Xiaomi’s new sub-brand Poco has shaken the sub-premium budget market with the debut of its flagship killer device the Poco F1 which sounds very similar to Oppo, which created another Sub-brand called Realme, which looks identical to Xiaomi’s Redmi series name. Poco F1 has been well received and is mainly aiming to replace the popular OnePlus 6 and Zenfone 5Z.
Note: We are continually updating the article with ever latest news and leaks about the upcoming Pocophone Poco F2. We have also covered the most recent leaks and rumors about Mi A3 and Redmi 7 series here.
10 January 2019: Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro is officially launched in China. The smartphones come with a 48MP primary camera sensor which implies that Poco F2 may also feature a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor.
2 January 2019: Famous iPhone renders artist Ben Geskin @VenyaGeskin1 has posted a render of Pocophone Poco F2 smartphone. According to him, the smartphone will feature 6.39 FHD+ display, Snapdragon 855 SOC, Dual camera setup and Android 9.0 Pie. However, we think that the phone would feature a 3 camera setup on the back.
NOTE: Recently a PocoPhone F2 concept video surfaced on the web claiming triple rear camera setup, under display fingerprint sensor and what not, Please don’t fall for that every year these things happen. We are pretty sure that there will be NO 41MP sensor on Pocophone 2. The design seems impressive, but Xiaomi will not make the Pocophone a luxury phone, It meant to be a budget flagship, and it will be a budget flagship. So don’t expect any flashy design, specs, and hardware claimed by the video.
29 December: Recently a Geekbench listing made a lot of buzz about Poco F2 processor, the benchmark listing claimed that the upcoming Pocophone would come with Snapdragon 845 SOC. However, the listing was fake; it was just a build.prop edit of Poco F1, that’s why it shows SD845 instead of rumored SD855 SOC.
27 December: (Confirmed) The phone will support Widevine L1 certification, unlike Poco F1 that only supports Widevine L3, and can’t stream HD contents. If you don’t know about the Widevine DRM thing, then read this Android Authority article. Your device will need to be certified to meet the full L1 specification if you want to stream HD content from services like Netflix
According to an insider, Xiaomi will ditch the IR Face Scanner in Pocophone F2 to shrink the notch size as the competitor phones are now offering dewdrop notch. A Weibo leak suggests that Poco F2 may feature a 16MP front camera with F/1.9 aperture. Another report from Weibo says that “Xiaomi has already started working on Poco F2 aka Pocophone F2 and they may even launch the smartphone this year as the main competitor OnePlus have launched their latest flagship killer the OnePlus 6T.
11 October: Did you see it? The asterisk all but promises that the Pocophone F2 (Xiaomi Poco F2) will launch in about half a year or 8 Months. However, it’s not a promise by the company, but several rumors suggest that the phone may launch in Q2 of 2019. You can get this Poco F1 deal from here.
PocoPhone F2 Specifications
On the other hand, the rumors mill has already started to churn out some hints about the successor of the Poco F1, which will be the Poco F2. And to begin with the first and the most obvious thing here is the processor that will end up under the hood of the Poco F2, which will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Along with similar memory configurations that we have seen currently, that is 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB/256 options. However, to make things more aggressive and to keep the pressure on its rivals which are Huawei, Honor and OnePlus Xiaomi may also introduce a 10GB RAM variant.
|Display||6.3 Inches IPS LCD Full HD+ (Expected)|
|Display Properties||Resolution of 1080 x 2340|
|Display Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
1 Prime Core: Up to 2.84 GHz (Cortex A76)
3 Performance Core: Up to 2.42 GHz (Cortex A76)
4 Cores: Up to 1.8 GHz (Cortex A55) (Battery Saving Cores)
|Qualcomm® Kryo™ 485 CPU 64 Bit (7nm Process Technology)|
|GPU||Qualcomm® Adreno™ 640 GPU|
Video Playback: Volumetric VR video playback, 8K 360 VR video playback
API Support: OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 FP, Vulkan 1.1, DX12
|Storage||256 GB, 8/10 GB RAM or 128/64 GB, 8/6 GB RAM|
Memory speed: 2133MHz, Memory Type: 4x16bit, LPDDR4x
|SD card slot||Expandable up to 512GB via micro SD card|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Infrared, Proximity sensor, Gyro, Compass|
|Connectivity||4G dual sim, LTE, 3G WCDMA, 2G GSM, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, Infrared, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, Dual frequency GNSS, |
Wi-Fi Standards: 802.11ad, 802.11ay, 802.11ax-ready, 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n
Wi-Fi Spectral Bands: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 60 GHz
Modem Name: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X24 LTE modem
LTE Category: LTE Category 20, LTE Category 13 (uplink)
Downlink Features: 7x20 MHz carrier aggregation, Up to 256-QAM, Up to 4x4 MIMO on three carriers, Maximum 20 spatial streams
Uplink Features: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Upload+, 3x20 MHz carrier aggregation, Up to 2x 106Mbps LTE streams, Up to 256-QAM, Uplink data compression (X24 Modem supported features)
|Audio||Expected to get a dedicated DAC for better Audio processing |
Qualcomm® aptX™ audio technology
Qualcomm® aptX™ playback support: aptX Adaptive
|Battery Capacity||4000 mAh|
|Charging Time||1 Hour 20 Minutes (Expected)|
|Charging Type||Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+|
|Price||$320-$420 while the price in India is expected to be around INR 25000|
|Availability||Expected to release in Q2 2019|
The Poco F2 will come with a notch display, but this time around we will have that new water drop style notch instead of the regular rectangle one, unless Xiaomi decides to drop the faceID clone idea, then another possibility could be the Oppo Find X style system which is also seen on recently launched Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 smartphone.
However that type of technology is expensive, and we shouldn’t forget that at the end of the this a device with top end processor but a little bit compromised on the build unless you go with their special armored edition which will costs similar to the OnePlus 6 or the OnePlus 5T. So, do not expect premium materials in the build quality, this isn’t going to outshine a Galaxy S9/S9+ or a Moto Z3 Play.
Pocophone 2 Camera
On the Camera front, the Poco F2 might go with a triple camera setup like the new trend which will be even more popularized in 2019, however, if they feel, to keep costs down the Dual-Camera is also completely fine from the Poco F1. Some possible camera combos would be:
1. Telephoto sensor + regular RGB
2. Telephoto + Wide-angle
3. Regular RGB + Monochrome sensor
4. A higher-megapixel sensor + regular RGB sensor (This setup is used for a hybrid zoom)
With AI being the new trick in town, expect some exceptional camera tricks such as object detection, breakthroughs in AR integrated within the camera, what you can see on the newly launched iPhone Xs series. The Poco F2 could easily super pass other flagships by implementing a better neural engine, which should be based on AI as we saw on the Google Pixel phones, last year. And currently, Xiaomi’s edge detection algorithm is one of the best in business. So, the camera quality in day-light is relatively matchable to the current gen flagships; however, the low-light shots still need improvements, which can be expected in the Poco F2.
The software here is toned down version of MIUI, with lots of smart features for the app drawer introduced. Now with Poco F2 again we might see some AI integrated within the user interface working around the clock to keep the phone as smooth as it bought on the first day. App loading times could get faster with AI monitoring your app opening habits on a regular basis, so pre-compiling and loading them required resources before you hit the app icon. Another part of the software is regarding Updates. The Poco F1 is promised to get the latest updates at a much faster pace, then Xiaomi’s flagships, however, that remains to be seen as this toned down version of MIUI is still on top of vanilla Android. So, updates will be quick but not that Pixel or Android One quick.
Poco F2 Price
The battery on the Poco F2 could remain same as Poco F1, as Xiaomi buys a large stock of 4000mAh battery every year. Along with some proprietary or Xiaomi’s rebranded fast charging system, which will keep the system reasonably cool. Now speaking of its pricing and availability, the Pocophone Poco F2 will be a minor upgrade from the F1 and should carry a similar price tag between $320 to $399 while the Top of the line 10GB RAM variant will cost you at least $420 or a little more.
Poco F2 Release Date
Availability wise, the Poco F2 will launch in Q2 of the year 2019 and will be made available in India which will be its primary market, along with Hong-Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and some other Asian markets. It will probably won’t enter the US and European markets any time soon..
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