A new brand has entered the Indian markets, it is called POCO and it is a Xiaomi brand. The new brand launched their first smartphone in India called the Poco F1. This is Snapdragon 845 octa core powered and price starts from Rs. 20,999.

First of all why a new brand, I guess when users look at the Xiaomi brand they are looking for quality product at cheaper price. So probably the Poco brand was created to cater to Mid Premium segment, for those looking for a better, powerful and latest hardware and are ready to spend. Also since Poco is backed by Xiaomi users will be comfortable with this new brand.

There is a market in the mid premium segment, but not as much as in the budget segment, another reason for creating the Poco brand is to have a separate sales figure not affecting the Xiaomi sales that does really good for under Rs. 20K.

Poco F1 review

Poco F1 review

Poco F1 unboxing – do check the video review where I have done the unboxing of this product. I got the Poco F1 Armored Edition. Inside the box you will get the handset, SIM ejector pin, user manual, warranty card, data cable (USB to USB Type C) and travel charger 12V/1.65A. SAR Value as mentioned on the box is 0.719 head and 0.746 body. This product is Made in India.

The unit that I got is Armored Edition made of Kevlar material, it is really tough and made so as to avoid users from using a case for protection. Build and finishing is awesome and handset feels really good to hold and operate. The other Poco F1 variant is policarbonate body.

Poco F1 is Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa core powered and also using Liquid Cooling Technology to enhance overall performance in the long run. You can say this is specially made for gaming users in mind.

MIUI 9 runs out of the box based on Oreo, there is Poco Launcher and some interesting stuffs like ability to use mobile data during VoLTE calls on the secondary SIM. The 845 chipset supports dual VoLTE. This F1 comes with Hybrid dual SIM slots.

Poco F1 unboxing

There is LED notification, OTG is supported and the Poco F1 is loaded with all the important sensors that you will get in a premium smartphone. The Unit that I got is special edition it comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM.

Screen is 6.18 inches supporting FHD+ resolution and it does come with a notch. Screen aspect ratio is 18.7:9. Screen is Corning Gorilla protected.

The moment I opened the box and started using the handset, I just fell in love with it. The overall performance was buttery smooth. I got Antutu score of 265593. PUBG game played really well, buttery smooth and heat up was under control.

The Liquid Cooling system will help keep the performance at an optimal level, so you will hardly get any lags and also helps control the heat buildup. In simple words you can continue playing the PUGB game for a much longer period of time.

Overall the Poco F1 is power packed however there is no NFC.

Coming to the camera on the rear there is 12MP + 5MP dual cameras and on the front there is a 20MP camera. Camera quality is excellent, do check the camera samples below. Bokeh looks perfect and so is the edge detection. Camera some with AI features that help get perfect shots in any lighting conditions. F1 can shoot 4K videos. If you need Video Stabilization then shoot in 1080p resolution or below. You can also shoot Slow motion videos at 240 fps.

Poco F1 camera samples

The finger print sensor and the face unlock work almost instantly. The best part is the face unlock works in dark conditions too.

Coming to the battery the Poco F1 houses a 4000 mAh non-removable battery with fast charge QC 3.0 support. It took me about 1 hour 45 minutes for a full charge and battery life – you can expect one day of heavy usage and one and a half day of mixed usage with ease.

So should you buy the Poco F1?

If you are a gaming user you will love the F1 and if you are not a gaming user you still should buy this handset, if it fits your budget.

Poco F1 is for now the cheapest and the best Snapdragon 845 powered handset available in India.

Poco F1 price in India starts from Rs. 20,999.

Poco F1 8GB / 256GB price is Rs. 29,999 Armored edition
Poco F1 6GB / 64 GB Rs. 20,999
6GB / 128GB Rs. 23,999
8GB / 256GB Rs. 28,999.

Published by Gogi Rana

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  1. Gogi Ji,
    Thanks for review. Strangely, I purchased all my electronic items (mobile, tab, smart tv, fan …) based on your reviews and they turn out to be perfect for me.
    Should I wait for mi 8 or go with poco f1? What would you suggest: 6gb ram or 8gb ram in poco f1? I somewhere heard there will be performance issues if you have more than sufficient ram. I can stretch my budget if 8gb ram variant is good in the long run for 2-3 years as updates make the device slow if ram is less. I have been using my mi 4i till now. It got damaged and it has become slow also.
    I use mobile mostly for Internet, photos and sometimes gaming…

      1. Done. Going with Poco F1 Armored Edition. It seems 1000 instant discount with HDFC cards. Thanks Gogi Ji.

        1. Yes exciting offer the only issue is availability. But there will be less takers for high end armoured edition so chances of getting one is high.

  2. Does Poco f1 supports Private messaging functionality ?

    How can I add Bank, Insurance, Other Bulk SMS send via Financial Institution to Private ?
    As an Individual Contact I can set for Private Messaging.
    But what about SMS received from Banks, Financial Institutes, Insurance company (e.g. HDFCBK, LICIND) As they as sending SMS via system and dont have any Mobile Nos, hence we cant Store their numbers to add such messages move to Private box.

  3. Does Poco f1 supports Private messaging functionality ?

    How can I add Bank, Insurance, Other Bulk SMS send via Financial Institution to Private ?
    As an Individual Contact I can set for Private Messaging.
    But what about SMS received from Banks, Financial Institutes, Insurance company (e.g. HDFCBK, LICIND) As they as sending SMS via system and dont have any Mobile Nos, hence we cant Store their numbers to add such messages move to Private box.

  4. Hey guys, I am looking to buy a durable phone with great call quality, call audio and speaker (speaker is for video calls) for someone who is hearing impaired and drops the phone quiet a bit. Would Poco F1 be the right one? Or are there better options?

    Thanks in advance!

  5. Hey guys, I am looking to buy a durable phone with great call quality, call audio and speaker (speaker is for video calls) for someone who is hearing impaired and drops the phone quiet a bit. Would Poco F1 be the right one? Or are there better options?

    Thanks in advance!

  6. Gogi,
    Does 6gb/64gb, 6gb/128gb and 8gb/128gb differ in the frame material?!!
    What is the frame material used in all these models?!!

  7. Gogi,
    Does 6gb/64gb, 6gb/128gb and 8gb/128gb differ in the frame material?!!
    What is the frame material used in all these models?!!

  8. Gogi Ji,

    Bottom side se screen extra white or light jyda emitt ho rahi hain mere poco f1 me? Kya apki unit me b yahi hain kya?

  9. Gogi Ji,

    Bottom side se screen extra white or light jyda emitt ho rahi hain mere poco f1 me? Kya apki unit me b yahi hain kya?

  10. Could you tell me about Nokia 6.1 +. Is it a good buy or should I choose anything else.. Is so then plz let me help in choosing one. Suggest a phone between Rs 15000-20000.

  11. Could you tell me about Nokia 6.1 +. Is it a good buy or should I choose anything else.. Is so then plz let me help in choosing one. Suggest a phone between Rs 15000-20000.

  12. Hi Gogi,
    My requirement is best camera quality under low light conditions.
    I am dilemma between Mi A2 and Poco F1.
    Which one will be better?

  13. Hi Gogi,
    My requirement is best camera quality under low light conditions.
    I am dilemma between Mi A2 and Poco F1.
    Which one will be better?

      1. Which doesn’t work when messages or app notifications arrives. Apart from charging, the led light is useless.

      1. Which doesn’t work when messages or app notifications arrives. Apart from charging, the led light is useless.

        1. For me working for messages, but for mails its not working. Seriously disappointed with this.

  14. Hi Gogi,
    If i have budget of 30k should i go for poco 6/64 or Asus 5Z 6/64.
    6/64 is good for me.

  15. Gogi, what is the camera score for this phone?
    Also, please confirm if the camera quality is better than Mi A2. How is the camera compared to Oneplus 6?

  16. Hi Gogi,
    If i have budget of 30k should i go for poco 6/64 or Asus 5Z 6/64.
    6/64 is good for me.

  17. Gogi, what is the camera score for this phone?
    Also, please confirm if the camera quality is better than Mi A2. How is the camera compared to Oneplus 6?

  18. Gogi and other readers – what is the chance of getting the 64 GB version in the first sale on 29th ? Any hacks known to people who participate in flash sales ? Only a fast internet connection and luck factor will do or there is some trick to secure one ? Thanks

      1. if probability is 0 then no one would be able to buy the handset which is not possible. If you cant provide constructive feedback or suggestion – better keep your mouth shut.

        1. Have you become so serious. The same way you talk to the people around you. Keep sorry for you dude.

          1. dude – first learn some english & then comment 🙂
            I was looking for some constructive info / suggestion and the guy came back to me with an one liner that doesn’t make sense.
            Btw, . Hindi me bhi aap baat kar sakte ho edhar 🙂

  19. Gogi and other readers – what is the chance of getting the 64 GB version in the first sale on 29th ? Any hacks known to people who participate in flash sales ? Only a fast internet connection and luck factor will do or there is some trick to secure one ? Thanks

      1. if probability is 0 then no one would be able to buy the handset which is not possible. If you cant provide constructive feedback or suggestion – better keep your mouth shut.

        1. Have you become so serious. The same way you talk to the people around you. Keep sorry for you dude.

          1. dude – first learn some english & then comment 🙂
            I was looking for some constructive info / suggestion and the guy came back to me with an one liner that doesn’t make sense.
            Btw, . Hindi me bhi aap baat kar sakte ho edhar 🙂

  20. I’m currently using honor v10, do I need to shift to poco f1.. My primary priorities are camera and battery

    1. Based on the review POCO has one of the best camera, check out many reviews and decid for urselfs!!!

  21. I’m currently using honor v10, do I need to shift to poco f1.. My primary priorities are camera and battery

    1. Based on the review POCO has one of the best camera, check out many reviews and decid for urselfs!!!

    1. The extreme frame rate is available when you put settings on smooth, but when you keep it on HDR it limits to ultra only.

    1. Per Gogi, Review , its not there, but other you-tubers mentioned its availability !!!!

    1. The extreme frame rate is available when you put settings on smooth, but when you keep it on HDR it limits to ultra only.

  22. Honor play purchased..
    Reason is
    1. Looks good and more premium
    2.better display quality
    3. Krin 970 not that behind sd 845

    1. U will regret krin soc sucks, u are struck with emui and their pathetic updates, snapdragon can play pubg at highest settings while Mali lags,u will regret

      1. Dear Yarn, Please do check the gaming reviews before giving such views. They both can handle HDR at Ultra Settings. And yes it’s about the same performance. I think you should not put views about Exynos used in Samsung S series phones after using J series phones and that rule too applies on Kirin processor. You never know it may be Honor Play who pushed MI to launch it at such an attractive price. Let that Ugly beast(Poco F1) come in the market. I remember how people praised the launch of Redmi Note 3. Back, it looks like my Redmi note 3 with just an extra circular ring that for the camera. Why were all the reviewers provided and asked to unbox armoured edition only? Because that polycarbonate body just sucks. Wait friend wait, time will clear the clouds. Don’t forget if the processor was the only thing to be considered at that time when Redmi Note 3 launched Lenovo Zuk Z2 would have definitely changed the scenario but it failed.

          1. You are saying that as if Mi is going you to give you android updates throughout your life.

          2. emui is equally good as mi ui.. and they are providing updates too. Honor play is promised to get android P and is on beta testing..

      2. For me looks > SD 845 . Cant ignore the large bottom and tom bazal even side bazals are thik, and hate the POCO name also

  23. Honor play purchased..
    Reason is
    1. Looks good and more premium
    2.better display quality
    3. Krin 970 not that behind sd 845

    1. U will regret krin soc sucks, u are struck with emui and their pathetic updates, snapdragon can play pubg at highest settings while Mali lags,u will regret

      1. Dear Yarn, Please do check the gaming reviews before giving such views. They both can handle HDR at Ultra Settings. And yes it’s about the same performance. I think you should not put views about Exynos used in Samsung S series phones after using J series phones and that rule too applies on Kirin processor. You never know it may be Honor Play who pushed MI to launch it at such an attractive price. Let that Ugly beast(Poco F1) come in the market. I remember how people praised the launch of Redmi Note 3. Back, it looks like my Redmi note 3 with just an extra circular ring that for the camera. Why were all the reviewers provided and asked to unbox armoured edition only? Because that polycarbonate body just sucks. Wait friend wait, time will clear the clouds. Don’t forget if the processor was the only thing to be considered at that time when Redmi Note 3 launched Lenovo Zuk Z2 would have definitely changed the scenario but it failed.

          1. You are saying that as if Mi is going you to give you android updates throughout your life.

          2. emui is equally good as mi ui.. and they are providing updates too. Honor play is promised to get android P and is on beta testing..

      2. For me looks > SD 845 . Cant ignore the large bottom and tom bazal even side bazals are thik, and hate the POCO name also

  24. Hi, Gogi ji, How is the audio quality via good earphones, as somebody mentioned that it have dedicated audio chip set, will it make any difference?

    1. Quality is really good I am using the F1, also much of it depends on the quality of earphone.