Xiaomi’s sub-brand Pocophone clarified in a series of tweets posted yesterday that its Poco F1 Android flagship is not only splash resistant but also supports faster charging speeds with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0. While the smartphone has gathered immense popularity within weeks of its existence, the lack of water resistance has been pointed out as a cost-cutting measure to keep its pricing low. It turns out that Pocophone did implement the feature but hadn’t revealed any of its details during the launch event, leading everyone to believe in its absence. Nevertheless, the company’s Twitter handle clarified that the handset comes covered with a liquid repellent coating provided by P2i, which should ideally keep the phone safe from water splashes and accidental spills, though dunking in water isn’t recommended as it can potentially cause severe internal damages.
Another feature of the Poco F1 that the company revealed only yesterday is the support for Quick Charge 4.0, despite the fact that Xiaomi had previously confirmed otherwise stating the maximum charging speed supported by the device is capped up to Quick Charge 3.0. The official Twitter handle of Poco India informed that Quick Charge 4.0 is indeed supported, though the included wall charger is certified only for Quick Charge 3.0 with its maximum output of 18W. The Poco F1 owners who want a faster charging speed for that massive 4,000mAh battery will have to go for aftermarket solutions that are Quick Charge 4.0 enabled. Another thing that Poco F1 users living outside India are complaining about is the missing facial recognition feature. Jani Mani, the Head of Product at Pocophone, confirmed in a tweet that the company is working on an OTA update to enable the said feature for all the regions.
Besides this, Mani also revealed that the phone’s bottom-firing primary speaker includes a pair of smart power amplifiers to achieve the level of loudness it offers; another feature that wasn’t previously announced. The device’s earpiece also works together with the primary speaker to offer a stereo effect. Xiaomi made the Poco F1 official late last month with high-end internals like Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable storage at an astonishing starting price of $300. The handset has been well received in certain markets where it is already on sale and the Chinese company is in the process of making it available in many more global markets.
Two small things:
1. We're planning to OTA face unlock for other regions, you can enable by setting it to IndiaAdvertisement
2. It's more of a "stereo-like" effect. Main audio is the bottom speaker–it's crazy loud b/c we have 2x smart power amps. We made a mistake not clarifying at launch.
— Jai Mani (@jaimani) September 12, 2018