Xiaomi Pocophone F1 6.18 Inch 4G Phablet Global Version 128GB US $339.32 (~AU $483.54) Delivered @ GearBest

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Description:
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 as a phablet features 6.18 inch display afford you a vivid and different visual experience. Triple cameras, 12.0MP + 5.0MP back camera and 20.0MP front camera, you can enjoy images with 2246 x 1080 high resolution. It comes with most of the features we've come to expect from a phablet, including 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM storage equipped with Android 8.1 OS and 4000mAh big capacity battery that you can play games faster.

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    Is the lack of band 28 going to affect me much? I live in Melbourne, and in a fairly well developed area. I'm okay with the lack of NFC, since I don't use it much on my current phone anyway.

    How big of an upgrade is this compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7 also?

    • +4 votes

      I bought this model for my wife and ill tell you honestly i am jealous! I have an S7 and hers just annihilates mine especially when it comes to the battery life. In all honesty if you are interested in this phone id watch these 2 videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssw9H08ddlw & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzZgO1xCJ7Q

    • +3 votes

      in big cities its a capacity layer, in country areas its practically a requirement.

      • +2 votes

        Ehhhh depends where in the country you are, and what carrier.

        I was previously on Optus and consistently got better reception than my wife who had band 28 in most rural areas within 2-3 hours of the east coast. Now we're both on the Vodafone network so who cares, and we still get pretty good reception.

      • +6 votes

        Live out bush and travel around out here for work, lack of band 28 has never been an issue.

        People get a bit carried away with it.

      • +1 vote

        Never been the case for found region at least. As far as I can tell, as long as you use Telstra you're good. With Optus, band 28 or no, you're gonna have a bad time between towns.

        Within Melbourne, or Sydney or Brisbane, it seems to be if no use.

        • +2 votes

          I travel over 1000km a week regionally. I find nowadays optus is just as good as Telstra. I'm finding more dead spots with Telstra now actually. If you travel away from population they both often don't have any coverage. Ideally it best keeping a sim with both networks to maximise your coverage. There's small towns that only have optus too.

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            @Ronnnie: Had a spelling mistake in mine, meant gippsland region. Honestly I've found Optus to be trash in Victoria anywhere beyond 10km of a high density area.

            Seems better in Queensland

    • +1 vote

      I've stayed in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and lack of band 28 has never been a problem for me. I'm on the Optus network.

      Maybe if I'm indoors somewhere out in the country reception is bad, but just step outside, and I get 4 out of 5 bars.

    • +1 vote

      I’ve found that it helps a lot with indoor coverage, especially if you’re not too close to the towers (get near full coverage at home with B28 but parents often have complete dropouts/call-drops without). Am in Perth, and have certainly noticed less “dropping” down to 3G on a typical train journey also. Probably most noticeable with Optus, followed by Telstra, and Voda doesn’t use B28.

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        I agree with the indoor bit, makes it way better for me for some reason….

        • +1 vote

          Lower frequencies can travel further (have better penetration) and B28 (700MHz) is the lowest 'cellular' frequency offered in Australia, so that helps.

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        B28 will be the difference between no reception and having coverage at certain places. It also helps with internet speeds when the network are congested.

        Another factor that never comes up is how good these phones are at reception. Not all phones are created equal. We seen this with the latest iPhone, since Apple has gone with Intel instead of qualcomm they have been experiencing performance issues. It seems to be something that gets overlooked on phone reviews.

  • +3 votes

    what do you think about this one?
    Xiaomi Mi 8 for 555

    Can claim Cashreward as well.

    • +1 vote

      Gotta add gst with banggood if I'm not mistaken

    •  

      Girlfriend got the phone. It's an amazing phone. Screen is to small for me, but I'm a mi max user.

      Honestly can't think of anything negative to say about it, and that's a pretty good price

  •  

    Heard it can't play Netflix in HD other than that it's a bargain

      • +5 votes

        Yep, it's true. You can't stream HD on paid services. It doesn't have L1 widevine however you'll still be able to stream free HD vids from Pornhub…

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          And YouTube.

          But the argument is that a small screen like a mobile phone, HD isn't a big deal.

          But for me, notches though… that's a big deal.

          • -1 vote

            @flaminglemon: Not having Netflix HD is fine. However if you want to use chromecast with it on YouTube that's an issue

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              @neonlight: Correct me if I'm wrong, but when it comes to apps like Youtube or Netflix, Chromecasts don't mirror your device as such. Your phone acts as a remote control. The Chromecast will play HD YouTube or Netflix from the source.

              But if you were to, say, use VLC to cast, your device is the source. The quality of the video is then dependent on what your phone can play.

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                @flaminglemon: Yeah chrome cast will still stream at full hd. That poster is misleading others here or is uninformed. If that was the case, the cheap android phone I use just to chrome cast stuff would be a problem. 😀

                Not being able to stream hd on a tiny screen would be an issue for those with hawk eyes. Many people probably would prefer to stream content on a bigger screen anyhow. Or they would prefer to conserve data.

    •  

      Xiaomi and Qualcomm are working on it getting L1 Widevine for the next update so it's not too far away until you can.

  •  

    Usmanyousaf

    Mi 8 is superior than the poco. Has nfc feels more premium as well. Worth the extra money over poco!

    •  

      Meh.

      NFC, world's slowest tech adoption. Most likely less than 5% have ever used/needed it.

      At least Band28 comments offer a potentially hourly benefit.

  •  

    Anyone have a GearBest Coupon code for their Xiaomi laptops?

  • +4 votes

    pretty sure i saw this for $500 in the chattswood xiaomi store over the weekend… australian warranty.

  • +1 vote

    I would avoid Gearbest at all costs. I had a bad experience with them.

    I bought a smart watch that stopped working after 3 months.

    I then sent it back at my own expense (that is reasonable as I took that risk) wanting a replacement or a fix.

    They took long to respond and eventually offered me a refund of 75% of the value. I said I just wanted it fixed or replaced. They said the supplier could not fix it and did not want to replace it. They then offered me 75% which I had to take as they offered no other alternative. I complained but they did better their offer.

    There is NO WARRANTY on their products. Read the wording carefully.

    • +3 votes

      PayPal

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        Is extended/additional warranty available from Paypal Australia? I am so reluctant to buy expensive phones (A$300+) from etailer like GB and BG because I could not figure out a way to get warranty to protect my purchase.

    • +2 votes

      There is NO WARRANTY on their products. Read the wording carefully.

      The same could be said about any product bought overseas. It's the risk you take.

  • +1 vote

    Good price. AliExpress is cheaper at first, but they include tax now, so whatever price you see from there, add another 10%. The 11/11 sales are coming up soon. I wonder if the price of this phone is going to get cheaper?

    • +1 vote

      Considering the S845 SoC will be superseded in 3 months, I'd say so. Dont think I've ever seen a phone increase in price (other than iPhone)

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        AliExpress are doing some pre-order 11/11 specials. They've got a Pocophone F1 on a special price of US$309.99 (pre-GST) which can be found here. However, delivery of said phone is 20-41 days compared to GearBest's 7-10 business days. If US$309.99 is indicative of the 11/11 prices in AliExpress, this price from GearBest is still good considering you can get the phone sooner and the price difference, when taking into account GST, is not that much.

  • -1 vote

    Does this have a notification led?

  • +1 vote

    6.18" is pretty much a standard phone size nowadays. Gotta go 6.6"+ to be in phablet territory.

  • -1 vote

    Can be bought for about $60 aud cheaper on AliExpress.

  •  

    Personally think you're average user is better off spending their money on an older Snapdragon 835 device with band 28 without the abomination that is MIUI.

  •  

    So sick of people complaining about lack of band 28.

    •  

      I see your point.
      But I'm sick to death of reception issues, when it's 2018. Nothing lights my fuse faster.
      Even struggling at times on Telstra business. 2 decades of mobile use, and i still need to drive to certain areas to make calls, at times.
      The market wants endless HD streaming, while I just need to make and receive calls.

      All my future purchases will be have reception & battery life in mind.

      •  

        Wow, crazy you have had issues the last 20 years. Have you looked into the Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme or extenders like the Telstra Smart Antenna? Anyone campaigning in the local area to fix the blackspots? Has it been brought to the governments attention?

        No coverage can really mean life or death.

        As far as battery life goes. I use Naptime and FK manager if you are on Android. Really helps. I lose about 8% over 8 hours of light use. You probably high battery drain due to mobile standby issues which can really drain the battery trying to lock on to a weak signal.

        You might also want to look at the Telstra Tick program. https://www.canstarblue.com.au/phone/phones-for-regional-are...

  •  

    I don't see the option to select $13.30 shipping despite that I can see it advertised on the product page (cheapest is $56). I also can't see where to enter a promo code at checkout. Something I'm missing?

  •  

    Hey guys, i want to buy this but will the3y charge international fees when paying via credit card or american express cards via paypal? dont want to get those nasty charges? please advise if someone has experienced that.

    • +2 votes

      If you pay via paypal, paypal has internal international conversion and the rate is usually higher than exchange rates. You can opt for selection to let your card perform the conversion but then again, depends on what your card charges for international purchase. For me, I pay via paypal but let my 28 degree handle the international conversion.

  •  

    Sorry to ask, do I need to pay tax at custom if GB does not charge tax?
    Don't want any surprise.
    Thanks

    •  

      This is what is confusing me as well? Either the seller is charging the GST or you pay GST at customs (I've seen GST charged seperately on my CC so I just assumed the government is across it somehow?)

  • +3 votes

    Buyers beware, although this is a great price (thanks op) know they are currently out of stock regardless of how many promotions it says left on the website. You will still get the product at this price but the customer rep said 7-10 days till they stock up again plus waiting for the shipping time from then so will be a significant delay. Found out the hard way by asking for a tracking number to discover this.

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