Xiaomi Poco F1 smartphone is launching tomorrow. It is the first phone that will introduce Xiaomi’s new sub-brand named Poco. Recent reports suggest that the new brand has been established to offer customers to offer performance-oriented smartphones at affordable pricing. Most of the currently available affordable flagship phones such as OnePlus 6 and Honor 10 are priced between Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 40,000 in India. However, it is speculated that the highest configuration variant of the Poco F1 would be priced under Rs. 30,000. Here is all that is known about the Poco F1 smartphone.
From the front, the Poco F1 handset appears looks like the Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphone that was unveiled in China few months ago. In other words, it borrows the notched display design from the Mi 8. The handset features a wider notch because it not only houses the selfie camera and but IR camera too with flood illuminator. Also, instead of the S-AMOLED screen on the Mi 8, Xiaomi has employed IPS LCD panel display on the Poco F1.
The Mi 8 smartphone features a glass rear, but the affordable Poco F1 is fitted with a polycarbonate rear. The vertical dual camera and a fingerprint scanner are positioned on the rear shell of the F1.
Specifications and Features
The Poco F1 is expected to house a 6.18-inch IPS LCD screen that will offer an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and Full HD+ resolution. The Snapdragon 845 chipset is accompanied by liquid cooling technology for maintaining the internal temperature while performing processor intensive tasks on the phone. Moreover, it is expected to arrive with a big battery of 4,000mAh capacity that will carry support Quick Charge 3.0.
Here are the rumored storage and color variants of the Xiaomi Poco F1:
64 GB storage + 6 GB RAM – Russo Red, Steel Blue, Graphite Black and Gradient
128 GB storage + 6 GB RAM – Russo Red, Steel Blue, Graphite Black and Gradient
256 GB storage + 8 GB RAM – Steel Blue, Graphite Black, Gradient and Armoured (Kevlar)
The 6 GB RAM and 8 GB RAM variants of the Poco F1 have surfaced on Geekbench benchmarking platform with impressive single-core and multi-core scores. Hence, it appears that the powerful SD845 chipset coupled with a long-lasting battery will allow the Poco F1 to deliver unmatched flagship performance. No wonder the Chinese manufacturer is teasing the smartphone with taglines like “master of speed” and “blazing speed at all times.”
The dual camera setup of the Poco Fi is expected to feature a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. For shooting selfies, it could be featuring a 20-megapixel frontal camera. The front and rear cameras of the Poco F1 are expected to carry numerous AI features for optimized photo shooting experience.
The Android 8.1 Oreo OS overlaid with Xiaomi’s proprietary ROM, most likely MIUI 10 will come preinstalled on the smartphone. It will be coming with usual connectivity features such as dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack.
The 128 GB storage + 8 GB RAM variant of the Xiaomi Poco F1 is rumored to be priced around Rs. 25,000. This indicates that the base model of the phone may cost around Rs. 22,000 whereas the model with 256 GB storage + 8 GB RAM may arrive with a pricing of Rs. 29,000. Apart from Mi.com, Flipkart will be the only third-party retailer that will be selling the Poco F1 smartphone in India.
Xiaomi is currently the number one smartphone brand in India thanks to mid-range Redmi and Redmi Note series phones. With the arrival of the affordable Poco F1, the Chinese manufacturer could be aiming to make it big in the flagship market in India which will make it possible to increase its market share in the country.
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