Xiaomi is top smartphone brand of India in 2018. Xiaomi is launching smartphones with maximum features at minimum prices. Recently, Mi launched It’s Mi A2 and Mi A2 lite which is one of the android one smartphones in the market and it was also the successor of the Mi’s A1 which was launched last year but with great improvements like front camera is now 20 MP and rear camera is also of 20 MP and main feature is the display, Xiaomi followed the trend of market with notches on the screen. Mi A2 lite has the notch but Mi A2 is bezel-less without the notch. Xiaomi also launched Mi band 3 with a lot of improvements as compared to the Mi band 2, Mi band 3 has touch screen with curved OLED screen which makes is look and feel much better.
After Mi Note 5 Pro Xiaomi launched its another MIUI based smartphone in market with a twist and this phone is able to compete with the OnePlus device because of its processor. This phone is named POCOFONE F1. POCOPHONE F1 is Mi’s new technology and AI based smartphone with the Snapdragon 845 processor, including this processor increases the price of the smartphones but somehow Mi managed to provide it under the range and POCOPHONE is launched with the starting price of Rs. 21,000.
POCOPHONE comes with 18.7:9 screen to body ratio which can be said that it comes with a notch. This device is of 6.18 inches full glass at front and plastic body. Resolution of POCOPHONE is 1080 x 2246 pixels. The POCOPHONE comes with the Android 8.1 Oreo in box and MIUI 9 skin on top of it. The POCOPHONE is also available in 3 different variants: 6 GB RAM with 64 GB/128 GB internal storage, 8 GB RAM with 256 GB internal Storage. Camera is also good at this price range; the front camera comes with 20 MP and back camera is dual camera with 12 MP PDAF and 5 MP depth camera. The camera comes with the support of 4K video recording but it gives Electronic Stabilization at 1080p and slow-motion video can also be taken only on 1080p with 240fps. These were the specifications of the phone, now let’s come to review part.
Design or look of any phone is the first thing that anyone notice, POCO is able to stand at that point the full screen tom body ratio looks very beautiful and with textured back it looks amazing, we got our hands-on Graphite Black edition and it’s just awesome. The POCO is embraided on the lower back portion with a dot (that’s really interesting).
Android Skin also plays an important role in the looks of any smartphone. Thanks to MIUI (one of the beautiful and customizable Android interface of Xiaomi) the whole functionality and look of phone is up to the mark.
Xiaomi also introduced it’s new POCO launcher which is able to sort Applications by their color and most important thing is that it supports app hiding and Icon packs. Xiaomi made its launcher public on playstore for anyone to download and install on their device.
As mentioned above the Rear camera is of 12 MP and 5MP and the front camera is of 20 MP.
FRONT CAMERA: Front camera of the device is AI based which means it will automatically adjust the filters according to the environment to take best Selfie possible. The camera comes with Selfie portrait mode which means you can get the best selfie.
The con of the front camera is that you can’t turn of the AI mode which means you will always have to deal with filtered image.
BACK CAMERA: Back camera is having depth sensing which means taking portrait from the back will generate best bokeh effect, back camera supports Dual-LED flash which means low great photos at low light it can take HDR images also.
The back camera is also able to take 4K videos but a bit shaky because of lack of Optimization but of you want to use EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) you need to shoot videos at 1080p. Slow motion is also supported POCO takes slow motion videos at 240fps with 1080p. Xiaomi also introduces 1.4um pixel optimization (which means combining blocks of pixel to make a clear pixel) which helps the camera to take images with less noise in it.
Overall impression of the camera is best at this price range.
Talking about the performance, the POCO is beast at it’s price range. 6GB of RAM with Snapdragon 845 makes it as the weapon for the end users. User’s always been complaining Xiaomi about the heat issues in their device in return Xiaomi used Liquid Cool Technology in POCO that will control the system to go overheat and maximizing the performance.
POCO is equipped with 4000mAh battery and it last almost a day on single charge and more important thing is that is also support fast charging.
POCO F1 comes with both Fingerprint as well as IR based Face unlock system which is capable of unlocking your device in complete darkness by projecting IR on your face and it takes less than a second.
- 6 GB with 64 GB : Rs 20,999
- 6 GB with 128 GB: Rs 23,999
- 8 GB with 256 GB: Rs 28,999
POCO F1 is the new Mid-range smartphone in the market but it comes with high specs and guaranteed Android Pie update this year. Mi promised to supply Android Security Patches every month tom makes sure the device is completely secured. Mi launched MIUI 10 but this device is running MIUI 9 which is disappointment but hope Mi will provide the update soon.
The POCOPHONE comes in 4 different colors: Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red, Armored Edition with Kevlar.
POCOPHONE is lacking the support of HD stream from NETFLIX and Amazon Prime because it doesn’t support to Widevine L1.