POCO has finally unveiled the POCO X2, the first device after the company became its own brand.

However, it’s not the proper successor to the renowned Pocophone F1 from a year ago. Instead, the POCO X2 is a more affordable mid-range device, with a killer feature-set that doesn’t break the bank.


It may not be as powerful as the first Pocophone, but it sure has a lot of features that we never thought we’d see in a sub-Php12k smartphone. Making it as equally as interesting as its older brother.

However, this isn’t the only Xiaomi device in this price category. If you already forgot, we also have the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. Another remarkable smartphone in this league.


If you’re shopping in this price range, our POCO X2 versus Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro specifications and features comparison will help you decide which between these Xiaomi devices is right for you.

 POCO X2Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Operating SystemAndroid 10
Android 9 Pie
Dual Standby (Hybrid)
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.67-inch FHD+ LCD
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
HDR 10
120Hz refresh rate
6.53-inch IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor2.2GHz Qualcomm
Snapdragon 730G
octa-core processor
2.0GHz Mediatek Helio G90T octa-core
GPUAdreno 618 GPUMali-G76 MC4
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera20-megapixel
2-megapixel punch-hole
front cameras
Rear Camera64-megapixel (f/1.9)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
rear cameras, PDAF,
dual-tone flash
64-megapixel (f/1.9, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
960fps @ 720p slow-mo
LED flash
AudioSuper Linear Speaker
Golden Ears
audio experts
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
fingerprint scanner
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity4G LTE, VoLTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
dual-band, MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
dual-band GPS,
Headphone jack
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
USB Type-C
Dimensions165.3 x 76.6 x 8.79mm161.4 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
ColorsPhoenix Red
Atlantis Blue
Matrix Purple
27W charger
18W fast charging
Price6GB/64GB: Rs 15,999 (~Php11,500)
6GB/128GB: Rs 16,999 (~Php12,200)
8GB/256GB: Rs 19,999 (~Php14,300)
6GB/64GB: Php11,490
6GB/128GB: Php12,990


Both the POCO X2 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro are equally great devices. They share tons of similarities but they differ in key areas.

The POCO X2 utilizes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor. That’s the same chipset found on smartphones that are almost twice its price. However, a lot of benchmarks and performance reviews prove that the MediaTek G90T processor on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro offers a faster and more powerful performance than the former.


It may have an inferior processor, the POCO X2 makes up for it with its advanced display and faster charging technology.

This device comes with a bigger 6.67-inch FHD+ IPS screen, with HDR 10 support, and a whopping 120Hz refresh rate — a feature we never thought we’d see on a budget device like this.


POCO also made a punch-hole cutout for the X2’s dual 20-megapixel and 2-megapixel selfie cameras, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro is stuck with the dewdrop notch for its 20-megapixel selfie snapper.

Another key difference between the two is their charging technologies. While both devices share the same 4,500mAh battery capacity, the Redmi handset has a faster 27W fast charging tech. On the other hand, the POCO X2 comes with a respectable 18W charging tech.



The rest of the specs list are pretty much similar, especially in the camera department.

Both the POCO X2 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has a quad-camera setup on the back. It starts with the 64-megapixel main shooter, 8-megapixel ultra-wide, 2-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth sensor.


In-display fingerprint scanners only work on OLED panels. Since both the POCO X2 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro has IPS screens, they’re stuck with the traditional fingerprint scanners.

Although, we liked the cleaner side-mounted implementation on the POCO X2 than the rear placement on the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

We’re also seeing an identical set of connectivity features. Both devices support 4G LTE as well as Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band WiFi, USB Type-C, and thankfully, a 3.5mm headphone jack.


So, which device should you pick?

If the best possible performance for the price is what you’re after, then the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro might be the one for you. You can check out our full review to learn more about it.

But for everything else, I think the upcoming POCO X2 is the better option. It features a bigger and snappier screen, faster charging support, and unique camera design in the front and back.

Its release details in the Philippines are yet to be announced. So make sure you stay tuned as we’ll be giving you all those information once they become available.

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