After the success of the Pocophone F1, Xiaomi recently decided to spin off the POCO brand as an independent company. And their first device is very exciting, to say the least.
This is not the follow up to the POCO F1 that we’ve all been waiting for, unfortunately. It doesn’t feature a very high-end processor. But that’s about it, because this phone is pretty powerful.
What makes it even more compelling is that it starts at a very very low price. We’re used to seeing mediocre processors, and mediocre displays at this price range. Xiaomi, with POCO, is purposefully shaking up the segment. And things will definitely have to change going forward. Take that Transsion.
10 things to know about the new POCO X2:
- Starts at $225
- Features a Smooth AF 120Hz fluid smart display.
- It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G 8nm processor
- There’s two RAM options – 6GB or 8GB RAM
- There’s three storage options – 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB
- There’s a dual front camera setup featuring a 20MP main lens and a 2MP lens for depth
- There’s a quad rear camera setup featuring a 64MP lens, an 8MP lens, and two 2MP lenses.
- There’s a huge 4500mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging
- The fast charger is included in the box!
- LiquidCool technology is implemented to give device optimal performance
It is crazy that 120Hz displays are about to be mainstream sooner than we expected. Just last year a 90Hz display was seen as this holy-grail feature found on only a couple of devices. And these were pretty expensive devices. Yet here we are in 2020 with a $225 phone that features a display with an even higher refresh rate. Wow!
I said at the beginning of the year that this will be an exciting year for budget devices. And sure as hell, things are looking up. I also said this will be a tough year for Transsion with their TECNO, Infinix sub-brands. If they don’t style up, and do things differently, despite owning a large share of the market, they will slowly but surely fall off.
Xiaomi Kenya have confirmed prices locally will start at KES. 22k for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage option, and up to 28k for the 8GB RAM, 128GB storage option. This will however be confirmed once the devices are available – which as we know may take quite some time.
If only Greechain Internation Limited, the company selling the Xiaomi brand in Kenya, could do more to not only quickly bring in new devices, but also sufficiently push the brand, they could easily eat up a big share of the market.