Finally, a smartphone which combines the top-of-the-line specs of a flagship smartphone in a budget price segment of smartphones and no, it’s not OnePlus 6. I am talking about Xiaomi Pocophone F1 which recently went public. Unlike other brands that would include a ton of features to create a mixed bag of beans, Pocophone decided to take customers’ requirements as the priority.
Pocophone is indeed a subsidiary if Xiaomi, a Chinese brand which is widely popular in China and India, Pocophone F1 brings top specs at a price tag of $300 or Rs. 20,999 which is unbelievable citing it has a Snapdragon 845 SoC which is the latest chipset from Qualcomm that you can see in OnePlus 6.
What Pocophone did is, it combined reviews and requests from users and what they want and finally, created a must-awaited flagship killing smartphone named as ‘F1’. It has a powerful Snapdragon 845 SoC as said and has a polycarbonate body that makes it rigid and resistant to several falls unlike other smartphones with glass back which are more susceptible to damages.
It has a 6.18″ IPS LCD display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It hosts a base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage variant available too at a slightly higher price. The Pocophone F1 has a stunning 12+5MP Sony cameras with a depth sensor rear camera and a 20MP front-facing camera that lets users click photos at lightning fast speed. It has a superfast fingerprint sensor and a front infrared illuminator accompanies with the facial recognition system which ensures that the phone unlocks even in the dark. No sensors have EIS, OIS, or such costly technologies that could take the cost higher.
Another USP of Pocophone F1 is its battery which has a capacity of 4,000 mAh which is similar to Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and higher than Samsung Galaxy Note 8, OnePlus 6, etc. Although having a larger battery makes the phone slightly bulkier it is a trade-off that one could let pass since it is packed with features that one literally ‘uses’ and not ‘show-off’. When tested by the Engadget correspondents, the smartphone’ battery faired well as they were able to squeeze out a whopping 7 hours of on-screen duration while it could be extended to 1.5 or 2 days with sporadic usage spread across the duration which is commendable.
What makes Pocophone to sport a Snapdragon 845 SoC at a cheaper than cheapest available rates is the order volume that it shares with its parent brand Xiaomi which ships tens of millions of units every month. This provides Pocophone with lesser than retail priced components and sensors, etc. The same principle is followed by OnePlus and Oppo as well as Huawei and Honor that allows these brands to have a cheaper but powerful variant of a smartphone.
Pocophone F1 handles most of the intensive activities with ease such as PUBG Mobile that was tested and there wasn’t any sign of lag or frame drop during the game. The smartphone will be launched in India and a total of 50 markets around the globe but won’t be available in China. When asked if it will be available in U.S. or not, Mani Jai, a fellow member of Pocophone core team stated that Pocophone hasn’t ruled out the possibility, however, if F1 receives positive responses, the next iteration will surely make it to the U.S. market as well.