Indian Tech World Rating
- Design 8
- Performance 8
- Value For Money 8.5
- Feature 8.9
The Poco X2 ticks all the boxes in the spec-sheet, but ultimately fails to deliver a hassle-free experience because of the rampant, unsolicited ads in the software.
POCO X2 DETAILED REVIEW
If you have checked Tech Twitter even once in the past few months, a burning question amidst everyone’s mind was where the hell is the Poco F2? Was Poco done after launching one of the cheapest flagship smartphones? Turns out, the answer is no. We still don’t know where the Poco F2 is, but we do have a certain Poco X2 to talk about.
Like we said, this isn’t a successor to the Poco F1, and as a result, doesn’t have a flagship chipset. Is that a compromise? That depends upon your expectations. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G, a gaming-centric 7-series SoC that’s been paired with up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB UFS 2.1 storage. Good enough hardware, but isn’t that exactly what the Realme X2 also offers? Not that we’re complaining (the Poco X2 is more affordable than the Realme X2 starting from Rs 15,999), but it does beg for a comparison. Interestingly, only the CPU benchmarks were allowed to run while GPU testing apps like 3DMark and GFXBench were locked down. So our benchmark analysis will be incomplete.
With the limited number of benchmarks apps that were unlocked, it looks like the Poco X2 offers the best CPU performance in this segment, but only by a small margin. The Realme X2 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro are not very far behind, and it’s likely due to optimisations in place that the Poco X2 manages to post a higher score. Then again, the company decided to lock down the GPU benchmarks which doesn’t instill much confidence in a device that’s pegged to be great at gaming. Without those numbers, it’s difficult to state where the Poco X2’s GPU performance stands in this segment.
Gaming on the Poco X2 should have been far more superior than other smartphones in this segment, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. It supports all games other phones in this segment does, and at a similar graphics level, but with the Snapdragon 730G in place, we expected higher frame rates and better stability numbers (as seen on the Realme X2), but the reality is far from it.
We played a host of games including the popular ones like PUBG Mobile and COD: Mobile as well as some of the games which Poco claimed will support the high-refresh rate display. Both COD: Mobile and PUBG Mobile failed to hit peak frame rates of even 60fps. PUBG Mobile went up to 30 FPS while COD: Mobile hit 56 FPS. However, while PUBG Mobile still ran at a high 90 percent stability, COD: Mobile’s stability was at an appalling 45 percent.
None of the games we played managed to go beyond 60 FPS, thereby rendering the 120Hz refresh rate display pointless when it comes to gaming. Poco did outline around 35 games that support 120 FPS in general, but we did not see that emulate in the Poco X2 yet. In a statement to Digit.in, Poco said app developers have to enable support for higher refresh rate displays. Yet, almost a month down the launch, no one seems to be interested in doing so.
Having said that, gaming on the phone does not really put all that much stress on the device. We did not notice the phone heating up uncomfortably or slowing down after prolonged period of gaming. Even the average CPU usage while gaming stayed around 11-12%, which makes it clear the Poco X2 is not making use of all that much resources that it’s advertising, while gaming.