Unannounced Xiaomi Pocophone F1 leaks on Romanian retail site (Update: And it’s legit)

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 front and back from leaked images. pcgarage.ro

Update, August 08, 08:48 AM ET: We wrote yesterday about a suspicious Xiaomi Pocophone F1 listing on a Romanian retail site. The website said the device was in stock and shipping with the next one-to-two-days, despite that Xiaomi hadn’t even announced the product.

We noted it all seemed a bit suspicious but, well…

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 from behind in a person's hand.

We ordered one of the units after we spotted it and can confirm it’s the real deal. We’ll have more on the handset coming up in the next few days, but until then, you can read more about its specs in the coverage below — they were accurate.

Original coverage, August 07, 07:00 AM ET: Xiaomi is working on a new device, currently referred to as the Pocophone F1, and it may have just broken cover on a Romanian retail site. In a listing spotted by GSMArena, retailer PCGarage.ro shows off the potential Pocaphone F1 from all angles, along with price and specs.

The handset appears in a metallic purple color with a notch, rear dual camera system, and fingerprint scanner. It’s said to have a 6-inch IPS display (2246 x 1080 resolution), octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset (up to 2.8GHz, with liquid cooling), 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM.

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On the back is a 12MP + 5MP camera setup (with AI capabilities), while the front camera comes in at 20MP. There’s also a 4,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, Bluetooth 5.0 and it’s running MIUI 9.0 based on Android Oreo.

The Pocophone F1 price is set at 1,999 Leu (~$499) and both the specs, price point and features align with previous speculation.

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 side from a leaked image.

Xiaomi hasn’t officially announced this phone, so this is still in rumor territory for now, and if there’s one thing casting doubt on this it’s the image at the top-right of the page. The out-of-focus, bottom half smudge showing the “Pocophone” name throws its legitimacy into question, but then, there are other images on the page (like the label and display sticker) that look totally legit.

That’s just my two cents, but I hope it is the real deal because it looks like it could be another quality offering from the Chinese giant.

What are your current thoughts on the Xiaomi Pocophone F1? Let us know in the comments.

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