POCO is popular in the market for providing great specs at affordable pricing. The company evolved from Xiaomi but has made its appearance as an independent brand. In an exclusive interview with Androidcentral, Poco Global executives Kevin Xiaobo Qiu and Angus Ng reveal details about Poco M3 Pro 5G launch, the company’s new UI, and future products.
POCO M3 Pro 5G
Kevin confirms that the company is will Poco M3 Pro 5G in the global market. It will be the brand’s first M-series phone to feature 5G connectivity. The smartphone will be powered by MediaTek Dimensity processor. Qiu tells that the company is working on its own design language which will reflect in Poco M3 Pro. Like the vanilla M3, the Pro version will also come in Yellow colour and two more.
Poco executive didn’t mention the chipset used in M3 Pro 5G, but he revealed that the MediaTek chip in M3 Pro is a sizeable upgrade Snapdragon 662 in Poco M3. So, we are most likely to see MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset. The company’s internal testing of Poco M3 Pro 5G results in 329,072 points on the AnTuTu benchmark whereas the M3 has 301,635 AnTuTu points. So, the upcoming M3 Pro has better performance than the regular M3.
Ng says that Poco M3 Pro will handle daily usage and intensive games at medium settings. Kevin confirmed that it will feature a high refresh rate display, first in the M-series. Comparing with M3, the M3 Pro will have more RAM and fast storage. The smartphone could come with a similar price tag as X3 NFC which starts at EUR 229 (Approx Rs 20,500).
Poco has made its appearance as a standalone brand but it depends on Xiaomi for many aspects including UI, After-sale services, and more. In the interview, Ng said that the company will bring a more exclusive UI for Poco phones but that will also be based on MIUI’s codebase. The new UI could be called ” POCO UI” which will launch by the end of 2021.
Company’s Future Plans
When asked about launching flagship phones, Angus Ng said that introducing a “super flagship” is not on the cards at the moment. He further said
“What super flagships do well is innovate; they introduce new features that don’t exist yet. We’re at a point where we’re choosing from existing innovations — we won’t make something that will be the first — but we will choose the most suitable features for our consumers”.
When asked about gaming phones, the executive confirmed that the company has currently no plans to bring high end gaming phones.
“We’ve explored the possibility of launching a phone with pop-up buttons, but we believe that gaming phones are still a luxury”, Said Ng
Apart from smartphones, the company is planning to get into the AIoT segment. None of them revealed more about this.[source]