The POCO F1 launched nearly three years ago, but it continues to be one of the best cheap Android phones. Xiaomi doesn’t usually sell phones beyond a 15-month window — the brand is all about flooding the market with new releases — but in a testament to the F1’s success, the phone is still available in India for ₹17,999 ($240).
POCO launched a lot of devices last year, but it wasn’t able to recreate the winning formula of the F1. The POCO X2 series was aimed at the budget segment, and while the POCO F2 Pro delivered top-tier hardware, it was too costly to be a true follow-up to the F1. It’s telling that Xiaomi didn’t bother launching the F2 Pro in India last year.
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