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Xiaomi POCO F3 and POCO X3 Pro renders leak ahead of today's launch; MIUI stable update already live for POCO F3

The POCO F3 is a rebadged Redmi K40. (Image source: Ishan Agarwal)
The POCO F3 is a rebadged Redmi K40. (Image source: Ishan Agarwal)
Xiaomi will be launching the POCO F3 and POCO X3 Pro today, but multiple details about both devices have already flooded the internet. From marketing renders to the first stable MIUI build for the POCO F3, there is little left to reveal about Xiaomi's new POCO devices.

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The launch of the POCO F3 and POCO X3 Pro is almost upon us. While Xiaomi's global launch event begins today, several leaks over the weekend have confirmed multiple aspects about both devices. Yesterday, Ishan Agarwal revealed renders of the POCO F3, a device that looks an awful lot like the Redmi K40. The similarities do not end there though, as Xiaomi's first stable MIUI update confirms that the POCO F3 is 'alioth', the codename for the Redmi K40. Hence, expect to see POCO announce the F3 as having a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 870 SoC and a 4,520 mAh battery.

The POCO F3 may be a re-branded POCO F3, but the POCO X3 Pro appears to be an entirely new device. Referred to by its codename 'vayu' on Xiaomi Firmware Updater, the POCO X3 Pro has been leaked several times in the last few weeks. Vietnamese retailer Shopee went one further and published its POCO X3 Pro product listing though, confirming all aspects about the device in the process. As expected, the POCO X3 Pro resembles the POCO X3 NFC that Xiaomi launched last year. Additionally, the device has a 6.67-inch and 120 Hz display, like the POCO F3.

Shopee also reports that the POCO X3 Pro has a Snapdragon 860 SoC, a chipset that Qualcomm is yet to unveil officially. However, @yabhishekhd has discovered that the 'Compare related products' section of Qualcomm's website contains the product Snapdragon 855+/860 Mobile Platform. Hence, it can be assumed that the POCO X3 Pro will effectively have a rebadged Snapdragon 855+, rather than a cut-down Snapdragon 865. In short, the POCO X3 Pro combines a two-year-old chipset with newer hardware, such as UFS 3.1 storage, at an affordable price.

You can watch the POCO Global Launch Event here. POCO India will be hosting a similar event on March 30, too.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-03-22 (Update: 2021-03-22)