Phone Review

Pocophone F1: You Can’t Resist the Snapdragon 845 (August 2018)

pocophone f1
Written by Asif Aslam

In 2018, I bet you must have seen some sizzling revolutions in the mobile phone industry. But, when it comes to the all-new Pocophone f1, the tables have turned around on a much quicker note.

Yes, we don’t really live in an era where the High-end specs are solely made for the High-End Phones. Thus, in the present date, Pocophone f1 Xiaomi has really set the mobile phone market on fire.

I mean Snapdragon 845 processor in a phone under $500? Seriously, it is much more than a mere revolution.

Hence, to let you know more about this mega-beast pocophone f1, the article will help you in tons of ways. Let us not waste any further time and jump into the topic to discover an In-depth review of the pocophone f1.

Xiaomi Pocophone f1 Review

 

Design and Build Quality

pocophone f1

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From the first impression, the Xiaomi pocophone f1 looks nothing short than a brilliant masterpiece. It looks sturdy, generic and we really can’t expect Note 9 level expectations from a budgeting phone.

In addition, the back panel made from a polycarbonate material which feels cheap but still is deadly durable.

Talking about the finishing, it is dark grey (Graphite Black) in color which looks good. But, you really can’t compare it with the flagship phones such as One Plus 6 or the Honor 10.

Finally, the plastic back can withstand drop tests and beats the glass panel in every possible case.

What are the Color Variety Options Available for Back Panel?

In terms of the back-panel variety, you can get to see the following color combinations:

  • Graphite Black
  • Steel Blue
  • Rosso Red

Is there any special edition of pocophone f1?

In case if you want to upgrade and want a lot premium look, the pocophone f1 armored edition can be your sole choice.

Yes, this edition comes with a massive 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage. Thinking about its specialty? It is made from Kevlar Fabric which you can find on the Motorola Droid Razr.

This is probably the only version which will look more premium and you can use it without any special case.

Further, coming down towards the all-model section, they all boast similar build quality and design. All of them come with an aluminum frame where the power and the volume buttons are placed in an accurate position.

Hence, the buttons are responsive, crisp and easy to reach to. In addition, the fingerprint sensor finds its place right below the camera section which is easily reachable.

What about the Notch on the pocophone f1?

pocophone f1 review

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Although the pocophone f1 India has got a bigger notch, it still looks amazing and better from every possible aspect.

In addition, there downside of the phone comes with thick bezels which can make you feel annoyed, at times.

In any case, if you are a lover of compact design, the pocophone f1 Xiaomi isn’t the right guy for you. But, thankfully, it isn’t slippery which is the thing, I really loved about this phone.

Display On the pocophone f1

pocophone f1

Starting with the basics, the pocophone f1 comes with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display which has 1080×2246 pixels display.

Further, the screen to body ratio is 18:9 where the 416ppi pixel density can do wonders when it comes to display quality.

Yes, the colors are really nice, vibrant though the OLED screens could have given you more realistic colors.

Finally, after the pocophone f1 unboxing and using it for a long time, I faced no issue with the viewing angles.

While the screen quality is brilliant, its coating isn’t that much. Still, being a phone under $500, the display quality from pocophone f1 is par excellence, without any doubt.

Pocophone f1 Hardware Features and Specs

Thinking about the three variants of the Xiaomi pocophone f1? Well I have brought the answers for the same which are as follows”

  • 6GB RAM & 64GB
  • 8GB RAM & 128GB
  • 8GB RAM & 256GB

What About the Processor Power on all the Three Versions?

Who dreamed of getting the Snapdragon 845 Processor in a budgeting Smartphone? I think, no one of us.

The Xiaomi’s latest beast has made the dream of billions turned into a beautiful reality with their pocophone f1.

Hence, this phone comes with the Flagship 845 Snapdragon processor which is made on a 10nm technology.

Hence, that’s quite impressive thinking about a phone under $500.

On top of that, Xiaomi has added the liquid cooling system right under their CPU boasting some serious specs. How does it work? It helps in transferring the heat from the processor to different parts of the Smartphone.

Take a Look at the Battery Section

pocophone f1

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A phone which is delivering some jaw-breaking specs, we can expect the same from the battery section too, Right?

Hence, the pocophone f1 comes with a massive 4,000 mAh Battery which is super impressive With such a massive battery, you can get juice for the entire day leaving plenty of them, right at the end, for sure.

Talking about my own testing, I got 9 hours of screen-on-time on a mere single charge which is extraordinary. Here, the screen brightness was set to 50% whereas; the test was a mixture of video playing, productivity, gaming and much more.

What’s Special in Charging section of pocophone f1?

Running out of battery can be the worse things, we can face in our life. Thus, keeping that in consideration, Xiaomi has done much justice on its latest pocophone f1.

Further, you will get the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3 which comes with a 9V/2A charger. Although there is no wireless charging, this beast really doesn’t need one, inevitably.

Moving ahead, the pocophone f1 comes with a USB Type C port which is always welcome, in any case. In terms of the speaker, it contains a single speaker which is still loud enough to rock a house.

How Fast is the pocophone f1 Finger Print Sensor?

xiaomi pocophone

Talking about the fingerprint sensor, it bags its placement right below the camera piece. To be honest, it is one of the best things about this mighty beast. It is super-responsive, fast and you will never fumble around to find its location.

In addition to the above specs, this phone also comes with an infrared face unlock sensor which is super fast and responsive.

Hence, Now, Willing to know the complete detailed specs? Here is the same presented to YOU…

 

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE

 

LAUNCH Announced 2018, August
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2018, August 29th

 

BODY Dimensions 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm (6.12 x 2.96 x 0.35 in)
Weight 180 g (6.35 oz)
Build Front glass, plastic body
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.18 inches, 96.2 cm2 (~82.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2246 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
  – MIUI 9.6 (POCO customization)

 

PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
CPU Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
GPU Adreno 630

 

MEMORY Card Slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM

 

MAIN CAMERA Dual 12 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
5 MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm, depth sensor
Features Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@240fps

 

SELFIE CAMERA Single 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Features HDR
Video 1080p@30fps

 

SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
  – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

 

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio FM radio, recording
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

 

FEATURES Sensors Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
  – Fast battery charging 9V/2A (Quick Charge 3.0)
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

 

BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

 

MISC Colors Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red, Armored Edition with Kevlar
Price About 300 EUR

 

TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 4034 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3713
Basemark X: 43652
Display Contrast ratio: 1468:1 (nominal), 3.059 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 72dB / Noise 74dB / Ring 86dB
Audio quality Noise -93.6dB / Crosstalk -93.8dB
Battery life Endurance rating 94h

 

Performance on the Pocophone F1

Speed has been the true star factor when it comes to the latest Xiaomi Phone. By any means, the Xiaomi Poco F1 excels in this with whole ease and comfort.

It is fast, smooth and I saw no lags in any case. Even while playing the High-intensive Games, I faced no issues in any case.

Further, we even tested the same on AnTuTu of the 6GB RAM Variant and the scores were truly outstanding. It was in the range of 240,000 to 260,000 which is much above the 2018 flagships.

Camera Performance

pocophone f1

Moving ahead towards the camera section, the Poco F1 camera is a little tricky thing. Hence, when it comes to theory, it sounds a cool thing but in practicality, the performance is a bit on the inconsistent side.

Yes, it comes with a 12MP Main Sensor and a 5MP Secondary One for sensing the depth which can take flawless pictures. Further, in most situations, especially in awesome lightning, this phone has the ability to take some amazing pictures altogether.

What about the Portrait Mode?

Yes, the portrait mode on the pocophone f1 is much closer to the perfect tag. It manages to capture a lot more detailing with excellent edge detection.

However, in conditions of light which are tricky, overexposure is a thing bound to happen. In addition, the shots look more saturated which was sure, a mood spoiler.

Again, in the front side, the Poco F1 comes with a massive 20MP camera which uses the Xiaomi’s pixel binning technology. Here, the data is combined from four individual points giving a more detailed picture, altogether.

Final Verdict on Camera

Overall, the camera on the pocophone f1 is decent having slight issues altogether. In a price segment below $500, you really can’t expect much from a phone giving you the flagship processor.

Software on the Poco F1

pocophone f1 xiaomi

Straight to the point, the pocophone f1 runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo. In addition, it comes with the Xiaomi UI layer i.e. the MUI 9.6.

Since poco is a different set of the brand from Xiaomi, it has its lone Poco Launcher covering the MIUI all over.

What’s the Real Idea behind Poco Launcher?

The idea behind the Poco Launcher is to make the MIUI look a lot more like a Stock Android. Hence, with this, Xiaomi attract tons of stock Android Fans with added features and functionalities.

In addition, the software which we get on the Pocophone f1 looks a bit different and easy. Also, in the upcoming updates, Pocophone f1 will bring for you more stock Android experience amplifying the overall usability experience to untended heights.

Final Word of Mouth: Pocophone F1 Review

So, there we go. I know you all are pretty excited about the Xiaomi pocophone f1 so am I. Overall, we know that this mighty beast is the best one which you can get under 30k for sure.

In addition, its specs are much more impressive and you will never ever fall short of a great experience.

What You Need to Do?

Right here in the comment section, let me know about the following things:

  • Will You Buy the pocophone f1?
  • Which Variant you are going to buy
  • What are the drawbacks you felt in poco f1?

In any case, let me know the answers to the above questions. And, as usual, I will be quick enough to respond for the same.

Finally, share this article with the Xiaomi lovers and let them immerse in an unending experience of pocophone f1 love, all over again.

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Asif Aslam

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