Former head of POCO Global admits that the Pocophone F1 may not receive MIUI 12.5
Xiaomi has announced that MIUI 12.5 will launch on February 8, with the company planning to showcase its latest OS alongside the global edition of the Mi 11. A closed beta list circulated by Xiaomi suggested that it would initially upgrade nearly 30 devices to MIUI 12.5, but many more are expected to be bumped from MIUI 12 eventually. However, the Pocophone F1 may not be one of them.
According to Alvin Tse, General Manager of Xiaomi Indonesia and former head of POCO Global, the future of the Pocophone F1 is currently unassured. When asked by someone on Twitter about Xiaomi bringing MIUI 12.5 and Poco Launcher 3.0 to the device, Tse replied with the following:
There should be future updates but not sure on 12.5 yet
The Pocophone F1 was one of the final devices to receive MIUI 12 in any form, having launched in 2018 on MIUI 10. Xiaomi struggled to get MIUI 12 out of the door for the Pocophone F1 though, as we reported at the time. Bugs plagued initial builds, such as overheating issues, which held MIUI 12 back. In fact, MIUI 12 arrived so late on the Pocophone F1 that Xiaomi had already started upgrading some devices to newer MIUI 12 builds based on Android 11.
Additionally, the Pocophone F1 was absent from Xiaomi's MIUI 12.5 beta list, so it seems that the company may have not even started testing the OS on the device yet. The Pocophone F1 has already received two Android OS upgrades from Android 8.1 Oreo through Android 10 too, so we doubt that it will ever see Android 11 officially.