What is up guys? Welcome back, so if you’re a kind of person that really doesn’t care about how beautiful a phone looks, you just want something that is fast and performs really well at a reasonable price, today you’ll be finding out about a phone that can offer that.
Xiaomi’s Pocohone F1 is a mid range phone that wasn’t built for looks but for power.
For its price, you will be getting really good performance, performance close to most flagship devices out there.
Yes, you will have to sacrifice some things, but overall, you won’t be missing out much.
Hey guys, this is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and today, I will be reviewing the Xiaomi Pocophone F1.
With that being said, let’s get to it.
- MIUI 10.0 with Android 9.0 (Pie)
- 6.18 inch 1080 x 2246 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) CPU
- Adreno 630 GPU
- 6GB / 8GB RAM
- 64GB / 128GB / 256GB Internal Storage
- 20MP Front Camera
- 12MP + 5MP Rear Camera
- 4000mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
There isn’t really anything super impressive about the design. It is pretty basic, but I don’t think you should be worried about that, there isn’t anything that you may not like about it.
Coming in colors such as Graphite Black, Steel Blue and Rosso Red, you do get options that might match your preference. There’s also an Armored Edition.
The back of the phone is made out of plastic. Not a premium build here, and hopefully, you are a very careful person cause if the phone constantly drops, something is definitely going to break.
You get the vertically placed dual camera setup and a Dual-LED flash at the right side, to improve brightness while taking pictures or shooting videos (or just to use as a torch-light).
You also get a Fingerprint scanner for all forms of security features the phone supports.
The front of the phone is made with Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass helps to protect the phone a little better by avoiding cracks with occasional drops (the screen will crack if you drop the phone from a crazy height), and also prevent scratches if the phone comes in contact with rough surfaces.
Even with Gorilla Glass installed, I’d recommend getting a screen protector on top, this should give some extra protection.
At the top is a Notch, you get the selfie camera, the earpiece, an Infrared light and some other sensors on the Notch. The Infrared light improves Face Recognition in really dark conditions. We’ll talk more about that later on.
At the right side of the phone, you get the volume and power buttons. The top of the phone has the 3.5mm Headphone Jack and a microphone for noise cancellation.
The bottom of the phone has the speaker, a USB Type-C port and a microphone for phone calls and all kinds of audio recording. Finally, the left side has the slot for your SIM and microSD cards.
The weight of the phone is 182g. Doesn’t feel really heavy, but still feels like a powerful phone.
As earlier stated, you’re not getting the best design here, unlike some phones that are built with glass, here you’re getting plastic.
Considering the price of the phone, plastic is okay. If they had gone for something better, it would’ve made the phone more expensive (that’s not rocket science).
To protect the phone, it is recommended to get a case and screen protector for it cause if you’re not careful, something will definitely break.
Well, the Pocophone F1 has a really decent display, colors are vibrant, contrast is great. The phone comes with a 6.18 inch IPS LCD panel with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels.
Brightness is really good, you will be able to use the screen outdoors under direct sunlight. Indoor usage is also very good, the phone offers a Reading Mode, this filters the screen so it isn’t hard on your eyes.
You also get really good viewing angles as well. The screen is large enough to give you a good experience when gaming or when watching videos on YouTube and the likes.
What you may not like about the screen is the border that goes all around it, the border reduces the screen to body ratio, which comes to 82%. It is not really impressive but it’s still okay.
Something else you might want to know is that you won’t get Netflix or Amazon Prime in Full HD for now. A fix is supposed to be coming for that (I’m not sure if it’s already out yet), so you shouldn’t really bother about it for now.
YouTube and others do get Full HD support.
Not forgetting about the Notch, a lot of people still have a hard time getting used to Notches and that’s okay. Gladly, there is a way to hide the Notch on this phone.
All you have to do is go to the “Full Screen Display” settings and hide the Notch from there.
The display on this phone really is okay. For a mid range phone, well, I know there are phones in the same price range with better screens, but they lack a whole lot of other things the Poco F1 has. So I don’t think you’ll be missing out on a lot here.
The screen is protected with Gorilla Glass so there’s a really good chance you won’t be cracking it with mild drops.
I really recommend getting a protective glass though, you can never tell.
The cameras on this phone are very impressive. What you’re getting is a 20 Megapixel Selfie Camera and a Dual Camera at the back that is a 12 Megapixel Primary lens and a 5 Megapixel Depth Sensor.
Starting with the Selfie camera, you do get good pictures taken with it, the images come out sharp with a lot of detail. Colors are really good as well.
You get all those kind of options like beautifying your selfies, but the most impressive part is that the Edge Detection works really well.
With Edge Detection, the phone detects your face and blurs out the background, leaving only you as the only visible and relevant part of the picture. Not a lot of phones do it well at this price range.
You can also shoot HD videos with the camera of up to 1080p at 30 frames per second.
The rear cameras do really well also, you get very detailed pictures, good dynamic range and impressive edge detection.
Low light shots are also good. You get really good ones using Google’s Nightsight on the phone. With it, taking pictures in very low light conditions isn’t going to be a huge problem because images come out very good.
When it comes to videos, the good news is you will be able to shoot 4K videos, but the bad news is you will not be getting Electronic Image Stabilization while doing so.
When you’re not shooting 4K videos, you can shoot 1080p at 30 frames per secnond ones with Electronic Image Stabilization enabled, this will make your videos come out smooth and not shaky.
You can also shoot slow motion videos with the Pocophone F1 in 1080p at 240 frames per second, that is very impressive for a phone in its price range.
There are a lot of things the cameras support, such as Panorama, Face Recognition, Scanning business cards etc.
The Fingerprint sensor at the back can also be used for taking pictures when enabled.
To conclude, the cameras are really good. If you shoot videos all the time, the Poco F1 will do you a lot of good.
Pictures are also very good. They are vibrant, sharp and detailed. I don’t really see anything wrong with the cameras on this phone, being that it is a mid range device.
Features and Performance
Although, when the Poco F1 was released, it wasn’t that good performance wise. This was because Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 was the Operating System running the phone.
After a lot of issues and complaints, Xiaomi brought the MIUI 10 update. After that the phone’s performance was improved in a very impressive way.
I really do have to take some time to explain how good this phone is when it comes to how well it performs.
I may not be able to talk about every good aspect of the phone, but I will try as much as I can to cover a lot.
First of all the basics.
Call clarity is very good when you have good reception. Using the 3.5mm Headphone Jack is also okay, you will get really loud audio but using headphones that have a USB Type-C connector on the phone will boost your audio experience to an amazing level.
The Fingerprint scanner is really fast, sometimes you won’t even notice the lock screen when you place your finger on the scanner.
You can also use the fingerprint scanner to open some of the apps you’ve secured using either the phone’s app locking feature or using a third-party app for securing your phone.
Face Unlock is also very good, in daylight, it is super fast. In really dark areas, you won’t really notice a difference. The Infrared light takes over here, with it, unlocking the phone is really fast and smooth, you almost won’t notice the lock screen either.
On the lock screen, you can quickly press the down volume button twice to start-up the camera so you can take quick photos.
Although this phone is claimed to have stereo speakers, well, it isn’t really the case. The earpiece at the top acts as a Secondary speaker. You won’t really notice a big difference with it. The sound from the speaker at the bottom is really impressive though, it is loud and accurate.
Although the phone originally comes running Android 8.1 (Oreo), it has an Android 9.0 (Pie) update with its own MIUI 10.
I will be focusing on the features of the newest update.
So what do you get with the update? Aside from a lot of bug fixes, you get Gesture Navigation here.
With Gesture Navigation, after activating it, you will get rid of the Navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen completely.
To go “Back” you have to swipe inwards from either the left and right sides of the screen, to go “Home“, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, and to see your “Recent Apps“, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold.
Gesture Navigation may be a little bit hard in the beginning, but once you get the hang of it, it really is a good way to put the screen of any phone to good use.
You can shrink the size of the screen on the Poco F1 to either the right or left side. To do this, you have to go to “Additional Settings” and enable “One-handed Mode“.
To shrink the screen to the left side, you have to tap and drag the “Home” button to the “Recent Apps” button.
To shrink to the right, you have to drag to the “Back” button.
Now sometimes, that may not be the case because you do get the option to switch the positions of the “Back” and “Recent Apps” buttons. Either of them can be on the left or right. But once you understand how the One-handed Mode works, you won’t bother about the positions about both buttons.
Split Screen Mode is also supported here. It’s not a new thing, but for the new guys, with Split screen, you will be able to run two apps at the same time. I always use the example of browsing on your Chrome browser while watching videos on your YouTube app.
This is possible with the Poco F1 by accessing your Recent Apps, holding and dragging the first app you want to the top, and tapping the second app you want.
There’s a lot of features the MIUI offers but I can’t cover all of them (I wouldn’t want to bore you with them either) so I am going to stop talking about them now.
When it comes to performance, this phone kills it.
It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Chipset with an Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) CPU and an Adreno 630 GPU.
You get a super fast and responsive phone here, starting up apps is really fast and smooth.
Gaming, on the other hand, which is more demanding than just normal apps is also fluid, you can play heavy games like PUB-G in the highest graphics settings. The phone doesn’t lag and the frame rates do not drop.
Asphalt 9 also runs really smooth here.
Liquid Cooling System is a really impressive feature on this phone. With it, the phone can run heavy games without lagging or over heating. This is something phones like the Mate 20 X also offer.
The Pocophone F1 offers really impressive performance, you can compare it to a lot of Flagship devices and get the same kind of power.
The overall smoothness of how apps start-up and run throughout their use is great. You won’t notice any kind of stuttering or lags like most mid range devices.
I can’t say it all, you just have to get the phone to experience it.
RAM and Internal Storage
The Pocophone F1 has two variants of RAM, the 6GB of RAM variant and the 8GB of RAM variant.
Both variants will actually work really well for a long time to come. What is even more impressive is that you will get a really smooth multitasking experience with this phone.
Apps like Truecaller or WhatsApp won’t get stopped from working in the background if they are not used for a while.
I’ve had phones that terminate apps immediately I exit them because of RAM, on the Pocophone F1, you won’t get that. This also improves the performance of the phone.
Coming to Internal Storage options, firstly, for the 6GB of RAM variant, you either get 64GB of Internal Storage or 128GB of Internal Storage.
The 8GB of RAM variant only has 256GB of Internal Storage.
You can expand using a MicroSD card of up to 256GB, but you’d have to use the SIM 2 slot to do that.
There’s a lot of options when it comes to Internal Storage, and I don’t think you may necessarily have to give up your second SIM card if you choose either the 128GB or 256GB.
You get a 4,000mAh Li-Po battery on this phone.
It will last you up to a day on heavy usage like gaming, web browsing, streaming videos, all that kind of stuff.
Light usage will keep the phone running for more than 2 days without a need to charge.
The Poco F1 supports fast charging, with a little over two hours of charging, you will be able to get the 4,000mAh battery full again.
Overall, great battery life.
For internet connectivity, you get 4G LTE, 3G, 2G and WiFi support.
You also get USB 2.0 Type-C, Bluetooth, GPS an FM Radio etc.
What you’re not getting is NFC.
The 64GB variant costs $316 and the 128GB variant costs $335.
Please note that prices vary from time to time.
I feel really impressed by this phone. In terms of performance, you won’t be disappointed, the cameras are good, battery life is great and the display is okay.
What you’re not getting is a beautiful design and NFC but overall, for its price, you’re getting a really good phone here.
Well guys, that was my review of the Pocophone F1, let me know what you think about the phone so far, and if you already own the phone, tell us your experience with it.
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