Hardware is where things get interesting and Xiaomi Pocophone F1 starts to glitter. I cannot emphasize the fact enough that this phone carries raw power under its hood, which is what makes it such a special device, especially at a price of just $300. Phone is powered by top flagship level processor, Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU. You get option to choose from 6 GB of RAM with either 64 GB or 128 GB of onboard storage or 8 GB of RAM with 256 GB of storage. If you need more storage, there's MicroSD card support as well with up to 256 GB of external storage support. While 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variant does everything seamlessly, it's unlikely to find any performance issue on the 6GB variant as well. In comparison to OnePlus 6, there's a very small overlap in terms of performance. OnePlus 6 feels slightly quicker while navigating through its interface, and that's mostly because of OxygenOS, which is impressively designed and optimized.
However, that doesn't mean Xiaomi Pocophone F1 lags behind. While playing PUBG, experience was similar to how it is on big dogs such as Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Apple iPhone X or OnePlus 6. It's just a lack of AMOLED panel that has a slight impact on overall gaming experience. Otherwise, it's insanely speedy and powerful for its price. On AnTuTu benchmark test, phone scored 258,149 on 6GB base variant which is a higher score than that of Samsung Galaxy S9+. On 8GB/256GB variant, phone scored a whopping 277,350 which makes it the third highest scored smartphone to date, just below OnePlus 6 and Xiaomi Black Shark.
What makes it more interesting is its dedicated thermal management mechanism to keep chipset from overheating, which evidently prevents any CPU throttling and hence, impacts longevity of phone. Xiaomi calls this technology LiquidCool, which has dedicated copper pipes carrying vapors absorb heat from chipset and dissipates it uniformly across body. While this is not something new, it's still a plus to have on a phone that costs much lesser, and also logic explained behind this inclusion makes sense.
These high-end specs continue with dual-band 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD, GPS and a USB-C port. NFC appears to be market dependent and if you don't need to use microSD card slot, then you can always pop a second SIM. Although there are speaker grilles on either side of USB Type-C port, only one of them is actually speaker. Audio quality is pretty impressive with plenty of volume on offer without too much distortion. A small amount of sound also comes out of the earpiece at the same time which makes this phone have a stereo speaker like effect. For security, phone has a super-fast fingerprint scanner on rear and you can also use face unlock which is more secure than on OnePlus 6. Thanks to an IR scanner, it promises to work in all conditions, even pitch-black darkness and boy oh boy, it works fast.
If I have to describe hardware experience on Xiaomi Pocophone F1 in a few words, I'd say that it has everything power users want, a top-notch performance, loads of memory and silky-smooth experience. For this price, this truly is the best value for money you can get in market right now.