This is a phone unlike you’ve ever seen before a top-tier Snapdragon 845. Xiaomi has launched this device just for price 300 euros, 270 pounds in the UK, Rs.20,999 in India or even less in some other markets.
Pocophone F1 Review
The selfie camera is amazing with good lighting you get the depth of field, good dynamic range, an exceptional detail, it holds up well even when the light levels fall. The rear dual camera is impressive too, the portrait mode of Pocophone F1 comes close to high-end rivals. you’ve also got clean-looking 1080p slow motion video but it is a shame that 4k video doesn’t hold up as well. it’s not bad but definitely, on the shaky side and colours have some weird bloom to them which makes the whole image look a little noisy. AI does pretty well job in terms of camera quality and in most daylight scenarios shots look every bit as good as those from the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Colours from the camera samples are well represented and you can see the details if you zoom into these photos.
The Pocophone f1 doesn’t really fall into any existing category of smartphone. to call it a budget device, wouldn’t be doing its power any justice and to call it a flagship, would be unfair considering how affordable it is. the Pocophone f1 is fast, Due the Snapdragon 845, a liquid cooling system and six or eight gigabytes of RAM, it has the fluidity of the Galaxy S9 or the Huawei P20 pro. As this is an 8 Series chip, you also get maximum graphics performance so with games like PUBG and Dark Knight Rises runs smoothly. The Adreno GPU brings in new need of power in the device so even the base model of the Pocophone f1 will be able to push those games on maximum settings smoothly. This amount of power has never been seen before at 300 euros or Rs 21,500. to give you context, it competes mainly with smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 660 or lower which are according to AnTuTu Benchmark half as capable. you’re actually getting even more bang for your buck than the OnePlus 6 when it comes to performance.
while this is a device focused on pure performance and you don’t get wireless charging and you don’t get water resistance, you do get benefit from the inclusion of a micro SD card which is unusual from Xiaomi, a headphone jack as well as the immense value here. This phone is also exciting because it’s your first look at the Poco launcher. it’s reminiscent of Android Pie but with a bouncing colourful feel even if this is still Android 8.1. that isn’t the latest version but at the same time, it’s much easier to forgive the device that cost 300 euros compared to one that costs a thousand. We’ve got to say we prefer the aesthetic here to MIUI. this launcher is also packed with lots of forward-thinking ideas like being able to sort your apps based on colour, being able to use third-party icon packs and the option to create a second space is kind of like a second desktop for Windows which you can lock using a password or a fingerprint. full gesture control is here too and works just as well as with the flagship MI MIX 2s you can prefer it for the navigation bar.
You also get a 4000 mAh battery which is even better than the Galaxy Note 9 which already has a really impressive battery life. The Pocophone managed to pull about an extra half hour of heavy usage than Galaxy Note 9. This is combined with 18-watt fast charging which means you can fully recharge the phone in just over an hour and a half which is pretty good given the large battery capacity.
The display isn’t exactly a high point, it’s a 6.18-inch full HD plus notch LCD. the good news is that you can tweak the colours yourself but even with the increased contrast mode on, it’s still lacking versus an OLED but again it is good enough from the front. it kind of looks a little bit like a low-budget iPhone X. The side bezels and the notch are almost identical to iPhone X but you’ve got a slightly thicker top bezel and noticeably thicker bottom bezel, this is obviously not a fair comparison but it should give you an idea of how the Pocophone F1 feels to use.
The general build of the phone is fine, it’s good enough. the body is made from polycarbonate has a little bit of giving and lacks that slick cold to the touch metal feel that even many cheaper Xiaomi devices have. their logic is if you’re going to be using a case anyway then having these materials not only saves on cost but also keeps the phone from getting too heavy. it doesn’t feel bad, it’s still comfortable to hold. Not to mention, the indented display means that the screen doesn’t feel like it’s adding to the thickness. there is some minor table wobble due to the curved nature of the phone but is far from the worst We’ve seen. The version We’ve got over here is a little bit different, this is the armoured edition which basically places a layer of real Kevlar on top of that polycarbonate but more than likely you’ll feel it as an aesthetic upgrade more than anything else.
One thing you might not have heard about before is an infrared facial scanner and the Pocophone F1 has one over on the front to be used when unlocking your phone with your face. it is blazing fast, accuracy was good too in all sorts of lighting and even knows when you’ve got your eyes closed and won’t unlock till you open them. The fingerprint scanner feels fantastic and this company has put a real effort into making it. It is differentiated from the rest of the back and it slows down enough that your finger finds it naturally.
So, should you buy it is this strangely titled smartphone? This is all of a sudden, the must-buy device well for anyone who’s budget is around the 300 to 400-euro mark. if you don’t mind the notch and the polycarbonate build, it is pretty much all here from the cameras to the performance, software to the battery. this device is decked out like a flagship and it is a pleasure to use.