POCO F2 might launch in India without this important feature

“The POCO F2 is likely to miss out on the feature that has become staple with most 2020 flagship phones”

Rumours are rife that POCO F2 could launch in India as a rebranded version of Redmi K30 Pro. Xiaomi’s spin-off brand POCO, which has been briefly teasing the India launch of the handset, is yet to confirm that. But, the reference of “Shot on POCO Phone” on Redmi K30 Pro’s latest MIUI 11 beta build camera app reaffirms that the K30 Pro could indeed be launched as POCO F2 in the country. With that being said, we can safely presume that the handset will pack the same specifications as the Chinese Redmi K30 Pro, including a punch-hole display, Snapdragon 865 SoC, 64MP quad rear cameras, and a 4,700mAh battery with fast charging support. This also means that the POCO F2 may lack this important feature that has become staple with most 2020 flagship phones.

Redmi K30 Pro
The Redmi K30 Pro is the flagship offering from the brand.

No high refresh rate on POCO F2

The POCO F2 will most likely launch in India with a 6.67-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display that bears standard 60Hz refresh rate. This is half the refresh rate the POCO X2 is offering, which packs 120Hz 6.67-inch Full-HD+ LCD punch-hole display. The lower refresh rate means that the animation and scrolling on POCO F2 will not be as impressive as other flagships that come with a high refresh rate.

The refresh rate, as you may recall, is the speed at which the image is redrawn on the screen. Say, for example, a phone with 90Hz display will render images 90 times per second, while the 120Hz refresh rate will display the same image 120 times per second. Higher refresh rates have less motion blur and better image quality. You won’t notice the difference much, but you’ll find high-intensity games such as PUBG, Asphalt 9, and Mortal Kombat more convincing to play on phones with high refresh rate than 60Hz.

In this cut-throat competition where even a Rs 13,000 phone touts 90Hz refresh rate (case in point – Realme 6), you can’t afford a chance with 60Hz display – especially when it’s expected to be the brand’s flagship offering.

POCO F2 specifications

Apart from the 6.67-inch display, the POCO F2 would pack a Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. For photography, it may sport quad rear cameras with a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor, a 5MP macro lens, a 13MP wide-angle lens with 123-degree field-of-view, and a 2MP depth sensor. For selfies and video chats, the POCO F2 could feature a is a 20MP pop-up shooter.

The phone is likely to boot Android 10 OS with MIUI 11 custom skin on top out of the box and house a 4,700mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. Other features include a large vapour chamber (VC) liquid cooling, in-display fingerprint scanner, and connectivity options such as 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, 3.5mm headphone jack, Infrared blaster, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS, and USB Type-C port for charging and data sync.