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About Xiaomi Pocophone F1 - Review, Specs + more

With the Pocophone F1, Xiaomi delivers powerful technology to the mid-range price bracket. You also benefit from long battery life, and the bragging rights of owning something other than "another iPhone".

What you need to know:

  • Snapdragon 845 CPU and Adreno 630 GPU
  • Large battery with 4000 mAh
  • Unlock with fingerprint and face recognition

Looking at the technical data and the long equipment list, Xiaomi seems to have fulfilled its promise of flagship technology at a budget price. The Pocophone F1 is not only one of the cheapest devices with a Snapdragon 845, but the other specifications are also impressive. This includes 6 GB of RAM and a 4000 mAh unusually large battery.

Also we're happy to see things like GLONASS, the navigation system, which together with GPS provides better coverage and more precise navigation. But the hybrid SIM slot is also very handy. So you can use either a second Nano-SIM or a microSD memory card in Pocophone F1.

In terms of performance, according to expertreviews.co.uk it can not only keep up with the OnePlus 6T, but even surpass it in some areas. The similarly priced Moto G6 Plus is much weaker.

Xiaomi advertises that this smartphone can keep the peak performance cranked up at all time - the chipset is cooled by a vapour chamber. Despite all this, some reviews thought the screen / display was quite poor for this price bracket. An alternative with better reputation here is for example the Huawei Mate 20 Lite.

Design - Pocophone F1

Our tester really like the rounded rear cover and although the phone is 9mm thick, the way the screen sort of sticks out the front means you only really feel the rear section when holding it so it feels a lot thinner than it is. It just looks a little odd - perhaps a bit old school - from the side.

You can see the ‘Armoured Edition’ in our photo below - reminiscent of old Motorola phones that used Kevlar on the back - but the regular F1 comes with a polycarbonate rear cover instead. They come in various colours, but that actually look like metal and have a matt style finish.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 review: Camera

Like most smartphones these days, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is equipped with a dual-camera arrangement on the back. Rather than offering a secondary wide-angle lens, or a 2x telephoto zoom sensor, the Pocophone follows Vivo’s lead by supplying a secondary depth-sensing lens for fancy bokeh-effect photos.

As for specifications, there’s a little bit of variation between the two cameras.

The main camera unit is a 12-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.9, while the secondary sensor is a 5-megapixel unit with a narrower aperture of f/2.0. Neither sensor is optically stabilised, but the main camera does benefit from effective dual-pixel phase detection autofocus for super-speedy shots.

Pocophone F1 review: Verdict

The firm’s flashy flagship, the Mi 8 Pro, recently touched down in the UK for the very first time, and the Pocophone F1 is a slightly cheaper alternative. That’s not to say Xiaomi has scrimped on the specs – not by any means – and the Pocophone is a mid-range phone you must consider.

Laughing in the face of four-figured smartphones, there’s simply no better phone for your money. Yes, its software experience could use some work, and its design won’t be drawing admiring glances on the morning commute, but who cares? If you crave flagship performance at a budget price, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.

Other phones to consider:

  1. Xiaomi Mi 8
  2. Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm
  • Weight: 182 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2246
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Battery Capacity: 4000
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 20 MP
  • Back Camera: 12 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: LTE
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 2
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • USB: