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Xiaomi's Poco F1 phone has flagship specs for less than S$500

By Cookie Monster - on 23 Aug 2018, 12:00am

Xiaomi's Poco F1 phone has flagship specs for less than S$500

Image source: @IndiaPOCO

Xiaomi's premium sub-brand has officially announced its first flagship phone, the Poco F1.

Designed with actual, real world performance and speed in mind, the Poco F1 poses the greatest threat to the OnePlus 6. Powering the Poco F1 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform with 6/8GB RAM, MIUI 9.6 based on Android 8.1, and a 4,000mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0.

To keep things cool within the chassis, the Poco F1 has a proprietary LiquidCool technology which is stated to dissipate heat "300% faster" than its competition. Other specs include a 6.18-inch IPS LCD Full HD+ (1,080 x 2,246 pixels) display with a notch, 64/128/256GB internal storage options with microSD support, a rear dual-camera module (12MP f/1.9 Sony IMX363 sensor + 5MP sensor), a 20MP f/2.0 front-facing camera, facial recognition (coming via an update in some markets), a rear fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, dual-SIM support and dual-4G standby. 

However, there are three drawbacks for the Poco F1. Unlike most Android flagship smartphones with premium build quality, the Poco F1 sports a hard-coated polycarbonate unibody chassis. This also means that it is unlikely to support wireless charging, a common feature among flagship phones today. Another important feature which is lacking on the phone is NFC, so the Poco F1 cannot support Android Pay. 

The Poco F1 will be available in India from 29 August, 12 noon. It is also going to be available in Indonesia, Hong Kong and France on 27 August. The 6GB RAM/64GB internal storage model is priced at Rs. 20,999 (~S$410) while the 6GB RAM/128GB internal storage model is priced at Rs. 23,999 (~S$469). The 8GB RAM/256GB internal storage model, which is marketed as the Armoured Edition, will cost you Rs. 28,999 (S$566).

Source: @IndiaPOCO via PhoneArena, Android Authority

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