Xiaomi Pocophone F1 review

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Xiaomi released the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 at the end of August 2018.

During it’s launch, the new phone picked up much attention with its stellar specifications and low price.

For many, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 was the new flagship killer.  It was dubbed the new OnePlus by many.

Here I take a look at the new phone and put a compilation of Xiaomi Pocophone F1 reviews.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS OF THE POCOPHONE F1

As mentioned, the Pocophone F1 does has ‘nasty’ specifications. For a budget/medium range phone, it has almost all the whistles and the bells as you can see below.

  • Size: 55.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm
  • Screen technology: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Processor: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
  • ROM Memory: 64GB/128GB/256GB (supports microSD, up to 256GB)
  • RAM Memory: 6GB (for 64/128GB model), 8GB (for 256GB model)
  • Rear Camera: Dual camera 12MP + 5MP with PDAF and HDR
  • Front camera: 20MP with HDR
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass but not water/splash proof

However, the great hardware specs do come with some compromises.

The body isn’t made of premium glass or ceramic which usually makes a phone look stunning, and the phone doesn’t come with any protection from splash or water.

POCOPHONE F1 CAMERA REVIEW & COMPARISON

A lot of people are asking about the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 camera, and it is understandable.

Being one of the most important components of a smartphone these days, a camera can largely make or break a smartphone.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 camera

Huawei did an awesome job by introducing Leica lenses into their P-series, and as someone using the HUAWEI P20 Pro to date, I only have good things to say about the smartphone’s photo taking abilities.

READ ABOUT THE HUAWEI P20PRO

But the biggest question after the introduction of the Pocophone F1 yesterday was the camera quality. Many are asking if the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 camera is good enough.

I can’t answer that question because I don’t have the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 phone myself, but a friend shared a video which compared the Xiaomi Mi A2 vs OnePlus 6 and the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 camera.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Well, according to a video made by MrWhoseTheBoss, the results are obvious.

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 camera is better than the Mi A2 camera, and not far off from the OnePlus 6 camera.

The results are quite clear in both HDR shooting, normal setting shots, macro shots, 4K video shots and normal video shots.

It is important to note that the 20MP camera of Pocophone F1 doesn’t have image stabilizer, and videos can be very shaky.

You can see the full video below to see the differences yourself.

XIAOMI POCOPHONE F1 DURABILITY

When it comes to durability, JerryRigsEverything put the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 through the standard test.

There wasn’t any surprises when he eventually found out that the frame of the phone was made from plastic.

It wasn’t also a surprise when the phone managed to pull off an impressive defense in the scratching test as it is using Corning Gorilla Glass.

The biggest surprise came in the bend test, which the phone completed with flying colours.  The video below shows how durable the phone is under these test.

As for the drop test, the Pocophone F1 isn’t exactly durable. A simple drop from the height of about 1 meter can damage the phone’s screen although the phone could still be used.

To see yourself, check out the video by Gupta Information Systems in हिंदी below.

ADVANTAGES OF THE POCOPHONE F1

When it comes to specification and price, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is undeniable amazing. The price is right, and the design is good enough for an average daily phone.

As a bonus, you also get to play games with the phone due to the speedy RAM and processor.

I really can’t go beyond the pricing and specifications here because these are the two main things.

Additionally, the phone comes with quick-charging.

PROBLEMS WITH THE POCOPHONE F1

However, there’s some problems with the Xiaomi Pocophone F1.

One of the biggest is the Operating System, the MIUI. Yes, the MIUI is great, but some may not favour it over stock Android despite its constant updates.

The camera is also an issue as it isn’t that great as you noticed in the shots above.

Another issue is the screen. While it does use Gorilla Glass, the screen cracks easily if you check out the drop test above.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

This is unfortunate as I do like the plastic back which for me is good enough for a phone, but the ease of the screen cracking is worrying.

PRICE AND WHERE TO BUY THE POCOPHONE F1

Anyway, if you didn’t know, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 started selling on Lazada Malaysia last 30th August at a starting price of RM1,238.  The official price of the phone had since increased to RM1,299 with a one year warranty.

BUY THE XIAOMI POCOPHONE FROM THE OFFICIAL STORE

Regardless however, the price is pretty darn cheap for it’s specifications.

However, if you really want to save, Shopee does have sellers selling the same phone at RM1,179 with the same warranty and packaging.

BUY THE XIAOMI POCOPHONE F1 AT RM1,179

CONCLUSION

Given the price and specifications, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is a steal.  However, if you do buy one, be sure to protect it with a casing. Casings these days are cheap, and I’ve helped narrow some on Shopee for you at the link below.

BUY XIAOMI POCOPHONE F1 CASINGS ON SHOPEE

Anyway, I am looking forward to owning the Pocophone F1 as my second phone in the near future because the specifications itself would mean I get to use the phone for quite sometime.

On top of that, I am a fan of the MIUI.