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Is it more than just a powerful phone?

Xiaomi‘s Pocophone F1 is finally official, offering a ton of power in a more affordable package. Today’s flagships push the limit in other ways too, so how does the new device stack up?

The Chinese brand is pushing power as a major selling point for the Pocophone F1, and they aren’t lying. You’re getting Qualcomm’s latest flagship silicon, the Snapdragon 845, along with 6GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage in the base model. The firm is also selling a 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant, and a top-end 8GB RAM/256GB model. A 4,000mAh battery, which is above average for a flagship, keeps things running.

Pocophone F1 specs

View the full Pocophone F1 specs in the table below:

  Pocophone F1
Display 6.18-inch IPS LCD
1080 x 2246 (Full HD+)
18:9
403 ppi
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 10nm, octa-core, liquid cooled
GPU Adreno 630
RAM 6GB/8GB
LPDDR4X
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB
UFS 2.1
Expandable
Cameras Rear cameras
Main: 12MP f/1.9, 1.4 micron pixels, Sony IMX363
Secondary: 5MP
Front: 20MP f/2.0, 1.8 micron pixels via pixel binning
Audio 3.5 mm audio jack
aptX/aptX-HD/LDAC
Battery 4,000 mAh
Quick Charge 3.0
IP rating No
Sensors Fingerprint (rear mounted)
IR illuminator and IR camera for Face Unlock
Network GSM 900/1800
UMTS band 1/8
LTE band 1/3/7/8/20/38/40
Connectivity USB Type-C Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 5.0 LE, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou
SIM Dual-SIM, dual 4G standby
Software Android 8.1, MIUI 9.6
Dimensions and weight 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm
180g
Colors Steel Blue, Graphite Black, Rosso Red, Armored Edition (kevlar back)

Glance at the Pocophone F1 spec sheet and you’ll realize that a few compromises have been made to meet the price point. For starters, we’ve got a notched screen which tops out at Full HD+ and is of the LCD variety. No 1440p resolution and/or AMOLED display here.

Then there’s the camera department, featuring a 12MP primary shooter and a 5MP secondary snapper that’s ostensibly for depth features. Don’t expect the Mi 8‘s 12MP telephoto camera or Mi A2-style low-light secondary camera here.

We don’t see any mention of NFC on the spec sheet, which means mobile payments will have to be conducted via alternative methods (e.g. camera-based solutions). At least the device packs a headphone jack (in addition to USB Type-C) for easy listening via wired headsets.

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1.

Otherwise, Xiaomi has been using a 20MP front camera on many phones this year (from budget to flagship), and the Pocophone F1 is no different. The notch also plays host to an IR camera and illuminator for facial recognition — although this feature is coming via an update in some markets. It’s a leap over basic recognition via the front camera in theory, but it’s not quite as advanced as 3D face unlock. Unlike the Realme 1, however, the Pocophone F1 retains a rear fingerprint scanner.

In the software department, the phone ships with MIUI 9.6 based on Android 8.1. So you’ll need to wait for the Android Pie update, which should drop before the end of the year. In an interesting touch, the phone also ships with the so-called Poco launcher, delivering a look and feel that’s closer to stock Android (complete with an app drawer).

It’s clear that, horsepower aside, the Pocophone F1 specs aren’t quite as impressive compared to other flagship phones. But will you feel it when using the phone? Stay tuned for our review.

What do you think of the Pocophone F1 specs anyway? Would you buy the phone? Let us know in the comments! You can also find more coverage via the links below:

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