2018 was a great year for smart phone enthusiasts, and one of the most celebrated and successful releases was Pokophone F1. It was the first device of a fresh new brand, a subsidiary of Xiaomi. The budget animal became worldwide in August 2018 and became popular even with some of Xiaomi's major expenses, for one simple reason: the price-to-ratio ratio.
Like rumors of the Pokophone F2 start superficially, we look back at the Pocophone F1. How good is it in 2019? Well, my job was to find out, and for the past two weeks I've been looking for the answer.
It goes without saying that the Snapdragon 845 SoC with 6-8GB of RAM and 64-256GB of storage are all highly respected in 2019. The Pocophone F1 has no trouble with anyone except the best smart phone in 2019, and it's not just on paper that excels this thing. In everyday tasks, such as viewing social media, editing documents, watching video and light games, the Pocophone F1 gets the job done. I had very few hands and crashes during my time with the device; It feels very fast, even nine months after the initial release.
The Pocophone F1 has no problems in 2019.
The F1's strong 3D gaming performance was one of its many selling points, and to this day we still have exceptional capabilities in this area. I tested some demanding titles, including Real Racing 3, Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, and TouchGrind, and the result? Not a single gate to have. The gentle underdog still sits with the big boys in 3D gaming performance and I was very impressed with the prize.
The battery life was also very good. The standard size for a battery in 2019 is about 4000mah, and the F1 meets that standard. We have the Android 9.0 Pie-based MIUI 10 to thank it. It's well maintained by Xiaomi, and that's one of the reasons consumers are streaming into the Chinese manufacturer's devices. General software updates are received approximately every two weeks, and Jai Mani (Pocophone's product head) mentioned in October 2018 will at least get the F1 Android Q.
We will do at least P and Q
– Jai Mani (@jaimani) October 28, 2018
If Xiaomi's record is something to pass, we can expect Android Q in Q4 of 2019, and possibly another important update next year. Often, the problem with more affordable devices is the software support, and the Pocophone F1 goes against the grain. This is refreshing.
With devices as low as $ 300 being manufactured today, the F1 plastic chassis is one of the biggest drawbacks. The use of plastic causes the device to be cheaper, cheaper than even some entry-level models. I believe Xiaomi would not be able to hit the F1's pricing point with a more luxurious build. As such, the cheap build is one of the two great prizes you pay for and doesn't pay as much for a device so packaged!
Since the Pocophone F1 is the same IMX363 camera sensor as the Pixel 3, software updates can get it closer to the camera king, at least in theory. Sure, it's not as close to Google's legendary smartphone camera, but the images captured by the F1 are now much better than they were when the device came out for the first time. Dynamic size and color accuracy have improved considerably in the meantime. Dynamic range in particular was an error of the original sample images we saw from the device.
960fps long-motion video recording is included in a recent software update, which provided the pokemon's camera feature with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9. UHD4K 60fps video recording is included in a Beta version of MiUI, with users hoping it will come in a future official MIUI update. Portrait off is not much improved, and it's something of Google's budget Pixel 3a Do much better for about the same price.
Some of the best features of the Pokophone F1 are the most common: a headphone port, microSD extension, ultra-fast capacitive fingerprint scanner and fast face lock. Many of today's phones lose some of these features, and for a large group of consumers it is essential. I personally found that the fingerprint scanner is an order of magnitude that is faster than the optical in-display device in the OnePlus 6T and even some conventional scanners on the likes of Galaxy Note 8 and OnePlus 6.
If I had to mention a particular aspect of the F1 as its Achilles heel, it should be the show. At FHD + it definitely depends on its competition in terms of the decision, but the IPS panel is poor to say the least. IPS is an LCD-based technology, and therefore cheaper to produce than OLED. This particular IPS panel has some issues, especially the brightness issues. The Pocophone F1 has a significant and rather horrible glow around the perimeter of the display when viewing dark content, and a shadow effect when viewing light content.
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The Pocophone F1 has a reasonable price of 275 pounds, 350 euros, or $ 350. These price tags bring great value to money for consumers, and a hard time for other phones in its price range to compete with. On eBay and Gumtree, the used model model F1 can be found for about $ 50- $ 75 less than the price for a new phone. I really believe the phone is unmatched at this price. Options worth your time include the recently released Pixel 3a with its truly top-of-the-line camera. A used OnePlus 6 is also a good option for those looking for a better screen, finer build, and probably cleaner software. However, both alternatives will reset you a few pennies.
My answer to the question "Is the Pocophone F1 still worth it in 2019?" Is yes. You still get quite a few phones for your money, probably more than ever. Competitive specifications, a much improved camera, an impressive battery life and everything in device for less than $ 350. I'm very excited to see what Xiaomi and the Pocophone brand are doing this year, and I hope it's just as successful as its predecessor.
What do you think of the Pocophone F1? And what do you expect / hope to see in the F2? Let us know in the comments!