Update, December 25, 2018: As anticipated, the surprise launch from Pocophone is a new version of the F1. Joining the original Armoured Edition version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the new version features the same Kevlar finish, but with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The new version will sell for 23,999 rupees in India, via Mi.com and Flipkart; sales start December 26.
It’s not clear whether the new Armoured version of the F1 will be released in other markets. Seeing that the global Pocophone Twitter account had nothing to say about the new model, don’t get your hopes too high.
Original post, December 24, 2018: Pocophone (aka Poco in India) has taken the world by storm this year. The Xiaomi offshoot ranked first in our recent reader survey about the best new smartphone brands of 2018, by a huge margin. That’s largely on the strength of its high-powered debut device, the Pocophone F1, which is almost unbeatable in its price range.
Now Pocophone is ready to unveil something new. Check out the teaser:
The #NewPOCO is getting us all excited!Jingle bells are rolling. The BIG #Christmas reveal happens tomorrow! Stay tuned for more. #MasterOfSpeed— POCO India (@IndiaPOCO) December 24, 2018
We don’t know yet what this #NewPOCO thing is, but don’t get your hopes high for a Pocophone F2. The F1 is too early in its lifecycle to get a successor. Plus, Pocophone will probably want to wait for the new Snapdragon 855 to become available before it pushes out another cheap powerhouse.
According to Ishan Agarwal, Pocophone may actually be teasing new color versions of the F1. You may know Agarwal from some recent high-profile leaks, like the mystery new OnePlus or the McLaren 6T before it. He thinks – though he doesn’t claim to know for sure – that Pocophone will bring the Kevlar finish down to the lower-end versions of the F1, as well as release new gradient colors at the same price as the existing ones.
There’s a chance Pocophone will surprise us with a brand-new device, but it doesn’t make much sense to do it on Christmas day.
It’s also possible we’ll just get a software update. Pocophone previously said it would try to update the F1 with HD Netflix support by the end of the year.
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In related Xiaomi news, the Pocophone mothership just launched yet another affordable device today. The Xiaomi Mi Play features mid-range specs and stylish looks for the equivalent of $160. Read more about it here.