Last month, Xiaomi conjured up a storm in the mobile industry by launching Poco F1, the first smartphone under its newly-created Poco sub-brand. Now, the moniker may be different, but Poco F1 is still a part of the Xiaomi family. As such, it shares quite a few elements with other Xiaomi smartphones, such as software and UI. Also Read - Poco C3 with entry-level price, triple-rear camera launched in IndiaAlso Read - Poco F1 global variant getting MIUI 12 update
Even though Poco F1 essentially runs MIUI, it does come with a unique Poco launcher baked on top. If you want to take the launcher for a spin, you can now do so by side-loading it on any smartphone. However, be advised that the current version (18.104.22.168) is still in beta, so there may be some bugs and issues. Also Read - Poco M2 Pro with 33W fast charging, quad rear cameras launched in India: Price, Specifications
Getting Poco launcher on any smartphone is easy. Before anything else, you must allow installation of apps from unknown sources. This can be easily done via settings. Once that s done, search for the APK (version 22.214.171.124) online, copy it to your smartphone, and hit Install. It s as simple as that!
Xiaomi Poco F1 s claim to fame is its bleeding-edge spec sheet, which completely belies its price tag. Starting at just Rs 20,999, this smartphone is powered by Qualcomm s flagship Snapdragon 845 SoC, paired with 6/8GB of RAM and 64/128/256GB of internal storage. The smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, with a special version of MIUI baked on top.
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For imaging, Xiaomi Poco F1 features a dual-camera setup at the back. It s comprised of a 12-megapixel sensor and a 5-megapixel sensor. Up front, a 20-megapixel unit takes care of selfies and video calls. The smartphone has all the modern connectivity options one could ask for, with a 4,000mAh battery (having Quick Charge 3.0 support) rounding off the spec sheet.