Overview of smartphone Xiaomi Pocophone F1: to be rather than to seem
Policy for the development of sub-brands Huawei and ZTE have a similar. And Honor, and Nubia is targeted primarily at the youth audience, which offers a relatively simple and low-cost smartphones with nice performance and technology, “tested” devices “main” brands. Xiaomi did not invent anything new – Pocophone takes the same course. The first smartphone of the new brand is called Pocophone F1 – he’s got a deliberately simple design, the camera without special claims and LCD screen (not OLED, as in Mi 8), but claims to be the most inexpensive device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 on Board.
In addition, in Pocophone F1 (Yes, the Xiaomi compare mobile racing car) installed a battery of 4000 mAh, 6 GB RAM LPDDRX4, we use a specially designed shell (MIUI for POCO) and it is argued that a particularly effective cooling system that will squeeze all of the powerful platform. Here and check.
|Xiaomi Pocophone F1||Xiaomi Mi 8||Honor 10||ASUS Zenfone 5||Nokia 7 Plus|
|Display||6.18 inch, IPS, 2246 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6.21 inches, AMOLED, 2246 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.84 inch, IPS,
2280 × 1080 pixels, 432 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.2 inch, IPS, 2246 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6 inch, IPS,
2160 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass (version unknown)||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass (version unknown)||Corning Gorilla Glass (version unknown)||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz||HiSilicon Kirin 970: Quad core ARM Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz; architecture HiAI||Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (eight cores Kryo 260, 1.8 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660: eight cores Kryo 260, 2.2 GHz|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 630, 710 MHz||Adreno 630, 710 MHz||ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 850 MHz||Adreno 509, 720 MHz||Adreno 512, 850 MHz|
|RAM||6 GB||6 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||64/128 GB||64/128/256 GB||64/128 GB||64 GB||64 GB|
|Memory card support||There||No||No||There||There|
|Connectors||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||UMTS 850/900/1900/2100||UMTS 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): ranges not specified||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||5.0||5.0||4.2 (aptX HD)||5.0||5.0|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|Face recognition||No||Front camera with IR led||Front camera||Front camera||Front camera|
|The main camera||Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,9 + 5MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization (main camera)||Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization (main camera)||Dual module, 24 + 16 MP, ƒ/1,8, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 8 megapixel, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/1,75 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.6, the phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash|
|Front camera||20 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||20 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||24 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash||8 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus|
|Food||Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery by 12.54 W·h (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 14.44 W·h (3800 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||155,5 × 75,2 × 8.8 mm (the normal version), 155,7 × 75,5 × 8.9 mm (“armored” version)||154,9 × 74,8 × 7.6 mm||149,6 × 71,2 × 7.7 mm||153 × 75,65 × 7.7 mm||158,4 × 75,6 × 9,55 mm|
|Weight||182 grams (normal version), 187 grams (“armored” version)||175 grams||153 grams||155 grams||183 grams|
|Operating system||Android 8.1.0 Oreo, shell MIUI for POCO||Android 8.1.0 Oreo, shell MIUI||Android 8.1 Oreo, shell EMUI||Android 8.0 Oreo, shell ZenUI||Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)|
|Current price||23 600 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 28 90 rubles for the version 6/128 GB||30 210 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 32 200 rubles for the version 6/128 GB 33 950 rubles for the version 6/256 GB||23 490 rubles for the version 4/64 GB or 25 500 rubles for the version 4/128 GB||27 320 Rubles||27 990 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
I have the feeling that Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has decided to join fashion trends and deliberate simplification. See for yourself: in the smartphone combines the cut style of the iPhone X (and many imitators on Android), a fairly large frame around the display format 19:9 and a thick body with a back cover made of plastic.
For lovers of something a little different there, though, “armored” (as it is called by the manufacturer) version with a backrest made of carbon fiber. It does not Pocophone F1 unkillable – no standards sealed stated. Yes, and the front panel is made of a regular, though tempered, glass, not polymers, as for example in Moto Z Force. If you drop the “armored” carbon Pocophone, it would likely get old cobweb of cracks and the need to change the display.
Colors for Pocophone F1 has two – “black” and blue. Black we took the quotes for the simple reason that it is possible to detect just by looking at the pictures. This is the version we had for testing. It’s funny that even on the official Russian site Xiaomi Poco picture of a black F1 is called “version-grey”, but on the box however says “Grafite Black”. Such are the subtleties of Chinese.
But the coating on the back panel of the plastic, carbon — look much more practical in terms of preserving the appearance. If you like to use your smartphone without a case (like me, for example: gadgets with a six inch screens are large enough to increase their number by “clothes”), you can do it pretty quietly. Back Pocophone F1 will retain its pristine appearance for a very long time.
Case when this is complete – dark, silicone pretty bad adjacent to the housing. For the first time, it will fit perfectly, but it is better to replace with something better and more noble-looking. This advice, however, applies to all silicone cases, which today are placed in boxes with smartphones.
Dimensions Pocophone F1 is not much different from Xiaomi Mi 8 – it is thicker, of course (8.8 mm vs 7.6 mm), but the General feel of the dimensions are very similar. Noticeable frame around the screen does not prevent him to remain a representative of a new class of normal smartphone with a huge display. To call it a shovel is not desirable.
But this smartphone will not name – and prevent the already mentioned thick frame, and a boring color, and the single camera unit with the fingerprint scanner, markedly protruding above the case.
This single unit with the move raises questions — about the same, which was and is the Samsung Galaxy S8+. And, alas, they do not disappear in the course of using the gadget. Find recessed in the housing, the scanner is not difficult, but the finger and then sliding onto one of the lenses of the camera, and sometimes the optics get and does the first movement. So wipe the camera lens will often.
He is a classic fingerprint sensor, capacitive, triggered – at least to see “by eye” delay compared to the behavior of the best scanners I have did not work. Facial recognition in settings Pocophone F1 I find this Xiaomi smartphone even installed IR illumination, but again hid the feature to future updates. It’s been over a month since the release of the Mi 8 the international arena, and the problem is still not solved.
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Family Pocophone Xiaomi decided to create a special version of MIUI. However, the special shell — sounds too loud, in reality, talking about cosmetic changes. Some of them are very nice: icons finally got rid of the ugly framework to the application menu you can sort by type or by color of the icons (really very comfortable), the number of labels that fit on one screen, plus the shell is now better adapted to work with “monopoly”. Part is not so obvious: for example, change notifications, and settings menu. Also “MIUI for POCO” must work faster than normal MIUI, but it does not feel the speed is quite normal, comparable to the one that we saw in the Mi 8 (same hardware platform). Stability – not a horse of the shell, hovering in a particular application during the testing I watched more than once.
About an improved adaptation of the sheath for a neck I already said, because it was tested with this smartphone, and with any more, so to prevent the same mistakes that MIUI for Mi 8, would be inexcusable. But with the hiding “bangs” using the fill status bar with black color the same problem – space is filled with more than you need. With pixel precision why it is not winged, and the result is somehow sloppy.
Display and sound
In Pocophone F1 is set quite ordinary LCD display with IPS-matrix diagonal of 6.18 inches and a resolution 2246 × 1080 pixels – we’re already starting to get used to these uneven numbers. Pixel density of 403 ppi, the viewing angles are normal. All as we are accustomed to: not on a flagship level (there are already almost everywhere OLED), but for this price quite.
But some angles will not be full – it is important to display well proved themselves in different lighting conditions and was well set up. From the first he is not a measurement of the brightness level is 419 CD/m2 . This is even lower than the OLED display, which is set in the “real” flagship Xiaomi – Mi 8. And for the LCD screen it means only one thing – in direct sunlight the picture fades, using a smartphone is not too comfortable.
Measured contrast – 1357:1. Combined with the highest brightness it gives the expected good black level.
The new version of the shell for the most part preserved the same settings. In particular, there is a screen adjustment color tone (from cool to warm) and setting “contrast”, which, in fact, is work with color coverage. You can provide manage the device itself depending on the situation (adaptive mode – an analogue True Tone) and to get the cool colors. Fans of the correct pictures recommended to set the preset “standard contrast” with which I tested the color reproduction of the display.
The average gamma value is 2,18 curves behave calmly. Color temperature is around standard – 6500 K. the average deviation of DeltaE scale Color Checker including a wide range of colors and shades of gray, made up 1.59 at a rate of 3.00 and standard of 2.00. Color gamut in this mode is almost exactly the same as the standard sRGB triangle. You can rarely find a smartphone with so exact display settings. Pocophone F1 is pleasantly surprising.
A bit surprising Pocophone F1 in terms of sound. First, on-site mini-Jack yeah, no dust and moisture protection, but many manufacturers don’t even try to pretend that the refusal of analog audio associated with an improvement in the tightness of the device. Second, “pokopen” got stereo speakers – God knows what quality, but the thrill of watching videos on Youtube they’re still changing. Sound quality through wired headphones can be described as “normal”. Bonus – smartphone-standards aptX and aptx HD that allows you to transmit high-resolution audio wirelessly.