The POCO F5 5G, the company’s next “flagship killer,” might launch sooner rather than later. The highly anticipated successor to the POCO F4 5G has recently been awarded the BIS, NBTC, and NCC certifications, suggesting an imminent global launch. The latter even reveals the phone’s key design details ahead of its release, including its front and rear panels.
(Update, May 9: The POCO F5 Pro and POCO F5 are official! Here’s how much they are in the Philippines!
(Update, April 26: The POCO F5 Pro and POCO F5 global launch date revealed! We can confirm they’re Philippine-bound, too.)
You might recall that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870-based POCO F4 5G debuted in the Philippines last June with a starting price of P20,990 (around $379) for the 6GB/128GB storage model. It arrived as a slightly tweaked variant of the Redmi K40S that was offered exclusively to the Chinese market. The sub-flagship launched alongside the more affordable POCO X4 GT, which shared many similarities with the Redmi Note 11T Pro that was sold in China.
According to the NBTC website, the upcoming device has the model number 23049PCD8G. Notably, the model number ends with the letter “G,” likely referring to the POCO F5 5G’s global version. Rumors suggest the standard F5 is set to launch as a rebranded variant of the Redmi Note 12 Turbo, whereas the POCO F5 Pro could arrive as a rebadged Redmi K60, which is built around the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 platform.
Meanwhile, the NCC website shows that the POCO F5 5G will sport a triple-camera setup at the back, like the Redmi Note 12 Turbo. It also confirms the smartphone’s battery capacity — 5,000mAh — as well as the presence of 67-watt fast wired charging based on the specs of the power brick that will ship with the unit.
The Redmi Note 12 Turbo made its debut in China as the first smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 5G chipset. It starts at ¥1,999 (P16,101 or $291) for the 8GB/256GB variant and goes up to ¥2,599 (P20,934 or $378) for the top-specced unit with a whopping 16GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage.
If you’re not familiar, the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 uses the same 4nm TSMC process and CPU and GPU architecture as the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. It also boasts the same memory specifications and ISP as last year’s top Qualcomm chip. On paper, this should allow the POCO F5 5G to deliver flagship-level performance in day-to-day tasks and benchmark apps, including Antutu Benchmark, where the Redmi Note 12 Turbo achieved an overall score of 1,010,385.
Hopefully, we don’t have to wait much longer for the Xiaomi sub-brand to announce the F5 5G’s launch date.
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