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POCO X2 Review – The Performance Monster

8.5

Pros
  • 120Hz Smooth Display
  • Powerful Chipset
  • Liquid Cooling
  • Best cameras across this range
  • Fast Charging
Cons
  • No AMOLED Display
  • No In-Display Fingerprint scanner
  • Ads can be irritating

POCO X2 Review – The Performance Monster

After the huge success of POCO F1. Xiaomi is back with a new budget device POCO X2. Which is a beast in all perspectives?

So now let’s dig into this device and see how it performs.

Poco X2 starts at Rs 16,999 in India for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage and Rs 17,999 for the 128GB storage option. The maxed-out Poco X2 with 8GB RAM/256GB storage will be up for grabs at Rs 20,999 and it’s available on Flipkart and Mi India store. This the best phone under 20000.

Display

Poco X2 features a 6.67-inch IPS LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate. But other than the UI, you won’t have any other apps supporting the high refresh rate and getting smoother. You can downgrade the panel to 60Hz but the 120Hz mode doesn’t consume too much battery. This is the highest you can get in the sub 20000 category.

Camera

Poco X2 has a 64MP quad-camera setup that uses Sony IMX686 sensor for the primary camera with f/1.89 aperture and PDAF support. This is followed by an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field-of-view, a 2MP macro camera with a minimum focusing distance of 2 centimeters and a 2MP depth sensor.

The phone has dual in-screen cameras on the front, a 20MP primary camera supported by a 2MP depth camera for selfies and face recognition.

In daylight, the camera system works just fine with ample clarity but as the light goes away in the evening, you can see more grains in the pictures and there is night mode to support you through low-lit conditions and it produces better, sharp imagery of the scene as opposed to the normal shooting mode. The primary 64MP camera creates 16MP images by default courtesy of pixel-binning, however, there’s a separate 64MP toggle for capturing high-resolution frames.

Performance

Poco X2 is powered by Snapdragon 730G and also has liquid cooling for heavy gaming loads. AnTuTu gave us a score of 2,80,906 which is very good. The Geekbench 5 single-core and multi-core scores were 545 and 1,755. We did run some of today’s more demanding games and got some real-world experience with the Poco X2. PUBG Mobile defaulted to the High setting. The game was enjoyable and ran without any lag. The fingerprint scanner is not in-display but is on the power button.

Battery

The Poco X2 rocks a 4500mAh battery under the hood, the same size as the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The battery life, however, is slightly longer from the same battery.  The Poco X2 also comes with a 27W charger out of the box which is something rare to see in this segment. The charging adapter is pretty big though but tops up the battery to full capacity in a little over an hour. Battery life is good and you can change the device refresh rate to 60Hz for good battery life.

Overall Verdict

The POCO X2 is the best buy under the 20000 price bracket. The device performs well and the cameras are really good and also offer vlog mode and other video features. The gaming and battery both are very good. The overall performance makes this device the best you can have. Be it gamers or photography lovers it is good for both. The design is also good alongside the color options we have. The alternative to this phone is the Realme 6 & Realme 6 Pro.

Abhishek Singh
Founder TechTrum.in! Deciphering tech everyday!

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