Xiaomi Pocophone F1 review
Master of Speed
Our Xiaomi Pocophone F1 review finds a phone full of flagship-grade hardware such as an AI dual camera and Qualcomm processor. Available in the UK from £22 per month (on a 24-month contract), this mobile phone is one for real bargain hunters who love a great deal regardless of the brand stamped on the back.
A display for night or day
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has an edge-to-edge 6.18”screen with FHD+ resolution (2246×1080 pixels). This resolution is very detailed, but it is the viewing modes that make it great to enjoy. These include:
- Sunlight Display – Up to 500nits brightness equivalent to the light emitted from 500 candles
- Night Display
- Reading Mode
The display has nicely rounded corners and a notch at the top for the camera placement. The front glass is Corning Gorilla Glass, giving you the durability and toughness that you need.
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The Pocophone F1 weighs in at 182g, which is entirely in line with other smartphones. However, at 8.8mm thick it is probably 1mm thicker than most premium phones. The body is polycarbonate, and you can choose between Steel Blue and Graphite Black.
Processor with LiquidCool Technology
This Xiaomi smartphone has a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core processor with up to 6GB RAM. This is the same processor you will find in much more expensive phones. The highlights of its performance include:
- 300% increase in performance
- 30% improved graphics performance
- LiquidCool Technology – This ensures thermal performance, letting you say goodbye to frozen screens and a hot phone
Phone Set Up
IR Face Unlock
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 employs infrared camera technology to give face recognition that is consistent, even in darkness. On the back of the phone there is a fingerprint sensor and for extra security, you can set up a Secure Space and place private or works apps in the App Vault.
There is plenty of space for your content with a 64GB internal memory. If you need more memory in the future, there is an up to 256GB microSD card slot.
Android paired with MIUI
Google’s Android 8.1 Oreo operating system gets paired up with Xiaomi’s MIUI user interface. This gives you a fast, light and smooth experience with increased swipe sensitivity, accelerated app opening, and a customisable App Draw.
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You will receive regular updates and security patches from Google, along with dual app support, which is useful if you have two Facebook or WhatsApp accounts. Connectivity is made simple with both a USB Type-C charging port and a 3.5mm audio port.
Camera & Video
AI Dual Camera
AI (artificial intelligence) technologies work hard here to ensure you capture great photos without the knowledge of a professional photographer. The camera has dual-pixel autofocus, and this gives near-instant focus, even in dimly lit environments or when the phone is in motion.
The 12MP lens and 5MP lens work with AI Scene Detection of 206 familiar scenes. This lets the camera automatically optimise the exposure and colour saturation for you. The camera highlights include:
- Portrait Mode with background blurring
- Panorama Mode
- Face Recognition
- AI Dirt Detection
- Burst Mode
- Real-time Filters
- Multi-frame noise reduction
- Electronic Image Stabilisation for video
- 4K and Slow Motion video recording
20MP Super Pixel selfie camera
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 uses Super Pixel technology to capture brighter and clearer selfies. Once again AI plays a necessary part with the following features:
- AI Beautify 4.0 - For bokeh effect (for software-driven blurred backgrounds)
- AI Portrait Mode
- AI Detection (10 different scenes)
- Selfie Timer
- Face Recognition
Quick Charge 3.0
There is great news in the power department as we find a huge 4,000mAh of battery capacity that will easily give a full day of mixed use. You should be able to enjoy up to 146 hours of audio playback or up to 30 hours of calling.
When charging time comes around, Quick Charge 3.0 lets you get to 25% charge in only 15 minutes.
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Written by: Michael Brown