Xiaomi Pocophone F1 review

8.5/10 AVG.
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8.5/10
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The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 31 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

The Pocophone F1 might not offer the best camera and display on the market, but it more than makes up for it with its fast performance, excellent battery life, and affordable price tag.

What's good

  • Great battery life
  • Smooth, zippy performance
  • Excellent value for the money
  • Okay camera and image quality

What's bad

  • Basic, boring design
  • Thick bezels
  • Plastic build feels cheap
  • No NFC

Pocophone -- a fledgling company with support from Xiaomi -- is looking to shake up the smartphone market with their F1. Where smartphones can cost up to four-figures at the higher end of prices, Pocophone provides impressive specs for up to 60 percent less. Yet, at that price, you are sure to find compromises.

The F1 will not turn heads. Nor will it trick you into thinking you’re holding a premium device. Instead of the glass that most high-end phones now have, the back panel is polycarbonate (also known as plastic). 

While not as sleek, it comes with a hidden benefit -- you won’t have to worry about it shattering if you drop it. It will scratch and wear faster than glass though.

If you want something that’s sturdier, there’s also an “Armored Edition” which comes with a back made of Kevlar. But, it’s only available with the most expensive F1 version.

On top of feeling somewhat cheap, it’s also not very compact. Thanks to the large side bezels, it’s wider than many new releases and somewhat hefty -- weighing in at 180 grams (0.39 lbs). It’s also a bit chunky at 0.35 inches thick. However, reviewers noted the added thickness and plastic back make it easy to grip. 

The 6.18-inch IPS LCD boasts a Full HD+ resolution (2,246-by-1080 pixels), making it even sharper than the much more expensive iPhone XR.

On its own, it’s a very good display with excellent brightness and respectable viewing angles. 

Color accuracy isn’t perfect though. Whites feature a bluish tint and colors weren’t as vibrant as you might find on an AMOLED panel. With that said, many could overlook some of its flaws due to the lower price.

Performance is where the Pocophone F1 shines. The basic version comes equipped with a Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM. But they offer models with up to 8GB of RAM if you want more future-proofing.

As you might expect, phone performance impressed reviewers. They had no issues when navigating the home screen, multitasking, opening apps, or browsing the web. When compared to flagship phones, the Pocophone exceeded the performance of the OnePlus 6 and kept pace with the Galaxy Note 9 .

The F1 does not skimp on battery either. The 4,000mAh battery offered reviewers a full day of use on a single charge -- even with heavy usage. 

And when charges ran low, Quick Charge support offered a 50% recharge in about 30 minutes.

And if you’re hoping for NFC support, look somewhere else. It’s missing on the F1.

Like its more expensive competitors, the F1 sports a dual-lens rear camera system. It combines a 12MP main sensor and a 5MP secondary one for depth information. 

In good lighting conditions, reviewers captured impressive images with excellent detail and color accuracy. In AI mode, the camera enhances settings to make the images more balanced. However, reviewers noted that the AI settings often blew out highlights. 

In more challenging lighting situations, some reviewers noticed the camera struggling with white balance, oversaturation, and exposure. Turning off AI mode often resolved this issue.

Low-light images were hit-or-miss. Due to the lack of optical image stabilization, many pictures came out blurry. Grain also showed up even when it wasn’t particularly dark out. Still -- given the phone’s price -- the camera satisfied most reviewers.

Reviewers highly recommend the Pocophone F1 -- especially considering its price. Android Authority states, “The Pocophone F1 is a good phone, but an amazing deal. If you’re on a tight budget, it should definitely be at the top of your list of options.”  Trusted Reviews states, “... The Pocophone F1… is an easy buy for anyone who places performance, longevity and quality ahead of aesthetics…”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tech Advisor

The Pocophone F1 is an outstanding phone in various ways. Most notably, the way it offers a premium set of specs for a frankly outrageous price. It's one of the cheapest phones around with the flagship Snapdragon 845 processor and also has a large battery, decent cameras and plenty more. All this co...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
PhoneArena

Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 is one of those sleeping giants hiding in the shadows, just waiting for that opportunity to strike down the competition. Seriously, there’s a lot going for this phone that overseas can be had for the equivalent of about $350, which is bonkers for a phone featuring a Snapdragon...

- John Velasco, PhoneArena
Android Police

When it comes to battery and speed, the Poco F1 is a beast that rivals smartphones double or triple the price. In every other aspect, it's at least very good. The camera, display, build, USB-C charging, 3.5mm jack, stereo(ish) loudspeakers, all contribute to a solid experience. The software will fin...

- Rita El Khoury, Android Police
Neowin

If you don't want the prettiest phone on the block and can put up with the learning curve associated with MIUI, the Pocophone F1 is simply the best handset on the market right now in terms of pure value and easily earns my recommendation for users who want the most phone for the least amount of mone...

- Muhammad Jarir Kanji, Neowin
SlashGear

The Pocophone F1 is a highly decent smartphone, especially for its price. This smartphone is available on the internet in its Global edition – and there’s an India-specific version as well. Both versions have almost identical hardware – close enough for this review, anyway.

- Chris Burns, SlashGear


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Common Questions


Xiaomi released the Pocophone F1 on August 22, 2018.


Xiaomi backs up the Pocophone F1 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.1"

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa-core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 20+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128/256 GB

Internal memory is 64/128/ 256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Xiaomi's performance ratings are 1531 minutes, 731 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Pocophone F1 Specs

Overview
Release date August 22, 2018
Regions available UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/850/900 /1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa-core 2.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128/ 256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Carrying case, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 831 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 731 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1531 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Blue, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.6 x 7.52 x 0.88 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 182 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2246 pixels
Pixel density 403 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.9
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, HDR, Dual camera feature (5 MP second camera, f/2.0), Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Xiaomi Poco F1

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Critic Reviews


Tech Advisor

Flagship specs at an almost budget price

from Tech Advisor

The Pocophone F1 is an outstanding phone in various ways. Most notably, the way it offers a premium set of specs for a frankly outrageous price. It's one of the cheapest phones around with the flagship Snapdragon 845 processor and also has a large battery, decent cameras and plenty more. All thi...More

The Pocophone F1 is an outstanding phone in various ways. Most notably, the way it offers a premium set of specs for a frankly outrageous price. It's one of the cheapest phones around with the flagship Snapdragon 845 processor and also has a large battery, decent cameras and plenty more. All this comes in an attractive design, even if it isn't the most svelte around.

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PhoneArena

A valiant first effort

from PhoneArena

Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 is one of those sleeping giants hiding in the shadows, just waiting for that opportunity to strike down the competition. Seriously, there’s a lot going for this phone that overseas can be had for the equivalent of about $350, which is bonkers for a phone featuring a Snapdragon 845.

Read full review

Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 is one of those sleeping giants hiding in the shadows, just waiting for that opportunity to strike down the competition. Seriously, there’s a lot going for this phone that overseas can be had for the equivalent of about $350, which is bonkers for a phone featuring a Snapdragon 845.

Read full review

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Android Police

Blazing fast and lasts forever on a charge

from Android Police

When it comes to battery and speed, the Poco F1 is a beast that rivals smartphones double or triple the price. In every other aspect, it's at least very good. The camera, display, build, USB-C charging, 3.5mm jack, stereo(ish) loudspeakers, all contribute to a solid experience. The software will...More

When it comes to battery and speed, the Poco F1 is a beast that rivals smartphones double or triple the price. In every other aspect, it's at least very good. The camera, display, build, USB-C charging, 3.5mm jack, stereo(ish) loudspeakers, all contribute to a solid experience. The software will find its lovers just like it will have its haters, but it's being continuously updated for the better, and there's an active modding community providing alternative solutions if you'd rather go that route.

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Neowin

Unmatched value for money, flagship-grade performance

from Neowin

If you don't want the prettiest phone on the block and can put up with the learning curve associated with MIUI, the Pocophone F1 is simply the best handset on the market right now in terms of pure value and easily earns my recommendation for users who want the most phone for the least amount of money.

Read full review

If you don't want the prettiest phone on the block and can put up with the learning curve associated with MIUI, the Pocophone F1 is simply the best handset on the market right now in terms of pure value and easily earns my recommendation for users who want the most phone for the least amount of money.

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SlashGear

International midrange shocker

from SlashGear

The Pocophone F1 is a highly decent smartphone, especially for its price. This smartphone is available on the internet in its Global edition – and there’s an India-specific version as well. Both versions have almost identical hardware – close enough for this review, anyway.

Read full review

The Pocophone F1 is a highly decent smartphone, especially for its price. This smartphone is available on the internet in its Global edition – and there’s an India-specific version as well. Both versions have almost identical hardware – close enough for this review, anyway.

Read full review

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TrustedReviews

Delivers on performance, longevity and quality

from TrustedReviews

Provided you can pick up the Pocophone F1 in your region, it’s an easy buy for anyone who places performance, longevity and quality ahead of the aesthetics of conventional flagship phones – and even then, it’s far from an ugly duckling.

Read full review

Provided you can pick up the Pocophone F1 in your region, it’s an easy buy for anyone who places performance, longevity and quality ahead of the aesthetics of conventional flagship phones – and even then, it’s far from an ugly duckling.

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Notebookcheck

Great value for money

from Notebookcheck

Xiaomi has reinvigorated OnePlus’ original concept of creating a flagship smartphone at a bargain price. The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 performed well in practically all our tests, especially regarding battery life, camera quality and performance.

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Xiaomi has reinvigorated OnePlus’ original concept of creating a flagship smartphone at a bargain price. The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 performed well in practically all our tests, especially regarding battery life, camera quality and performance.

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TechNave

The real flagship killer... for now

from TechNave

If you put up the Pocophone F1 against other flagships in terms of pure price to performance, it will just straight out murder them. The cameras are very good and can be excellent if you know what you are doing and the battery life is superb. But then again, the plastic design could also be a deal breaker for some consumers.

Read full review

If you put up the Pocophone F1 against other flagships in terms of pure price to performance, it will just straight out murder them. The cameras are very good and can be excellent if you know what you are doing and the battery life is superb. But then again, the plastic design could also be a deal breaker for some consumers.

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Android Guys

Features a very impressive spec-sheet

from Android Guys

As it stands right this second, the F1 is worth a buy if you live anywhere not named the U.S. of A. Its lack of support for LTE bands really puts a damper on its usability in the States; but if you live in a supported country, it’s honestly an unbeatable value.

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As it stands right this second, the F1 is worth a buy if you live anywhere not named the U.S. of A. Its lack of support for LTE bands really puts a damper on its usability in the States; but if you live in a supported country, it’s honestly an unbeatable value.

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TechRadar

Disrupting competition from day one

from TechRadar

The Poco F1 is a really interesting smartphone. It targets power users who don’t wan’t to shell out a lot on their phone, but need to have the basics in place and do everything that a high-end phone can do.

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The Poco F1 is a really interesting smartphone. It targets power users who don’t wan’t to shell out a lot on their phone, but need to have the basics in place and do everything that a high-end phone can do.

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