Up until now, Xiaomi has released three Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered flagship smartphones in 2018. The company first launched the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S (code-name: polaris), which was followed two months later by the Xiaomi Mi 8 (code-name: dipper) and the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition (code-name: ursa). The Mi Mix 2S is available in some international countries, whereas the Mi 8 and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition remain China-only products for now. (Xiaomi’s Black Shark subsidiary has also released a Snapdragon 845-powered gaming phone, but it doesn’t run MIUI). There is one more Snapdragon 845 Xiaomi device in the pipeline, though.
Earlier this month we examined firmware files dated in March, which led to the conclusion that a new Xiaomi flagship (code-name: beryllium) would be powered by the Snapdragon 845 and would launch in international markets, specifically including India. Xiaomi has also recently trademark a new phone brand: Pocophone. A smartphone belonging to the Pocophone brand then appeared on FCC, and it was later listed in two storage capacities: 6GB of RAM with 64GB/128GB of storage.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 will seemingly be cheap as chips… listing in eastern Euroland for ~420 Euro (6/64GB) and ~460 Euro (6/128GB) (prices converted). If it really has an SDM845 that pricing would be really impressive for a device with a 5,99in 2160x1080px screen.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) July 23, 2018
As of now, information about the new phone brand still remains scarce, but Roland Quandt from WinFuture has revealed the Pocophone F1’s RAM and storage capacities as well as pricing for the European market. This means that the phone will indeed launch internationally. Mr. Quandt states that the phone has been listed in eastern Europe for €420 (for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage version) and €460 (for the 6GB RAM/128GB storage version) respectively. The listings include EAN/UPC codes, which means they are valid. The European pricing would make it one of the cheapest Snapdragon 845-powered flagships on the market, although the Xiaomi Mi 8 is even cheaper in China.
It’s currently unknown whether the Pocophone F1 and the phone that is code-named “beryllium” are the same phones. We speculated this month that the two phones may be the same because of the last few characters of the model number of the Pocophone F1 correspond with the values that are defined in the MIUI Camera app of the beryllium. At this point this is impossible to verify, though.
We expect to learn more about the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 in the coming weeks.