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Latest rumors and renders suggest waterdrop notch and SD845 for Pocophone F2

Ben Geskin's new render for the Pocophone F2. (Source: Twitter)
Ben Geskin's new render for the Pocophone F2. (Source: Twitter)
The Pocophone F2 may be the second device to come from the popular Xiaomi brand POCO. A new concept illustration for this smartphone suggests that it may upgrade to a newer, more waterdrop-like notch rather than the larger, iPhone-esque one of last year. It seems that this device has also made it onto Geekbench; according to these listings, it will stick with the Snapdragon 845 of yesteryear.

The well-regarded Twitter leaker, Ben Geskin, has worked up a new render of what the Pocophone F2 could look like. This device is portrayed as having received some moderate design tweaks from its maker, the Xiaomi sub-brand POCO. The conventional, bar-like notch has been dropped for a more modern, waterdrop-like cut-out. On the other hand, this notch is a little rounder than some on existing devices, making it look a bit like the now-defunct Essential PH-1. 

Geskin also seems to think POCO will adopt an iPhone-like arrangement for the dual rear cameras for the F2, rather than the central position seen on its predecessor. This render does not contain any clues as to the device's internals, though; however, the Geekbench archive does. There are now two listings for the Pocophone F2 on the benchmark's website, one in which it scores over 2000 in single cores and another in which it scores slightly less than this. Both listings indicate that the F2 will come with Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box.

These listings contain somewhat of a disappointment for POCO fans, however; they patently indicate that the second-gen phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 845, with a base clock of 1.766GHz. This 2018 CPU was also found in the Pocophone F1. Then again, it is not clear whether the listings will end up reflecting reality or not at this point. However, if they do, it may be that POCO could rationalize re-using the last-gen processor in order to reduce costs.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01- 3 (Update: 2019-01- 3)