As we all knew, today POCO launched its next smartphone: the POCO X2. We knew almost everything related to this new device from the leaks and because it is essentially the Redmi K30 re-branded for outside of China. One important aspect was missing until today, that being the price. We were expecting it to be quite low, considering this is a mid-range smartphone from a brand that had a real flagship killer, but the price is a bit lower than we thought.
But before I go into the price, let us first look at the specifications. You can skip this part if you already read about the Redmi K30, otherwise be prepared for some good specifications. The POCO X2 is powered by the Snapdragon 730G chipset, a high mid-range CPU that is capable of great performance. It is also liquid-cooled, which helps it keep high frame rates for long periods of gaming. There will be multiple models launched with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB and 256GB of UFS2.1 storage. The 6.67″ screen has an LCD panel, but it does come with a 120Hz refresh rate, something that was not seen on mid-range devices until now.
POCO also promises great photography skills for the X2 smartphones, and if they manage to get the software right, the camera setup will certainly help. Now, I don’t expect it to outperform flagships, but for a mid-range device, it will certainly be able to impress. The main camera has a 64MP sensor just like the Redmi Note 8 Pro. You will also get an 8MP ultrawide-angle camera, a 2MP depth-sensing one and a 2MP macro camera. On the front, you will get a 20MP+2MP selfie camera that resides in a punch-hole on the display.
Connectivity-wise, the POCO X2 stands really good. No 5G option is available for now (we expect it in the near future since there is a Redmi K30 5G), but you do get dual-4G SIM slots, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC and an infra-red port. You even get a 3.5mm headphone jack, something that is becoming rarer and rared these days, and a microSD card slot if you don’t need two SIMs. The 4500mAh battery promises long screen-on times and it supports 27W fast charging via the USB Type-C connector.
All in all, the POCO X2 looks to be the perfect mid-range device and I am sure many would not think that a price tag of $299 is too much for these specs. Well, hold on tight since the phone is even cheaper than that. The 6GB+64GB will be sold in India for just 15,999 rupees, which translated to approximately $225. The 6GB+128GB will set you back an extra 1000 rupees (~$240) while the highest model with 8GB+256GB will be sold for 19,999 rupees ($281). Extremely good prices which I am sure many will enjoy. Hope the phone will reach EU and the rest of the world really fast.