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POCO F1 by Xiaomi is Launched in india for Rs. 20,999 only with Snapdragon 845

Xiaomi-sub-brand POCO is set to launch its first smartphone in India, the POCO F1. POCO has been in the rumour mills for quite a while now, especially after XDA developers spotted a mysterious new phone called POCOPHONE on US FCC website. This is also considered being Xiaomi’s serious attempt at cracking the premium smartphone segment, as it currently dominates the budget smartphone segment.

The Poco F1 India launch event has finally started, bringing Xiaomi’s new affordable flagship to the market. The company says Poco is aimed at delivering phones that focus on features that matter and do not burn a hole in the buyers’ pockets. The new Poco F1 smartphone will deliver a fast performance, or at least that’s what the social media teasers have been focusing on so far. It will come with Snapdragon 845 chipset with Adrena 630 GPU. A LiquidCool technology to facilitate heat dissipation has been integrated in the handset. Battery life is another highlight of the device – the company claims its 4,000mAh battery will deliver all-day juice; it has QuickCharge 3.0 support for fast-charging. It comes with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB built-in storage, with up to 256GB microSD card support in hybrid configuration. The company also said the handset will support faster mobile data download speeds with 4G+ standard.

As for the design, Poco F1 features a heat-coated polycarbonate body; there will also be a Poco F1 Armoured Edition, with a Kevlar back panel. The smartphone has a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display and there is a display notch but you can remove it in Settings. The infrared light ensures the Face Unlock feature works well even in the dark. It comes in Steel Blue, Graphite Black and Rosso Red colour options. Coming to the camera, the device gets a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 + 5-megapixel camera setup on the back with Dual Pixel technology, HDR, and real-time AI photography. On the front is a 20-megapixel camera with HDR.

Poco F1 comes with a special version of MIUI, called MIUI for Poco. There is a dedicated Poco Launcher, centred around app drawer and customisations. The app drawer has the Google search bar at the bottom. Poco Launcher will be available on Google Play as a beta download for non-Xiaomi phones from August 29. Faster app start-up and improved swiping experience are also part of the Poco experience. It is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, with Android Pie will be shipped in Q4 2018, and security updates will be delivered every month. Unlocking the bootloader will not void the warranty of the Poco F1.

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