The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 redefined the concept of an 'affordable flagship after a certain company dropped the idea altogether. The Poco F1 is the only sub-$300 device that packs a Snapdragon 845 SoC. It may not perform as well as equally specced devices, but the price more than makes up for that. Xiaomi has done a decent job of keeping the device relevant by adding new features regularly. The Poco F1 is currently receiving an update that adds support for Widevine L1, 4K video recording at 60 frames per second, and more.
Good News! We have started rolling out a new stable update for all our #POCOF1 fans. Key highlights of this update:
- 4k recording at 60FPS
-Game Turbo Mode
-Widevine L1 support
-Latest security patch
— C Manmohan (@cmanmohan) April 4, 2019
The company promised that the Poco F1 would receive these features quite some time ago. The option to record at 4K 60 FPS made their way to the MIUI Open Beta, followed by support for Windvine L1. The Poco F1 also got the ability to record videos at 960 FPS slow-motion video recording in an earlier update. The update also brings Xiaomi’s Game Turbo mode for a better mobile gaming experience. Lastly, it also includes the March 2019 security patches and adds face unlock support. Here is the full changelog:
One of the major grouse many people have had with the Poco F1 is that is isn't as feature-rich as, let's say, the OnePlus 6 (which was released at around the same time) With the latest update, the Poco F1 is almost on par with modern flagships. When the device was first announced, a lot of people dismissed to be too good to be true (myself included). I'm still not sold on the Poco F1, as its build quality is average, at best and it tends to heat up after heavy use. But I can understand why the device is as popular as it is. Xiaomi is offering flagship-tier hardware at a third of the cost and such an offer is hard to pass.