Pocophone F1 long-term review

GSMArena team, 11 January 2019.

Introduction

A little phone that isn't small. A flagship that costs a third of what you'd expect. A contradiction? No, it's the Pocophone F1. Shocking? Awe-inspiring? Yes and yes. The most intriguing handset of the year isn't the most bezel-starved, or one with sliding bits and pieces, or one with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Xiaomi has managed to bring excitement back to the mobile world with a device that isn't necessarily the best at anything. Despite that, the Pocophone F1 is a very-well-put-together package - one which exists based on the wants and needs of a specific category of smartphone buyers - those that prioritize performance, battery life, and, most importantly, price - above all else.

Sometimes context is everything. The Pocophone's spec sheet reads almost like any other flagship's, but the magic happens when you put that into the context of its pricing. This association is both inevitable and what ultimately makes this product tick.

Pocophone F1 long-term review

However, that's never the full story. We can only get so far based on that, or the comprehensive suite of lab tests we perform for our normal reviews. If you join us over the next few pages of this long-term review, we'll let you know what the Pocophone F1 has been like to live with for an extended period of time. Are its downsides going to prove to be deal breakers for most people? Or is its value proposition so irresistible that it trumps any and all of its shortcomings? Buckle up, and let's get going.

Reader comments

  • taktak

hey what is the successor of this beast nowadays? is it still the best stuff we can get for its price range ? I saw the meizu 16t looking interesting but apparently meizu has a shitty OS..

  • AnoM

I don't want to say that I don't need this and that feature. I would say for the price of Pocophone F1 asking, it does has the cut corners that someone just too greed to want for a direct copy of Samsung Note 9, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Oneplus 6T, or eve...

  • Mnaib

One of the best thing I like in pocophone F1 is the built-in system app that records conversations. The playback is crisp clear. One hope the recorder app comes with all Xiaomi phones.