The back of the Pocophone F1 Armoured Edition.

Xiaomi dazed the market back in 2018 when it propelled the Poco F1( also known as the Pocophone F1 ). The ultra-cheap, high-spec device redefined what an affordable flagship phone could be. It’s a testament to the device’s impact that supporters and pundits alike still talk about it as one of the large “flagship killers.”

After skipping 2019 exclusively, Xiaomi’s Poco sub-brand finally delivered a brand-new flagship in the Poco F2 Pro. Unfortunately for Xiaomi and consumers, as good as this telephone was, it wasn’t truly a proper Poco F1 successor.

It seems like Poco recognise this too, and an exec recently reconfirmed that a “true successor” to the Poco F1 was in the pipeline. What could this fabled Poco F1 follow-up look like then?

Here are some of our hopes for a Poco F2. Or should that be Poco F3?

Flagship power

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 in hand front

It wouldn’t be an cheap flagship without consuming flagship silicon in the first place, right? It seems like a no-brainer that a Poco F1 heir would volunteer the latest and greatest Qualcomm silicon in it.

Unfortunately, it was widely reported that the Snapdragon 865 received a major cost move from last year’s Snapdragon 855 series. This at least partially contributed to the Poco F2 Pro’s increased price tag and the lack of more affordable flagships. We have reason to believe that the Snapdragon 875 processor won’t see a similarly big-hearted hurry, but even the same price as the Snapdragon 865 represents a ~$ 60 to ~$ 70 increase in SoC payments is on the cards compared to 2019 ’s flagship SoCs.

The highest price

The Poco F2 Pro came in at a highly competitive ~$ 500 where reference is propelled earlier this year. This was significantly cheaper than the Xiaomi Mi 10, the OnePlus 8, and even the Realme X50 Pro at liberation. But it was better tagged a major rate increase from the Poco F1.

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Xiaomi’s first Poco device launched at exactly Rs 20,999 (~$ 286) in India and EUR3 29 (~$ 386) in Europe. Now, quite a bit has changed since then, with India receiving increased levels of offices, for example. So those expecting a same ~$ 300 expenditure item are likely to be disillusioned. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that fans are expecting a sub- $400 price tag for any new Poco device.

An original pattern

The back of the Pocophone F1.

One of the biggest issues with Poco’s current portfolio is that they’re basically rebranded Redmi machines for the most part. Sure, we do get a minor specs nip here and there, but they’re mostly the same phone with a brand-new mention and the Poco launcher. This was also the lawsuit for the Poco F2 Pro.

A proper Poco F1 heir would definitely need an original intend to stand out from the multitude. Does it have to be a great design though? Well, guessing by the Poco F1’s utilitarian intend( with certain exceptions the Kevlar edition ), we’d say no.

Only the essential cameras

Poco F2 Pro back 2Credit: Robert Triggs/ Android Authority

Major smartphone brands has already been pranced on the triple or even quad-camera bandwagon in recent years, but the truth is that most of these cameras are gimmicky or completely useless. We’ve seen low-quality 2MP macro cameras, degree sensors, low-resolution monochrome crap-shooters, and even a color filter camera to pad the numbers.

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All of these extra cameras compute coin to the final money of materials, arising in a phone that’s more expensive than it needs to be. This wouldn’t be acceptable for a phone that needs to be priced as low as possible while still making a profit. It stands to reason that a Poco F1 successor would ditch most of these extra cameras in favor of a solid main camera and selfie crap-shooter. We wouldn’t thoughts encountering an ultra-wide secondary camera to intervene in the prime crap-shooter though.

What about the screen?

Poco F2 Pro frontCredit: Robert Triggs/ Android Authority

Xiaomi’s first Poco phone propelled with a FHD+ LCD screen that wasn’t bad for the asking price, but what should we expect from a follow-up to the Poco F1?

It’s tough to say, as LCD boards are still considered to be cheaper than OLED screens. So we are also able emphatically realize the company pursuing this route if it perfectly has to cut costs. We’ve too construed a trend towards high-pitched refresh paces on both OLED and LCD panels for smoother performance.

The Poco F2 Pro indicates at a possible answer though, as it offered an OLED screen that exceeded out at 60 Hz rather than going higher. Judging by the results of our recent poll asking customers to choose between 60 Hz OLED or a high refresh rate LCD screen, it looks like the former is the right approach. But hopefully we ensure a high refresh rate OLED committee nonetheless.

What else should a Poco F1 heir have?

Poco F1 and Poco F2 Pro Pocophone logos

There are number of other pieces we’d like to see on a Poco F1 follow-up, such as an IR blaster, a big battery, relatively fast charging, and smoothed camera application. But the age-old telephone likewise delivered IR face unlock, and I think it’s safe to say that Poco save the lives of a few pennies by ditching this feature.

We’re likewise expecting a Poco F1 follow-up to miss out on mmWave 5G for a couple of reasons. For one, this 5G flavor is only really commonplace in the US right now, and Poco phones “ve never” officially launched in the country.

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The standard also requires pricier RF constituents. Counterpoint Research says that the mmWave Galaxy Note 20 Ultra costs~ 10% more than the sub-6Ghz only variant in terms of total component penalties. We’ve also pictured the likes of the OnePlus 8 retailing for $100 more on Verizon due to the addition of mmWave support.

We wouldn’t expect wireless charging and a significant IP rating either, as this would supplemented even more cost to the end product.

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