Xiaomi launches POCO F1 the cheapest snapdragon phone in India at Rs 19999 rupees that is around Sgd 390.

The dual-SIM Xiaomi Poco F1 ships with MIUI 9.6 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. An MIUI 10 and Android P update is scheduled. It will have a new Poco launcher looks closer to stock Android’s UI. The company will also provide support for custom ROMs, and to aid this process, will release the kernel on Github starting August 29 as a beta download for non-Xiaomi phones.

The Poco F1 sports a 6.18-inch display with 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC that’s been integrated with LiquidCool Technology.

The Poco F1 features a dual camera setup. There is a primary 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 1/2.55″ f/1.8 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.

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 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).

Xiaomi Poco F1 sells at 19,999 rupees which translates to SGD 390 for a snapdragon 845.

POFO F1 with similar specs of 6GB + 64GB sells for Rs 19,999 while the OnePlus 6 sells for Rs 34,999 and Samsung Galaxy S9 sells for Rs 57,900.

The POFO F1 also comes with a 4000mAh battery where as the OnePlus 6 comes with a 3300 mAh and Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with 3000 mAh.

It will also go on sale in Jakarta, Hong Kong and Paris from 27 Aug 2018.
29 August 2018.

6GB + 64GB at Rs 19999
6GB + 128 GB at Rs 22999
8GB + 256 GB at Rs 27999

By Harry