Written byMudit Dube ·
Xiaomi's spin-off POCO has launched its latest smartphone in India. Dubbed as POCO X2, the handset arrives as a rebranded version of Redmi K30 4G with a 120Hz display, 64MP quad rear camera, mid-tier Snapdragon 730G chipset, and a 4,500mAh battery.
With these highlights and an affordable price tag, the POCO X2 takes on Realme's popular mid-ranger, the Realme X2.
Here's our head-to-head comparison.
The POCO X2 comes with a pill-shaped punch-hole design, a non-curved display, and an all-glass body. The rear panel gets an attractive gradient design and houses a quad-lens camera.
In comparison, the Realme X2 settles for a familiar waterdrop notched design while sporting a flat-screen, glass body, and quad rear camera.
Winner: You decide. Punch-hole or waterdrop notch?
The POCO X2 comes with a 6.67-inch LCD screen with a full-HD+ (1080x2400 pixels) resolution and HDR 10 support. The handset also boasts of a segment-leading 120Hz refresh rate that offers fluid scrolling and animations.
The Realme X2, on the other hand, offers a 6.4-inch Dew-drop Super AMOLED screen with a full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) resolution and regular 60Hz refresh rate.
Winner: POCO X2.
On the imaging front, the POCO X2 features a quad-lens rear camera comprising a 64MP (f/1.89) Sony IMX686 sensor, an 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor, and a 2MP (f/2.4) and macro photography.
The Realme X2 offers the same setup, except that its 64MP main lens is a Samsung GW1 Sensor.
Winner: It is really a tie, specifications-wise.
For selfies and video calling, the POCO X2 houses a dual-lens unit including a 20MP (f/2.2) main sensor and a 2MP depth lens for improved bokeh effect. In comparison, the Realme X2 gets a 32MP (f/2.0) front-facing camera. Winner: POCO X2 for its advanced setup.
The POCO X2 is powered by a Snapdragon 730G processor, paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage (expandable via a microSD card). It also offers a LiquidCool technology for improved thermal management.
The Realme X2 also gets the same chipset, but with 4GB/6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of expandable storage.
Winner: POCO X2 for offering higher built-in storage and dedicated liquid cooling.
Under the hood, the POCO X2 runs Android 10-based MIUI 11 and packs a 4,500mAh battery with 27W fast charging support (charger included in the box). Meanwhile, the Realme handset gets a 4,000mAh battery with 30W charging support.
Further, POCO X2 offers a side-mounted physical fingerprint scanner while the Realme X2 sports an in-screen optical fingerprint reader.
Winner: You be the judge.
POCO X2 costs Rs. 15,999 for the 6GB/64GB variant, Rs. 16,999 for 6GB/128GB model, and Rs. 19,999 for the top-end 8GB/256GB configuration. The Realme X2 is priced at Rs. 16,999 for the 4GB/64GB model, Rs. 18,999 for 6GB/128GB variant, and Rs. 19,999 for 8GB/128GB configuration.
The Realme X2 is a good package but it trails the latest POCO challenger on more than one front.
The 120Hz screen, a dual-lens selfie camera, dedicated liquid cooling, higher storage capabilities, and a bigger battery make the POCO X2 a more compelling option. Moreover, it is also cheaper than the Realme handset and offers a better memory and storage configuration.
Winner: POCO X2.
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