“The F1 is a flagship offering with dual rear cameras and a 4,000mAh fast charging battery”
Earlier this year in June, Xiaomi trademarked its new smartphone brand called POCO by Xiaomi for India and POCOPHONE by Xiaomi in other markets. Today, the company has launched the first device under the subsidiary called the POCO F1 in India. The phone has arrived as one of the most affordable smartphones with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC in the country.
Coming to the features, the POCO F1 flaunts a liquid cooling system, which is claimed to enable sustained high-performance operation while keeping thermals in check. Design-wise, unlike most of the flagships in the market which offer metal or glass body, the POCO F1 sports a plastic back and a metal frame. For security, the handset sports an IR-based facial recognition and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Moving on to the other specs, the POCO F1 offers a 6.18-inch IPS LCD full HD+ display bearing an aspect ratio of 18:9. The smartphone is powered by the 10nm octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. The phone comes in three RAM and storage configurations – 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB. Software-wise, the smartphone boots Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.
In the camera department, the POCO F1 offers a 12-megapixel primary shooter at the rear, aided by a 5-megapixel secondary snapper. The phone also gets dual-pixel autofocus technology and an LED flash at the rear. For selfies and video calling, the smartphone offers a 20-megapixel camera on the front. In terms of connectivity, the phone has hybrid dual-SIM slots, 4G LTE, VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, and A-GPS with GLONASS. A 4,000mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology keeps the whole package running.
As for the pricing, the POCO F1’s base variant with 64GB of storage has been priced at Rs 20,999. The phone’s 128GB and 256GB models will be available for Rs 23,999 and Rs 28,999 respectively. The handset comes in blue and graphite black hues. The 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model is also available in Armoured Edition that’s available with Kevlar finish at the back, and is priced at Rs 29,999. The device will go on sale on Flipkart and Mi.com starting August 29th. As part of the launch offer, the smartphone is also available with Rs 1,000 cashback on HDFC debit and credit cards.