfie, Palm shutter, AI silhouette detection, Wide-angle distortion correction, HDR, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Age recognition, AI Beautify, AI feature adjustment, AI makeup, AI portrait mode, AI scene detection, AI studio lighting
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 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 208 gmHeavy 209 gmHeavy
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coated) Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 5020 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, 33W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 27.0W Fast Charger Yes, 33.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; 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)
  • Fresh, bright and vibrant design, with a very shiny, reflective rear panel - you'll see light play across the surface when using this phone, giving the feeling of depth
  • The distinctive new camera bump design plays into the theme of symmetry - this is a nice design touch that sets the Redmi Note 9 series apart and make this phone and its siblings recognisable
  • The front of the phone looks modern and definitely defies expectations for its price category
  • Fingerprint sensor is integrated into the power key and it is extremely fast at unlocking the phone
  • Xiaomi's trademark infrared emitter is on the top, and can be used to control several home appliances
  • There's also a notification and charging LED hidden in the earpiece, a rarity to find in modern smartphones
  • Bright, crisp and large 6.67-inch IPS display with a tall 20:9 aspect ratio - the panel delivers punchy and vibrant colours and the large screen work nicely for consuming videos and games
  • MIUI is one of the more refined and smooth Android skins around, and has a lot of customisation/theming options - there’s ample features for power users - from gestures to the ability to switch around button layouts as well as a robust home screen customisation experience, you can really make the phone your own
  • Class-leading performance for the price backed by the snappy Snapdragon 720G - the Redmi Note 9 Pro is more than powerful enough to handle anything from basic calls and messaging all the way up to heavy 3D gaming, with no trouble whatsoever, multitasking is also smooth and trouble-free
  • Good quad camera at the back - a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • Daylight shots from the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max turn out quite well - photos look sharp and the details are good - phone automatically enables HDR in appropriate situations
  • The Ultra-wide camera on the device offers a wider field of view with good quality images - wide-angle correction is implemented which prevents barrel distortion
  • Xiaomi has done a particularly good job at optimising the portrait mode and the phone does a fantastic job at edge-detection, creating a natural-looking blur
  • Macro camera is good for extreme close-ups - it captures very good details in good lighting conditions - the resolution is also higher at 5-megapixels than what you usually get from other smartphones
  • In low-light, the phone manages to keep noise under control and offer good images - with Night Mode enabled, the phone combines multiple exposures, the output is sharper, with much better detail, and objects in the shadows are more visible
  • The 32MP front camera is good - in daylight, you get sharp selfies - there is a portrait mode for the selfie camera as well, and it does manage to accurately separate the background from the subject
  • Video recording is decent as long as there's good light (though, in low-light the phone struggles to stabilise the footage and creates a shimmer effect)
  • Overall, it has one of the best camera performances in this price segment
  • Very good battery life with the 5020 mAh battery - with ordinary use, the Redmi Note 9 Pro easily lasts through a full day and nearly half of the second day before needing a recharge
  • Excellent fast charging with the 33W fast charger in the box, takes nearly an hours to fill the phone completely, which is one of the fastest for this price
  • The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is almost identical to it's younger sibling the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the only exceptions being the better cameras and faster charging - and if you value these features, it's worth spending the extra bucks on the Max
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
  • At 8.8mm thick and 209g in weight, the Redmi Note 9 Pro is bulky and unwieldy
  • It is a standard 60Hz panel and doesn't have a high refresh rate - this is a missed opportunity that puts the Redmi Note 9 Pro on the back foot compared to its peers
  • It still continues to pack a lot of bloat though - you get many pre-installed applications with wide-ranging requirements for user permissions
  • However, if you are looking for a higher refresh display, you can consider the POCO X2 or the Realme 6, other specs are very similar
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. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is powerful, offers great battery life and packs in good cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Incredible camera, satisfactory performance
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Note 9 Pro Max is highly impressive... but the competition is tough
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
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