After months of waiting and anticipation, the long-awaited successor to the original Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has finally arrived.
The POCO X2, just like its older brother, will try to shake up the industry with its killer features that you’d never thought you’d see for the price.
If you remember, the first POCO F1 disrupted the industry with its flagship-level specs and features that were crammed in a midrange-priced smartphone.
That’s why people were eager to see a successor to this phone after a year since its release.
With that, here in our POCO X2 versus Pocophone F1 specifications and features comparison, we’ll see if the long wait was worth it. Is it really a proper follow up to the first one? Which device is right for you? We’ll answer those question now.
|POCO X2||Xiaomi Pocophone F1|
|Operating System||Android 10|
Dual Standby (Hybrid)
|Display||6.67-inch FHD+ LCD|
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
120Hz refresh rate
|6.18-inch FHD+ IPS|
2246 x 1080 pixel resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
|2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core|
LiquidCool cooling system
|GPU||Adreno 618 GPU||Adreno 630|
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
|Rear Camera||64-megapixel (f/1.9)|
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
rear cameras, PDAF,
AI scene detection
|Audio||Super Linear Speaker|
Infrared Face Unlock
|Connectivity||4G LTE, VoLTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
Galileo, GLONASS, BDS, A-GPS
|HSPA+, 4G LTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo,QZSS
|Dimensions||165.3 x 76.6 x 8.79mm||155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm|
Kevlar (Armored edition)
Quick Charge 3.0
|Price||6GB/64GB: Rs 15,999 (~Php11,500)|
6GB/128GB: Rs 16,999 (~Php12,200)
8GB/256GB: Rs 19,999 (~Php14,300)
The POCO X2 outshines the Pocophone F1 in some areas. However, it’s clear that this is not the proper successor to the popular line. That’s been made obvious by the processor used on the X2.
POCO, now its own brand, used a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor on the POCO X2. Meanwhile, the Pocophone F1 has the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor from two generations ago.
So if performance is your top priority, then you might want to go with the F1. Alternatively, you can wait ’till the company launches the POCO F2, or whatever they end up calling their flagship device.
To the X2’s credit, it does come with an 8GB RAM option, while the former is only available in the Philippines for 6GB option.
But other than the processor, the new POCO X2 overtakes the F1 in most areas. For starters, it has an enormous 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR 10 support, and even a whopping 120Hz refresh rate that we never thought we’d see on a midrange handset. That’s a clear step up over the notched 6.18-inch screen on the F1.
On the top left of the screen, there’s the unique punch-hole cutout for the dual selfie cameras. No more notch that the F1 had.
We also have a unique camera design on the back. As you know, the POCO X2 is just a rebranded version of the Redmi K30 that was launched in China a few months back.
That’s why we now have a quad-camera setup, versus the dual cameras that the F1 had. The POCO X2 comes with a 64-megapixel primary shooter, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 2-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Since the POCO X2 has a bigger screen, Xiaomi was able to bring up the battery from 4,000mAh to 4,500mAh. The best part is, it comes with 27W fast charging support.
Xiaomi made sure that their smartphones are always updated to the latest Android OS available. This is why the Pocophone F1 is upgradeable to Android 10 and MIUI 11, while the POCO X2 will ship with the two already installed.
To answer the earlier question, which between the two should you pick? The answer really depends. Now that the Pocophone F1 has been discounted, its price is now closer to the POCO X2. So going with it and its flagship processor is a good decision for those who need the power.
But personally, we think that the POCO X2 is a better option. It may not have a flagship processor, but the Snapdragon 730G chip that it has can already handle everything you throw at it, even most high-end games around.
As a bonus, going with this device also entitles you to a bigger and faster screen, larger battery, better cameras, and even a premium design.
However, us here in the Philippines will have to wait a bit more as the local pricing and availability of the POCO X2 is yet to be announced. But for those who are wondering, its directly converted price starts at around Php11,500. Meanwhile, the Pocophone F1 is now available in tons of Xiaomi stores and kiosks nationwide for a starting price of only Php14,490.