The Poco F1 was probably the most popular debut product of any brand to reach the Indian market in years. It changed what consumers would expect from affordable flagships, and now, the Poco F2 will try to live up to that legacy.
Xiaomi's dream career in India has been driven by smartphones with a remarkably good price for an extremely price-sensitive market. Fun fact, only the Redmi Note series of cheap smartphones outperforms most other smart phone brands. With the ball on the court, Xiaomi knew that they had to try to replicate this model to a higher-priced segment. The answer came in the form of Pocophone, a sub-brand of Xiaomi that would focus on gaming phones.
In the past, gaming phones were practically normal smartphones with bolder designs and first-line specifications. The Poco F1 achieved that aspect by bringing the Snapdragon 845 flagship silicon to the price segment below 30K. This combination of products was a master hit and made F1 one of the most beloved smartphones of its time, especially when mobile games gained strength again. It is known that India is a processor-centric market, and Little F1 tickled in the right place.
Of course, this left consumers waiting for a Little F2 that would retain the same DNA and deliver incredible performance for the price. But it has been almost a year since the launch of F1, and nothing is still known about the company's F2, which raises questions about whether we should expect one at this time.
Go to the point
- What is it? The successor of Poco F1
- When does it leave? In the last quarter of 2019
- What? it will cost? It should start below Rs 30K in India
Xiaomi executives have commented that the Pocophone brand will not be discontinued, but its current focus is still on F1. At this point, it is confirmed that there is more to come from Poco, probably not in the short term. There is still not much information about the Poco F2, but leaks have emerged.
Poco F2 release date
One of the main reasons why Poco F2 could be launched later than last year is probably due to how component update cycles have been in 2019. When it was introduced F1, Qualcomm's best chipset, the Snapdragon 845 was almost eight months old. However, this year, Qualcomm came forward and even introduced the Snapdragon 855 Plus in July as an update of the 855. Knowing Little, they would want to send the latest available chipset.
The Poco F1 arrived when the Snapdragon 845 was at the end of its life cycle (and was one of the last major flagships with that chipset), but the Snapdragon 855 Plus is still relatively new, and there is currently no No smartphone in the sports market that. We assume that Pocophone will wait a while until prices drop, and then incorporate it into the F2.
Therefore, the fourth quarter of 2019 is when the Poco F2 should be reasonably expected and will be one of the last flagships to be presented this year.
Specifications of Poco F2
As mentioned, the F2 will be sent with the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset with 6 or 8GB of RAM. Little will also add some settings that improve the gaming experience of the device.
In terms of design, the phone is expected to look very similar to its predecessor with a large screen with notches in the front, a polycarbonate behind with the matrix camera in the center and no apologies for thickness to house a large drums.
The screen will adhere to an FHD + resolution, but it could be a little higher, reaching 6.4 inches. The rumors also point to an OLED screen with a fingerprint scanner on the screen, which will be a big step forward from the wide notch LCD panel in the Poco F1. Some design patents filed by Xiaomi recently show a phone that looks a lot like Poco F1 but that brought modern updates, such as a triple camera setup and a perforated camera on the front.
Speaking of cameras, the Poco F2 is likely to come with the triple camera configuration, which may consist of a primary, ultra-wide and telephoto or depth sensor. Xiaomi has announced that it will bring 64MP and 108MP image sensors to its smartphones later this year, and it could also appear on the Poco F2. The camera's performance was not the most influential aspect last year and Xiaomi should improve it this year.
What we want to see
If Pocophone wants to win the hearts of consumers once again, here are some suggestions that should help Poco F2:
Poco F1 had a very functional design , but it was nothing spectacular and seemed very basic. Add the plastic construction to the mix, and lose a few more points. Xiaomi has moved to glass bodies for most of its low-budget smartphones and should also be implemented in the Poco F2, if possible. He agreed that design is not a priority, but even something a little more unique or iconic will help the F2 stand out.
A better screen
The F1 was shipped with a mediocre screen with rather large bezels and an uncomfortably more complete notch. They should not only work to increase the screen-to-body ratio, but also improve panel quality. If the game remains the top priority, a slightly larger or higher screen will be appreciated. If we had an illusion, it would be great to see that the Poco F2 brings a higher refresh rate screen to the budget segment.
The Poco F1 had a 4,000 mAh battery in a fairly thick body. By the time the F2 arrives, we hope they find a way to ship with a larger battery and not just chase a slim waist for aesthetics.
The year 2019 saw the launch of several smartphones for games that brought newer and bolder designs and elements, such as double-shot front-facing speakers. The Poco F2 will position itself as a gaming smartphone and should offer a surround audio experience, especially if the upper and lower bezels are not very thin. Otherwise, at least the headset should function as a second speaker.
64MP main camera
Xiaomi has been very vocal and optimistic about this new Samsung GW1 64MP image sensor and has even mentioned that it will debut on a Redmi device. The Poco F2 is intended for specifications addicts, and an impressive 64MP sensor should be of great help to establish that.