12 September 2018
Xiaomi and OPPO are doing what hardcore competitors are known to do best. Each of them is trying to eat a pie out of others plate. While OPPO is eying a chunk of budget smartphone category via RealMe, Xiaomi has countered it by launching POCO F1 to grab its own share from OnePlus which is an undisputed king in budget Android Flagships.
Xiaomi recently surprised everyone with the aggressive pricing of its OnePlus Killer, the POCO F1. There were some noises around the build quality and sub-par materials used in making the POCO F1. In order to control pricing and undercut OnePlus, Xiaomi did have to cut corners especially in the materials used to make the POCOPHONE F1.
Let us have a look at the specifications of the world’s most affordable Android Flagship smartphone:
- 6.18-inch (2246 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18.7:9 2.5D curved glass display, Corning Gorilla Glass protection
- Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with Adreno 630 GPU
- 6GB/8GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB / 128GB/256GB (UFS 2.1) storage, expandable memory with up to 256GB with microSD
- Android 8.1 (Oreo) with MIUI 9, upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
- 12MP rear camera with dual LED Flash, f/1.9 aperture, Dual Pixel auto focus, a secondary 5MP camera
- 20MP front-facing camera with ƒ/2.0 aperture
- Fingerprint sensor, IR face unlock
- 3.5mm audio jack, Dirac HD, Dual Smart PA
- Dual 4G+ VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
- 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging
A twitter user @bang_gogo seems to have got hold of the POCO F1 and has posted a teardown video of the phone showing how easy it is to open the phone, repair and pack it again. Unlike most other premium phones that come with a metal unibody design, POCO F1 uses a polycarbonate (Plastic) back, kept in place with the help of a few screws. In fact, all the components are kept in place with the help of the same type of screws.
POCO F1 Teardown pic.twitter.com/Idqr2SyGnw— 📱 🖥️ 👦 👦 🔍 🇮🇩 (@bang_gogo_) August 28, 2018
In fact, to remove all the parts of the POCO F1 all you need is a screwdriver and a plastic tool to remove the connections. While the usage of not so premium internals meant that the phone is easily hackable (read repairable), It may be a turn off to many, easy reparability works well in favor of Xiaomi. Users may miss waterproofing on this phone, however, will take it any day given the value for money it offers already.