Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Review
Xiaomi entered the flagship smartphone market with its new Pocophone model. The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is launched in August 2018. The specifications of the phone are:
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 comes with 6.18 inches IPS LCD capacitive touch with 18.7: 9 screen to body ratio. The resolution of the screen is 1080 x 2246 pixels with 403 PPI. The screen comes with the latest corning gorilla glass 5 protection. It has the notch design above with small side bezels. The notch is too wide on the screen which makes it look bit distracting. You can hide it from the settings if you don’t need.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845(10 nm) SoC. It is an octa-core processor with four cores of 2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold and four cores of 1.8 GHz kryo 385 Silver. Getting the latest processor at such a price is really amazing. This phone comes with the latest Adreno 630 GPU for high-end gaming performance. It works with Xioami’s custom MIUI 10 User interface. It comes with Android 8.1(Oreo) operating system and can now be upgraded to android 9.0 Pie.
The processor is water cooled with the Liquid cool technology which keeps the phone from getting overheated during heavy gaming. Yes, there is a small amount of liquid inside the phone and this is one of the first smartphones to use this technology. The performance is excellent and no lags were found even with heavy usage. Want a phone with an extraordinary processor and huge RAM within the budget, then Poco F1 must be your primary consideration.
The phone comes with three storage variants: 6 GB of RAM with 64 GB storage and 128 GB, 8 GB of RAM with 256 GB storage. There is a hybrid sim slot for external memory which can be expandable up to 256 GB.
Xiaomi brought the best of cameras in its Pocophone F1. The rear camera is a dual lens with the primary lens having 12 MP f/1.9 aperture wide angle lens with dual pixel PDAF(Phase Detection Autofocus) and the second lens being 5 MP f/2.0 depth sensor. We can take 2160p 4K videos at 30fps with gyro EIS(Electronic Image Stabilization) sensor and Slow motion videos at 1080p at 240 fps. The AI scene detection mode helps in detecting the scene and optimize the camera settings accordingly. It has one of the best cameras compared to its competitors. The portrait mode works pretty efficiently and the blur composition is excellent. It recognizes the objects pretty fast and applies the bokeh effect within no time.
The front-facing camera features a 20 MP f/2.0 aperture with Autofocus. We can take 1080p Hd videos at 30 fps. The Portrait mode is available and works on selfies too. The bokeh effect is pretty strong and we can optimize it according to the scene. It comes with AI beauty mode for better selfies. It also features Super Pixel system which will help in taking better pictures in low lighting conditions.
The rear side of Xiaomi Pocophone F1 comes with a plastic material called polycarbonate popularly found in mid-range smartphones. It is water and splash resistant but the IPxx is not specified by Xioami. The fingerprint sensor is placed just below the rear camera. It also comes with a face ID unlock which works pretty fast. The headphone jack is present at the top side of the phone. The phone comes with a hybrid dual sim slot. The speakers are at the downside on either side of the charging port.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 comes in four different colour variants: Graphite black, steel blue, Rosso red and the Kevlar armoured edition. This edition comes with a back panel made with Kevlar Aramid Fibre which makes it no use of any back cover to protect the phone.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 comes with a 4000 mAh battery. It easily gives a two-day battery power with moderate usage. The battery performance is quite reliable. This phone supports the Qualcomm’s Quick charge 3.0 charging which takes just three hours to gain full battery. It doesn’t support wireless charging due to its polycarbonate body.
With the powerful performance, huge storage, best camera and the large battery, it is impossible to ignore this smartphone in this budget. You cannot find any other alternative in this price range. The near alternatives may include One plus 6T and going further to the flagship zone, Google pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Samsung Note 9 and others can be considered with higher price tags.