Xiaomi launched their latest device with a flagship SoC, the Poco F1, at an event in New Delhi on Wednesday. The devices — also known as Pocophone F1 — has been launched in four variants and starts selling at INR 20,999.
The company also has launch events at Jakarta, Hong Kong and Paris on August 27, 2018. The device will go on sale on August 29, 2018, on Mi.com, just a day before the Nokia 6.1 Plus begins hits retail.
The Poco F1 is being called a budget flagship smartphone because although its lowest variant only costs INR 20,999, the device comes with a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The same processor is being used in devices costing a premium, like the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note9.
The 10nm octa-core Snapdragon 845 (8x Kryo 385) chipset clocks at speeds up to 2.8GHz and is supported by Adreno 630 GPU. The device also sports LiquidCool Technology, which should help keep the CPU it at an optimum temperature to improve its efficiency.
Poco F1 sports an ultra light-sensitive AI-powered dual camera setup on the rear with a 12MP and another 5Mp sensor. The front camera of the device is a 20MP unit.
The AI scene detection can sift through 25 categories of objects and up to 206 different scenes. Videos can be shot at 4K (30fps), 1080p (30fps), 720p (30fps), and slow-motion videos can be shot at 1080p (240fps) and 720p (240fps)
Display and Design
It comes with a 6.18-inch full-screen, FHD+ (2246×1080) display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9, which is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. Its display features a sunlight display, night display and reading mode.
Dimensions of the Standard edition:
- Height: 155.5mm
- Width: 75.2mm
- Thickness: 8.8mm
- Weight: 182g
Memory and Storage
The latest budget flagship from Xiaomi comes in three memory and storage variants:
- 64GB internal memory and 6GB RAM
- 128GB internal memory and 6GB RAM
- 256GB internal memory and 8GB RAM
At the beginning of the article, we mentioned that there are four variants of the device. The fourth variant differs in its build quality and is called the ‘Armoured edition’. It comes with 256GB internal memory and 8GB RAM and is the costliest Poco F1 variant.
Xiaomi Poco F1 is backed by a big 4000mAh battery that provides enough power for 30 hours of calling in a single charge. The device is supported by Quick Charge 3.0 that charges the device relatively quicker with type-C charging port.
Connectivity, Sensors and OS
The Poco F1 will run on MIUI. It is also equipped with an infrared sensor and camera that enables face unlock even in low light conditions.
The device also houses a 3.5mm audio jack, supports Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-sim setup. You’ll need to remove one of the SIM cards if you wish to expand the memory via microSD card.
The device houses the following sensors:
- Fingerprint sensor
- Proximity sensor
- Hall sensor
- Electronic compass
- Ambient light sensor
- Vibration motor
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Poco F1 is available in the following four variants:
- 64GB + 6GB for INR 20,990
- 128GB + 6GB for INR 23,999
- 256GB + 8GB for INR 28,999
- 256GB + 8GB Armoured edition for INR 29,999
The back panel of the Poco F1 Armoured Edition is built with DuPont Kevlar aramid fiber. This super-tough and heat resistant material is widely used in aviation, military and high-end cycling.
As far as device dimensions go, the Armoured variant is 0.2mm taller, 0.3mm wider, 0.1mm thicker and weighs 5 grams more than the standard edition in all the other colours.
Apart from the Armoured edition, which is only available for the highest spec variant (256GB + 8GB), the Poco F1 is available in the following colours: Graphite Black, Rosso Red and Steel Blue.
Availability and offers
The Poco F1 will be available to buy on the official website of Xiaomi starting 12pm, August 29, 2018. Buyers can avail the following offers against any of the aforementioned variants:
- HDFC debit and credit card holders can avail a discount of INR 1000. This offer is also applicable on EMI transactions
- Free 3-month subscription of Hungama Music
- Exchange your old device using Mi Exchange
- Secure your phone against accidental damages using Mi Protect, starting at INR 1099
- Poco F1
- Power adapter
- USB cable
- SIM eject tool
- Clear soft case
- Warranty card
- User guide
Advisor at Candid.Technology, Feeroz is a journalist with 36 years of experience in print, digital, and television. After graduating from Delhi University, he began his journalistic journey with India’s leading news agency Press Trust of India, in 1986. After working for nine years in print media, he became the first batch of media professionals to switch to electronic media in 1995. Since then, he has worked with different news channels and digital media.