Xiaomi Poco F1 first impressions: Sets a new price benchmark

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With POCO F1, the company brings nearly all the latest features available under the sun, to this new smartphone. On the back, it resembles OnePlus, with a plastic (or aramid fiber, depending on the trim) cover and vertically positioned dual cameras and fingerprint sensor.

Powering the Poco F1 is the flagship-grade Snapdragon 845 processor, with different RAM and storage options based on the variant you pick. The POCO F1 will make its debut in Hong Kong, France, and Indonesia on August 27.

On the photography front, the phone sports an AI-enabled dual rear camera setup with a primary 12MP Sony sensor while the secondary sensor is a 5MP Samsung sensor. The cameras support EIS for more stable video recording and they also offer portrait support, so owners can blur the background of their images to put more of the focus on the foreground.

Moreover, an Armored Edition of the Poco F1 with "real Kevlar" was likewise declared at the event, evaluated at Rs. 29,999. The super-tough, heat-resistant material is widely used in the aviation industry, the military, and high-end cycling.

Here we list top alternatives to Xiaomi Poco F1 in the Indian market. Reliance Jio is also 6TB 4G data and benefits up to Rs 8,000.The new handset is available in three colours- Graphite Black, Rosso Red, and Steel Blue. There is an Armoured Edition as well that features a Kevlar back and better build than the other variants. Both the Zenfone 5Z and Poco F1 offer more or less the similar flagship features and hardware specifications. The Poco F1 is available in three memory variants - 6GB/64GB for Rs 20,999 (~$300), 6GB/128GB for Rs 23,999 (~$345) and the highest end model which has 8GB of RAM coupled with 256GB onboard storage for Rs 28,999 (~$415).

The device packs a top-notch Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor as seen on other flagship smartphones.

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The Poco F1 has a notch display on the front with a visible chin at the bottom which keeps it out of the "bezel-less" category smartphone.

The launcher is now based on Android Oreo 8.1, but the company has promised to release the Android P by Q4 2018.

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.

Poco F1 comes with 4000 mAh battery and its quick charge 3.0 supports fast charging. Powered by the flagship chipset - QSD 845 SoC, the device is paired with up to 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB internal storage expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card.

Poco is a sub-brand of Xiaomi, which was announced earlier this month, and now we've got our first look at the Poco F1, the first smartphone to come out of the outfit. It's joined by an infrared camera and illuminator for accurate face unlocking.

The Xiaomi Poco F1 features all the ports including the 3.5mm headphone jack and the USB Type-C port. The display offers up to 500-nits brightness and a high contrast ratio of 1500:1.

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