News Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Flagship for Europe – Combat announcement to OnePlus
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.
Not quite typical for Xiaomi
The Pocophone F1 has not yet been officially introduced. The design can only be combined with a few leaks. A leak gives information about the dimensions of the device. We have 151 mm in height and 76 mm in width, which is a little smaller than the Xiaomi Mi 8, which is also due to the smaller screen size, although the information situation in this respect is somewhat vague. Either it is a 5.99 inch display like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S or it is 6.18 inch, which is slightly smaller than the Mi 8 (6.21 inch).
Apparently it’s a Notch-Smartphone again!
The back is not oriented at all to current customs of Xiaomi. The dual camera is also vertical again, but it is relatively central and not in the upper left corner. We cannot yet say what the whole thing is made of. Of course we hope for the Xiaomi-typical workmanship again; probably it will be a aluminum back.
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.
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.
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.
The camera is a dual cam and combines a 12 megapixel sensor and a 5 megapixel sensor. This could well be the same constellation as in the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. This would mean that it is the strong sensor from the Mi 8 that takes 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.
It’s especially interesting with the battery. The Pocophone F1 should have a total battery capacity of 4,000 mAh. That would be identical to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, which – of course also because of a weaker processor – can shine especially in terms of battery life. Nevertheless, this is far above the battery capacities of the other Xiaomi flagships.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Marketing in Europe
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.
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.
A release could be this month, but apparently in September at the latest. We don’t want to raise expectations too high – we are quite enthusiastic ourselves – but Xiaomi hasn’t revealed any details yet. If you ask me, they should think of another name. Pocophone, really Xiaomi?