Xiaomi is prepping up to launch Poco F1 tomorrow. The handset will be arriving as the first phone in the newly announced Pocophone series. Reports have claimed that India will be receiving the Poco F1 smartphone instead of the Xiaomi Mi 8 that was made official in China at the end of May. However, according to a latest report by 91 Mobiles, India will be also receiving Mi 8 soon after the launch of Poco F1. The publication has also claimed the Indian arrival of the Mi 8 has been confirmed by three separate retailers in India.
The publication has further stated that the Indian launch date of Mi 8 is not known yet. It is likely to be priced under Rs. 30,000. In China, Xiaomi had launched the Mi 8 with in multiple variants featuring up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of native storage. There is no confirmation on whether all the variants of the Mi 8 will be arriving in India.
Recent rumors have claimed that the 128 GB variant of the Poco F1 could be priced at Rs. 25,000. There is a possibility that the Mi 8 could be aimed towards the offline markets whereas the upcoming Poco F1 could be only available online.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 and Poco F1 have similar specs and design. The Poco F1 has a dual camera unit followed by a fingerprint on the top-half of its rear shell. Since it is arriving as an affordable flagship, it features a polycarbonate rear. On the other side, the Mi 8 is blessed with a premium appeal as it features a glass rear with an iPhone X-like vertical dual camera on its top left. It also features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Poco F1 has an LCD screen with a wide notch whereas the Mi 8 has an AMOLED display with similar sized notch.
The Poco F1 features 5.99-inch IPS LCD notched display, Snapdragon 845 with liquid cooling, 6 GB / 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, microSD card slot, IR-based facial recognition, 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera, 20-megapixel, 4,000mAh battery and 3.5mm audio jack.
On the other side, the Mi 8 features a 6.28-inch S-AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, 20-megapixel front-facing camera and 3,400mAh battery. It lacks microSD card slot and 3.5mm audio jack.