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POCO M2 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme C15: price in India, specifications and features compared

On: September 8, 2020

POCO has launched its latest M-series smartphone in India called the POCO M2, which comes in as the toned-down variant of the POCO M2 Pro. The newest launch is not only the cheapest offering from the brand, but also the most affordable smartphone with 6GB RAM in the country. Interestingly, the POCO M2 is essentially the same phone as the Redmi 9 Prime with more RAM.

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POCO has priced the M2 at Rs 10,999 for the base model and Rs 12,499 for the top-end variant. At this price point, the smartphone goes up against the Redmi 9 Prime (review) and Realme C15. Let’s find out how the POCO M2 fares against the competition.

POCO M2 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme C15: price in India

The POCO M2 is the most affordable 6GB RAM smartphone in India

The POCO M2 is the most affordable 6GB RAM smartphone in India

The POCO M2 has been priced at Rs 10,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant and Rs 12,499 for the 6GB + 128GB model. The smartphone is being offered in Slate Blue, Brick Red and Pitch Black colours. It will go on sale starting 12pm on September 15th, on Flipkart.

The Redmi 9 Prime also comes in two configurations – 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB. The former has been priced at Rs 9,999 and the latter retails at Rs 11,999. The handset is available from Mi.com, Amazon, Mi Homes and Mi Studios. It is being offered in Matte Black, Mint Green, Space Blue and Sunrise Flare colours.

The Realme C15 loses this round as it comes in 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB configurations. The former retails at Rs 9,999, whereas the latter has been priced at Rs 10,999. The phone is available in Power Blue and Power Silver colours from Flipkart and Realme India’s website.

Winner: POCO M2

POCO M2 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme C15: display

The POCO M2 comes with a 6.53-inch LCD display with FHD+ resolution. The display features a waterdrop notch on the top and offers 20:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi 9 Prime also features a 6.53-inch LCD display with the same resolution. There’s a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top for protection against scratches.

The Realme C15 also features a 6.5-inch LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. However, the smartphone comes with HD+ resolution, unlike the other two options.

Winner: Tie between POCO M2 and Redmi 9 Prime

POCO M2 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme C15: performance and software

Realme C15 Seagull Grey and Marine Blue

Realme C15 in Seagull Grey and Marine Blue colour variants

The POCO M2 and Redmi 9 Prime are identical in the performance department as well when it comes to the processor. Both smartphones are powered by the mid-range gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G80 processor. Both these smartphones also boot the Android 10-based MIUI 11 out of the box, but the POCO M2 comes with the POCO Launcher on top.

The Realme C15, on the other hand, is powered by the entry-level gaming-focused Helio G35 chipset. The phone boots Realme UI based on Android 10 out of the box.

This round goes to the POCO M2, since it’s the only smartphone among the three offering 6GB RAM for both its variants (64GB and 128GB). In comparison, while the Redmi 9 Prime offers 4GB RAM for both variants, the Realme C15 comes in 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB configurations.

Winner: POCO M2

POCO M2 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme C15: cameras

Coming to the cameras, the POCO M2 is equipped with a quad-camera setup on the back. The camera module comprises a 13-megapixel primary sensor backed by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 5-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. In the front, there’s an 8-megapixel selfie camera inside the waterdrop notch. The Redmi 9 Prime features the same set of cameras on the front and back.

The Realme C15 also has a 13-megapixel primary camera and 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, but the other two units are 2-megapixel BnW and 2-megapixel macro sensors. The front camera is an 8-megapixel unit.

Winner: Tie between POCO M2 and Redmi 9 Prime

POCO M2 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme C15: battery

The POCO M2 and Redmi 9 Prime are powered by 5,000mAh and 5,020mAh batteries, respectively, both with support for 18W fast charging. However, both POCO and Redmi don’t offer 18W fast chargers in the box and it needs to be purchased separately.

The Realme C15 comes out as the winner in this round with its 6,000mAh battery. However, it has slower 10W charging but that’s not a deal-breaker when you consider the longer battery backup. 

Winner: Realme C15

POCO M2 vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme C15: verdict

As you can see, both the Redmi 9 Prime and POCO M2 are neck and neck, at least on paper. However, the POCO M2 comes out ahead with 6GB RAM, which should help with multi-tasking considerably. The Realme C15, on the other hand, could be a good choice for those who are looking for an affordable smartphone with the best battery life.

SmartphoneKey Features
POCO M26.53-inch FHD+ display, MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, 6GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, MIUI 11-based on Android 10 with POCO Launcher, 13MP quad rear cameras, 8MP selfie camera, 5,000mAh battery, 18W fast charging support (10W charger provided)
Redmi 9 Prime6.53-inch FHD+ display, MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, 4GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, MIUI 11-based on Android 10, 13MP quad rear cameras, 8MP selfie camera, 5,020mAh battery, 18W fast charging (10W charger provided)
Realme C156.5-inch display, MediaTek Helio G35 chipset, up to 4GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, Android 10 based Realme UI, 13MP quad rear cameras, 8MP selfie camera, 6,000mAh battery, 18W charging
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