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Poco X2 announced with 120Hz display, Snapdragon 730G, and six cameras for around $225

Xiaomi’s spin-off brand Poco made a splash with its first phone by bringing a Snapdragon 845 chip to the $300 price bracket, reminding many of OnePlus’s early days. A year and a half after the Poco F1 was unveiled, the company is finally coming out with a follow-up called the Poco X2, initially only for the Indian market. The handset is basically a relabeled Redmi K30, which was announced in China alongside the $284 K30 5G in December 2019.

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Poco's next phone will be called the X2, likely packing a 120Hz screen and set to launch February 4th

Originally rumored to go by the "Poco F2" name based on prior trademark filings, the successor to the popular Poco F1 budget flagship will be called the Poco X2, according to a new teaser site and subsequent company tweets. Based on the details provided there, the next phone in the Poco series will feature a display with an "extreme refresh rate," a Sony IMX 686 camera sensor, and an unnamed, heatpipe-cooled Qualcomm SoC. The site also teases a launch set for 12PM on February 2nd.

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Poco F1 picks up Android 10 beta with MIUI 11

Although many of Xiaomi's devices have already picked up a taste of Android 10 courtesy of MIUI 11, the popular budget flagship Poco F1 has been curiously excluded to date. That changes now that it's an independent brand, as the first official Android 10 release lands for the device, though it is a beta that you have to manually flash via TWRP — pretty weird.

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Pocophone F2 is coming, according to trademark application (Update: Poco confirms)

Last month, a tweet by Poco's global head Alvin Tse led to speculation that the Pocophone F2 might launch sometime in 2020. Now, we have concrete evidence that the device is on its way, thanks to a recently discovered trademark application.

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Poco is now an independent brand under Xiaomi

Xiaomi is starting to look like a car manufacturer with how many sub-brands it has: Redmi, Poco, Mito, CC, Black Shark, the list goes on. Only one phone was ever released under the Poco name, the wildly-successful Poco F1, which was developed by Xiaomi. Poco is now being spun off as Xiaomi's new sub-brand, with a (somewhat) independent team.

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(Update: Xiaomi statement) Xiaomi's Quick Apps is being flagged and blocked by Google Play Protect

Like most Chinese manufacturers, Xiaomi's Android phones come with heavy UI customizations and many pre-installed apps featuring advertisements no one asked for — in fact, this release model is part of the reason why Xiaomi is routinely able to undercut its competition in price. However, the company might be too thirsty about collecting personal data to show individualized ads, as its Quick apps application has been blocked by Google Play Protect because of potential tracking issues.

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LineageOS brings back support for Xiaomi phones, updates more devices to Pie

The LineageOS project is busy as always, adding support for more devices and implementing new features. The last time we covered the popular custom ROM, official builds for the OnePlus 6T and 7 Pro arrived, and there have been plenty of additions (or re-additions, in some cases) since then.

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LineageOS brings Pie to 13 more phones, temporarily halts all Xiaomi support

LineageOS is one of the best custom ROMs around, with official support for dozens of phones and a few unique features. The last time we covered the project, it started offering builds for the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Huawei Honor 5X, and a few others. Since then, a whopping 13 phones are now recieving Pie builds, but there's some bad news for Xiaomi device owners.

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The best phones for LineageOS

The vast majority of Android device buyers don't know or care what a custom ROM is. There's nothing wrong with that—a phone or tablet's stock ROM will be enough for 99.9% of potential users. But for the 0.1% that like to tinker, the development community surrounding a given device can drastically impact the value. Your purchase can become a much better deal if there is a wealth of custom ROM options available, extending its lifespan for possibly years (or roughly a decade, in the case of the HTC HD2).

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[Update: Widevine L1, 4K60 in stable] Pocophone F1 to soon get 960fps slow-motion and 4K60 recording, Widevine L1 support, and more

$1,000 flagship phones are an unfortunate reality in today's market, but there are plenty of options out there with most of the performance at a fraction of the price. One of the newest entrants to this game has been Xiaomi's Pocophone F1, which offers flagship-level specs at just $300. In case the low, low price wasn't incentive enough to pick one up, the Poco team will be adding a bunch of features and fixes in the coming weeks.

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