Pocophone F1 Review

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Pocophone F1

Pros:

  • Decent cameras
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Superb performance
  • Excellent value for money

Cons:

  • No NFC
  • Plastic build
  • MIUI for Poco
  • Thick bezels

What is the Pocophone F1?

The premium mid-range market is fast becoming one of the most aggressive in Phone. Companies such as OnePlus with its OnePlus 6 highlight the appeal of the high-end specification at the lower price – but now, new mobile Pocophone is taking things to extremes with the new ₹20,999 (approximately £230/€260/$300) Pocophone F1.

If you haven’t face Pocophone before, you’re likely not alone. The new fledgling company, supported by Chinese tech monster Xiaomi, is looking to shake things up with its first device, the Pocophone F1-the new “Master of Speed” (Pocophone’s words).

This phone first launched in India, where Xiaomi has quickly become the largest smartphone brand there is. Now, the company is progressively expanding the F1’s reach to new markets both west and east of its origin.

In essence, Pocophone and the F1 represent a new path for Xiaomi-based hardware and software to reach new customers in much more markets.

Key Features:

  • Starting Price: $300
  • 6GB or 8GB RAM
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Liquid cooling system
  • 12/5 MP Rear Camera
  • 20 MP Front Camera
  • IR face unlock
  • 4000mAh battery

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Pocophone F1-Display

There’s an expanded 6.18-inch Full HD+ display that influences the front of the F1, sporting a 1080 x 2246 resolution. That renders it sharper than even not-so-affordable devices, such as Apple’s recently announced $749/£749 iPhone XR.

It’s a serviceable IPS LCD panel offers impressive overall brightness and minimal color shifting. Brightness drop-off only really affects more absolute viewing angles. There’s no HDR support or any such cutting-edge sorcery, but it’s nonetheless a screen that has no business being on a $300 phone – and yet here it is, in all its visual gladness.

  • 6.18 inch 18.7:9 Ratio
  • 1080 x 2246 Resolution
  • 403 ppi Density
  • Sunlight display
  • Reading mode
  • Night display
  • Supports standard display
  • Color temperature adjustment
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Pocophone F1-Display

Pocophone F1 – Camera

The camera is usually the most obvious shortcoming on a low-cost phone, and yet Pocophone has once again subverted expectations with the imaging setup on the F1.

Rear Camera:

  • 12 MP, f/1.9 & 1.4µm  Pixel Size
  • 5 MP, f/2.0 & 1.12µm Pixel Size
  • Dual pixel autofocus
  • HDR imaging
  • Face recognition
  • Panorama mode

Video:

  • 4K Video Upto 30fps
  • 1080p Upto 30fps
  • 720p Upto 30fps
  • 1080p Upto 240fps (slowmo)
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Pcophone F1 – Rear Camera

Front Camera:

  • 20 MP, f/2.0 & 0.9µm Pixel Size
  • AI portrait mode
  • Selfie timer
  • Face recognition
  • AI detection of 10 different scenes
  • 1080p Upto 30fps (video)
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Pocophone F1 – Front Camera

Pocophone F1-Battery life

If you’re buying a phone that’s geared to deliver on the commitment of high performance and high-trust gaming, you also want to be sure that it can still function as a phone after you’ve spent the last 30 minutes out-building and out-gunning fellow players in PUBG. Thankfully, the F1 is more than equipped for the job with a large 4000mAh battery. You’d find that same-sized battery pack inside the Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei P20 Pro.

I was able to go a full weekend Day without charging the handset, and it can comfortably handle up to a couple of work days with almost five hours of screen-on time pulled up into that equation, too.

If you’re gamer, you can expect to go through a full day of use without the phone Charging – and that’s with bouts of PUBG Mobile thrown in. In testing, 30 minutes of PUBG Mobile play eroded 7% of the battery, while Netflix streaming reduces just 4% of the phone’s overall power over the same length of time.

  • 4000 mAh
  • Non-Removal
  • Quick Charge™ 3.0
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • USB Type-C reversible connector port
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Pocophone F1 – Battery Life

Specification:

  Pocophone F1
Display size 6.18-inch
Resolution 2246 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density 403ppi
Dimensions 6.12 x 2.96 x 0.35 in
Dimensions 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm
Weight 182g (6.42 oz)
Android Version Android 8.1 Oreo (upgradable to Android 9.0 “Pie”)
Rear Camera 12 & 5 MP EIS
Front Camera 20 MP
Video capture 4K
Processor 2.8 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (Liquid-Cool Technology)
Storage 64, 128 & 256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB RAM
Expandable Storage Up to 256GB
Battery 4,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back, Steel Blue, Rosso Red, (Armored Edition)
Connector 2x USB-C
Headphone jack Yes
Notable Features Fingerprint, IR face unlock & hybrid dual SIM

Why buy the Pocophone F1?

Littered with strange quirks and odd omissions, there are plenty of little fault lines to pick at with the Pocophone F1. However, such niggles are just that – small. The overall experience offered up here is largely excellent.

As I said earlier, the screen and camera have no business being able or as multipurpose as they are on a phone with a sub-$300 price tag. With, performance and software support look as though they’ll keep the F1 in-step with any 2018 flagship with compliments to degradation over your average 18-month, two-year contract.

If NFC is a must-need for you, then buy the Honor Play. Beyond that, unless you’re heart is set on the much more luxurious finish of the OnePlus 6, the iPhone XS or Samsung Galaxy Note 9, you can saving yourself some amount of pounds/dollars without sacrificing very much at all.


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