A month after rolling out an update to Android 9 Pie to the device, Xiaomi is now rolling out a new update to the Poco F1 smartphone. The update labelled as MIUI 10.2.2.0 brings a super low-light mode and 960fps slo-mo video recording to the Snapdragon 845-powered smartphone, both of which were available as part of a beta update that was seeded during early December.
The news comes as a post on Xiaomi’s MIUI forum and was also confirmed by Poco Head Alvin Tse as it was revealed that the software version of the Poco F1 now shifts to MIUI 10.2.2.0. With the latest update, the Poco F1 will now be able to shoot slow-motion videos at 960fps, thus making it the cheapest smartphone to come with the feature.
Good news all! Dev team has started rolling out the Jan stable build which has the latest security patch and a bunch of fixes. Slightly later than we thought but it’s here! Everyone should get it in the next few days. pic.twitter.com/o43M0YMzy3
— Alvin Tse (@atytse) 17 January 2019
Additionally, the camera also gets a Super low-light mode which we can expect to be Xiaomi’s version of Google’s Night Sight mode for capturing high-quality pictures in dimly lit conditions. Xiaomi appears to be stitching as much as 8 images at different exposures to improve the overall quality of photos clicked under low light.
In comparison, Google’s Night Sight uses its HDR+ technology to align and merge them together with a high-contrast photo from a series of burst frames which are clicked during the course of six seconds. Google combines 15 pictures with different exposures into a single photo while Xiaomi does it with 8, which in itself is an answer that the Poco F1’s low light photography will not be as sharp as the one on the Pixel 3.
While the Poco F1 now comes with these two camera features, it still doesn’t equip support for 4K videos at 60 fps.
Additionally, the stable package features December 2018 version of Android Security updates and weighs in at 382MB.
To recall, the Poco F1 features a 6.18-inch Full HD+ notch display with 2246 x 1080 pixel resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor clocked at up to 2.8 GHz powers the device with Adreno 630 GPU backed by LiquidCool technology for heat dissipation.
There is a dual rear camera setup with a combination of 12-megapixel primary Sony IMX363 sensor with dual pixel autofocus, with dual LED Flash, 1.4μm pixel size and a 5-megapixel secondary Samsung sensor. It has a 20-megapixel selfie camera along with support for IR face unlock feature. The device is backed up by 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.