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Pocophone F1 Teardown – I found LIQUID inside!


The Pocophone F1 could very well be the most
anticipated and requested budget phone of this year. We should poke around on the inside for a
second. With massive specs and a super cheap price
point, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular. Let’s get started. [Intro] Getting inside the Pocophone F1 is pretty
simple. There is no waterproofing gluing everything
together, it just has the two T3 screws down at the bottom and a screen that pops out of
the back panel like the older iPhones used to do. The screen is pretty tightly situated inside
that back housing though, which is why we didn’t see the screen pop out of the housing
during the bend test – it’s tight. After removing the SD card tray, I was able
to eventually detach the 1080p display and hardware away from the back panel. As it detaches, we get our first look inside
the Pocophone with the fingerprint scanner ribbon attached to the inside of the polycarbonate
back plastic panel. I’ll switch my screwdriver bit to a normal
Philips head, which I’ll link below, and remove the 10 screws holding the black plastics above
the motherboard. Once those plastics are removed, we get a
glimpse at what looks like a complex smorgasbord of connectors, but it’s actually pretty simple. I’ll unplug the battery first, so there’s
not any power running through the phone while we continue to operate. Then we’ll get the fingerprint scanner unsnapped
like a little Lego and set the entire back panel off to the side. There’s no making this one clear since everything’s
plastic, but at least we got an Art Class with Jerry out of it. A quick disconnect of the side buttons and
black signal wire connector and the extension ribbon for the charging port, leaves us with
2 silver screws holding in the motherboard. I’ll keep these separate from the other 12
screws we’ve already removed, and then the screen ribbon cable gets unplugged. The whole motherboard can now be pulled out
of the phone body, exposing the tip of Xiaomi’s F1 liquid cooling system: a copper heatpipe
with a dollop of thermal paste on top, which helps to transfer the heat away from the processor,
keeping things running more efficiently. We’ll find the other end of the copper pipe
in a second. First, the motherboard. It appears pretty interesting. We have the front facing 20 megapixel camera
with an infrared illuminator next to it that works in tandem with the infrared camera for
the face unlock feature. There are two rear cameras facing the opposite
direction, each with their own individual Lego style connector. And both cameras are situated in the same
metal housing, lined up perfectly so they can assist each other with photo detail while
taking pictures. The main 12 megapixel sensor does have some
movement to the lens, but it’s probably just for focusing, as the Pocophone does not include
optical image stabilization on either of the rear cameras, which is a little disappointing,
but it is still a budget phone. The last thing I want to point out is that
inside this phone, there are water damage indicators on every single surface including
both sides of the motherboard. They are currently white, but turn pink if
your phone is around water, or even steam from the pool or shower. So keep it dry and away from moisture. This massive advertised 4,000 milliamp hour
battery has the same capacity as the $1,000 Note 9, and over double the capacity of an
iPhone 8. Thankfully it does come with it’s own pull
tab and manageable adhesive. The battery has a rated capacity of 3900 milliamp
hours and a peak of 4,000. Now that the battery’s out, we get a closer
look at the other end of the copper heatpipe. This time around, it doesn’t include a large
copper plate like we saw in the Samsung Note 9, but it looks to be about the same length. I’d compare the 2 side by side, but I kind
of chopped the Note 9 pipe into bits. Either way, in the Pocophone F1, the copper
heat pipe conductively pulls heat away from the processor into the slightly cooler area
underneath the battery. Xiaomi calls this a liquid cooling system
with industry leading thermal performance. Boiling down the big words, it really just
means it’s a copper heatsink with less than a drop of water inside a vacuum sealed pipe. If I pop open the pipe quick enough, you can
see the water evaporate out of the vacuum into the air. These little fibers inside the pipe help wick
the water to and from the heat, exactly like we saw in the Galaxy Note 9. It’s definitely a cool system, and especially
awesome to see inside of a budget phone, like this Pocophone F1. It definitely deserves a thumbs up for that. I like seeing that the competition in the
budget realm drives bigger innovations with the major flagships. I’ll just, you know, close this back up. Perfect. Let’s see what kind of vibrator we’re working
with. Seven screws hold the black plastics over
the charging port daughterboard, including 2 sweet looking blue screws. I’ve never seen that before. The plastics pop off including the loudspeaker
along with it’s 2 golden contact pads. Still zero signs of water proofing. I’ll remove the black signal wire and you
can see another big white water damage indicator right next to the charging port hole. The red stuff underneath leads through the
white portion when it’s wet. The charging port board has some adhesive
holding it to the frame. There is no rubber ring around the charging
port itself, so once again, this thing has no protection against liquid whatsoever. The circular vibrator is in the bottom right
corner and he’s a tiny little guy. Overall, I’m super impressed with Xiaomi’s
new Pocophone project. I haven’t always been a fan of Xiaomi’s build
quality since they do have a few phones on my Shelf of Shame, but they’ve taken a huge
step in the right direction with this durable, yet extremely powerful budget phone. I’ll get the 2 silver screws back into the
top of the motherboard. I always have my fingers crossed when it’s
time to see if these phones still work after a teardown. I’ll make sure everything’s plugged in, including
the fingerprint scanner and the battery, before putting the black plastic plate with it’s
10 screws back into place. Finally, I’ll pinch the 2 halves of the Pocophone
back together. This phone is a winner. Hit that subscribe button. I have a lot of fun videos on the way. Would you consider buying this Pocophone? What’s your next phone going to be? Thanks a ton for watching, and I’ll see you
around.

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