POCO X2 (8GB RAM, 256GB)  +2 variations

price₹ 20,999 onwards

launchFeb, 2020

63.3

excellence score

86.0

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Design

  • 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)
  • 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

Display

  • 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
  • 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

Software

  • 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
  • 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)

Performance

  • 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

Cameras

  • 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
  • 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

Audio

  • 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

Battery

  • 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

Verdict

  • 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)

Expert Reviews

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  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 »

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POCO X2 (8GB RAM, 256GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.67 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2400 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignPunch Hole
Screen Refresh Rate120 HzSuper High
Display Features
  • HDR10
  • 120Hz Refresh Rate
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • IR Blaster
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730GRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 618
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory256 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4500 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 27W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight208 gmHeavy
Thickness8.8 mmMedium
Width76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera20MP + 2MP
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
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Water ResistantYes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coated)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
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  • UFS 2.1 Storage

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