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Xiaomi Pocophone F1
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By: Adam Łukowski

Quite surprisingly this Poco came out awesomely

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Pocophone F1 evokes a lot of interests and I am not surprised. With the price of 329 or 369 euro with the 6+128GB version it looks like a real bargain. And it definitely is one of the cheapest way to acquire a new smartphone with Snapdragon 845. The low price does not come out of nowhere and buyers of this phone must come to terms with some compromises. In my opinion, the lack of NFC is the most bothersome. However, if you do not need to pay with your phone, I will draw your attention to other flaws of this model.

The plastic housing might not be a problem for all, but the phone could have benefited from being waterproof. It is nice that we can use DualSIM and a microSD card, but why in a hybrid slot? The display is nice, if you are not wearing glasses with a polarized filters. Some shortcomings in the software can be bothersome. The inactive facial recognition and problems with the work of some apps can be eliminated by updates, but they will not make notifications icons appear on the upper bar. The weak notifications LED will not change either…

However, you can be sure that Pocophone F1 will ensure an able work and a smooth gaming even in the most demanding titles, and it will last until the evening without charging. It works great as a communication and music device, it even has an FM radio and can record calls as well. The housing looks solid and durable, and if you are paying attention to the looks of the device, you are not condemned to a grey housing. The quality of photos and videos should not disappoint you either.

In my opinion, Pocophone F1 is a brilliant choice for a teenager. It does not cost too much, it has a rather solid housing and most of all, it can be used for gaming. When it comes to multimedia it does not disappoint either, and the only thing that can bother a teenage buyer is the brand. An older one – provided that he or she is not using NFC – should be pleased with saving money – though with the cost of some sacrifices.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages:

  • affordable price
  • efficiency
  • strong battery
  • reliable when it comes to connectivity
  • friendly interface with clever additions
  • decent display
  • good, active fingerprint scanner
  • dualSIM
  • lack of bloatware
  • good background blurring
  • minijack and FM radio
  • two speakers

Disadvantages:

  • lack of NFC
  • no icons on the notifications bar
  • hybrid cards’ slot
  • no earphones in the set
  • no waterproofness
  • incompatible with some glasses
  • average quality of night time photos
  • seldom problems with some apps
  • inactive (for now) facial recognition
  • notifications LED is too discrete


Poco F1 - the first review, straight from the launch
video: GSMchoice.com, via YouTube

Source: GSMchoice.com; viewed: 993 times.


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