If it wouldn't be for missing NFC, I would recommend it to anyone that asks me. As it is, I can't really do that. That missing NFC is huge downside.
LOL ROFL Poco is the most innovative of 2018. Seriously is GSMArena this is your review?
You have slapped on face of Samsung Galaxy S9 and many other flagships.
I mean what is there in Poco F1 its screen is not durable at all on one fall the front of the screen breaks t adding GG3, there is always a screen bleeding issue, No NFC, No OLED Display or atleast a HDR10 Compliant display, No Metal body, Low sound quality, bullshit cameras, plastic buttons. On flagship phone can we accept a plastic body?
Only a phone with SD845 processor is eligible for a flagship category?
Its clearly a cheap quality phone which shows only numbers and act as a flagship but on real it is not. A term Flagship should be innovative enough otherwise there is no rights to add a title as Flagship to this phone. Its clearly a midranger not a flagship.
Poco F1 in 2018 is born to show only numbers i.e 845 and nothing else. Playing high graphics game should have a better processor agree but to view that game to its extent should have a better display you forgot.
All other internals except sd845 are of entry level even they are not of midrange level.
After reading this post people will think that only numbers are enough do hell with the innovations.
We need quality over quantity.
don't see why is better than lot of phones with sd660 chip for the same price or less.. or even 636... for little better frame rate in several games?
Nicolas F, 11 Jan 2019But it's not "budget", budget smartphones don't cost $300-350 =)What we should call it then? Flagship definitely is not $300-$350 either :) Perhaps low flagship or high budget?lol
I think one issue not addressed at any tests is that although it spec wise is closer to flagship, pricewise it’s a midrange. So instead of thinking that Poco will or can take shares from Note 9, assume it will attract buyers from Nokia (Nokia 6, runs SD625 and cost almost the same), Motorola (G6 plus, please..., SD630 for the same price) etc. It is guaranteed the best specked midranger all in all.
So yeah, no one that can and wants to buy a Mate 20, Note 9 etc will buy a Poco. But the rest should instead of buying mediocre phones for the same price. Otherwise you should drop even lower to low/mid prices 150-200€ which today probably offers the greatest value for money ever.
Don't make them raise the prices by adding unneeded expenses ,for Indian market it's enough
I do not understand all this "not working in Europe stuff". If you set the region in the settings to Poland, everything works in this phone, that you mentioned that it did not in the review. Even the face scanner.
The placement of fingerprint reader that close to cameras - it's just awful =(
That, and lack of Google Pay support, is what don't make it a really good smartphone.
It makes me remember lumia's which got better with each software update, for free.
Who not want to get a lot for less, sort of magic. With new xiaomi redmi note 7 for about half of pocophone, you get similarly some impressive specs even if not perfect, it delivers basic upgrades(like for camera, screen) for the price of 1/6+ of others. Its flagship-mass-killer.
Still, the pocophone did surely help realize what people need in phone the most - cameras, screen, updates and price that helps you keep with the trend of new features being released sooner and sooner.
You know Pocophone has really good support of aftermarket support on XdA. Xiaomi releases kernel sources promptly and have also distributed the phone to developers of custom ROMs. Just head over to XDA and flash a aosp pie ROM and save yourself from a major downside of this phone. The ROMs are Mich better and stable from MiUI. Its like having Pixel's software on Pocophone
hnbl, 11 Jan 2019Indeed the google camera app port makes the photos a ton better. Low light pictures especially... moreYes. You can search the lens. Its the pixel 2 lens xiaomi have been using. With the stock app its fine, still amazing for the price. But with this google port its miracle how good the photos are.
Indeed the google camera app port makes the photos a ton better. Low light pictures especially. Pocophone uses the same Sony sensor as Pixel phones or so i read. It was just poor software i presume from Xiaomi's own camera app. Google it how to do it...it is extremely easy and the results are mindblowing.
I do agree though the huge notch is a downpoint (as with most 2018 phones). Before the last update there was option to "hide notch" in setting but inexplicably they removed it from options. Horrible decision. I installed an app that hides it but it is not so efective. The app is Nacho Notch. Finally, also agree that the chin round bezel and the speakers are downpoints also. The screen is LCD and, thus, not so shiny as OLED...but for me, as with TVs, the risk of burn in in OLEDs is not worth it.
Apart from that....this phone is unbelievably good. Hard to believe it only costs around 300 euros in Europe (i payed 339 for the 128gb version on a physical reputable store where i know will be easy to activate 2 year warranty if needed). The cooling system works great and with a SD845 you can play top games fresh and fast for hours straight!! The battery is amazing. Camera (with google app) is amazing also. This is definitely the deal of 2018 smartphone wise.
Do you know what's worse than notch ?
Why are you loving this trash ?
It's really the worst trend in 2018 it was youtubers first who start recommanding stock android and now everyone wants stock android just stop following these idiots stop saying 'oh if it come with stock android it will become great' I'm happy that no company is listening to you
Custom ui is the only thing that differenciate brands all come with the same design same chipsets same displays... when you I buy samsung I want to feel that it's samsung not just another google phone
Stock android is a trash
Google camera port is missing in this review! Its magic. I take better photos compare to almost any new flagship beside pixels and maybe xs. If your considering this phone and have any doubt about camera that maybe its not good enough, actually get a pocophone qnd test it yourself. I was hoping for a mention from gsm.
Beside that, Im changing from samsungs (2014-2018) and before that apple (2010-2014) and the only thing im missing is samsung oleds and of course that notch makes it even worse. Its seriously ruins the whole android notification system. I feel like im on ios and thats not a good thing. Literaly the only reasons im considering change this early after 3 month.