POCO X2 Full Review | Best Phone Under Rs.30,000 in Nepal?
As we all know, Xiaomi is one of the leading brands in Nepal in the mid-range segment. With phones like Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Note 8 Pro, they have dominated the mid-range segment in Nepal. Now with the launch of POCO X2 which has an exciting specs list, we are here to give a full review of this phone. Though the phone is not officially launched in Nepal, you can still get the phone from unauthorized sellers like Hamrobazar and Facebook groups. So, let's start the review.
Design, Display & Build Quality
The POCO X2 is thick and chunky and its extravagant colors lend it a bold appearance. The heft of the phone is unmistakable: the weight breaches the 200g mark, making the phone uncomfortable for users with small hands like mine. The phone has a plastic side frame and a glass back with a Mate 30-like circular accent around the quad-camera array that looks good. The camera module sticks out quite a bit and the bundled cover barely evens out the hump.
The POCO X2 has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor as opposed to on-display readers that are becoming increasingly common. The side facing the fingerprint sensor is a nice touch and though it feels small it is as accurate and dependable as any of the in-display or back-facing fingerprint sensors. The phone doesn't have a separate microSD slot and uses one of the SIM slots for it. So if you are a dual SIM user you can’t expand the memory, which is a bit of a letdown.
Poco X2 features a wide 6.6-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution LCD screen with a dual punch-hole cutout in the top-right corner. The phone features a 120Hz refresh rate with maximum brightness up to 500 nits. Yes, there is no AMOLED panel on this phone. AMOLED panel would just make this phone the best phone in this price segment for me. Even though it is an IPS panel, the screen has good colors with high contrast and the screen is also HDR10 compliant. As I mentioned earlier, the phone has a maximum brightness of 500 nits which makes outdoor visibility also great. Now, moving towards the 120 Hz refresh rate, the screen transitions and scrolling are super smooth and I just love this feature.
One small issue that I faced is some screen bleeding similar to PocoF1. Other than this, the screen is good even though it is an IPS Panel and I am happy with it.
The handset has a USB Type-C port and retains the good old audio jack. The speaker placement to the left is a bit odd, though. Many a time we inadvertently blocked the speaker grill while holding the phone in landscape mode and had to realign.
Poco X2 has an IR Blaster and that’s an extra you wouldn’t find on the Redmi K30.
The Poco X2 runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor that has been used in Realme X2, putting the duo on par with each other. However, Xiaomi has coupled it with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB on-board storage in the starting variant offering up to 8 GB RAM on higher with 128 GB storage.
The Snapdragon 730G is a pretty capable chipset designed for mid-range smartphones and optimized for games. Overall performance is surprisingly impressive for a mid-range smartphone as it handles everything from switching between apps to recording videos or running games likes PES 2020, PUBGM, Asphalt 9 and Dead Trigger 2 with ease.
If we compare the GeekBench 5 score with its competitors like Realme X2, Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi K30, the phone has the highest score in single-core and second-highest on multi-core which is excellent.
Overall, the day-to-day usage and gaming performance is quite impressive.
Now talking about the software on this phone, POCO X2 comes with MIUI 11 based on Android 10.0 out of the box. For me, MIUI is not my favorite skin as it comes with heavy bloatware and if you forget to uninstall them then get ready to get a lot of unnecessary notifications. As of now, Xiaomi has promised to keep POCO X2 which is a great thing and I am happy that I am not getting a lot of ads compared to previous phone models.
Now talking about the cameras, POCO X2 comes with a quad-camera set up on the back with 64 MP f/1.89 Sony IMX686 sensor, PDAF support as the primary sensor, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor with 120º FOV, 2MP f/2.4 macro lens, and 2MP f/2.4 depth lens. The Poco X2 is the first phone in India to employ the 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor.
The 64MP camera is not enabled by default and has to be switched on. The camera interface is neat and easy to navigate. The macro mode shows on the main screen and is quickly accessible. It also lets users tap to focus.
In daylight, the Poco X2 can capture great details and images reproduce close-to-natural colors with a good dynamic range as well. In portrait mode, the edge detection is above average and the background blur also looks quite dull and overexposed which makes it look unnatural. The wide-angle camera has significant distortion. The macro camera is fun, but it struggles to focus and don’t expect perfect snaps in single attempts. In wide-angle images, the colors are similar with good detail and a good dynamic range.
POCO X2 is powered by a 4500mAh battery. Even with the display tuned to refresh at 120Hz, the battery can conveniently last for more than a day. And the charging is lightning fast! The 27W charging adapter bundled in the box takes just about one hour for a full charge. Of course, the Realme X2 has faster 30W charging, but what the Poco X2 offers is more than enough for our needs. This charger can charge your phone from 0-100% in around 70 minute which is great.
POCO X2 Specifications
- Body: 51 x 3.02 x 0.35 inches; 208 gm; P2i coating
- Display: 67-inches “RealityFlow” IPS LCD panel with HDR10 support; 386 PPI and up to 500 nits of brightness; FHD+ (2400 x 1800 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G; 8nm Mobile Platform; Octa-core (2x Gold @ 2.2GHz + 6x Silver @ 1.8GHz); Adreno 618
- RAM: 6 / 8GB LPDDR4X dual-channel memory
- Storage: 64 / 128 / 256GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a microSD card)
- Software & UI: Android 10 with MIUI 11 on top
- Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
– 64 MP f/1.89 Sony IMX686 sensor, PDAF support
– 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor with 120º FOV
– 2MP f/2.4 macro lens
– 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
– Dual LED flash
- Front Camera: Dual-camera;
– 20MP f/2.2 primary sensor
– 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
- Security: Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
- Audio: 5mm headphone jack, Qualcomm Hi-Fi DAC support
- Connectivity: Hybrid dual-SIM (Nano), microSD card, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB Type-C
- Battery: 4500 mAh with 27W fast charging
- Colors: Atlantis Blue, Matrix Purple, Phoenix Red
POCO X2 is a mid-range device with a good display that comes with a 120hz refresh rate with good performance as well. The phone is packed with good cameras that can capture decent photos with good light and comes with good battery backup. So for me this is one of the best phones you can buy on this price segment. Though Realme X2 has a better display as it comes with AMOLED panel but it lacks features like IR blaster. Now, the choice is yours how much an AMOLED screen is important to you.
- Powerful performance
- Android 10-based software
- Excellent battery mileage and fast charging
- 120Hz display refresh rate for an unprecedented price
- The extended notch looks and feels weird
- Colors options are all flashy
- Big and bulky