Xiaomi’s new sub-brand Poco has shaken the sub-premium budget market with 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.
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 an F/1.9 aperture. Another report from Weibo says that “Xiaomi has already started working on Poco F2 aka Pocophone F2. They may even launch the smartphone this year as the main competitor OnePlus has launched their latest flagship killer, the OnePlus 6T.
PocoPhone F2 Specifications
On the other hand, the rumor 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 keep the pressure on its rivals, Huawei, Honor, and OnePlus, Xiaomi may also introduce a 10GB RAM variant. The Poco F2 will come with a 6.3-inch FHD+ notch display, but this time around, we will have that new Pop-up Selfie Camera instead of the regular rectangle one. The phone will have a triple camera setup on the back and will come with a gradient finish.
|Display||6.3 Inches IPS LCD Full HD+ (Expected)|
|Display Properties||Resolution of 1080 x 2340|
|Display Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|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)
|Primary Camera||48MP Sony IMX586|
|Secondary Camera||8MP Ultra Wide|
|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||$380-$450 while the price in India is expected to be around INR 25000|
|Availability||Releasing on 28th May in China|
PocoPhone 2 Camera:
On the Camera front, the Poco F2 will come with a triple camera setup like the new trend, which is even more popularized in 2019; 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)
According to a leak, The POCO F2 will be sporting a triple camera setup of 48MP Primary + 8MP Telephoto + 13MP WideAngled Sensor, and these upgrades will give a major camera boost to the device.
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 a toned-down version of MIUI, with many 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 regularly, 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 than 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 the 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 $380 to $450, while Top the line 10GB RAM variant will cost you at least $470 or a little more.
Poco F2 Release Date
The Redmi K20 Pro, the POCO F2, is launching in China on the 28th of May 2019 and is expected to launch in India soon. While the launch dates haven’t been confirmed, we expect it to get launched in June 2019.