‘F1 Race in India Was Strange Because It Was Such a Poor Place’: Lewis Hamilton


World champion Lewis Hamilton has questioned Formula One’s policy of organising races in new countries after this month’s announcement of the Vietnam Grand Prix.

World champion Lewis Hamilton has questioned Formula One’s policy of organising races in new countries after this month’s announcement of the Vietnam Grand Prix. Hamilton told the BBC that he would prefer to see more stops in countries with a genuine racing tradition, rather than expanding to new markets. On the racing side, I don’t know how important it is to go to new countries as such,” said Hamilton who sealed his fifth world title last month.

“If you had the Silverstone Grand Prix and a London Grand Prix, it would be pretty cool.”

The Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, will hold a Formula One street race from 2020 after signing a 10-year deal.

Formula One has steadily expanded beyond its traditional heartlands, adding races in China, India, South Korea, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, with mixed results.

At the same time, historic European races in England, Germany and Italy have come under threat, while France dropped off the circuit for 10 years before returning this season.

“We’ve got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States it is starting to grow,” said Hamilton.

“But you only have one event per year in those places. If it was my business, I’d be trying to do more events in those countries.

He added: “I’ve been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful. I’ve been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful grand prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very conflicted when I went to that grand prix.

“We had a grand prix in Turkey and hardly anyone came. Cool track, cool weekend but poor audience.”

Formula One has thrived in Singapore, but it didn’t last long in India and South Korea. Vietnam also has scant racing tradition.

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Hamilton said: “If you have the German Grand Prix and you’ve got a Grand Prix in Berlin, I think connecting to cities where a lot of people are is probably a good thing, not necessarily going to countries where they don’t know so much about Formula One.”

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Lewis Hamilton Questions New F1 Races


Formula One (F1) is set to hold its first Vietnam Grand Prix on a street circuit in Hanoi in 2020 after signing a 10-year deal. However, world champion Lewis Hamilton has questioned F1’s policy of organising races in countries with no genuine racing tradition. The Briton told BBC that he felt conflicted while going to India as it is a “poor” place. “I’ve been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful grand prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very conflicted when I went to that grand prix.

“On the racing side, I don’t know how important it is to go to new countries as such,” said Hamilton who sealed his fifth world title last month.

“If you had the Silverstone Grand Prix and a London Grand Prix, it would be pretty cool.”

Formula One has steadily expanded beyond its traditional heartlands, adding races in China, India, South Korea, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, with mixed results.

At the same time, historic European races in England, Germany and Italy have come under threat, while France dropped off the circuit for 10 years before returning this season.

“We’ve got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States it is starting to grow,” said Hamilton.

“But you only have one event per year in those places. If it was my business, I’d be trying to do more events in those countries.

“We had a grand prix in Turkey and hardly anyone came. Cool track, cool weekend but poor audience.”

Formula One has thrived in Singapore, but it didn’t last long in India and South Korea. Vietnam also has scant racing tradition.

“If you have the German Grand Prix and you’ve got a Grand Prix in Berlin, I think connecting to cities where a lot of people are is probably a good thing, not necessarily going to countries where they don’t know so much about Formula One.”

(With AFP inputs)



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Max Verstappen Involved In Physical Altercation With Fellow F1 Driver After Controversial Crash


Max Verstappen was on his way to winning the Brazilian Grand Prix when a crash with Force India’s Esteban Ocon scuppered his chances. After the race, a livid Verstappen confronted Ocon in the drivers’ weighing room, walked straight at him and started pushing him. Verstappen was caught by the cameras pushing Ocon three times and has been accused of threatening to hit him. A video clip of the post-race incident went viral soon afterwards with with the FIA ordering the young Dutchman to perform two days of public service for his violent behaviour.

The collision on lap 44 of the 71-lap race at Interlagos’ famed Senna S curves cost Verstappen the race and he had to settle for second place.

While Verstappen finished second for Red Bull behind world champion Lewis Hamilton, Force India’s Ocon was given a 10-seconds stop-go penalty.

“We were at the scales room,” said Ocon. “He wanted to punch me. He pushed me and he was wanting to be violent. It was not professional.”

Ocon added that his rivalry with Verstappen “goes back a few years” and said he “has always been the same”.

“I was behind Max for two laps,” Ocon told Sky Sports. “On the first lap, I was a lot faster and, on the second lap, I was a lot faster. The rules say you are allowed to un-lap yourself so that’s what I did.

“I’m used to the fights with Max. He’s always been the same. It goes back a few years.”

Verstappen swore so much on team radio that his comments bleeped out after he described Ocon as an “idiot”.

“He came out of the pit lane and he had the right to overtake, but the level of risk he was taking, it was not right,” the Red Bull driver said.

“The stewards gave him a penalty. You can say, ‘Max, you should have given room’, but we were not racing and you don’t expect that.”

Asked about confronting and pushing Ocon, he said: “We are all passionate about the sport, but it would be odd if I shook his hand. I don’t care what people say.

“I’m a winner. To get taken out by that and to get a stupid response from their side, I was not happy about that.”

(With AFP Inputs)





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F1: Lewis Hamilton Wins Brazilian Grand Prix; Mercedes Picks Up 5th Constructors Title


Hamilton pitted from the lead at the end of Lap 19 and Verstrappen took the race lead and with his Supersoft tyres in good shape he kept extending his lead over Hamilton till Lap 27 when he pulled into the pit lane.




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This was Hamilton’s 10th victory in the 2018 Formula 1 Season

It was drama at the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix with just 27 las to go, after race leader Max Verstrappen spun out, handing the win to Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who scored his 10th victory of the Formula 1 season. Hamilton lead through the first half of the race before he was passed by Max Verstrappen who then looked all set to take the podium. However, Force India driver Esteban Ocon’s attempt to unlap himself resulted in contact with Verstappen, spinning the Red Bull driver out of the lead. Verstrappen could not regain his position and Lewis Hamilton sealed his victory and extended his lead further. Team Mercedes also lifted the Constructors title for the fifth consecutive time.

Verstappen looked set to take the top honours as he catapulted himself into contention for victory with a rapid opening stint. Verstappen went past Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel at Turn 1, taking the inside line. He then set his eyes on Bottas who was in P2 and on lap 10 went past him. The only driver ahead of Verstrappen now was Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton pitted from the lead at the end of Lap 19 and Verstrappen took the race lead and with his Supersoft tyres in good shape he kept extending his lead over Hamilton till Lap 27 when he pulled into the pit lane.

Verstappen looked in control of the race as he opened up a gap to Hamilton, but this elation was short lived as Force India’s Esteban Ocon tried passing Verstappen down the inside at Turn 2 only to make contact with the race leader sending both the cars spinning. This helped Hamilton get past the race leader with Verstrappen joining the race in second position. Ocon was later given a 10-second stop/go penalty for causing a collision.

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Kimi Raikkonen completed the podium for Ferrari, while teammate Sebastian Vettel struggled for pace. Bottas finished the race fifth ahead of Vettel who was placed in sixth position. Charles Leclerc brought in some points for Sauber, while Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen gave Haas a boost in the fight for P4 in the constructors’ championship as they finished eighth and ninth.

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Flipkart Big Diwali Sale Offers Include Discounts on Poco F1, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Redmi Note 5 Pro, and More


The third instalment of Flipkart’s festive season sale is now live. Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale commenced on 9pm October 31 for Flipkart Plus users and 12am on November 1 for all users. It ends on November 5. The sale mostly carries forward all of the popular deals from the last two instalments including discounts on smartphones, tablets, laptops, televisions, audio equipment, and electronic accessories. SBI credit card holders can avail an instant discount of up to 10 percent on a minimum cart value of Rs. 4,999. No-cost EMI plans are also available for easy buying on credit.

Starting off with deals on smartphones, the Nokia 5.1 Plus gets a discounted price tag of Rs. 10,499, down from its original Rs. 10,999, while the Nokia 6.1 Plus can be bought for Rs. 14,999, down Rs. 1,000 from the launch price of Rs. 15,999. The budget Honor 7S is also up for grabs at a price of Rs. 5,999 during Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale.

The star of the show, Poco F1, gets a Rs. 3,000 discount for the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model which is down to Rs. 21,999 from its usual Rs. 24,999 in Flipkart’s sale. This gives the phone extreme value for money considering it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and comes with other premium specifications. Google’s Pixel 2 XL is down about Rs. 4,500 from its recent price cut and can be bought for as low as Rs. 40,999 in Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale.

Once again, all variants of the popular mid-range Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 are available with limited period discounts. The phone starts at Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model and goes all the way up to Rs. 12,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant. Exchange offers and SBI card discount are also valid on the Asus smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro gets a discounted starting price tag of Rs. 12,999; the Honor 10 is available for Rs. 24,999; Samsung Galaxy S8 starts at Rs. 32,990; and the Honor 9 Lite can be bought for Rs. 9,999. These and many more smartphone deals are live on Flipkart until November 5 or till stocks last. Google Home gets a discounted price of Rs. 7,499 and the Home Mini can be bought for Rs. 2,449.

Apart from that, professional DSLRs from Canon, Nikon, and Sony start at Rs. 20,990, while televisions can be bought for as low as Rs. 10,499. Skullcandy headphones are being advertised with 60-70 percent discounts, including the company’s wired and wireless offerings. Apple’s iPad 6th generation tablet is going for as low as Rs. 23,999, and there is an additional Rs. 6,000 discount on laptops powered by Intel’s Core i5 processors.

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Formula 1: Vietnam will host F1 race for the first time in 2020


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Xiaomi Poco F1 Starts Receiving MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM Update in India


Xiaomi Poco F1 Starts Receiving MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM Update in India

MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM has been released for Xiaomi’s Poco F1

Xiaomi has started rolling out the MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM to the Poco F1 as the first stable MIUI 10 build for the smartphone. Users can expect to receive an over-the-air update notification on their handsets soon. The latest update brings the custom OS version to MIUI Global Stable ROM 10.0.4.0.OEJMIFH. To recall, Xiaomi had launched the Poco F1 back in August as the first smartphone from its sub-brand Poco. The smartphone arrived with MIUI 9.6 out-of-the-box based on Android 8.1 Oreo – a special version called MIUI for Poco. The Chinese company has confirmed the MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM rollout for the Poco F1, while some users reported having received the update on their handsets.

The Xiaomi Poco F1 runs on a customised MIUI for Poco operating system that comes with few tweaks like the Poco Launcher, quick settings from stock Android, and more. The Xiaomi-owned brand Poco had recently promised an MIUI 10 update to the Poco F1. C Manmohan, General Manager, Poco India, has confirmed that the MIUI 10 stable ROM is now rolling out. In a post on Twitter, Manmohan wrote, “POCO fans! #DiwaliwithMi just keeps getting better. We have started rolling out MIUI 10 stable for #POCOF1 to all users. It’s time to update!” The information was reiterated by Alvin Tse, Head of Pocophone Global in another Twitter post. He added that the update is rolling out to the global variant, Xiaomi Pocophone F1, as well.

As of now, Xiaomi has not provided the full details of the MIUI Global Stable ROM update via is MIUI Forums. However, several users on the forums and Twitter have shared screenshots of the update and its changelog. As per the images, the new MIUI update comes with version MIUI 10.0.4.0.OEJMIFH and measures 592MB in terms of size. The update is also said to bring the October 2018 Android security patch to the Poco F1.

MIUI 10 Global Stable update brings full-screen gestures to the Poco F1 as a better option for handsets with newer aspect ratios and thin-bezel displays. The update also includes natural sounds and ambient sounds. The MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM also includes the AI Portrait feature that adds a bokeh effect to shots – without requiring a secondary sensor at the front.

Xiaomi has started rolling out the MIUI 10 OTA update to the Poco F1, but it may take some time for the update to reach every unit. Meanwhile, you can check for the latest MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM by going to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for updates.





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Flipkart Big Diwali Sale Kicks Off With Deals on Poco F1, Asus ZenFone 5Z, and More


The Flipkart Big Diwali Sale has just kicked off exclusively for Flipkart Plus members. The sale will be opened up for everyone starting midnight on Thursday. Flipkart’s third festive season sale this year will run from November 1 to November 5 with deals and offers across all major product categories. The Walmart-owned online marketplace has tied up with State Bank of India to offer 10 percent instant discount to its credit and debit card users during its latest sale. The discount is also valid on EMI transaction and is capped at Rs. 4,000 per card on a minimum purchase value of Rs. 4,999. Meanwhile, Amazon will also run its Great Indian Festival sale on the other side from November 2 to November 5. This is another chance in case you missed out during the last two online festive season sales.

We have picked out some of the best deals and offers available to Flipkart Plus members on Flipkart’s festive season sale right now.

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Flipkart Big Diwali Sale – best offers available so far

Xiaomi Poco F1
The Xiaomi Poco F1 (6GB, 128GB) is down to Rs. 21,999 (MRP Rs. 24,999) during Flipkart Big Diwali Sale. There’s an exchange offer that promises to take off another Rs. 14,900 (maximum) from the listed price and if you’re swapping a used OnePlus device you get Rs. 3,000 extra discount. The Poco F1 features a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC. It is also confirmed to receive Android 9.0 Pie later this year and Android Q updates sometime later on.

Price: Rs. 21,999 (MRP Rs. 24,999)

Pureit H101 air purifier
This is an ideal season to buy an air purifier and if you’re in the market for something portable, the Hindustan Unilever Pureit H101 air purifier is down to Rs. 6,499 (MRP Rs. 15,590) during the Flipkart sale. The air purifier can cover an area of 480 square feet and includes a three-stage air purification system. There’s an air purity indicator as well that samples the room’s air every 2 seconds, according to the company.

Price: Rs. 6,499 (MRP Rs. 15,590)

Sennheiser PXC 550 Bluetooth headphones
The Sennheiser PXC 550 wireless headphones are available at a discounted price of Rs. 15,999 (MRP Rs. 29,990) right now. SBI credit card users can avail an additional 10 percent instant discount on their purchase. The wireless headphones promise a comfortable experience, making them suitable for use while travelling. They feature adaptive noise cancellation capabilities and touch-sensitive trackpads. The foldable design makes them very easy to carry around. At this price, these sound like a good deal and may run out pretty quickly.

Price: Rs. 15,999 (MRP Rs. 29,990)

Blaupunkt SBW-01 Bluetooth soundbar
Here’s another chance to grab the affordable Blaupunkt SBW-01 soundbar at a discount. Currently down to Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 16,990) during Flipkart Big Diwali Sale, the soundbar can be hooked up with an HDMI connection to your big-screen TV. You can also connect the soundbar with your mobile devices via a Bluetooth connection. It comes with a remote control as well as a wired subwoofer. This is a slightly older model but it’s still a great package at this price.

Price: Rs. 5,999 (MRP Rs. 16,990)

MSI GL series 15.6-inch laptop
The MSI GL series gaming laptop (GL63-8RC) is currently available at a discounted price of Rs. 57,990 (MRP Rs. 74,990) during the big Flipkart sale. The laptop is powered by Intel’s 8th generation Core i5 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It ships with a conventional 1TB hard drive and runs Windows 10 out-of-the-box. The graphics are handled by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, supported by 4GB of video RAM. The bundled exchange offer can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 8,500.

Price: Rs. 57,990 (MRP Rs. 74,990)

JBL Flip 3
In case you missed it earlier, the JBL Flip 3 portable speaker is again available at Rs. 4,299 (MRP Rs. 9,990) on Flipkart right now. SBI credit card users can avail an additional 10 percent cashback. JBL promises a great sound and the speaker itself is splash proof, making it perfect for outdoor usage.

Price: Rs. 4,299 (MRP Rs. 9,990)

Microsoft Xbox One X 1TB with PUBG
The Microsoft Xbox One X 1TB is down to Rs. 38,990 (MRP Rs. 50,590) during the Flipkart Big Diwali Sale right now. It comes bundled with Player Unknown’s Battleground. If you were waiting for a discount all this while, here’s one more chance to grab the Xbox One X. In case you’ve got an ancient console lying around, you could swap it for another Rs. 1,500 (maximum) discount.

Price: Rs. 38,990 (MRP Rs. 50,590)

Asus ZenFone 5Z (6GB, 64GB)
The Flipkart Big Diwali Days sale is offering you another chance to grab the ZenFone 5Z at Rs. 24,999 (MRP Rs. 29,999). The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, supported by 6GB of RAM. The ZenFone 5Z comes with a 6.2-inch full-HD display and a dual rear camera setup along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone also includes a 3,300mAh battery.

Price: Rs. 24,999 (MRP Rs. 29,999)

Google Chromecast 2
The previous generation Google Chromecast is down to Rs. 1,999 (MRP Rs. 3,399) during the Flipkart sale right now. The Chromecast 2 sticks to an HDMI port on your TV and lets you stream content from a mobile device or a desktop to your TV. The device is quite simple to setup and use. It’s worth mentioning here that Google has just recently launched the Chromecast 3 in India, but if you’re not too keen on spending Rs. 3,499 on it, the Chromecast 2 is still a decent buy at this price.

Price: Rs. 1,999 (MRP RS. 3,399)

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is again available at previous festive season sale prices on Flipkart. The 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant is down to Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999). There’s a bundled exchange offer with an instant discount up to Rs. 11,700. The 4GB RAM, 64GB storage variant is also available at a discounted price of Rs. 10,999 (MRP Rs. 12,999) during Flipkart Big Diwali Sale. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 comes with a 5.99-inch FHD display and a massive 5,000mAh battery. It is powered by the Snapdragon 636 SoC, supported by 4GB/6GB of RAM, depending on the variant you pick.

Price: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)

Nokia 5.1 Plus (3GB, 32GB)
The Nokia 5.1 Plus is available at a discounted price of Rs. 10,499 (MRP Rs. 13,199) during Flipkart Big Diwali Sale right now. This is the same deal we saw during the Flipkart Big Billion Days and the Festive Dhamaka Days sale earlier this month. You can exchange your old smartphone and receive up to Rs. 9,750 as an instant discount. The Nokia 5.1 Plus features a 5.8-inch HD display and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 processor. It includes a dual camera setup at the rear and a 3,060mAh battery. No-cost EMI options are also available on select debit and credit cards.

Price: Rs. 10,499 (MRP Rs. 13,199)

Samsung Galaxy On Nxt (3GB, 64GB)
The Samsung Galaxy On Nxt is available at one of its all-time lowest price of Rs. 9,990 (MRP Rs. 17,900), for the third time this month. If you factor in the exchange offer with up to Rs. 9,200 discount and the bundled Axis Bank 10 percent instant discount, you can get a pretty decent deal. The Galaxy On Nxt comes with a 5.5-inch display and is powered by the Exynos 7870 octa-core processor, supported by 3GB of RAM. It includes a 13-megapixel primary camera at the back and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Price: Rs. 9,990 (MRP Rs. 17,900)

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F1: This Is How Will Smith Congratulated Lewis Hamilton’s 5th F1 World Championship


The Mercedes team radio played a pre-recorded message from Hollywood superstar Will Smith on the radio congratulating Hamilton, which the five time world champion later shared on social media.




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Will Smith’s pre-recorded message was played on the radio after Hamilton crossed the finish line

The 2018 Mexican Formula Grand Prix turned out to be the championship decider of the season with Lewis Hamilton taking his fifth world title. The Mercedes driver finished fourth in the Mexican GP securing enough points to beat title rival Sebastian Vettel. The 33-year-old has equalled his world titles as that of the great Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio, while the legend Michael Schumacher’s seven time world championship is suddenly within reach. Amidst all the celebrations, the F1 world champion received an unexpected message on team radio from a certain celebrity congratulating him on his win.

Also Read: F1: Hamilton Takes 5th World Title As Verstappen Wins Mexican GP

The Mercedes team radio played a pre-recorded message from Hollywood superstar Will Smith on the radio, congratulating Hamilton. In the most Bad Boy fashion, Smith said, “Hey, Lewis. Congrats, man. That’s how you do it, baby. Just like I taught you, that’s how you do it. Just like that, that’s how you’re supposed to drive.”

The lines are in reference to his famous dialogue from the 1995 super-hit buddy cop movie Bad Boys, but fit quite apt her too. The pre-recorded message did leave a lot of people in splits, while there certain fans who weren’t too happy about the Men In Black star taking over the radio, in what was supposed to be team moment.

Nevertheless, Hamilton clearly took the wishes and the joke well, and later took to his Twitter handle to share Smith’s congratulatory video too.

The Mexican GP unfolded with much drama as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was at pole had a premature end to his race in a plume of smoke, just 10 laps from the chequered flag. Meanwhile, teammate Max Verstappen won the race, having started second on the grid. Title contender Vettel took the second place in the Mexican GP, but had to win this race to keep the fight going for the final two rounds.

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With the championship under his belt for the fifth time, Hamilton has time and again proved his mettle behind the F1 car, also being the most consistent driver on the grid, even when he did not have the fastest car on the race track. With the stakes much higher now, will the Briton be able to match Schumacher’s championship wins. We certainly hope to find out in the next seasons.

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Poco F1 to Be Available to Buy Offline in India via Mi Home Stores Starting October 13


Poco F1, launched as an online-exclusive smartphone, is all set to go on sale in India via offline stores. The Xiaomi sub-brand has announced that the Poco F1 will go on sale via Xiaomi’s Mi Home stores across India starting from Saturday (October 13). Following this, the smartphone will also be available via Xiaomi’s offline partner stores from next Wednesday (October 17). Previously, the handset was only available via Flipkart and Mi.com. Ahead of the Diwali festive season, Poco said that it wants to tap into the brand Poco’s popularity among the Indians. Canalys in its report Smartphone Analysis, October 2018 report on the Indian market said that in Q2 2018, 36 percent of Xiaomi’s shipments in India were via offline channels.

Announced back in August, the Poco F1 comes in three configurations – 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage, 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC, which powers flagships like OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, among others. Notably, the company said that the Poco F1 will be available at an “aggressive pricing” offline, close to the smartphone’s online prices with “slight variations” keeping in mind the retail operational costs.

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Manmohan Chandolu, General Manager, Poco India said in a statement, “This is a truly defining moment for us as we witness the growth of our brand, and seek to explore newer horizons in the vast offline segment of our market. Following the launch of Poco F1, we received commendable response from our customers towards the Master of Speed. We look forward to reaching out to the wider section of the Indian consumers who are majorly offline based, and can now easily access our devices while enjoying the power of incredible speed matched with the ultimate performance at an irresistible price.”

In terms of online prices, the Xiaomi Poco F1 costs Rs. 20,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, while the 6GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage model is priced at Rs. 23,999, and the 8GB RAM/ 256GB inbuilt storage model is available at Rs. 28,999. The Armoured Edition of the Poco F1 with ‘real Kevlar’ comes with a price tag of Rs. 29,999. Colour options include Graphite Black, Rosso Red, and Steel Blue.

To recall some of the specifications, the dual-SIM (Nano) Poco F1 runs MIUI 9 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, and sports a 6.18-inch full-HD+ display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It comes with 6GB/ 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM options and 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of inbuilt storage options. The inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD card (up to another 256GB).

In terms of optics, Xiaomi’s Poco F1 bears a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor, with f/1.9 aperture, and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, with f/2.0 aperture. The phone also sports a single 20-megapixel front camera with AI-based face recognition and portrait mode. There is a 4,000mAh battery under the hood, with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0.



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