The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 sports a liquid-cooled Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC
New details have surfaced regarding the upcoming Xiaomi Pocophone F1 thanks to the handset's entry for Bluetooth SIG certification. Pocophone is touted to be Xiaomi's sub-brand similar to the Honor phones for Huawei. The Bluetooth certification for Model M1805E10A reveals some interesting facts about the Pocophone F1. While we already that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will be powering the innards, we now get to know that the SoC will be liquid-cooled, which means that we might see an overclocked version of the chip.
Liquid cooling is not new to smartphones. Back in the day, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL sported liquid-cooled SoCs. Now, we are seeing gamer-oriented phones such as the Xiaomi Black Shark that feature liquid cooling to keep temperatures under control and minimize throttling. Whether the Pocophone F1 will inherit the same liquid cooling mechanism as the Black Shark or will it be any different is something to watch out for. The handset will come in 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB variants. The rear dual camera setup consists of a 12 MP + 5 MP sensor with 1.4-micron pixels. The front notch houses a 20 MP selfie camera with support for Super Pixel technology — a marketing term for binned pixels. There is also an IR illuminator and an IR camera for face unlock. The Pocophone F1 will run MIUI 10 out of the box.
Overall, it looks like the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 will not leave any stone unturned to capture the affordable flagship market, which is currently dominated by the likes of the OnePlus 6, Asus Zenfone 5Z, and the Honor View 10. The phone is expected to launch in Eastern Europe soon and then head to India later this year. Estimated pricing is about €420 for the 6GB/64GB model and about €460 for the 6GB/128GB version.