Poco X2 Review: A Perfectly Average Mid-range Smartphone

Nonetheless, the Poco X2 is a totally totally different beast. Launched on the again of Poco being spun off into its the personal model, the telephone launches nearly 15 months after the unique F1. Many have been questioning if there would ever be a successor. Because it seems, that is additionally not the Poco F1 successor that everybody was ready for.

To know the overall significance of the Pocophone, you might want to backtrack a bit. Launched in August 2018, the Poco F1 drastically modified the panorama of the high-performance, value-priced smartphones. The promise was to ship the perfect of the specs at a value level that will be interesting to all the customers. Beginning off at underneath $300 in India, it actually achieved it too.

RAM

The part of the Poco F1’s appeal was that it packed a then-flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset. Paired with up to 8GB of RAM, it offered top-of-the-line performance at a fraction of the cost.

The Poco X2 is not that phone. In fact, it switches over to a 7-series Snapdragon 730G chip. It’s no slouch, but it isn’t quite a flagship killer either. The G moniker refers to the beefed-up GPU here. The octa-core chipset mixes up two Cortex A76 cores clocked at 2.2GHz with six Cortex A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The result is a chipset that should be able to optimize for battery life while scaling up nicely for performance when needed.

Overall Design

Poco has made a giant deal of the show on the X2, and for the good cause too. The 6.67-inch IPS LCD display has a refresh fee of 120Hz. Not solely is that one of many highest amongst the present crop of smartphones, it’s significantly intriguing to see it hit a decidedly mid-range value level.

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Whereas the display is able to a 120Hz refresh fee, it doesn’t essentially imply that content material goes running at 120 frames per second on a regular basis. That is true not only for video games but in addition to interface components. The telephone’s interface dynamically switches between 60 and 120FPS mode, and from time to time, this ends in a little bit of jank whereas scrolling.

When it really works, it’s refreshing to see extremely clean scrolling however I really feel the software program optimization isn’t fairly there but to actually exhibit the {hardware}.

For day-to-day use, the display is about pretty much as good as LCD shows go. It doesn’t have the deep darkish blacks which might be afforded by OLED panels and the colors actually aren’t as punchy, however, the calibration is pretty impartial and pictures and media look true to life. Add to that HDR10 capabilities, and also you’ve obtained a successful media consumption machine.

General brightness is adequate to view the display underneath the direct daylight, however nearly. I’d have appreciated a barely brighter panel.

That uneven backlighting can be why Poco opted to darken the pill-shaped front-facing digital camera utilizing the software program. Give it a detailed look, and you will note that there are two separate reduce outs for the front-facing cameras. Nonetheless, the uneven backlighting across the total cut-out is erratically subtle, which means that the corporate intentionally selected this strategy for aesthetic causes.

Different components that stand out embrace the speaker grille on the backside, a USB-C port for charging, in addition to a headphone jack. The telephone helps 27W quick charging, and the accompanying charger is included within the field. Over on the opposite facet is a hybrid slot for the twin SIM playing cards, in addition to a microSD card must you need to increase storage.

Using an LCD show necessitated the transfer to the extra standard fingerprint scanner. On the Poco X2, that is positioned over on the fitting facet of the telephone. I actually prefer it. I discovered my finger nestled completely on the fingerprint reader each time I wished to unlock the telephone. Whereas I’ve come to understand in-display fingerprint readers, these nonetheless aren’t as fast to unlock as a capacitive fingerprint reader and the one on the Poco is, without doubt, one of the quickest I’ve tried out.

The reliably fast side-mounted fingerprint scanner is a pleasure in itself to make use of. In the different additions, the X2 will get a splash-proof nano-coating. Now, Poco isn’t claiming the X2 is water-resistant, however, your telephone ought to be capable to survive a couple of droplets within the rain or a spilled espresso.

Camera

Over on the again, the Poco X2 has a mainstream quad-camera setup and a not-so-conventional dual-camera format on the entrance. Choices embrace a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor as the first digital camera, an 8MP ultrawide digital camera, in addition to 2MP macro and depth cameras.

Moving on, up at the front, users have access to a 20MP camera paired with a 2MP depth sensor. The rear camera shoots 16MP pixel-binned results by default, but it is possible to switch over to a full resolution 64MP image should you choose.

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Similarly, selfies have a good amount of detail, but the dynamic range suffers here with the phone opting to over-expose images. The portrait effect using the 2MP depth sensor is better than the usual software-based modes, though it’s still not quite perfect.

The portrait mode makes use of the dedicated 2MP depth sensor. While the bokeh fall-off is reasonably good, I noticed that the phone struggles around hair and creates a very artificial-looking cut-out pattern. This is par for the course with mid-rangers, but I expected better from Poco.

Elsewhere, the macro camera is functional. I’m still not entirely convinced about dedicating an entire camera module to one of these since you should be able to crop in from the high-resolution sensor for similar results. It works well in good lighting but gets reduced to a smudgy blur once lighting falls.

Conclusion

The return of the Pocophone has been a long time coming, and the anticipation among the fans is palpable. That said, we can’t help but think that a lot of those fans will be disappointed by what is presented here. The Poco X2 is a good phone that doesn’t really embody the ethos of what made the brand special. It is a perfect mid-ranger that doesn’t stray from the norm or break the mold in any meaningful way.

This concludes our Poco X2 review. What are your thoughts on the Poco X2? Do you think it stands out against Xiaomi and Realme’s phones or is it a largely forgettable piece of kit? 

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Thomas Burn is a blogger, digital marketing expert and working with Techlofy. Being a social media enthusiast, he believes in the power of writing.

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