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The Pocophone returns: Poco X2 is a rebranded Redmi K30 but that’s okay

Poco X2
(Image credit: Poco)

Xiaomi’s sub-brand Poco has remained silent for some time, but after rumblings of new Poco phone with a 64MP camera (opens in new tab), the Poco X2 has officially launched in India with, you guessed it, a 64MP camera as well as a dual front camera and a 120Hz Samsung Galaxy S20 (opens in new tab)-smooth screen. 

If you’ve been keeping an ear to the ground, you’ll also know that Xiaomi launched the Redmi K30 in select markets - a phone that looks set to claw a spot on our best budget camera phone (opens in new tab) podium when we get our hands on it. In a turn for the books though, we can confirm that as far as specs go, the K30 and Poco X2 are almost identical twins.

You should still be jazzed about the new Pocophone though, especially if you’re in India. The Poco X2’s price is excellent given what it can do. 

Unlike the original Pocophone which had flagship power, the Poco X2 is more in line with the Redmi K20’s midrange specs, also known as the Xiaomi Mi 9T in the west. Powered by a Snapdragon 730G, it won’t be quite as top-tier as Snapdragon 8-series devices like the Redmi K20 Pro (aka the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (opens in new tab)), but banging that value drum again - wait until you hear its price. 

Its design is premium, there’s up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage inside and the Poco X2 has a giant 4500mAh battery. Additionally, with 27W fast charging, it also powers up quickly, in as little as 68 minutes according to Xiaomi.

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As for those cameras, if features a new 64MP Sony IMX686 main sensor, the second sporting this resolution we’ve seen to date, with the first made by Samsung and found in the Realme X2 Pro (opens in new tab). It’s also an impressive 1/1.7” in size. This is combined with an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view, a 2MP macro lens and a depth sensor. The notable omission here is the telephoto camera, but with that big pixel-count main sensor, digital zoom could be salvageable in good light.

Onto the most impressive thing about the Poco X2 - selling in India from as little as Rs. 15,999 (approx. $225, £175), it really does scream sensational value for money. While nothing has been confirmed for the west, Xiaomi will be holding a press conference at Mobile World Congress 2020, so there’s a good chance we’ll find out more about this phone - whatever it ends up being called at the end of February. 

Via TechRadar

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Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there he headed up Btekt as a director and then Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.