The Xiaomi Poco F1 features a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display with a notch at the top. It does have 2246 x 1080 pixel resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio with 500nits brightness. 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. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with MIUI 9.0 on top and backed up by 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.
The issue is present as a result of a poor manufacturing process as several parts of the front panel including the LCD matrix touch sensor, protective glass, display and the polarizer are glued together using an adhesive. When this special adhesive isn’t applied on the device properly, it heats and interacts with the display, causing the pixels to behave abnormally.
The discounted pricing will be available across Flipkart and Mi.com. It’s not to be confused with Xiaomi’s previous price drop of the same model which was only valid for a limited time, which was from March 25 - 28. Starting today, the Poco F1 6GB + 128GB version can be bought in Rosso Red, Steel Blue and Graphite Black colours for Rs 20,999.
The Poco F1 is now receiving the MIUI 10 v10.3.4.0 stable update which finally brings the much anticipated Widevine L1 support to the smartphone, which was earlier rolled out as a beta update. Widevine L1 support is what will enable the Poco F1 to play HD videos on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hotstar.
The Mi Super Sale will offer discounts and exchange deals on the Poco F1, MI A2, Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Y2. Potential buyers will also get a chance to gain cashbacks and also avail No-Cost EMIs when shopping through MobiKwik, Paytm, Amazon Pay and SBI Credit and Debit cards.
The Poco F1 is the next in line to furnish the Game Turbo mode which was first seen on the Mi 9 smartphone. Game Turbo enabled printable gaming scenes and thus intelligently allocates resources for when running complicated scenes inside games. Xiaomi has also enabled a system-wide dark theme on the Poco F1.
The list of smartphones to get Google Lens integration first-hand are Poco F1, Redmi Note 7, Note 7 Pro and Redmi Y2. While the post mentions that the feature is available on beta ROMs on the aforementioned devices, we’ve tested for ourselves whether it was also available on stable ROMs.
The update shifts the software version of the device to MIUI 10 9.3.1 and thus natively enables support for 4K video shooting at 60fps. Prior to this, the Poco F1 only support 4K video recording at a standard frame rate of 30 fps. Users can thus anticipate this feature in the next stable build of MIUI for the Poco F1.
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.
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. The device also gets a Super low-light mode which is Xiaomi’s version of Google’s Night Sight mode for capturing high-quality pictures in dimly lit conditions.
Xiaomi took to Twitter to announce the new skins which have been named as Matte Yellow and Matrix Black, both of which are available for Rs 299 through Xiaomi’s own Mi.com and Flipkart. Previously, users in India were limited to just four skins including Black Leather, Dark Cameo, Black Sandstone and Ebony Wood.
Android 9 Pie is finally rolling out to the Poco F1 through an MIUI 10.1 update which shifts the build number of the device to V10.1.3.0.PEJMIFI. The update weighs in at 1.7GB and brings with it all the features of Android Pie on the Poco F1 as well as the latest Android security patches dated to November 2018.
The offer is valid on all four variants of the Poco F1. The base 6GB/64GB variant is now available for Rs 19,999 which the one with the same 6GB RAM and 128GB storage can be purchased at Rs 22,999. The 8GB/256GB version and its Armoured edition will now be available for as low as Rs 27,999 and Rs 28,999 respectively.
Xiaomi says that it has sold 700K units of Poco F1 in over three months period. In order to celebrate this occasion, the company is giving a discount up to Rs 5,000 on the latest smartphone. The discount will be available from December 6 to December 8 across various platforms including Amazon, Flipkart and Mi.com.
The MIUI 10 8.12.6 beta update to the Poco F1 brings with its a slew of changes, the biggest of which revolves around camera enhancements. 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.
Flipkart has partnered with HDFC Bank to offers users no-cost EMI on all smartphones that are purchased with HDFC Debit and Credit cards. Users will thus be able to buy a smartphone for as low as Rs 499 per month when purchased during the four-day sale and also avail cheaper deals on older smartphones.
The Xiaomi Poco F1 is currently being seeded with a global open beta of MIUI 10 version 8.11.15. This brings all the goodies from Xiaomi on one hand and also adds several new features from Google’s latest Android 9 Pie software, thus hinting that a stable build is just a week or two away.
Poco Global Head of Product, Jai Mani has revealed that the Poco F1 smartphone will ‘at least’ receive Android 9 Pie and Android Q updates. This means, the latest device will not only get this year’s Android Pie update but will also receive Android Q when Google releases it next year.
Xiaomi is in talks with Qualcomm and Google to release an update to the Poco F1 to roll out Widevine L1 which is what prevents the Poco F1 smartphone to stream HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos. The update will hit the first batch of MIUI Beta ROM users by the end of 2018.
The decision comes at the time of the Diwali festive season and aims to tap into the brand’s increasing popularity among the Indian customers as well as it’s fans who have repeatedly requested for the availability of POCO devices across offline channels.
All the variants of the Poco F1 will be available in Rosso Red colour. The new variant will be available for purchase via Mi.com and Flipkart from October 11. The specs and the price of the Rosso Red Edition of the Poco F1 will be the same as other variants.
The latest update to Poco F1 is available for all users on the global stable MIUI ROM. Labelled as MIUI 9.6.22, the latest package brings the face unlock feature to more regions other than. India and gives users the ability to uninstall Mi Roaming app, which comes preinstalled with the device.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is priced at Rs 16,999 and the Poco F1 is priced at Rs 20,999 for 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage, Rs 23,999 for 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and Rs 28,999 for 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage.
Poco F1 has been certified with P2i for splash resistance which means the smartphone employs the latest the liquid repellant nanotechnology. While splash resistance will protect the phone against accidental water splashes or spills, the device will be left for dead if it’s immersed even partially in the water.
Several users of the Poco F1 are now experiencing screen bleeding across several edges of the screen. The most prominent region of the problem persists above the bottom chin of the device which on affected devices look brighter than the rest of the screen which is due to leaking around the LCD by the screen bezel.
Xiaomi Global spokesperson Donovan Sung was seen posting a picture on Instagram which claimed to be clicked from the new Poco F1. Turns out the photo was actually clicked from another device’s camera and the Xiaomi executive was being deceptive about the camera sample of its latest budget flagship.
The new update now finds its way as MIUI version 9.6.18 and weighs in at around 360MB, adding a ton of customisations to the Poco F1 UI and the July 2018 batch of Android security updates The update optimises the camera interface in order to launch it faster and also process the captured images in a quicker way.
The Xiaomi Poco F1 smartphone comes in three variants - 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage at Rs 20,999, 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage at Rs 23,999 and 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage at Rs 28,999. The phone has Rosso Red, Graphite Black and Steel Blue options. There is also an Armoured Edition variant with Kevlar back which is priced at Rs 29,999.
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With a base configuration of 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, the Poco F1 gives direct competition to the OnePlus 6 and the more recent Asus Zenfone 5Z, both of which come at an upward of Rs 30k price. With a starting price of Rs 20,999, does the Poco F1 have what it takes to kill the competition for all ‘flagship killers’?
Against all odds, Xiaomi has decided to go with a polycarbonate body in the normal variants and Kevlar in high-end one. Clearly, this is a bold decision, especially, at a time when its competition is offering shiny, glossy glass panel.