Key Poco F5 specifications revealed by new leak
The past few Poco F series devices were underwhelming due to the incremental upgrades between generations. To make matters worse, the "gaming-centric" Poco F4 GT was trounced by the Poco F3. Even our in-depth review concluded that it was not the best phone for gaming. Thankfully, Poco has grand plans for the upcoming Poco F5 and likely the eventual Poco F5 GT/Poco F5 Pro.
Xiaomiui reports that the Poco F5 will use Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC. Not only should it make it a powerful gaming smartphone but also a general-purpose all-rounder, thanks to the superior power efficiency offered by the TSMC-made chip. Furthermore, the Poco F5 is slated to use a 1440p (2K) AMOLED panel clocked at 120 Hz, putting it on par with high-end offerings from Samsung.
The publication also dug into the Poco F5's IMEI number (23013PC75G) and determined that it will hit shelves globally sometime in January 2023, presumably after the Redmi K60's China launch. Xiaomi's time-honoured tradition of slapping a Poco label on Redmi K-series phones is alive and well, at least for another generation. Nonetheless, the Poco F5 should help the brand regain some of its footing in the affordable flagship market.