Last week, Xiaomi’s sub-brand POCO launched its first smartphone in the Indian market — POCO F1, which is touted to be the cheapest Snapdragon 845-powered phone. Now, the company, which is named Pocophone globally, has launched the Pocophone F1 in Indonesia and Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong, only the 6GB RAM and 128 internal storage variant have been launched, for a price of HK$2,799, which roughly converts to $357. It’ll be available for purchase in Hong Kong from 30th August through Xiaomi’s Offline Stores and Xiaomi Online Store.
On the other hand, in Indonesia, the company 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model is priced at Rp 4,499,000 (approximately $307) while the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model costs Rp 4,999,000 (approximately $342). The company has also launched the Armored Edition which packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, for Rp 5,199,000, roughly $355. It’ll be available for purchase through Lazada and Mi Store.
The Pocophone F1 flaunts a 6.18-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with 2246 x 1080 pixels screen resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The display offers up to 500-nits brightness and a high contrast ratio of 1500:1. On top, the display is protected from scratches by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm‘s flagship Snapdragon 845 processor and comes with LiquidCool technology. The company says that it decided to place a copper heat sink above the chipset which helps in dissipating the heat generated by it, allowing the phone to transfer heat at a faster rate of 300 percent. At the launch event in New Delhi, India, the company has said that the smartphone recorded an impressive AnTuTu benchmarking score of 291,302.
Coming to the camera department, the handset comes with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with a massive pixel size of 1.4micron coupled with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor on the back panel. It is equipped with features like Dual Pixel Autofocus, real-time AI photography and dual-LED flash. On the front side, there’s a 20-megapixel selfie camera powered with AI for capturing enhanced selfie shots.
It runs on a modified MIUI, based on MIUI 9.6 with the new POCO Launcher on top. It includes a lot of customizations such as an app drawer that easily categories apps for easier access and it also carries support for icon packs. The customized MIUI that is based on Android 8.1 Oreo has been optimized to launch popular apps quickly, smoothly run apps in the foreground and offer fluid gesture-based navigation.
There’s an IR scanner that enables Face Unlock feature. The Pocophone F1 is powered by a 4,000mAh battery that also carries support for Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. According to the company, it offers 8 hours of gaming, around 6 hours of Full-HD video playback, nearly 31 hours of talk time and standby time of 15 days.
While Indonesia and Hong Kong gets only the 6GB RAM variant, the Poco F1 also has an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model in India. The Armored Edition of Poco F1 in India also carries 8GB RAM.