Xiaomi is no stranger to the world of low-cost phones with above average specs, even more so if you look at its Redmi range of devices, but now the company is taking it one step further with the Pocophone F1.
The phone has flagship features – including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset – but costs less than many mid-range handsets.
Packing a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, LiquidCool Technology, a 20MP selfie camera, a 12MP+ 5MP AI dual rear-facing camera setup and either 64GB / 128GB / 256GB storage with either 6 or 8GB RAM. According to Android Authority, the handset’s design and specs were influenced by Reddit comments.
It has a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio and a notch. Luckily Xiaomi has opted to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack – which is becoming increasingly rare – and it charges via the USB Type C port.
The Pocophone can be unlocked via Face unlock, fingerprint or pin, however the company warns that face unlock is not the most secure method.
As with other Xiaomi handsets, the device uses the MIUI skin on top of the Android OS.
The Pocophone is available in a range of colours including “Steel Blue”, “Rosso Red” and a special kevlar back “Armored Edition”, the Pocophone has cut corners on things like the back – which is reportedly plastic or plastic-like, and the glass covering the display (the company has used Gorilla Glass 3) in order to focus on things like the processor and the battery.
Android Authority has shared that South Africa is one of the countries where the device will be available, however official local distributor – Mobile In Africa – has not yet confirmed local pricing or availability.