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Many Xiaomi we have known for being a brand that opted to offer terminals with good value for money, from the range of entry to discharge, but in relation to the latter did not have everything said. Now, after some rumors and announcements present the POCO F1, a terminal with the name of a powerful racing car that aspires to be a top of the economic range.

POCO is a secondary brand of Xiaomi for India, whose first terminal has just been presented in the capital of the Asian country. With notch, the latest in Qualcomm processors and facial unlocking, this is the first letter played by this new brand of parents already well known worldwide.

Technical sheet of the POCO F1

PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS 155.5 x 75.2 x 8.8 millimeters, weight 182g
(155.7 x 75.5 x 8.9 millimeters, 187 grams Armored Edition)
SCREEN 6.18 “Full HD + (2,246 x 1,080 pixels) with notch, brightness 500 nits
PROCESSOR Snapdragon 845
RAM 6/8 GB
MEMORY 64/128/256 (with possibility of microSD)
REAR CAMERAS 12 megapixels + 5 megapixels, dual pixel autofocus
FRONTAL CAMERA 20 megapixels
BATTERY 4.000 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0
CONNECTIVITY WiFi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, 2×2 MIMO, MU-MIMO, LTE, Bluetooth 5.0
OTHERS Infrared facial recognition, 3.5 mm minijack, USB Type-C, fingerprint reader, Dual SIM, support audio codecs AAC / aptX / aptX-HD / LDAC


Starting from “the basics”

With the option of staying with a previous front-end processor, as we saw for example in the Nokia 8 Sirocco with the Snapdragon 835, those of POCO have decided to start from the “minimum” for a high range and also the latest. Thus, the POCO F1 integrates a Snapdragon 845 that is accompanied by a minimum of 6 GB of RAM, with an option of 8 GB, thus being at the level of the rivals who have played this same card integrating the maximum in RAM at the moment.

All this is also refreshed with a liquid cooling system, named Liquid Cool Technology. With the promise of heat dissipation 300% faster than that of its rivals, emphasizing how advantageous this would be for the game sessions (one of the most demanding tasks for mobiles and that usually put them at maximum temperature) .

All these components will be powered by a 4000 mAh battery, which also integrates other close relatives of the smaller range, the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. A capacity that looks good on paper and that also comes with Quick Charge 3.0 quick loading support, we will see if the software does a good management and if in practice these milliamps / hour give a good experience.

Xiaomi Poco F1

6.18 inches with notch or notch

For the screen, with the POCO F1 they bet on a panel of 6.18 inches that fits into a fairly clear front (in the absence of knowing the percentage of use of the front). Without uploading to the QHD or 4K of other smart phones, it remains in a Full HD + resolution under a notch that we can enable or not as we prefer.

We will have to test to see if the notch is functional at the software level as it is minimally in the iPhone X (when deploying one content or another depending on which side we throw), but what it does contain is a hardware machinery to provide recognition advanced facial, that is, beyond the front camera. The brand ensures that you cannot make fun with masks and photos and that it will work in the dark, so it seems similar to what we saw in his first cousin the Xiaomi Mi 8 .

Doubly customized software

At least for now, the new brand has opted for its own software, or rather Xiaomi. We do not see Android One in this new terminal, but a version of MIUI for POCO. What for now have told about this software is that they have focused on maximizing fluency and that the user has easy to organize and find the apps, with the recently released POCO Launcher.

With its own aesthetic and waiting to know something better, the layer is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, awaiting the update to Android Pie for the last quarter of the year. POCO Launcher will be available as of August 29 in its beta version on Google Play for anyone who wants to try it (on this or another Android terminal).

Some cameras that sound like

One of the key points is the photographic aspect, being an opportunity for differentiation with respect to the rest of high-end smart phones. To fight in this ring the POCO F1 has a camera system similar to the one we saw in the Xiaomi Mi 8, so it will probably give a similar result. In the back it has the combination of a sensor Sony IMX363 of 12 megapixels (with pixels of 1.4 micrometers) and a Samsung of 5 megapixels, with one of 20 megapixels in the front (and Super Pixel technology).

Xiaomi Poco F1 camera

With Dual Pixel technology, autofocus and a portrait mode that apparently will feed on the information about the depth that this secondary sensor from Samsung will give you. In addition, both portrait mode and automatic shooting will receive the support of artificial intelligence that we have already seen to apply to Xiaomi in their cameras more or less automatically, also with the recognition of scenes.

With minijack and leaving aside the crystal

The POCO F1 marks a discordant note in several senses (and something in quotes). Skipping the trends we’ve been seeing in the latest launch of the high-end, the POCO F1 includes 3.5 mm minijack for headphones, complementing it with a stereo sound through speakers.

Also, no glass or metal on the back in the standard edition. Promising high resistance the mobile dresses in plastic, being available in three colors (black, blue and red), or kevlar fiber if we talk about the special edition Armored Edition.