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The fierce opposition between Huawei and the U.S. government will certainly give ideas to competing Chinese companies that can continue to use Android. In our video on the subject, Xiaomi is presented as a serious competitor to take entry level market share in Huawei, with its many brands. And it is already a confrontation between the Xiaomi and BBK groups (Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Realme) that opens 2020 : Poco, the brand now under the Indian flag known as Pocophone, powered by Xiaomi, announces its Poco X2. A direct competitor of Realme X2, whose BOM is directly taken over.
If there’s only one thing we should remember about this X2, it would be its price. Offered for the equivalent of 200 € in Indian rupees, the Poco X2 is a machine that is all about compromise to deliver a comfortable experience in an ultra-condensed price range. A strategy that very naturally targets the BBK Group and its Realme X2, sold at the same price. For beyond the characteristics of the machine, it is indeed a war of egos that is being fought, with markets to be conquered by technological outbidding.
For this, the Poco smartphone has some interesting new features:
- A screen refreshed at 120 Hz. On the entry-level, it’s a feat, although it’s still unclear what it’s good for in practice on a smartphone before the apps really take advantage of it.
- A Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor.
- A 4500 mAh battery
- 27 W fast charge compatible
- One Sony IMX 686 64MP 4-sensor rear view camera (Normal, ultra wide angle, macro, depth sensor)
- Two 20 Mpx + 2 Mpx cameras in front
At the price at which it’s sold, these very advanced features may come as a surprise, even if we know in 2020 that a good smartphone is not the sum of all its technological prowess. Poorly mastered, gadgets end up being of no interest or, worse, become components that pull on the battery without really bringing any new comfort. This is potentially the case of a 120 Hz screen, for example, which without an ad-hoc software ecosystem and a good control of the operating system on the dynamic refresh side (you don’t want it to be locked at 120 Hz), is just an under-utilized component.
The Poco X2 // Source: Poco on Twitter
Remains an unknown for French consumers: will Poco continue to market its products in Europe? After the emancipation, at least on the façade, of the Xiaomi group, two paths can be drawn. The first would be a concentration of Poco on the Indian market, with the brand taking over all rights to market its smartphones. The second would be the use of Poco products by Xiaomi under the brand name specially created for the occasion in France: Pocophone. The Chinese group had already made this separation by the end of F1, which may allow it to keep these products in other markets.