Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Has Flagship Level Specs and Midrange Price Tag

I was having dinner last night when one of my readers - Aaron Mendoza - messaged me on Facebook and told that Chinese brand Xiaomi has just released a new Android smartphone in India with flagship level features and a surprisingly low price tag given its specs.

"It's called Xiaomi Pocophone F1, Sir Mark -- and it will only be available in India," he told me.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Philippines

I immediately opened my browser and I was immediately inundated with posts about this amazing new device. Android enthusiasts and tech bloggers around the globe are raving about the model -- and for good reason.

Consider this: Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is powered by the flagship level Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which is also inside some smartphones more than three times its price, and has at least 6GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. But what's incredible is that the base model only has a price tag of INR 20,990 or roughly PHP 16,000 with current conversion! Talk about giving consumers the most bang for their buck!

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Aside from that, this handset also has a large 6.18 FullHD+ IPS display with tall 18.7:9 Aspect Ratio and a Notch, which many consumers have now accepted as a novelty feature.

As for imaging capabilities, Pocophone F1 has a 12MP f/1.9 + 5MP Dual Rear Camera module at the back which is made to deliver good Bokeh Effect on Portrait shots and to perform quite well in low light conditions.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

If you love to take selfies, the device also sports a 20 MegaPixel front cam that's powered by Xiaomi's own beautification software that automatically evens out your skin tone in photos, ready for sharing on Facebook or Instagram.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Philippines
I would like to give credit to Digital Trends on Youtube for all actual unit photos of the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 that I used in this post.

One area where it's obvious that Xiaomi cut corners on this model to lower its SRP is in terms of its build or construction. In lieu of glass or metal, the back plate of the Pocophone F1 is crafted from polycarbonate or plastic, which is not quite as elegant or luxurious. Nonetheless, one variant has a Kevlar finish that makes it look more visually appealing.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Now, you may be wondering: What's Xiaomi's plan? Why is it offering this particular model?

In January 2018, Xiaomi officially beat Samsung in India to become that country's leading smartphone brand in terms of total shipments. Now that other brands like Apple and Huawei are mounting efforts to also take over India, Xiaomi is responding by making their devices even more enticing to consumers by having top notch specs along with a very accessible price tag, leaving little room for potential big competitors to maneuver.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Specs
155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm
180 grams
6.18 inches 1080 x 2246 pixels, 403 ppi, IPS Display, 18.7:9 Aspect Ratio
82.2% Screen to Body Ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass
Front Camera: 20 MegaPixels, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Dual Rear Camera: 12 MegaPixels, f/1.9 Aperture, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF +
5 MegaPixels, f/2.0, 1.12µm, Depth Sensor
Rear Video Recorder: 4K 2160p 30fps, FullHD 1080p 30fps with Gyro-EIS, 1080p 240fps
Front Video Recorder: 1080p 30fps
MIUI 9.6 with POCO Customization
Android 8.1 Oreo
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Processor
Adreno 630 GPU
6GB and 8GB RAM Options
64GB, 128GB, and 256GB ROM Options
microSD Card Slot via Secondary Hybrid nanoSIM Card Slot
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
4G LTE Cat16
Fingerprint Scanner
IR Facial Recognition
FM Radio
USB Type C Charging Port
Quick Charge 3,0
Non-Removable 4,000 mAh Li-Po Battery Pack
Glass Front and Polycarbonate Back Plate
Steel Blue, Rosso Red, Graphite Black, Armored Edition with Kevlar

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Price
Official Price in India Starts at INR 20,999 or PHP 16,000 with current conversion in the Philippines
Expected Release Date in India: August 29, 2018

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