Through an event held in New Delhi, India, Xiaomi announced the official launch of the Pocophone F1. Since it has arrived with an initial price of Rs. 19.999 ($286), this device is the most economical flagship with Snapdragon 845 chip of all those in the market. The features and characteristics of the smartphone indicate that is has arrived to be a flagship killer and compete with affordable high-end phones such as the OnePlus 6 and Honor 10.
Design and screen of this great device
One of the most striking features of the Pocophone F1 is an IPS 6.1 inch screen with notched LCD panel that offers impressive space. The screen offers up to 500 nits and a high contrast ratio of 1500: 1. Finally, the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass.
The notched display of this phone produces a Full HD + resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels along with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. On the other hand, in order to keep the cost of the phone low, this Xiaomi device does not count with a glass back like other flagship phones.
The notch of the phone includes all the necessary components, infrared light, proximity sensor, headphone port and front camera, which allows the phone to unlock itself even in the dark, the face unlocking function can unlock the phone in just 0.4 seconds. The rear panel of the Pocophone F1 is also equipped with a fingerprint scanner.
Regarding the presentations, there are three color options: Black Graphite, Blue Steel and Red Rosso. There is another special variant of the phone called Armored Edition that is made of Kevlar aramid fiber, a highly resistant material that is used to make bulletproof vests.
Performance of this new Xiaomi phone
The Pocophone F1 is powered by Snapdragon 845 chip and has up to 8GB of RAM. In the phone launch event, the company confirmed that it obtained an impressive AnTuTu benchmark score of 291,302. Also, Xiaomi engineers have placed a heat sink in the processor of the device that helps dissipate the heat generated by it, so it allows the phone to transfer heat at a faster rate of 300%.
Since it is equipped with “LiquidCool” technology, the phone always offers maximum sustained performance without overheating. The Pocophone F1 is equipped with a 4,000mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0, which offers 8 hours of play, around 6 hours of Full HD video playback, almost 31 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time.
This device includes up to 256GB of internal storage, and for additional storage, it is equipped with a microSD card. A modified version of MIUI runs on the Pocophone F1, plus it includes Poco launcher and a turbocharged engine for fast and smooth performance. Xiaomi has promised that phones launched under this brand will be treated with faster updates.
It includes many customizations, such as a special application drawer that easily classifies applications for convenient access. The custom MIUI ROM that is based on Android 8.1 Oreo has been optimized to open popular applications quickly, run applications without problems in the foreground and offer smooth navigation based on gestures.
The Sony IMX363 12 megapixel sensor (taken from the Xiaomi Mi 8) with a massive pixel size of 1.4 microns coupled with a secondary sensor of 5 megapixels are present on the back of the Pocophone F1. It is also equipped with features such as Dual Pixel Autofocus, real-time AI photography and dual LED flash.
On the front, there is a 20-megapixel selfie camera (again taken from the Mi 8) that is also equipped with AI to capture selfies with the best possible quality.
We show you your connectivity options
The Pocophone F1 is one of the first devices that supports 4G+ and combines it with different frequencies for a faster connection. The other connectivity features available in this Xiaomi phone include Dual VoLTE, Wifi 802.11 a/c, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB type C port and a 3.5mm audio jack. Also, it is equipped with Dirac HD Sound along with dual Smart PA speaker for an incredible audio experience.
Prices, variants and availability of the Pocophone F1
The different variants and prices of the Pocophone F1 are:
- 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM: Rs 20,990 ($300)
- 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM: 23,999 rupees ($343)
- 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM: 28,999 rupees ($415)
- Armored Edition with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM: Rs. 29,999 ($429)
The first sales will start on Flipkart and Mi.com pages at 12 P.M. Before August 29, the mentioned variants of this phone will have an instant discount of Rs.1,000 ($14). The following screenshots show the discounted price of the variants:
Buyers of this device can also take advantage of up to Rs. 8000 ($114) of instant benefits and up to 6TB of high-speed data through Reliance Jio. Likewise, Xiaomi provides a free lining along with the phone. Some of the other accessories that will be available for the Pocophone F1 include a rugged, ultra-thin hard case and a scratch-resistant Armor protector.
On the other hand, Xiaomi will hold launch events on August 27 in three global cities such as Jakarta, Hong Kong and Paris. The Chinese firm also confirmed that it will bring the smartphone to 50 global markets.
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