Looking at the characteristics of the new smartphone and its price, one immediately asks the question: how Xiaomi is going to make money on it? Yes, earlier in the company they announced their intention to minimize marginality (and in the past it was a distinctive feature – “cheap and angry”), but this decision hardly indicates the producer’s desire to go into negative. Also there is a feeling that the competitor in this case is OnePlus, and not someone else – Samsung, Huawei, Apple or others. Apparently, OnePlus does not give rest to Xiaomi, why the manufacturer decided on a desperate (or well thought out) step – to release the flagship, remaining at the same time in the middle price range.
- Design, ergonomics
- Battery life and performance
- Screen, sound
- Camera, sample photos
- Conclusions, evaluation
Meet on the clothes, and in this regard, Pocophone is not particularly attracted to the look. If you do not know about the hidden power in the case, you might think that before you another regular smartphone without frills. Outwardly not noticeable, worthy of becoming a means of communication for a spy.
The body does not “walk” when pressed in the center, it sits densely in place, as it is glued, it is not pressed anywhere. The sides of the new Xiaomi mobile phone are also plastic, there was no place for cool metal.
For adjusting the volume corresponds a pair of buttons, and not the usual rocker. The dimensions of these elements are the same as for the power key. It is a little apart from the pair, but not enough. For sure, having got used, the user will not be confused, but at first it is necessary to feel the sidewall to understand which button was under the finger. Some inconveniences appear when using a smartphone in landscape mode. Textured surface would be welcome.
From the literally meaningful “chips” you can mention only a thin silver border around the perimeter of the device just behind the screen and the red stroke around the objectives of the main dual camera. Color strokes recalled smartphones nubia, in the design of which used similar solutions.
The case is plastic, therefore there are no additional foreign inserts that differ from the rear panel of the color, which provide the work of the antennas. The material is matte and copes well with the appearance of fingerprints (the body is clogged, but this is not very noticeable), and also allows you to grab the device more firmly. Pocophone looks neat, but usually. There is a variant of a mobile phone with a Kevlar back – Armored Edition. It seems more interesting externally, besides it is more resistant to scratches.
A dual vertical photomodule at the rear adjoins the fingerprint scanner, which is noticeably recessed. Therefore, it is easy to find (and it works instantly), but the finger tries to slap the lens. As a result, the camera occasionally “swears”, demanding to wipe the glass.
The novelty is equipped with an uncharacteristic for smartphones of the middle-class processor – this is the top Snapdragon 845, which can only be found at the flagships at a price 1.5-2 times higher. The amount of RAM – 8 or 6 GB, depending on the configuration. Also varies the amount of internal memory, which can be 256 GB for the older model and 64 or 128 GB for the one with 6 GB of RAM.
In synthetic tests, the device shows good results, striving for the top, but still does not reach the first places. It is likely that, if desired, the manufacturer could “twist” the software and algorithms, having received for this additional “parrots”.
The chip has liquid cooling (sometimes called “water”, which is incorrect), which should increase the efficiency of the system, saving it from throttling under heavy load and excessive heating in other cases. This technology was used in smartphones lineup Lumia. Also it can be found in modern models, in particular in Galaxy Note 9from Samsung.
In games, the temperature is really low: the flagships of past years are heated more than Pocophone, the devices of this year are about the same temperature (but they have metal cases).
The performance of a smartphone can be compared to a good gaming computer or … OnePlus 6 with the same processor. Questions to the “speed of work” top Xiaomi is not, just a cell phone OnePlus has a secret ingredient, creating the illusion of “even greater power.” Probably, the creators of Pocophone opened it, having collected a shell MIUI for Poco, which is based on Android 8.1 and MIUI 9.6 with the subsequent update to more recent versions. Its added plus is the proximity to the “bare” Android and simplified visual effects.
The battery capacity of the novelty is 4000 mAh, which is very good for a modern smartphone that does not look and does not feel like a brick. The system supports quick charging QuickCharge 3.0, which requires an appropriate adapter. Complete – at 18 watts, without it, the mobile phone simply did not want to charge. This problem is increasingly observed in different brands. As the experiment showed, the cables fit any (quality and from a trusted manufacturer).
Mobile vendors, by the way, were pushed for a long time to unify the chargers, demanding to switch to USB Type-C (many did so). But in the end they secretly promote proprietary accessories: without a suitable adapter, the phone will not be charged at all or the process will take an incredible lot of time – at least a couple of hours, as in the case of the iPhone 7 , for example.
The battery life of the smartphone was pleasantly surprised. In normal mode, the device lasted without any problems for two days: with occasional video viewing, calls, communication in instant messengers, taking photos and launching a couple of “heavy” games. You can land a phone in a working day, much depends on the usage scenarios and the quality of the network.
The size of the Pocophone IPS display is 6.18 inches, the resolution is 1080 × 2246 pixels with a 18.7: 9 aspect ratio, and a pixel density of 403 ppi. The extended screen has a familiar “visor” at the top. It is wide enough, plus the upper frame is slightly wider than the lateral ones (in other smartphones their width is often the same).
In the monobrovi, not only the front camera and the talking speaker are hidden, but also the infrared blaster needed to unlock the phone. The face unlocking system works very quickly, at different angles and in poor light, but does not provide sufficient security, which the manufacturer honestly warns.
The brightness of the screen does not cause censures, at the maximum it is not inferior to the displays of the top models of both Xiaomi and competitors. The picture as a whole looks juicy, clear and contrast, there are no color shifts. For IPS, the screen is quite ordinary, with its advantages and disadvantages in the form of reduced contrast in the direct rays of the bright sun.
For mid-range smartphones, the presence of a pair of speakers for sound output is a rarity. Moreover, many flagships are the only one. In Pocophone there are two dynamics: low and medium frequencies are given by the one below, high – conversational at the top.
This adds volume and juiciness, although to the “class” mark the sound is far away. Dynamics better cope with instrumental music, the sound is clear, clear. But it is obvious that mainly headphones will be used. There are no questions to the loudness either: the new cell phone has an above-average performance, and many modern competitors are inferior to it. At maximum, the sound remains clear.
Monitor headphones smartphone pumps pretty well, the sound is clear, and at maximum volume level is also higher than the “average for the hospital.”
Pocophone received a dual main photomodule in the arrangement of 12 + 5 megapixels with phase autofocus and without optical stabilization. The second camera is needed to assess the depth of field and beautiful portrait shots. With AI active, move the focus away from the face, if it is present in the frame, it is impossible – the camera will aggressively aim at the person and blur the elements around. The same is true for other smartphones with automatic scene detection.
The quality of the pictures pleased. Better they are obtained, of course, with sufficient light, in the twilight the photomodule is blue and falls through the dark areas. At night, the built-in application becomes very “thoughtful”, trying to catch as much light as possible. Therefore, in the darkness you will have to tense up, keeping the mobile phone stationary for a long time. In photos taken in poor lighting, noticeable noises appear. In daytime photography, you can pay attention to the color of the rear, but it’s a matter of taste.
The main camera is also able to record video in 4K format at 30 fps and in Full HD at the same frame rate.
The AI mode is quite efficient, but it can make mistakes. For most users, it will be convenient (this applies to those who do not resort to manual camera mode).
Selfi-camera – 20-megapixel, which has become the standard for modern smartphones.
Pocophone F1 – the top smartphone for the average price. After the presentation, the basic model was estimated at $ 300 – this, among other things, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of embedded and SD845; Armored Edition with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal costs $ 450. Plus everything is a great camera (in the daytime), stereo sound and a good screen – even the flagships will have to move. The price of beer will be the Belarusian price, however, even in this case, Pocophone remains cheaper than its competitors.
The new flagship Xiaomi is difficult to find an alternative, but we will try. Of the same army – Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, but in terms of performance, it is inferior. Another fellow – Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S in a ceramic case. “The One” OnePlus 6 is good, but its battery is smaller, and the price is much higher. Samsung Galaxy S9 + – handsome with AMOLED-display, which has a resolution of 1440 × 2960 pixels. True, at a price it is almost twice as fast as the competitor, and the battery of the “Korean” is weaker. We finish the review of alternatives with the smartphone ASUS ZenFone 5Z, which in our realities can also compete with the “knocker”.