XIAOMI POCOPHONE F1: BEFORE YOU BUY

Pocophone F1

Unless you have been living under a rock, you might have already heard about the Xiaomi’s new Pocophone F1. With their new Pocophone lineup, Xiaomi is planning to take over the flagship phones market.




Every technology journalist and tech YouTube channel is talking about it, with some even calling it a “One Plus Killer”. Where One Plus 6 at $500 provides you the top of the line specs for almost half of the other flasghip smartphones, Xiaomi’s new Pocophone F1 goes even further and gets you all those industry leading components for just under $300. 

The phone is currently available only in India but before you decide to spend your hard earned money on this new phone, here are few things you should keep account of.

Specifications: (INDIA)

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes

LAUNCH Announced 2018, August
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2018, August 29th

BODY Dimensions 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm (6.12 x 2.96 x 0.35 in)
Weight 180 g (6.35 oz)
Build Front glass, plastic body
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.18 inches, 96.2 cm2 (~82.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2246 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
– MIUI 9.6 (POCO customization)

PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
CPU Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
GPU Adreno 630

MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM

MAIN CAMERA Dual 12 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
5 MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm, depth sensor
Features Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@240fps

SELFIE CAMERA Single 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Features HDR
Video 1080p@30fps

SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio FM radio, recording
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

FEATURES Sensors Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
– Fast battery charging 9V/2A (Quick Charge 3.0)
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

MISC Colors Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red, Armored Edition with Kevlar
Price About 21000 INR

Source: gsmarena

Design:

Even though the Pocophone F1 goes head to head with the current flagship phones in the specification department, it is no where closer to their built quality. The device does feel solid in hand but it is entirely made up of plastic. This is where Xiaomi decided to apply their cost-cutting. 

The display produces decent colors and also feature a notch, which apparently each flagship phone must have these days. The front is made up of dated Gorilla glass 3 and the back is protected by a special Kevlar plastic material. In short, the overall built quality will give you the budget phone vibes. 

Should you buy it?

The answer depends on your requirement. If you are an Indian citizen looking for a bang for a buck smartphone under $300 and don’t care about the build quality then look no further this is the phone you should get. 

If you are confused about getting this or the One Plus 6 then I think you should wait a little bit. One Plus 6 is a full-on flagship killer, where the Pocophone F1 feels like a great bang for a buck budget phone. Same like the huge megapixel count doesn’t make a camera better, top of the line specifications doesn’t make a phone better. 

One Plus 6 has been proved to be a great smartphone, they have nailed the hardware and software integration. It will provide you overall better build quality, better display, better camera and also a better comunity. We can’t say these things about the new Pocophone F1 yet. Wait for the user feedbacks, wait for more reviews to drop in. Don’t be a victim of impulse buying!

One Plus 6 now has a pretty serious much aggresively priced competitor. Which means there are chances One Plus will drop the prices to regain the public attention.  

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 will be a Flipkart exclusive in India, the sale starts on 29th August at 12 pm. You can buy it here: Pocophone F1

Stay tuned for the updates. 

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