Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Flagship for Europe – challenge to OnePlus

Yes, another flagship from Xiaomi. In addition to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and the Xiaomi Mi 8, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 becomes the manufacturer’s third smartphone with the Snapdragon 845 processor. The peculiarity: the Poco F1 is to come directly in Europe on the market and announce just OnePlus the fight.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Flagship for Europe - challenge to OnePlus

So far, the Pocophone F1 has not been officially presented. The design can only cobble together with a few leaks. A leak already gives information about the dimensions of the device. In the height we have 151 mm and in the width we have 76 mm, which is slightly smaller than the Xiaomi Mi 8. This is also due to the smaller screen size, the information situation in this regard is still a bit spongy. Either it is a 5.99 inch display like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S or it is 6.18 inches, so slightly smaller than the Mi 8 (6.21 inches).

Apparently it is again a Notch smartphone!

The back is not based on current practices of Xiaomi. The dual camera is again arranged vertically, but it sits relatively central and not in the upper left corner. What material is the whole, we can not say yet. Of course we hope again for the Xiaomi-typical processing; probably an aluminum unibody is used here.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Flagship for Europe - challenge to OnePlus

The case frame probably offers a lot of connections. A hybrid SIM slot should be part of the smartphone, memory expansion should therefore be possible, but you have to do then but with a SIM card. There is a USB Type-C port on the bottom and a 3.5 mm jack. That would be a clear plus over many other Xiaomi smartphones. Since the Mi 6 renounce the flagships of the manufacturer namely on the headphone jack.

Snapdragon 845 & big battery

An important clue to a flagship is the processor used. As mentioned earlier, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 comes with the Snapdragon 845 processor on the market, which is beyond all doubt. The eight Cryo 385 cores offer a clock frequency of 2.7 GHz and provide massive power. There are probably 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, but apparently it can be expanded.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Flagship for Europe - challenge to OnePlus
Also a first benchmark screenshot has already been leaked. It cuts very well!

Another special feature is the liquid cooling system, which is used to cool the processor. This would also explain the particularly high benchmark value. But we still have to wait for more details about how Xiaomi solved that.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Flagship for Europe - challenge to OnePlus

The camera is a dual cam and combines a 12.0MP sensor and a 5.0MP sensor. This could well be the same constellation as in the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. That would mean that it is the strong sensor from the Mi 8, which makes good photos. A few drawbacks you would have to do in portrait mode or low-light behavior, but can still count on good photos overall. There is also a 20.0MP sensor on the front.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Flagship for Europe - challenge to OnePlus

It will be interesting especially with the battery. Whole 4,000 mAh of battery capacity are said to slumber in the Pocophone F1. That would be identical to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, which – of course, because of a weaker processor – especially in terms of battery life can shine. Nevertheless, that is far beyond the battery capacity of the other Xiaomi flagships.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Marketing in Europe

You know it: A cool Xiaomi smartphone is introduced, comes in China on the market, we impatiently order the Chinese version, have to wait a long time, use it in English, eventually flash the Global ROM and then you can get the cell phone “right ” use. Not so with the Poco F1. Xiaomi apparently wants to make it available directly in Europe. This means it comes immediately as a global version with German language, LTE Volume 20 and CE Mark!

Xiaomi Pocophone F1: Flagship for Europe - challenge to OnePlus
The Pocophone was even leaked by mistake in a Romanian online shop.


If you leave the Notch out, everyone can agree on the Xiaomi Pocophone F1. Flagship processor, good camera, large battery, memory expansion, headphone jack, Volume 20, German software – what more could you want? Xiaomi apparently wants to finally break into Europe and attacks OnePlus directly. For apparently the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is already to be had starting from 430€ – the OnePlus 6 lies in Europe with something 500€ in the same execution.

A release could be this month, but apparently at the latest in September. We do not want to overstate expectations – we’re pretty excited ourselves – but so far Xiaomi has not revealed any details. If you ask me, you should think of another name. Pocophone, really Xiaomi?