Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Poco F1 the name everyone is aware of just because of the specs it offers at this price point. A sub 20k phone with Snapdragon 845. Who doesn’t want this ! Let’s take a look at this

There are four variants, with the three main ones being as follows – 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage.


The Poco F1 touts a 6.18-inch panel with a big, wide notch and hearty bezels all around. It’s an IPS LCD panel of FullHD+ resolution with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The pixel density is effectively 403 ppi which is on the lower side, when you compare it against flagships that have QHD displays and AMOLED panels. The display is perhaps the weakest part of the package. It’s just about functional. The panel is sufficiently bright to get the job done when indoors and outside under direct sunlight, colours tend to get washed out a bit, but not illegible. We got a reading of 389 lux in our display test. Compared to the OnePlus 6 or the Honor 10, which have really bright panels, this isn’t all that great.


There can’t be a flagship today without a dual-camera on its back. Or triple. Or soon – quadruple. And naturally, the Pocophone F1 has a dual-camera – the primary sensor is the same as on the Mi 8, while the secondary is just a 5MP eye for depth information.

Back to the main camera – it uses Sony’s IMX363 sensor – that means it’s a 12MP shooter with large 1.4µm pixels and dual pixel phase detection autofocus. The lens has a reasonably bright f/1.9 aperture. Optical stabilization is not available on the Pocophone though.

Finally, a dual-LED flash completes the camera specs.


The Poco F1 sports a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with four cores clocked at 2.8GHz and the other four clocked at 1.8GHz. Xiaomi has designed a cooling system called ‘LiquidCool’ for this phone, using a copper chamber with vapour in it to dissipate heat. There are three RAM and storage variants: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM with 256GB of storage, with the Armoured Edition we reviewed only available in the latter configuration. The Poco F1 has a hybrid dual-SIM tray that lets you expand storage if you wish to.


Completing the package is a 4,000mAh battery. It’s in fact the only phone with Snapdragon 845 with that big a battery right now. Poco promised over a day’s worth of usage from the F1.

Overall Verdict

The Pocophone is the best gaming smartphone at that price point if you’re looking for some really high end gaming than this is your pick if you want a better display can really put more money such as 7-10K then there you have K20s. But at limited budget this is your pick. Should go for it unless the Pocophone 2 comes !

Abhishek Singh
Founder! Deciphering tech everyday!

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