Xiaomi POCO F1 Update Improves Camera, 3 Days Bootloader Unlock Time, Adds AOSP Navigation Buttons

The update also brings some minor bug fixes.

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The first flagship smartphone from Xiaomi sub-brand POCO has been recently launched and it’s already gathering a huge fandom. The company has recently lowered the 2 months waiting period on unlocking the bootloader to 3 days. The device has been out for a few days only, but the company has started rolling out updates.

Xiaomi POCO F1 Update: What’s New?

As per the update for the Xiaomi POCO F1, there will be improved camera processing and the addition of AOSP navigation buttons. The camera improvements include the optimization of the camera’s launching as well as image processing on the device. Earlier this year, the company opened up a dedicated camera division.

The update brings several other small yet significant changes that include a number of system bug fixes and an optimization for the recording application. The update is being sent out to smartphones in the form of a staged rollout. You may have to wait for some time before you receive it on your Xiaomi POCO F1. The introduction of AOSP navigation buttons brings a good change for the developers’ community and it is great to see that the company has already started rolling out updates the target user base would like. The tweaks are small but they are significant enough to keep the developers hooked.

Xiaomi POCO F1: Specifications, Features

The POCO F1 features a 6.18-inch Full HD+ resolution IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2246 and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. The device comes with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass to protect it against any physical damage.

Under the hood, the POCO F1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, which is mostly seen in the premium and flagship Android devices. The Xiaomi POCO F1 also comes with support for the LiquidCool technology. The POCO F1 comes in three different storage configurations – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM+ 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 256GB onboard storage. The device offers Hybrid Dual-SIM slots, so you can expand the internal storage by up to 256GB using a microSD card.

In the imaging department, the device is equipped with a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera setup with a Sony IMX363 primary sensor and a secondary Samsung depth- sensor. The POCO F1 comes with a number of AI-powered capabilities that make it even more popular. The company claims that camera unit can detect over 206 scenes across 25 categories and comes with an AI-powered Portrait Mode as well.

On the front, there is a 20MP camera unit for selfies and video calling. The selfie camera also IR Face Unlock that is touted to unlock the device in just 0.4 seconds. Keeping the device alive is a 4000mAh capacity battery that comes with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

The connectivity options that tag along with the POCO F1 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, USB Type-C port, and Dual 4G VoLTE. Other notable features on the POCO F1 include a dual smart PA for clear audio, Dirac HD sound. The device comes with a standard rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is common to most of the Xiaomi smartphones. As for the software, the POCO F1 ships with the Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9 with the POCO Launcher on top and will receive the Android 9.0 Pie update soon.

Xiaomi POCO F1: Price in India

The POCO F1 with 6GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage has been priced at Rs.20,999, while the other variant one with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage sells for Rs.23,999. The Armoured addition of the device with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage went on sale recently with a price tag of Rs. 29,999.



Gargi’s inclination towards gadgets developed over the four years that she invested on her Electronics and Communication degree. She last worked at HeyMojo Inc., where she lead the product marketing team and designed chatbots for the top QSRs around the world. Currently, she is a regular contributor at MySmartPrice and plans on enlightening readers with interesting news on smartphones and telecom industry. Oh, and did we forget to mention that she is also a growth hacker.