The last time the budget market shook itself to the core was with the launch of the Poco F1 back in late 2018. For the time, the Poco F1 was declared the ultimate flagship killer of 2018 with its incredible internals and price.
Not only did it feature flagship internals, but the Poco F1’s $299 price tag shocked the tech community. Since then a lot has happened, Xiaomi doubled down on separating into sub-brands, Xiaomi finally has a $999 flagship, and Apple has a mid-range flagship for under $400.
The Poco F1 represented the ultimate pinnacle of flagship internals for its weight class. Heck, it even came with a headphone jack in an era where Google and Xiaomi itself began killing it off, further inspiring practicality with Xiaomi’s new sub-brand.
However, it seems like the Poco sub-brand may be making an actual comeback after all this time with the Poco F2. Poco’s official Twitter account has begun the imminent launch of the Poco F2 that’s set to be the actual flagship killer of 2020.
While the specifications of the Poco F2 could be predicted realitively easily to some extent, we would be surprised to see the Poco F2 come with a 90 or 120Hz display considering that the Redmi K30 Pro and Mi 10 Pro feature 60 and 90Hz displays, respectively. If this next launch isn’t a disappointment like the Poco X2 that came before it, we could very well be looking at a flagship killer featuring the Snapdragon 865 SoC, 8GB LPDDR5x of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a 4000mAh+ battery.
With Xiaomi’s classic strategy of rebranding phones, rumors have been suggesting that the Poco F2 may very well be a rebranded K30 Pro.
Regarding pricing though, if Xiaomi’s still sticking to its guts here, the Poco F2 may very well retail for around the $399 mark. If so, the phone may yet again become a staple in the Asian market, further cementing Xiaomi’s presence in the market.
But Xiaomi knows all too well how important this launch may be for them. After all, not only do they have to compete with the OnePlus 8 series, which albeit come at a higher price tag, but would also have to compete with the likes of the Nubia Red Magic 5G in certain markets around the globe. The fight for the Asian market was clearly on show with the launch of the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro in the Indian market where prices where slashed by upto $200 compared to their American counterparts.
With details yet to be confirmed, we’re going to be keeping our eyes peeled for any additional leaks that may come our way.