Most smartphone enthusiasts would agree that the Poco F1, launched in 2018, was a path-breaking device – setting new standards in the affordable premium segment or, entirely revamping the category with its offerings. The smartphone introduced powerful hardware at a highly attractive price forcing the competitors to follow the same route. A Snapdragon 8 series processor was unheard of at that price before the first Poco smartphone arrived in the country. The device was so good that it is still in demand and can’t be called outdated.
The success of Poco F1 meant that a successor was inevitable. While we are yet to see a Poco F2, Xiaomi spun-off its sub-brand last month, finally allowing it to launch a new smartphone – Poco X2, this time trying to disrupt the mid-range segment. For those unaware, the Poco X or Poco X1 was never launched in India. The company tells us the they named the new smartphone ‘X2’ because they wanted to have same names across series but their launch presentation suggests that it was probably because they wanted to position is right against the Realme X2.
Nomenclature aside, Poco didn’t bet big on just performance with the Poco X2 but has tried to come up with an all-rounder that has something to offer on every front. The biggest highlight of the device is undoubtedly a display that boasts of 120Hz refresh rate, making Poco X2 the most affordable smartphone to offer the same. It also exceeded expectations with a highly aggressive pricing.