As announced, the latest flagship smartphone of the new POCOPHONE sub-brand, which was created by Xiaomi, saw the light of day. We already know everything about this device. It promises to be a surefire hit, all thanks to a very low price. Here’s what you need to know about POCO F1.
Why did Xiaomi create a new POCOPHONE brand?
At the beginning, it is worth mentioning why Xiaomi has brought a new sub-brand to life. We had a similar situation with Huawei and its sub-brand Honor. As you probably know, the creation of Honor by Huawei had a very positive impact on the company’s revenues. That is why Xiaomi created the POCO brand. The project itself was created by a former Google employee and Xiaomi product manager in India. The manufacturer has adopted a very interesting strategy – smartphones are to be efficient, and at the same time not to cost too much.
Cost cutting is visible in the quality of the device
It is true that the company’s representatives argue that they did not want to use a glass housing, unlike the competition. According to research conducted by the company, a large proportion of people equip their smartphones with various types of covers, so the manufacturer decided that the use of glass or aluminum does not make much sense. The effect of this is that POCO F1 has unibody made of polycarbonateie plastic. Thanks to this treatment, the construction of the device is to fit better in the hand and better withstand mechanical damage.
The manufacturer has also prepared a slightly improved version of the standard F1 model. The smartphone was made of a “more premium” material than plastic. POCO F1 Armored Edition it has a housing made of aramid fiber, which is used in the production of bulletproof vests.
POCO F1 specs
The smartphone is equipped with 6.18-inch IPS display with Full HD+ resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Of course, there was also the popular cutout (with the option of hiding it), as well as the “beard” located at the bottom of the screen. It is worth mentioning that a special one was placed in the cutout facial recognition system that uses infrared.
The heart of POCO F1 is oQualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630 graphics. Interestingly, the device has liquid cooling systemhidden under the name LiquidCool Technology. As for the system itself, according to the manufacturer, it should cool the system even under heavy load, so that its performance will not decrease. The set is supported by 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB, 128GB or 256GB built-in storage (UFS 2.1)which can be further extended with cards with a maximum capacity of 256GB.
Responsible for the quality of the photos dual main camera 12 Mpx + 5 Mpx with f/1.9 aperture and 1.4 micrometer pixels. Applied here Sony IMX363 sensor. The size of the pixels has a positive impact on the better quality of photos in poor lighting conditions. However, it is responsible for faster sharpening dual pixel technology. There was also no shortage artificial intelligencewhich recognizes photographed objects and selects the best parameters. According to the manufacturer, the smartphone detects 206 different scenes. Let’s move on to the front camera. We have it here 20 Mpx webcam with f/2.0 aperture and 1.8 micrometer pixels. There was, of course, no shortage super pixel technology and artificial intelligence.
Connectivity in POCO F1 is provided by the following modules: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou and 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C port. Is also Dual SIM and fingerprint reader. The smartphone is under control Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.6 overlay modified especially for POCO smartphones. POCO F1 has been equipped with 4000 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. Everything has dimensions 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm and weighs 180 grams.
Prices and Availability
It is worth noting that POCO F1 is by far the cheapest flagship, whose heart is the Snapdragon 845. The prices of this model are as follows:
- POCO F1 (6GB/64GB) – 20,999 rupees,
- POCO F1 (6GB/128GB) – 23999 rupees,
- POCO F1 (8GB/256GB) – 28999 rupees,
- POCO F1 Armored Edition (8GB/256GB) – 29999 rupees.
As you can see, the above prices are really sensational, but they only apply to the Indian market. In Europe, POCO F1 has cost around 350 euros for the basic variant, which after conversion gives us about PLN 1,500.
The smartphone will go on sale on August 29. His The global premiere is scheduled for August 27 in Hong Kong, Indonesia and in France. POCO F1 will also appear in Poland, but so far we do not know when it will happen. Probably in a few weeks at the earliest.
Source: POCO, PhoneArena