Xiaomi has designed the Poco F1 in keeping with the trend. Xiaomi Poco F1 will get a 6.18 inch display, which will have an aspect ratio of 18.7: 9. Gorilla Glass 3 is used to protect the screen from breaking. The notch is also present at the top on the front panel of the smartphone. Compared to all the other smartphones we reviewed, the lower part of the Poco F1 is slightly thicker, which does not look attractive. The smartphone also has a small notification LED that will light up when the smartphone is charged.
The back panel of the Poco F1 is made of polycarbonate. Poco F1 Rosso Red, Steel Blue and Graphite Black Color will be available in three color options. A special variant armored edition of Poco F1 has also been introduced. Xiaomi has claimed that Kelver was used to make the back panel. We reviewed the Armored Edition of Xiaomi Poco F1. On touching the back panel we felt like texture. On the back panel you will see Poco written, the part just below it is slightly embossed. Xiaomi has called this part a ‘beauty spot’. The company said that it is part of the production process.
On the right side of the phone you will find a button to increase and decrease power and voice. A hybrid dual-SIM tray is provided on the left side of the smartphone. The slot will support two SIM cards or one SIM and one MicroSD card at a time. On the back panel of Poco F1, you will find a dual camera setup, whose primary sensor is 12 megapixels and the secondary sensor is 5 megapixels. The rear camera will come with dual-LED flash. Just below the rear camera, you will find a fingerprint sensor. While holding the phone, you will be able to use fingerprint sensor easily using your index finger. The front panel of the Poco F1 has an infrared camera and infrared ammeter for face recognition with a 20-megapixel selfie camera between the notch.
Poco F1 will get many RAM / storage options with Snapdragon 845 processor. The company said that LiquidCool technology has been used to control the temperature of Poco F1. We will test this feature in our full review. Xiaomi Poco F1 will be available in three RAM and storage variants – 6 GB RAM / 64 GB, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM / 256 GB storage. We have received Armored Edition for review, this handset is equipped with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.
The Poco F1 can feel a bit heavy when held in the hand as it is equipped with 4000 mAh. This handset will come with USB Type-C port. It will come with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3 certified charger. Both SIM slots will support 4G networks. Poco F1 also has an FM radio app. Xiaomi Poco F1 will come with MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Our handset is running on MIUI 9.6 with a custom theme. Xiaomi said that Android P update will be given in MIUI 10 and fourth quarter soon after Poco F1 is available.
The Xiaomi Poco F1 theme looks like a bridge between MIUI and stock Android. An app drawer has been given which is different from the MUI approach, as well as the notification shade has been modified to make it look like stock Android. There are three buttons for navigation but you can enable gestures by freeing up some space on the display. In the phone, you will find a theme app, with the help of which you will be able to set the appearances of the phone as per your mind.
Software features like dual app and second space in Poco F1 are similar to other smartphones of Xiaomi. In addition to Microsoft apps, the Xiaomi Community and Me Store apps will already be installed in the phone. While setting up the Poco F1, it only asked for the fingerprint sensor. For face recognition you have to go to the security settings. The Poco F1’s face recognition and fingerprint scanner work very fast. We did not face any problem while doing Android UI and multitasking. It took only a few seconds to setup Face Recognition. Because the setup process is quite simple.
Poco F1 will compete with OnePlus 6, Asus Zenfone 5Z and the recently launched LG G7 + Think. The most interesting thing about Poco F1 is its low price. The 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants of Xiaomi Poco F1 will be sold for Rs 20,999. On the other hand, the price of 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage variant will be Rs 23,999. The phone’s 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage variants will be sold for Rs 28,999. An armored edition of Poco F1 has also been introduced, which costs Rs 29,999. Poco F1 equipped with Snapdragon 845 processor can be easily purchased at this price. Keep reading Gadget 360, we will bring you a full review of Poco F1 soon. In full review, you will tell about camera performance, display quality, gaming and battery life test.