Xiaomi is a well-known Chinese smartphone brand that holds more than 32% market share in India. It dominates the budget-oriented and mid-range market with capable smartphones that are priced aggressively so as to increase the hype among users. However, the situation is different in the flagship market. Where users prefer companies like Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, and LG, Xiaomi has introduced its new flagship killer smartphone ‘Pocophone F1’.
Pocophone F1, the first smartphone from Xiaomi’s new sub-brand Poco offers many nifty flagship features and retails at an unbelievable mid-range price. The Pocophone F1 was recently launched in more than 65 countries.
Here’s why the Pocophone F1 is a true ‘flagship killer’.
The two major factors that differentiate Pocophone F1 from other smartphones is its design and display. The Pocophone F1 features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ curved glass display. The panel used on the Pocophone F1 is an IPS LCD found on many other mid-range Xiaomi smartphones. Well, flagship smartphones come with an AMOLED, UHD, or OLED display panel. Having said this, by no means the display on the Pocophone F1 is disappointing but it definitely lacks a flagship standard display.
Further, the Pocophone F1 lacks a shiny and glossy glass finish, as Poco hasn’t used the premium grade aluminum chassis. Instead, the Pocophone F1 comes with a hard-coated polycarbonate body. However, it is worth noting that the Armored Edition of the smartphone uses Kevlar aramid fiber.
The display and design material are one of the two major reasons that allowed Poco to keep the pricing of the smartphone as low as ~$300. As mentioned earlier, the design and display don’t match up to the flagship standards, but Poco hasn’t left any room for complaint due to the pricing of the device.
Pocophone F1 is possibly the world’s first smartphone that is powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor and comes in at a price of ~$300. Poco has definitely focused on providing the performance to its users. The Pocophone F1 provides a flawless performance across the board and you won’t notice any issue while using the smartphone.
With Adreno 630 GPU, this flagship killer can easily sustain long gaming sessions. The liquid cooling in the smartphone helps it to remain cool and work at its full potential.
Without any doubt, Poco has successfully executed its vision and its practically impossible for other manufacturers to compete with Poco. Clearly, Pocophone F1 is the dream phone for users who prefer performance over anything else. The smartphone retails in the below mentioned three RAM and storage variants, which are sufficient for a majority of users.
Another major highlight of the Pocophone F1 smartphone is its camera performance. Initially, people were expecting poor camera performance but once the smartphone reached the masses everyone was amazed. The Pocophone F1 shares the same primary 12MP IMX363 sensor as found on the Mi Mix 2S. Further, the secondary 5MP sensor helps enhance low-light photos and provides depth information for better image processing.
Apart from that the Pocophone F1 also features Xiaomi’s AI (artificial intelligence) scene detection feature. This software-based AI is able to detect over 25 scenes and 1000 scenarios and automatically adjust the camera settings. The results produced by the seamless integration between hardware and software are soothing to human eyes.
Two major issues that I and possibly many other users face while using custom skins like MIUI is the substantial amount of resources that these custom skins consume and the random iOS inspired bloatware annoys me. Well, Poco overcomes both these issues and provides a much cleaner and faster user experience.
Although Poco hasn’t completely removed the bloatware, it’s definitely reduced to a certain extent. Unlike the traditional MIUI, the new custom skin will help Xiaomi offer faster updates and the F1 will get Android P in Q4 of 2018.
On the connectivity front, Poco is offering Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, and GPS + GLONASS. The smartphone also includes Hybrid Dual SIM card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, and a USB Type C port.
For security, we have a fingerprint sensor and IR (infrared) face unlock. The massive 4,000mAh battery is more than enough for a complete day’s backup and the Qualcomm Quick Charge ensures that your phone charges quickly.
The Pocophone F1 is priced for nearly $300 in a majority of markets. Thanks to liliputing for providing the pricing of Pocophone F1 in different Global markets.
By now, you would have definitely found that Pocophone F1 is a remarkable smartphone that easily outperforms any other phone under the $500 price tag. This smartphone is definitely worth a purchase, as it offers the best price to performance ratio and competes with smartphones priced three times higher than the Pocophone F1.