After a lot of waits, Poco has finally launched its second smartphone in India. The Poco X2 was launched at an event in Delhi. The new Poco X2 brings quite a few improvements compared to the Poco F1 and comes with a very attractive starting price of Rs. 15,999. The device will go for sale starting February 11.
Commenting on the launch of the device, Manmohan Chandolu, General Manager, POCO India, said “The way users and fans have supported us throughout the POCO journey has been nothing short of incredible. POCO X2 is very much the result of feedback and requests from the POCO community. We’ve tried to maintain a sharp focus on what matters, and hence hope to meet POCO fans’ expectations with features like the 120Hz display, 64MP IMX686 camera and LiquidCool Technology with POCO X2.” He further added, “We will continue to make efforts to democratize decision making and continue to evolve; buyers and the community in general will get to see more examples as we move ahead”
The Poco X2 features a 6.5-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display with a tall aspect ratio of 20:9. Unlike the Poco F1, there is no bathtub like notch on the Poco X2, which is a well-welcomed move. Instead of a notch, Poco X2 has a cutout at the top right corner for the dual-camera setup. However, the most interesting thing about the display is that it comes with a high refresh rate of 120Hz. And with that kind of refresh rate, Poco X2 is now the most affordable smartphone with a 120Hz display. The display is HDR 10 capable and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. On the back as well, Gorilla Glass 5 has been used to protect the back from scratches.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC, paired with Adreno 618 GPU and up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Here, this time Poco has decided not to go with a flagship SoC, but the phone comes with liquid cooling and there is also a second-generation Game Turbo mode. In terms of storage, the phone can have up to 256GB of USF 2.1 storage along with support for microSD card via the hybrid slot, so users can either pop in two SIM cards or a SIM along with microSD card into the hybrid slot for memory expansion.
In terms of camera, the Poco X2 has a quad-camera setup on the back that consists of a 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 primary sensor with an f/1.89 aperture. Along with that, there are three other sensors- An 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with 120º field-of-view (FoV), a 2-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front as well, there is a dual-camera setup which consists of a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Poco X2 can record 4K videos at 30FPS and also slow-motion videos at 960 FPS.
Connectivity options on the Poco X2 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, A-GPS, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone runs the latest MIUI 11 out of the box based on Android 10. In terms of security, the phone offers a side-mounted fingerprint scanner along with Face Unlock. The phone packs a big 4500mAh battery with support for 27W fast charging and the 27W charger is bundled with the phone. As per the claims made by Poco, the fast charger can charge the device from 0% to 100% in 68 minutes.
Poco has emphasized a bit on the strong community support and developer interest. Poco has also promised to release the kernel sources for Poco X2 along with initiatives to establish a direct connection with third-party developers.
In terms of pricing, the Poco X2 starts at Rs. 15,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant. The 6GB + 128GB variant is priced at Rs. 16,999 while the top variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variants is priced at Rs. 19,999. Additionally, buyers will be able to avail an additional Rs. 1,000 instant discount on ICICI credit card and EMI transactions. In terms of colors, the Poco X2 will be available in three color variants-Matrix Purple, Atlantis Blue, and Phoenix Red.
POCO X2 will start selling via Flipkart starting from 12 PM, 11 February 2020.