The Pocophone F1 is clearly Xiaomi’s way of hacking the budget market with a device that packs in high-end specs and an experience that matches (and in some cases betters) their own Xiaomi Mi flagship lineup.
As for the core selling point of this device — along with the price — the Pocophone F1 comes with a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and available in 64GB and 128GB storage flavors with microSD card expansion included too. The battery powering this entire package is a big one at 4000mAh which can be fast charged via the USB Type-C port.
You get a headphone port up on the top of the device, which will (literally) be music to some ears out there. It’s great to see this included, mainly as I still use a 3.5mm cable to connect my device to my car stereo as it has no Bluetooth connection, so it is a kind of must have until I get that situation resolved.
Whilst you get audio output, there is no NFC support. So that means making payments via Google Pay is simply not possible. As someone who doesn’t make many NFC payments with my mobile device, it is still a big deal to me as I would still like to have it as a backup option for if I happen to forget my wallet.
The viewing angles are not too bad, naturally, they don’t even get close to that of an OLED. Colors feel a little flatter than on an AMOLED but still look good. It gets nice and bright too with a peak brightness of 439 nits.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Specifications
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo (MIUI 9.6)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)|
|External||up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (hybrid slot)|
|Main||Dual 12 MP + 5MP for depth sensing, dual pixel PDAF|
|Front||20 MP, f/2.0|
|Colors||Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red, Armored Edition with Kevlar|
|Features||Infrared Face Recognition, fingerprint reader (rear-mounted), USB-C, Quick Charge 3.0|