Xiaomi's Poco F1 launched in India, good news for PUBG gamers

Xiaomi Poco F1

The flagship smartphone comes in three variants, the top variant is priced at Rs 28,999 and offers 8 GB RAM + 256 GB ROM; the mid-variant at Rs 23,999 comes with 6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM and the base model is priced at Rs 20,000 for 6 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM. The Poco F1 might just have killed every budget flagship launched this year. The smartphone has a polycarbonate back and accompanies Rosso Red, Steel Blue and Graphite Black shading choices.

The first smartphone from the brand, the Poco F1 boasts of several premium features such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor along with "LiquidCool" technology that prevents the phone from overheating.

The specs are top notch though, and the highlight here is, of course, the Snapdragon 845 chipset and Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU that makes up the core of the device.

As for the specs, the Xiaomi Poco F1 has a 6.18-inch Full-HD+ display with a resolution of 2246 x 1080 and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9.

As far as the camera is concerned, it comes with feature-rich 12MP (Sony IMX363, F1.9, 1.4μm) + 5MP AI dual camera, Dual Pixel Autofocus, HDR, Multi-frame Noise Reduction, more than 200 AI scene detection, AI Beautify, AI portrait mode. In fact, it also outdoes some of the features of this phone like the IR sensor for face unlock and the larger battery. Connectivity options in the smartphone include 4G+, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack. Both the Zenfone 5Z and Poco F1 offer more or less the similar flagship features and hardware specifications. The company has also included a fast charger and a soft case in the box for the phone. The Poco Launcher will also be released on the Play Store for any phone beginning on August 29. The Poco F1 will be selling in India at a starting price of Rs 20,999 for the 6GB and 64GB storage option.

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There's a special Armoured Edition F1 as well which has its back panel crafted from DuPont Kevlar Aramid fiber. With the Poco project, Xiaomi can do whatever it likes with new smartphones in this line without necessarily disturbing the others.

Through the first-day sale that will take place on Mi.com and Flipkart at 12 PM on August 29, the above variants of the Xiaomi Poco F1 can be availed with an instant discount of Rs. 1,000.

So, the POCO F1 is a great smartphone, and it is a game changer for sure. For those who're interested, the Poco F1 still has the good-old fingerprint scanner on the rear side. The handset supports gesture-based navigations and Xiaomi has promised that Poco phones will be provided with faster updates. The front facing camera is a 20MP sensor which comes with f/2.0 aperture size.

Additionally, the Poco F1 features a custom version of MIUI along with an app drawer via the Poco Launcher.

The OnePlus 6, meanwhile, starts at 34,999 rupees in India, about $500, and that's the 6GB/64GB version. The offers on the phone include Rs 1,000 instant discount for HDFC Bank Card users and Rs 8,000 instant benefits and 6TB of high speed data by Jio.

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