Xiaomi's Pocophone F1 unit on sale a week early

Ceria Alfonso
Agosto 15, 2018

POCO India today confirmed that its first device, dubbed the F1 will indeed be launching in India the launch event for which has been scheduled for August 22, 2018.

Xiaomi sub-brand Poco will officially launch its first phone, the Poco F1, in India on August 22. Poco is a new sub-brand from Xiaomi that is aimed at India's growing premium smartphone market, now dominated by the likes of OnePlus and Samsung. Get ready for break-neck speed. Xiaomi will have to share more about what makes its POCO F1 distinct from these efforts next week.

The official unveiling of the Poco phone is on August 22 (Wednesday next week), though there are few secrets left.

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Xiaomi isn't the only smartphone manager to deliver high-end products at a relatively low price, HMD Global, Huawei's Honor Sub Brand and OnePlus among others have been working on delivering powerful handsets for reasonable prices. According to a listing posted by a Romanian retailer PC Garage, the rear cameras of the POCO F1 will be 15MP and 5MP.

Unlike the Mi 8 SE, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 retains the infrared face scanning tech found on the pricier Mi 8. The phone will reportedly come with at least 6GB RAM and at least 64GB storage although an 8GB RAM and 128GB storage version has also been tipped previously.

"POCO is all about making a powerful smartphone with the technologies that truly matter", POCO's PM Jai Maini said on Twitter last week. The phone has a 6.28-inch screen with 19:9 aspect ratio. The label also revealed that the front camera will be a 20MP shooter, the battery will have a capacity of 4,000mAh, and the phone will also have a liquid cooling system, which is going to be ideal when you want the processor to run at its maximum frequency without throttling. It will be running on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI skin laid on top.

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