Intro

In the most recent development in the Android smartphone of things, we have a new brand called Pocophone. It’s by Xiaomi. Piggybacking Xiaomi’s fame and reputation, the Pocophone shook the world of smartphones by announcing the Pocophone F1 – the true flagship killer.

The reason why it’s the true flagship killer is simple – Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of RAM at just RM1,299 after SST. But how did Xiaomi make the price so low? What are the trade-offs? Here we’ll dive deep into the Pocophone F1 and discover why the price is so low.

Thanks to Xiaomi Malaysia for providing us a unit of the Pocophone F1 this early for us to do our in-depth review. Should we actually call it the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 or just Pocophone F1? Or Poco F1? I’m still quite confused – but I’m settling for Pocophone F1.

Unboxing

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

The Pocophone F1 comes in a beautiful black and yellow packaging design – which I find it to be uniquely simple and bold yet somewhat different from other smartphones out there. It has the words “Pocophone by Xiaomi” at the front and that’s it. Not even the model name “F1” is shown here.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Flipping the box over, we can see the list of specs of the Pocophone F1 together with some feature highlights. At the bottom right corner, it highlights the Pocophone F1 that we have here is in Graphite Black color and it has 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Opening up the box reveals more yellow color. Even the accessories compartment is in yellow.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Underneath the accessories compartment we can find the Pocophone F1 itself.

Under the Pocophone F1, we find the usual – charger and USB-C cable alongside with the SIM ejector tool.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

In summary of all the contents, the Pocophone F1 comes with a charger, USB-C cable, some documentation, the phone itself, a SIM ejector tool, and also a TPU case. Pretty basic, if you ask me. Still, the black and yellow color theme of the packaging is something that I think is special.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Xiaomi even included protection on the camera lenses with a piece of sticker – which is the first time we’ve seen such a thing!

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Materials
7
Software
8
Connectivity and ports
8
Screen
7
Specifications
10
Camera
7
Battery and charger
9
Value
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