Since Xiaomi launched the POCO F1 and impressed us with its Bonkers Prize in August 2018, fans have been asking for a sequel. Xiaomi launched the POCO F2 Pro last year, but has not yet given us a real successor. It now seems that the company is finally ready to launch a budget-only F-Series flagship called the POCO F3, the detailed renders of which have just leaked. And it looks identical to the Redmi K40 that launched earlier this year.
Rebranded …? Well, POCO isn’t new to this game!
Image courtesy of Twitter / Ishan Agarwal
The leaked POCO F3 renders are from Ishan Agarwal, who also mentioned that the phone runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, the same chipset that ticks in the Redmi K40. In short, the POCO F3 will just be a revised version of the Redmi K40. But that’s not exactly a new tactic. Last year the POCO F2 Pro came onto the market as a renamed version of the Redmi K30. Xiaomi is following a similar renaming strategy for phones sold in the international market, many of which are just renamed models that have already been launched in China.
But hey, that’s not necessarily a bad thing
Yes, I would have loved to see POCO do something original, just like they did with their first phone. However, if POCO F3 turns out to be a Redmi K40 refurbishment and still manages to offer it at a competitive price that the brand is known for, I am not complaining. And just to be clear about that Redmi K40 is a great device in its own right and I would have bought it right away for this cute price.
At the end of the day we just want a great phone for a great price!
As for the tech specs, you will get a 6.67-inch FHD + AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, 1300 nits of peak brightness and an impressive 360 Hz touch response rate. The screen is flat and protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC paired with up to 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage. A 4,520 mAh battery keeps the lights on and supports an impressive 33 W fast charge.
On the back you will find A 48 megapixel snapper capable of capturing 1080p slow motion video at a maximum frame rate of 960 frames per second. It sits alongside an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 5-megapixel telephoto shooter that also doubles as a macro lens. There is a 20-megapixel sensor on the front for selfies and video calls. Of course, the phone also supports 5G and also brings Wi-Fi 6 and NFC to the table.
I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years, having worked with names like NDTV and Beebom in the past. Leaving the latest news aside, I’ve checked out my fair share of devices that range from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I’ve also interviewed tech managers and appeared as a moderator on YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets.