After being separated from their parent company Xiaomi, POCO X2 is finally available to the mass market. The phone is available to buy from February 11 via Flipkart in India.

Although many of us were expecting the company to launch Poco F2, they went with a mid-range POCO X2. It features a Snapdragon 730G processor instead of SD 865. To be blunt, that’s not a flagship processor Poco.

POCO F1 was launched in 2018 with Snapdragon 845 processor and flagship-like features. The company wanted to give a cheaper phone with SD 845 to Indian customers who favored the flagship killer OnePlus phones. The phone was successful and gave a tough fight to OnePluus and Samsung.

But instead of launching more phones under the brand Poco, Xiaomi ditched them. Instead, they unveiled the Xiaomi K30 Pro as the company’s flagship. The phone was highly-priced compared to Poco F2 and didn’t lure that many buyers. So this year the company decided to make the POCO brand independent from Xiaomi and lunch the next phone.

POCO X2 (where did POCO X1/X go?) has a starting price of Rs 15,999. It has the world’s first 120Hz display and Snapdragon 730G under the hood. The processor is power efficient and designed to serve the best gaming performance. It comes with a decent 64MP quad-camera setup along with a 20MP dual camera setup.

Why the POCO X2 has Snapdragon 730G?

There is nothing wrong with POCO X2; in fact, it brings 120Hz display under the price of Rs 20,000 which even an iPhone doesn’t have at Rs 70,000. But the question is, why did the company use Snapdragon 730G instead of going for the flagship processor Snapdragon 865.

Combine together a high refresh rate display, a great camera and a robust flagship process under the hood, and you have the formula for a flagship-level smartphone. Then why the company didn’t do that? Let’s see,

C Manmohan is the general manager of POCO, and in the press event after the launch of POCO X2, he clarified the reason behind this. The executive explained that Snapdragon 865 being the first processor with 5G capabilities will have been very expensive. The company thinks of themselves as a startup and as a result, they do not find that cost feasible for the business.

He also was asked that while the POCO F1 made a lot of name for the company using Snapdragon 845, why did the company never thought about using that processor. He stated that although POCO F1 was great, the SD 845 isn’t available in the market anymore. Using the Snapdragon 855 is futile as we are making the leap from 4G to 5G, and it would have just added a hefty price tag.

Well, all this explanation is rational and states why POCO X2 doesn’t have a flagship processor. But if I say for future products the company should go for a flagship processor, that’s what helped them sell the POCO F1. After all, POCO is all about -Everything you need, nothing you don’t.

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