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Poco F1: Xiaomi unveils OnePlus 6 alternative with similar specs but lesser price

Poco by Xiaomi forays into the Indian market with a performance focused Poco F1 smartphone. Here’s everything you need to know about Poco F1.

tech Updated: Aug 22, 2018 15:45 IST
Kul Bhushan
Kul Bhushan
Hindustan Times
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Poco F1 features an AI dual-camera setup at the rear.(HT Photo)

India is no stranger to dual brand strategy. For instance, Huawei has online-only Honor brand. Lenovo and Motorola have also been in the market for quite some time. The latest to hop on the bandwagon is Xiaomi.

Poco F1 starts at Rs 20,999 for the base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. The mid-range variant of Poco F1 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will retail at Rs 23,999. Poco F1 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will be available at Rs 28,999. The ‘Armoured’ edition of Poco f1 is the most expensive in the series with a price tag of Rs 29,999.

Poco by Xiaomi is the new sub-brand that is aimed at delivering flagship-level phones at affordable prices - a strategy well implemented by OnePlus in India. Poco by Xiaomi emphasises on giving you “speed” and solid performance. The first phone from Poco by Xiaomi is Poco F1.

Poco F1 is a notch trotting Android smartphone with top of the line specifications like Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB RAM. Aimed at power users, Poco F1 brings a myriad of under the hood optimisations for improved performance. It also has liquid cooling technology for those who have heavy usage like playing graphic intensive games and high resolution streaming. It is powered by a 4,000mAh battery.

Poco F1 comes with a xx display with full HD resolution. It sports dual AI camera with smart scene detection, portrait mode and xx megapixel selfie camera. Connectivity options include dual 4G VoLTE, 4G+, USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

In comparison, OnePlus 6 is available in India at a starting price of Rs 34,999. The smarphone comes with a 6.28-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Running on Android 8.1 Oreo, OnePlus 6 also runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 8GB of RAM.

OnePlus 6 features dual-rear camera setup that consists of 20-megapixel and 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensors. The dual cameras have OIS, EIS, and ultra slow motion video recording at 480fps. On the front, it has a 16-megapixel camera for selfies.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 13:51 IST