Although it was a few months old, it was exactly the same chipset. The $ 720 Galaxy S9 hit the market with it. Of course, we are not going to say that the Poco F1 was better than the better Galaxy S9, but due to the very high price difference between the two phones, many users could not afford to buy the Samsung flagship.
The Poco F1, also marketed as the Pocofone F1 in some markets, was a very attractive and affordable phone for around $ 300. Because none of the phones with Snapdragon 845 had such a price. A few months after the launch of the Galaxy S9, the price reached $ 640, but the price difference between this phone and the Poco F1 was still huge.
It should be noted that in 2018, Snapdragon chipsets in the Android ecosystem have no competitors They did not matter. Although chips like the Dimensity 9000, Google Tensor, and Exynos 2200 with AMD GPUs look attractive right now, rival chips had a lot of problems at the time. MediaTek chips, for example, were mainly used for low-cost handsets, and the Exynos 9810 also struggled with processing cores based on the company's proprietary architecture.
If you are unfamiliar with the Poco F1, after reading these sentences, you may have the impression that this phone has nothing to say other than the chipset; But we must say that this phone was an attractive gadget in other areas as well. Although this phone came to market with a plastic body, but this body did not look bad at all. Xiaomi also used a screen cutout similar to the iPhone X for this phone.
Other features include a headphone jack and a microSD card slot. This is despite the fact that such characteristics began to disappear at that time. It also had a USB-C port, which although many of the handsets launched in 2018 used this feature, but on the other hand, companies such as Oppo and Vivo continued to use the microUSB port.
The battery of this phone also had a lot of prop fans. According to a study by the GSM Arena, the Poco F1's 4,000mAh battery lasts for about 94 hours. For comparison, we should mention the 78-hour durability of the Galaxy S9 and the 79-hour durability of the iPhone XS Max. There was also an 18-watt charger in the box, which allowed you to increase the battery from 0 to 35% in half an hour. The Xiaomi May 8 also lacked this feature. Of course, the speakerphone was also used for this purpose, but overall, the Poco F1 had a lot to say about the sound quality compared to the competitors. In addition to the above points, we should also mention the camera of this phone.
Xiaomi Poco F1
camera used Sony's 12-megapixel IMX363 sensor for the main camera of this phone. This camera lacked optical image stabilization, but thanks to the F/1.9 aperture, it allowed a lot of light to reach the sensor. It should be noted that this is the same sensor that Google uses up to 5 pixels. Below you can see some of the photos taken with this camera.
Overall, this camera took great photos in daylight, but had nothing to say in low light. We should also mention that it does not support 60 frames per second if 1080p or 4K resolution is used, but overall the videos had good sharpness and a high dynamic range.
Next to the main camera, A 5-megapixel depth-sensing sensor was also included, but there were no ultra-wide or telephoto cameras. It should be noted that thanks to the depth detection sensor on the back panel, this phone could perform portrait mode with great accuracy. The Poco F1 20-megapixel selfie camera also captures good photos in bright environments. . Once again, this phone was priced at about a third of the 2018 flagships, and achieving such capabilities would be a huge success for Xiaomi.
At the time, the MIUI interface was considered by some users to be one of the weaknesses of the Poco F1. However, it should be noted that this phone came with Android 8.1 and eventually received Android 10; Therefore, in terms of Xiaomi software support, it has performed well against this phone.
The GSM Arena site wrote at the end of the review of this phone: "It can easily be recommended." This is the best compliment we can give about a phone. Apart from using the best chipset of that time, Poco F1 had a lot to say in other areas and therefore found a lot of loyal fans all over the world.
After the release of this phone, there was no news about the Poco brand for a while, but now this brand has attracted a lot of attention again. We can now point to the Poco X3 Pro and Poco F3, both of which are indirect replacements for the F1. Despite their low price, these two phones have a lot to say about chipsets, displays, batteries and good cameras. Overall, the Poco F1 demonstrated the success of this approach, and now the Poco brand continues to do so.
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Source: GSM ArenaTags: xiaomi, poco, f1;, overview, amazingly, affordable, phone