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The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 posts a very impressive AnTuTu score only next to the Black Shark

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 looks to beat most benchmark records. (Source: Tech Carving)
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 looks to beat most benchmark records. (Source: Tech Carving)
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has made its way to the AnTuTu benchmark posting an impressive score of 285302. This is higher than most Snapdragon 845-based flagships and could likely be the result of the liquid cooling mechanism that helps minimize throttling due to heat.

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is a much anticipated phone from the Chinese Android major. Pocophone is Xiaomi's sub-brand and is expected to offer flagship features at relatively affordable prices. Information about the Pocophone F1 is slowly but steadily trickling to the web — we first saw the handset hit FCC and then saw a run down of major specifications via its Bluetooth SIG certification. Now, we are getting to see the phone feature in benchmarks with AnTuTu being the first of them.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Pocophone F1 seems to have aced this test by scoring a whopping 285302 points, placing it ahead of competing flagships such as the OnePlus 6, Asus Zenfone 5Z, and Xiaomi's own Mi 8. So far, we know that the Pocophone F1 comes in 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB variants. However, it is not exactly known which variant of the Pocophone F1 was featured in this test. The current leader of the crop is the Xiaomi Black Shark 8GB version with a combined score of 288187. This puts the Pocophone F1 right next to it so in all probability this might have been the 8GB variant. For perspective, the OnePlus 6 8GB has a score of 284830 while the Asus Zenfone 5Z 6GB posted a score 267257.

Benchmark numbers seldom mimic real-world usage but it is always good to know the relative performance of a device with respect to the competition. So what gives the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and the Black Shark the edge in benchmarks? One of the main reasons is the presence of liquid cooled SoCs. As smartphone SoCs grow increasingly capable and users constantly try to push the phone to its limits, a good cooling system can help offset some of the effects of high temperatures such as throttling — an good example of which can be seen in Xiaomi's own Mi 8. Although the Mi 8 sports the Snapdragon 845, its real-world performance was more inline with a Snapdragon 835 phone thanks to throttling due to inadequate cooling. So far, liquid cooling has been limited to a handful of phones but next year, more devices can be expected to sport liquid cooling mechanisms.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 AnTuTu benchmark score. (Source: u/RumblingTsar on Reddit)
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 AnTuTu benchmark score. (Source: u/RumblingTsar on Reddit)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-08- 7 (Update: 2018-08- 7)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.