POCO F1 gets a pie of Android Pie with latest beta update

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Late last month, Xiaomi sub-brand POCO confirmed that it would update the POCO F1 with Android Q after it’s released by Google next year. Well, there’s still a lot of time for that to happen, so POCO F1 users aren’t getting Android Q right now. But, what they are getting right now is a beta update that brings in Android Pie to the phone.

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POCO has released MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.11.15 for POCO F1 that brings in Android 9.0 Pie to the POCO F1. But, do note that this is a beta update, and not the final build, so those of you who decide to give it a try need to keep in mind that you might encounter some bugs. However, Xiaomi says that MIUI 10 Global Beta ROM 8.11.15 has received a recommendation rate of 94% from those who have been using it for sometime now, which is reassuring. Those interested can download the beta ROM from here.

That said, earlier this month, POCO rolled out MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for POCO F1 that brought along some new features to the phone, but is still based on Android 8.1 Oreo. For those unaware, the POCO F1 was launched in India back in August this year with Android Oreo-based MIUI 9.6. Now that POCO has rolled out Android Pie public beta for POCO F1, we expect the company to roll out the stable build of Android Pie soon.

POCO F1 Specifications

  • CPU: 2.8 GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • RAM: 6/8 GB LPDDR4X
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • Operating System: MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Display: 6.18-inch Full-HD+ (2246 x 1080 pixels) IPS display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio, 1500:1 contrast ratio and 403 ppi pixel density
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP (1.4μm pixel size, f/1.9 aperture) dual pixel auto-focus + 5 MP (1.2μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture) with Portrait Mode, HDR, AI Beauty Mode, AI Scene Detection, EIS for video recording, and, dual LED flash
  • Front Camera: 20 MP Super Pixel with f/2.0 aperture, AI Portrait Mode, AI Scene Detection
  • Internal Storage: 64/128 GB UFS 2.1 (with 6 GB RAM), 256 GB UFS 2.1 (with 8 GB RAM)
  • External Storage: Expandable via microSD card
  • SIM: Dual Hybrid Slot
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB Type-C
  • Other: Fingerprint Scanner, IR Face Unlock, LiquiCool Technology, P2i Water Repellent Coating
  • Colors: Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red, Armored Edition (only available with 8 GB RAM variant)
  • Battery: 4000 mAh with Quick Charge 4.0 (bundled adapter supports Quick Charge 3.0)

POCO F1 Price in India and Availability

  • Price of 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage variant: ₹20,999
  • Price of 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant: ₹23,999
  • Price of 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage variant: ₹28,999
  • Availability: Available on Mi.com and Flipkart, as well as through Mi Home and Mi Preferred Partner Stores

Do check out our POCO F1 review if you are planning to buy one.