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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsPOCO F1 was launched last year and has been in the news quite a lot, thanks to its pricing and offered features. It is still the cheapest phone to house a Snapdragon 845 processor, along with minor additions like liquid cooling. Xiaomi's POCO initially pushed the F1 as a performance phone, built for those who want speed. Slowly, the brand improved the camera output via multiple software updates and even gave out many new features in the POCO launcher. This made the phone have a good balance of features over time. © YouTube DxOMark is regarded as a formidable benchmark to test camera performance. They tested the POCO F1's rear cameras in terms of quality, and the device performed at the same outstanding level as the iPhone 8. The POCO F1 got a score of 91, at par with the iPhone 8 and very close to the Note 8. Taking a look at the results of the tests, DxOMark praised the device for fast and accurate autofocus while shooting both photos and videos. The camera also recorded “pleasant” and “vivid” colours in photos and videos “in all lighting conditions”. The POCO F1 shines in capturing stills with its fast autofocus, eye-pleasing colours and accurate white balance. © DxOMark The phone scores 90 points in the video department which is the same score that's awarded to the iPhone 8. Thanks to Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), the POCO F1 is able to reduce focus time significantly. We must keep in mind that the iPhone 8 costs two times more than the POCO F1. The POCO F1 sports a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth sensing. The iPhone 8 has a single 12-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization. © Reuters This isn't the first time POCO's camera has been appreciated. In a blind camera test last year, it scored the second position, beating even the likes of iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3. Considering the price, the POCO F1 is turning out to be a no-nonsense package that can deliver on performance, as well as above average camera. We're already hearing rumours about the POCO F2, and hope it'll continue forward the same legacy. Source: DxOMark
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsXiaomi launched a new sub-brand recently that offers smartphones with flagship level specifications. The new Poco F1 is a direct contender to the OnePlus and Samsung devices that sell smartphones with a similar specification for a higher price. The Poco F1 can be bought for Rs 20,999 (starting) and goes up to Rs 29,999. That's still considerably cheaper than its next closest competitor i.e. The OnePlus 6. So, how does the smartphone fare against the current leader in flagship smartphones? Let's find out: Design Language & Display © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The Poco F1 does not have the same metal unibody design as the OnePlus 6 but offers something entirely different. It has a plastic polycarbonate body which may not be the ideal finish for people who are looking to buy a flagship level smartphone. If users prefer a more premium finish, the Poco F1 also comes in a Kevlar Armoured Edition, which also happened to be the review unit provided to us. It has Kevlar fibre at the back, which gives the smartphone a unique look and feels that may set it apart from the competition. At the back, the Poco F1 has vertical dual camera setup with a fingerprint sensor right underneath it. At the bottom centre, one can see the subtle branding that simply mentions 'Poco by Xiaomi'. The front of the smartphone comprises a display that has a notch and minimal bezels at the bottom. The Poco F1 has a 6-inch FHD+ LCD display which is where the company has cut costs to keep the pricing of the smartphone low. The display has an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and has a noticeable notch at the top that can be turned off from the settings. When compared to the OnePlus 6, the Poco F1 does not have an S AMOLED display which may be a bit of a disappointment for users who like to consume content and videos. On a personal note, we feel the screen is good enough for daily gaming, video consumption and basically serves the purpose if you are looking for a good value for money. Performance When it comes to technical specifications, the Poco F1 is packed with components that can be found on any flagship smartphones of 2017. It has the Snapdragon 845 processor that has been coupled with 6GB or 8 GB of RAM. We got the top variant for this review that has 256GB internal storage and 8GB RAM. The smartphone managed to work like a charm when it came to the performance of certain actions such as multi-tasking, running games like PUBG and Asphalt 9. The smartphone did manage to perform well while playing games, however, we did notice slight heating issues. The Poco F1 has liquid cooling under the hood, which we feel worked like a charm, as the overheating could have been significantly higher if not for the cooling technology. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla As far as the overall performance of the phone is concerned, the Poco F1 felt snappy and did not experience any lag or glitches. It performed as fast as the OnePlus 6 or even faster at times when it came to daily usage. We used the smartphone for playing games, navigation and browsing the web. In the benchmark tests, the Poco F1 scored an impressive 2449 in the single-core category while it scored 8881 in the multi-core test. The Face Unlock feature on the Poco F1 uses a similar setup as the iPhone X, where it uses infrared for faster and more accurate unlocking. The Face Unlock feature is capable of working in complete darkness and manages to unlock to smartphone nine out of ten times. Battery Life Xiaomi has been known for outfitting their smartphones with large batteries and the Poco F1 is no exception. It has a 4,000 mAh battery that can easily last up to 1.5 days with moderate usage. The smartphone was able to last long enough to provide us 2 hours of gaming, 3 hours of watching YouTube content and 2 hours of navigation and we still had 30 per cent left over towards the end of the day. That's more battery life than the OnePlus 6 and can last even longer when in standby mode. Camera © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The smartphone has been outfitted with a 12MP+5MP primary camera setup and a 20MP front camera, both having AI functionality. During the course of our review, we were able to take some impressive pictures with the smartphone, however, we would have loved to see more accuracy in Portrait shots. The blur on the edges was not as accurate as the OnePlus 6 which can be a bit disappointing. The Poco F1 was able to take spectacular shots in well-lit environments as it was able to capture the right details and did not over expose them. The colours were vibrant and we did not see any noticeable grain either. When it comes to selfies, we were quite impressed with its performance and it is at par with the OnePlus 6 and other smartphones in the same price range. Here are a few sample shots for your reference: View this post on Instagram Some images shot using the #pocof1 #Technology #smartphones A post shared by Akshay Bhalla / Høax (@editorinchief) on Sep 5, 2018 at 10:42pm PDT The Final Say When it comes to buying smartphones, we often look for the best deal that includes a smartphone with impressive specifications, performance and price. Up until now, the OnePlus 6 was the only option that could be included in this category, however, the Poco F1 proves that flagship devices don't have to be even moderately expensive. Starting at Rs 20,999 we can confidently say that the Poco F1 is here to disrupt a market that is currently being dominated by OnePlus. The Poco F1 may not offer a premium design like its competition, it does, however, make up for it in other categories. If you are currently looking for a flagship-level smartphone that costs less than Rs 30,000, the Poco F1 is your best bet.
The POCO F1 Is Among The Fastest Phones One Can Buy Right Now And It May Just Challenge The OnePlus 6
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsXiaomi has been ruling the midrange segment this year with the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the recently launched Mi A2. After conquering the budget and midrange markets, the company now aims to take on the mighty flagships. Today marks the global debut of Xiaomi's new sub-brand, POCO, which will focus on making premium phones. Xiaomi has tried to establish itself in the flagship segment a few years ago with the launch of the Mi 5 and the Mi 6. Unfortunately, the two never gained traction and since then the company has stopped launching its global flagships in India. With POCO, the company intends to start off fresh and has been teasing the POCO F1 for a few weeks now. The POCO F1 definitely looks and feels very premium, thanks to the full metal construction. While the Redmi phones have a very young and trendy design, the Pocophone F1 is all about being subtle. © MensXP The phone sports a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. The display has a wide notch on the top that houses the front camera, sensors, and an infrared sensor for accurate authentication via Facial Recognition. The POCO F1 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor along with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory in the base variant. It also has liquid cooling technology for higher processor efficiency and the company claims the addition makes the processor perform 30 percent faster than the competition. Xiaomi has marketed the phone to be the fastest we've seen, and they've focused majorly on making this phone a workhorse flagship. The phone houses a dual camera setup on the rear consisting of 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor while the front houses a 20-megapixel shooter. It comes with AI-powered automatic scene recognition, portrait mode as well as auto enhancements. © MensXP It is backed by a massive 4000mAh battery that charges via a Type-C connection. It also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. The company has also launched a special POCO F1 Armour Edition that features Kevlar backing. The POCO F1 is currently available in three variants, 6GB RAM / 64GB storage costing Rs 20,999, 6GB RAM / 128GB costing Rs 23,999 and the 8GB / 256GB storage costing Rs 28,999. And finally the Armour Edition is priced at Rs 29,999. Sales start from 12PM, August 29 via Mi.com and Flipkart. India is the first country to receive this phone and will be coming to more international markets in the coming weeks.