Xiaomi lifted the lid off its latest smartphone, and it has OnePlus right in its sight. The Poco brand is a new spinoff from the Beijing-based company, and the new Poco F1 is the company’s first volley into the realm of flagship killers.
Underneath the polycarbonate body, you will find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 – the same processor in many flagship today. It is paired with up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage. The screen is a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a notch, and it is cooled with a LiquidCool system that will lower temperature during intense gaming sessions.
Like the leaks, the phone will have a 4000mAh battery, dual cameras on the back (12MP + 5MP) and a 20MP selfie shooter on the front. What is more interesting is that Xiaomi fitted the same face recognition tech that is in the Mi 8 into the Poco F1, to accompany the fingerprint sensor as biometric security options.
While made out of polycarbonate, this material is easier to work with as a medium for new materials. Which is why Xiaomi will have a special edition of the Poco F1 called Armoured Edition. The body will be made using a Kevlar aramid fiber, which is 5 times more expensive than glass. It is also tough, hence the moniker.
Connectivity will be handled by a USB Type-C that supports Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 for rapid charging, and will also feature a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones. Take that flagships.
There will be multiple variants of the Poco F1, announced during its launch in India. There is the 6GB/64GB model priced at INR 20,999 (about RM 1,233) and the 6GB/128GB model going for INR 23,999 (RM 1,409).
Those looking for higher specs can check out the 8GB/256GB model priced at INR 28,999 (RM 1,703) and for the premium Armoured Edition, it is priced INR 29,999 (RM 1,762). No Malaysian availability has been announced, so stay tuned for more news on the Poco F1.