Xiaomi has just introduced the long-teased Pocophone F1 at a glossy event in New Delhi, India. The new smartphone series is expected to diversify the Xiaomi portfolio and offer phones with even better value-for-money.
The Pocophone F1, which will be called Poco F1 in India, has the flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset and starting at INR20,999 ($300) it’s by far the cheapest smartphone to do so.
Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi
The new phone 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 F1 lacks any physical buttons, but there is infrared sensor for face unlock tucked in the notch. The panel is protected with a Gorilla Glass, but the company is yet to confirm the exact version.
The Snapdragon 845 has an octa-core CPU running at 2.8 GHz, an Adreno 630 GPU, and h either 6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM. The three storage options are 64GB, 128GB and 256 GB.
Pocophone F1 front and back
The rear camera setup of Pocophone F1 is 12 MP + 5 MP. On paper that setup hardware looks the same as in the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, with the main Sony IMX363 sensor packing 1.4m pixels and sitting behind f/1.9 lens.
The selfie camera does 20 MP still with an f/2.0 lens. It’s joined at the notch by the face unlock setup from the Mi 8. It consists an infrared lighting, scanning the face and a separate lens that reads the light that bounces off from the face.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 boots MIUI 9.6 based on Android Oreo, but it is actually a modified version. Called MIUI for Poco and packing a new Poco theme, it actually looks and behaves very similarly to the Nova Launcher. It should receive MIUI 10 shortly with Android Pie to follow within the next three months.
The battery of the F1 surely is impressive – 4,000 mAh capacity with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 capabilities with a QC3 charger in the retail box.
The Pocophone F1 even packs stereo speakers – one on the bottom, the second being the earpiece. Due to the phone arriving with so-called LiquidCool Technology, it should not heat up while used for gaming.
Pocophone F1 from all sides
Pocophone F1 comes in three color variants – Graphite Black, Steel Blue, and Rosso Red. There is a fourth option called Armored Edition that has a Kevlar back for better grip and higher scratch-resistance.
Prices start from INR20,999 ($300) for the 6/64 GB version, the 6/128 GB one is INR23,999 ($345), while the 8/256 GB will set you back INR28,999($415). The Armored Edition is only available with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage for INR29,999 ($430).
First sale is taking place online on August 29 – mi.com and Flipkart will offer the phone and they will be offering a special launch discount of INR 1,000.
Global prices and availability dates will be revealed on August 27 at three simultaneous events in Jakarta, Paris, and Hong Kong.