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Poco Is Back With the Poco X2; Rebranded Redmi K30

After introducing the Pocophone F1 back in 2018, Poco is back with a brand new smartphone, the Poco X2. Except, it’s not actually a new device: it’s a rebranded Redmi K30 for the Indian market. It’s not quite the successor to the well-received Pocophone F1, but the Poco X2 itself is not a bad smartphone by any means.

In fact, the Poco X2 – and by extension, the Redmi K30 – is really quite a respectable mid-range smartphone with some interesting features. Its standout feature has to be the 6.67-inch 2400 x 1080 IPS display with a fast 120Hz refresh rate; a pretty rare feature on a mid-ranger.

Thanks to the high refresh rate, every movement on the Poco X2’s display would look extra smooth. Whether you’re just scrolling through the settings menu or playing mobile games that support that particular refresh rate, you’ll definitely notice the extra frames afforded by this screen.

What about the display quality? Well, if our hands-on of the Redmi K30 is anything to go by, the Poco X2 should have a reasonably good screen. We found the K30’s display to be bright with good viewing angles and punchy colours, so the same should apply to the Poco X2.

Oh, there’s also a hole-punch cutout at the top right of this phone’s screen. Definitely an improvement over the Pocophone F1’s wide notch.

Powering the Poco X2 is none other than a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset; a relatively powerful upper mid-range chipset. It’s also built on an 8nm process, so it should be quite power-efficient. This, combined with the phone’s generous 4,500mAh battery, should translate to above average battery life.

As with most modern smartphones in today’s market, the Poco X2 supports fast charging as well at 27W. The best part is, the 27W charger is provided in the box of the phone, so you won’t have to purchase it separately. While 27W charging is not the fastest we’ve seen, it’s perfectly acceptable for a phone in this segment.

Camera capability of the Poco F2 is quite good too. It features a quad camera system made up of a 64MP f/1.9 main sensor, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle shooter, a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens. This phone also has two front-facing cameras: a 20MP primary shooter paired with a 2MP depth sensor.

Rounding out the specifications of the Poco X2 include 6GB or 8GB of RAM, three storage options (64GB, 128GB, 256GB), and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

The Poco X2 is currently only sold in India, and it remains to be seen if it will be made available outside of the country. Nonetheless, three variants of the X2 are offered in the Indian market: the 64GB + 6GB model retails at 15,999 Indian rupee (about RM925), while the 128GB + 6GB and 256GB + 8GB variants go for 16,999 rupee (approximately RM985) and 19,999 rupee (around RM1,155) respectively.