Poco F1

Pocophone F1 Review: Xiaomi Sacrifices Everything For Speed

Ewan Spence Senior Contributor Consumer Tech Storyteller exploring digital worlds, mobile, music and podcasting

As well as launching the Mi Store and both the Mi and Redmi smartphone brands into the UK and Europe, this year also saw Xiaomi launch its sub-brand of Pocophone into the market. With a focus on performance above all else, what are the three key features of the Poco F1?

Pocophone F1 (image: Ewan Spence)

Pocophone F1 (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

Specs, Specs, Specs, And More Specs

What is clear from a glance at the Pocophone F1’s specifications is the intention to deliver a powerful handset. At the heart is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, widely regarded as 2018’s top of the line system on chip which is found in high-end flagships from the likes of Samsung and Huawei. That’s paired up with 6 GB of RAM and either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage in the ‘regular’ F1 handset.There’s microSD support, fast charging via USB-C, a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, and dual-SIM support inside the handset. All of that draws power from a 4000 mAh battery.

That matches the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S9, Google’s Pixel 3 XL, the Razer Phone 2, the OnePlus 6T, and

You want power at a mid-range price point? You got it.

A Super Brain Inside Something Rather Plain

Those specifications are the key to the Pocophone F1, but to get the price down to the arguably competitive point of £329 in the UK, a significant number of compromises have been made across the rest of the handset. This is not a cutting edge handset in terms of design or materials.

The 6.18 inch LCD screen has a clearly noticeable bezel all round the flat front of the handset. As is the trend in 2018 the screen has a notch at the top of the screen. Rather than the small teardrop of the OnePlus 6T the notch looks to take up half of the screen – a width eerily similar to the iPhone X. The size of the notch is partially mitigated by using the Android notification bar to mask it, but you’re not getting close to the edge to edge experience of more fashionable handsets.