Xiaomi might not have launched its Pocophone F1 smartphone in the United States officially, but just like its other devices, this phone is also available in the USA through the third party sellers. Thanks to eBay, you can purchase this smartphone online. But, the question is… should you buy Pocophone F1? Or should you go for some other smartphone in the same range? We’re going to answer this question for you.
First of all, there’s no doubt in the fact that Pocophone F1 is a beast despite its low cost. Even after paying the inflated (and irrational) import prices the device costs $335, and for that price, you get Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB RAM, gorgeous 6.18-inch LCD display, 12mp+5mp dual lens primary camera, and 20 mp selfie camera. That’s some solid hardware, and to power it there’s a 4,000 mAh battery underneath. You also get QuickCharge 3.0 support, and then there’s that Liquid Cooling Technology that can keep the device chilled!
So, from a price perspective, you get a lot. However, there’re some serious shortcomings too with this otherwise awesome smartphone. First of all, it doesn’t have full Widewine DRM support. What it means is that this phone may not be able to access and open certain kinds of media files. For example, Netflix can’t be streamed in HD on this device. There’s no way that this is going to be fixed through an OTA update because this is a hardware issue.
Secondly, Pocophone F1 doesn’t support all US bands of LTE network. Among US LTE bands it supports only band 5 (850 Mhz), which is the supplementary band for AT&T and T-Mobile. This basically means that LTE connectivity on this phone is going to be mediocre at best.
Should you buy Pocophone F1?
I don’t think so. Connectivity and media playback are two major drawbacks that can spoil the smartphone experience. For Asian markets, the drawback of LTE connectivity doesn’t exist (because this phone was made for those markets and supports all major LTE bands of those markets). But for the United States, the connectivity drawback is a big deal-breaker. So I won’t suggest that you purchase this phone, but you can go for it if your primary use-case is gaming or some other resource-hungry task.
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