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Pocophone F1

The Pocophone F1 has been around for some time now, but still makes it onto this list for the sheer value it brings to the table—even in the middle of 2019. There isn’t a F2 just yet, so let’s take a look at the F1’s pros and cons.

You get a flagship-level, albeit slightly older SoC, the Snapdragon 845, along with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB storage. There’s support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0, while most users will find the 4,000mAh to be more than enough.

On the other hand, the Pocophone F1’s downsides aren’t too depressing, especially if you’re shopping in this price range. The display, while decent enough, is a Full HD+ IPS display, even if the camera lacks Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), which can be very apparent while taking videos. The body is made from polycarbonate, which is basically plastic; some users find that it feels cheap, while others like the durability offered by the plastic.

For photos, the camera is somewhat disappointing if you put it side-by-side with flagships. But for the midrange category, I’d say that you’re getting on-par photos from the F1. It’s a dual-camera setup consisting of a 12 MP f/1.9 main sensor, along with a 5MP selfie camera.

In fact, Poco has been regularly updating the device over its lifetime thus far, and issues like Widevine L1 certification have been remedied via OTA updates. If you’re looking for raw power under the hood, and can live with the display, the Pocophone F1 ticks a lot of boxes. You can read more about the Pocophone F1 here.

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Pocophone F1—6GB RAM, 64GB storage—RM1,099

Pocophone F1—6GB RAM, 128GB storage—(only available at physical Mi Stores)

Where to buy:
Online: Lazada, Shopee
Store: Authorised Xiaomi retailers

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