The launch event of Poco F1 India has finally started, bringing Xiaomi’s new practical flagship to the market. The company says Poco is pointed at bringing phones that emphasis on features that matter and do not burn a hole in the buyers’ pockets. The new Poco F1 smartphone will bring a fast operative, or at least that’s what the social media teasers have been concentrating on so far. It will come with Snapdragon 845 chipset with Adreno 630 GPU. A LiquidCool technology to facilitate heat debauchery has been combined in the handset. Battery life is added emphasis of the device – the company claims its 4,000mAh battery will deliver all-day juice; it has QuickCharge 3.0 support for fast-charging. It comes with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB built-in storage, with up to 256GB microSD card support in hybrid configuration. The company also said the handset will support faster mobile data download speeds with the 4G+ standard.
As for the blueprint, Poco F1 features a heat-coated polycarbonate body; there will also be a Poco F1 Armoured Edition, with a Kevlar back panel. The smartphone has a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display with 500nits brightness and there is a display notch but you can eliminate it in Settings. The infrared light ensures the Face Unlock feature works well even in the dark. It comes in Steel Blue, Graphite Black and Rosso Red colour options. Next, to the camera, the device gets a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 + 5-megapixel camera setup on the back with Dual Pixel technology, HDR, and real-time AI photography. On the front is a 20-megapixel camera with HDR.
Minimalistic but tough model
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Xiaomi, regardless of being one of the most widespread brands in India, isn’t known for making the best-looking reasonable phones. It’s not that the layout is unpleasant, but it’s not as extravagant as Honor’s premium glass body finish. They rather opted for a more practical method by using aluminium on the body, which of course is tougher. With POCO F1, the company chose a similar approach.
That said, the POCO F1 is not the best-beholding smartphone in its value range, but it surely is amongst the toughest ones. The front of the phone isn’t very different matched with other smartphones with 19:9 aspect ratio, except for a wider notch on top that resides IR blaster to enhance facial recognition on the phone. There’s also a thick chin at the bottom, which means it doesn’t really highlight on a tremendously high screen to body ratio like most OEMs these days.
Although we have got the Armoured Edition that comes with a Kevlar back, the innovative phones have a good-quality polycarbonate. So, if you want to get your hands on the best one, you will need to shed Rs 29,999 and not the base price of Rs 20,999. Favourably, if you are fond of flashy-looking phones developed out of glass or metal, this one isn’t even close. Nevertheless, the polycarbonate body does safeguard permanency whereas metal phones disintegrate heat better.
The Armoured edition that we have of course feels improved than the polycarbonate alternatives. The decent thing about it is that it’s not greasy, neither delicate, so you don’t need to put a cover on the back like glass phones like OnePlus 6, Honor 10 or the Asus Zenfone 5Z.
Looks isn’t the great fascinating part of the phone, but in performance, it is a somewhat wise pattern and develops for the price. In fact, if you are a fan of Moto’s older design with textured back then the Armoured Edition will feel just like home to you.
Although not a top-level display, doesn’t dissatisfy either
The POCO F1 attributes a 6.18-inch FHD+ (2248 x 1080 pixels) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It also gets Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top, which is not the latest of the series but does save it from mild scratches and drops.
Xiaomi is quite reliable with their IPS LCD panels for some time now, and the same goes for the POCO F1. The screen looks matching to the one on Mi 8, which is a sub-par panel for a phone of this range. Obviously, it is not as good as an AMOLED but does the job pretty good. Had it been an AMOLED panel, the black borders next to the notch would have looked evenly-merged with, but that’s not the case here.
Similar to most of the Xiaomi phone displays, this one also has muted colours and a bluish tint above white, which can be accustomed using the increased contrast mode to have punchier output. All in all, it’s a good display to read and watch content.
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It’s a beast
We’ve frequently highlighted the point that the POCO F1 takes raw power under the hood, which is what makes this phone special. Not that it’s the only phone with this hardware or the first phone with such authority, but at Rs 20,999 it’s exactly unconquerable at the minute.
It gets authority from a Snapdragon 845 under the hood and has both 6GB and 8GB alternatives to choose from. While our 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant do everything seamlessly, it’s unlikely to find any performance issue on the 6GB variant as well. In contrast to the OnePlus 6, there’s a very small overlap in terms of functioning. The OnePlus 6 feels somewhat faster while navigating through its interface, and that’s typically for the reason that the OxygenOS is remarkably intended and enhanced.
A big battery on paper
After using it for a day, we can say that the battery can effortlessly last for a day or more on mixed usage. It parcels a 4000mAh battery, which is not normal on top phones unless it’s the enormous Note 9. That’s the reason why it’s comparatively heavier and thicker than other smartphones.
You can rely on it for broadened gaming sessions without the need to put in on the charge in the middle. We are still examining the battery functioning of the phone, but it has shown decent signs as of now.
It supports Quick Charge 3.0 and Xiaomi bundles a fast charger in the box.
Favourable cameras for daylight
POCO F1 has the similar main camera that was seen on the Mi 8 earlier this year. It gets a 12MP Sony IMX363 primary sensor with 1.4-micron pixel size and a 5MP secondary sensor. It gets dual-pixel autofocus technology that was first seen on the Samsung Galaxy S7, and it improves focus speed and precision.
Up front, there’s a 20MP sensor introducing Super Pixel tech that is said to merge info from four pixels into one large 1.8-micron pixel for clearer images with minimum noise.
Both the cameras get AI highlights for photos. Xiaomi says the AI intelligently classifies and enhances the images in real-time by judging the scene. It is pre-fed with 206 scenes across 25 classifications.
The POCO F1 is one of a typical phone that doesn’t bring something exclusive to the table, yet has the ability to compete against smartphones ranging from Rs 20,000 to Rs 40,000 without a hitch. It’s a well-stable phone that doesn’t try to do ample and only emphases on essential functioning and software experience.