Poco F1 Review: A Budget-Friendly Phone You Should Consider

Poco F1 ( Image Source - Google)
Poco F1 (Image Source- Google)

Poco is a sub-brand from Xiaomi that has launched the F1 as its first offering in the country. It has a 6.18-inch display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. Powering the Poco F1 is the Snapdragon 845 processor and it comes in different RAM and storage options. It has a dual camera setup on the back consisting of a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, it has a 20-megapixel selfie camera. The F1 runs on MIUI 9.6 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone packs in a 4000mAh battery and has support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge

What is the Poco F1?

Poco is a sub-brand from Xiaomi that has launched the F1 as its first offering in the country. It has a 6.18-inch display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. Powering the Poco F1 is the Snapdragon 845 processor and it comes in different RAM and storage options. It has a dual camera setup on the back consisting of a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. At the front, it has a 20-megapixel selfie camera. The F1 runs on MIUI 9.6 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The phone packs in a 4000mAh battery and has support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. It has a dedicated microSD card slot, headphone jack and USB Type-C port. It features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and there is a fingerprint scanner placed on the back of the phone.

What do you get with the Poco F1?

Poco F1 India price has been set at Rs. 20,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model, and Rs. 23,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage model. The phone will go on sale in India from August 31 via Flipkart. On the launch day, the phone will come in an 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage option for Rs. 28,999, but it will be available only via limited slots available at Flipkart. Users can avail a flat cashback of Rs. 2,000 by using an SBI credit card. The phone comes in only one variant, which doesn’t come with dual-SIM support. Also, there is no expandable storage support, and unlike the Xiaomi Mi 8 that is priced at Rs. 35,999, the Poco F1 does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Poco F1 Review: Build and Design The Poco F1 has a glass-back design with a metallic build on the sides.

Design and display

In terms of design, the Poco F1 looks similar to the Xiaomi Mi 8, and even the Mi Mix 2s. It sports a glossy back that’s curved at the edges. The back is made of glass and the fingerprint sensor is placed in the middle just below the camera setup. The device has a stainless steel band wrapped around the side. The USB-C port on the bottom is flanked by speaker grilles. The phone is 7.8mm thick and weighs 162 grams. The screen looks nice and vibrant. The 18.7:9 aspect ratio screen adds an extra screen real estate and makes the phone more comfortable to use. It also means there is a display notch and on a 5.99-inch screen, it doesn’t seem too big, especially when you consider that the notch area only takes up 19.6 percent of the screen.

Camera

The Poco F1 boasts of a dual camera setup at the back. It has a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. Both the sensors are of a Sony IMX363 sensor. For selfies and video calls, it has a 20-megapixel front-facing camera with an LED flash. Performance The Poco F1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It does not have a microSD card slot and comes with a dedicated microSD card slot. It has an inbuilt storage of 256GB, but, it is also backed by a microSD card slot that can be used to increase the storage. In our review, we did not see a need for the extra storage as the internal storage is sufficient to store all your daily downloads and apps.

Hardware and software

The Poco F1 sports an aluminium build with a plastic bottom. Its rear camera is placed on the left side of the rear panel. There’s a USB Type-C port at the bottom and the speakers are placed at the bottom of the phone. On the top is the 3.5mm headphone jack and on the right is the power button. At the left of the phone is the SIM tray, where one can insert two Nano-SIMs. On the top, we have the status bar, which shows battery percentage, cellular signal, and signal strength, among other things. Poco F1 Review: Software and the customer service I remember being confused when Poco launched the first phone with the notch, the Pocophone F1. We all know the notch trend is more popular with Android-based phones now.

Performance and battery life

The Poco F1 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, which is the same processor as what is found on the OnePlus 6 and Pixel 2 series. It has a total of 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is expandable via a microSD card. We used the 3GB RAM model and it seemed to run smoothly throughout our testing, including during continuous gaming and gaming sessions. However, the 4GB RAM variant seemed to have fewer issues. During our testing, the phone did lag in an extended gaming session but it was never uncomfortable. There were no heating issues and the phone stayed cool to the touch during extended usage. To test out the real-life performance of the Poco F1, we loaded up the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Subway Surfers. The phone handled both games without any hiccups.

Gaming performance

We played games on the Poco F1 and the phone seems to perform well. In our experience, gaming on the phone was pretty smooth with decent FPS. While playing PUBG on an HD resolution of 1280×720, the Poco F1 clocked above 35fps with all the graphics turned on. The phone also did a great job in beating the OnePlus 6 in this game. We played the same PUBG on the OnePlus 6 and the results were a bit different. While the Poco F1 managed a low 30fps on the highest graphics settings, the OnePlus 6 saw a bit more graphical sharpness. In this scenario, the Poco F1’s performance was a little smoother. We will be reviewing this smartphone soon to see how well the phone performs in the real world. Poco F1 Review: Which Meets Which? The F1, with its 6.18-inch display, makes it easy to use one hand.

Multitasking and heavy usage performance

I started off my day by downloading and installing the Poco launcher on the device and checking if I like it. During the initial days, I didn’t get used to the layout of the Poco Launcher. The home screen shows shortcuts to the apps that I have installed. There is also the main app drawer on the home screen and it opens whenever you tap on the app icon. There’s a swipe up gesture for going back to the home screen and swiping down for taking screenshots. Swiping right from the home screen opens the app drawer. The Poco Launcher also adds additional icons for the apps that you use often. Once you have the Poco Launcher installed, you have a few options such as the Poco Launcher, Poco Launcher Pro, and the Poco Launcher Lite.

Final thoughts

The Poco F1 is one of the best budget phones that you can buy in India at the moment. If you don’t want to compromise on quality and also like Xiaomi’s hardware, then it is a no-brainer buy.

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