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.
Update: 11 Oct. 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.
Update: 17 Sep. 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 is planning to launch OnePlus 6T in October.
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 either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850, rather than the 855, to keep costs down. Along with similar memory configurations that we have seen currently, that is 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB options. However, to make things more aggressive and to keep the pressure on its rivals which are Huawei and Motorola. Poco might probably go with an aggressive 4GB/64GB variant at a much more lower price. If also the responsibility for the successor happens to be lukewarm.
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 rumored to arrive on the Mi Max 3 Pro.
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.
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 that Pixel or Android One quick.
The battery on the Poco F2 could see a minor upgrade from the current 4000mAh to 4300mAh. 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 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 armored edition will set you back at least $420 or a little more.
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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