Xiaomi POCO F1 Design, Display, Speed, and Smoothness Review

There are solely a handful of Android smartphones that we will confidently name recreation changers. The legendary HTC Evo 4G proved that Android smartphones had what it took to compete with the iPhone. The 2013 HTC One confirmed us that Android smartphones couldn’t solely deal with the iPhone when it comes to construct high quality, however far surpass it. Then got here the OnePlus One in 2014, the one smartphone that really deserved its “Flagship Killer” moniker, the smartphone that gave us Android nerds what we needed with out costing a fortune. After which there’s Xiaomi—the Chinese language smartphone producer that exploded onto the scene with costs that undercut principally everyone. We topped Xiaomi’s Redmi Word three the king of the finances smartphone realm again in 2016, and now Xiaomi is again with one other smartphone with a worth virtually as radical: the Xiaomi Poco F1, also referred to as the Xiaomi Pocophone F1.

Underneath a brand new model referred to as “Poco,” Xiaomi hopes to disrupt the flagship smartphone market with Poco telephones in the identical approach their price range Redmi telephones as soon as did. At a worth of Rs. 20,999 in India, Poco will provide you with a Poco F1 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip, 6GBs of RAM, four,000mAh battery, 6.18″ FHD+ show, twin 12MP and 5MP rear cameras, a 20MP front-facing digital camera, 64GBs of inner storage expandable with a microSD card slot, Android eight.1 Oreo, and face unlock enhanced with an infrared sensor. You gained’t discover a comparable smartphone at this worth level.

However top-tier specs alone don’t make a smartphone nice. There are all the time compromises to bear, however with the Poco F1, Xiaomi is aiming to please the Android fanatic demographic. That’s why the corporate is emphasizing the Poco F1’s efficiency, notably relating to gaming, real-world responsiveness, and benchmarks. Is the Xiaomi Poco F1 the “Master of Speed” in the identical method the OnePlus One was the “Flagship Killer?” On this evaluate, we check the Poco F1’s Velocity and Smoothness to seek out out, however we’ll additionally offer you our ideas on the Design and Show so you’ll be able to contemplate whether or not the Poco F1 is the telephone for you.

About this assessment: I’ve the Armoured Version Pocophone F1 bought in India, branded because the Poco F1. The Poco F1 unit was offered by Poco India for reviewing functions.

DesignDisplayBenchmarksGaming AnalysisUX SpeedUI SmoothnessConclusion

Xiaomi Poco F1 Specs (click on to broaden desk)

SpecificationElementSpecificationElementSoftware programAndroid eight.1 Oreo with MIUI 9ConnectivityHybrid twin SIM slot (nano SIM + nano SIM/microSD). Twin 4G VoLTE, GPS, USB Sort-C port. No NFCCPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 (8x Kyro 385 cores – 4x modified Cortex-A75, 4x modified Cortex-A55). “LiquidCool” know-how.Audiothree.5mm headphone jack. Dirac HD sound.GPUAdreno 630Rear cameras
  • 12MP Sony IMX363 + 5MP Samsung, f/1.75
  • 1.4μm pixel measurement
  • Photograph decision: 4032×3024 pixels
  • Twin LED flash
  • Helps 4K video recording, doesn’t help optical picture stabilization
  • Digital zoom/twin zoom
  • AF: Twin-Pixel autofocus
  • Digital Picture Stabilization (EIS)
RAM and storage6GB LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 storage

8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB UFS 2.1 storage

(microSD help as much as 256GB)

Entrance-facing cameras
  • 20MP, f/2.zero
  • Face unlock
  • Photograph decision: 2592×1940pixels
  • Helps 1080p video recording
  • Digital Zoom
  • AF: Fastened focus
  • Portrait mode
Batteryfour,000 mAh with Fast Cost four.zero helpFingerprint scannerSure (rear-mounted)Show
  • 6.18″ 2246×1080 decision LCD IPS show. 19:9 facet ratio with a show notch.
  • 16.7 million colours
  • 500 nits brightness
Within the field
  • Xiaomi Poco F1
  • Clear case
  • USB C charger and plug
  • SIM eject device
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)ColoursMetal Blue, Rosso Purple, Graphite Black, Armoured VersionBluetoothBluetooth 5.zero LECommunity bands
  • GSM 900/1800
  • UMTS band 1/eight
  • LTE band 1/three/7/eight/20/38/40

Design

In an period the place each premium flagship smartphone sports activities some type of glass and metallic physique, Poco has opted for a great previous polycarbonate plastic as their materials of selection. My evaluate system is the Poco F1 Armored Version, nevertheless, I had a chance to spend some hands-on time with the common polycarbonate fashions on the occasion. I’ve to say they don’t really feel low cost by any means. Actually, they appear much more thrilling: Rosso Purple, particularly, is extra interesting than my uninteresting and boring-looking Armored Version. The rationale for the selection of plastic is little question a cost-saving measure, however nonetheless, it also needs to add to the general sturdiness of the gadget—making it extra more likely to stand up to an unintentional drop or two in comparison with its moderately fragile glass counterparts.

The entrance is roofed by Gorilla Glass three. Not the hardest on the market, however nonetheless, it’s good to know there’s some degree of safety on board. The notch holds an array of sensors together with these used for face unlock, a proximity sensor, and a entrance digital camera module. The notification LED has been relocated to the underside and is properly hidden underneath the chin.

Separate quantity management keys and an influence button are on the correct aspect whereas the left holds the hybrid SIM tray. On the very prime, yow will discover the three.5mm headphone jack and a secondary microphone to assist block out noise throughout calls. Lacking from the listing right here is an IR blaster which is sort of ubiquitous on Xiaomi telephones. The choice to forgo the IR blaster is probably going because of the tight design constraint the corporate was working with. Certainly, after together with these sensors on the prime for the face unlock mechanism, it doesn’t appear to be there was any area left to accommodate an IR Blaster. It’s not an enormous deal for me, nevertheless it’s one thing to remember should you’re coming from a Xiaomi system and have grown accustomed to utilizing that function.

Shifting to the again, you’ll discover a vertically-aligned twin digital camera setup located on the higher half. The fingerprint sensor is situated slightly below the digital camera and is barely recessed so you possibly can simply find it by contact with out by chance smudging the digital camera lens. There’s no digital camera bump, which is an enormous aid after seeing so many units with them in 2018. Lastly, the model emblem and a tiny dot, which the corporate says is required as a part of the Kevlar manufacturing course of, are situated on the underside.

The system feels strong and provides a sense of reassurance when in your hand. Because of chamfered edges and strong grip, single-handed use shouldn’t be a problem right here. The corners are well-rounded and don’t dig into your palm. Because the system is all-plastic, you don’t get distracting antenna strains operating on the highest and backside—a standard design apply amongst units manufactured from metallic for sign transmission—permitting for a clear and seamless look. The body, too, is made out of plastic, which I initially mistook for metallic as a consequence of its good matte end, and solely later realized once I tried to scratch the floor. The facility and quantity buttons are the one elements made from metallic.

As an added bonus, the system can also be splash resistant as just lately confirmed by the corporate. Meaning it ought to simply stand up to unintentional water splashes and different liquid spills. Nevertheless, you gained’t have the ability to immerse it in a water tank or take it with you right into a pool because it’s not waterproof.

In the long run, there’s nothing to complain about relating to the Poco F1’s design. It’s not going to win any design awards, nevertheless it will get the job completed with out compromising any usability—which is totally positive for a tool of this worth.


Show

The Poco F1 is utilizing a 6.19-inch IPS LCD panel provided by Chinese language show maker Tianama. The panel itself is excellent high quality and one of many higher LCD panels we’ve got seen up to now. Colours are vibrant and true to life and the distinction ratio is superb as nicely for an LCD panel. Viewing angles are additionally spectacular and even when seen at off angles, there’s no noticeable colour shifting. The show is calibrated to sRGB colour area and provides correct shade copy. There’s no help for wider colour gamut like DCI-P3, however on the plus aspect, it does help HDR content material. The utmost brightness in guide mode is 450nits. Whereas within the automated mode, in addition to when viewing HDR content material, it will possibly go as much as 500nits.

In case the default colours aren’t punchy sufficient for you, the Poco F1 additionally gives numerous colour profiles inside its settings to allow you to regulate shade temperature, white stability, and distinction as per your liking. The daylight visibility can also be wonderful and I’ve had no concern utilizing the system outdoor on brilliant sunny days in Ahmedabad. Positive, it doesn’t get as vibrant as Samsung’s OLED panels, however it will get shiny sufficient to the purpose the place you’ll be able to comfortably view an image or learn textual content on the display. To additional enhance outside visibility, you can even set the distinction to auto mode, which mechanically ramps up the distinction and different show parameters when viewing a photograph or watching a video.

Whereas we’ve no concern with the standard of the show itself, one factor we discovered a bit irritating is that the radius of the underside corners is unusually giant. It’s not that we don’t like spherical corners, however the show corners on the Poco F1 are abnormally rounded to the purpose the place it’s truly slicing into content material in apps. And it’s not nearly visible aesthetic both: The weird roundness of corners additionally impacts the consumer expertise in video games the place indicators, buttons, and textual content situated in far proper corners get barely minimize off in panorama mode. For instance, in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the community indicator is totally blocked whereas the battery icon can also be barely reduce.

Another video games are affected as nicely, however the excellent news is that it doesn’t hamper gameplay as most video games don’t push important controls or buttons to date into the corners. Nonetheless, it provides to a poor consumer expertise and raises the query whether or not sufficient testing was completed earlier than finalizing the design decisions.

Whereas we’re with reference to the show, let’s additionally speak about display bleeding. It seems that some Poco F1 models exhibit mild bleeding across the backside a part of the show. The depth of bleeding varies throughout units however based mostly on the pictures offered to me by some customers I can affirm that the difficulty does exist on a number of models. It’s not current on each system and appears extra like a batch-related challenge. Identical to different reviewers, my unit doesn’t exhibit any such bleeding.

Minor backlight bleeding shouldn’t be unusual on LCD panels, and comparable points have been reported by different customers of notched-LCD units as nicely. Since that is associated to show hardware, it may well’t be fastened with a software program replace. The upside is that on most affected units, the bleeding is simply noticeable when the display is displaying a strong colour or darkish background. In case your system reveals extreme bleeding to the purpose the place it hampers your regular viewing expertise, you must undoubtedly think about changing your system for those who’re nonetheless underneath the alternative interval.


Benchmarks

With Xiaomi stressing closely on the efficiency capabilities of the Poco F1, will probably be fascinating to see whether or not these claims certainly translate to a greater and quicker real-world efficiency. We put the Xiaomi Poco F1 via a collection of exams to emphasize not solely its uncooked hardware potential but in addition, and maybe much more importantly, its real-world efficiency.

Futuremark’s PCMark is a regular benchmark device that places the system by way of a collection of widespread, on a regular basis workloads reminiscent of net shopping, video modifying, and photograph modifying. On this regard, it’s a extra dependable predictor if real-world efficiency than most parts of varied benchmarks reminiscent of AnTuTu or Geekbench four, which use particular, computationally-taxing algorithms for his or her workloads and thus the outcomes won’t be as helpful when taken as a proxy for a tool’s ensuing UI efficiency in purposes.

Beginning with PCMark’s shopping check, which measures the efficiency of net web page rendering and makes use of the native Android WebView, we see the Poco F1 performing just about in keeping with different top-tier units whereas abandoning final yr’s flagship units.

The video check makes use of OpenGL ES 2.zero, the native Android MediaCodec API, and ExoPlayer to emphasize the video enjoying, modifying, and saving efficiency. That is additionally a superb check of CPU responsiveness in addition to the chipset’s decoder/encoder efficiency. Right here, the Xiaomi Poco F1 lags behind the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9+ Snapdragon variant and the Google Pixel XL 2, which takes the primary spot on this check, nevertheless it scores nearer to the OnePlus 6.

The photograph modifying check masses up a set of pictures, applies widespread results to them, and tweaks some parameters earlier than lastly saving them. The check depends on the newest model of the Android renderscript API which is usually leveraged by picture processing apps for operating computationally intensive duties, which in flip, is an effective check of each CPU in addition to GPU acceleration. Right here, the Poco F1 leads the chart with a cushty margin over the OnePlus 6 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ Snapdragon variant.

Lastly, in each the Knowledge Manipulation and ultimate PCMark Efficiency rating, the Poco F1 manages to edge out the OnePlus 6 by a small margin and takes the primary spot whereas handily beating the Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S9+ and final yr’s flagships. Whereas the outcomes thus far are fairly spectacular and converse for themselves, whether or not they truly carry over to improved efficiency in actual life is one thing we’ll be testing within the subsequent sections.


Gaming Evaluation

One of many highlights of the Xiaomi Poco F1 is its highly effective gaming efficiency, and whereas we all know concerning the Adreno 630’s uncooked capabilities, an OEM’s implementation additionally performs an necessary position. The corporate has included what they’re calling a “LiquidCool” system (a copper warmth pipe) to unfold out extreme warmth from the processor to different areas when operating intensive workloads reminiscent of gaming. The thought itself isn’t as novel as Poco would really like you to consider. It’s a standard follow amongst high-end units, and we’ve got already seen OEMs like Samsung, Sony, and Razer making use of copper warmth pipes of their units. That stated, it’s nonetheless a pleasant perk to have on this worth vary, however whether or not it actually fulfills its objective, we’ll discover out within the subsequent part.

We examined in style recreation titles from the Google Play Retailer on the Xiaomi Poco F1 and used GameBench to gather statistics similar to body fee, energy consumption, and reminiscence utilization throughout our periods. GameBench makes it attainable for any individual to check a cellular recreation’s efficiency on an Android system utilizing both an Android or desktop app.

Beginning with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (generally often known as PUBG), we see the system having no challenge dealing with this graphics intensive recreation on most settings. The Poco F1 was capable of persistently hit the 40FPS ceiling with ease all through the period of the gameplay.

PUBG — Framerate over time

PUBG Cellular is a wonderful selection for assessing a tool’s gaming capabilities. Constructed on Unreal Engine four, the critically acclaimed battle royale recreation is among the most graphically intensive cellular video games on the market with nice graphics that basically stretch the system’s GPU capabilities. Enjoying PUBG Cellular on its most settings makes for an excellent expertise and that too with this consistency and smoothness was actually spectacular.

PUBG – Different stats

Subsequent, we performed Asphalt 9: Legends, an up to date model of the extensively in style Asphalt eight. The brand new model was developed by Gameloft’s Barcelona studio and options improved graphics, higher multiplayer help, new prestigious automobiles, and a return of nitro shockwave, a well-liked function of earlier Asphalt installments that was lacking in Asphalt eight.

Asphalt 9: Legends — Framerate over time

Whereas it’s not as graphically demanding as PUBG Cellular, the sport is likely one of the hottest racing titles on the Google Play Retailer with over 5 million installations in lower than 2 months after launch. The Xiaomi Poco F1 handles Asphalt 9: Legends with relative ease and with no signal of body drop or lagging throughout our 15-minute session. It’s a disgrace that the sport is capped at 30FPS even on the utmost settings, as flagship units these days are clearly much more succesful than that, and we actually hope Gameloft will step up their recreation on this regard.

Asphalt 9: Legends — Different stats

Arising subsequent is Lineage 2: Revolution, developed by Netmarble. The sport makes use of the Unreal Engine four engine and has some actually spectacular graphics for a smartphone recreation, together with having an enormous recreation world.

Lineage 2: Revolution — Framerate over time

Enjoying this recreation on most settings on the Xiaomi Poco F1 wasn’t a very clean crusing and there have been some events the place we skilled dropped frames and lagging, however for probably the most half, it delivered respectable efficiency with the median of 57FPS with 92% stability.

Lineage II: Revolution — Different stats

We additionally took Fornite Cellular for Android for a spin. We performed three consecutive matches on Epic settings and got here away glad. The body price remained fairly secure all through our periods. The sport continues to be within the beta part so there have been some hiccups, however general the efficiency was very a lot consistent with different high-end units we examined earlier on. Sadly, we couldn’t report the sport metrics in GameBench as Epic Video games patched the one workaround that allowed enjoying the sport with USB Debugging enabled. However from our subjective expertise, customers shouldn’t have any challenge enjoying this graphically intensive recreation when it arrives within the secure channel later this yr.

The Xiaomi Poco F1 maxed out the FPS ceiling of just about each recreation we examined whereas nonetheless sustaining superb stability all through the gameplay. With full brightness, recreation settings set to most, and ambient temperature as excessive as 34°C, the system didn’t get uncomfortably scorching even throughout lengthy gaming periods each indoors and outside. In a marathon PUBG Cellular session by which we performed 6 consecutive matches for round 2 hours and 25 minutes, the system was capable of maintain its excessive efficiency with none thermal throttling or insufferable temperature ranges.

So far as the gaming efficiency is worried, the Xiaomi Poco F1 doesn’t disappoint on its guarantees. Greater battery coupled with a warmth dissipation system permits for lengthy and prolonged gaming periods with out inviting vital thermal throttling. A devoted gaming mode with granular controls can be a pleasant addition to additional enhance the gaming expertise, it’s and one thing which may simply be carried out in a future replace. For these on the lookout for a tool with critical gaming efficiency within the mid-range worth bucket, the Xiaomi Poco F1 certainly deserves your consideration.


UX Velocity

Beginning out with the appliance opening velocity check, we measured the chilly begins of Gmail, Google Play Retailer, and YouTube. Remember that we aren’t measuring the time it takes for an app to be absolutely rendered with all its parts drawn on the display. Moderately, we’re utilizing a proxy by recording the time it takes for the app to create the primary exercise of the appliance. The time measure we embrace encompasses launching the appliance course of, initializing its objects, creating and initializing the exercise, inflating the exercise’s format, and drawing the appliance for the primary time. It ignores inline processes that don’t forestall the preliminary show of the appliance, which in flip means the recorded time just isn’t actually affected by extraneous variables comparable to community velocity fetching burdensome belongings.

Poco claims as much as 28% quicker app opening speeds when in comparison with the OnePlus 6 and they even showcased a video through the stay keynote evaluating app startup occasions on each units by which the Poco F1 truly managed to surpass the OnePlus 6. Whereas we will’t confirm these claims (given we weren’t unable to check each units regionally in preferrred circumstances), the appliance launch occasions, usually, are actually quick, and opening a number of purposes in fast succession doesn’t appear to decelerate the gadget in any respect. Faster opening and closing animations, quicker flash storage, CPU boosting, and useful resource caching means the Xiaomi Poco F1 flies by way of software launching and multitasking. The distinction in velocity is far more noticeable for those who’re coming from a price range or mid-range gadget.

For the sake of comparability, right here’s a desk displaying the app launching occasions of the Xiaomi Poco F1 towards the Xiaomi Redmi Word 5 Professional over a combined run of Gmail, Play Retailer, and YouTube with 150 repetitions for every app.

GadgetXiaomi Redmi Observe 5 ProfessionalXiaomi Poco F1 Gmail (common milliseconds) 916.2527.four Play Retailer (common milliseconds)1106.eight810.2 YouTube (common milliseconds)1621.three1163.2

Equally to different Snapdragon powered flagships, when launching purposes and video games the system ramps up the CPU frequencies to hurry up the loading time and reduce CPU bottlenecks.

CPU Boosting

Poco talked about throughout their occasion that they’ve added greater than 20 “deep system optimizations” to make sure that the Poco F1 maintains its quick efficiency over time. Most of the optimizations they’ve added are similar to what we have now already seen on OnePlus units, together with launch velocity increase, higher useful resource allocation to incessantly used apps, and community boosting when enjoying video games. Poco has additionally sped up animations, so even on the base animation scale, the transitions appear extraordinarily quick. Interactions like flattening the notification shade, opening the app drawer, in-app transitions, and the swiping expertise appear speedy and give a way of immediacy.


Flash storage and reminiscence administration

The Xiaomi Poco F1 is available in a complete of 4 storage and reminiscence mixtures. The bottom mannequin presents 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage whereas the highest mannequin, the Armored Version (which we’re reviewing), packs a beefy 8GB RAM together with 256GB of inner flash storage. Regardless of the relative upswing in RAM costs in 2018, we’re beginning to see extra high-end units making the change to 6GB of RAM within the base mannequin with a higher-end providing as much as 8GB. Whether or not Android actually wants that a lot RAM is debatable. I personally really feel that 4GB is greater than sufficient for gaming and multitasking and whereas 6GB could be helpful for holding extra purposes akin to heavy video games in reminiscence, going above that line is simply overkill.

In my testing and on a regular basis use, the Xiaomi Poco F1 was capable of comfortably hold all my apps in reminiscence with out having to recreate their actions upon reopening them. At any given time, I used to be capable of have Google Chrome with greater than 10 tabs open in addition to YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google Photographs, Inbox (RIP), Google Hold, Slack, Trello, and PUBG Cellular reside in reminiscence with none hassle. On this space, the Xiaomi Poco F1 exhibits a marked enchancment over different Xiaomi units we’ve examined operating MIUI, which often set an aggressive coverage for background apps.

Flash storage efficiency could be very essential for a quick and dependable real-world efficiency—much more so than CPU and quantity of RAM. Poco isn’t slicing any corners on this space as they’ve shipped a storage chip with the Common Flash Storage 2.1 know-how. The distinction of getting quicker storage might be clearly felt within the longer operations like recreation loading and when shifting giant information between folders.


UI Smoothness

UI fluidity is one thing that we don’t see get a lot consideration when measuring a tool’s real-world efficiency. As we’ve got seen time and time once more, highly effective hardware isn’t all the time a sign of higher real-world efficiency. Regardless of how highly effective the chipset may be, the user-perceived efficiency can nonetheless be underwhelming if the software program is poorly optimized. Within the mild of prevailing benchmark dishonest, it turns into much more necessary that we cease counting on scores of artificial benchmarks for assessing a tool’s precise efficiency.

In contrast to with UI velocity, the system smoothness is more durable to measure qualitatively as not all customers have the identical sensitivity to stutters. GPU Profiling is the usual solution to objectively and quantitatively measure UI fluidity. To make sure a fluid efficiency, a 60Hz system should be capable of render each body inside the tight deadline of 16.7ms, which is proven by a inexperienced horizontal line on the histogram.

Smoothness is decided by the system’s potential to persistently render the UI at 60FPS, with even framepacing. Each time a body or a set of frames exceed the 16.7ms deadline, you will notice the vertical bars capturing previous the inexperienced horizontal line, which can end in perceptible stutters. Often, the upper the bar shoots above that inexperienced line, and the extra bars discover themselves crossing it, the extra noticeable the stutter can be to the consumer. So far as smoothness is worried, Google’s Pixel units are the golden normal because of their superb all-around software program optimizations. Traditionally talking, units with bloated customized skins have remained the worst offenders relating to smoothness although that state of affairs appears to be slowly altering.

Methodology: To check real-world fluidity, we gained’t simply be presenting GIFs or screenshots displaying GPU profiling bars. Slightly, we’ll present you the extracted body occasions plotted in histograms for every of our exams. We put collectively a device to extract and parse the body knowledge, and a UI automation system that allowed us to construct macros that mimic real-world use instances by simulating contact enter—scrolling, loading new actions or home windows, and compound checks with complicated UI navigation.

First, we got down to check the Xiaomi Poco F1’s scrolling efficiency in each the Google Play Retailer and Gmail as we frequently witness heavy body drops and stutters in these apps on poorly optimized units. The check preloads the lists beforehand so thumbnails and entry loading don’t interrupt the scrolling exercise through the check. First, it launches the Google Play Retailer app and quickly scrolls by means of the Prime Chart apps and then strikes on to the Gmail app and scrolls via the primary inbox entries.

Play Retailer Scrolling

The Xiaomi Poco F1 performs excellently in each checks with no excessive variety of dropped frames. There are a few micro-stutters in some interactions, however none that may be actually perceived within the regular utilization.

Gmail Scrolling

Subsequent up we put the Xiaomi Poco F1 by way of a collection of compound UI checks that embrace aspect loading to imitate real-world situations like opening purposes, navigating the appliance UI, scrolling via an inventory, and so on.

Beginning with the YouTube composite UI check, this check loops 3 times and performs a collection of managed actions comparable to looking for content material, scrolling, enjoying a video, swiping between panels, and so on. The results of the check is proven within the graph under. Take into account, the end result doesn’t embrace the body occasions of the video playback.

YouTube Compound Check

The Xiaomi Poco F1 does an excellent job retaining the variety of janky frames at 10%, although it’s not notably clean. Some body drops may be seen when opening the video entry and minimizing the playback however in any other case scrolling, swiping between horizontal menus, and different transitions are dealt with with relative ease.

We additionally took a take a look at the Play Retailer which is sort of a useful resource intensive app in itself. With so many menus, buttons, thumbnails, and lengthy lists, it’s an amazing selection for analyzing a tool’s in-app efficiency. The check begins with scrolling via the “Top Chart” apps, then it opens up an app itemizing and scrolls right down to the consumer evaluations part, and lastly, it strikes on to the Music tab from the aspect panel the place it scrolls by way of the Prime Songs earlier than returning to the Play Retailer fundamental display. The check is repeated 3 times underneath the identical circumstances and the ultimate result’s introduced under.

Play Retailer Compound

Loading an app itemizing has remained a sore level for just about each Android gadget, and right here, too, we see excessive body drops when opening and closing app listings in addition to switching to the Music tab. As traditional, scrolling elements remained clean and the general efficiency is passable.

Lastly, the final compound check of Gmail includes scrolling by means of the primary inbox, opening the aspect panel, checking the Spam field, mentioning the window to compose an e mail, and navigating another elements of the app. Once more, the check is repeated 3 times in a managed surroundings.

Gmail Compound Check

Right here, too, the Xiaomi Poco F1 exhibits comparable conduct and whereas I anticipated it to carry out a bit higher contemplating Gmail is relatively light-weight, the Poco F1 nonetheless did a very good job and didn’t drop too many frames or present any noticeable stutters.

We additionally examined another elements of the UI such because the default app launcher and aspect panel within the Gmail app as a proxy for aspect panels typically.

Gmail aspect panel check

Aspect panels don’t appear to be a problem right here. As you’ll be able to see within the graph above, it truly carried out fairly properly with no excessive bars capturing above the inexperienced strains.

POCO Launcher check

On the default Poco Launcher, opening the app drawer adopted by the primary scroll virtually all the time drops some frames. It’s not notably noticeable however different third-party launchers we examined akin to Lawnchair and Aamir Zaidi’s Rootless Pixel Launcher provided a far smoother expertise with none body drops on the Poco F1.


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All in all, the Poco F1 carried out somewhat impressively and nicely past our expectations in these exams. Whereas it might not examine to the Google Pixel so far as smoothness is worried, it nonetheless held up pretty properly by itself, delivering a constant and measurably clean UI efficiency throughout the board. My subjective expertise and real-world observations additionally echo the identical opinion.


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