Xiaomi, nevertheless, stays the front runner when talking about outstanding price/performance, also without competitive marketing. We were really surprised that Xiaomi, together with the sub-brand POCO, directly competes with all the Xiaomi Mi 8. Xiaomi Pocophone F1 offers tempting specifications and performance. But top-tier specifications do not make a smartphone great. There are always compromises to endure, but with the Pocophone F1, Xiaomi is planning to please the Android enthusiast market.
The front is covered by Gorilla Glass 3 with 6.19-inch display covers the entire front of the Pocophone F1 and is interrupted at the top with a very large notch. The Poco smartphone is 155.5mm long, 75.2mm wide and 8.8mm thick. The screen-to-body ratio is nonetheless persuasive with the price in mind. Instead of the usual on-screen buttons you also have the possibility to use MIUI full-screen gestures. You’ll also find the famous fingerprint sensor below the double camera, which isn’t just accurate, but also damn fast.
Additionally, a dual LED flash helps the camera. At the bottom, you’ll find the loudspeaker, the microphone and the modern USB-Type-C connector. The Pocophone F1 also offers the well-known 3.5mm jack connector and offers a hybrid slot, which is also hardly represented with high-powered models. If you do without 2 SIM cards, you can expand the memory by up to 500GB with a Micro-SD.
The Pocophone F1 is excellently built and provides you with a high-end feeling just like any other high-priced smartphone.
The Pocophone F1 comes with a clean screen of 2246 x 1080 pixels. But it’s not an AMOLED, but an ordinary IPS LCD with 6.18-inches in 18.7:9 format. Pocophone F1 reaches a solid 403 pixels per inch and you won’t find any individual pixels and the well-known option “double-tap-to-wake” are also available here.
The touch screen Offers accurate input with up to 10 points of Touch simultaneously and the finger glides Smoothly over the display surface.
The Pocophone F1 currently runs on Android 8.1. Additionally, it uses Xiaomi strongly adapted MIUI interface in version 9.6. and there will be version 10 with an Android 9 base, Xiaomi has already confirmed that. You can find the POCO-Launcher, which optically adapts everything, The standard and limitless design additionally features the app drawer and the Stock-Android typical notification points on the individual apps.
MIUI for Pocophone F1 under the Snapdragon 845. Delays when opening apps or when switching in the multitasking perspective are hardly noticeable. The performance in the system is certainly not inferior to some other flagship.
Master of Speed, at least that is how Xiaomi known as the device. A somewhat funny title, which maybe points out that There’s no smartphone in this price range that can even slightly compete with the power of a Snapdragon 845 powered device.
The performance with an Adreno 630 GPU not only handles all current titles in full resolution with ease, the Pocophone F1 is also super cooled. After one hour PubG, we could measure almost 38° at the warmest point, which is hardly noticeable. In the relevant benchmarks, the Pocophone F1 is, as expected, on a par with the other Snapdragon 845 devices.
The optional 6 or 8GB large DDR4 RAM provides a wonderful multitasking experience with transfer rates of 13.5GB/s. The internal storage (either 64 or 128GB) can be very fast with a reading/writing speed of 683/158 MB/s. Xiaomi UI also receives updates unlike any other system and will be supported for a lengthy time. MIUI 10 will be available also for many older devices.
The Pocophone F1 is equipped with the dual camera on the rear as the and also delivers identical results, The only task of the second sensor is That the separation of foreground and background in bokeh shots and the main sensor works with large 1.4µm pixels and has an aperture of f/1.9.
The sensor in our Pocophone F1 test device has 20 megapixels using a lens aperture of f/2.0. The standard beauty style should be deactivated for us Westerners first, but then the Pocophone F1 shoots excellent selfies with many details and accurate face colours. In the dark, but the noise quickly sets in and the images are blurred.
The Pocophone F1 using the large 4000mAh battery provides the best battery life of any flagship available on the marketplace. With Quick-Charge 3.0, you can charge the phone from 0 to 100% in 2 hours. These are very good values and, taking into consideration the use in the test with benchmarks and gaming, exceptional for a flagship.