Xioami, especially through its new brand POCO, will put OnePlus as the rebel of the Android market in the foreground. While we still make a judgment until the phone is actually thoroughly tested, the POCO F1 is, on paper at least, the affordable flagship Android phone you can only dream of, even undercutting the OnePlus 6. Surprisingly, Xiaomi has cut a few corners, especially in materials. But that could actually be to his advantage to some extent.
An apparently official teardown video of POCO F1, aka POCOPHONE F1 in global markets, was posted by Twitter user @bang_gogo_. It does not have the thorough treatment as, say, iFixit or JerryRigEverything, but it immediately starts with a pleasant surprise.
All you have to do is open a screwdriver. While most phones have you precariously heat the back of your phone and cut through sticky glue, you only have to unscrew a single T3 to lift the POCO F1 back. And inside are just screws and the usual LEGO-style plugs, which you can easily lift with a plastic tool.
The battery even has a pull tab to facilitate removal. All in all, this simply means that defective components or a dead battery can be easily replaced, increasing the longevity of this counterfeit flagship.
Of course, this is mainly possible because Xiaomi chose a polycarbonate (read: plastic) and avoided the unibody design worn by most smartphones today. There is probably no dust and water protection that could be talked about. The POCO F1 / POCOPHONE F1 definitely has some compromises, but at least in this particular case, it also had some advantages.