Poco – Xiaomi’s offshoot -- is now an independent phone company, but its first smartphone Poco X2 shares the same DNA as its former parent. Poco X2, which starts at 15,999, runs on Android 10 with a slightly different version of MIUI that was first used in Poco F1 and later in Redmi K20 Pro and K20.

In terms of design and feature set, the Poco X2 looks similar to the new Redmi K30. It even has the similar punch hole design for the two selfie cameras on the front and the four camera set up on the back in the form of a circular ring. Perhaps, the only distinguishing factor between the two devices would be the company logo on the shiny back panel.

Available in three colours -- Atlantis Blue, Phoenix Red and Matrix Purple-- Poco X2 has a USB type-C connector for charging and file transfer, and even audio playback. The device also features a 3.5 mm jack next to the charging slot. The phone has a hybrid SIM tray, which means one SIM slot will double up as the micro SD card slot. If the user puts a micro SD card on the phone, they can’t use the second SIM tray. The phone offers ample amount of internal storage with up to 256GB on the top variant.

Poco X2 has a side facing fingerprint sensor integrated within the power button, which is why it is flatter and wider than usual. The placement is odd but very conveniently within reach if you are already holding the phone. This isn’t the first phone with a side facing fingerprint sensor— it is seen in Sony smartphones. Also, Nextbit that was later acquired by Razer had used it in Robin.

The display is another key talking point of the Poco X2. The 6.67-inch screen offers more legroom than the widely available 6.4-inch screen size. The smartphone comes equipped with the 120Hz refresh rate which puts it at par with some of the more expensive gaming smartphones including Asus ROG Phone II ( 37,999). Refresh rate stands for the number of frames a display can show per second. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother will be the gaming experience.

The four cameras on the back cater to different use cases. There is a 64MP camera powered by Sony IMX 686 sensor with an additional 2MP depth sensor, followed by an 8MP ultra wide angle camera with and a 2MP macro camera for taking close up shots. The 64MP camera is not enabled by default and the user has to switch to it in the camera app to use it.

Driven by Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 730G, Poco X2 supports 27W fast charging and has a 4,500mAH battery. Realme X2, which starts at 16,999, is another smartphone selling at almost the same price point that runs on Snapdragon 730G chipset.

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