The latest in the mid-ranger segment of smartphones is witnessing a battle between two eminent names – the Realme X2 vs Poco X2. Not only do their share the same names, but also the target audience, and the capabilities that most buyers look out for when they purchase a new phone these days.
While the Realme X2 was launched in mid-December 2019, the Poco X2 has just come to the market and we are pretty impressed by the competition it is offering the former. The Redmi X2 is the slightly-improved successor to the Realme XT, with a little price premium. Seeing that, Xiaomi, its arch rival brand, is making sure to edge its competition out of the game by launching the new Poco X2.
For one, the brand new Poco X2 does have a lower starting price than the Realme X2, and at a glance, could possibly become the new segment leader. However, in this comparison article, we’re going to deep dive into everything that both the phones have to offer.
Price and variant
The new Poco X2 comes in three variants, with the price starting at Rs. 15,999 for 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The middle option has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and costs Rs. 16,999. Then there is the 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage version, which will set you back by Rs. 19,999.
Meanwhile, the Realme X2 base variant has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage with a starting price of Rs. 16,999. The next gives you 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, for Rs. 18,999. The top variant is priced at Rs. 19,999, and comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Both the Poco X2 and Realme X2 feature quad-camera setups with 64-megapixel primary rear cameras. Poco has the new Sony IMX686 64-megapixel sensor with an f/1.89 aperture, while Realme has the Samsung GW1 sensor and an f/1.8 aperture. Both phones also have 8-megapixel ultra-wide cameras, 2-megapixel macro cameras, 2-megapixel depth sensors. The Realme X2 has a single 32-megapixel selfie camera while the Poco X2 has a 20-megapixel one with an additional 2-megapixel depth sensor.
As far as the processors are concerned, both the Poco X2 and the Realme X2 feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, making for an obviously smooth day-to-day experience. The RealmeX2 posted an AnTuTu score of 2,67,419, while the Poco X2 beat that with 2,80,912.
Design & Style
The Realme X2 is a little smaller and lighter than the Poco X2, with a 6.4-inch 19.5:9 screen. On the other hand, the Poco X2 has a 6.67-inch 20:9 panel on the front. The two phones weigh 182g and 208g respectively. The Poco X2 also feels a little bulky, but the Realme X2 is definitely easier to manage.
Both the phones have Gorilla Glass on the front and rear. The Poco X2 is available in Phoenix Red, Matrix Purple, and Atlantis Blue colours, while the RealmeX2 comes in Pearl Blue, Pearl Green, and Pearl White options. All of them have gradients, with the Poco X2 taking it up a notch with a reflective circular patch around the camera module. The Poco X2 also has a cutout in the top-right corner of its screen for its two front-facing cameras, while the Realme X2 has the waterdrop notch. Another unconventional and unique aspect of the Poco X2 is its side-mounted fingerprint sensor. It could be a little difficult to get used to, however. The RealmeX2, on the other hand, has an in-display fingerprint sensor which works pretty well.
Both the phones have a USB Type-C port, audio socket, and single speaker on the bottom. In terms of build quality, both phones feel quite good to hold, and seem quite durable as well. The Realme X2 also comes with a screen protector pre-applied, but that is not the case with the Poco X2.
The Poco X2 sports a 6.67-inch 1080×2400-pixel LCD screen and a cutout for the two front cameras, along with a massive 120Hz refresh rate, plus HDR-10 as well. On the other hand, Realme has a 6.4-inch 1080×2340-pixel Super AMOLED panel with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Poco X2’s UI is much smoother, thanks to its high refresh rate, but it doesn’t really have very vibrant colours, which the Realme X2 compensates for with its Super AMOLED panel.
The Poco X2 has a 4500mAh battery and supports 27W fast charging with the included adapter, while the Realme X2 has a 4000mAh battery and comes with a 30W charger. Both phones normally last through a full day of normal usage, and both phones charge very quickly.
MMR Verdict: Poco X2 vs Realme X2
Both the phones are quite fairly matched. On one hand, the Poco X2 has the price advantage and some interesting highlights such as the 120Hz refresh rate, the Realme X2 does feellike an easier option to use in terms of its size, display colour and performance. The choice here is quite tough to make, but if you are looking for a feature-packed phone that is unique and affordable, we will stick to the Poco X2.