Pocophone – Where did Xiaomi cut costs?14. October 2018
The Pocophone had a little hype over the past weeks. It has all the flashy ingredients of a 2018 flagship device and that for just 300 €.
But how did Xiaomi do it. Let’s talk a closer look at what you really get for your money.
High End Hardware
The combination of a snapdragon 845, 6 GB RAM and 4000 mAh battery sounds just right. Usually you get this components in smartphones that cost at least 800 €.
With it’s 6.2 Inch LCD the Pocophone is a big device. And although it has minimal bezels it doesn’t feel too comfortable in the hand. It feels like a really big phone. But that might depend on your hand size.
Another point that could be a reason the Pocophone doesn’t feel to great might be the plastic back. On premium devices you get metal or glass backs.
It is well build but just doesn’t feel like a high end premium device.
Display with Notch
The front looks like most 2018 Android phones. It got minimal bezels, a chin and a notch at the top. The corners seam to be a little bit more rounded on the pocophone than on most other smartphones. Despide that to phone looks really nice and modern.
The LCD itself gets bright and the color pop, although it doesn’t hold up to the best in the industry. The displays resolution is 1080p but the display still looks sharp.
Only the viewing angles are not that great. As soon as you twist the phone the screen darkens. But who is hold the phone this way?
The battery comes packed with 4000 mAh and lasted easily all day. If you need to top it off quickly you can use the quick charge adapter that is included in the box.
Unfortunately there is no wireless charging available. Cutting costs III
If you want to expand the 64 GB internal storage you can do that via SD-card or you could use a secondary SIM.
The pocophones even comes with dual-speakers that sound alright. But the main speaker is downward facing and can easily be covered. It becomes a rarity nowadays but the pocophone still packs a 3.5 mm headphone jack for all you cable lovers.
On the rear there is the fingerprint sensor, but I have to say I am not too happy with the position. I like fingerprint sensor on the back, but this one is so close to the cameras, that fingers leaves smudges on it all the time. Besides that the sensor works fast and reliable.
The pocophone held up really well till now but there are a few things left we need to talk about. There is no NFC build in, so no fast pairing or mobile payments.And there is no IP-Rating, so better keep the pocophone away from water.
Cameras better than expected
That brings us the the cameras and I really like the red accent around the cameras on the back. Here we find a 12 and a 5 MP camera. The secondary 5 MP camera is only used to get depth information for that bokeh effect.
The images come out much better than I thought. The dynamic range is good, the colors are nice and there are lots of details in the picture.
It might not be quite on par with the best cameras, but I really like the results.
The picture in low light are not that good but still better than most from smartphones in the 300 € price range.
Unfortunately there is no stabilization when you are recording 4K video so you better switch to 1080p. That looks much better. You can record 4K with 30 fps and with up to 240 fps in 1080p. The front camera has impressive 20 MP.
So you do get a lot of details in your shots, as long as you deactivate the beauty mode. The pictures are good in most lighting situations. Video can be recorded in 1080p but the stabilization isn’t very good.
Overall the cameras are much better than I thought. Although these are now the best cameras, I would say Xiaomi didn’t really cut costs here.
Software by Xiaomi
The pocophone is running Android 8.1 with MIUI, which is a very colorful variant of Android. It is definitely not my favorite Android skin, but that comes down to your personal preference.
I tried to answer the question, what you really get for your money with the pocophone. That would be great hardware, like the processor, RAM and battery. The screen looks good too and it has a very modern design too. That looks and sounds really premium at first glance.
But there are things were costs had to be cut. And I found 5 major points where costs were cut. That is why a few things a missing and some materials are not the best. Overall the pocophone is better than most smartphone in this price segment.
But still I wouldn’t call it a flagship killer. There are just a few things missing for that.