News Xiaomi Pocophone F1 with 6/128 GB for $349.99

Yes, another Xiaomi flagship. Besides the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and the Xiaomi Mi 8, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 will be the third smartphone of the manufacturer with the Snpadragon 845 processor. The special feature: the Poco F1 is to be launched directly on the European market, and OnePlus is about to take up the fight. Now it has officially been unveiled!

Xiaomi Pocophone Poco F1 Smartphone

Display 6,18″ IPS LCD Display (2246 x 1080p, 18.7:9 aspect ratio), Gorilla Glass
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 @ 2.8 GHz
Graphics chip Adreno 630 @ 710 MHz
Main memory 6/8 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory 64/128/256 GB UFS 2.1
Main camera 12 MP wide-angle Sony IMX363 (OIS) with ƒ/1.8 + 5 MP
Front Camera 20 MP with AI Scene Recognition & Portrait Mode
Battery 4,000 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0
Connectivity LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8,20, WLAN AC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Hybrid-SIM, microSD slot
Features Fingerprint reader | USB Type-C | Face Unlock | Headphone jack
Operating system MIUI with Poco Launcher, Android 8.1
Dimensions / Weight 155.5 x 75.2 x 8.8 mm / 182 g

Not quite typical for Xiaomi

The Poco F1 differs quite clearly from the usual Xiaomi devices not only in its name, but also in its appearance. However, this is mainly due to the back and not to the front. The manufacturer has taken the front of the Xiaomi Mi 8 almost 1:1, the Notch is striking. Like the Mi 8, this one is quite big. But that’s also due to the built-in technology, more on that right away. We are dealing with a 6.18 inch display which is slightly smaller than the Xiaomi flagship.

Xiaomi Pocophone Poco F1 front and backside

An important difference: the Pocophone is “only” equipped with an LCD IPS display and not with an AMOLED panel. Both display types have their advantages and disadvantages, but the lower price is due to the IPS display, among other things. However, the resolution of 2246 x 1080p is reasonably high. Due to the notch we have an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and the panel is even protected with gorilla glass!

Xiaomi Pocophone Poco F1 Notch

The back makes the difference to other Xiaomi devices. The dual camera is vertically arranged, but centrally in the upper third and reminds us more of Vernee or Ulefone smartphones. Directly below is a fingerprint sensor. Which design you now prefer is certainly a matter of taste.

Xiaomi Pocophone Poco F1 backside

However, we would like to emphasize the variety of colours, because the flagship is available directly in several colours: Graphite Black, Rosso Red and Steel Blue. In addition, there are individual cases with which you can protect and individualize your smartphone.

Where does Xiaomi save money here? That’s the big question. In order to be able to move under the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Xiaomi Mi 8 in terms of price, Xiaomi relies on a polycarbonate unibody, while Xiaomi’s own mid-range devices are mostly equipped with aluminium unibodies (Xiaomi Mi A2 or Xiaomi Mi Max 3).

Snapdragon 845 & large battery

An important clue for a flagship is the processor used. As mentioned above, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 with the Snapdragon 845 processor comes onto the market, which is beyond all doubt. The eight Kryo 385 cores offer a clock frequency of 2.7 GHz and provide massive performance. In addition, there is probably 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory, which can apparently be expanded. In addition, there is at least 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory, but this can be expanded. Alternatively you can invest directly in the 6/128 GB version or even order an 8/256 GB version!

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 AnTuTu Benchmark
Also a first benchmark screenshot has already been leaked. It performs very well!

Another special feature is the liquid cooling system, which is used to cool the processor. This could also explain the particularly high benchmark value. But we have to wait for more details on how Xiaomi solved this.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Box Details

 

The Pocophone F1 has a total battery capacity of 4.000 mAh, which is identical to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, which – of course also due to a weaker processor – can shine especially in terms of battery life. Nevertheless, this is far above the battery capacities of other flagships, only the gaming smartphone Black Shark scores with the same capacity.

Camera like the Mi 8 SE

The camera is a dual cam and combines a 12 megapixel sensor and a 5 megapixel sensor. This is most likely the same constellation as in the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. The main sensor is actually the Sony IMX363 with an aperture of ƒ/1.8, which takes very good pictures. Some sacrifices would have to be made in portrait mode or low-light behavior, but you can still expect good photos overall.

In addition, there is a 20 megapixel sensor on the front, which is also taken from the Xiaomi Mi 8. It convinced us very much and is the best selfie-cam in a China smartphone so far – in our opinion! The front camera is in the notch.

Xiaomi Pocophone Poco F1 infrared sensor

There is not only the camera and the proximity sensor, no, there is also an infrared camera and an infrared sensor. This increases the safety and speed of the Face Unlock and ensures that you can use Face Unlock even in the dark. We already know this from the Mi 8 and were very impressed!

Connectivity

The housing frame offers a lot of connections for this. A hybrid SIM slot should be part of the smartphone, so memory expansion should be possible, but then you have to make do with a SIM card. A USB type C connector on the bottom and a 3.5 mm jack connector are included. This would be a clear advantage over many other Xiaomi smartphones. Since the Mi 6, the manufacturer’s flagships do without the headphone jack.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 operating system

Interesting is that the Pocophone F1 comes with an adapted MIUI operating system on the market, which is of course also based on Android.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Marketing in Europe & USA

You know it: A cool Xiaomi smartphone is introduced, comes on the market in China, we impatiently order the China version, have to wait a long time. Not so with the Poco F1, Xiaomi seems to want to make it available directly in Europe. This means, it comes immediately as Global Version with CE-marking! But it should also be available in other countries in the West in a fairly short time.

In addition there will be three global launch events in August, namely on August 27th. The manufacturer wants to launch the smartphone in 50 global markets, so the USA and Europe should be part of it! The OVP for the smallest version will cost you $300, the most expensive variant costs $415. Experience shows that the prices, at least at the beginning, are not yet feasible for us.

Evaluation

If you leave out the Notch, everyone can probably agree on the Xiaomi Pocophone F1. Flagship processor, good camera, large battery, memory expansion, headphone jack, LTE – what more could you ask for? Xiaomi apparently wants to gain a foothold in Europe and attacks OnePlus directly. It seems that the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is already available for about $450 – the OnePlus 6 in Europe is about $500 in the same version.

What do you think of the Poco F1?

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Comments (3)

  • 22.08.18 um 16:54

    techer

    Bonjour es que c’est possible d’avoir tout en français merci

  • 23.08.18 um 08:29

    wakeel

    Price? malaysian ringgit

  • 12.10.18 um 23:52

    Redster2

    Non, c’est pás possible d’avoir tout en français…

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