Xiaomi Poco F1 Review: The Best Value Android Smartphone Available Now
Xiaomi concentrated on speed, execution and cost on the Poco F1, and made extraordinary compared to other reasonable cell phones at any point made.
Xiaomi has collected a notoriety for putting out some unbelievable cell phones at entirely modest costs. Actually, Xiaomi has topped its net revenues on its equipment division to only five-percent. Which implies that Xiaomi is making next to no on every individual telephone (and other equipment) sold. In any case, Xiaomi offers a huge number of telephones and furthermore profits through its product. Be that as it may, with its new image, Poco (Pocophone in India), it is hoping to make that to the following stride. The Poco F1 is a lead cell phone at a mid-extend (potentially even lower) cost. Some may state, this is simply pipe dream, however is it? We’ve spent fourteen days utilizing the Poco F1, so how about we discover.
The Poco F1 accompanies a 6.18-inch show, wearing a 18.7:9 perspective proportion with a goals of 2246×1080. That means this is a full HD+ board, and it is likewise a LCD board. Driving the Poco F1 is Qualcomm’s most recent leader processor, the Snapdragon 845 chipset. There is likewise 6GB of RAM with either 64GB or 128GB of capacity. There is additionally a higher-end demonstrate with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of capacity. What’s more, Xiaomi has still kept the small scale SD card opening, so you will have a lot of capacity here. This is altogether controlled by a 4000mAh limit battery, that backings Quick Charge 3.0.
Xiaomi didn’t generally hold back on the camera either. There’s a double camera setup on the posterior, which incorporates a 12-megapixel primary sensor that has an opening of f/1.9, which is additionally 1.4um and offers double pixel stage recognition auto-center to take into account incredible shots during the evening and in low-light circumstances. The auxiliary camera is a 5-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 gap. This one is somewhat littler at 1.12um, and is utilized for social affair profundity data. The forward looking camera is a 20-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 sensor, and Xiaomi has likewise incorporated an IR blaster on the front, which is utilized with the camera for facial acknowledgment.
One territory that Xiaomi skimped on is, NFC. There’s no NFC here, which isn’t an amazement, seeing as NFC and versatile installments by and large, aren’t gigantic in the business sectors that Xiaomi is propelling this telephone in (generally Europe and Asia, however not China). You do nonetheless, have 5GHz WiFi bolster, so you will get some quick remote speeds on the Poco F1. There’s additionally Bluetooth 5.0, a FM radio and GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS is utilized for area following. The majority of this is running on Android 8.1 Oreo alongside MIUI 9.6.11 Stable here. At long last, there is an earphone jack on the Poco F1.
In the Box
Xiaomi’s unpacking knowledge with the Poco F1 is really like its different cell phones. It’s quite negligible, with the telephone ideal to finish everything. Be that as it may, inside the crate, you do likewise get a pleasant TPU case for the Poco F1 – which we really didn’t use, since we had the Armored Edition – alongside a USB-C link and a Quick Charge 3.0-good divider charger.
In the realm of glass and metal cell phones, Xiaomi chose to run with a polycarbonate body on the Poco F1 – or Kevlar on the Armored Edition which is the model we have and will generally be alluding to in this survey. There’s clearly exchange offs for utilizing plastic over glass and metal. For one, it doesn’t feel as premium as something prefer the Galaxy Note 9. In any case, the enormous contrast here, is that the Poco F1 is substantially less tricky than the Galaxy Note 9. Kevlar likewise makes it less demanding to remain in your grasp as it adds some hold to the Poco F1.
Xiaomi likewise accomplished something unique that is not the same as whatever remains of the cell phone industry, and that is make the Poco F1 a really thick telephone. It comes in at around 8.8mm thick. So while it’s not the thickest telephone out there, it is as yet thicker than different leads, and numerous individuals will love that. This is on the grounds that, a thicker telephone is additionally less demanding to clutch, than a more slender telephone. The purpose behind this being thicker isn’t just to make it less demanding to clutch, yet additionally in light of that gigantic 4000mAh limit battery, and the fluid cooling framework that Xiaomi is utilizing in the Poco F1 – something you’ll likewise discover on the Galaxy Note 9 for around three times the cost.
There is a USB-C port on the base of the telephone with the speaker and mouthpiece down there also. Xiaomi is making the earpiece pull twofold obligation here and furthermore function as an optional speaker. While the earphone jack is at the highest point of the telephone. On the correct side of the telephone you’ll discover the volume rocker and power catch. The volume rocker really feels like two separate catches, which makes it less demanding to feel and discover which one is volume up and which is volume down. Making it less demanding to quietness your telephone when it is in your pocket. Presently the casing here is a plastic one, so it will get dinged up somewhat less demanding, yet it makes the Poco F1 lighter, and less expensive to make. The fabricate is certainly one of the territories where Xiaomi held back, yet it is as yet an incredible looking telephone that additionally feels great in the hand.
The showcase isn’t the most noteworthy end show out there, it’s as yet a full HD+ show. What’s more, that ought not to amaze anybody. Xiaomi still uses full HD+ shows on the dominant part of its cell phones. Indeed, even on its more costly, Mi MIX 2S and Mi 8 cell phones. This is on the grounds that Xiaomi trusts that the exchange offs for utilizing a Quad HD board aren’t justified, despite any potential benefits. That incorporates more awful battery life, for what is just an insignificantly extraordinary look on the presentation.
In addition, it helps minimize the expenses on the majority of its equipment. The board here is very great. It is an IPS LCD board, which normally, are hard to use outside. Yet, that was not the situation with the Poco F1. It was anything but difficult to peruse outside and got quite splendid. Presently the one drawback here for some, individuals, will be the score. There is a score here, and it means a few changes to the product, which we’ll discuss somewhat later. However, in the wake of utilizing the telephone for a couple of days, you become acclimated to the indent, and it’s not as large of an issue.
In case you’re supposing execution may be an issue on the Poco F1, reconsider. Xiaomi is utilizing the Snapdragon 845 chipset with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM here, which is a portion of the best specs accessible right now for a cell phone. At that point include the fluid cooling framework that is inside the Poco F1, you’re getting a really amazing telephone, on the execution front. Obviously, in everyday use, the Poco F1 was entirely expedient, and never truly backed off. Nor did we have to sit tight for applications to re-draw, since they remained in the ongoing applications memory, so it was still quite quick.
Presently with regards to gaming execution, that is the place the Poco F1 truly sparkles. Particularly with that Snapdragon 845 chipset inside. The Snapdragon 845 is now outstanding amongst other chipsets for portable gaming, yet you include that fluid cooling and it implies that you can diversion longer without the telephone getting hot. We put some genuine time into playing Asphalt 9: Legends here on the Poco F1, and it got somewhat warm, yet never hot. Also, it never backed off either. So those that are hoping to do some genuine portable gaming, the Poco F1 will not baffle. It’s critical to call attention to that we have the 6GB/128GB model here. So on the off chance that you get the 8GB of RAM show, you can almost certainly improve execution, however 6GB is still bounty here.
The Poco F1 does in fact have double speakers here, however the earpiece is for the most part for mids and highs. While the base terminating speaker is more bassy. The base speaker is likewise a small piece tinny. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination observable, however on the off chance that you listen deliberately, you can tell. With the speaker being on the base, quite possibly you could cover it while gaming, however notwithstanding when it is secured, regardless it turns out truly noisy. So there’s no issues with sound when gaming in scene here. There is an earphone jack here, so you can even now connect to your most loved earphones and tune in to music while you’re in a hurry. There’s no specific DAC incorporated into the Poco F1, so the sound quality is generally going to rely upon the earphones you have connected to.
Xiaomi has kept the unique mark sensor on the rear of the Poco F1, enabling you to in any case utilize your finger to anchor your telephone. It is situated beneath the camera module, and it’s quite a truly decent spot. This makes it super simple to open your telephone utilizing your finger, as you don’t have to rearrange your grasp of the telephone to utilize the unique mark sensor.
Presently for those that don’t have any desire to utilize the unique finger impression sensor, there is a facial acknowledgement, utilizing the infrared sensor on the front. This influences the face to open super quick. Indeed, it appears as though it has perceived my face before the telephone is even ready to turn on (implying that it’s quicker than the product of the telephone). It’s likewise super exact, even in faintly lit circumstances. It works extremely well, yet the main drawback here is that face open is just accessible in specific locales.
For instance, in the US, confront open isn’t accessible on Xiaomi telephones (this was the situation with the Mi MIX 2S also), yet on the off chance that you change the locale to another (we did Hong Kong on this Poco F1), you can utilize confront open. It’s somewhat peculiar that it’s district particular, however that is the manner by which it works for the time being.
Telephone Calls and Networks
The Poco F1 isn’t going to the US, and Xiaomi did exclude worldwide groups in the telephone. This implies here in the US, it’s essentially a WiFi-just cell phone. That is somewhat awful, as we couldn’t try out the system on this telephone or telephone calls. We put a T-Mobile SIM card inside, yet it didn’t get 2G inclusion. Be that as it may, this should work impeccably fine in Europe and Asia. Xiaomi does likewise have VoLTE accessible here, as it does on a large portion of its cell phones.
With regards to benchmarks, it’s critical to take note of that these ought to be taken with a grain of salt. Producers have been known to “cheat” on benchmarks, by increasing the speed of the processor to show signs of improvement scores. What’s more, benchmarks normally don’t identify with every day utilize, notwithstanding when OEMs are not “deceiving” on them. Be that as it may, regardless we run them to ensure everything is running legitimately, and the Poco F1 appears to have scores like the Snapdragon 845-construct cell phones with respect to the market like the LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S9, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S and others. We ran, AnTuTu, 3D Mark and GeekBench 4 on the Poco F1.
On AnTuTu, it grabbed a score of 263,059. Presently you’ll find in the screen captures beneath, that is very the Poco F1 that is recorded there, this is on account of you won’t get a similar score unfailingly. So nothing to be stressed over. On 3D Mark, it grabbed a score of 3,966 in the Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1 test, and a 2,841 score on the Sling Shot Extreme – Vulkan test. At last, on Geekbench 4, it snatched a solitary centre score of 2,437, and a multi-centre score of 8,947. You can see the full outcomes in the display underneath.
Battery life on the Xiaomi Poco F1 is extraordinary. With a 4000mAh limit battery, that is normal however. Presently there is a proviso here for us, seeing as we were utilizing this in the US, and the Poco F1 does not bolster US bearer systems, we didn’t have a SIM card inside the Poco F1. So battery life is somewhat skewed here. However, you should in any case get entirely great battery life, regardless of whether you are on 4G LTE throughout the day. Amid our testing, we could get to the nine hour stamp, for screen on time. What’s more, that was still with around 20-percent left in the tank. That is entirely mind blowing, and relatively unfathomable for a cell phone. You ought to have the capacity to get around two entire days on an accuse of the Poco F1, regardless of whether you are an overwhelming client. On that cycle where we got nine long stretches of on-screen time, that included a lot of YouTube, and additionally a lot of gaming in Asphalt 9: Legends. So in the event that you are just perusing the web, you likely can extend the battery significantly further.
As specified as of now, the Poco F1 brandishes Quick Charge 3.0 help. Xiaomi educated AndroidHeadlines that it didn’t do Quick Charge 4.0 or 4+ as a result of unavoidable losses. It doesn’t charge everything that substantially quicker, and would make the battery bite the dust quicker. Furthermore, that is the situation for most cell phones in the recent years. Many are selecting the somewhat slower, Quick Charge 3.0, at any rate until USB-C PD charging turns out to be to a greater degree a standard – as it is more secure. Xiaomi likewise did exclude remote charging. Which may be an it of an amazement since this is a plastic telephone (remote charging works best through plastic), and Xiaomi likewise offers its own remote chargers. In any case, no Qi Wireless Charging here, so you’ll need to stay with connecting to your telephone around evening time.
Xiaomi is shipping the Poco F1 with Android 8.1.0 Oreo, and MIUI 126.96.36.199 (OEJMIFD) on-board. That incorporates the June 1, 2018 security fix, which is clearly not the simple most recent security fix, but rather it is to some degree later. Xiaomi does likewise push out updates as often as possible to the Poco F1 (and its different cell phones), we got two updates amid the month or so we were utilizing the Poco F1.
When you first get the Poco F1, you will probably address whether this is really a gadget running on MIUI. This is on the grounds that it doesn’t generally look like MIUI, in the event that you have the Poco topic empowered. Xiaomi chose to subject MIUI a bit on the Poco F1, fundamentally making it all the more speaking to the west. In the east – especially in China – clients like distinctive highlights, as not having an application cabinet, and resembling an iOS clone. Be that as it may, in the west, clients need the application cabinet, they additionally need something closer to stock. While MIUI is still here, Xiaomi decided to include a launcher here. The Poco launcher gives you an application cabinet, which has a few highlights of the Pixel Launcher – like swiping up for the application cabinet. It additionally can sort your applications by their classification. So at the best, you can swipe over to see your diversion applications, or efficiency applications. I can state it’s not something I extremely utilized by any means, but rather it is a pleasant element to have. It’s there, in the event that you need to utilize it or not, and doesn’t generally act as a burden.
The launcher additionally enables you to sort applications by shading, again it’s another element that is there that numerous individuals likely won’t utilize. When chatting with Xiaomi in front of the Poco F1 declaration, we were informed this was one of those “fun” highlights that it included, however doesn’t really figure numerous individuals will utilize it. Presently an element that numerous individuals will in truth utilize, is the capacity to introduce an outsider symbol pack on the launcher, without introducing an outsider launcher like Nova or Action Launcher. Xiaomi did likewise choose to switch up the warning board, this is a piece of the Poco subject and not really the launcher. Be that as it may, the notice shade utilizes Android Pie-motivated fast settings. It looks incredible and all, yet something that I extremely enjoyed about the Xiaomi notice shade, was having the climate in that spot. So you could undoubtedly look at the climate without opening an application or having a gadget on your home screen. It was certainly an extremely pleasant component to have. And keeping in mind that you can get it back by changing to the Xiaomi topic, it is decent to have it in the Poco subject too.
Presently in light of the fact that it doesn’t look like MIUI on the homescreen, doesn’t mean it’s not running MIUI, on the grounds that it is. So those highlights that Xiaomi has buckled down on throughout the years are still here. That incorporates the signal based route that Xiaomi propelled not long ago. you can swipe up to go home, swipe up and hold for one moment to go to recents, or swipe in from the left or right anyplace on the screen to return. These signals are obviously better than what Google has on Android Pie, and that is on account of it doesn’t take up screen land, so you really get more screen for applications and such. Dissimilar to Google who keeps a bar at the base for these motions. There are additionally a couple of new signals coming in MIUI 10 which is accessible in beta for the Poco F1. We chose not to utilize the beta, and stay with a steady form for the audit, on the off chance that there were a huge amount of bugs.
The product here is a decent blend of what Xiaomi has done well, and what clients in the west need. What’s more, since this is Android, you can at present tweak it as much as you can imagine. Which is unquestionably a decent thing here. Presently the main terrible thing about the product here is that there is as yet an issue or two with notices. Some others have said that there were issues getting warnings from certain applications. For myself, the main issue I had was warnings coming in gradually. For instance, the Pixel 2 XL would ring with a Hangouts warning, the Poco F1 wouldn’t ring with that notice for up to 60 minutes. Regardless of whether I’ve just perused and answered to the notice, it would in any case ring. Notices issues are entirely regular on Xiaomi and extremely simply Chinese cell phones, so not a shock, but rather it is gradually showing signs of improvement.
The Poco F1 has a shockingly decent camera at a cell phone at this cost point. Commonly, cell phones in this value point are pretty disappointing, extinguishing the foundations, setting aside its sweet opportunity to center et cetera. In any case, that isn’t an issue with the Poco F1. Xiaomi is utilizing indistinguishable sensor from the Mi MIX 2S here, so you’re getting some great pictures out of this camera. The Poco F1’s camera isn’t immaculate, there are times where it has put out some somewhat sketchy pictures, with a portion of the foundation smothered. Yet, that doesn’t occur frequently by any means. Truth be told, a considerable lot of the pictures that we took with the Poco F1 turned out looking great.
Xiaomi is utilizing the majority of its camera programming on the Poco F1 (on the grounds that why not?). So you are getting the AI highlights included here which will change the settings of the camera when it recognizes a protest. For example, on the off chance that you are taking a photo of mists, it will recognize the mists and change the settings to get an extremely complimenting looking picture. It can distinguish many items, so you likely will never need to bounce to the manual mode – which is still here.
Fortunately, Xiaomi isn’t being as forceful with the Poco F1’s camera, as Huawei or Honor is with their cell phone cameras. So the photos look more life-like. Xiaomi likewise has picture mode here, on both the back and front cameras. The back camera utilizes the auxiliary 5-megapixel sensor for social affair profundity information and works extremely well for pictures or similarly as a full scale mode. Presently the forward looking camera utilizes a touch of man-made reasoning so you get a great looking picture. What’s more, it turns out entirely well. It really gets extremely near the quality that you would get from the Pixel 2 XL, which still has outstanding amongst other forward looking representation modes out there.
Pictures taken with the Poco F1 is really unfathomable, particularly when you factor in the way this is a $300-proportional cell phone. In the event that you are taking pictures in sunshine, at that point you will truly perceive how well this camera functions. However, in low-light, the camera can battle a bit, yet offer conventional pictures. You can see the majority of the pictures we took with this cell phone in the Flickr display beneath.
Value, beginning at around $300 USD for 6GB/64GB model
Battery Life and Quick Charge 3.0 help
Earphone Jack included
Plastic form quality
No Water Resistance
No Wireless Charging
The Poco F1 is a phone that is going to make Xiaomi’s competitors scared. Why? Simply because Xiaomi was able to build a smartphone with flagship specs and features and offer it for less than a third of the price of the Galaxy Note 9 and Apple iPhone X. That has really caught a lot of people’s attention, as it should. And the good thing here is, that it’s not too good to be true.
Should I Buy the Xiaomi Poco F1?
If you live in a market where Xiaomi sells smartphones, then definitely. The Poco F1 doesn’t have global bands, so importing it into the US won’t work out too well. But for $300, you really can’t go wrong with the Poco F1, and you are going to be hard-pressed to find another smartphone that is able to compete with the Poco F1 at this price point. You definitely won’t find another $300 smartphone that has the Snapdragon 845 chipset inside.