Just a week ago, Xiaomi readily started rolling out the MIUI 10.2.2.0 update to the Poco F1 which brought 960fps slo-mo video recording and super low-light mode to the Snapdragon 845-powered smartphone. The device then became the cheapest smartphone to feature such technologies but now has reached attained the next distinction for its camera capabilities as it competes with Apple’s iPhone 8.
In its latest instalment of reviews, smartphone camera connoisseur DxOMark has tested the Poco F1’s camera quality and has given it a score of 91 points, just a point below Apple’s iPhone 8 and 3 points below the iPhone 8 Plus. Yes, a phone that can be purchased for as cheap as Rs 19,999 is on par with an iPhone 8 which is available in India for Rs 58,999 as we speak.
The Poco F1 scored 92 points and 90 points individually for photography and videography respectively. The test results revealed that the Xiaomi device has a good autofocus capability, decent colour reproduction, high contrast both in indoor and outdoor scenes. The only downside came from its okay-ish HDR processing and poor bokeh effect due to the inconsistent secondary sensor at the back.
However, video shooting tests also resulted in praises for the Poco F1 as the device managed to achieve fast autofocus and accurate colours with good stabilisation.
It’s worth noting that the Poco F1 managed to almost reach the likes of the Pixel 2, iPhone X and OnePlus 6T, all of which only managed 7 points higher than the Xiaomi phone.
Poco F1 users in India were recently blessed with the launch of two additional skins for their flagship phone. Prior to that, Xiaomi had announced the availability of the Armoured Edition for the 128GB variant of the Poco F1 which came just weeks after the device was seeded with an update to Android 9 Pie.