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Gabe C

Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 is my current Daily Driver, the device I use in everyday life – I keep trying out Chinese smartphones in different price segments. But what Xiaomi has achieved with the Pocophone is simply phenomenal. For sometimes less than 300 euros, you can get flagship performance here. Of course, you have to cut back on the price in certain areas, which sometimes carry more, sometimes less weight. But basically there is, Spoiler Alert, a clear purchase recommendation from me.

Scope of delivery:

The Pocophone F1 comes in a stable cardboard box. Beside the usual leaflets and manuals, there is the obligatory Sim card needle, an EU power supply with USB type C connector (I was also supplied with a UK adapter), AND a matching silicone case, which I consider visually discreet enough to use in everyday life. But headphones or similar are not included. Tempered Glass is attached to the display by the factory.

Processing:

The Pocophone F1 is not necessarily a lightweight, but fits well in the hand. I find it optically quite noble, but it is not an eyecatcher like the flagship competition. The back is completely made of plastic or polycarbonate. It can be easily exchanged, for example to change the battery. However, it is not waterproof. But apart from that it is very solid in my opinion. Everything fits, nothing feels too cheap. The Notch is comparable in size to the Iphone XS. The fingerprint sensor on the back is attached in a forefinger-friendly way and reacts lightning fast, much faster than on the last tested Cubot P20. Otherwise, an audio jack 3.5 connection for classic headphone cables is also on board, which is also very praiseworthy. USB type C is used as the primary interface, which is also suitable for fast-charging features.

The device:

The central selling point is probably its performance. What Xiaomi gets out of a mid-range device is simply breathtaking. It has a fast Snapdragon 845 processor, which works with eight cryo cores, four of which work with a clock frequency of 2.8 Ghz, and two with a clock frequency of 1.77 Ghz. The Adreno 630 interface provides acceleration for graphically complex applications. The processor performance is supported by a generous 6 GB of RAM memory. In this case, the Adreno 630 also features a generous 128GB of internal memory that can be expanded with external memory cards. The performance stands out from many a higher priced competitor. In a comparative test on YouTube, the Pocophone F1 can even outdo the current Iphone competition when booting various applications. Everything runs supersmooth, apps remain open in the RAM and aren’t stalled by system-inherent limitations like in many competitor models. The Pocophone also achieves high scores in common benchmarks like Antutu (approx. 264,000 points) or Geekbench. And the good thing: The heat development is moderate even under full load. At this point, I’m simply thrilled about what the device is capable of.

To the display: Of course, there is only an LC display built in and not OLEDs as in the current flagships. This is clearly a point where one had to save money with the price. The display has a resolution of only 2246 x 1080 pixels at 6 inch size. Nevertheless, it looks essentially pleasant, there is no bleeding (i.e. the afterglow of dark areas) and no pixelated distortions and the touch display reacts immediately and without any delays. BUT: It appears less bright and crisp than the OLED models anyway, but also for instance in the LC competitor, Honor Play. Still okay.

What’s missing? There are NO NFC features. So the contactless data transfer is not supported. Here everyone has to decide for himself how important the function is for him. I haven’t had many places in Germany that support NFC features. Accordingly, I don’t really care about it.

Because of not supporting the WideVine copy protection it was not possible to enjoy streaming content from Netflix, Amazon Prime and co. in HD resolution until now. An update, which was released to beta users in December, will probably eliminate this shortcoming for the general public in the near future. So good news on the front end!

The faceunlock and unlock via fingerprint sensor works great. And also a riiiiiy advantage: The big battery with a capacity of 4000 mHA – When I leave the house in the morning and return home late in the evening, I still have at least 50% battery. Because of the fast charging, here the Quick Charge 4.0 standard is supported, I am almost never forced to plug it in on the way or use the powerbank. In 2 hours the battery is fully charged again.

Camera:

The camera is a dual lens camera on the back, and a single front camera. Both are supported by an AI. It has a 12-MP main sensor with 1.4 µm pixels, f/1.9 aperture built-in, which comes with dual-pixel autofocus and AI support. The second sensor comes with 5-MP for depth measurement with 1.12 µm pixels and f/2.0 aperture. The pictures and especially the videos are surprising. They appear remarkably clear in this price range even in darker environments. It doesn’t quite come close to the image quality of the current iPhone generation or the current Samsung S and Note devices, but it looks really good.

operating system

I’m currently running the current Android 9.0 on the Pocophone – by default it comes with Android 8.1. Xiaomi relies on its own interface MiUi, currently in version 10 – I would like Stock Android to be nicer, but it has to be said that the interface is extremely well optimized and doesn’t slow down the system in any way.

Conclusion: The Pocophone F1 has been the benchmark since its release date until now when it comes to how many smartphones you can get for your limited purse. It will probably be my Daily Driver for the next 2 years and shows that it’s not worth investing too much money in the flagships (yes Apple, I’m looking at you) – It’s extremely performant and it has a big battery – These should be the core competences of a good smartphone besides just making phone calls You have to cut back on the display and functions and how NFC works, and if you value a noble appearance, then perhaps also on the material (plastic instead of glass). The camera shoots (remarkably) well, it is super fast and it is cheap. I’m already curious what Xiaomi is going to do in the next few years.

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Answer report comment December 16, 2020, 21:51
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Melissa1976

I’ve been a big fan of Xiaomi since the company was founded, but I still try to write a neutral/honest review. Most of it has been written by other customers so I’ll make it short. If you don’t know much about technology, I can say that Pocophone is simply unrivaled in terms of price and performance. You can get new hardware here, there is already a newer processor, but it is still available on the market. The camera sensors are also still up to date. You get 6 GB of memory which is still very sufficient in today’s time. And of course USB C, which makes for faster loading and faster data transfer.

So, now to the software:
– Update: Depending on which Rome you install on it, if you have the Global Stable installed then you get an update for 2-3 months. If you have Global Dev Rome installed you will get an update every Friday, except in China it’s a public holiday.
– Security update: Are always up to date. Mine is just from 2019-04-01 (I wrote this review on 2018-04-6)
– The interface MIUI many do not like, is much too Asian. I like it, all useful features I need are included. Everything runs smoothly.
One of the best features is the scroll screenshot.
– On February came an update on which I have been waiting for many years, for the camera finally came the possibility of videos in Full HD with 60 fps to increase. Oh yes 4k 60 fps is also possible 😀
– Face recognition is NOT available here in Germany. To use it you have to set your region to India. I can remember that it worked in the beginning, but was deactivated by Xiaomi at some point, just like themes.

Hardware:
– as I wrote above, you get the latest hardware. (Snapdragon 845, IMX363, 6 GB Ram, USB C). Especially this cooling with liquid is really great, if it’s just a marketing thing you have to know for yourself. I think it works great. I played PUBG for over an hour and charged the phone while I did it and the phone stayed very cool. damn big battery, it’s a pity that an Amoled Display was used here, it saves more power than an IPS Display but well.
– NFC is not available at this price. ?not really?

So these were the things you liked at first. Unfortunately the mobile phone isn’t really perfect either.

– Display:
I bought the mobile phone first for me, months later for my mother. What I unfortunately noticed immediately. The display is different. With me the color is really nice Neutral white. With my mother so correctly warm yellow white. As if she had the reading mode on. Also a typical screen bleed can be seen on her display >br>- Also the microphone was not ok at my mother’s mobile phone. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not. (According to the forum many have this problem)
– Camera: The camera… oh yes… Xiaomi’s typical weakness…. although Xiaomi uses good hardware, they just don’t manage to optimize everything so that the camera sensor can show its 100% strength and that’s the same with this one. During the day, the pictures are very good, but if you zoom in later, you notice how blurred everything gets, but in low light (i.e. with less light) the pictures are useless. Either the pictures are so dark that you cannot see anything at all. Or if you use the night mode, the ISO is set so high that the picture is not usable at all.

Here a tip, use another camera. I have the Google Camera. Pictures are very sharp, and especially in low light or even at night the pictures still look fantastic. With my Pocophone I am very satisfied, the one from my mother is definitely the same.

UPDATE: In the meantime I have already 4 Pocophones here, 1 is from me and 3 for my mother, all 3 have a yellow screen… Microphone I could not test yet correctly…

UPDATE: Sooo, now I bought a 5th Pocophone, but this time the smaller version, the 64 GB. The white is not as nice and neutral as my Pocophone but much, much, much better than all the other 128 GB Pocophones I have lying around here. If I put the smaller version next to the big ones and compare the colour (all settings are the same), the bigger versions look really bad. I can’t say if I was really unlucky and got Monday devices or if it’s the same with all 128 GB versions. I will also test the microphone soon.

UPDATE: I uploaded more pictures for camera comparison. Mi Camera vs GCam Camera. Normal vs Night Mode.

UPDATE: So, the smaller version works great so far. The bigger ones went back except one, I’m still testing it around. About the microphones …If you record something, for example video or with the recording app, or send a voice message it works great. But when I make a phone call, the person on the other side hardly understands me. Sometimes from 10 words, 4 words out of every 10 come in. I also noticed this with the Whatsapp chat. When I call normally through WhatsApp everything was ok, but I switch on the cam…. catastrophic sound.

UPDATE: Soooo, it’s now May 2019 and the microphone problem is still there! My mom visited me last week and said she called to Vietnam and nobody could understand her. I called her later and 1 of 3 calls I couldn’t understand her either. So I have informed myself a bit, English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian forums. Apparently this microphone bug is with several, who does not have it, has simply luck.
It is not a hardware problem but software problem, often simply so the 2nd microphone is switched on, thus the main microphone + rear microphone why one hears 2 voices, thereby the mobile phone tries to filter out still somehow what and thereby only completely part of the conversation arrives. … if I understood that correctly.
It is since (according to forum) Dev. 9.3.1., then it was still in 9.3.28, 9.4.12, 9.5.9, A couple times it was fixed but then it came back. Supposedly (not yet tested by myself) the only rom that is currently working properly is the 9.4.18 and 9.4.26.
In the latest dev 9.5.17 as well as stable 10.3.4.0 have the same bug! hm.

4+
Answer report comment December 22, 2020, 18:02
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rasan

I’ve been a big fan of Xiaomi since the company was founded, but I still try to write a neutral/honest review. Most of it has been written by other customers so I’ll make it short. If you don’t know much about technology, I can say that Pocophone is simply unrivaled in terms of price and performance. You can get new hardware here, there is already a newer processor, but it is still available on the market. The camera sensors are also still up to date. You get 6 GB of memory which is still very sufficient in today’s time. And of course USB C, which makes for faster loading and faster data transfer.

So, now to the software:
– Update: Depending on which Rome you install on it, if you have the Global Stable installed then you get an update for 2-3 months. If you have Global Dev Rome installed you will get an update every Friday, except in China it’s a public holiday.
– Security update: Are always up to date. Mine is just from 2019-04-01 (I wrote this review on 2018-04-6)
– The interface MIUI many do not like, is much too Asian. I like it, all useful features I need are included. Everything runs smoothly.
One of the best features is the scroll screenshot.
– On February came an update on which I have been waiting for many years, for the camera finally came the possibility of videos in Full HD with 60 fps to increase. Oh yes 4k 60 fps is also possible 😀
– Face recognition is NOT available here in Germany. To use it you have to set your region to India. I can remember that it worked in the beginning, but was deactivated by Xiaomi at some point, just like themes.

Hardware:
– as I wrote above, you get the latest hardware. (Snapdragon 845, IMX363, 6 GB Ram, USB C). Especially this cooling with liquid is really great, if it’s just a marketing thing you have to know for yourself. I think it works great. I played PUBG for over an hour and charged the phone while I did it and the phone stayed very cool. damn big battery, it’s a pity that an Amoled Display was used here, it saves more power than an IPS Display but well.
– NFC is not available at this price. ?not really?

So these were the things you liked at first. Unfortunately the mobile phone isn’t really perfect either.

– Display:
I bought the mobile phone first for me, months later for my mother. What I unfortunately noticed immediately. The display is different. With me the color is really nice Neutral white. With my mother so correctly warm yellow white. As if she had the reading mode on. Also a typical screen bleed can be seen on her display >br>- Also the microphone was not ok at my mother’s mobile phone. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not. (According to the forum many have this problem)
– Camera: The camera… oh yes… Xiaomi’s typical weakness…. although Xiaomi uses good hardware, they just don’t manage to optimize everything so that the camera sensor can show its 100% strength and that’s the same with this one. During the day, the pictures are very good, but if you zoom in later, you notice how blurred everything gets, but in low light (i.e. with less light) the pictures are useless. Either the pictures are so dark that you cannot see anything at all. Or if you use the night mode, the ISO is set so high that the picture is not usable at all.

Here a tip, use another camera. I have the Google Camera. Pictures are very sharp, and especially in low light or even at night the pictures still look fantastic. With my Pocophone I am very satisfied, the one from my mother is definitely the same.

UPDATE: In the meantime I have already 4 Pocophones here, 1 is from me and 3 for my mother, all 3 have a yellow screen… Microphone I could not test yet correctly…

UPDATE: Sooo, now I bought a 5th Pocophone, but this time the smaller version, the 64 GB. The white is not as nice and neutral as my Pocophone but much, much, much better than all the other 128 GB Pocophones I have lying around here. If I put the smaller version next to the big ones and compare the colour (all settings are the same), the bigger versions look really bad. I can’t say if I was really unlucky and got Monday devices or if it’s the same with all 128 GB versions. I will also test the microphone soon.

UPDATE: I uploaded more pictures for camera comparison. Mi Camera vs GCam Camera. Normal vs Night Mode.

UPDATE: So, the smaller version works great so far. The bigger ones went back except one, I’m still testing it around. About the microphones …If you record something, for example video or with the recording app, or send a voice message it works great. But when I make a phone call, the person on the other side hardly understands me. Sometimes from 10 words, 4 words out of every 10 come in. I also noticed this with the Whatsapp chat. When I call normally through WhatsApp everything was ok, but I switch on the cam…. catastrophic sound.

UPDATE: Soooo, it’s now May 2019 and the microphone problem is still there! My mom visited me last week and said she called to Vietnam and nobody could understand her. I called her later and 1 of 3 calls I couldn’t understand her either. So I have informed myself a bit, English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian forums. Apparently this microphone bug is with several, who does not have it, has simply luck.
It is not a hardware problem but software problem, often simply so the 2nd microphone is switched on, thus the main microphone + rear microphone why one hears 2 voices, thereby the mobile phone tries to filter out still somehow what and thereby only completely part of the conversation arrives. … if I understood that correctly.
It is since (according to forum) Dev. 9.3.1., then it was still in 9.3.28, 9.4.12, 9.5.9, A couple times it was fixed but then it came back. Supposedly (not yet tested by myself) the only rom that is currently working properly is the 9.4.18 and 9.4.26.
In the latest dev 9.5.17 as well as stable 10.3.4.0 have the same bug! hm.

4+
Answer report comment December 21, 2020, 01:31
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Michael Ortiz

First of all:
I ordered the Pocophone from 2 different online retailers – once in November 2018 and the 2nd time in January 2019. Both Pocophones had extreme screen bleeding – yes the whole bottom bar was extremely glowing.

Only Amazon managed to deliver a reasonable and flawless Pocophone – and what can I say?
I love the Smartphone. The price/performance is unbeatable!
Maybe it’s also because the 64GB model has the screen bleeding. At Amazon I ordered the 128GB model. But now to the product itself:

Processing:
The Pocophone is for the fact that it is a low-budget-high-end smartphone, very well processed.
Yes, you can find here and there on the plastic backcover small blemishes – but they are not worth mentioning.
Besides that a very robust smartphone, the camera lenses are in the middle, the screen is 100% perfect.
★★★★★ from ★★★★★

Performance:
Yes, the part is a beast! Absolute performance killer in the price segment. 6GB RAM and the Snapdragon 845 with MIUI interface for best performance. I can’t detect any stoppage so far, all installed apps can be opened quickly as usual (previous owners of a OnePlus 6T).
★★★★★★★★

Battery:
I’ll say this, with all other smartphones I paid extreme attention to which apps are installed so that the battery can last at least 1.5 days (except the OnePlus 6T). On the Pocophone I installed every possible and unnecessary app and just play around with it – but still there are at least 1.5 days inside with a SOT of at least 7.5 hours.
★★★★★★★★★★

Camera:
It is clear that you have to cut back on the price. If you start to compare the Poco’s camera with the Mate 20 or the Mate 9, you’ll soon realize that it’s a much cheaper model.
But with the gCam app, things change: In my opinion, the image quality is like that of the OnePlus 6T, so it’s already worthy of a flagship – but since I rate the device as a flagship, I only get 3 out of 5 stars.
★★★ from ★★★★★★

OS:
MIUI I absolutely didn’t like in version 9, no notifications arrived and reminded me a bit of Huaweis EMUI. With MIUI 10 Xiaomi did some things right: A very nice UI, everything clearly arranged and most notifications arrive – only that app symbols in the notch can’t be displayed without root.
★★★★★ from ★★★★★★

Features:
NFC is missing, understandable with the price. Wireless-Charging is missing – even on some flagships over 500€.
For Fast Charging, FaceUnlock with Infrared and that under 300€!
★★★★★ from ★★★★★

Infratot-FaceUnlock:
I have to mention this topic again – it’s such an awesome feature! At night the Pocophone can even be unlocked via FaceUnlock in milliseconds – one of the best features of the Pocos!

Conclusion:
A chic Smartphone with high-end hardware, nice FullHD display without bleeding, FaceUnlock via infrared, good camera. If I were to rate the Pocophone pres/performance-wise, it would be school grade 1+, but since I compare it with other flagships like the OnePlus 6T, it still has 4.5 out of 5 stars:
★★★★٭ from ★★★★

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 21:58
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Philip Allen

This is now our 2nd smartphone from Xiaomi and therefore I wasn’t sceptical if I will get a reasonable device. After long thinking about whether it should be the Mi Mix 2s /3 or Pocophone, I decided to go for the Pocophone.
Why the Pocophone?
On the one hand, with just under 330€ and 128GB memory, the device is much cheaper than the other devices. The better camera on the other two devices (MiMix 2s/3) is not so relevant for me. The devices don’t take much away from the performance, because they all have the same processor and the RAM is similar.
Housing:
It’s completely made of plastic, but the device is directly in a case anyway, so it’s better protected. This was also a reason against the MiMix 2s which has a nice ceramic case but is quite smooth and also usually disappears in a case.
Fingerprint scanner:
This one is located on the back and can be reached easily. The scanning speed and recognition I find hammer. My previous Iphone 6 (yes, it’s older) is much slower and often the recognition only works after a few attempts.
Display:
I find the colors strong and it is very readable. The sensitivity is very good.
Telephony:
Very good quality in my opinion.
Loudspeakers:
Are good but you must not forget that it is a smartphone and not a home cinema system.
Camera:
The camera takes very good pictures in good light. If it is dark, then you have to make some concessions. But since I rather take pictures with a real camera, the camera of the Pocophone is enough for me. The front camera for selfis is good but not important for me.
battery:
The battery lasts about 2 days despite normal use. Of course, if you use it for a long time, it won’t work, but thanks to the quick charge, the device can be recharged quickly.
Software:
The software from Xiaomi I personally don’t like, but you don’t have to use it, because the Playstore can be used normally with the GlobalVersion/ DE-FR-IT version. Xioaomi also provides its users with regular updates. Using the MI Cloud from Xiaomi is not necessary. It can simply be skipped during setup.
Accessories:
The device comes with a charger and USB-C cable, a simple transparent plastic case (I bought another one) and a tool for the SIM card slot. A headset is not included.

Conclusion:
A very powerful device at a very reasonable price. If you are not looking for a smartphone with a top camera, you can use this device without hesitation.

Addition to the camera quality. Various tests have certified the quality of a camera from the IPHONE 8. So it should be clear, that the camera is very good 🙂

Update 13.07.2019
After 6 months of use, I still can’t find anything that bothers me. The device gets regular updates and the battery runs perfectly for 1-2 days, depending on usage. The fingerprint scanner runs like clockwork. The photos are ok and the device works fluently.
I would buy the device again.

Update 21.03.2020
After now more than 1 year of use, I am still top satisfied. It is still a great device.

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 22:27
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Debra Smart

I ordered the Pocophone F1 about a month ago and I am really very satisfied! br>My actual price limit was 250€, but when I looked at various reviews of this phone, I was completely convinced (I bought it for 320€). Here now some points:

– The biggest shortcoming for me is that notifications (like WhatsApp, mails, silent mode(!) or ä) can’t be displayed in the nodge (status bar). This was the case with my previous smartphone (Samsung A3) and I really liked it! Here you only see notifications either on the lock screen, through the notification light or by dragging the status bar down.
– The left of the original three start screen pages cannot be completely customized. You can only add certain (for me non-relevant) widgets there and you can’t delete or hide them. But that’s not a big problem now, you just don’t call this page.

Neutral: Often it is criticized that Prime Videos cannot be played in HD. I’m a little bit a prime video addict but it doesn’t bother me, nothing is pixelated and you can watch the videos really well. Nevertheless, I read that Xiaomi is currently negotiating with Amazon and that the HD resolution may come after all.
Neutral: The display. I was used to an Amoled display before. The one of the Pocophone is a different one, so colors are displayed a bit different (personal feeling, I’m not a professional). I noticed this at the beginning, but it never bothered me.
Neutral: The plastic case may not necessarily fit the optical trend, but that doesn’t bother me at all, especially since I use the included case anyway.

+ updates! I have already received two system updates in the good month I own this smartphone. So Xiaomi is really always working on improvements! 🙂
+ Full screen mode. The phone can be controlled via gestures, which means no more buttons have to be shown on the screen and the screen can be used to its full potential. But you can also disable this option.
+ The camera takes really incredible pictures for my sensation!
+ With 64 GB internal memory you can definitely download quite a lot of apps!
+ Everything runs super fast and smooth!

Conclusion: I would recommend this phone to anyone looking for a really good smartphone at a top price! A few more individual settings would be great, but that would be just the icing on the cake :). I already noticed a little quirk, for a few hours the fingerprint sensor didn’t work, but that was over from now on and didn’t happen again. Also the automatic brightness sensor sometimes doesn’t know exactly what’s going on (about every two weeks), but that’s no problem. But for such a price you can’t expect absolute perfection, but it’s close!

5+
Answer report comment December 16, 2020, 21:44
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Karina

After returning my new Motorola moto g7 Dual-SIM smartphone, I looked for an alternative and found it in a special offer (outside Amazon). So I could get over the extra price and ventured into the MIUI operating system, as the existing Android One Xiaomi smartphones were not interesting. The technical data appealed to me, even though I knew that because of the inefficient cooling it was not as fast as the Sony with the same CPU and GPU, despite the fast 845 processor. Nevertheless still very fast and much cheaper. For that I have to swallow the toad with the MIUI and the Chinese apps.

The apps and the MIUI are indeed the biggest shortcoming so far. Why do you always have to give almost all possible shares for data, contacts, emails, location etc. if you only want to take a picture, read an email or SMS? Bold.
Neither I find it worse that I can’t delete the unwanted apps from the memory if I have found an alternative.
I was afraid of something like that, but before I bought the app I saw that I can load a better alternative operating system after the warranty expired 🙂

The Contacts app and many others look like the original Google Android apps from the icon, but they are not.
Many Xiaomi apps can be replaced with the original Google Android apps, but not all of them. So I couldn’t find an app for my mobile phone camera yet.
Because I wanted to use my camera, I had to grant all data shares for the eavesdropping attack.

You can’t simply uninstall all the Chinese apps.
Of course I bought the Global Version with open Android Playstore and the European LTE/GSM frequencies.

The higher speed I notice less in my apps and games, but especially in WLAN (2.4 / 5 GHZ, + AC) and when installing apps.
It’s fun 🙂
Display good, device handy, simple and chic. Lies light and due to the stretched form well in the hand.
Even without Galileo reception, the satellite (GPS, Glonas and Beidou) reception (in Germany) is much better than on my current Motorola Moto G7 Plus (GPS, A-GPS), although not as good as on my Garmin Hand held e-Trex. The battery consumption increases as expected, but I was able to cache spontaneously for the first time well alone with the mobile phone. I think the built-in compass helps here (contrary to my Motorolas).
I’m glad that I can use Dual SIM or micro SD and have a 3.5mm jack.
The USB-C connection and the charger are also very good so far.
Blutooth coupled fast.

Camera +
CPU, GPU, memory ++
Display ++ (inside)
Handiness ++
Finger sensor ++
Sound (3,5) ++

Except MIUI and the Apps the mobile phone is a lot of fun so far.
When the next Pocophone with Android One comes, it will be even more interesting and worth 5 stars …

4+
Answer report comment December 14, 2020, 19:58
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Hardy

I generally only buy mobile phones in a price range below 400 €, because I don’t think that you need these high-end flagship devices nowadays. Besides, in this price range one can treat oneself to a new mobile phone much more often and is therefore on average much better positioned than if one spends more than 1000 € for one device.

That’s why I ordered the Pocophone. Basically you have a really nice piece of technology for little money in your hand. It is quite big with 6, which I like, because I always want to have big mobile phones. The processed hardware is top class:

– The camera shoots great pictures, I didn’t expect such a quality in this price segment
– The display is sharp, reacts perfectly to any input
– The battery lasts 2-3 days under normal use, which is absolutely sufficient.
– All the important functions you expect are there.

– The Pocophone can easily keep up with models that cost twice as much in terms of hardware and performance.

Despite this, I can only give 4 stars, because I have a problem with the operating system. I already had some Android phones, but the operating system on the Pocophone is in my opinion the weakest and has some weaknesses.

– The 3 main control buttons are now part of the screen and no longer separate. Unfortunately these buttons overlay the icons of some apps – unfortunately exactly in the area where the most important apps are by default (camera, browser etc.). It’s always a bit fiddly to start these apps 😉 By default you get a kind of watermark on every photo in the lower left corner Shot with Pocophone F1. This can be turned off in the options and everybody does it. Nevertheless, it’s questionable why one implements something like this at all.
– The operating system feels much more rigid and I have less possibilities to customize it for myself than it is the case with OnePlus devices or my business mobile phone (Samsung J7).

Xiaomi absolutely wanted to impose his own operating system on the Pocophone, unfortunately it wasn’t as successful as one might have wished.
However, I have to say that it will definitely get better with the regular updates, so it’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

If you don’t mind the operating system so much, you should always access it here. You rarely get a mobile phone with such equipment for a price.

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 12:27
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TWong

I’ll write a review from the point of view of an older (born 1965) mobile phone user, who may have a different view on such devices, like younger users or test portals. After my old mobile phone (a Galaxy S5) got old, it was time for something new. Since on the one hand I don’t need a super-high-end ultra-strong mobile phone with parachute and coffee making function and on the other hand I’m not willing to pay 1000 € for a device, I looked around the internet for a mobile phone in the price range of 300 – 400 €. And there you quickly come across devices from the company Xiaomi, the still unknown in this country, but nevertheless fourth largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world. They did some research and ended up at the Pocophone F1. The disadvantages described for this device (plastic case – doesn’t matter, I have a cover around it anyway, no NFC – I don’t use it anyway, no 4K Netflix – I don’t have Netflix and I’m not waterproof – I don’t go swimming with my phone) I can get over. So ordered, unpacked and put into operation. This was done quickly using the function transfer data from other mobile phone and I was ready to go. I have my Poco now three days in operation and what can I say: I am thrilled. It’s fast (especially compared to my old S5, but also to my son’s Iphone), has a sharp display, the finger sensor is amazing and the battery life is super long (fully charged on the first day, then everything set up and of course played around a bit and listened to an audio book and still 55%). Also the camera seems to be ok although I am more the type of external camera (my Sony has to come along). My conclusion so far: if someone is looking for a mobile phone for everyday use and it’s not important to him that it doesn’t say Samsung, Huawei or Apple on the front, he can use the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 without hesitation. Now it just has to confirm this impression in a long-term test.

5+
Answer report comment December 16, 2020, 05:23
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Hugh A Parker

I had been flirting with a China Smartphone for some time, but I was not sure if I could buy it from China because of the warranty. But when the Xiaomi Pocophone came out I bought it in the department store O…. It’s been 7 months now and I have no regrets! br>First thing: I am a power user, I have many apps on my smartphone (Whats app, Weather app, Pinterest, Instagram and a few games. br>Another criterion was the memory and the processor and of course the money. br>MIUI 10 no notifications were shown in the notification bar (you had to drag them down), but >br>this was fixed with the update to MIUI 11. The fingerprint sensor unlocks the smartphone in no time.br>The user interface can be designed in many ways: either use the Poco Launcher with the many themes from the Themestore or use the Nova Launcher – that’s how I do it. Another plus: Xiaomi regularly updates its devices.
I can recommend the smartphone without reservation!

5+

Answer report comment December 14, 2020, 21:45
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Thomas Clayton Wilson

I came across the Xiaomi company last year and used the Xiaomi Mi A1 for a few months. Now when the Pocophone F1 was announced, I sold the A1 and ordered the 128 GByte version of the Pocophone F1!

Price: 320€!!!

In advance: The device is the absolute hammer! It is as fast as an arrow (Snapdragon 845) and with WLan in 5Ghz 802.11ac standard on my cable connection I fly only so through the Internet. Since I can pay wirelessly with a credit card, I am not interested in NFC. The same applies to the plastic housing: I always put a smartphone immediately into a protective case, which is conveniently included with the Poco F1. Thanks to a 256 GByte SD card, I have endless memory for photos, videos, music and offline cards. In the case of the cases I can insert a 2nd SIM card.

HD videos from Amazon Prime or Netflix I watch anyway on the TV and not on the smartphone. There may be enough.
SD during a business trip in the train or plane.

Advantages:

– Snapdragon 845
– 128 GByte internal memory (expandable)
– 6 GByte RAM!!
– good display
– GPS works perfectly (position determination even in the living room with reinforced concrete ceiling verm. through the windows)
– sufficiently good rear and front camera
– 4000mA battery. I can get by with it for 2 days.
– 3.5mm jack plug
– good software update policy from Xiaomi
– price, price and again the price!!

Disadvantages:

– No prestige to own a 900€+ smartphone!

– I have no problems with phone reception in the house (reinforced concrete). I live probably on the edge of a large city, which is well supplied with LTE.

Conclusion: Unconditional recommendation to buy!

5+
Answer report comment December 16, 2020, 06:47
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Rachel Schmidt

Everything started great with the Pocofone F1, 2018 November and on the factory shipped 8.1 Android version as well as MIU 9.X (which is the XIAOMI Rome). At the beginning of January 2019 the automatic MIU 10 update was distributed worldwide to the users. Ok, update was installed and that was very annoying!

After that there were no photos and certainly no videos possible to save directly with the standard memory setting external SD card. The performance was so bad when saving to an external SD card, delays of 5-10 seconds per image, not to mention the app switch between photo and video mode. Under MIUI 9.X everything worked fine on the same Class10 memory card.
So research in the web: immediately found some english speaking forums where users reported the same problem, until today there is no fix or patch available!
That’s why after the update to MIUI 10 you could only use the internal memory (64/128GB) for your photos and videos. On an Android phone to be able to store only internally and not externally, that’s a rudimentary function in 2019 like opening a car door! Indisuktabel such annoyances.

That’s why the internal memory as a storage location is a no-go?
If the phone gets a water damage, display breaks, falls down or the mainboard is defective, your data is much more difficult to recover or not recover at all. You should always save your data externally, if you don’t do it, you risk the total loss of your data in case of an emergency.
The latest water damage made my Pocofone F1 unusable. Out of interest I unscrewed the phone and the joke is, even the water indicators (white dots) on the USB port and on the mainboard are white after falling into the water. No red discolouration! Unbelievably bad quality, Xiaomi never again, so I prefer to save for a waterproof 800€ P30 pro. Relatively speaking, this is cheaper and can safely store photos and videos on an external SD card without extreme delays.

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Answer report comment December 16, 2020, 23:18
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IT

I bought the phone after my old Galaxy S7 had given up the ghost and I honestly didn’t want to spend more than 600-700 € for a smartphone.

I found the Pocophone at another provider for almost 300 € and bought it immediately.

What can you say…The phone is very fast, the user interface very intuitive and in my opinion much more pleasant than the Samsung.
The display is also very good, even though it could be better in direct sunlight.

The battery is outstanding. I’m not a person who regularly hangs around the phone. For me it is limited to surfing a little in the morning and evening (not more than 1 hour a day) and writing messages.
I only need to charge the battery every 3-4 days. My old Galaxy S7 couldn’t even keep up with that.

Prints are only available at the camera. The pictures at brightness are good, even if there is a noise quite fast. The pictures with flash are a case for the trash. The photos are at the area where the flash is always overexposed.

Otherwise you can get a super mobile phone for a reasonable price. As a flagship killer I would not call this part nevertheless. I use a so-called flagship and I have to say that it is clearly ahead of the Pocophone. Not necessarily in terms of speed, but rather in the area of display and camera.

Update 24.02.2020:

I have noticed an increasing number of connection failures with the WLan lately. The message ‘Connected, no Internet’ is displayed more often. The problem does not exist with the other (3) mobile phones and the tablet in the household.
Furthermore, the problem also occurs in other WLan networks.

4+
Answer report comment December 14, 2020, 19:29
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Carlos Juarez R

The best mobile phone that I ever had. br>>br> Technical performance is convincing and is also very fast. With the 128gb memory, the eternal storage space problem has now also come to an end

Had the XIAOMI Mi3 pro 3 years before. I was basically satisfied with it, but the call quality was sometimes very bad for my counterpart. This is now history with the Pocophone F1. br>>br>> Couldn’t imagine a better mobile phone. For the price this technical equipment is really sensational.
Hope only for a correspondingly long durability.

Also the battery keeps what it promises and with average use are over 2 days without charging really no problem. Charge it yourself every 2nd day at about 40-50% battery power. The Pocophone is charged via a USB C interface (NOT Micro USB!)

A silicon phone cover is also included, which I personally do not use.

The design is attractive, although not made of metal. Since I always hide my mobile phones in a robust case, this is not important. A bulletproof glass foil for protection is highly recommended.

The fingerprint sensor reacts immediately. Also the face recognition works without problems. To enable face recognition, you have to select India as country at least in the Global version. I don’t know why.
But otherwise it doesn’t make any difference in the handling.

Price/performance very good, fast delivery.

Everything should be so wies -&gt, 5-stars

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 04:08
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Bryce

Amazing what a device for this price…Apple and Samsung should think about their price policy..Top processor..good camera,good display,great battery… who uses NFC,Netflix I look at the tablet,is not a deficiency for me,super I also find the workmanship, when I think how my S7 was slippery in the hand,glass is nice but not practical, fingerprints see the Poco F1 anyway no and it lies super in the hand despite 6.2 inches, that it is not waterproof, I find a little pity but I do not go with it in the bathroom ?ich anyway, I am thrilled! since Miui10 even faster … Working speed is really fabulous, I have it now 10 weeks…Amazing what has happened in 10 weeks… more than with Samsung in a Jahr?Xiaomi is just trying…have it now 5 months and the joy and enthusiasm is unbroken, the only shortcoming is that Xiaomi promises weekly updates…but these are only 50 percent kept and felt once a month they have holidays in China and there are once again no updates…it is not very serious, now one has been lifted and one postponed…. i am not enthusiastic about the service from Xiaomi anymore,announcing the planting with updates and not implementing them,I am really pissed off already…great hardware…bad software…now they have finished the beta updates and promised to have a usable stable rom until the end of June…not yet…they are not able to develop a usable software for a great hardware… for me Xiaomi is without future, I would not buy it…rather spend more money and have a smartphone that works without bugs…the oh so great update that was promised for the end of June came on the 15th…didn’t bring anything new…was immediately withdrawn because it was full of bugs again… would like to know what they have done from the beginning of April until now except every 4 weeks one week holiday ?

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Answer report comment December 15, 2020, 00:13
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Philip Carter

Hello,
I bought this China Smartphone on October 5th, 2018.
At that time the argument was the very good equipment (display,camera,processor,memory size,face recognition,a really good fingerprint sensor surely still one of the best on the market.)
The mobile phone has even if I use it for so long no loss of performance the only shortcoming is actually the back.
You might ask yourself why this is so simple the plastic is not hard enough, so it can happen that the plastic gets scratched off then you see a silver part, if the scratches or abrasions are deeper you see the black plastic. (Pictures in the appendix)
The memory of the phone is with 128 GB really very good although I have more than 30000 pictures stored.
Very great I also find the function that you can use two Sim cards or one SD card and one Sim card.
This phone I would not buy again but if I would buy the same phone again in the same position I would buy the Mi8 for the back and the design.
For 300€ but even now not a bad phone a better one is pretty hard to find now.
Very disappointed I am but from the successor of the phone this has actually no improvement except the camera the Poco X2 is even weaker than the F1 and the F2 is just about the same

Thanks for reading

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Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 01:57
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Roger L. Williams

The phone has great hardware for this price range. For simple users, who don’t want to modify anything on the phone, push ads are displayed by the pre-installed and non-erasable spy-/bloatware. The advertising bombardment can be switched off with a lot of patience and in umpteen single steps. Then there is the software and the account on the phone, which diligently collects data and sends it to the Chinese servers. Here one does not know, like with companies in the USA, which profiles and data are exactly tapped. I bought the Pocophone to unlock it and to install a CustomROM that doesn’t have the mentioned problems. Xiaomi makes this possible, but only by linking the phone to an account and installing Unlocker software on the computer. This was only possible with a SIM in the device (verification via SMS). Account creation/linking via email and WLAN did not work. So IMEI, phone number and device serial number are already tapped as profile and the Unlocker software is on the PC. A lot of junk for nothing – unlocking takes 72 hours after you request it. So order the phone a few days before you get the urge to tinker, and get a secure container ready for the Unlocker software. All in all, I will probably be quite happy with a CustomROM and the hardware for the price, but it’s just a shame how smartphones today are crippled, littered and sucked dry by megalomaniac manufacturers. If I at least had no idea about technology, and in sweet ignorance could just enjoy some pre-installed click games! PLOP! Push Advertisement! Ugh…

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Answer report comment December 16, 2020, 04:03
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sarah jackson

Great high-end smartphone at a bargain price must be said soon! I already had a few mobile phones, especially Samsung, but I don’t follow the price policy of Samsung anymore. Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 is a really good phone… I have taken the 128GB version and am totally enthusiastic. The fixed battery of 4000 milliampere held with intensive use very well through a whole day. Charging via USB C is quite fast.
The photo quality in Full HD looks excellent in daylight and good lighting conditions… and night shots I can’t notice any noise at all!
Dual Sim works great with 2 SIM cards.
I don’t mind that the mobile phone is a little bit heavier…!
The Mui software is very good and clearly arranged.
I can cope with missing NFC.
Xiaomi provides continuous updates which I find very positive.
I am curious how long the mobile phone will give me joy… gladly a few years ?.
shortly said. Great fast mobile phone that you can’t get down on your knees, very big battery but don’t expect too much from 4000 milliamps! Photo quality in normal light excellent.
Videos in full HD could still be optimized!
The reception quality of the mobile phone is super good.
I can only advise to buy. Great Smartphone 😉

5+
Answer report comment December 16, 2020, 01:24
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DI85

I have been using the PocophoneF1 for a while now and decided to write something now. Let’s come to a small Pro and Contra list:

Pro:
– Akku
– Akku
First of all you have to name the battery here. With its 4000mA/h it convinced me. I use the mobile phone a lot (videos, surfing, music etc.) and nevertheless the battery lasts 2 days on average. Then I have mostly on the 2nd day still around 14% left.

– Performance
– As with the above described use I could never bring the mobile phone to its performance limit.

– Processing
– Yes the mobile phone has a plastic back which does not feel cheap. All openings of the case (charging socket, SIM, headphones) are well processed and easy to move. The mobile phone lies simply super in the hand. The weight is also ok. br>>br>>Contra:
-As the only small contra point, which does not bother me at all, I have the camera. Yes it is a little bit weak on the chest but still takes enough pictures. Of course if I plan to use it as a model you should switch to a real camera.

Conclusion:
All in all the PocophoneF1 is a great mobile phone that I would get back anytime. The price-performance ratio is simply unbeatable.

5+
Answer report comment December 20, 2020, 10:49
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CT Mystery Fan

After nearly 1.5 weeks I can say that the Poco is absolutely unbeatable in terms of price and performance! The device runs perfectly and very smoothly. It is unbelievable how fast the faceunlock works and also the fingerprint sensor. The battery is excellent 24 hours and is fully charged in 1.5 to 2 hours. The phone looks great, I don’t know what some people have because of the plastic back. The switch from Samsung to Xiaomi is perfect. Why pay so much money for a phone when xiaomi can do it for a fraction of that? Absolutely recommended to buy! Oh yeah, the display is also really great!!!
Update 6.11.18:
Today I installed the new miui10 update and I have to say that it’s just awesome! The developers work with a lot of love for details. Many things are reworked, speeded up and beautified. Everything is well explained.
I still recommend to buy the Pocophone f1!

Update from 4.12.18
The Pocophone is still in continuous use and the battery is simply top. It is the best mobile phone I have ever gotten my hands on. And the first device with which taking photos is really fun. Connection, voice quality everything is really great!

5+
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Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Display
Contrast ratio: 1468:1 (nominal), 3.059 (sunlight)
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
CPU
Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Storage
64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Size
6.18 inches, 96.2 cm2 (~82.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
OS
Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie), MIUI 11