When it comes to buying a new smartphone, we’re all on the lookout for something that delivers quality performance without burning a hole in our pockets. After Oppo launched the F9 and the F9 Pro yesterday, it was Xiaomi’s turn to leap into the mid-range smartphone market. The PocoF1 was launched at an event in the capital earlier today, the first offering from Xiaomi’s new sub-brand Pocophone. Could this be the affordable flagship we’ve all been waiting for?
The PocoF1 will be available in four different colour options—the Rosso Red, Steel Blue and Graphite Black are its basic variants but a special Armoured edition with a Kevlar back panel grabs the headlines. The phone itself has a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display and a display notch which you can remove in the Settings menu. Coming to the camera capabilities, the device has a 12MP Sony IMX363 + 5MP camera setup on the back with Dual Pixel technology, HDR and real-time AI photography. The front camera is a 20MP camera with HDR capabilties as well.
Under The Hood
The PocoF1 is packing some serious power under its back panel with a Snapdragon 845 chipset with Adrena 630 GPU and AI prowess in the form of AIE 845. Its 4,000mAh battery will reportedly deliver power all day, which can be easily replenished via its QuickCharge 3.0 support. It offers a upto 8GB RAM and upto 256GB of internal storage with an expandable memory of up to an additional 256GB using an external microSD.
Keeping the phone cool while all these fireworks are going off within is its new LiquidCool technology that allows a better thermal dissipation than most of its rivals such as the OnePlus 6 and the Asus ZenFone 5Z.
Pricing And Availability
Part of a cutting-edge market segment, Xiaomi has priced the PocoF1 competitively at INR 20,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant while the 128GB internal storage model will cost INR 23,999 in India. The 8GB RAM and 256GB built-in storage model is priced at INR 28,999. The special Armoured Edition model is only available with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, which will set you back INR 29,999.
The smartphone arrives with a soft case in the box and can be purchased via Flipkart or Mi.com when the first sale starts on August 29 at 12pm IST. With a stylish design packed with the latest features, it’ll be hard to find better value for your money!