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POCOPHONE F1 by Xiaomi to be available in PH on September 6

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Xiaomi launches a whole new series of smartphones: the POCOPHONE F1 is to become the cheapest flagship on the market, including the Snapdragon 845. For the 64GB variant, it costs P17,990, while for 128GB, P19,990. The rest of the equipment includes everything a high-end smartphone needs these days. With the low price, the Philippines is one of the countries that want to conquer POCOPHONE F1.

POCOPHONE F1

The POCOPHONE F1 comes with the aforementioned Snapdragon 845 octa-core, an Adreno 630 GPU, a 20MP selfie cam on the front and a dual camera setup consisting of a 12MP and 5MP sensor. The memory is 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB storage space.

On the outside, unfortunately, you get no metal unibody and no flattering dual-glass design. Instead, the case will be made of polycarbonate. From Xiaomi’s processing quality, we have been convinced several times in the past.

The display measures 6.18 inches diagonally and is in 18.7:9 format. It has a resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels and achieves a pixel density of 403 ppi. Instead of an AMOLED screen, it becomes an IPS LCD panel. As with the Mi8, it will be a screen with a notch. This will not be too narrow, because here, infrared sensors were placed, which are used for unlocking via Face ID.

Much more interesting is the launcher or even the system that will be used on the budget flagship. It is not MIUI but Poco OS. The new Poco OS is based on Android 8.1 and MIUI and is very similar to the latter: similar to what we experienced at Xiaomi’s Blackshark. The launcher should focus on speed. And, also differ in MIUI’s App Drawer.

 

Camera quality is the biggest question that POCOPHONE F1 is currently facing us. The affordable flagship price must come from somewhere and the sensors can certainly save a lot. On the back, there’s the dual camera setup consist of a 12MP sensor from Sony with a f/1.9 large aperture, which is supported by a 5MP sensor from Samsung with f/2.0 aperture. The latter is purely responsible for bokeh shots. On the front, there is an immense 20MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture.

In the hybrid slot, you can use either two SIM cards or instead of a micro-SD card for memory expansion.

4,000 mAh measures the battery of the budget flagship. This battery size has almost become a tradition in Xiaomi’s price-line chargers. And so, the smartphone can be used for 2 days without charging. Charging takes place with Quick Charge 3.0, which should re-fill the device for about 90 minutes.

The POCOPHONE is one of the most interesting smartphones this year. While the industry looks more like continuity than progress, the POCO F1 takes a different direction.

POCOPHONE F1 specs

  • 6.18-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1080 x 2246 pixels) 18:7.9 aspect ratio
  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Adreno 630 graphics
  • 6GB RAM/64 or 128GB internal memory
  • 8GB RAM/256GB internal memory
  • Expandable storage up to 256GB
  • 12 MP (f/1.9 aperture, dual PDAF) + 5 MP (f/2.0 aperture, depth sensor) rear facing cameras with dual LED flash
  • 20MP (f/2.0 aperture) front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Face Unlock, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 4,000 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0
  • Android 8.1 Oteo (MIUI 9.6)

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