Monday, 27 August 2018

Cheapest Phone running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Xioami Pocophone F1

 Xiaomi is a Chinese brand which is known for producing really good value for money phones. It has come up with a lot of super hit phones like Redmi Note 3, Redmi Note 4, Xioami Mi A1 and many more. It is also the first company to launch a phone with bezeless screen that is Xioami Mi mix. Xioami is also known for producing some of the good flagships at a very affordable price. But most of it's flagship phones never made it to Indian market.

 Two days back Xioami launched a new flagship phone under it's new smartphone sub brand that is Poco. The phone is known as Pocophone F1. It's the first phone under new brand Poco and Xioami introduced Poco's first phone here in India. The most interesting thing is it's pricing and it's super cool features. It is the cheapest phone to be powered by Qualcomm snapdragon 845 chipset in the market. So let's see what makes this phone so special.

 Pocophone comes with the same notch design with which all other phones are coming these days. But here bezels are a little bit thicker than most of those phones. It has a screen size of 6.18" which is an IPS LCD display. This display has a resolution of 1080*2246 pixels. The aspect ratio of the display is 18.7:9. For protection there is Corning Gorilla Glass on front. But there is one annoying thing with this phone's design. It comes with a polycarbonate back or you can say plastic.

 Launching a phone with a plastic back in 2018 is a little bit disappointing as these days most of the phones are coming with a metal back or a glass back which gives premium look to the phone. But there is one more edition of this phone which comes with a Kevlar back but this is only avialble in 8GB RAM model. This Kevlar back is much better than plastic back. The phone comes in four colors that are Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Russo Red and Armored edition with Kevlar back. 

 Now take a look at the hardware of the device. It comes with the Qualcomm top lineup flagship chipset that is Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. The chipset contains eight cores among which four kryo cores cloaked at 2.8GHz and the other four kryo cores cloaked at 1.8GHz. For better graphics there is Adreno 630 GPU. This chipset also powers some of the other flagships of this year such as OnePlus 6, Samsung S9, Samsung Note 9 and many more. The chipset is the most highlighting point of this device as we generally don't see phones with this chipset in this price segment.

It comes with MIUI 9.6 out of the box which is based on Android 8.1 (Oreo). But the User Interface is slightly different than other MIUI devices. Mainly there is difference in launcher of the device as it comes with typical Poco Launcher. Now it has a app drawer which is generally missing on other MIUI devices. This Launcher will be available to any android device and will be downloaded from Play Store.

Pocophone F1 has a dual camera setup at back. The primary lens is Sony's IMX363 sesnor. It is a 12MP lens with f/1.9 aperture size and a pixel size of 1.4┬Ám. But there is no OIS in the main camera. The secondary lens is just a 5MP shooter and it is only for depth sensing. The front camera is a 20MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

The phone comes with 4000 mah of battery. It has USB Type-C port for powering the battery. It also supports Qualcomm Quick Charging 3.0. So it comes with a fast charging supplying 18W in the box. Also it comes with hybrid SIM slot so that you can increase the storage via micro SD. Also it has a 3.5 mm jack and it's earpiece also doubles as a speaker. So it gives more immersive sound with this Stereo speaker setup. It comes with IR camera which will help in unlocking the phone via face recognition.

The phone comes in three memory configuration that are 6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB. Among these only 8GB RAM model comes with cool Kevlar back. The 6GB,64GB model is priced at 21000 INR or $300, 6GB,128GB at 24000 INR or $340 and 256GB model at 30000 INR or $430. Xiaomi has got the pricing right for this smartphone let's see how it performs in the market. The phone will avialble from 29th August on Flipkart in India. There is no word on the global availability of the device. At this price it is in direct competition with Huawei Honor Play which comes with Hisilicon Kirin 970 chipset and is priced at 20000 INR for the base variant. 


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