Poco X2 (review) might not be the spiritual successor to F1 that you might have expected it to be. Nonetheless, it is an easy pick under the 15K bracket.

At that price, you get:

  • a trendy dual punch-hole display
  • a 120Hz display (albeit LCD)
  • a powerful chipset
  • capable cameras with Sony IMX686 in the lead
  • latest Android (with MIUI artifacts)
  • big battery
  • A capacitive side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Poco X2 brandishes the tagline, ” Everything you need. Nothing you don’t.” And for the most part, the phone should fit your bill. But, what each of us ‘needs’ is not the same. Our taste, preferences, and requirements differ and no matter how good a phone is, it can’t be good enough for everyone.

So, for those of you with different needs, we have curated a list of alternatives. We have considered phones that might not match up in terms of specs against Poco X2, but offer a different (and maybe better) experience. With that said, let’s have a look at Poxo X2 alternatives and why they made it to the list.

Best Poco X2 Alternatives to buy in India

These are the best Poco X2 alternatives worth your money.

1. Realme X2

Poco borrows the design language of the close kin Redmi K30 which has thwarted some fans. But, the same is true for the phone in entirety. So, even living the design resemblance, the flashiness of it can throw off some people. If you want something subtler, check out the Realme X2’s Pearl White colour. Can’t vouch for other hues though!

But getting to the real reasons, Realme X2 sports an AMOLED panel, which means better blacks and overall colour representation. So, you need to weigh between a smoother refresh (which will have an impact on your battery life) and richer visuals.

Then there is the newly released Realme UI, which in my experience has made a meaningful and visually impressive makeover. Here, I won’t push as its about preference.

If you want the neoteric in-display fingerprint solution, Realme X2 has it. Granted, the tech isn’t yet perfect but unlocking by touching the screen is quick and chic. Plus, if you don’t feel the side-lined and lean fingerprint reader, that also counts.

2. Realme 6 Pro

The Realme 6 Pro (review) is another viable Poco X2 alternative. The Snapdragon 720G based phone also boasts off a 90Hz FHD+ screen and support for NavIC satellite navigation system.

Realme 6 Pro Review with Pros, Cons and FAQs

The Realme 6 Pro has a dynamic lighting gradient finish on the rear glass panel. Like the Poco X2, the rear camera array has a 64-megapixel primary sensor. The rear camera setup is completed by 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with 2X optical zoom, and a 2-megapixel macro camera.

There are two cameras on the front, and the phone offers a 4300mAh battery with 30W fast charging.

3. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is another smartphone that is worth considering as an alternative to Poco X2. It lacks 90Hz refresh rate support for the screen but has faster 33W fast charging. 

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max launched in India

The new Redmi Note phone is driven by Snapdragon 720G mobile platform, which Xiaomi claims is more powerful than the Snapdragon 730G. The handset has a massive 5020mAh battery and starts at a lower price. 

4. Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro also comes in subdued colours. There’s that.

Then, there are arguments for the notch. It is less obvious at this point and is conditioned as the new ordinary. And ordinary ain’t bad, right? If you think so, that’s one more reason.

Moreover, Redmi Note 8 Pro (review) gets a point for ergonomics too. It is handy and feels more manageable in hand.

If PUBG is your thing, then note that Redmi Note 8 Pro lets you run at HDR graphics with Ultra FPS. It might not be as good as it sounds through and through. But, in fast-paced gameplay, a slight margin would offer an edge.

Then are stuff like rear-position of the fingerprint scanner and the presence of NFC on the Note.

ALSO READ: Poco X2 vs Realme X2 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro

5. Realme XT

The things going for Realme XT are the sober white colour, sAMOLED panel, Realme UI, and an under-display fingerprint scanner, which is all things discussed already. Add to this, the option to expand storage via a dedicated slot up to 256GB. If you’re someone looking for capacious storage at your disposal, then there’s your reason.

6. Samsung Galaxy M31

Galaxy M31 (review) comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U display. It will ship with the latest Android 10-based One UI 2.0 out of the box and has a gigantic 6,000mAh battery. It is powered by Exynos 9611 chipset coupled with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The phone has a 64MP quad setup where the Samsung GW1 is the front runner followed by an ultra-wide-angle lens, a depth sensor, and a macro lens.

But all that said, the real discerning factors that make it eligible for the list are the software, that huge battery, the AMOLED panel and, of course, Samsung branding.

7. Redmi K20

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Yet another Redmi alternative. The K20 has an advantage in terms of sAMOLED screen, lighter build, better video-recording options (such as FHD at 240fps and FHD slo-mo videos at 960fps), an attractive pop-up selfie camera, support for aptX Bluetooth codec, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a flashier design.

While we pointed out quieter designs as a reason to get other contenders, K20 gets a mention for its flamboyance. Yes, if you want to flaunt your phone’s style, then the Aura design philosophy on the K20 series is a bop! It clads various stimulating gradients such as Red flame, Glacier Blue, Carbon black, and Pearl White. Mm, the latter two are gentler and less conspicuous ones for somber picks.

K20, which was launched at a higher slab, has got price cuts over time. Speaking of which, lower pricing and easier availability (even offline) can be reasons to consider these phones. As you know, Poco X2 will launch on February 11 as a part of the flash sale. This means you have a better probability to grab the rest, especially if you’re in a pinch.

ALSO READ: Compare Realme X2 Pro Vs Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro Vs Asus 6Z Vs OnePlus 7

Best Poco X2 Alternatives: Price & Availability

Here’s a quick run through the pricing and availability specifics of Poco X2 and its alternatives –

Phones Price Availability
Realme X2 4GB+ 64GB: Rs. 16,999
6GB+ 128GB: Rs. 18,999

8GB+ 128GB: Rs. 19,999

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Realme 6 Pro 6GB+ 64GB: Rs. 16,999
6GB+ 128GB: Rs. 17,999
8GB+ 128GB: Rs. 18,999
Flipkart
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max 6GB+ 64GB: Rs. 14,999
6GB+ 128GB: Rs. 16,999
8GB+ 128GB: Rs. 18,999
Amazon
Redmi Note 8 Pro 6GB+ 64GB: Rs. 14,890
6GB+ 128GB: Rs. 15,999

8GB+ 128GB: Rs. 17,999

Amazon, Flipkart and more
Realme XT 4GB+ 64GB: Rs. 15,695

 

6GB+ 64GB: Rs. 16,999

8GB+ 128GB: Rs. 18,490

Amazon, Flipkart and more
Samsung Galaxy M31 6GB+ 64GB: Rs. 14,999
6GB+ 128GB: Rs. 15,999
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Redmi K20 6GB+ 64GB: Rs. 19,349

 

6GB+ 128GB: Rs. 22,999

Amazon, Flipkart and more

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