POCO X2 with 120Hz display, Snapdragon 730G launches in India at ₹15,999 ($225)
POCO started off as an independent sub-brand of Chinese OEM Xiaomi back in August 2018. With the launch of its first smartphone — the POCO F1 — the brand had a promising start. However, despite the popularity of its budget-friendly flagship-spec device, POCO didn’t launch another device for quite a while. Fans wondered whether the brand was just a one-hit-wonder and if Xiaomi had any further plans for it. After over a year-long lull, POCO came back strong earlier this year with a staged rollout of Android 10 for the POCO F1 and an announcement that POCO would become an independent brand. Following that, the company started posting teasers on social media for a “Season 2” and confirmed that a new device was in the works. Now, after a month’s worth of teasers and leaks, POCO has finally launched the POCO X2 in India.
Much like Xiaomi, POCO officially announced several key details about the POCO X2 in the days leading up to the launch. The company had previously revealed that the device would feature a 120Hz high refresh rate display, liquid cooling technology, and it also hinted at a Sony IMX 686 primary sensor. And if you’ve been keeping up with our coverage of the device, you’d already know that we had reason to believe that the POCO X2 is nothing but a rebranded Redmi K30 4G. Now, with the launch of the POCO X2, the company has confirmed that the device is indeed a Redmi K30 4G in disguise.
POCO X2 Specifications
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Just like the Redmi K30 4G, the POCO X2 features a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD dual-punch hole display with a 120Hz refresh rate, two selfie shooters within the hole punch in the display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and HDR 10 support. The back panel looks exactly the same, with the exception of the branding. As you can see in the spec sheet above, there is absolutely no difference when it comes to the hardware on the POCO X2 and the Redmi K30 4G. It packs in the same Snapdragon 730G SoC, it features the same RAM/storage SKUs, and the same quad-camera setup. There’s a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, with an f/1.9 aperture and 1/1.7″ sensor size, an 8MP f/2.2 120-degree wide-angle camera, a 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera.
What’s different, however, is that POCO is promising day-zero kernel source code availability, which could make the POCO X2 a hit among custom ROM developers and power users. But much like the POCO F1, the X2 will also have a 72-hour bootloader unlock wait before users can install any custom software on their units.
Pricing and Availability
The POCO X2 will go on sale on 11th February at 12PM through Flipkart. The device will be available in 3 color variants — Atlantis Blue, Phoenix Red, and Matrix Purple — and three RAM/storage variants — 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, and 8GB/256GB. The POCO X2 will be available at a starting price of ₹15,999 ($225) for the 6GB/64GB variant, going all the way up to ₹18,999(~$267) for the 8GB/256GB variant. Buyers who use an ICICI Debit/Credit card to purchase the device will also get an additional discount of ₹1,000. It’s also worth noting that POCO is now limited to the Indian market until further notice, so the POCO X2 won’t be coming to other regions anytime soon.