I have a problem understanding the meaning of flagship and midrange. What do you mean when you say poco is not a flagship. Flagship specs, flagship camera, flagship support, flagship feauters, midrange display, plastic build. I dont get it how this phone count as "midrange". Display and the material is what differentiate flagship and midrange? Or it has to be perfect to be recocnised as a flagship like all those "perfect" flagships with +700$ price tag :))))
Midrange phones are just as fast as flagships, so if you do not intend to play PUBG mobile at highest settings then a midrange phone for the same price/money but without any of the Pocophone F1 problems, is a far better option!
Anonymous, 12 Jan 2019LOL ROFL Poco is the most innovative of 2018. Seriously is GSMArena this is your review?
You ... moreBuudy, If you really looking pocophone as flagship... sorry man, you are on wrong track.
That phone is made for core performance, not for amazing looks & style. Look at the price 1st. If you want flagship, you should pay flagship price. Pocophone is not for you brother.
BTW @Gsmarena, IR face unlock works preety well in most of the regions. Change your region & enjoy.
Nero123, 12 Jan 2019It doesn't make sense to compare it to the Note 9. You can compare it to the Galaxy S9 which g... moreI think the Mi 8 is a better comparison to flagships than the Poco which is mid-range in every way but internals.
I've decided to use all my phones without a case. What's the point of buying beautiful glass design and then stick it in a cheap and ugly looking protective case. In that case just buy Pocophone F1. I have Xiaomi Mi5 in white and it's amazing. Feels premium with double glass case, looks great despite many scratches on back because the glass is white and you don't even see the scratches. Same for fingerprints. You don't even see them on white glass. I also had Huawei Ascend P7 and it was also white. Before that, I had HTC Wildfire. Also in white. I just like white phones, they look pretty and are more durable than black ones.
Funny how it didn't mention how Xiaomi keeps pinging home even if you've turned off all ads and analytics stuff.
If you have a Xiaomi phone (if you don't, install POCO launcher, not sure about other Xiaomi apps but POCO launcher will definitely work)
1. install Intra app (the DNS changer app) and tick "Show recent DNS requests" at the bottom of the Intra app
2. turn off Wi-Fi/Mobile Data and turn it back on
3. you should see pings to Xiaomi or MIUI servers
4. also, it will ping every few minutes as long as you're connected to the Internet, I'm not sure how long since I didnt time it but check Intra app every few minutes if you're curious
List of Xiaomi servers it pings to and AdAway hosts file for rooted users who want to block it :
It doesn't make sense to compare it to the Note 9. You can compare it to the Galaxy S9 which goes for £500 on Amazon while the Pocophone F1 goes for £330. Sure the Pocophone is still the better deal despite its major shortcomings, but that comparison actually makes sense.
Hopefully this year they add NFC without major price increases and without removing the headphone jack.
LG Superfan, 12 Jan 2019At this price no compromise counts as negativeCan't really agree with you) Price is a characteristic of a product on a shelf, not of a smartphone itself)
For around 280 euros at the moment , this is really a steal, you're not going to find an SD 845 anywhere for this price, and if you're worried about the camera, install the pixel camera apk and you're good to go!
LG Superfan, 12 Jan 2019How is it huge downside?digital payment is common in us and europe, and some asian countries. without nfc, you need to use a dedicated nfc card which is a hassle to pick it up from your wallet because today we could've just use nfc from our phone.
My favorite phone, have bought this since day one and using it for more than 4 months. The plastic body is actually my favorite part: better signal reception (compared to iphone 6/8 and other android, in very weak signal area i saw other phones goes blank but F1 still has signal) very durable, no fingerprint at the back, no slippery, looks and feel totally premium. I hope Poco F2 keeps the plastic body and improve more on camera. Snapdragon 845/855 together with ufs 128gb and 6gb ram, 4000mAh battery are already flagship spec. Launcher is great, software great, very responsive, ufs very fast. Can't believe such phone even exist at that price point. When the F2 comes out i will buy 2 more and give to my family.
I almost...almost fall in love with Poco F1 but No NFC seperate us. I buy galaxy A8 2018 indeed.
Anonymous, 11 Jan 2019They killed this phone by not having NFC! I don't get YOUR concept of "killing". This phone sold out like crazy... So I guess it held up against the odds anyway
stoopie, 12 Jan 2019don't see why is better than lot of phones with sd660 chip for the same price or less.. or eve... moreLongevity, 845 will play most if not all mobile games for next 3 years, while 636/660 is stuttering in some graphics intense games already or not even supported altogether ie fortnite (next patch said to gives SD 660 support but probably on LOWEST quality setting)
This words seems familiar in this long-term review... *cough* iPhone 5C *cough*