The POCO F-series is usually one of the most popular models in the smartphone segment. Of course, this is a product of the appeal that harkened back to the days of the Pocophone F1. Nowadays, POCO is mostly a brand that rebrands existing Redmi or Xiaomi phones. Anyway, this is usually the only offer for certain phones for international users. POCO F5 and POCO F5 Pro are highly anticipated. The latter could come as a facelifted Redmi K60 that is exclusive to China. The second appears to be a rebrand of the unreleased Redmi Note 12 Turbo. A new one report POCO F5 5G with Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 will launch on April 6.
The reign begins on April 6
According to the new report, it looks like the POCO F5 will be launched in India in just a few weeks. Unlike previous generations, it looks like the POCO F5 won’t be bringing a Snapdragon 800 series processor. Instead, we’ll have the brand new Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2. The chipset isn’t too far from flagship performance though. As we said above, the device will be a Redmi Note 12 Turbo version. We expect the Redmi Note 12 Turbo to launch in the next few days. Thus, it will pave the way for the launch of POCO F5 in India and global markets.
While the report mentions India, we’re pretty sure the phone will hit international markets on the same date. The POCO X5 and POCO X5 Pro were launched in international markets, while the Indian market got the Pro variant on the same date. A few days ago, the Indian market got the vanilla variant. So the POCO F5 release shouldn’t be much different.
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POCO F5 alleged specifications
Given the Redmi Note 12 Turbo leaks, we know what to expect from the POCO F5. According to the leak, the POCO F5 will have a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. This is a common place for Xiaomi. The phone will also have Full HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint scanner. This will be a first for the Redmi Note 12 family as all other devices have side-mounted scanners. Of course, the same feature will be present on the POCO F5.
POCO F5 will also impress with a 5500 mAh battery with 67W fast charging. The device will also get a 50 MP main camera and an 8 MP ultra-wide camera. We expect a third 2MP decorative sensor of some kind, perhaps a macro or depth sensor. The device is likely to run Android 13 with MIUI 14 running on top.
We are curious to see if the F5 Pro will be tagged together or if April 6 will be exclusive to the POCO F5. According to the leak, the Pro is a rebranded Redmi K60. This means it will bring the same 6.67-inch OLED display, but the resolution will be slightly higher at 3200 x 1440px. It’s the fantastic 1.5K resolution that’s trending in Chinese brands. The device will also feature a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage – However, we don’t know if all the variants will make it to global markets.
The F5 Pro should retain a 64 MP main camera with OIS, an 8 MP ultra-wide and a 2 MP macro sensor. The device also brings stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3. It carries the same 5500mAh battery with 67W fast charging. The biggest difference should be the 30W wireless charging, which shouldn’t come with the vanilla POCO F5.
We expect POCO to start a teaser campaign ahead of launch. So expect more for the F5 series.