POCO has made a comeback in the Indian market with an impressive mid-range smartphone called the POCO X2. The device is actually a rebranded Redmi K30 4G that was launched in China earlier. It hosts a 120Hz display, dual punch-hole selfie cameras and a reputable processor. Being an impressive offering, the phone would compete with the likes of the Realme X2 that features a powerful processor, 30W Fast Charging support and quad rear cameras, and is priced similarly. The Realme X2 was launched back in December 2019 and came in as an iterative upgrade to Realme XT. With similar price points and specifications, a comparison between the two devices is inevitable. Let’s see how they stack up in this detailed comparison.
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POCO X2 vs Realme X2: prices compared
The newly launched POCO offering costs Rs 15,999 for the 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage variant. The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage models are priced at Rs 16,999 and Rs 19,999, respectively. On the other hand, the Realme X2 comes with a price tag of Rs 16,999 for 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, Rs 18,999 for 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and Rs 19,999 for 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. The POCO offering clearly leads in this aspect as it provides more storage space at a similar price, while the base variant costs less than that of Realme X2.
POCO X2 vs Realme X2: specifications compared
Display and Design
The POCO X2 sports Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on front and back. The rear panel is made of plastic but the glass covering manages to make it look premium. The phone combines matte and sheen finishes and features a circular rear camera setup. The fingerprint sensor comes embedded inside the power button on the right-hand side. Realme X2 houses a simple gradient finish with Gorilla Glass 5 on top of its rear panel. The handset sports a vertically-stacked camera configuration while its fingerprint sensor is present inside the display panel.
In terms of the display, POCO X2 plays host to a 6.67-inch IPS LCD display with full HD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels. The panel lacks a notch and has an aspect ratio of 20:9. The refresh rate of its display is 120Hz and the company calls it “Reality Flow” as it helps in smoother operation. The display supports HDR 10 and comes with an anti-fingerprint coating along with P2i certification for splash-resistance. The Realme X2, on the other hand, houses a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display panel with an in-display fingerprint sensor and waterdrop notch. A resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and screen to body ratio of 91.9 percent is also exhibited on the device.
Hardware and Software
The mid-range POCO X2 lacks a flagship processor, unlike the POCO F1. However, it makes up for performance with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC that is also present on Xiaomi Mi Note 10. The handset comes in three variants – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. It runs MIUI 11 on top of Android 10 and sports Game Turbo 2.0 that brings 4D vibration and numerous other enhancements on board. It plays host to a beefy 4,500mAh battery unit that supports USB Type-C and 27W Fast Charging. Liquid cooling technology is also included in the package.
The Realme X2 features the same processor under its hood. There are three variants to choose from – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. The phone comes with Adreno 618 GPU and Snapdragon Elite Gaming feature. It runs Android 9 Pie with Color OS 6.1 on top. The Realme x2 features a 4,000mAh battery with support for 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 and USB Type-C.
POCO X2 is equipped with a quad rear camera setup that is arranged in a circular module. The primary sensor is a Sony IMX686 64MP lens with f/1.89 aperture. It is supported by a 120-degree 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. Features like a dual-LED flash, RAW capture, 10x digital zoom, AI scene recognition, Vlog mode, 4K video recording etc are included in the package. The phone also houses dual selfie snappers with a 20MP primary and 2MP depth sensor for bokeh mode shots. The front cameras sport features like gesture camera, display flash, AI portrait mode and more.
On the other hand, the quad-camera setup of the Realme X2 includes a 64MP primary Samsung ISOCELL GW1 Bright sensor. It is assisted by an 8MP 119-degree wide-angle camera, 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. It houses features like Chroma Boost, HDR, Portrait, Nightscape and more. For selfies and video calling, the smartphone offers a 32MP snapper with 4-in-1 pixel binning technology.
Both of these smartphones are budget-friendly and powerful. While they are pretty much on par in terms of performance, the POCO X2 leads in terms of premium looks, a bigger battery and better camera configuration. That being said, Realme X2 offers faster 30W charging and an AMOLED display. Both offerings are pretty much on par with each other, and in the end, it comes down to your personal preference.