Xiaomi’s sub-brand smartphone, the Pocophone F1, has overtaken the mobile phone industry in a few years and found that it must indeed be an affordable flagship smartphone. The smartphone-friendly result apparently surprised Xiaomi very much, as the company was disappointed to offer a repeat the following year.
Now that the Pocophone is no longer overshadowed by Xiaomi, the independent brand is set to continue its approach of selling affordable flagship smartphones for the Indian market as well as for developing countries. The first device to come from the Sans-Xiaomi Pocophone is the Poco X2, and it seems that it could bring an affordable manifest.
Poco X2 branding and release date
There were previous rumors and speculation that the second generation Poco phone would be the Pocophone F2. It no longer seems as the company announced that its next iteration, the affordable flagship smartphone, will actually be the Poco X2.
Poco did not stress the reason why it reduced the F1’s popularity for its debut, but it is suggested at a glance on the early Specs sheet as it is not designed to be the successor to the Pocophone F1.
We have a definite launch date for the Poco X2, which is scheduled for the official announcement on February 4, 2020, in India. However, we will see a release date two weeks after the launch.
All displays point to the Poco X2, which is positioned as the renamed model of the Xiaomi Redmi K30 4G. A product list for a Poco handset on the Indian BIS certification website shows that the X2 has the same model number as the Redmi K30 4G. In this case, we can expect a smartphone with a hole cutout on the screen for a selfie camera system with two lenses.
Poco X2 Specification
The Pocophone F1 became famous in 2018 thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC – the same chipset that powered flagship devices a few years ago – one of the cheapest smartphones with this processor. However, if rumors and leaks are suspected, the Poco X2 will not reach the dominant position in this division.
Since the Poco X2 is a revised Redmi K30 4G, it is a Snapdragon 730G SoC handset. This processor is designed for upper mid-range smartphones. The same SD730G chipset can also be found on Mi Note 10 and Realme X2.
Rumor has it that the Pocophone X2 has a memory configuration of 6GB / 64GB as the base model, but we definitely expect more RAM and ROM configurations.
Because the Poco brand appeals to the public and to lower the cost of smartphone production, the company sacrifices some key components to the performance of the Poco X2. The Redmi K30 4G is equipped with a 6.67-inch LCD display with a spherical hole in which the selfie shooter can be accommodated. Therefore, it should also be Poco X2.
Poco has confirmed that the new X2 display has a refresh rate of 120 Hz for smoother animations. As far as biometrics are concerned, there is still no smartphone with an LCD display with a fingerprint reader under the display. We doubt that the Poco X2 offers a fingerprint reader with an integrated power switch.
For the photo department, the Poco X2 is expected to have a 64-megapixel IMX686 sensor on the back. In addition to the main sensor, the Poco X2 has an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor and a 2MP lens for depth of field. A 20MP + 2MP selfie camera is expected to be installed on the front of the Poco X2.
Xiaomi has put a statue on the battery capacity of its smartphones over the years, and it seems like this will be the case with the Poco X2. Poco has already put an end to the rumors and confirmed that the X2 will quickly avoid charging with 27 W. In fact, Poco uploaded a video clip that charges the X2 to 40 percent in 25 minutes.
The Redmi K30 4G from Xiaomi is equipped with a 4,500 mAh battery. We hope that the Poco X2 has a similar component.
Pricing and availability
With the sale price and release date of the Poco X2, the sales factor of the Pocophone F1 was that you got the flagship chipset and RAM for $ 300.
A recent Intel suggests that the Poco X2 for 6GB / 64GB memory configuration start at 18,999 rupees (~ $ 265). Still, it would be a great bargain to have a 120 Hz display and a powerful chipset.
There are as yet no words regarding the pricing or availability of Poco X2 outside of the Indian market. However, Xiaomi is expected to own the Poco