Pocophone F1 — master speed from Xiaomi

Xiaomi is not enough of the results achieved, the company is seeking to squeeze out competitors from the market. That is why the light appeared a new sub-brand — Poco or Pocophone. It is positioning itself as a competitor to OnePlus and the first device is swung at a speed of 6 OnePlus.

The slogan of the flagship OnePlus — «Speed you need». Have Pocophone F1 is the «Master of speed». Is it really so?

Specifications Pocophone F1:

  • Dimensions: 155,5×75,2×8.8 mm, 182 g
  • Display: 6,18″, 2246×1080 (404 ppi), 18,7:9, IPS LCD
  • CPU: 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630
  • Camera: 12+5 MP, aperture f/1,9+f/2.0 (main double), 20 MP, aperture f/2.0 (front)
  • Memory: 6/8 GB of RAM (LPDDR4X), 64/128 GB ROM (UFS 2.1)
  • Battery: 4000 mAh (Quick Charge 3.0)
  • OS: Android 8.1 (MIUI 9.6+Poco Launcher)
  • Connection: Type-C, Wi-Fi (2,5/5 GHz), mini-jack, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, OTG

Plastic, Type-C and mini-jack

Externally to compare devices are stupid. Body made of plastic, in three colors: black, blue and red. There’s a special Kevlar version.

Front display with large cutout, where, in addition to the front camera, speaker and proximity sensor is an infrared sensor, which allows you to identify the owner even in the absence of illumination at a speed of 0.4 seconds. In our test there were two versions — one it didn’t work, the second was all OK.

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While not working face unlock, you can use the fingerprint scanner. Located at the back under a double camera, which is constantly hitting the camera lens. The scanner works much worse than in Mi 8 or Mi 2s MIX. At the bottom is a brilliant company logo.

Left hybrid tray, claimed to support 13 LTE bands, on the right the power button and a volume rocker divided into two separate keys. Upstairs microphone and 3.5 mm Jack. Bottom Type-C, speaker and microphone styled speaker.

Included: charger, manual and a cheap silicone case.

Bright IPS

OnePlus have 6 installed opticAMOLED, it uses IPS with a brightness up to 500 nits. The display size is 6.18 inches, and resolution 2248×1080 pixels, 403 dpi. The aspect ratio of 18.7:9. There is a reading mode and the ability to fine tune color and contrast.

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Overall, a great display, no worse than that in MIX Mi 2s. The only thing that annoying is a huge cut. But here on the fan.

Snapdragon 845 and MIUI

The most important thing in F1 Pocophone — iron. For $ 300 smartphone offers flagship 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 845. RAM two options — either 6 or 8 GB standard LPDDR4X. Internal memory is 64, 128 or 256 GB standard UFS 2.1, is expandable with microSD cards up to 256 GB.

In AnTuTu maximum grade scored 291 thousand points against 287 thousand from OnePlus 6. The difference is not great but the advantage is clear. GeekBench performance is as following: 2433 and 8937 in single-core and multi-core test.

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Another feature available is «leader» was liquid cooled. What it does not clear the heat is still there, especially under the camera, but only slightly. In games everything is fine, but soft — a very different conversation.

The operating system uses Android 8.1 with a potential update to Android Pie by the end of the year. Shell MIUI 9.6 with upgraded launcher to install which can be anyone from August 29.

Installing MIUI is not limited. Worked on the launch application and scanning speed of touches. Innovations enough, but in practice hardly noticeable.

During the tests, the smartphone is not just hangs, app crashes, especially the trouble happened with the camera, the closing of which would be possible only after a reboot. Again, this is one of the first samples, and the software can be finished. Wait.

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Do not regret the battery, here is 4000 mAh, fast charging 3.0 Quick Charge from 0 to 100 percent for one and a half hours. With full-time Internet enough for one day.

The AI for the camera

The presentation is not talked about the fact that the camera is superior to the competitor in the face of OnePlus, but have focused on the regime of artificial intelligence, which can recognize up to 25 categories of objects and to 206 different types of scenes. With it pictures get brighter and more contrast. Sample images and comparison with OnePlus 6 we previously published.

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At F1 dual camera module, the first with a resolution of 12 megapixels with pixel size of 1.4 µm, an aperture of f/1.9 and Sony sensor IMX363. The second lens used for portraits, received a 5-megapixel sensor Samsung S5K5E8 aperture of f/2.0 and pixel size of 1.12 µm.

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Slow motion video writes with a frequency of 240 frames per second in FullHD. Regular 4K writes in a maximum of 30 frames per second, 1080p 30 fps. The optical stabilization no. Two compression standard — H. 264 or H. 265.

Sound

Forgot about the sound, there are stereo speakers, but many owners do not know about. The reason is conversational dynamics — it’s very quiet and the stereo sound is not up to the iPhone 8 or the Meizu 15.

You can listen to music not just through wires but also through Bluetooth, it’s here the fifth version with Protocol support aptX/aptX-HD.

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Cost and conclusions

At the start of sales in Russia the novelty was estimated at 20 900 rubles — version with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. Version with 128 GB will cost 22 990 rubles, according to official store mi.com. Now these amounts are increased to 24 and 26 thousand, respectively.

Pocophone F1 is indeed a serious competitor for devices from Meizu, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi even, but not for the OnePlus 6. Here again, no NFC, average camera, very rudimentary soft and familiar design. Next time I want to really see bomb which will surprise not only by the price and power, but everyone else.

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