Praised for its amazing battery capacity, Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has been at the lips of many people ever since its release. Many people prefer smartphones that can take them throughout the day but it is no secret that getting such a device these days is a far-fetched idea. That’s partly because we tend to be heavy phone users – from playing games to watching countless YouTube videos – and also the fact that most smartphones tend to have a battery capacity of less than 3000 mAh. But Xiaomi Pocophone F1 somehow manages to overcome this limitation, giving it a position at the higher table. But does its 4000 mAh battery match its performance? Read on to find out.
Design and display
We all want to own a device that we can be proud to show off to our friends. You want the kind of smartphone which when taken out, you leave your friends with the wow feeling. You want it to look expensive. There is no escaping it, Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is a low-end market phone but that does not give it the right to look cheap. And true to this statement, the device has an A+ design.
It features a 6.18-inch HD display in addition to an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The 2.5 Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection is also a good catch. There is also a notch at the top of its display, although this one is a bit bigger compared to that of its peers – the OnePlus 6 and LG G7+ ThinkQ. This may be as a result of the 20 MP selfie-camera, infrared emitter, infrared camera and earpiece. Similarly, the display borders are thicker than those of the mentioned phones. This is not a feature that may Xiaomi Pocophone F1 would be happy with.
The phone’s back is composed of polycarbonate, a regular feature in variant phones. According to the firm, they used real Kevlar. As you run your fingers through this back, you are able to feel the weave.
As Apple makes efforts to remove 3.5mm headphone jack from its iPhone series, Xiaomi seems to have a liking for it since it’s retained in this smartphone. The headphone jack is located at the top closer to the secondary microphone. The bottom of the phone carries the USB Type-C port.
You would not expect the decision to build such a bigger phone to favor its weight. In particular, the 4000 mAh battery might be the reason why the phone is liked by most but it’s also the reason why it weights as much as 182g, forcing you feel it while in the pocket.
With regards to the design and display, Xiaomi Pocophone F1 may have done some good work. However, the smartphone failed when it comes it minimizing the size. In general, if the designers could find a way to give you a broader screen from your videos but at the same time keep the weight down it would have been a great move.
Software and specification
The software that your phone uses and its specification is key in determining its performance. Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with a speed of 2.85GHz, rivaling most desktop PCs. In order to avoid overheating, the smartphone comes with a cooling system referred to as LiquidCool. That way, you are assured that the smartphone will not heat up stupidly like most do these days. That’s not to say that this device wouldn’t overheat with continued use.
Furthermore, you are given gigantic storage space options – 6GB and 8GB. Whereas the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage works seamlessly, you are less likely to have issues with the 6GB variant. When compared to the OnePlus 6, performance of the two devices tend to be almost equal. However, the OnePlus 6 would strike you as being a thicker phone to navigate through, largely due to the fact that the OxygenOS is impressively designed and optimized.
Do not be deceived into thinking that this makes the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 less of an effective phone. The primary thermal cooling mechanism still makes it stand out from competition.
Poco F1 features a 12MP Primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. It also has the dual-pixel autofocus technology which was first launched in the Samsung Galaxy S7 to ensure increased speed and accuracy.
There is also a 20MP sensor which features Super Pixel technology combining information generated by four pixels into one large 1.8-micron pixel for enhanced clarity in your images.
Both cameras are also empowered by AI for photos. According to Xiaomi, the AI is able to identify images and optimize them in real-time by making judgment of the scene.
Photos taken in daylight are quite impressive. They are captured faster encompassing great details. However, there are some situations when the greens are oversaturated.
In general, Xiaomi has done quite some impressive work with the Xiaomi Pocophone F1. As future models of the same are released, you’d only expect things to improve further.