It’s been days since the Pocophone F1 also known as the Poco F1 has been out and made rounds around the internet and turned many heads. No one expected this phone and being the first from it’s line, it came as a surprise learning about what it packs in relation to the price it was being offered at. Poco is a sub brand of the Chinese maker Xiaomi. Xiaomi has from the past been known to offer their phones for far less and in so doing they’ve made large sells and also achieved a few records in selling the most units within less time.
First off, the Pocophone F1 starts at $290. It is powered by the latest powerful Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor available the majority of the current most powerful phones available for example the Galaxy S9, Note 9, LG G7 ThinQ, HTC U12+ and more. In comparison with these other high-end phones that typically cost above $800, it is unthinkable to have a device that boosts the same power but costs less than half their price. It should be able to handle anything thrown at it quite well.
There are some trade-off however that Xiaomi made to have this phone have a lot of power for a very low cost. For example the material in which this phone is housed. The casing is a plastic and kevlar construction. Basically, you won’t have the premium metallic or glass housing that other major manufacturers provide on this phone. This obviously greatly cuts down the production costs. At least the case won’t be a fingerprint magnet.
The Poco F1 has a 6.18 inch 1080 by 2246 IPS LCD display with 403 pixels per inch with a notch. Xiaomi’s option to use LCD over Amoled display in this phone further shows us why this is a budget phone.
On the front it has a 20 mega-pixel camera with f/2.0 aperture capable of taking rich detailed selfies with depth of field and good dynamic range. It has a dual-camera set-up at the back one a 5 mega-pixel sensor with f/2.0 and another a 12 mega-pixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture. Aided by AI software the camera adds more features to the camera like portrait mode.
The phone has a front facing infra-red sensor for unlocking the phone using the face which quite fast and works even in the dark. A user can opt to use the fingerprint sensor at the back as an optional security measure.
The Poco F1 runs on Android 8.1 underneath a MIUI-like colorful skin that resembles stock Android in a lot of aspects.
The phone has a 64/128GB storage model with 6GB or RAM and a 256GB storage version with 8GB or RAM. And on top of it all, it carries a huge 4000mAh battery that lasts over a day on normal usage.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is definitely something new that delivers more value than it’s worth even better than OnePlus phones that were known to carry this legacy of providing more for less. At $300, with the Poco F1, you can have high-end flagship performance for less than half the price of major flagship phones that provide similar performance.