Yesterday, a new brand made headlines in the smartphone world as they’ve announced the newest flagship killer. Pocophone, a new sub-brand from the original flagship killer Xiaomi made its debut with the Pocophone F1. The reason why this phone is making smartphone users going nuts is having a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor under its hood with a retail price of only P17,990! The Pocophone F1 also comes with LiquidCool Technology cooling system, up to 128GB Internal Storage (supports a MicroSD Card) and up to 6GB of RAM and a huge 4,000 mAh battery.
Since the announcement of the ASUS ZenFone 5z which shook the world last February, other brands like OnePlus and Xiaomi have announced Snapdragon 845-powered phones ranging from P25,000-30,000. The entry of Pocophone F1 will definitely affect the smartphone landscape as they are offering a phone that’s usually worth in the high-end price range.
I am not sure why Xiaomi came up with a sub-brand, but Alvin Tse, Head of POCO Global explains their name and vision: ““POCO stands for ‘a little’—we believe in starting small but dreaming big. As a small outfit within Xiaomi, POCO has the freedom to start from scratch, zeroing in on the product choices and technologies that matter. This is why we have created a smartphone that delivers unbelievable performance, focusing on the core innovations that truly matter, which we believe will resonate with tech enthusiasts.”
The Pocophone F1 has a dual camera consisting of a 12 Megapixel with Sony IMX363 sensor and 5 megapixels. The camera supports AI and comes with infrared illuminator and infrared camera on the front, allowing the AI face unlock feature to securely unlock the device both in pitch-dark conditions as well as in daylight.
POCOPHONE F1 SPECS:
|OS:||Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI for POCO|
|Processor:||2.8 GHz Qualcomm SDM 845 Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core processor | Adreno 630 up to 710MHz with LiquidCooling Technology|
|Display:||6.18" 1080x2246, 18:7:9 FHD+|
|Wireless Connections:||LTE-A, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Memory:||64/128 GB Internal Storage with expandable storage, 4/6 GB RAM|
|Cameras:||12 Megapixels f/1.9 1.4 large pixel with Sony IMX363 sensor+ 5 Megapixels 2.0, 1.12um (Main Cameras), 20 Megapixels (Front)|
|SIM Card Slots:||2x Nano SIM Cards required|
The Pocophone F1 will be available in the Philippines at P17,990 for the 64GB/4GB version and P19,990 for the 128GB/6GB version. It will initially be available in Lazada on September 6 and will eventually roll out in Mi Authorized Stores.