The Poco F1's successor is officially named Poco X2.
C Manmohan, Poco India Head tweeted the phone would launch on February 4, 2020.
A previous leak indicated the Poco X2 would be rebranded Redmi K30 in India.
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After more than a year of speculation, rumour-mongering and, more importantly, silence from the Xiaomi sub-brand, Poco is ready with its next smartphone after the Poco F1. The successor is officially called Poco X2 and, going by the teasers, the brand wants you to believe it will be ‘smooth AF’. C Manmohan, Poco India’s General Manager tweeted the smartphone would launch on February 4th, 2020.
The Poco X2 name itself has been doing the rounds of the rumour mill for quite sometime with its name cropping up on certification sites, benchmark websites and more. With the name and the tagline confirmed, it now seems the successor will take up the mantle of high-end performance phone. Just how affordable it will be, remains to be seen.
Looking at the smartphone landscape, especially in the high-end segment, high refresh rate displays and flagship Snapdragon processors have been adopted as a formula for success by OEMs like Realme and OnePlus. The ‘Smooth AF’ tagline may allude to a high refresh rate display on the Poco X2 as well, and the name leaves no doubts about which competitor Poco wants to target in the high-end segment.
However, the latest leak indicated the Poco X2 could very well be a rebranded variant of the Redmi K30 4G that was launched in China last month. If that is the case, the smartphone could come with a bigger battery, larger display and, more importantly, a 120Hz refresh rate screen, which is in line with the teasers that are doing the rounds.
More importantly, considering how the previous Poco F1 set an unrealistic standard of expecting flagship performance at a mid-range price, it will be interesting to see how the Poco X2 performs as a follow-up, without the latest flagship chipset in tow.
After more than a year of maintaining silence, Poco has been in the thick of the tech news cycle in India. Hot on the heels of Xiaomi’s announcement of bringing Mi-branded flagships to India this year, Poco announced it would be operating as an independent brand in India, with its own identity. We are not sure whether that means Poco will get its own supply chain, manufacturing, sales, marketing and after-sales servicing, but it remains unlikely as a year-old brand will be unable to enjoy the same economies of scale that Xiaomi currently enjoys in India.
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