Xiaomi has launched its sub-brand, the Pocophone F1 in India and promised a global release coming soon. Just a week ago at an event in New Delhi we were treated to the first glimpse of the F1. Now Xiaomi has declared the phone will be available across the globe at simultaneous events being held in Paris, Jakarta and Hong Kong. And yes, UAE is on the list!
Pocophone F1: All you need to know
Just when you thought Xiaomi’s products couldn’t provide any more bang for your buck, the Pocophone series is expected to diversify Xiaomi’s portfolio to offer phones with even better value-for-money.
It will come equipped with the Snapdragon 845 chipset with an octa-core CPU running at 2.8 GHz, an Adreno 630 GPU, and a choice between 6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM.
The phone boasts a massive 6.18-inch LCD with a notch (obviously) and full HD+ resolution. The front lacks any physical buttons and has an infrared sensor for face unlock tucked in the notch.
The rear camera setup of Pocophone F1 is 12 MP + 5 MP. The front facing selfie camera does 20 MP still with an f/2.0 lens.
The battery is an impressive 4,000 mAh capacity with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 capabilities and comes packed with a QC3 charger.
Audiophiles can enjoy stereo speakers, with one on the bottom and the second tucked in the earpiece.
Xiaomi even claims to be including a new “LiquidCool Technology” that will prevent the phone from heating up while playing intensive games.
On the OS front the Pocophone F1 will boot a modified version of MIUI 9.6 based on Android Oreo. Called MIUI for Poco and packing a new Poco theme, it actually looks and behaves very similarly to the Nova Launcher. It should receive MIUI 10 shortly with Android Pie to follow within the next three months.
Pocophone F1: Availability and Price
Pocophone F1 comes in three color variants: Graphite Black, Steel Blue and Rosso Red. There is a fourth option called Armored Edition that has a Kevlar back for better grip and higher scratch-resistance.
You can choose between three storage options of 64GB, 128GB and 256 GB. Currently available in India and parts of South East Asia, the Pocophone F1 will gradually be available across the mentioned countries, all at difference price points.