Faster than father, steeper than mother. Overview of the mysterious Pocophone F1 smartphone

To us for testing was the most unexpected smartphone Xiaomi. It seems that in the last couple of years, not a single device of the company has caused as much noise as Pocophone F1 .

This is the cheapest flagship smartphone based on the top processor Qualcomm and the first smartphone Poco . For the sake of reducing prices and adapting to a new market, developers have made many compromises.

The smartphone has received many compromise solutions that have become advantages . In addition, some of its features highlight the device not only among other Xiaomi, but also among other top-end smartphones in 2018.

Why Xiaomi need a new brand?

Meet: Poco  is Xiaomi’s new subbrand for the European market.

You should not believe the rumors that the company will cease to produce smartphones with the logo of Xiaomi or Mi . Too much energy was invested in the promotion of this logo.

Washing machines, sneakers, smart bracelets, laptops, toothbrushes … I saw familiar letters – it means a quality Chinese product, possibly with unique functions.

Xiaomi in the first place is just a sign for a lot of subbrands, familiar quality and low price. Why another if we are used to just such smartphones? Why Xiaomi a new name?

It is worth seeing the evolution of the company’s budget employees, everything falls into place. Xiaomi smartphones have ceased to be associated with devices offering maximum stuffing at a minimum cost.

A couple of years ago, only Xiaomi offered state employees, similar to the flagships . Now, as with large companies, there are strict castes and a clear niche distinction.

Poco returns to the origins of the principles of designing gadgets Xiaomi: all at once, but more and cheaper!

Return Xiaomi: economy and practicality

Pocophone F1  – the most unexpected smartphone of the season. Such a continuous compromise. But something in it should surprise.

For example, a plastic case . Today, this option seems an anachronism, worthy only budget devices.

But  plastic is nicer than glass tactile, does not slip, does not freeze and very well resists scratches.

Even the metal is inferior, because it easily scratches and loses the paint. Poco uses colored plastic, so that even deep scratches will not shine through.

For those who want a more premium option, the company offers the maximum package with a carbon fiber body  .

I’ll tell you a secret – even an ordinary one can be worn without a cover, it’s worth overpaying only for the amount of memory.

Make it cheap and do not hit the dirt?


Dimensions of the smartphone are close to the traditional 5.5-inch devices due to an elongated matrix of 6.18 inches with a resolution of 1080 × 2246.

One could say that Poco is a simplified Mi 8 , but it is not. The screen is just the catchiest difference.

The flagship Xiaomi is ready to boast of an incredibly high-quality AMOLED-matrix. Alas, Pocophone F1 is equipped with a conventional IPS screen.

The matrix is ​​very good. System settings will help to adjust the gamut and contrast (1500: 1, impressive) to the desired level – those who are accustomed to AMOLED have nothing to be afraid of.

Yes, and brightness with a margin for the southern sun. As much as 500  nits , almost the best result! Without monobrovi with such a quality, analogs would not exist at all.

So there are no shortcomings? Perhaps not – especially if we consider Pocophone F1 as an extremely “fat” middle peasant.

“Serednyachok” for growth?

Inside the Pocophone F1, the most powerful among the mass-produced processors is Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 . Yes, not simple, but liquid-cooled LiquidCool .

On the crystal through a thermal interface a small chamber is installed, from one wall of which the moisture evaporates, which condenses on the opposite.

Due to the phase transition of the liquid from the state to the state from the processor, at least 30% more energy is expended.

As a result, the processor of the first Poco smartphone takes a frequency of 2.8 GHz per core, and does not reduce the speed during heavy loads.

In fact, Pocophone F1  is the most affordable gaming smartphone : the nearest rivals Black Shark , Razer Phone and gaming Nubia cost 100-200 dollars more.

Another plus in the piggy bank: the user is not required to overpay for memory. You can choose from options 4/64 , 6/128 or 8/256 ).

I want a Kevlar cover – I’ll have to take the maximum option. Lovers of games can take a little less, the usual mortal enough for the basic version.

Left – the memory of Pocophone F1, on the right – an ordinary smartphone for 20 thousand rubles

It also has a fast memory LPDDR4X / UFS 2.1 (RAM / drive, respectively), because 4 GB for Android is still enough. Is that permanent memory can be small. But!

The 64 GB drive will not be a serious obstacle, because Pocophone supports flash drivesinstead of one of the 2 SIM cards. It will be slower – but noticeably cheaper.

And how does the cheapest flagship work?

Due to the equipment Pocophone F1 beats records not only in synthetic tests: we did not find a single task that made the smartphone even think a little.

Neither  PUBG on “maxima”, nor dozens of applications in memory – Poco will digest everything. And so it will not be many years.

The operating system significantly affects the quality of portable devices. This is why Pocophone uses a special version of the Xiaomi operating system.

At the heart of MIUI by Poco is the simplicity of Android 8.1 Oreo , advanced settings for MIUI, as well as the company, elegant and simple Poco Launcher for visualization.

If MIUI seemed redundant, and its work with memory or application permissions was annoying – MIUI 9 by Poco is exactly what everyone needs.

Everything is very simple, understandable and familiar. Nothing extra. Just clicked – the smartphone has already drawn everything and showed. Instant reaction.

Photography as an art of AI

The only side of Poco, with which not everything is unambiguous – the camera. More precisely, both cameras.

On the one hand, this smartphone has very good hardware with flagship characteristics.

The main camera is double. The main module can boast a Sony IMX363 sensor  at 12 megapixels and a pixel size of 1.4 microns, as well as an aperture lens with a f / 1.9 aperture. The technology of dual pixel is used , there is PDAF  – phase autofocus.

The second sensor is used for bokeh and color correction, so a 5 Mp sensor with a pixel size of 1.4 microns and a lens with f / 2.0 is used. It seems to be an ideal mid-range camera?

But why did Xiaomi equip the smartphone with electronic stabilization only? Because of this, the camera, coping with complex and daylight, reacts heavily to twilight. The situation can be corrected only by built-in artificial intelligence.

As soon as it is included in the work, Poco starts to shoot at the level of the best smartphones: the color rendition is excellent, the accuracy is uniform, the frame is completely drawn, and autofocus works like a clock.

Alas, even for him bad lighting becomes a problem. Pictures are better than analogs – but they do not reach the flagship level.

The front camera also became a stumbling block. On the one hand, it hides a huge 20 Mpmatrix  with a decent pixel size (0.8 microns) and a wide-angle lens with f / 2.0 aperture.

Ironically, the front camera can be used even in art photography. It recognizes the type of plot and optimizes the settings. It turns out beautifully.

But for a spectacular boa, the smartphone will need to take a lot of photos to train artificial intelligence . Together with aggressive shumodav this fact will not always please.

Important Poco chips, which were not told


In addition to a powerful platform, Poco and Xiaomi have something to offer. For example, a normal headphone jack . The sound goes through the means built into the processor, but it’s very good.

In this case, Pocophone has some, but  moisture-proof . The smartphone is covered with a water-repellent coating that causes water to roll down faster than it gets into the holes. Bathe it will not allow, but the rain will survive the smartphone.

By the way, without wires Poco sounds no worse: energy-efficient Bluetooth 5.0 gives range and quality, high-resolution audio codecs ( AAC / aptX / aptX-HD / LDAC ) – the ability to listen to music in maximum quality without loss.

It was not without purely software chips. For example, “Reading mode” practically turns off the backlight and brings the perception closer to E-Ink. Chic chic.

Big loads (logical for such a powerful smartphone) is also not a problem. The new Xiaomi is charged in just an hour with a native charger with  Quick Charge 3.0 . And if you find the power supply QC 4.0+ , then in just 45 minutes.

And this is in view of the unusually voluminous Pocophone battery: it was a rare exception among the flagship smartphones equipped with a  4000 mAh battery . Its really enough for 2 full days of mixed load.

If you limit yourself to Internet surfing, the uninterrupted hours of work will be about 14 hours. At full load, the battery will sit after 5 hours. Very serious figures.

For the sake of what is it worth to buy Pocophone F1?


In addition to a powerful platform, Poco has something to offer: an ergonomic body made of hard materials, excellent assembly, an excellent screen. Few?

The listed chips like the most modern fast charging with a vengeance even for the flagship are more than 30 thousand rubles. And for 24 it’s the perfect combination, unless a smartphone in your hand should replace a SLR camera.

I think, even despite the absence of NFC , Pocophone F1 is pulling the title of “Best Buy” . Or, even better – “The most balanced smartphone with a margin for a couple of years . 

Poco will not become obsolete and will work fine. It is worth taking.

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