The latest sub-brand under the Xiaomi umbrella, called Poco, has been received enthusiastically by the Android community, particularly the flagship Xiaomi Pocophone F1. The Pocophone F1 features 6GB/64GB RAM and internal memory, a 20MP front camera and 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, it is running Android 8.1 Oreo, and all powered by the Qualcomm SDM845 SnapDragon SoC.
This is flagship level hardware in a $300 phone, which is quite amazing – the Poco F1 costs $200 less than the OnePlug 6, and $660 less than the retail price of a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – you might even call the Poco F1 a “flagship killer”, though Xiaomi’s biggest target audience is Asia, where Xiaomi is most popular in its native country of China, and India, where Xiaomi has risen to incredible levels of popularity in the past year or so.
Xiaomi’s dedication to flagship-level hardware at a fraction of the prices of other brand name phones, and their support of the Android development community, is what has helped them become so popular – in fact, Poco F1 owners will only need to wait 3 days before they are able to unlock the bootloader of their phone. Compared to other brands like Huawei (who pulled all bootloader unlocking support) and Samsung (who makes it really difficult in general to root / mod your Samsung phone), Xiaomi seems committed to the development community.
That is why there is already an unofficial build of TWRP for the Poco F1 – though emphasis is on unofficial, and there is currently a bug that causes /data decryption to not work.
As far as the Xiaomi Mi 8, while there is typically a ton of community support and development around Xiaomi devices, the Xiaomi Mi 8 development community has been a little slow, considering the Mi 8 was released in May of this year (about 4 months ago). It is only now that the Xiaomi Mi 8 is receiving an unofficial build of TWRP, thanks to an XDA Senior Member (bassbounce) – not that we’re complaining, we’re just wondering if Xiaomi modders and developers prefer other Xiaomi devices, which is why Mi 8 development has been a bit slower.