Unfortunately, the use of tricks in the promotion of their smartphones has become a common marketing strategy. After Huawei gave photos from a mirror camera for Nova 3i shots, many manufacturers followed the example of Huawei. Xiaomi was no exception, in a very embarrassing situation.
Donovan Soung, the company’s chief executive officer, published in his Instagram account an example of a snapshot of a dual Poco F1 camera – a fresh flagship from Xiaomi with a tasty price tag. Obviously, this was done to promote the smartphone, which means it was its advertising. Nevertheless, users of the Reddit forum quickly found out that this photo is far from new on the Internet, and it is not a photograph from the double Poco F1 camera.
Indeed, Donovan Sung already used this photo in April, when he advertised Mi Mix 2S, and there was a watermark, allegedly confirming the fact of shooting on this smartphone. Ultimately, the same photo was taken without the watermark for advertising Poco F1. The company, most likely, did so to guarantee the minimum cost of seemingly flagship hardware, but with a camera inferior to other smartphones from the Mi line.
By the way, the main module of the Poco F1 camera is really borrowed from Mi 8 (12 megapixel, aperture f / 1.9), but the second sensor is a cheap 5-megapixel lens with aperture f / 2.0, which is used only for bokeh. On the other hand, it should be taken into account that Poco F1 is the most affordable smartphone based on Snapdragon 845. For those who care about this, but do not have enough money for more premium devices, you will have to put up with camera flaws, simple design, and polycarbonate body.