A conspiracy theory going around is that Poco name the first smartphone of their x-series, the Poco X2 to directly compete Realme X2. So which is the better X2? Let’s find out in this Poco X2 vs Realme X2 Comparison.
Poco X2 Box Contents:
• Poco X2 handset
• 27W Fast charging adapter
• USB Type-C cable
• Soft TPU case
• SIM ejector pin
Realme X2 Box Contents:
• Realme X2 handset
• 30W VOOC 4.0 charger (5V-6A)
• USB Type-C Cable
• Soft TPU case
• SIM ejector pin
Poco X2 vs Realme X2: Specifications Comparison
|Specifications||Poco X2||Realme X2|
|Display||6.67 inches, FHD+||6.4 inches, FHD+|
|Display type||IPS LCD, 120Hz||Super AMOLED, 60Hz|
|Rear Cameras||64+8+2+2 MP||64+8+2+2 MP|
|Front Cameras||20+2 MP||32 MP|
|CPU||Snapdragon 730G||Snapdragon 730G|
|GPU||Adreno 618||Adreno 618|
|Battery||4500 mAh||4000 mAh|
|Fast Charging||27W, 100% in 68 min||30W, 67% in 30 min|
|Starting Price||₹ 15,999||₹ 16,999|
Poco X2 vs Realme X2: Design and Build
Starting with design on paper, both the X2’s have class sandwich designs protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on either side, but visually they couldn’t be any more different.
On one hand we have the Poco X2 with centre placed cameras in a circular 3D ring and there’s Poco branding to the bottom. On the other hand, we have the Realme X2 with Realme design language, stamped all over it cameras to the side with her with a horizontal Realme logo.
It gives a striking finish and creates different patterns when it catches the light in the right way.
Poco X2 happens to be the heavier from the Realme X2. Poco X2 weighs around 210 grams which is about 25 grams heavier than the Realme X2.
The in hand feel of the Realme X2 is better, it’s lighter and easy to hold in one hand. But Poco X2 does have an advantage of its own here, it’s got that p2i nano coating that allows it to be splash resistant.
Realme X2 vs Poco X2: Display
Poco X2 has the larger screen, 6.67 inches Full-HD-Plus panel. On the Realme X2, there is 6.4 inches Full-HD-Plus panel.
The Realme X2 has an AMOLED panel with a water drop launch. This is a gorgeous screen which comes with inky black, infinite contrast along with vibrant colors, but the refresh rate of this display is standard 60 Hertz.
On the other hand, the Poco X2, has double refresh rate, it has 120 Hertz refresh rate. Though it is IPS LCD, it’s still a pretty vibrant display. Poco X2 has got a couple of punch holes at the top with the pixels in between blacked out to give a S10+ kind of long cutout vibe.
So, both of the X2’s have their own pros and cons but you can find your type of X2 by reading these points.
If you’re someone who watches videos more, if you consume more media, then the AMOLED might be something you’d appreciate.
But if you’re more into gaming, the fluid smoothness, the faster refresh of the Poco X2 would be ideal for you.
We have the same Snapdragon 730G powering both phones and that’s paired with 6 or 8 GB of RAM along with 64 / 128 / 256 GB of internal storage on the Poco X2.
On the other hand, we have 4 GB / 6 GB or 8 GB RAM variants of the Realme X2 coupled with 64 or 128 GB of storage.
Both phones come in support for microSD expansion but it’s only the Realme X2 that has a dedicated card slot.
Now you’d expect with same hardware, the performance on both phones would also be similar.
Right? Well not!
With the frame rate set to 120 Hertz you’ll sometimes notice tiny micro stutters or frame drops on the Poco X2. However, the user interface on the Poco X2 felt snappier than the interface on the Realme.
The faster refresh rate on the Poco X2 seems to make everything. It’s very hard to show on screen, but you can definitely feel the difference between these two in your hands.
When it comes to gaming, both of the X2’s perform exceptionally well. But the higher refresh rate screen on the Poco X2 takes the lead.
The games that support the higher refresh rate, runs buttery-smooth on the Poco X2. The gameplay feels much smoother especially with first-person shooters like Modern Combat.
On the Poco X2, the touch response felt almost instantaneous. So if you play a lot of games, the Poco X2 is your obvious choice. Overall the performance round ends in a convincing victory for the Poco X2.
We have the In-display fingerprint scanners on the Realme X2, thanks to the AMOLED panel. The fingerprint scanners under the display on the Realme X2 is really fast, in fact almost as fast as the capacitive scanner on the Poco X2.
Personally, I feel front facing scanners are more convenient and thus the Realme X2 has an edge here. But again that’s personal preference.
Audio and Voice
Poco X2 hits back with an IR blaster and FM radio support, which I found lacking on the Realme X2. As far as audio quality goes, again this is a win for the Realme X2. The sound outputs is good via both headphone jack, as well as the bottom firing speaker. Thanks to the Dolby Atmos on both the Realme X2.
Realme X2 vs Poco X2: Software
Coming to the software side of Poco X2 vs Realme X2, we have color OS 6.1 based on Android 9 Pie running on the Realme X2. The poco x2 it’s running on MIUI 11, based on the latest Android 10.
On Poco X2 we get some Poco specific functionality like the poco launched a pre-loaded skin on the top of MIUI 11 known as Poco Launcher. Poco has promised fast updates on the Poco X2.
On the other hand Realme have launched their Realme UI which is supposed to be coming to the real X2 quite soon. So once that update does arrive, it will be more of an even comparison.
Both interfaces are fast the Poco X2 has an edge for the moment at least because it’s on Android 10.
Poco X2 vs Realme X2: Camera Comparison
Rear Camera Comparison
Moving on to cameras, both the X2’s have similar rear camera setups. We have a 64MP primary sensor on both phones.
Realme has gone with Samsung’s isocell GW1 sensor paired with the f/1.8 lens. Poco has gone with the brand new sony IMX686 sensor with the f/1.9 lens.
Under bright light, both take good-looking pictures although the Sony sensor does come out ahead in most situations. For example the dynamic range is better on the Poco X2. It brings out the details in them quite beautifully, the IMX686 also tends to shoot crisper shots with finer details.
Both phones also have dedicated night modes, the Poco X2 beats the Realme X2 by shooting brighter images and also retains better colors.
Now moving on to the secondary sensor, both phones have an 8MP ultra wide sensor. The picture quality is quite comparable. That said the Poco X2 does exhibit a better balance between the highlights and shadows along with punchy of colors.
Next up, there’s a 2 MP macro option on both phones, interesting in concept but the shots taken by them lack in sharpness and sometimes tend to come out a bit darker. Between these two, the Poco X2 has an edge in terms of details.
Finally the last sensor on the list is a 2MP depth sensor. Both X2’s have done well enough especially when it comes to the edge detection part of portraits.
Front Camera Comparison
Moving on to the selfie camera, we have a 32MP single snapper on the Realme X2 and Poco has gone for dual selfie shooters, a 20MP primary coupled with another 2MP depth sensor.
At first glance the pictures taken by the Poco might look sharper, the pictures taken from the Realme X2 do come out looking kind of soft. By zooming in we can spot some over sharpening on the Poco X2. Weirdly, in some instances the edge deduction is actually better with the Realme X2.
Both smartphones can capture 4k videos, the Poco X2 seems to shoot brighter, sharper and even more stabilized footage, seems like electronic stabilization even works at 4k on the Poco X2.
Both ones have an option to shoot at 1080p 60fps, and the videos still remain quite detailed.
The Realme X2 comes with an ultra steady video option and it eliminates almost all shakes but that does come in at an expense of detail.
Another feature that Realme has provided, is portrait video for both the rear as well as front cameras. Something the Poco X2 cannot match not as of now.
We also had the front camera EIS to the Realme X2, so it is recommended to vloggers or Youtubers to pick the Realme X2 as it has an advantage when it comes to videography.
So with optics the poco X2 does better with still images. With rear cameras, the Realme X2 does perform better with selfies and videos for most of the situations.
Battery and Charging
With battery life the Poco X2 again has an edge since the battery capacity is 12% higher. The 4,000 mAh on the Realme X2 is quite respectable and it can easily lasts you through a full day on a single charge.
When it comes to charging we have an included 27W fast charger with the Poco X2. That can get the 4,500 mAh battery inside Poco X2, it charges from 0 to 100 within 1 hour and 10 minutes.
That’s pretty fast and even the 30W VOOC 4.0 charger takes around the same time to charge the 4000 mAh battery on the Realme X2.
That said when it comes to quick topics the VOOC 4.0 does take the lead with it being able to charge 68% in half hour while the Poco goes to about 61%.
Personally, I would prefer a long-lasting battery life than higher charging speed. The battery capacity is higher on the Poco X2 so it’s about the same charge speeds.
Poco X2 vs Realme X2: Price Difference
Now let’s move on to the pricing of Poco X2 and Realme X2.
The base variant (6 GB / 64 GB) of the Poco X2 comes at 16,000 rupees. The Realme X2 starts at Rs. 17,000 and offers 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage.
So is the Realme X2 worth paying 1000 rupees more and sacrificing 2GB of RAM?
Well not unless you really like AMOLED screens, faster charging, love taking selfies and need the unique video features. If these features are important to you then the Realme X2 would make you happy.
If you’re looking for a phone that feels really snappy, runs games pretty well, has outstanding battery life and that’s better at photography than most phones.
In this range then the Poco X2 is probably the phone for you. In my opinion it is the better all-rounder phone and it comes at a cheaper price, making it better value for money smartphone. So, Poco X2 is one of the easiest phone to recommend for anyone who is looking for a device around the 15,000 rupee mark.
Now I want to know which of these two would you choose between Poco X2 vs Realme X2? What is your X2 preference? Leave a comment below.