Poco F1 in five keys: the second mark of Xiaomi arrives strong and with plastic back

After a lot of rumours, the movement that many expected was finally produced. For now in the Indian market but soon in the international market. Xiaomi has made an interesting move, has put into circulation a second brand of mobile phones, Pocophone, and has placed it in the same territory in which OnePlus triumphs. The POCO F1 has been born.

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As it was rumoured, we talked about a new high-end with some peculiar characteristics. A competitor that stands up to the very Xiaomi Mi 8 of its parent brand, and that we are going to reel in a series of simple keys. Let’s try to understand this new POCO F1, let’s go step by step and, if you like, let’s start with the construction, its most outstanding peculiarity.

Long life to plastic

The manufacturers seem to conspire against the durability of mobile phones because that alone explains why the plastic, or polycarbonate, was abandoned to bet on the more malleable metal and now follow the progression towards the cracked glass. Wireless charging, they say, and the design, although that could also be obtained with polycarbonate. Luckily, the POCO F1 offers that option for lovers of materials that seem already from the past.

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Thus comes the POCO F1, with a somewhat larger body than that of the Xiaomi Mi 8. Taking the high to 155.5 millimetres, the width to 75.3 millimetres and the thickness to 8.8 millimetres. And in the jump, also more weight despite being plastic against the glass. The POCO F1 reaches 180 grams, but it has a significantly larger battery.

A body that offers the front glass but leaves the plastic as the protagonist of the rest of the body. As a gift, bright colours and quite attractive for, as we mentioned at the start, compete against a OnePlus that becomes strong in India. Although this POCO F1 still has a lot of planets to travel, and we will know this on September 27, when the phone visits Paris.

Notch and 19: 9, although less diagonal than the Mi 8

Xiaomi made the jump to the phones with a cut-out screen, and given that this POCO F1 is almost a mirror of the characteristics of the Mi 8, it was logical that it follows the same design guidelines as for the panel. So here we find ‘notch’, with a diagonal of 6.18 inches with aspect 18.7: 9 and with 400 pixels per inch of density.

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The main difference between both models, apart from 0.3 inches that do not mark any separation, is the technology. While the Mi 8 moves through the paths of OLED, with a screen made by Samsung that is, in fact, Super AMOLED, the POCO F1 has opted to stay on the LCD that dominated the market until recently.

As far as the resolution, this panel protected by Gorilla Glass arrives with 2,246 pixels of height and with 1,080 pixels of width. A good screen, at least on paper, that we will have the opportunity to analyze in order to put it to the test. Missing brightness measurements, outdoor behaviour and other tests to pass. But, from the start, it seems like a good bet.

Dual camera, but with some clipping

In the photographic section, we have more distance in front of the bet of Xiaomi with his Mi 8. The POCO F1 has placed a dual team on its back, but the power is cut and looks more like other less ambitious models of the Chinese manufacturer. Its double sensor has, for example, 12 and 5 megapixels, with similar openings and, yes, with the advantage of the AI of the parent manufacturer, Xiaomi.

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The POCO F1 has the main sensor of 12 megapixels, one with a size of 1 / 2.55 inches, with pixels of 1.4 microns and dual pixel, in addition to having focus by phase detection. As for the lens, opening f / 1.9 to provide a good amount of light but far from the best on the market.

The second sensor, 5 megapixels with pixels of 1.12 microns, and dedicated to depth reading. That is the bokeh. In addition, the lens offers an aperture f / 2.0 so we will also have light. We will see how this tandem works that also has the support of 20 megapixels front, for pixel binning with its pixels of 0.9 microns and lens with aperture f / 2.0.

Other than lack of power

This is where we find the main similarities between the POCO F1 and the Mi 8. Xiaomi has provided the first phone with its second brand of almost all the power available in the current market. It includes placing the Snapdragon 845 in front of the operations, contributing its Adreno 630, its code processing for machine learning and deep learning and the power of its ISP and DSP.

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In the memories, 6GB and 8GB for RAM and three internal storage options that arrive with microSD, another difference. Here we will have the possibility to buy 64GB, 128GB and 256GB, and all can be expanded with a 256GB microSD top. Undoubtedly, an inexpensive way to assemble a phone that could reach the middle ‘tera’ of internal capacity.

The presence of the processor also ensures other features. Like the fast charge in its 4,000 mAh battery, or the speed of navigation under data at 1.2Gbps in the networks that support it. Or the reading of faces with infrared, although this depends on a concrete sensor placed in the ‘notch’. All, yes, under the customization “MIUI for POCO” of Android 8.1, the system chosen for its debut.

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POCO F1 vs Xiaomi MI 8, technical specifications

POCO F1 XIAOMI MI 8
SCREEN 6.18 inches LCD
Appearance 18.7: 9
2,246 x 1,080 pixels
Gorilla Glass
6.21 inches AMOLED
Appearance 18.7: 9 FullVision
2,248 x 1,080 pixels
Gorilla Glass
PROCESSOR Snapdragon 845
GPU Adreno 630
Snapdragon 845
GPU Adreno 630
RAM 6GB / 8GB 6GB (8GB – Explorer edition)
INTERNAL MEMORY 64GB / 128GB / 256GB 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
REAR CAMERA 12 megapixels f / 1.9
5 megapixels f / 2.0
Dual Flash LED
PDAF approach
HDRVídeo 4K @ 30fps
12 megapixels f / 1.8
12 megapixels f / 2.4 optical zoom
Dual Flash LED
PDAF approach
Four-axis OIS
HDR
Video 4K @ 60fps
FRONT CAMERA 20 megapixels f / 2.0 16 megapixels f / 2.0 Wide angle
BATTERY 4,000 mAh 3,400 mAh
Quick Charge Quick Charge 4.0+
CONNECTIVITY 4G
WiFi n / ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB type C
GPS
4G
WiFi n / ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
USB type C
GPS
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm thick
180 grams
154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm thick
172 grams
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
MIUI for POCO
Android 8.1 Oreo
MIUI
OTHERS Fingerprint reader
Infrared
Fingerprint reader
Infrared
Splash resistant

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Vaibhav Mishra

Fan of new technologies and player since small, I do not move without at least one smartphone in the pocket to always stay connected ... and keep some games at hand.