Xiaomi has been the undisputed king of budget smartphones in two of the largest smartphone markets for such devices, India and China. Recently, brands such as Huawei have encroached upon Xiaomi’s little kingdom with sub-brands like Honor. Oppo has also quite recently launched its Realme sub-brand to rival Xiaomi’s Redmi. We could say the brand new sub-brand Poco, is Xiaomi hitting back. The newly launched Xiaomi Poco F1 brings heat to an already heated market, along with brand new stock wallpapers and ringtones.
This isn’t the first time Xiaomi has tried selling slightly more expensive smartphones, outside of the ₹20K price bracket in India. However, Xiaomi’s previous attempts haven’t really come to fruition in the country. The last from Xiaomi was the Xiaomi Mi 5. The Chinese manufacturer is looking to start over with the Poco brand. This time it is more aggressive than ever.
It sports a big 6.18-inch display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio keeping up with the trends. Speaking of trends, there’s also a notch at the top and a chin at the bottom. The back of the phone is made of polycarbonate which is a break from the all-glass trend. Back in 2012, who would’ve thought a polycarbonate back would be such a refreshing thing to see.
The polycarbonate should add more durability to the device but Xiaomi also has another variant called the Armoured Edition. That one, the company claims, has a Kevlar back. All the buttons on the device are on the right. The left side has the hybrid dual-SIM slot which can accept either two SIMs or one SIM and a microSD Card.
For those unaware, the Xiaomi Poco F1 packs in the latest and greatest Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 845 along with at least 6GB of RAM. The dual rear camera setup at the back consists of a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor, along with a dual-LED flash. The front of the device is covered with a full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080×2246 protected with Gorilla glass 3. The notch in the front houses a 20-megapixel selfie shooter along with an infrared camera and infrared emitter which are used for face recognition.
There are three storage variants, one with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, another with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and the third has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Armoured Edition is only available in the 8GB RAM variant along with 256GB of storage. All of this is powered by a 4000mAh battery which supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.
The Poco F1 runs MIUI on top of Android. Currently, the device runs MIUI 9.6 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. Xiaomi has promised to update it to MIUI 10 as it becomes available. The company has also promised to release the Android P update sometime in Q4 2018. That’s another way of saying by the end of 2018. The Poco F1 runs its own theme on top of MIUI. That can be easily changed using the Themes app.
The specs of the Xiaomi Poco F1 put it in the leagues of the OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z. However, thanks to the Gorilla glass 3 in the front and the polycarbonate at the back, and some other similar decisions, Xiaomi has managed to undercut the competition by a large margin.
The 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant of the Poco F1 is available at ₹20,999 while the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant is available at ₹23,999. For ₹28999 you can get the 8GB RAM/256GB storage variant. For reference, the OnePlus 6 starts at ₹34,999 offering 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Xiaomi Poco F1 Wallpapers & Stock Ringtones
The Poco F1 looks to be a great value for money, as far as the specs can tell us. But while you wait for the reviews to come in, you can enjoy these stock wallpapers from the Xiaomi Poco F1. There are a total of 7 wallpapers with a resolution of 1080 x 2246 px. The images below are compressed and resized for the sake of reducing page loading times. You can get the full sized images from the download link below.