- As cheap as flagships come
- Audio jack, USB-C, FM radio, microSD slot - all present
- Quality 4K and 1080p video recording
- Excellent daylight pictures with the main and selfie cameras
- Class-leading battery life, quick charge is available
- Stereo speakers with excellent loudness and output
- Snapdragon 845 cooled with copper pipe with vapor chamber
- Great display albeit the notch, excellent contrast and tiny bezels
- Solid build, no matter if plastic or Kevlar
- No NFC
- No EIS for the 4K videos
- Mediocre low-light photos due to lack of OIS
- No water-proofing
recently Xiaomi announced the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and collectively blew our minds with the value that it offers, a snapdragon 845 chipset, a 4000 milliamp hour battery, and more all for around 300 bucks .
and all honesty this phone is really difficult to evaluate, just because what it offers pushes it into a category way above its price point .
so the question that I asked today is why buy a flagship when this phone exists and what corners have been cut by Xiaomi to get it to this price point ..!?
we are nasphones.com and this is our Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Review .
the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is well made and entirely constructed out of high-quality polycarbonate, in other words plastic, the exception is the armoured edition which is a little more special with its Kevlar covered back .
another quirk of the phone is a notification LED on the bottom bezel, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is a little too wide so it’s definitely a two handed device, that said it’s not slippery and I’m not afraid that it will shatter if I drop it .
I actually can’t remember the last time that I’ve said this about a phone so huge points to Xiaomi here, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 also seems to be splash proof though it doesn’t have an IP rating .
on the back there’s a lightning-fast fingerprint reader, it has a raised edge around it so you can quickly find it, but it’s a little too high up to be entirely comfortable, thankfully there’s a face unlock option that’s as fast as the fingerprint reader and more secure than most Android phones .
why it uses IR as part of its authentication the infrared tag also guarantees that the phone’s face unlock will work in the dark, where you can really tell that costs have been cut is with looks .
it just isn’t the prettiest phone around and if we’re gonna compare flagship killers the oneplus 6 is a much more elegant device, on the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 the bezels are a little too thick and the chin is far from what you call subtle the Kevlar back attracts fingerprints like crazy too, and if we’re gonna talk about literal cut corners whatever happened to square edges on screens .
but let’s be real you’re not gonna buy a phone just because it sparkles on your desk, the nearly 6.2 inch IPS LCD panel has a 1080p resolution and a good pixel density, well the display isn’t an AMOLED it had excellent contrast, and colors were accurate and switched to standard contrast mode, the notch is far from anybody’s favorite feature, but it’s easy to hide .
if I have to nitpick the biggest gripe with the screen had nothing to do with the displays quality, rather the automatic brightness doesn’t adapt to changing light conditions very well .
and I kept having to adjust it manually, thanks to its 4,000 milliamp hour battery the poka phone received a 94 hour endurance reading on her battery life tests, the device also supports quick charge 3.0 so running out of juice should not be a problem .
the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 features stereo speakers and received an excellent rating and her loudness tests, audio quality was pretty good too though trebles are muffled, sound through headphones wasn’t quite as good and if you have high impedance headphones you might struggle to achieve high volume levels .
still I have to hand it to chamois for keeping the headphone jack, that’s one less dongle to worry about and it allows for the inclusion of an FM radio on the device .
the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has a Snapdragon 845 and either 6 or 8 gigs of ram, performance is unsurprisingly flagship level, however if you’re particularly power-hungry you might want a disable me you ice heavy-handed battery saver which turns off apps in the background .
the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 also includes a minimum of 64 gigabytes of storage and a microSD card slot, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 features android Orio 8.1 with a special poco version of me I nine foot six on top .
it should be updated to Android Pi within three months and Mui ten before that, Xiaomi has already released a few updates and it seems to be releasing new software at a faster pace in previous years so hopefully they’ll actually stick to the schedule .
the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 launcher is closer to stock Android than other Mui powered phones it has shortened UI animations that make the phone feel snappier and you can add icon packs without needing to install a new launcher .
there’s a shelf on the left side that is reminiscent of oneplus as launcher, a few shortcuts on it are quite useful like the one for Google assistant, if you get rid of the navigation bar and you swipe gestures, the always available shortcut from Google assistant on the home button disappears and the Shelf is a place you can usually find it .
the UI doesn’t usually come with an app drawer, so it’s a praising to see it on this launcher, it has a few pre-made folders that automatically sort apps into different categories, they aren’t always the most accurate and you don’t get to choose which app goes where, but if you don’t like them categories are easy to disable .
more conveniently the app search bar is at the bottom and reaching it doesn’t require a stretch, most of the pre included apps are quite useful but I find the pre included video app frustrating and distracting .
you can access local videos but it also includes videos and ads from YouTube in India, so whether you’re into tech or old French films or tutorials in whistling you’re gonna get ads for Dolce and Gabanna and whatever is trending .
the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 packs a dual camera setup, there’s a main 12 megapixel shooter with an F1.9 aperture and a five megapixel secondary camera for better depth sensing .
for the price range photos are excellent, in daylight they’re sharpened detailed with almost no noise and great contrast, even more impressive are the accurate and lively colors, the dynamic range is good enough that auto HDR rarely gets triggered and when it does you get a little extra detail in the shadows .
in daylight it’s actually a close call as to whether photos from the oneplus 6 or photos from the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 are better, in low-light shots aren’t quite as impressive normal photos are sharp as though noisy while those with Auto HDR are smooth to the point where some finer details are smeared .
the F1.9 aperture allows for brighter shots, but some images were still a little blurry er than what we’d like because the phone lacks ois, in portrait mode edge detection was pretty accurate and well at environments and with backgrounds that aren’t too busy .
the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 can only record 4k videos at 30 frames per second and sadly they lack stabilization, despite that they were sharp, had good contrast and had nice colors .
dynamic range was just as good as what we found in photos, full HD videos on the other hand were super smooth though they didn’t have quite as much detail .
the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has a 20 megapixel front camera with an F2.0 aperture, photos were stunningly detailed and offered good colors, selfie portraits had a background blur that was comparable to that of the main camera .
so here’s the deal, this phone is not perfect, there are competitors out there which have better screens, better cameras and FC and that look prettier .
however there is nothing that is a better value, even the oneplus 6 its closest competitor is more than 50% more expensive, and if we ignore price for a moment even though that’s really hard .
this phone covers all the basics of a good smartphone all those important pillars and it covers them well, so if you’re in the market for a phone right now and you don’t have a lot of money it’s really hard to recommend anything else .
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Specification: Xiaomi Pocophone F1
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
Available. Released 2018, August
155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm (6.12 x 2.96 x 0.35 in)
182 g (6.42 oz)
Front glass, plastic body
Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.18 inches, 96.2 cm2 (~82.2% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 2246 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10.2 POCO
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
|Memory Card Slot||
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
12 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, 5 MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm, depth sensor, Dual
Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps
20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm, Single
|Selfie Camera Features||
|Selfie Camera Video||
Yes, with stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
FM radio, recording
2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W (Quick Charge 3.0), Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red, Armored Edition with Kevlar
About 290 EUR