The recent past has seen an interesting trend in the manner phone manufacturers carry out their trade. Amidst tough competition among many players in the now lucrative smartphone business (for the few that have hacked the space), companies are seeking the biggest profit margins in all ways they can muster. Xiaomi, the Chinese phone maker that started its operations as a custom ROM developer before it spun its business into a full hardware institution knows the game too well: it joins the likes of OPPO and vivo that deployed sub-brands that operate as independent entities, which include the Realmes and Redmis of current times that truly echo the ‘bang for your buck’ motto. Xiaomi did not stop with the Redmi: it did the same thing for POCO, which has since released its first device as an independent company after the F1 that was released sometime in 2018.
Named the X2, the handheld is a rebadge of the Redmi K30, except that the X2 does not have NFC. It is also worth noting that this is not the successor for the F2, which shipped with the best chipset of 2018. Here are some of its key specifications – and yes, it is coming to Kenya.
|Screen||6.67-inch FHD+, 120 Hz refresh rate with GG5 and HDR10 support|
|Internal storage||64/128 GB|
|Rear cameras||Quad – 64 MP main, 8 MP wide-angle, 2 MP depth sensor and 2MP macro sensor|
|Front cameras||Dual, 20 MP and 2 MP depth sensor, all punched in the display|
|Battery||4500 mAh, 27W fast-charging support|
|Software||Android 10 on top of MIUI 11|
|Others||Side-mounted fingerprint reader, FM radio|
|Colours||Atlantis Blue, Matrix Purple, Phoenix Red|
|Price||KES 22,000 for the 6/64GB model
KES 24,000 for the 6/128 GB model
KES 28,000 for the 8/128 GB model