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Review Xiaomi Poco F1 (8GB/256GB)

Review Xiaomi Poco F1 (8GB/256GB)

Xiaomi has been one of the fastest growing smartphone manufacturers, becoming the biggest smartphone brand in the process. It managed to capture a large chunk of the market with its Redmi series by offering powerful hardware at affordable prices. While the lower end of the market welcomed Xiaomi smartphones, the higher end still preferred established brands such as Samsung and OnePlus. Xiaomi says that the new Poco sub-brand lets it start with a clean slate, without being burdened by the expectations that people have based on its other products.

With Asus and OnePlus making waves in the sub market, Xiaomi doesn’t want to be left far behind. The F1 is the first product from Poco, and sports powerful specifications including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor along with a big 4000mAh battery. But the most interesting bit about the Poco F1 is the pricing. With quite affordable prices or we can say cheap one, the F1 is by far the most affordable smartphone running the flagship Qualcomm processor. Has Xiaomi cut corners to meet the price? Let's find out.


Top-end performance, backed by the scorching Snapdragon 845, the speed here is right up there with the likes of the OnePlus 6, and other flagships, it delivers blistering performance day in, day out coupled with a well optimized MIUI, you are going to get butter smooth performance all through. To further differentiate the F1, POCO has incorporating liquid cooling in the device, which is designed to boost sustained peak performance times - there's a vapor chamber next to the chipset that siphons heat and dissipates it over a wider area, preventing the phone from overheating during prolonged gaming sessions, what that means is you could play graphics heavy games for hours on end, and the phone doesn't warm up in any significant amount.

Review Xiaomi Poco F1 (8GB/256GB)


Good dual rear camera setup, with plenty of AI chops - photos taken in daylight come out with plenty of detail and high dynamic range - bokeh shots come out well too - and low-light shots are decent too - overall the camera is pretty close to that on the OnePlus 6 in overall quality (and the OnePlus 6 costs much more!). Good front camera too delivers some great vanity shots, and is surprisingly good in portrait mode, getting most of the edges right, and blurring out background beautifully.Video recording quality is pretty good too, with quality 4K and 1080p shots. But, it has low light performance is one area where it's not quite as good as the OnePlus 6 camera, since it lacks OIS.


Very good 6.18-inch FHD+ 19:9 display. Excellent brightness levels ensure that there are zero issues with reading the contents on the screen under harsh sunlight as well, but honestly the display has fairly significant bezels around it, compared to the tall displays on other flagship phones.


Rugged design, with top notch fit and finish, one of the most solidly built phones in recent times, comes with a polycarbonate chassis instead of a glass finish more commonly seen in this price bracket these days. What that means is that it looks less premium, but at the same time will be much more durable over the long term. It has excellent IR based facial recognition which works in the dark too (like the iPhone X), the unlock time is just 0.1ms. In fact it works so well, that you will likely end up not using the fingerprint sensor at all (which itself, works very well too, in case you do want to use it), but the polycarbonate design means that it definitely doesn't look quite as premium as the OnePlus 6, or the Zenfone 5Z (although what it lacks in looks it makes up for in durability, so it depends on what you value).

Review Xiaomi Poco F1 (8GB/256GB)


MIUI has always been one of the most refined Android UIs out there, and continues to get even better, it offers a good combination of aesthetics, useful added functionality, lots of customizability, and optimization, and now it also has an app drawer like stock Android (there are some preinstalled apps like UC Browser, Amazon, and Facebook, to Microsoft apps like Word and Excel, but all of these apps can be uninstalled if you don't need them). And as is the case with all phones running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, the POCO F1 offers Treble, and POCO says it will honor the warranty for those users that tinker with custom ROMs, in fact POCO is actively encouraging the modding community to make custom ROMs for the phone, which means that (unofficial) Android updates will continue to be available for the phone for a long, long time to come.


The F1 supports Quick Charge 3.0, and Poco is bundling an 18W charger in the box, it takes just under two hours to charge the device fully, and you'll be able to go from flat to a 50% charge in just under 30 minutes. Combine the excellent battery life + the excellent fast charging, there isn't a single flagship that comes close to the F1 in terms of battery life.


Good call quality and dual VoLTE support and the speaker is one of the best you'll find at this price point, and the F1 gets loud playing games and watching videos is a delight on this phone. A major reason for that has to do with the fact that the phone has Dirac HD Sound, a mainstay on Xiaomi phones in the past - the earpiece also doubles up as a secondary speaker.


The F1 is in a class of its own when it comes to battery life, outclassing even the battery powerhouse Redmi Note 5, thanks to the combination of the 10nm Snapdragon 845, the 4000mah battery, and well optimized MIUI, you'll easily get two days' worth of use out of the F1. On the whole, the Poco F1 gives incredible performance at an unbeatable price. Nothing comes close, and some great devices like ASUS' ZenFone 5Z, and the OnePlus 6 start to look expensive in comparison (which is saying something) :D. The F1 is a durable all-rounder flagship that will serve you well in all areas and it comes right now with an incredible value for money proposition. Well, like other recent Xiaomi phones, the Poco F1 does not support HD streaming from Netflix and Amazon Prime (the content is streamed at max 540p), due to a certification issue, so you might want to keep that in mind if you plan to use these services on your phone.

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