From the last few months, there are rumors and leaks about the POCOPHONE from Xiaomi. Recently, the company has officially confirmed its presence by posting the teaser images. While this new brand is called as POCO in India, it will be called as POCOPHONE in the international markets. Today, POCO has officially launched its first ever smartphone called POCO F1 at an event held in New Delhi, India. Though the POCO F1 is certainly a powerhouse, it lacks the premium feel as seen on other Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones.
Lately, we are seeing several smartphones with some unique color options and form factors. However, the new POCO F1 comes with the polycarbonate unibody design. Talking about the processor, the device packs top-notch Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor as seen on other flagship smartphones. The 10nm Snapdragon 845 processor comes coupled with liquid cooling technology and Adreno 630 GPU. It comes in three different storage variants – 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB.
For the first time, we are seeing a flagship Xiaomi smartphone featuring MicroSD card slot. On the front is the 6.18-inch Full HD+ IPS display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The huge notch on the top holds the front camera, earpiece, IR sensor. The device comes with hybrid SIM card slot and supports Dual 4G VoLTE. It is backed by a 4,000mAh non-removable battery and supports 18W Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology.
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Talking about the cameras, the device comes with 12MP + 5MP AI dual camera setup on the rear with dual pixel autofocus and a 20MP single selfie camera on the front. The cameras support AI scene detection, AI portrait mode, and AI beauty mode. The device also offers the stereo sound effect that uses the earpiece as its secondary speaker. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with MIUI (for POCO) on top. The MIUI skin on POCO devices come with app drawer and few other UI changes.
The latest Android 9.0 Pie update will be available in the next few months. It also sports rear-facing fingerprint sensor and also features Infrared lens. Talking about the pricing, the 6GB RAM variant of POCO F1 with 64GB and 128GB of internal storage is priced at Rs 20,999 and Rs 23,999 respectively. There is also a special Armored edition POCO F1 with 8GB RAM that costs Rs 29,999. It will be exclusively sold via Flipkart and Mi.com. The device comes in Rosso Red, Graphite Black, and Steel Blue color options.