Redmi Note 8 Pro Vs POCO X2 | Which One Should You Buy?
Xiaomi is known for its phones in the mid-range segment and produced some of the great mid-range phones like Redmi Note 7 Pro and Poco F1 in past and phones like Redmi Note 8 Pro and Poco X2 in recent times. As well know, Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the best phones under Rs. 30,000 in Nepal. So, how different is the recently launched POCO X2 different from Redmi Note 8 Pro? As both of these phones have similar specs sheets. So, which is one is better? Let’s find out on this comparison between these two phones.
Design, Display and Screen
Talking about the design of these phones, both of these phones have different designs. Redmi Note 8 Pro has a quad-camera setup on the back with a notch on the front whereas POCO X2 features a dual in-display camera with a quad-camera set up on the back with a different design similar to Huawei Mate 30 Pro.
Both these phones have Gorilla Glass 5 protection on front and back and Note 8 pro comes in plastic frame whereas Poco X2 comes in an aluminum frame with splash resistance. For me, the design of POCO X2 is good as it has a different design and I love the in-display camera design.
Talking about the display on these phones, both these phones have an IPS LCD screen with 1080 x 2400 resolution. Apart from this, Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 6.53-inch screen size whereas Poco X2 comes with a bigger screen of 6.67 inches and features 120 Hz display. And we all know, 120 Hz refresh rate is better than a normal 60 Hz refresh rate. So, in this case, also I will go with Poco X2.
Both these phones don’t have an in-display fingerprint sensor. Redmi Note 8 Pro has a fingerprint sensor on the back whereas Poco X2 has the side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Both these sensors work great and can unlock your phone in a blink of an eye but I am more comfortable with the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by Mediatek Helio G90T which is a gaming-centric SoC whereas Poco X2 features Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G which is also a gaming-centric chipset. We ran the geekbench test on these phones and compared the scores between them. Here you can see, Poco X2 has a slightly better score compared to Redmi Note 8 Pro. Now, these kinds of differences in scores don’t impact real-time usage.
Talking about the software on these phones, Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with Android 9.0 pie which is upgradeable to Android 10 whereas Poco X2 comes with Android 10 out of the box. Both these phone comes with MIUI 11.
Both these phones come with the same quad camera set up on the back. Both these phone comes with 64 MP primary sensors with f/1.9, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor. Now, both these phones have different sensors as Poco comes with Sony’s sensor whereas Note 8 Pro comes with Samsung’s sensor.
Both these phones can shoot videos at 4k but at only 30fps. 60fps mode is not available on these phones. Talking about the front-facing camera, Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a single 20MP front-facing camera whereas Poco X2 comes with a 20MP primary sensor and 2MP depth sensor.
Both these phones are powered by a 4500mAh battery which is a decent size battery. Both these phones can last easily for one day is you are a normal user. Talking about the charging, Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with 18-watt fast charger out of the box which can charge the phone from 0-100% in around 1.5 hours whereas Poco X2 comes with 27W fast charger which can fully charge your phone in around 68 minutes.
POCO X2 Specifications
- Body: 6.51 x 3.02 x 0.35 inches; 208 gm; P2i coating
- Display: 6.67-inches “RealityFlow” IPS LCD panel with HDR10 support; 386 PPI and up to 500 nits of brightness
- Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1800 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G; 8nm Mobile Platform
- CPU: Octa-core (2x Gold @ 2.2GHz + 6x Silver @ 1.8GHz)
- GPU: 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: 3.5mm 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
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro specification
- Body: 161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm, 200g; plastic frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back.
- Display: 6.53" IPS LCD, HDR support, 1080 x 2340px resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
- Rear camera: Primary: 64MP, f/1.9 aperture, 1/1.7" sensor size, 0.8µm pixel size, PDAF. Ultra wide: 8MP, f/2.2, 1/4", 1.12µm pixels. Macro camera: 2MP, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.75µm Depth sensor:2MP; 2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@960fps video recording.
- Front camera: 20MP, f/2.0 aperture, 0.9µm pixels. 1080p/30fps video recording.
- OS: Android 9 Pie; MIUI 10.
- Chipset: Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm): Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G76 MC4 GPU.
- Memory: 6GB of RAM; 64/128GB storage; shared microSD slot.
- Battery: 4,500mAh; 18W MediaTek Pump Express and USB Power Delivery support.
- Connectivity: Dual-SIM; LTE-A, 4-Band carrier aggregation, LTE Cat-12/ Cat-13; USB-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; dual-band GPS; Bluetooth 5.0;
- Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint reader; single down-firing speaker; NFC; FM radio.
Well, both these phones are a great mid-range device. They have great cameras, display, chipset and battery. When compared these two phones side by side and need to choose one, I will go with Poco X2 as it has a 120 Hz refresh rate and better charging as well. Apart from these both these phones are quite similar. So, what your choice? Let us know in the comment section.