Xiaomi Poco F1 Review - The Killer of the Flagship Killer
Everyone expected Xiaomi Poco F1 to be another high-end handset, but the Chinese telecom giant created a new record by announcing that it had sold phones worth ₹200 crore in just 5 minutes.
On 29 August 2019, Xiaomi along with its online sales partner Flipkart generated ₹200 crore in its first flash sale. Though the company has not revealed the exact number of units sold, the industry specialists expect it to be around 1 lakh handsets (base variant). Mathematically, it is equivalent to 68,000 plus units of the top variant.
Going by the trends and positive word of mouth, Xiaomi POCO F1 could easily create many more records across the flagship smartphone market. The offering of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset at just ₹20,999 makes it a value for money flagship killer. It brings back the days of OnePlus 1 that claimed to be an affordable flagship phone.
Xiaomi Poco F1 Specifications:
Regarding specifications, Xiaomi Poco F1 sports a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display with a remarkable 500 nits brightness and 1080x2246 pixels resolution. With Infrared lighting in the display notch, Poco F1 claims to unlock even in the dark within 0.4 seconds. Along with it, the handset packs the traditional fingerprint scanner on the back.
Powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, the handset comes in 3 different configurations namely 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM, 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM, and 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM. Though it might have taken a lot of cues from OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z, the POCO F1 will trump every other flagship phone in terms of pricing.
These variants are priced at ₹20,999, ₹23999, and ₹28,999 respectively. The OnePlus 6 pricing starts from ₹34,999 and the higher-end variant costs ₹43,999. The other competitor Asus Zenfone 5 Z pricing starts from ₹29,999 and lasts till ₹36,999 for 8GB+256GB ROM variant. Xiaomi has once again proved that it is the master in giving the specs at cut-throat pricing.
Xiaomi Poco F1 Special Armoured Edition:
The Chinese electronics giant has got a fourth variant – 8GB RAM + 256GB storage and has a special Kevlar coated back. This special Armoured Edition of Xiaomi POCO F1 is priced at ₹29999. That means one gets the special edition phone from Xiaomi where the competitors are just offering their basic variant. Truly, an amazing strategy!
Regarding the optics, the Poco F1 sports impressive specs with dual camera setup. It has got 12-megapixel (f/1.9, 1.4-micron) + 5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron) primary camera for depth information. And a 20-megapixel front shooter for selfies. Starting from Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi has improved a lot in terms of the camera including AI scene detection. Though it can’t be compared to the likes of One Plus 6, Xiaomi Poco F1 will not let you down.
Well, the handset has MIUI 9.6 skin on the top but comes with the new Poco launcher. The stock Android loving fans will definitely admire it for its features and capabilities. The flagship handset will receive Android Pie update by the end of 2018. The mammoth 4,000 mAh battery will last at least a day and a half for sure. Moreover, the 12V 2A charger will add 60 per cent life in less than an hour.
What Next for Flagship Makers?
By announcing the brand, Xiaomi has sent shocking waves to Samsung and other flagship makers. The company which targeted the budget goers will now have more for itself. Unfortunately, it will kill the company’s own Mi A2 for sure. Leaving that aside, Xiaomi Poco F1 will definitely bring down the domination of OnePlus and other flagship phones.