Xiaomi Pocophone F1 the Pragmatic Smartphone

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Xiaomi unveiled the Poco F1 in India, which will be launched under the name Pocophone F1 in France. A new high-end smartphone.

Xiaomi launches a new smartphone brand, Poco in India and Pocophone in Europe. The Poco F1 is the first smartphone launched by this brand and wants to be a frontal competitor of OnePlus 6. In France, this smartphone should be marketed under the name Pocophone F1.

The brand highlights the fact of having been able to design a new smartphone from a blank sheet, without the weight of history that can have other brands, while taking advantage of the logistics of Xiaomi.

Design of the Pocophone F1

It’s hard to say that the Poco F1 is a smartphone with a very original design. The brand has chosen a notch screen in the front, which looks like most smartphones launched a year ago, especially the iPhone X. Poco attacked stage smartphones using a back glass, including their fragility that often pushes users to install a protective shell, ruining the design of the device. The Poco F1 uses a unibody polycarbonate chassis. It has a USB-C port and a jack.

The Poco F1 will also be offered with a Kevlar back under the name Armored Edition.

Technical characteristics of the Pocophone F1

  • 6.18 “Full HD + LCD with Gorilla Glass 
  • SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 
  • 4 to 8 GB of RAM LPDDR4X 
  • 64 to 256 GB of UFS 2.1 storage 
  • micro SD player up to 256 GB 
  • 4000 mAh battery 
  • Quick Charge Quick Charge 3.0 18W 
  • double cameras at the back: 
  • 12 megapixel Sony IMX363 1.4 μm 
  • 5 megapixel Samsung 
  • 20-megapixel front camera with 1.8 μm photosites 
  • infrared facial recognition 
  • Dirac HD Sound dual speaker 
  • USB-C port and 3.5 mm jack 
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI interface for POCO 

MIUI for Poco

The Poco F1 runs on Android with an interface developed by the brand. This is a version derived from MIUI that we know well at Xiaomi.
Among the changes made by Poco, we note in particular the installation of Poco Launcher, a launcher with an application drawer and which takes an interface closer to Android stock. Poco is also advancing a very high-performance optimization. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo on the way out and will be updated to Android 9.0 Pie by the end of the year. It officially supports Treble, like all devices natively under Oreo, and Poco has promised on stage that the phone could be easily hackable. The bootloader can be unlocked without losing its warranty, and the source code of the kernel will be released before the end of August.

Availability and prices

The Poco F1 will be available in Rosso Red, Steel Blue or Graphite Black. The 64 GB version of storage and 4 GB of RAM will be marketed at 20 999 rupees or about 260 euros. The 128 GB version with 6 GB of RAM will be sold at 23 999 rupees, or about 300 euros HT.

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