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The mystery is over as Xiaomi has officially unveiled the maiden phone of its new sub-brand Poco dubbed as POCO F1 at an official event held in New Delhi, India. Is this the ultimate flagship killer? Well, the device powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC is priced much lower than big names in the market. Moreover, the competitive specifications and features of the smartphone clearly indicate to compete with other affordable flagship phones such as OnePlus 6 and Honor 10.

POCO F1 – Features

One of the most striking features of the POCO F1 is the Gorilla Glass protected notched IPS LCD screen of 6.18 inches in size that offers an impressive screen space. The notch of the phone features all the necessary components including infrared lens, infrared lighting, proximity sensor, earpiece and front camera that is claimed to unlock the phone even in dark within 0.4 seconds.

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The notched display of the POCO F1 offers an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 along with Full HD+ resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels. However, the rear of the phone brings hard-coated polycarbonate unibody reinforced with internal frame structure instead of glass like other flagship phones; most probably to keep the cost of the phone low. The back panel of the POCO F1 is also equipped with a fingerprint scanner.

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As mentioned earlier, the POCO F1 that carries a tagline of “Master of Speed” is powered by Snapdragon 845 paired with 6GB and 8GB RAM options. Xiaomi has introduced “LiquidCool technology” to transfer heat at a faster rate of 300 percent and deliver sustained peak performance without overheating. The internal storage options include 64GB, 128GB and 256GB disk space that can also be expanded by using the microSD card slot.

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A modified version of MIUI based on Android 8.1 Oreo runs on the POCO F1 that includes a POCO launcher and Turbocharged engine for fast and fluid performance. The latest MIUI includes a number of customizations including an app drawer that easily categories apps for easier access. Xiaomi has promised that POCO branded phones will be treated with faster updates.

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The POCO F1 is one of the first devices that carries support for 4G+ that combines with different network frequencies for faster connectivity. The other connectivity features available on the device include dual VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack. It is also equipped with Dirac HD Sound along with dual Smart PA for amazing audio experience.

On the camera front, the POCO F1 borrows lens features from the Mi 8 offering a dual camera setup on the rear comprising of 12MP Sony IMX363 primary lens and another 5MP secondary one. The main camera is equipped with features like Dual Pixel Autofocus, real-time AI photography and dual-LED flash. A 20MP selfie shooter is placed on the front that is also powered with AI for capturing enhanced selfie shots.

The POCO F1 smartphone is packed with 4,000mAh battery that carries support for Quick Charge 3.0. It offers 8 hours of gaming, around 6 hours of FHD video playback, nearly 31 hours of talk time and standby time of 15 days.

POCO F1 – Pricing and Availability

The POCO F1 will be offered for sale in India from August 29th through Mi.com and Flipkart with three color options to choose from Graphite Black, Steel Blue and Rosso Red and multiple storage combos with price tags as mentioned under:

  • 6GB + 64GB – INR 20,999 (~$300, PKR 36,700)
  • 6GB + 128GB – INR 23,999 (~$342, PKR 41,900)
  • 8GB + 256GB – INR 28,999 (~$414, PKR 50,700)

There is another special variant of the POCO F1 dubbed as the ‘Armored Edition’ that is made out of Kevlar aramid fibre – a highly durable material that is used for making bulletproof vest. The special edition is offered for sale with 8GB + 256GB configuration priced at INR 29,999 (~$428, PKR 52,400).

POCO F1 – Global Launch

Xiaomi will be holding dedicated launch events of POCO F1 on August 27th in three global cities including Jakarta, Hong Kong and Paris. The Chinese firm has also confirmed that it will be bringing the POCO F1 smartphone in 50 global markets.

POCO F1 – Specifications

OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo-based MIUI 10
Supported Networks2G, 3G, 4G
Dual SIM SupportYes
CPU4x 2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver
GPUAdreno 630
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Display6.18-inch IPS LCD 18.7:9 display with Full HD+ (2246 x 1080) resolution
Fingerprint ScannerRear mounted
RAM6GB, 8GB
Internal Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Card slotYes
ConnectivityNFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS
Primary Camera12MP + 5MP, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, 4-axis OIS, dual-LED dual-tone flash
Secondary Camera20MP
Battery4,000 mAh with Quick Charge 4+
ColorsGraphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red