POCO F1 by Xiaomi: Unboxing and Review

Xiaomi is India’s one of the fastest growing smartphone brands. It captured the market through its series of Redmi phones. However, they recently launched a new handset under a new odd sounding sub-brand named POCO. The new phone which is called POCO F1 is taking the market by a storm since its exclusive launch on Flipkart. Read on to know why.

Design:

POCO F1 features a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Xiaomi has not included a glass back and instead opted for a more durable polycarbonate coating, which is practically crack and shatter proof. The phone which is as thick as the Galaxy Note 9 surprisingly weighs less than it. Moreover, the buttons are placed in such a way that all of them are easily accessible. At the back of the phone is the dual camera and just below it, Xiaomi has placed the finger print scanner.

Specs and software:

The Poco F1 sports a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with four cores clocked at 2.8GHz and the other four clocked at 1.8GHz. The phone currently runs on  Android 8.1 Oreo. Xiaomi gives 6GB RAM for the base model and there is an 8GB one also available. It comes with a basic storage capacity of 64GB which can be expanded upto 128 and 256 GB depending on the requirements.

Battery, Camera, and other Features:

A 4000mAh battery powers the phone which is the most you can get on budget flagship phones. Xiaomi has also added Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 support along with a 12V 2A charger for  those people who are always in a hurry.

Xiaomi wanted  the camera to excel and hence provided the following set-up- 12MP+5MP dual rear camera on the rear and 20MP camera on the front. The rear camera has a 12 MP f/1.9 main sensor and a 5 MP f/1.9 secondary sensor for depth information. Moreover, Xiaomi has added features like AI and a front-camera potrait mode. Video recording on the Poco F1 maxes out at 4K for the rear camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter. This is probably the best selfie camera available in the market and beats out it competitors by far.

Other features in the POCO F1 is the Face Unlock feature that uses the infrared camera and emitter to scan your face. Even in low-light the recognition is extremely fast. Otherwise, you always have the fingerprint scanner to fall back to. This phone also comes with Xiaomi’s thermal solution called LiquidCooling, which helps keep the CPU temperatures low. So if you are a gaming fan, don’t worry, your phone will not heat up.

Price:

All in all the phone is an excellent buy and is superior to it’s competitors in the market. The 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant of the Poco F1 is priced at Rs. 20,999, the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 23,999, and the 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage is priced at Rs. 28,999.

 

 

By Abhishek Aggarwal

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