Weeks ago Xiaomi’s concept designer tipped off a new line of devices from the company known as POCO. Just hearing this name make you think, hey what is Xiaomi’s plan this time. You guessed right POCO is a flagship that Xiaomi has unveiled which will be competing with other premium flagships in the mobile industry. However, Xiaomi hopes to give you this premium flagship at a lower price other than the $1000-dollar lineage of premium flagships in the market.
Xiaomi POCO phone was unveiled in India Yesterday, and it will be selling at a price of Rs 23,999 approx. Ksh 30,200. However Xiaomi also plans a global launch of the device but, internationally it will be named POCOPHONE.
POCO F1 is the first of the POCO lineage, and it seems the successors will be using the F-type of naming throughout. One premium characteristic of a premium device should be of course a powerful processor. That’s why Xiaomi POCO F1 has been packed with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Premium chipset coupled with an Adreno 630GPU plus there’s a liquid cooling system.
In the camera side; the device has a Dual primary camera setup with a 12MP sensor and another 5MP both AI integrated. The front camera is a 20MP camera. Camera features include HDR, AI beauty mode, AI scene detection, and Dual Pixel Auto-focus and AI Portrait mode.
The device comes in three variant options regarding storage; 6GB +64GB ROM, 6GB plus 128GB ROM or 8GB plus 256GB ROM. POCO F1 has a 6.18inch FHD+ display screen with an 18:7:9 aspect ratio. Protection type is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
POCO F1 is the first Xiaomi device with a top-notch housing the selfie camera, IR sensor, and earpiece. More so the device is powered by a 3000mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery with Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology. Also, there’s up to 4G VoLTE support just like the Xiaomi Red MI 6A launched in Kenya today.
POCO phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, but Xiaomi assures of OTA update to Android P in the next few months. Plus there’s an additional Xiaomi MIUI skin on top with few improvements made specifically for POCO F1.
POCO F1 will be available in Rosso Red, Graphite Black, and Steel Blue color options.
Xiaomi POCO F1 is priced at Rs 20,999(approx. Ksh 30,200) for the 64GB version, Rs 23,999(approx. Ksh 35,000) and Rs 23,999(approx. Ksh 44,000). And possibly these will be the prices when the POCO F1 launches globally.
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