Xiaomi has just launched the Pocophone F1 at a glossy event in New Delhi, India. The new smartphone series is expected to diversify the Xiaomi smartphone portfolio and offer phones with even better value-for-money.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1, which will be called Poco F1 in India, has the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and starting at $300. So its the cheapest smartphone for now.
The Poco F1 has a 6.18 LCD with a notch and Full HD+ resolution (2246 x 1080 pixels in 18.7:9 ratio). The front of the Poco F1 has no physical buttons, but there is an infrared sensor for face unlock placed in the notch. The front panel is protected with a Gorilla Glass, but the version is not yet known.
The Poco F1 has an octa-core processor clocked at 2.8 GHz, an Adreno 630 GPU, and 6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM. The three storage options are 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB.
The rear camera setup of Poco F1 is 12 MP + 5 MP. On paper its the same as the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, with the main Sony IMX363 sensor packing 1.4µm pixels and sitting behind f/1.9 lens.
The selfie camera has 20 MP lens with an f/2.0 lens. It’s joined at the notch by the face unlock setup from the Xiaomi Mi 8. It consists of an infrared lighting, scanning the face and a separate lens that reads the light that bounces off from the face.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 runs MIUI 9.6 based on Android 8 Oreo, but it is actually a modified version, packing a new Poco theme, it actually looks and behaves very similarly to the Nova Launcher. It will receive MIUI 10 and Android Pie within the next three months.
The battery of the Poco F1 is surely impressive – 4,000 mAh capacity with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 with a QC3 charger in the retail box.
The Poco F1 even packs stereo speakers – one on the bottom, the second in the earpiece. Due to the phone arriving with so-called LiquidCool Technology, it should not heat up while gaming.
Pocophone F1 comes in three color variants – Graphite Black, Steel Blue, and Rosso Red. And Armored Edition that has a Kevlar back for better grip and higher scratch-resistance.
Pricing & Availability
Prices start from $300 for the 6/64 GB version, the 6/128 GB one is $345, while the 8/256 GB version is priced at $415. The Armored Edition is available only with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage and costs an $430.
Global prices and availability dates will be revealed on August 27 at three simultaneous events in Jakarta, Paris, and Hong Kong.