The first smartphone from the Mi sub-brand poco is launched in Poco F1, India. The brand has been led by former Google executive and lead production manager Jai Maani of Mi, who unveiled the Poco F1 smartphone in a program in New Delhi on Wednesday. Mi has announced four types of smartphones in the country and they come with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB inbuilt storage. The main highlights of the handset include Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SOC, which includes LiquidCool Technology, 6.18 inch display, 12 megapixel rear camera and more. We already knew that the smartphone was specific to Flipkart and now other details like Poco F1 value, booking process and release date in India have also been confirmed. The interesting thing is that the price for all types has been fixed in sub-funds. In the 30,000 segment Poco F1 India Launch event, the company also announced that the smartphone will be launched in Hong Kong, Jakarta and Paris on August 27.
Poco F1 price in India
The Xiaomi Poco F1 price in India starts from Rs. 20,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant. Meanwhile, the 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage model has been priced at Rs. 23,999, and the 8GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage model costs Rs. 28,999. The smartphone has a polycarbonate back and comes with Rosso Red, Steel Blue and Graphite Black colour options. Additionally, an Armoured Edition of the Poco F1 with ‘real Kevlar’ was also announced at the event, priced at Rs. 29,999. The online-only smartphone will be available via Flipkart and Mi.com starting from 12pm IST on August 29.
Buyers in the first sale will get a Rs. 1,000 instant discount on HDFC Bank credit and debit cards. Other launch offers include up to 6TB of data from Reliance Jio, with additional benefits up to Rs. 8,000. A soft-case will be bundled in box. An ultra-slim hard case priced at Rs. 399 will also be made available alongside. A Kevlar finished Armoured Case will also be made available at Rs. 799. The company is also launching its first ‘official skins’, priced at Rs. 299. Even though it is a new sub-brand, it is worth noting that the servicing of the Poco F1 will be done by existing Xiaomi service centres.
Xiaomi Poco F1 specifications
The dual-SIM Xiaomi Poco F1 ships with MIUI 9.6 out-of-the-box based on Android 8.1 Oreo, though an MIUI 10 update is said to be coming soon. Also, the company has promised an Android P update as well. Xiaomi says that it is using customised version of MIUI for the Poco F1, optimised for speed, called MIUI for Poco. Its appearance of the interface has been changed, including notifications, and the Poco launcher looks closer to stock Android’s UI. There are also features like third-party app icon support. 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. As mentioned, there are two RAM variants of the smartphone – 6GB and 8GB.
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).