Poco confirms true Poco F1 successor is coming, addresses rebranding

A Poco F1 successor is reportedly coming.

  • A Poco executive has apparently claimed that a true Poco F1 successor is on the way.
  • The representative also addressed criticism of the brand’s rebranding strategy.
  • Poco will reportedly continue to offer rebranded devices in the future.

The Poco F2 Pro is one of the best affordable flagships in 2020, coming as a rebranded version of the China-only Redmi K30 Pro. Nevertheless, we thought it made all the right compromises for the price.

Still, the $500 price means that the Poco F2 Pro is significantly more expensive than the ~$300 Poco F1 launched back in 2018. Now, Poco country director Anuj Sharma has confirmed to The Indian Express that the Poco F2 Pro isn’t coming to India.

Furthermore, the Poco exec said a real successor to the Poco F1 is indeed coming:

The Poco F1 was a device that changed the market and consumers expect the same from the successor. The Poco F2 Pro isn’t that device. We are working to bring a true successor to the Poco F1 but it will take time for us to develop it.

The quote suggests that we could see a Poco F1 successor with a similarly disruptive price as the original Pocophone. But pricing could be a bigger challenge than ever before, as we’ve seen a big jump in flagship phone pricing in 2020. This is mainly attributed to the high cost of 5G and the price of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 silicon. We’ve also seen the rise of multi-camera setups, adding up to even more dollars on the bill of materials.

In saying so, it’s theoretically possible that a full-blown Poco F1 successor could launch in 2021, when 5G costs are expected to come down somewhat. We’re also not expecting a big price hike for the upcoming Snapdragon 875, while some leaks point

Redmi’s latest earphones, true wireless earbuds hit India for just under $20

Redmi Earbuds 2C

  • Redmi has launched two new audio products in India.
  • The devices are the Redmi SonicBass neckband earphones and the Redmi Earbuds 2C.
  • Expect to pay promotional pricing of under ~$20 each for the products.

Whether it’s smartphones, laptops, or wearables, Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand is well-known for delivering excellent value for money for the most part. The firm is definitely living up to that ethos with its latest audio announcements for India.

Xiaomi’s brand has launched the Bluetooth 5-toting Redmi SonicBass wireless earphones and Redmi Earbuds 2C. Starting with the former product, you’re looking at a neckband design with magnetic earbuds and an IPx4 rating for splash- and sweat-proof design.

The SonicBass earphones also offer dual pairing functionality, dual mics with noise cancellation, a multi-function button, and up to 12 hours of music playback (taking two hours to charge via microUSB). Check out the design below.

Redmi SonicBass earphones

Meanwhile, the Redmi Earbuds 2C looks similar to the well-received Redmi Earbuds S in terms of earbud and case design. You’re getting an IPX4 rating here too, as well as noise cancellation, a multi-function button, and up to 12 hours of playback with the charging case (which itself takes two hours to charge via microUSB).

The Redmi SonicBass earphones are available for Rs 1,299 (~$18) and come in black or blue color choices. However, the company is offering a promotional price of Rs 999 (~$14). Need some true wireless goodness in your life? Then the Redmi Earbuds 2C will retail for Rs 1,499 (~$20), but has a promotional price of Rs 1,299 (~$18). There’s no word on how long the promotional pricing will last.

The two devices will be available via Mi.com, Mi Home stores, and offline retail partners. However, the SonicBass earphones will be sold via Flipkart, while Amazon India has dibs on the

Cults and Cognition: Programming the True Believer

Public Domain Vectors

Source: Public Domain Vectors

In 1971, a messianic figure, Jim Jones, persuaded a great number of his followers to commit suicide, which the victims termed a “revolutionary act.” Revolution against whom or what was not specified. 

In 1993, Branch Davidians followed another messianic leader, David Koresh, into a compound at Waco, Texas, with misplaced faith and automatic weapons. Many of the faithful were killed in an epic standoff with law enforcement. 

And in 1997, a former music professor named Applewhite persuaded 38 people to commit suicide with him, with plastic bags and purple cloths over their heads and Nike sneakers on their feet, in an effort to reach a UFO hiding behind Comet Hale-Bopp. This UFO was to take them, via what they termed Heaven’s Gate, to an unspecified interplanetary reward. 

“Nike” is Greek for “victory.” Dying with your head in a plastic bag doesn’t seem especially victorious. 

Now, if you survived even high school physics, you know that a UFO can’t hide behind a comet; basic orbital dynamics make the whole idea impossible. It just won’t work.

Yet a large number of modern adults put Victory Nikes on their feet and purple blankets over their faces and killed themselves, in shifts, for God’s sake, to become a post-mortem away team. (That really was the term they used—they were actually wearing Star Trek-inspired Away Team patches on their unisex black uniforms). 

And of course, they didn’t go anywhere. They just died.

Star Trek is fiction. So was the UFO behind Comet Hale-Bop, and so was all the amazing nonsense that Applewhite, and Jones, and Koresh, and many others have used to persuade people to die for them. Most adults know that fiction is not reality. Yet many adults have died for the sake of carefully-fabricated fictions. 

The obvious question: 

Defining True Flexibility for SD-WAN

SD-WAN was initially designed as a more flexible and cost-effective solution for connecting branch offices to cloud resources and the core network. And that is still the primary way it is deployed. Replacing static and costly MPLS connections and edge routers with a system that can manage and optimize connections and application performance has helped millions of organizations deploy a more robust and adaptable WAN strategy.

The right SD-WAN solution can do so much more. But far too many vendors have failed to realize the true potential of SD-WAN, or have over-promised on the flexibility of their solutions. It is not uncommon to find SD-WAN solutions, even from major vendors, that are unable to scale beyond 100 sites, provide overly complex management systems, or don’t provide solutions appropriate to meet the unique needs of essential verticals, such as retail. This failure on the part of the vendors limits the possibilities for the organizations that deploy them.

When it Comes to SD-WAN, Flexibility is Key

If you are in the market for an SD-WAN solution or are looking to upgrade or expand an existing SD-WAN deployment, there are some key considerations that should be included in the selection process. Flexibility is one of those critical considerations, and far too many legacy SD-WAN solutions were not designed with the sort of flexibility in mind that many businesses require. This is what you should look for:

  1. Scalability. Not every remote environment is the same size. Branch offices can vary widely, and an SD-WAN needs to meet the demands of any sized office and support thousands of distributed locations. But new considerations, such as a greatly expanded remote workforce, means that some super users could benefit from the performance and functionality that a traditional VPN connection can’t provide. Look for an SD-WAN solution