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Poco F1 India launch highlights: Price starts at Rs 20,999, first sale on August 29

Xiaomi’s sub-brand ‘Poco’ launched uts first smartphone, Poco F1 in India today. The smartphone boasts flagship specifications like Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, and up to 256GB of storage.

By Marcia Sekhose | Aug 22, 2018 16:11 IST

Xiaom’s new sub-brand ‘Poco’ made its debut in India today. Poco by Xiaomi introduced the first product from the sub-brand called the Poco F1.

Poco F1 comes in three colour options of ‘Steel Blue’, ‘Graphite Black’, and ‘Rosso Red’. There’s also a special ‘Armoured’ edition of Poco F1 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage which is priced at Rs 29,999. Poco F1 will be available in India starting midnight on August 29 via Flipkart and mi.com

Poco F1 starts at Rs 20,999 for the base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. The mid-range variant is priced at Rs 23,999 which comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The top-end model of Poco F1 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will retail at Rs 29,999.

Poco F1 specifications
Poco F1 features a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display with 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection on top. Under the hood of the smartphone runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor with storage expansion up to 256GB. For photography, Poco F1 sports a dual-camera setup of 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors. There’s also a 20-megapixel selfie camera up front.

On the software front, Poco F1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with a customised MIUI for Poco. The company has also promised Android Pie update for Poco F1 by Q4 this year. Connectivity options on Poco F1 include dual SIM, dual 4G VoLTE, USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack.

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Wrap up

Poco by Xiaomi officially debuted in India today with the launch of Poco F1 smartphone. Poco F1 starts at Rs 20,999 going up to Rs 29,999. It will be available in India starting August 29.

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Poco F1 availability

Poco F1 is an online-exclusive smartphone and it will be available starting midnight on August 29 via mi.com and Flipkart.

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Poco F1 offers

Poco F1 will be available with Rs 1,000 cashback for HDFC Bank card holders for the first sale. Jio users can avail benefits up to Rs 8,000 benefits and up to 6TB of data on purchasing the Poco F1.

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Poco F1 Armoured edition price

Poco F1 Armoured edition with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at Rs 29,999.

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Poco F1: Price in India

Poco F1 is priced at Rs 20,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. There’s another model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage which will retail at Rs 23,999. The top model of Poco F1 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage carries a price tag of Rs 28,999.

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Poco F1: Backed by Xiaomi

Poco F1 will be supported by all of Xiaomi’s 1000 service centres in India. The smartphone will also be made in India.

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Poco F1: Android Pie update

Poco F1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo on the software front. The company promises Android 9 Pie update for Poco F1 by Q4 this year.

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Poco launcher

Poco launcher beta will be available on August 29. It can be downloaded on Google Play Store.

Poco launcher beta is coming to Google Play Store on August 29. (Xiaomi)

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Poco F1: Software

Poco F1 runs its customised version of Xiaomi’s MIUI. MIUI for Poco comes with a Poco launcher, a turbocharged engine and promises faster updates. MIUI on Poco F1 has an app drawer and UI customisations.

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Poco F1: Selfie camera

Poco F1 features a 20-megapixel hi-res camera. The AI scene recogniton on Poco F1 can recognise up to 10 different scenes.

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Poco F1: AI dual cameras

Poco F1 comes with real-time AI features like scene recognition for 206 scenes across 25 categories. It also comes with AI beautify mode.

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Poco F1: Camera

Poco F1 sports a dual-camera setup of a 12-megapixel Sony IMX 636 sensor and a 5-megapixel snapper. It comes with dual pixel autofocus.

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Poco F1: Armoured edition

Poco F1 Armoured edition is made with Kevlar aramid fibre, a material used in bulletproof vests. This edition is scratch and wear resistant with a grippy texture.

Poco F1 Armored edition. (Xiaomi)

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Poco F1: Three colour options

Poco F1 comes in three colour options ‘Steel Blue’, ‘Graphite Black’ and ‘Rosso Red’.

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Poco F1: Audio

Poco F1 is equipped with Dirac HD sound and ‘Dual Smart PA’ for enhanced audio.

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Poco F1: IR face unlock

Poco F1 has an IR sensor up front for face unlockThe company says that the smartphone can be unlocked even in low-light conditions and in 0.4 seconds.

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Poco F1: Display, camera

Poco F1 has a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Up front, it houses a 20-megapixel selfie camera.

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Poco F1: Design

Poco ditches the trending glass back design and opts for a polycarbonate unibody for the Poco F1. Poco F1 has a USB Type-C port at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack placed on top

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Poco F1: Gaming performance

Poco promises better gaming performance on the Poco F1 in comparison to smartphones like iPhone X. It is optimised for games like Arena of Valor.

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Poco F1: Storage details

Poco F1 comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage which is further expandable up to 256GB.

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Poco F1: Connectivity

Poco F1 comes with support for 4G+ in India which is said to offer 275% faster data. It also comes with dual 4G VoLTE.

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Poco F1: Battery

Poco F1 has a 4,000mAh battery claimed to offer juice for an entire day. The smartphone also comes with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

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Poco F1: Liquid cooling system

Poco F1 comes with a liquid cooling system enabling the smartphone to run at peak performance for a longer time without overheating.

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Poco F1: AnTuTu benchmark score

Mani says that Poco F1 smartphone has a benchmark score of 291,302 on AnTuTu.

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Poco F1: Specifications

Poco F1 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor paired with Adreno 630 GPU.

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Poco F1: Jai Mani introduces the latest smartphone

Poco’s head of product, Jai Mani takes the stage to introduce Poco F1 smartphone.

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Poco F1 smartphone announced

Poco by Xiaomi announces the first product from the sub-brand, Poco F1.

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Poco: The company’s focus

Poco aims to break the trend of flagship smartphones costing around $999. The company will focus on key areas of a smartphone with emphasis on performance and speed.

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Poco F1 launch event begins

Poco by Xiaomi comprises of eight members in the team including Jai Mani.

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Poco F1: First product by Poco

“For the first product, we got to basics and focus entirely on speed. Not just peak performance speed, but actual, real world speed,” Mani said. Poco F1 has so far been confirmed to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and Corning Gorilla Glass display protection.

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Poco by Xiaomi

Poco is headed by Xiaomi’s Jai Mani who tweeted the announcement of the sub-brand last month.“Poco is all about making a powerful smartphone with the technologies that truly matter. Recently it feels like the pace of innovation in the smartphone industry has slowed down, while prices are creeping up with flagship smartphones now past the $1000 mark,” Mani said.

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Poco F1 Flipkart exclusive

Poco F1 smartphone will be available exclusively via e-commerce platform Flipkart. Availability details on Poco F1 will be announced at the launch event.

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Poco F1: OnePlus 6 competitor

The expected specifications and price for Poco F1 places the phone in the mid-range segment making it the latest competitor for the OnePlus 6. To recall, OnePlus 6 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and offers up to 256GB of storage. OnePlus 6 starts at Rs 34,999 in India.

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Poco F1 confirmed specifications

Poco F1 like the company says will focus on speed which will be carried out by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor. Poco F1 will also come with liquid cooling technology which will boost gaming performance on the phone.

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Poco F1 camera

Camera samples of Poco F1 smartphone have been leaked online highlighting AI smart scene recognition as one of the features. Poco F1 will most likely feature a dual-camera setup at the rear.