Xiaomi’s Poco F1 first impressions 2018
poco F1 was playing in the Rs 20,001 – Rs 29999 price band or even the top of the line Kevlar Armoured edition costs Rs 29,999 This is also makes it cheaper than the OnePlus 6, which remains a best-seller in the above Rs 30,000 category. It also helps that Poco F1 comes in three variants: 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage, 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage and finally 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage.
We have had the opportunity to use Poco F1 a couple of days ahead of the launch and here’s our first impression.
Poco F1: Design, Display
The first thing is that the Poco F1’s design is the total body. It’s not a metal or glass Instead, Poco F1 has gone for a polycarbonate body. There was a Kevlar body variant as well which is obviously looks much nicer still plastic body The Expectation is above Rs 20,000, a metal body is a must given that there is a lot of negative perception around a plastic body. Of course, not all potential users will be so bothered by this.
However, there is an advantage with plastic. One is worried about damage to the metal or glass, which is a risk on phones like OnePlus 6, etc.
The Kevlar version we got for review is a pattern at the back, and the overall look and feel is much more premium than the plastic variants. This is a strong device to hold I like the Kevlar over the polycarbonate variants.
The first time I saw this phone in a plastic cover, it reminded me of OnePlus 6. When the cover is off, the difference is clear, but the similarity in design is hard to ignore, especially given the rear camera module.
Poco F1 a 6-inch Full HD + resolution display, which had a rather prominent notch on top. Users may love this or hate it, but it do’s not Overall the display is nice, and vivid, and should be most users happy.
Poco F1: Performance, Specifications and Battery
Poco F1 is all about ‘speed’, according to the brand. This one comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 version, and we have the 8GB RAM and 256GB variant for review. One advantage with Poco F1 is that this is the most affordable flagship in the market with Qualcomm’s latest chipset. It is also the only phone with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage, which is priced under Rs 30,000
Poco and Xiaomi have played with the pricing and specification, especially in India where specs often talk to the point of annoyance at the top. Pixie F1 has a slightly better price, and that’s where Poco F1 has a slightly edge.
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Poco F1 also comes to liquid cooling technology and are supposed to cool down quickly. This is something we have to wait and see But so far performance is zippy, and there is no cause for concern
The new phone comes with another big USP: a 4000 mAh battery. This is the standard on the Redmi Note series, and it looks like Xiaomi’s Poco wants the benchmark for the benchmark as well. A 4000 mAh battery should easily cut a last day with heavy-duty usage, and this comes with a 5V / 2A charger and Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0.
Poco F1: Camera
Poco F1 has a 12MP + 5MP rear camera and a 20MP front camera. There’s an AI mode as well, which can automatically recognize the scene and adjust photos accordingly. Poco aew relying on Xiaomi’s camera expertise to power the experience.