Software - Android 8.1.0 with MIUI 9.6 POCO Edition

Without any surprise, the Pocophone F1 was announced to use Xiaomi’s MIUI. Once again, we expect it to be a cost-saving step. However, Xiaomi did make it a tad bit more special for the Pocophone F1 – it’s using MIUI 9.6 POCO Edition.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

So what’s new with the MIUI 9.6 POCO Edition? Truth be told, nothing spectacular. There is a new theme made for the Pocophone F1 called POCO. Yes, I’m not joking – take a look at this screenshot.

Other features are just copied over from existing smartphones that are using MIUI. To their credit, MIUI’s gesture navigation is the best I’ve tried. It’s intuitive, responsive, and works all the time. Still, it takes some getting used to.

Xiaomi never once marketed the Pocophone F1 as a “gaming smartphone” in the product page, but it would be better if we can see something like Samsung’s Game Tools built into the MIUI 9.6 POCO Edition. I mean, many people are already looking at the Pocophone F1 as a gaming smartphone.

In terms of bloatware, yes – there are a few. Still, it’s only a small matter. They can be uninstalled. Actually, I find them useful – except for Skype.

Funny enough, during the setup process, I was prompted about setting up my fingerprint data for unlocking purposes – but I was never prompted about the face unlock. The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 actually comes with an infrared sensor that is dedicated for face unlock – which you have to navigate here to set it up.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 face unlock

Overall, in terms of software, the Pocophone F1 has nothing out of the ordinary. Then comes the next question – is the Pocophone F1 optimized for gaming?


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