Weekly poll: Xiaomi Pocophone F1, how hot is it?

Peter, 26 August 2018

There are some phone launches that shake up the mobile industry. For example, in 2012 the $300 Nexus 4 (later $200) changed what people consider an acceptable price for a flagship. Then in 2014 the $300 OnePlus One did the same. Then there were four years of darkness that had people question if $1,000 is a sane price for a flagship with a Snapdragon 845 chipset.

Well, it’s not – not when Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 is on the market. It hits that same magical price of $300 and while phones like the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Asus Zenfone 5z were already pretty affordable, this draws a clear line in the sand.

Snapdragon 845 with beefed up cooling and 6GB of RAM, check. 4,000mAh battery and fast charging, check. A microSD slot and a 3.5mm audio jack, check. Stereo speakers, check. Solid main camera sensor and a solid selfie cam, check.

The S845 is kept cool The battery is big Solid camera All the right ports
The S845 is kept cool • The battery is big • Solid camera • All the right ports

And listen, we’re actually excited to see polycarbonate come back. It doesn’t crack like glass or dent like metal, plus many will just a slap a case anyway. The Kevlar edition is pretty cool too, good to see that it’s not just Motorola and BlackBerry going for that look.

What more is there to say? That there would have been people dancing in the streets if this was an Android One phone? Poco does run a separate branch of MIUI, which comes with a Nova-like launcher and Android Pie will be delivered within four months.

And yes, the dual camera isn’t particularly useful (no tele/wide or even B/W module) and it could have had OIS. The screen could have been AMOLED too. But look at the price again.

For the cost of a Galaxy Note9, you could buy three Pocophone F1s and have $100 left over. What were Note9’s biggest upgrades over the Note8? The Snapdragon 845 chipset, the 4,000mAh battery and the new S Pen. Two out of three isn't a bad score for the Pocophone F1.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 in Graphite Black Xiaomi Pocophone F1 in Steel Blue Xiaomi Pocophone F1 in Rosso Red Xiaomi Pocophone F1 in Armored Edition
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 in Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red and Armored Edition

So while it is not perfect, the Pocophone is the new benchmark for flagships and mid-rangers alike. Yes, we only compared it to flagships until now, but are you really going to spend much more than $200 on a phone with Snapdragon 636 when the F1 is around?

It’s almost a rhetorical question at this point, but do you think the Pocophone F1 is a hot or not?

Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi: hot or not?


Reader comments

No brainer in here, price is crazy

  • afzal
  • 30 Aug 2018
  • nCe

waiting for its launch in Dubai !

  • ophak
  • 30 Aug 2018
  • v0q

sir, this phone is not really for you. i dont really know why you comment rubbish when this phone is beating out your current phone and keeps on talking about flagship this flagship that. it is not in the flagship category. it is not priced l...

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