In the Indian smartphone market, an average buyer always looks for useful features at a pocket-friendly budget. One may not get everything under one brand. However, Xiaomi's sub-brand Poco is going to break the norms this year. Poco will bring you the Pocophone F1 or Poco F1 which has everything a premium flagship packs but costs that of a low-mid range device. In this post, we will mention everything you need to know about the Xiaomi Poco F1.
Though it packs flagship attributes it has certain shortcomings which of course depends upon how the user looks at it. In no way, the shortcomings are going to affect the performance or the efficiency of the Poco F1.
Brief Specifications of Poco F1
Here we are outlining the primary specifications a user looks out for while considering to buy a smartphone.
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI|
|SIM Type||Dual Nano SIM (w/hybrid slot)|
|Display||6.18" IPS LCD with Full HD+|
|Camera|| Rear camera: 12 MP +5 MP|
Front camera: 20 MP
Now let us delve a little bit deeper into the specifications we stated above.
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RAM, Storage, and Processor
When we talk of a flagship and we consider the RAM, nothing shot than 6 B or 8GB counts as a flagship. Poco F1 comes in two variants. A base model with 6GB RAM. the stock storage you will get is 64 GB and 128 GB with a 6GB RAM model. However, if you go for the top variant of 8 GB RAM, then, you will have a whopping 256 GB of memory. I guess 128 GB is fairly sufficient amount of storage if you do not want to shell extra budget for 256 gigs. Then again, if you are a gaming crazy user, then 8GB RAM will definitely make your seamless gaming experience come true.
Poco F1 packs the powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset from Qualcomm which is a flagship exclusive. A smooth execution of a series of tasks has now become a cakewalk. Again, a plus for heavy gamers. Doesn't matter if you are on 6 GB or 8GB variant, the gaming experience and feel will be
Display and Build
If you have been wondering, how Poco is producing such a flagship-grade phone at such low price and where does it cuts/adjusts its production cost, then the answer is its display and the build quality. The display is of 6.18 inch IPS LCD with Full HD+resolution. Yes, when OEMs use LCD screen, the cost drops down to a significant amount. The back body of Poco F1 is made up of polycarbonate. A special edition, known as Armoured Edition is made of a Kevlar Aramid Fiber which still makes it a
While we see top end flagships from the likes of Apple, Samsung, OnePlus providing glass back design, Poco refrains from the same. The reason it did was to reduce the pricing. You cannot really have all the fingers to of the same size. The OEM has to give up something to make way for something else that's less costly for the buyer.
It brings the new liquid cool technology which the device maker boasts that it will dissipate heat 300% faster than other flagships in the same range. This is good for gamers.
You may observe the same with the audio section. Xiaomi was boasting of packing stereo speakers but Poco F1 doesn't provide true stereo speaker experience as the audio from the earpiece can be a bit lower at times than the speaker at the bottom.
The display has a notch that resembles the iPhone X. The notch houses the IR blaster that can perform Face unlock even in darkness. Also, a swift fingerprint sensor sits below the dual camera set-up on the rear side.
Pocophone F1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Xiaomi's skin MIUI. Now some of you may not prefer MIUI but with Poco F1 the launcher has changed. The system upgrades may be slower, however, the OEM has announced Android Pie for the Pocophone F1.
Poco phone needs to upgrade its DRM license. With the current version of the license, which is License 3, Poco F1 cannot stream video content from Netflix, Amazon prime in 720p or 1080p. This doesn't apply to free content such as YouTube where users can view a video in 1080p without any hassle.
Camera and Battery
The camera section on Pocophone F1 brings powerful with sensors from Sony and Samsung placing themselves on the rear body. The front camera packs a 20-megapixel lens residing on the notch. There was an initial speculation that battery may be low if other aspects are being so high end to adjust the cost. However, Poco F1 will surprise you with a 4000 mAh battery.
Price and Availability
Here, have a look at the cost structure of the Poco F1.
|6 GB + 64 GB||Rs 20,9999/-|
|6 GB + 128 GB||Rs 23,9999/-|
|8 GB + 256 GB||Rs 28,9999/-|
The device will be exclusively avilable throuhg Flipkart.There may be some other e-commerce sites that will sell the Poco F1.
It's entirely for those buyers who are budget conscious yet want high-end features. You may not get the premium device feel due to its make but that's all you get at this price point. It's good for gaming with its memory and heat handling mechanism. With premium level chipset and memory, it can efficiently handle multi-tasking. It will also get Android Pie. Poco F1 is definitely an efficient phone and it will pave the pathway for other big OEMs for producing flagships with a budget price tag on it.