• Operating System: MIUI 9.6 (Made for POCO)
  • System on Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Display: 6.18-inch Full HD+
  • Camera: 12-megapixel+5-megapixel (Rear) / 20-megapixel (Front)
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Dimensions: 155.5 x 75.2 x 8.8mm
  • Weight: 182g
  • Pros:
  • Zippy
  • Price
  • Cons:
  • Design

F1agship Killer

This month, we were surprised by an out of the blue launch and arrival of the POCOPHONE F1 and luckily, we quickly managed to get our hands on this device. Just going by the specs of the device, it is known that the F1 is meant to be a bargain device that competes against the flagship devices of other brands in the market right now.

Starting with the looks, the device is fairly standard without much deviation from the norm, aside from the rear camera that sports a red ring around the lens, and it is indeed quite eye-catching. The ever popular addition in 2018, the notch, is present on this device as well. The physical buttons are easy to reach and located on the right side of the device.

As we’ve mentioned, the device does pack a punch with the Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM. It is capable of powering most, if not all of the mobile games available in the market right now. PUBG Mobile, Honkai Impact 3 and the likes had no issues at all, and ran without a hitch. As for the cooling performance that Xiaomi is promoting (LiquidCool Technology), the device does seem to not be as hot when gaming for a long period of time. However, it is not advisable to game on your mobile for a long periods of time anyway.

The phone does use an iteration of MIUI that’s made for the F1, and is fairly zippy. Transitioning between menus and multitasking is seamless as well. MIUI does have some quirks but ultimately manageable. The battery life of the device is superb as well, coming packed with a 4,000mAh battery. About the only drawback we can find from it is the lack of wireless charging, but that’s a feature most people ignore anyway.

With such a low price, some compromises had to be made, one of them being the camera. It is in no way terrible, but the colours are slightly washed out and the sharpening is tuned up a notch. Portrait photos are pretty decent and the halo effect isn’t too noticeable. Speaking of cameras, you can also unlock the device via a rather fast facial recognition system, and the fingerprint sensor is almost instantaneous!

CHIP CONCLUDE: A marvellous device with a strong value proposition. If all you wish is a great device just for mobile gaming, then this is a strong candidate for just that.

(to be published in issue October 2018)