Headed by Xiaomi's former India product manager Jai Mani, the new brand has launched its first phone called the F1 in India for Rs 20,999, which makes it the most affordable Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 based phone in India.
Going by what specifications the Poco F1 offers at that price, it is going to be really tough for other brands to match up. And yet, it has specs that match or even eclipse those flagship phones. The notch houses not only the front-facing camera and the earpiece, but also the Infrared Sensor for an accurate face scan. The bezels are not too thin, however, the chin is big. On the rear, the camera setup looks much different than what we have seen on this year's Xiaomi devices. One area where the Honor Play might have an edge over the Poco F1 is the camera. For those who're interested, the Poco F1 still has the good-old fingerprint scanner on the rear side. The back is mostly clean and has no Antenna lines. The display is of 18.7:9 aspect ratio while there also is a Gorilla Glass 3 layer on top. The flagship device comes with Snapdragon 845 chipset with Adrena 630 GPU. The Poco F1 also features Liquid Cooling technology and it achieved the highest ever AnTuTu score of 291,302. The handset comes in three RAM+Storage configurations of 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB. To make it even speedier, the phone uses an LPDDR4x DRAM and UFS 2.1 storage.
Xiaomi Announces Poco F1 With Snapdragon 845 SoC at a Super Aggressive Starting Price of Rs 20,999
The 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor (borrow from Xiaomi Mi 8) hat a massive pixel size of 1.4micron coupled with 5-megapixel secondary sensor is present on the backside of the Poco F1. The front 20-megapixel camera also has HDR and AI Beautify features, with an IR light that powers the Face Unlock feature. The front camera will be 20 MP.
The new battery has a capacity of 4,000 mAh battery with support for fast charging Quick Charge 3.0.
The launcher is now based on Android Oreo 8.1, but the company has promised to release the Android P by Q4 2018. As mentioned above, there are stereo speakers, which are always a nice thing to have on a phone. The device is offered in three colours, Rosso Red, Steel Blue, Graphite Black, and there are a couple of additional accessories such as official skins and back case covers that will be available online. This variant comes with 8GB RAM and 256 ROM but the back panel is covered with Kevlar - the material used for bullet proofing vests!
Xiaomi Poco F1 has finally been launched, and as has been promised, there are dollops of performance on offer though the phone lags quite a bit on the style quotient.
TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia in A$15b merger
Vodafone has promised that its popular $5/day global roaming deal will remain after the proposed merger with broadband telco TPG. Under the deal, TPG shareholders will own 49.9% of the group, with Vodafone Australia shareholders will have 50.1%.