Update (March 18th at 10:00 AM): Debunked as fake. The listing was fabricated.
Xiaomi sub-brand disrupted the mid-range smartphone segment in India last year with its first smartphone, the POCO F1. Thanks to its powerful hardware and competitive pricing, POCO managed to sell over 700,000 units of the smartphone in just a little over three months. A new listing on the popular Geekbench benchmark database suggests Xiaomi may release a “lite” version of the POCO F1 soon.
POCO F1 Lite in the Works?
The POCO F1 Lite listing on Geekbench suggests the Xiaomi sub-brand may launch an even more affordable model to make its mark in the budget smartphone segment. According to the listing, POCO F1 Lite 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 we cannot be completely sure at this point, there is a possibility of “Uranus” being the codename of POCO F1 Lite.
Since it is the first time that a device named POCO F1 Lite has surfaced online, we would suggest taking this one with a pinch of salt. The only upcoming POCO device that has been doing the rounds of the rumor mills recently is the POCO F2, which would be a direct successor to the POCO F1. In case the POCO F1 Lite does indeed exist and POCO is planning to launch it sometime later this year, we can expect more concrete evidence to surface online in the coming weeks.