“Biweekly smartphone news” is a series that introduces news related to the mobile industry such as smartphones announced in the last two weeks. This time, we will focus on three topics such as the first domestic entry smartphone “POCO F4 GT” of Xiaomi’s third brand “POCO”.
* Prices in this article are standardized including tax.
“POCO F4 GT” equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen1 is now available, and you can get an early discount from 64,800 yen!
Xiaomi announced on June 23, 2022 that it will develop the online-only brand “POCO” in the Japanese market. As the first model to enter, the flagship smartphone “POCO F4 GT” equipped with the high-end SoC “Snapdragon 8 Gen1” will be launched on the same afternoon through Rakuten Ichiba, Xiaomi direct sales site, and Amazon’s EC sites. It will be on sale from 7 o’clock.
“POCO” is Xiaomi’s third brand, following the high-performance series “Xiaomi” and the cost-effective “Redmi”. As an online-only brand, we will promote it mainly on SNS and utilize Xiaomi’s procurement ability to thoroughly improve efficiency and position it as a “brand known to those in the know” that provides products with cutting-edge concepts at low prices. Become.
The basic specifications of the “POCO F4 GT” released in the Japanese market are based on the global model released earlier, and the body size is approximately 76.7 (width) x 162.5 (height) x 8.5 ( Thickness) mm, weight about 210g. It is equipped with a 6.67-inch organic EL display that supports full HD + display of 2,400 x 1,080. It has an NFC port, but not a FeliCa port. In addition, two pop-up shoulder buttons using magnets are mounted on the side of the body, which can be used for game operations and shortcut keys. In addition, the tweeter for the high range and the woofer for the low range are separated and equipped with quad speakers arranged symmetrically, so that a more three-dimensional sound can be reproduced. The headphone jack is not installed, but a conversion adapter is included.
The display supports a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 480Hz, and also supports 10-bit gradation expression and can display a color gamut of more than 1 billion colors. In addition, 1920Hz PWM dimming is used to suppress flicker even in dark places.
The SoC to be installed is “Snapdragon 8 Gen1” as mentioned above. There are two models in the lineup, an 8GB / 128GB model with different memory and storage capacities, and a 12GB / 256GB model. The microSD memory card slot for expansion is not installed. As for the OS, “MIUI 13” based on Android 12 is pre-installed. Communication performance is equipped with two nanoSIM card slots. 5G compatible frequency band is n1 / 3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/77/78. 4G frequency band is B1 / 2/3/4/5/7/8/12 It will be / 17/18/19/20/26/28/38/40/41 (2545-2650MHz). It does not support n79 used by NTT DoCoMo in 5G, but it does support the platinum band and core band operated by NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, Softbank, and Rakuten Mobile for 4G.
Although “Snapdragon 8 Gen1” has high performance, it has a problem of heat generation, and thorough heat treatment is required to maintain high performance. This machine realizes efficient heat treatment by separating the power control chip, which is the main heat source, and the SoC, and then combining each with a large liquid-cooled baber chamber. This makes it possible to maintain peak performance for 3 hours. The SoC of this machine is not restricted by the operating clock used as a measure against heat.
The battery is a dual cell system with a total capacity of 4,700mAh. The specifications related to battery durability have not been announced. However, it comes with a proprietary quick charger that supports 120W output, and can be fully charged in just 17 minutes. This quick charge minimizes the time spent between 80 and 100% of the load on the battery, and by combining 53 types of safety mechanisms, it is possible to charge safely and with less burden on the battery. There is.
The main camera is a triple camera that combines a wide-angle camera (standard camera) with about 64 million pixels, an ultra-wide-angle camera with about 8 million pixels, and a macro camera with about 2 million pixels. In addition to these, it also has a flicker sensor that suppresses flicker when shooting displays. The front camera has about 20 million pixels.
Finally, let’s summarize the sales channels and prices.
The 8GB / 128GB model is available on Rakuten Ichiba and Xiao Mi direct sales site, and the price is 74,800 yen, but a limited-time discount “Early Bird” from 7:00 pm on June 23, 2022 to 23:59 on June 26, 2022. Is applied and the price is discounted to 64,800 yen.
The 12GB / 256GB model will be handled exclusively by Amazon. The price is 84,800 yen, but you can purchase it for 79,800 yen by applying the limited-time discount “Early Bird” from 7:00 pm on June 23, 2022 to 23:59 on June 26, 2022.
The price of the docomo version “AQUOS wish 2” is known. 22,000 yen for middle range performance!
NTT DoCoMo announced that the terminal price of the entry smartphone “AQUOS wish2 SH-51C” (manufactured by Sharp), which will be released on June 24, 2022, is 22,000 yen. It will be the cheapest smartphone model released by the company this summer. “AQUOS wish 2” adopts the SoC “Snapdragon 695 5G” used in “Xperia 10 IV” etc., and it is characterized by realizing middle range processing performance and graphic performance at the price of entry machine. .. Also, since Android 12 is pre-installed in the OS, it is a point not to be overlooked that the latest software environment can be used up to the Android 14 generation by upgrading the OS up to 2 times guaranteed by Sharp.