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Xiaomi Poco F1 With Snapdragon 845, Starting At Rs.20,999 Launched in India

Price in India, Specifications and Author's Opinion

Story Highlights
  • Poco F1 featuring up to 8GB of RAM
  • All the variants are priced under Rs. 30,000
  • The smartphone will be available starting August 29

Poco F1, the first smartphone from Xiaomi’s new sub-brand Poco, has launched in India. The brand is led by former Google executive and Xiaomi’s Lead Product Manager Jai Mani, who unveiled the latest smartphone at an event in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Xiaomi POCO F1

Xiaomi has announced three variants of the Poco F1 in the country and they come with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage. We already knew that the smartphone was exclusive to Flipkart and now other details like the Poco F1 price in India, booking process, and release date have been confirmed as well. Interestingly, the price in India of all the Poco F1 models has been set in the sub-Rs. 30,000 segment. At the launch event, the company also announced the smartphone will be launched in Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Paris on August 27.

Top Highlights of Smartphone:

The highlights of the handset include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with LiquidCool Technology, 4000 mAh Battery and Infrared Face Unlock.

Xiaomi POCO F1 Price in India, Sale Date, and Launch Offers

  • The Xiaomi Poco F1 price in India starts from Rs. 20,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant. Meanwhile, the 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage model has been priced at Rs. 23,999, and the 8GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage model costs Rs. 28,999. The smartphone has a polycarbonate back and comes with Rosso Red, Steel Blue and Graphite Black colour options.
  • Additionally, an Armoured Edition of the Poco F1 with ‘real Kevlar’ was also announced at the event, priced at Rs. 29,999.
  • The online-only smartphone will be available via Flipkart and starting from 12pm IST on August 29.
  • Buyers in the first sale will get a Rs. 1,000 instant discount on HDFC Bank credit and debit cards. Other launch offers include up to 6TB of data from Reliance Jio, with additional benefits up to Rs. 8,000.
  • A soft-case will be bundled in box. An ultra-slim hard case priced at Rs. 399 will also be made available alongside. A Kevlar finished Armoured Case will also be made available at Rs 799. The company is also launching its first ‘official skins’, priced at Rs. 299.
  • Even though it is a new sub-brand, it is worth noting that the servicing of the Poco F1 will be done by existing Xiaomi service centres.

Xiaomi POCO F1 Specifications and Features

The dual-SIM Xiaomi Poco F1 ships with MIUI 9.6 out-of-the-box based on Android 8.1 Oreo, though an MIUI 10 update is said to be coming soon. Also, the company has promised an Android Pie update as well. Xiaomi says that it is using customised version of MIUI for the Poco F1, optimised for speed, called MIUI for Poco. Its appearance of the interface has been changed, including notifications, and the Poco launcher looks closer to stock Android’s UI. There are also features like third-party app icon support. The company will also provide support for custom ROMs, and to aid this process, will release the kernel in the next few weeks.

POCO F1 Front
POCO F1 Front Side (Graphite Black)
POCO F1 Back
POCO F1 Back Side (Graphite Black)

The Poco F1 sports a 6.18-inch display with 2.D curved Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC that’s been integrated with LiquidCool Technology. As mentioned, there are two RAM variants of the smartphone – 6GB and 8GB.

In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Poco F1 features a dual camera setup. There is a primary 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with 1.4-micron pixel, dual-pixel autofocus at the back. It is the same sensor that Xiaomi uses in smartphones like Mi 8 and Mi Mix 2s. Additionally, the camera 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor from Samsung. The front 20-megapixel camera also has HDR and AI Beautify features, with an IR light that powers the Face Unlock feature. Xiaomi says that the AI camera is tuned especially for India, and has scene recognition features. The company is also touting Dirac HD Sound support, with a Dual Smart PA.

POCO F1 Color Variants
POCO F1 Color Variants
POCO F1 Steel Blue Color
POCO F1 Steel Blue Color
POCO F1 Graphite Black Color
POCO F1 Armoured Edition Color
POCO F1 Rosso Red Color
POCO F1 Rosso Red Color

The Poco F1 comes in 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB inbuilt storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid SIM slot configuration. Connectivity options in the smartphone include 4G+, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board the handset are an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. Notably, the smartphone is fuelled by a 4,000mAh battery with 18W charging support and Quick Charge 3 (charger bundled in box).

Author’s Opinion

The POCO F1 is quintessentially a Xiaomi smartphone with a different branding. It’s made up of the same ingredients: a great display, flagship specs, powerful cameras and useful software capabilities backed by a long-lasting battery, available at a mouth-watering price point. While POCO F1 design doesn’t stand out. All said and done, the F1 is the best foot forward by Xiaomi to establish itself in the Rs.20,000+ segment.

At this price point for what it offers completely beats the Honor Play which was our recommended smartphone around Rs. 20,000.

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Shubham Mishra

Founder and Chief Editor at PaidFreeDroid. Shubham likes to keep on top of the tech world and loves to help people around him who face day to day trouble with technology.

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