Pocophone Poco F2 release date, specifications, price and leaks
Poco F was probably the hottest debut product by any brand to hit the Indian market in 1 year. It changed what consumers would expect from an affordable flagship, and now, the Poco F2 will try to live up to that legacy. Here is everything we know about Xiaomi’s Poco F2.
Xiaomi’s dream in India has been fueled by a remarkably well-priced smartphone for a highly price-sensitive market. Fun fact, just the Redmi Note series of budget smartphones excludes most other smartphone brands. With the ball in his court, Xiaomi knew that they would have to try to replicate this model in the higher price segment. The answer came in the form of the Xiaomi sub-brand Pocophone, which will focus on gaming phones.
During the day, gaming phones were very regular smartphones with boulder designs and top-of-the-line specifications. Poco F1 capitalized on that aspect by bringing the flagship Snapdragon 845 Silicon into the sub 30’s price segment. This product mix was a masterstroke and made the F1 one of the most preferred smartphones of its time, especially when mobile gaming was once again gaining traction. India is known as a processor-centric market, and the Poco F1 tickled in the right place.
Of course, this left consumers expecting a Poco F2 that would retain the same DNA and bring incredible performance for the price. But it’s been almost a year since the launch of F1, and there is still no word from the company on the existence of F2, questioning whether we should expect that at this point as well.
Cut to the chase
- What Is This? Successor to Poco F1
- When is out In the last quarter of 2019
- How much does this cost? Must start at less than 30K in India
Xiaomi officials have commented that the Pocophone brand will not be discontinued, but their current focus is still on F1. At this point, it confirms that there is a lot more to come from Poco, perhaps no time soon. There is still not much information about Poco F2, but leaks have surfaced.
Poco F2 release date in India
One of the main reasons why Poco F2 might be released over the last year is due to the possibility of how the component refresh cycle has happened in 2019. When the F1 was unveiled, Qualcomm’s best chipset, the Snapdragon 845, was eight months old. However, this year, Qualcomm also unveiled the Snapdragon 855 Plus in July as an upgrade to the 855. Knowing Poco, they would like to ship with the latest chipsets available.
The Poco F1 came when the Snapdragon 845 was near the end of its lifecycle (and was one of the latest significant flagships with that chipset), but the Snapdragon 855 Plus is still relatively new, and no smartphone in the market currently sports it Does. We speculate that Pocophone will wait for a while until prices fall, and then incorporate it into F2.
Thus, Q4 of 2019 is when the Poco F2 should be properly expected and will be one of the last flagship to be unveiled this year.
Poco F2 specifications
As mentioned, the F2 will ship with the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset with 6 or 8GB of RAM. Poco will also add some tweaks that improve the gaming experience of the device.
In terms of design, the phone is expected to look similar to its predecessor, with a larger, notched display at the front, a polycarbonate with a camera array in the center and a large battery unexpectedly thick at home.
The display will stick to FHD + resolution, but may be slightly longer, coming in at 6.4 inches. Rumors also point to an in-display fingerprint scanner on an OLED screen, which would be a major step up from the wide-pointed LCD panel on the Poco F1. Some design patents filed by Xiaomi recently show a phone that looks similar to the Poco F1 but brings trendy upgrades such as triple camera setup and punch-hole cameras on the front.
Talking about cameras, the Poco F2 is likely to come with a triple camera setup, which may have primary, ultraviolet and telephoto or depth sensors. Xiaomi has announced that it will bring 64MP and 108MP image sensors to its smartphones later this year, and may also make an appearance on the Poco F2. Camera performance was not the most impressive aspect of last year and should be improved by Xiaomi this year.
What we want to see
If Pocophone wants to win the hearts of customers once again, here are some tips that will help Poco F2:
The Poco F1 had a very functional design, but it was nothing spectacular and looked very original. Add plastic construction to the mixture, and it loses some more marks. Xiaomi has shifted the glass body for most of its budget smartphones and should be applied to the Poco F2 if possible. Agreed that design is not a top priority, but even something more unique or iconic will help F2 standout.
A better display
The F1 shipped with a mediocre display with all kinds of pretty lookable bezels, and an uncomfortably fuller notch. Not only should they work on increasing the screen-to-body ratio, but also improve the quality of the panel. If gaming is still the top priority, a slightly larger or longer display will be appreciated. If we were willing, the Poco F2 would have loved to have a higher refresh rate display in the budget segment.
The Poco F1 had a 4,000 mAh battery in a thick body. By the time F2 arrives, we expect them to find a way to drive the ship with a larger battery, not to chase down a slim waist for aesthetics.
The year 2019 saw the launch of many gaming smartphones that have brought new, dual front firing speakers like Boulder Design and Element. The Poco F2 will be positioned as a gaming smartphone and should have an immersive audio experience, especially if the top and bottom bezel is not too thin. If not, at least the earpiece should act as a second speaker.
64MP Primary Camera
Xiaomi has been very vocal and optimistic about this new 64MP Samsung GW1 image sensor and even made its debut on the Redmi device. The Poco F2 is for fantasy addicts, and installing an impressive 64MP sensor should go a long way.