- Page 1: Introduction
- Page 2: Design
- Page 3: Connectivity and ports
- Page 4: Display
- Page 5: Cameras
- Page 6: Software - Android 8.1.0 with MIUI 9.6 POCO Edition
- Page 7: Performance & Gaming
- Page 8: Battery & Charger
- Page 9: Wrapping up the Pocophone F1 review
When I first saw the announcement of the Pocophone F1, the only thing I was worried about is the camera. The Mi A2 which we reviewed recently has a great camera – but what about the Pocophone F1?
When comparing the camera’s specs, the rear-facing camera of the Pocophone F1 is identical to the Redmi Note 5. However, we don’t have a Redmi Note 5 with us to do a side-by-side comparison.
By copy-pasting the rear-facing camera modules, the Pocophone F1’s price can once again be reduced.
Take a look at the specs:
- Rear-facing cameras (same as Redmi Note 5)
- 12MP sensor, 1/2.55-inch sensor and 1.4µm pixel size with f/1.9 aperture lens; dual-pixel PDAF
- 5MP f/2.0 depth sensor
- 20MP f/2.0 selfie camera
Only one thing remains – is the Pocophone F1 camera any good? Take a look at the picture samples down below.
I have to say – the camera surprised me. The shots look surprisingly good with high amount of details, vibrant and accurate colors, and good white balance.
However, the shutter is slow even in office lighting conditions and did cause a lot of shots to be blurry. The lack of stabilization – either optically or digitally – is part of the blame as well. However, in brightly lit conditions, the Pocophone F1’s camera is fantastic.
The Pocophone F1 has an “AI” mode as well. The differences are quite apparent, like brightening up the sky when it’s slightly gloomy and makes the green leaves greener. It might be a little too much sometimes, though. The scene detection is quite accurate, and toggling it on and off is also easy.
Here’s another comparison.
I honestly prefer without AI, honestly.
Night shots with the Pocophone F1 is doing well too – if there aren’t any moving subjects. The scenic night shot of this playground looks decent enough to be used in social media. Don’t bother zooming in and viewing at 100% crop – it’s noisy like my aunt.
The 20MP selfie camera is actually not as good as I want it to be. My first indoor selfie shot using the Pocophone F1 turned out blurry – which means the shutter isn’t that fast or the sensor compensates the darkness by prolonging shutter speed. The second shot I took was under a light bulb and that turned out quite okay.
Either way, the 20MP sensor with a fixed focus lens means that selfies aren’t sharp but they look decent. Once again, good enough for social media use.
Once again the Pocophone F1 has the same UI like the Xiaomi Mi A2 that we reviewed here, which does have its pros and cons.
The UI is relatively clean, but changing modes could be a pain in the rear. There is no method to “scroll” from the fully-automatic Photo mode to Manual mode instantly. You’ll have to go through the intermediate modes like the Square mode before ending up to Manual – which is quite a hassle.
The amount of modes remained more or less the same. “HHT” mode is missing but I suppose it’s already integrated as a part of the “AI” mode.