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Intel rumored to release 10-core Comet Lake CPUs for desktops in 2020

Intel rumored to release 10-core Comet Lake CPUs for desktops in 2020

Intel recently made a huge splash with the release of its Comet Lake processors for laptops and tablets, but that doesn’t mean it’s done. Hong Kong-based website, XFastest, recently shared three leaked slides from an anonymous source showing an Intel Core platform boasting a new Intel 400 series chipset and an LGA 1200 socket. To top that off, these slides also include a roadmap indicating that the 10-core Comet Lake CPUs for desktop computers are slated to roll out in the first quarter of 2020.Based on the slides, this new chipset looks to be designed to support up to 10-core and 20-thread processors. The platform details also suggest that the enthusiast level TDP is seeing a bump of up to 125W from the previous 95W for enhanced core & memory overclocking. According to ExtremeTech, Intel might be trying to avoid cutting the base clock speed as it did when moving from the 8th to 9th generations as well.The updated LGA 1200 socket and Intel 400 series chipset means that you’ll need to buy a new motherboard with these specs if you want to upgrade once the Comet Lake-S processors come out. However, jumping on board with the Comet Lake-S also includes integrated support for 802.11ax, the next generation of wireless support also known as Wi-Fi6.With the potential roll-out of the Comet Lake desktop processors coming the beginning of 2020, there will be plenty more speculation on what to expect.
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While we’re still hoping for slimmer CPU’s from Intel to compete with AMD’s 7nm offerings, it has decided to stick with their tried-and-true 14nm process. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see how Comet Lake-S compares to AMD’s newest Ryzen options, which already go up to 16 cores and 32 threads.Intel has always led with its single core performance, and we’re excited to see how Comet Lake-S improves upon its already powerful results. And, while AMD will probably still outperform Intel in the multi-core department, maybe the extra 2 cores and increased TDP will close the gap.The true test for most people will be price. There’s no information on that yet, Intel might try and shake up AMD’s top-flight offerings. Whatever the prices end up being, we’ll keep you up to date on Comet Lake-S news.
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Kaspersky Security for Office 365 adds OneDrive protection

Kaspersky Security for Office 365 adds OneDrive protection

As businesses have moved away from local storage in favor of cloud storage, protecting sensitive files and documents stored in the cloud has become a top priority for organizations.However, according to Kaspersky’s “Sorting out digital clutter in business” report, two thirds (66%) of office workers can hardly remember what files they put in shared folders. This opens them up to security risks as malicious files could be stored right alongside company documents.Without a dedicated layer of protection in place, cloud storage can become a transfer space for malware to be distributed across an entire organization, jeopardizing sensitive business data and overall workflow.
Kaspersky launches free CyberTrace threat intelligence toolCompanies don’t think their cloud can keep up with securityAn inside look at Kaspersky NeXTTo help organizations better protect the files they store in the cloud, Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365 has expanded its protection capabilities from Exchange Online to also include files stored on Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service.
OneDrive protection
Kaspersky’s new anti-malware protection for OneDrive includes signature-based detection combined with heuristic, behavioral analysis and the latest threat intelligence to help prevent organizations from falling victim to known and zero-day threats.Kaspersky Security can detect suspicious content stored on OneDrive and the service even has the ability to immediately delete an infected file before it spreads further.Head of B2B Product Marketing at Kaspersky, Sergey Martsynkyan explained how additional cloud storage security can benefit workplace productivity, saying:“Shared storage options, such as OneDrive, are popular and widely used business tools. But if employees can have instant and easy access to shared files, then so too can malware. Businesses need to understand this risk and ensure they are not compromising their productivity due to cyberthreats, by protecting their data and workflows. Our product provides such protection for Microsoft Office 365, allowing companies to use its collaborative features and focus on day-to-day operations, rather than worrying about the security of their data.”  
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Best Samsung Galaxy Note 10,10 Plus and 10 Plus 5G prices and plans in Australia

Best Samsung Galaxy Note 10,10 Plus and 10 Plus 5G prices and plans in Australia

The latest entries in Samsung’s Galaxy Note series are now officially available, so Aussie phablet fans will likely be wanting to know what it takes to score yourself a Galaxy Note 10, its larger Note 10 Plus sibling, or the future-ready Note 10 Plus 5G here in Australia.As was widely anticipated, the Note 10 range ups the ante on pretty much every aspect of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 handsets – they all have bigger screens, more power and storage, expanded feature-sets and (of course) a higher price than their S10 equivalents.On this page, we’re rounding up everything you need to know about ordering one of these beastly handsets, and highlighting what we think are some of best plans and offers going in Australia.See also: Galaxy Note 10 hands-on review | Galaxy Note 10 Plus hands-on review
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus are huge in pretty much every waySamsung Galaxy Note 10 outright
If you’re looking to order the regular Galaxy Note 10 handset outright – which has its 6.3-inch FHD display, three-camera array, 3,500mAh battery, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage – then you’ll be shelling out $1,499 in Australia.The larger Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes sporting a 6.8-inch QHD display, four-camera array, 4,300mAh battery, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and you’ll need to pay an extra $200, or $1,699 total, for the privilege.As for the larger 5G version, the handset itself will cost you $1,999, but you’ll need to either order the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G from Samsung directly or another retailer, such as JB Hi-Fi.
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The best Ultrabooks in Australia for 2019: top thin and light laptops reviewed

The best Ultrabooks in Australia for 2019: top thin and light laptops reviewed

Update: While we had previously recommended the Huawei MateBook 13 and the Huawei MateBook X Pro in the top two places, the ongoing trouble the company faces with the US Government casts a great deal of uncertainty on the degree of support its products will receive into the future. As such, we recommend the excellent Dell XPS 13 in their stead.We can largely thank Apple and its MacBook Air for the Ultrabook trend we’re seeing. Where large, clunky laptops aren’t sleek enough, and thin, portable tablets aren’t powerful enough, the Ultrabook shines.A unibody chassis packed with some of the best SSDs, processors and battery life available to devices this size, the Ultrabook is a thin and portable marvel that’ll let you get on with your business, browsing or buffering without the lengthy wait times.With TechRadar’s extensive reviewing and lab testing, we’ve got a strong idea of what’s going to cut it in today’s Ultrabook landscape, and on this page we’ve ranked the best of the best so that you can find yourself a bargain on the cream of the crop.Whether you’re chasing the well-known brands like Dell, HP, Microsoft and Lenovo, or some surprise entrants like Huawei and Razer, we’ve got you covered.
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Weighing in at a measly 1.21kg and measuring just 76mm thick, the Dell XPS 13 is the epitome of an Ultrabook, and it has the reputation and power to back up the ‘Ultra’ part too. You won’t find that it’s the most affordable Ultrabook, but it’s one of the most well-balanced option in Australia right now, with a healthy portioning of power and portability. It wields the latest 8th-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs, obviously, but it also rocks three USB Type-C ports and the option of an Alpine White finish that we’re absolutely in love with. Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

For years, HP’s Spectre line of Ultrabooks and 2-in-1 laptops has been about blending elegance with performance. The 2019 HP Spectre x360 15 is no different. It deserves a high place on our best 2-in-1 laptops list for packing an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 8GB of RAM in its base configuration. This 2-in-1 can handle pretty much anything your everyday workload throws at it – and then some (like a bit of light gaming, for example) – while looking like royalty. Bear in mind that the Spectre x360 is a bit big and heavy for a 2-in-1, so you likely won’t be using it in tablet mode that often. Put it in tent mode instead, so you can watch some movies on its spectacular 4K display.Read the full review: HP Spectre x360 15T (2019)
Our pick for the pinnacle of laptops you can buy in Australia for 2019 would be the Huawei MateBook 13, were it not for the ongoing issues the company faces. Like the MateBook X Pro before it, the MateBook 13 packs some of the latest components and tech into a nifty lightweight package at an affordable price. It’s this deft balance that would give it the slight edge over the reigning champ, the Dell XPS 13, if it weren’t for the unknown future of support for the device. Read the full review: Huawei MateBook 13

The Huawei MateBook X Pro’s recent arrival had put it firmly in the top place of our Australian ultrabook list, but its been bested by its more affordable successor, and recent controversies cast doubt on the future of its support. This gorgeous laptop brings high-end components into an elegantly-designed package that puts even the MacBook Pro to shame – all this on a decent battery life to boot. And, with its 3K touchscreen, the Huawei MateBook X Pro has a display that’s just as nice to look at as the chassis. It’s really the best Ultrabook you can buy today. Read the full review: Huawei MateBook X Pro

The Lenovo Yoga C930 has many of the makings of the best ultrabook – from a whopping 14.5 hours of battery life and dual Thunderbolt-enabled USB-C ports to internal components that will breeze through those daily productivity tasks. That’s without even mentioning a 2-in-1 that offers form versatility so you can squeeze in some light gaming and movie-watching post-productivity. It has a few cherries on top as well, namely the integrated self-charging stylus and the fab speaker system.Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga C930

While we acknowledge that Intel’s Ultrabook specification is basically the Windows response to Apple’s MacBook Air, it wouldn’t be fair to not give Apple right of reply in this field. The latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is a sleek beast, offering some excellent and reliable performance with its quad-core CPU, and while you will be paying the kind of premium you’d expect from Apple, there are few Ultrabooks out there that get the balance of design and user experience quite as right as the MacBook Pro.Read our full review: MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, mid-2018)

When you lay your eyes on the HP Spectre 13 for the first time, you might be blinded by its sheer beauty. HP has taken the already-beautiful Spectre, and spruced it up with gold trim and packed it with internal specs that blow the competition out of the water. One of the first Ultrabooks packing a quad-core CPU, the 2017 Spectre 13 more than doubles the CPU performance of most of its competitors. It comes at the cost of battery life, but clocking in at just under 6 hours – the battery is still passable. Read the full review: HP Spectre 13 

Razer has to deal with the common misconception that it’s solely a gaming laptop and peripheral company, a reputation it subverted when it introduced the Blade Stealth back in 2016. And, if you’re unconvinced, the latest edition of the Razer Blade Stealth may change your mind by turning into a 13.3-inch, QHD+ beauty. There’s no longer the option for 4K, but the performance this Ultrabook delivers is worth the compromise. Read the full review: Razer Blade Stealth

Rarely does a company think of everything when designing a laptop, but for what it’s worth, the HP Spectre x360 comes surprisingly close. It’s a 2-in-1 convertible laptop, which by default makes it not for everyone. Still, for those right-brained users out there, it comes bundled with a Windows Ink-compatible stylus, unlike the vast majority of hybrids. That would mean very little if the HP Spectre x360 didn’t have great sound and visuals, though it evidently does.Read the full review: HP Spectre x360

Anyone familiar with Apple’s thinnest and lightest laptop would be wise to compare the Asus ZenBook 3 to the 12-inch MacBook. The similarities are obvious, but one look at the specs and the differences stand out too. Adorned with the choice of a U-series Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, the ZenBook 3 is awfully powerful considering it’s less than half an inch thick and weighs two pounds. The port selection is sparse, but ultimately it’s well worth the sacrifice, as it’s one of the best Asus laptops on the market.Read the full review: Asus ZenBook 3

It’s no secret that Apple has all but neglected the MacBook Air recently, but in some cases a Windows Ultrabook can be just as good, if not better. Take the Asus ZenBook UX310, for example, the long awaited follow-up to the award-winning ZenBook UX305. Donning a 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake processor, a 178-degree rotating QHD+ screen, a USB-C port and an all-aluminium shell, this truly is a candidate for the MacBook Air’s throne.  Read the full review: Asus ZenBook UX310

The original Surface Laptop hit the streets nearly two years ago, and while it was a fantastic Ultrabook, it was held back by relatively weak hardware and Windows 10 S. Thankfully, Microsoft rolled out the Surface Laptop 2 in late 2018, bringing quad-core processors and the full-fat version of Windows 10. Its through these core improvements that the Surface Laptop 2 is able to bring the purest Windows 10 experience on a laptop – not to mention, join the ranks of the best ultrabooks on the market – at a price that won’t make you flee in the opposite direction. Read the full review: Surface Laptop 2

If you’re looking to get your hands on an entry-level Ultrabook that can get some work done (without spending a fortune), the Lenovo Yoga 730 should be at the top of your list. Sure, it doesn’t have the longest battery life, but with how much (or how little) this device will set you back, it’s a worthy trade off – especially considering the speedy SSD storage, quad-core processor and 8GB of RAM you’re getting at the entry level. For anyone on a budget, the Lenovo Yoga 730 is certainly one of the best Ultrabooks around right now.Read the full review: Lenovo Yoga 730 

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Realme XT, company’s 64MP quad-camera beast confirmed

Realme XT, company’s 64MP quad-camera beast confirmed

Realme XT has been confirmed to come with a 64MP quad-camera setup in India by the end of September. Realme CEO Madhav Sheth revealed this during the launch of the Realme 5 series in India earlier today.
Move over 64MP: Samsung unveils 108MP camera sensor destined for Xiaomi phoneRealme has been teasing the development of its 64MP camera phone for a while now and today it has revealed the name of the phone. Today’s Realme presentation ended with the Green Day song “Wake me up when September ends”, indicating at the company’s plan to bring the phone to India by the end of September.Sheth had earlier also hinted that the new Realme 5 series along with a new 64MP camera phone will be announced just in time for the Indian festive season which kicks off from October.Realme XT uses Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 64MP sensor and pairs it with three other snappers- wide-angle, macro and a depth sensor. However, it could be possible that the company opts for a telephoto lens instead of the depth sensor which will make it a better proposition at that price range.However not much is known about the phone and everything has been kept under wraps. We expect to have some more information about the Realme XT in the weeks following up to its launch.
Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro with quad cameras launched in IndiaHands on: Realme 5 review

Leaked Canon EOS M6 Mark II promo vid reveals revamped new mirrorless

Leaked Canon EOS M6 Mark II promo vid reveals revamped new mirrorless

It’s not just the official marketing video for the Canon EOS 90D that was accidentally leaked on YouTube today – Canon Rumors has also discovered the promo video for the rumored EOS M6 Mark II, which was live for a short while on YouTube as well.Photography publication DPReview says it was Canon Australia who accidentally posted the two videos on its official YouTube channel and, while they were promptly taken down, the sharpshooters at Canon Rumors have downloaded the videos and posted them to their own YouTube channel.Like the video for the upcoming Canon DSLR, the one-and-a-half-minute long clip for the EOS M6 II also reveals the main features of the new mirrorless APS-C snapper, showing Canon has massively overhauled the original EOS M6 by adding resolution, speed and superior ergonomics.

Like the original EOS M6, this second iteration doesn’t include a built-in viewfinder, maintaining the line’s compact and lightweight form factor. Instead, there’s a removable OLED viewfinder that can be clipped onto the hot shoe if needed and will work with the touch-and-drag autofocus on the camera display when using Live View.The addition of a dedicated MF/AF Focus Mode Switch button (manual focus/autofocus) on the rear of the camera also looks to be a welcome change, improving on the limited controls that appeared on the original M6 design.
10 best cameras you can buy right nowBest camera phone of 2019Best cameras for vloggingInside is a 32.5MP APS-C sensor – a decent bump over the previous 24.2MP resolution – and Canon’s own Digic 8 image processor.Burst speed has been doubled in the M6 II, which now boasts 14fps continuous shooting with AF/AE (autofocus/automatic exposure), along with the ability to capture 30fps RAW bursts using the electronic shutter. Canon’s Dual Pixel AF with eye detection is also on board.The ISO range tops out at 26500 and the second generation M6 now comes with 4K recording as well as Full HD 1080p capture at 120fps.The official announcement for the EOS M6 Mark II was rumored to be August 28, alongside the EOS 90D, so there’s probably not long to wait before everything is officially revealed.
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IKEA to “invest significantly” in its smart home future

IKEA to “invest significantly” in its smart home future

Recently, IKEA teamed up with Sonos to launch a pair of smart home products – the Symfonisk lamp speaker and Symfonisk bookshelf speaker – but the Swedish furniture giant isn’t going to stop there.In a public announcement, IKEA has revealed that its smart home division (called Home Smart) is formally becoming “its own business unit within Ikea of Sweden”, and that the company “decided to invest significantly in Home Smart across IKEA to fast-forward the development”.
Sonos IKEA Symfonisk lamp speaker reviewSonos IKEA Symfonisk bookshelf speaker reviewLamp speaker vs bookshelf speaker: which is best for you?While IKEA’s business structure is somewhat nebulous, this announcement essentially amounts to an explicit commitment to continuing to develop products in the smart home category.In fact, considering the aforementioned products that IKEA and Sonos collaborated on are part of the Symfonisk range, it’s very likely that we’ll see other products with a similar focus join them if they prove successful.
Ikea Eneby Bluetooth speakers have been made to fit nicely on your Kallax shelvesThe Home Smart project was first kicked off in 2012, although it wasn’t until 2015 that consumers started seeing its results, with its launch of a range of wirelessly charging furniture. Since then, a variety of other smart and not-so-smart tech-integrated furniture has been put out by IKEA, including the TRÅDFRI range of affordable smart lights that are able to communicate with Apple HomeKit, Google Home and Amazon Alexa.While no specific products have been hinted at yet, it’s fair to assume we can expect the frequency at which they arrive to increase, as the new Head of Home Smart, Björn Block says it is “just getting started”.
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Galaxy Note 10 is finally out; here’s all you need to know

Galaxy Note 10 is finally out; here’s all you need to know

Now that the wait is over, and Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note10 on the 8th of August during the Unpacked event, it’s time to highlight what makes it the most powerful phone in the market and what offers you could get. For the very first time in the history of Note series, the device is offered in two sizes. Yet, that did not affect the display screen size; on the contrary, Samsung has made the Galaxy Note10+ screen even bigger while keeping a compact shape for a comfortable grip. Whether you choose to go for the 6.3” Galaxy Note10 or the 6.8” Galaxy Note10+; they both are lighter and slimmer than Galaxy Note9. Not to mention, its Infinity-O display and best-in class Dynamic AMOLED technology provide the most uninterrupted viewing experience.  
As for the intelligent S PEN, a lot of new features have been added as it caninstantly turn your handwriting into text, and it enables you to control the phone without even touching it. You can also charge the Galaxy Note10+ fast enough by which 30 minutes can actually last you all day.**

If you usually struggle with storage, then you’d be happy to know that the standard storage size coming with the Galaxy Note10 is 256 GB and with the Galaxy Note10+ is 256 GB as well as 512GB. The latter can even be expanded with a Micro SD card up to 1.5TB in storage size which is legit the same size of a laptop. Not only that allows the Galaxy Note10+ to function like a laptop, but so does the 12GB RAM which allows the smoothest multitasking experience on the go.Now is the best time to purchase the Galaxy Note10, starting from 3,499 AED, as the pre-order offer is there for a limited period of time with an exclusive package loaded with value-added benefits worth 1,053 AED when you pre-order through Samsung.com.In addition to the complimentary Galaxy Buds, the pre-order offer on samsung.com includes Samsung Care+, which provides protection against accidental damage up to 2 years for the very first time, as well as 0% instalment plans up to 12 months. On top of all that, you get 50% discount on the all-new Galaxy Note10 accessories. The offer expires on the 23rd of August; don’t miss out and be first to own the next-level power!**Based on condition.

New Zealand vs Australia live stream: how to watch today’s rugby match from anywhere

New Zealand vs Australia live stream: how to watch today’s rugby match from anywhere

It’s not long now until the Rugby World Cup 2019 is underway so it’s that time of the year where all the world’s best union teams test their abilities in the warm-up games. This time it’s local neighbours New Zealand and Australia that will go head-to-head on the field. You can watch all the action and assess the teams’ form with a New Zealand vs Australia live stream and this guide. 
Australia have already hosted New Zealand for the first leg of the Bledisloe Cup and now it’s time for the decider as the Wallabies head over to the All Blacks’ home turf.  And it’s the Wallabies who will go into the game on top, after beating New Zealand in the first leg, 47-26 in Perth. As such they’ve only made one change to the starting line-up for this next game as lock Adam Coleman replaces injured Rory Arnold.On the other hand the All Blacks have decided to dump their wonder wingers Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane and centurion prop Owen Franks. If Australia can win at Auckland, for the first time in 33 years, they will return home with the cup. Having lost their last 22 tests in New Zealand, it’s a tall order.As such this should be a very exciting, hard fought game, and you can watch it all where you are using this New Zealand vs Australia live stream guide.
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Down below, there’s the local broadcast options if you’re in Australia or New Zealand, as well as the UK, US and Canada.If you’re abroad this weekend and try to live stream the rugby online from your country’s broadcaster, you’ll be annoyed to discover that it won’t work due to geo-blocking. Thankfully, using a VPN service will allow you to watch today’s rugby union action no matter where in the world you are.

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Pocophone Poco F2 release date, specifications, price and leaks

Pocophone Poco F2 release date, specifications, price and leaks

The Poco F1 was probably the hottest debut product by any brand to hit the Indian market in years. It changed what consumers would expect from affordable flagships, and now, the Poco F2 will try to live up to that legacy.Xiaomi’s dream run in India has been fueled by remarkably well-priced smartphones for an extremely price-sensitive market. Fun fact, just the Redmi Note series of budget smartphones outsell most other smartphone brands. With the ball in their court, Xiaomi knew they had to try and replicate this model at a higher price segment. The answer came in the form of Pocophone, a Xiaomi sub-brand that would focus on gaming phones.Back in the day, gaming phones were pretty much just regular smartphones with bolder designs and top-of-the-line specifications. The Poco F1 nailed that aspect by bringing the flagship Snapdragon 845 silicon to the sub 30K price segment. This product mix was a masterstroke and made the F1 one of the most loved smartphones of its time, especially when mobile gaming was once again gaining traction. India is known to be a processor-centric market, and the Poco F1 tickled the right spot.Of course, this left consumers hoping for a Poco F2 which would retain the same DNA and bring incredible performance for the price. But it’s been almost a year since the launch of the F1, and there’s still no word on the existence of the F2 from the company, raising questions on whether we should even expect one at this point.
 Cut to the chase 
 What is it? The successor to the Poco F1  When is it out? In the last quarter of 2019  What will it cost? Should start at under Rs 30K in India Xiaomi executives have commented that the Pocophone brand will not be discontinued, but their current focus is still on the F1. At this point, it’s confirmed that there’s more to come from Poco, probably just not any time soon. There’s still not much information about the Poco F2 around, but leaks have surfaced. 
 Poco F2 launch date 
One of the main reasons why the Poco F2 might release later than last year is likely just because of how component refresh cycles have been in 2019. When the F1 was unveiled, Qualcomm’s best chipset, the Snapdragon 845 was almost eight months old. However, this year, Qualcomm went ahead an even unveiled the Snapdragon 855 Plus in July as an upgrade to the 855. Knowing Poco, they would want to ship with the latest chipset available. The Poco F1 came when the Snapdragon 845 was at the end of its lifecycle (and was one of the latest significant flagships with that chipset), but the Snapdragon 855 Plus is still relatively new, and no smartphone on the market currently sports it. We guess that Pocophone will wait for a while till the prices come down, and then incorporate it in the F2. Thus, Q4 of 2019 is when the Poco F2 should reasonably be expected and will be one of the last flagships to be unveiled this year.
Purported Poco F2 design patents Poco F2 specifications 
As mentioned, the F2 will ship with the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset with 6 or 8GB of RAM. Poco will also add some tweaks that improve the gaming experience of the device.In terms of design, the phone is expected to look very similar to its predecessor with a big, notched display on the front, a polycarbonate back with the camera array in the center and unapologetically thick to house a big battery. The display will stick to an FHD+ resolution but could get a little taller, coming in at 6.4-inches. Rumors also point at an OLED screen with an in-display fingerprint scanner, which will be a big step up from the wide-notched LCD panel on the Poco F1. Some design patents filed by Xiaomi recently show a phone that looks very similar to the Poco F1 but brought trendy upgrades such as a triple camera setup and a punch-hole camera on the front. Speaking of cameras, the Poco F2 is likely to come with the triple camera setup, which might consist of a primary, an ultrawide and either a telephoto or a depth sensor. Xiaomi has announced that it will be bringing 64MP and 108MP image sensors to its smartphones later this year, and could make an appearance on the Poco F2 as well. The camera performance was not the most influential aspect last year and should be improved by Xiaomi this year.
 What we want to see 
If Pocophone wants to win consumers’ hearts once again, here are a few suggestions that should help the Poco F2: 
Premium design
The Poco F1 had a very functional design, but it was nothing spectacular and looked very basic. Add the plastic construction to the mix, and it loses a few more points. Xiaomi has moved to glass bodies for most of their budget smartphones and should be implemented on the Poco F2 as well, if feasible. Agreed that the design is not a top priority, but even something a little more unique or iconic will help the F2 standout. 
 A better display 
The F1 shipped with a mediocre display with pretty sizeable bezels all around, and an uncomfortably fuller notch. Not only should they work at increasing the screen-to-body ratio, but also improve the panel quality. If gaming is still the top priority, a slightly bigger or taller display will be appreciated. If we were to be wishful, it would be great to see the Poco F2 bring a higher refresh rate display to the budget segment. 
 Bigger battery 
The Poco F1 had a 4,000 mAh battery in a rather thick body. By the time the F2 comes, we expect them to find a way to ship with a larger battery and not just chase a slim waistline for aesthetics. 
 Stereo speakers 
Year 2019 saw the launch of multiple gaming smartphones that brought newer, bolder designs and elements like dual front firing speakers. The Poco F2 will be positioned as a gaming smartphone and should offer an immersive audio experience, especially if the top and bottom bezels are not very slim. If not, at least the earpiece should function as a second speaker. 
 64MP primary camera 
Xiaomi has been very vocal and optimistic about this new 64MP Samsung GW1 image sensor and has even mentioned that it will debut on a Redmi device. The Poco F2 is meant for spec junkies, and an impressive 64MP sensor should go a long way in establishing that. 
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