The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has finally made it to the UK. Xiaomi is already known for selling affordable phones with its offshoot brand Poco, the company offers top of the line specifications at an incredibly low price. To recall, the Poco F1 was first released in India, followed by a global launch in 65 countries.
Poco F1 Comes To The UK
Even though Xiaomi has scheduled a dedicated launch event for the Pocophone F1 in the UK tomorrow, the phone has already shown up on Amazon UK. The phone had already made its entry into the country through third-party sellers, but now it will be possible to get the phone through more reliable channels. The Pocophone F1 might also land in the U.S. on December 8, 2018.
The Pocophone F1 is available in 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. Color options include Rosso Red, Steel Blue, and Graphite Black. For the variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard memory, you will have to cough up £329, while the model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will fetch £349 in the UK. Although, the phone can be obtained for a little cheaper from third-party stores, it is always a better idea to go for official channels.
The phone is already available in India, with the base 6GB/128GB variant costing INR 23,999 and the maxed out 8GB/256GB Armoured Edition fetching INR 29,999. Although, it was first launched as an online-exclusive phone retailing on Flipkart and Mi.com in India, it is now available in Xiaomi’s Mi Home stores across the country as well.
The Real Flagship Killer
When the Pocophone F1 was announced, it proved to be a real head-turner. The phone flaunts a massive 6.18-inch FHD display and has a dual rear camera system (12MP +5MP). It has a Snapdragon 845 chipset and a gargantuan 4000mAh battery, under the hood. The headphone port is also there. The flagship Qualcomm SoC, which is accompanied by the Adreno 630 GPU, will provide a smooth gaming experience, and thanks to the “LiquidCool” technology, you wouldn’t have to worry about the phone heating up.
Since the phone provides Band 20 support, customers in the UK will be able to enjoy full 4G coverage across the country with no connectivity problems. However, the phone might not be a viable option for most U.S. residents as it will not be officially supported by Sprint or Verizon. At most, it will be suitable for AT&T subscribers because of the 4G band support.
The Pocophone F1 will go neck in neck with the INR 29,999 Asus ZenFone 5Z and the INR 37,999 OnePlus 6T. While all the three phones are largely similar when it comes to core configuration, the OnePlus 6T might take a hit because of its higher price tag. However, unlike the Pocophone F1, the OnePlus 6T sports an AMOLED screen with a fingerprint reader beneath it. OnePlus’ latest phone is already garnering a lot of attention. In fact, the official carrier partner of the phone in the U.S, T-Mobile, has alleged that more people queued up to get the phone than the individuals who lined up outside the store to get their hands on the iPhone XS series smartphones.
Here is our review of the Poco F1.