Pocophone F1 Review - Affordable 845
|Pocophone F1 Official Shot|
The Pocophone, without a doubt, is the most intriguing device of 2018. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of unique devices throughout 2018, such as the Vivo NEX, Oppo Find X, etc. However, The Pocophone F1, in my opinion, is the one which turned the most heads. It may not bring the most innovative design, but it brings the most interesting pricing.
Luckily, I had the chance to try it out for about a month. My initial impression was that this phone could be the game changer in the ever-more-expensive smartphone market. Was it justified? Keep scrolling to find out!
Design and Packaging
|Nice black and yellow box|
|What you are getting for your money|
- The phone itself
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- QuickCharge 3.0-capable power adapter
- Transparent soft case
- SIM ejector
- Warranty card and quick start guide
|What's inside the box|
The phone adopts a full-screen design (I refuse to call them bezel-less) with a notch and a chin. It's not the most beautiful design, sure, but it works. The notch houses an IR camera, selfie camera, earpiece/second speaker, ambient light and proximity sensors. There's a small LED notification light below the display.
|Notched, full-screen display|
|The notification LED light|
Anyway, enough materials. The back houses the dual camera setup accompanied with the dual-tone LED flash, as well as the circular fingerprint sensor.
|The back side|
|Speaker, microphone, and USB-C port|
|Headphone jack is still there|
|All the buttons are placed on the right side|
|Nothing but the SIM tray on the left side|
|The hybrid SIM card tray|
DisplayLet's start with the first and foremost aspect: display. The Pocophone is equipped with bright FHD+ (2246x1080), 6.18" IPS LCD display.
Having a notch means you'll have limited notification areas. As far as I know, there's no way to hide the notch, for now. There's something that bothers me, though: The top left and right radius don't seem equal. I don't know, here's the picture of it below. I know this seems small, but I just can't unsee it.
|Am I the only one that sees this?|
PerformanceThe Pocophone is equipped with Snapdragon 845. Yes, Folks, the same chipset among flagships such as Google Pixel 3 (XL), LG G7, Galaxy S9(+), Galaxy Note 9, OnePlus 6T, etc. So, the performance here is going to be amazing.
|The specs of my review unit, before Pie update came|
|Sensors in the Pocophone|
|Stock results out of the box|
|Results after the first update|
|Results after the Pie update|
CPU aside, my review unit is the 6/128 variant, meaning it has 6GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS2.1 storage, meaning that file transfers and storage performance should be fast.
Factory resetting after the Pie update reveals that Pocophone, on idle, consumes ~1.7GB of RAM and ~10.69GB of storage. That leaves you with ample space to load apps and multitasks.
|Storage usage after factory reset after Pie update|
Additionally, the Pocophone F1 has a stereo speaker. One speaker is in the earpiece, and the other is on the bottom of the phone. Though stereo, the volume on each speaker is not equal, even though the separation is clearly present.
BatteryAnd here's another strong point for this affordable phone: battery. The phone's massive 4,000mAh battery is enough to get me through the day. Even if it's not enough, the included adapter is QuickCharge 3.0-capable and so does the phone. Much better than the other brand which leaves you to buy your own quick charger.
|Using the included power adapter|
CameraThe Pocophone F1 is fitted with dual cameras on the back: 12MP f/1.9 Dual Pixel with 5MP f/2.0. The secondary sensor isn't telephoto, and only serves as the depth sensor for those blur portrait-mode effects. For the uninitiated, Dual Pixel autofocus enables fast and accurate focusing on moving objects, much faster than Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF). None of the sensors has OIS.
I'll let you judge the camera quality yourself. Here are some image samples taken with Pocophone F1's rear camera:
|Pocophone offers one heck of a performance for the price|
So yeah, if you're in the market for a high-performance phone but don't want to pay too much for it, this phone is for you. Just expect that there would be sacrifices in some areas.
- Affordable with flagship specs
- USB-C with QuickCharge 3.0
- Excellent Cooling
- Unbalanced stereo speakers