Xiaomi-backed Poco F1 goes officially official with top-notch specs, crazy low price

Xiaomi-backed Poco F1 goes officially official with top-notch specs, crazy low price
Huawei has its crazy successful Honor sub-brand, Oppo recently unveiled the first ultra-affordable Realme phone, and now Xiaomi wants to consolidate its domination over the essential Indian market with the Poco F1.

Established as a “small outfit within Xiaomi”, the Poco project is supervised by Jai Mani, a former Googler and Mi India’s Lead Product Manager for the past four years. But this is not an India-only operation, and globally, Alvin Tse, Xiaomi’s ex-head of sales, will be in charge of the Pocophone brand.

The handset that’s been prematurely revealed in Europe a good couple of weeks back under the Pocophone F1 name is now officially and properly announced in India as the Poco F1. Its mission is simple - deliver raw speed on par with the vast majority of high-end devices on the market today at a fraction of the price.

Xiaomi-backed Poco F1 goes officially official with top-notch specs, crazy low price

The new Xiaomi-backed “master of speed” aims to even take on inexpensive flagships like the OnePlus 6, purportedly scoring higher AnTuTu scores and sustaining said scores “consistently for a longer period of time.”

That’s made possible by Qualcomm’s cutting-edge Snapdragon 845 processor, as well as proprietary LiquidCool Technology capable of dissipating heat “300% faster than competition flagships.” Now that’s a cool feature, and figuratively speaking, the same goes for the hefty 4,000 mAh battery under the Poco F1’s hood, paired with Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

Instead of following the latest “premium” design trends, the Poco F1 does its own thing, adopting a hard-coated polycarbonate (read plastic) unibody construction billed as “seamless, sturdy and comfortable to hold on to.” Also, presumably cheaper to manufacture than an all-glass chassis.

Xiaomi-backed Poco F1 goes officially official with top-notch specs, crazy low price

But incredibly enough, a special “Armoured Edition” is coming soon too, boasting a Kevlar Aramid Fiber build that apparently “takes durability to a whole new level.” The Poco F1 Armoured Edition is also “5 times more expensive than glass”, making it Xiaomi’s “most premium smartphone yet.”

The 6.18-inch “edge-to-edge” FHD+ display does come with both a “trendy” notch and a fairly generous chin, but for what it’s worth, you can easily camouflage the iPhone X-inspired screen cutout right out the box.

The Poco F1 unsurprisingly ticks all the obligatory AI photography boxes of today, featuring a 12 + 5MP dual rear camera setup and single 20MP selfie shooter. Other impressive specs include up to 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage space, as well as lightning fast infrared face unlock capabilities, and top-shelf Dirac HD Sound technology.

Of course, the truly impressive part is the new handset's pricing structure, starting at the rough equivalent of just $300 (Rs. 20,999) in a 6/64GB configuration. The 8GB RAM/256GB storage variant is set to cost 28,999 rupees, or $415, while the super-premium Armoured Edition will only fetch an extra Rs. 1,000 for a total of $430 or so. Just as expected, this makes the Poco F1 the most affordable Snapdragon 845 phone around. 

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Pocophone F1
  • Display 6.2" 1080 x 2246 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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43 Comments

1. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

The Real flagship killer

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Xiaomi is unstoppable.Hope to see in top 3 by 2020.

31. umaru-chan

Posts: 314; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Xiaomi has only one policy, that is - " F Samsung and become world largest smartphone seller." So far they're doing pretty good job Implementing the policy. Who would in their right mind buy Samsung A series phone over this beast. Now all they have to do is increase their offline presence in India. Flash sale is not going to help them in the long run. Long live xiaomi.

37. Phonehex

Posts: 700; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

RIP Oneplus 6 in price sensitive markets like India. 170$ (37%) Cheaper for base variant. This is THE true market disruption phone.

2. Tahir215

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

RIP world!! Unbelievable.. Xiaomi You beauty.

4. Stranded87

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I really wish these sorts of phones would either up the resolution or drop the screen size. While FHD+ at 6.18 inches isn't that bad it's far from 'top-notch'

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

(Overused top notch jokes)

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I already read about this phone yesterday on another website. Excellent device, except the notch. I might pick it up even though I hate the notch on an LCD display!

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I just read on Android Central that all the models of PoCo F1 will come with UFS 2.1 and LPDDR4X RAM as standard. Seriously, all that for US$300? Now that's something...!

15. dimas

Posts: 3215; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

For a $568 with 8gb ram, 256gb storage and 4,000mah battery, I can ignore that optional notch. I am holding back my note 9 buying urge to try this phone first.

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It's not $568. Atleast not in US$.

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It's not $568. Atleast not in US$.

21. Loveneesh

Posts: 413; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

It's 415USD only for 8gb ram and 256gb version and I'm definitely getting this version.

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Get the kevlar one :)

6. Be_Mine

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Hopefully they will get rid of their Flash Sales. It's worse than the infamous OnePlus Invitational System. I missed out on the Redmi Note 5 Pro too many times that I just get the Honor 9n instead.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

True that. However, you should have waited a little longer. The Note 5 Pro is superior to that Honor, if I remember correctly.

9. peace247 unregistered

mind blown....

12. Povea

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

Just bring it on with band 20 cos am buying!

13. AbhiD

Posts: 502; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Absolutely Amazing. Indian market is getting really interesting. Crazy awesome phones for such less prices. No wonder $1000 Samsung and Apple don't sell in here

22. Boast_Rider

Posts: 498; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Try $1500 for iPhone X in India. You barely get an iPhone 8 in $1000.

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

64GB iPhone 8 is available for $680 in India on some sites.

33. Boast_Rider

Posts: 498; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I checked both flipkart and amazon, both have it listed for near $900. After a year of launch, this is pathetic. Even the iPhone 7 isn't available for $680.

36. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I said 'some sites'. If I remembered their names I would have told you.

39. Boast_Rider

Posts: 498; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

You said 'is available'. It's not. Also, those are deals and promotions, with the actual price being closer to $1000.

41. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Well I donot remember if it was actual price or discounted one. So you might be right.

14. Cat97

Posts: 1617; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Finally a plastic back flagship ! I'm inclined to switch to this only for it's plastic back (and of course, for its amazing 4000 mAh battery). Glass backs are the stupidest invention regarding smartphone build. You use glass when you need transparency, not when some stupid reviewers wine about "lacking premium feel" !

16. dimas

Posts: 3215; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Agree, those premium feeling glass will be covered with ugly case by most people anyway. It will also be a big bonus If Poco F1 will have removable batteries.

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I agree too. I always whine about glass backs on phones with no wireless charging but no one cares to listen to me. Everyone is always like, "but, but glass is more premium!". Oh just shut up please!! It's due to you idiots that we have glass on every 2nd phone today, even if it doesn't have wireless charging.... I wish such idiots would have preferred the durability rather than the shine. And boycotted the advent of glass-back midrangers as soon as they appeared. If they did, we would have had more metal instead.

17. Guaire

Posts: 850; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I would say shut up and take my money, if it was available on my country with such prices. It looks to me a spiritual successor of old Xiaomi phones like Mi3. Plastic body and large battery make sense. Armoured Edition is a waste in my opinion. It will felt like plastic and scratch as easily probably. Camera is not top notch, but on the paper it's fairly adequate. With Gcam it will be even better. Display is a bit dim at max. 500 nits, but if it's reflecition is low unlike Mi A1 probably it will be fine, otherwise it might be its major weakness. That cooling system sounds to me a bit gimmicky, since the body is made of plastic. Plastic is a bad heat conductor. So I can imagine after a short while inner temperature will rise. Transferring the heat away from the SoC is good, but from there it also needs to be transferred to our hands via the body of the phone fast. According to the Mi India page, that phone is running on a tailored MIUI and have app drawer.

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Armoured edition is no joke. It's mostly kevlar! I always wanted to see kevlar in a phone. And it won't scratch easily. And please read review of this phone on Android central and other sites, especially about its cooling system before making any assumptions.

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