The Xiaomi Poco/Pocophone F1 was arguably one of the best phones of last year. Its hardware may not have been as impressive as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but no other phone could match its price to performance ratio.
While we eagerly wait for Xiaomi to release the Pocophone F2, it looks like they will now release a Lite version of the F1.
A recent listing has shown up on Geekbench under the name Poco F1 Lite. According to the listing, the phone will be powered by a 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The device scored 1,341 points in the single-core and 4,830 points in the multi-core test on Geekbench. As for software, the listing reveals the handset is currently being tested on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system.
Interestingly, a mysterious Xiaomi smartphone with the codename “Uranus” was also spotted on the Geekbench database earlier today with the exact same specifications. The device scored 1,329 points in the single-core test and 4,821 points in the multi-core test. Even though cannot be sure, there is a possibility of “Uranus” being the codename of POCO F1 Lite.
The score the phone achieved are quite low for a Snapdragon 660 chip and probably closer to what the Snapdragon 636 would achieve.
At the moment this should be taken with a pinch of salt, the Pocophone F1 was launched in August so it would be strange to release a lite version over six months later.
While the odds of this being real are slim it would be interesting to see it released. The Pocophone F1 was around half the price of other Snapdragon 845 equipped phones, so how low would Xiaomi price this new phone? Currently, the Xiaomi Mi A2 is £195 on Amazon and the Nokia 7 Plus is £295 so this would need to cost closer to £150 to match up with the pricing