- 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
Performance & Gaming
We all know the Pocophone F1 has one main selling point – the “master of speed” with Snapdragon 845 built in. While that’s true, we did discover some weird quirks about the Pocophone F1. First, let’s take a look at the specs first:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 4x Kryo 385 Gold @ 2.8GHz + 4x Kryo 385 Silver @ 1.8GHz
- Adreno 630 GPU @ up to 710MHz
- 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
- 4,000mAh Lithium-Polymer battery
- Android 8.1.0 Oreo with MIUI 9.6 POCO Edition
From the look of it, the core specs of the Pocophone F1 is pretty to other Snapdragon 845 devices like the ASUS ZenFone 5z – but in benchmarks, it did show some differences.
Comparing the benchmark score of the Pocophone F1, the CPU performance – be it single- or multi-core, it performs just as good as other Snapdragon 845 smartphone. However, when it comes to GPU performance in 3DMark, we’re unsure why the Pocophone F1 falls short. In other benchmarks, the GPU performance seems to be fine.
It might be because of the Pocophone F1’s software isn’t particularly well-optimized yet. In whichever case, let’s talk about gaming.
Gaming on the Pocophone F1
I have to say – gaming on this phone is great – as expected. Firstly, I played the usual games – Honkai Impact 3 at the highest of high settings. It runs at a full 60FPS with zero hiccups even on Sakura’s 3D open-ish world adventures. Then I moved on to PUBG Mobile, and I can play on the Pocophone F1 with the highest possible graphical settings with – once again, zero lag.
When it comes to thermals, Xiaomi did tout that the Pocophone F1 comes with “LiquidCool technology”. In truth, it means that the Pocophone F1 has a heatpipe. Though, when I played a round of PUBG Mobile, the phone stays in a relatively cool temperature despite having a polycarbonate back and with the TPU case installed. The screen did get a little warmer around the center, but other than that – it’s pretty good.
Compared to the Honor Play that we reviewed here, the Pocophone F1 is performing far better in terms of performance and keeping the phone cool. The Honor Play doesn’t even have a heatpipe!