Poco F1 (Pocophone F1) discontinued in Philippines: What does this mean for other markets?
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A common practice among vendors is to gradually reduce the price (or bundle attractive deals) of a commodity at the verge of its discontinuation. Stockpiling legacy electronic gadgets, especially generation old smartphones, is not at all a good idea due to the high depreciation rates involved with them.
Short product cycles and shotgun marketing strategy are some of the prime factors behind this vicious cycle of (planned) obsolescence. There was a time when consumers got tempted and eventually bought those discounted phones, but the rapid release model is now encouraging those users to opt for new phones.
In this context, the consecutive price cuts on Poco F1 in India is quite an important topic. Back in March, we talked about this stance from the Chinese OEM, and they are still doing the same – apparently a plain-n-simple method to clear the inventory.
In Russia, where the phone is sold under Pocophone F1 branding, most of the storage variants are out of stock on the official Mi Russia store. Interested users can still buy it from third party retailers, but the availability factor has taken a sharp decline.
The final nail in the coffin seems to be already under process in Philippines, where Xiaomi guys are publicly portraying Mi 9T (rebranded Redmi K20) as the most feasible candidate to be the successor of Poco F1. The latter of officially discontinued in the country as Mi official store will no longer sell the phone.
Interestingly, Mi Store Philippines has sort of teased the arrival of Mi 9T Pro aka Redmi K20 Pro in the region after being asked about the ‘real successor’ to Poco F1. Their ‘stay tuned’ reply with a wink is yet another indication towards the unlikeliness of Pocophone F2 – at least in the foreseeable future.
Do you think Xiaomi is secretly nurturing the next Poco and will launch with a massive surprise? Or have you already bought the Redmi K20 (Pro) without further waiting? Let us know by commenting below.
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