Oxygen OS 11 Pocophone F1 Review: Last week, I posted an article about Oxygen OS 11 port for Pocophone F1. The port was then not released yet. Now that the developer has released it officially, I tried it on my Pocophone F1 and was using it for a week. Before trying this ROM, I was on H2OS (Hydrogen OS) build, also by the same developer. I have been using that build since it’s release. It’s almost bug-free and stable. Although I tried a couple of ROMS after that, I reverted to it within 1-2 weeks.
H2OS build was that good and It even made me to opt-out from MIUI which is the official ROM for my phone. The H2OS also named as Sic Mundus Creatus Est Build by its developer was an Android 10 based ROM. However, this new build is an Android 11 based ROM from OnePlus 8. Although H2OS worked like a charm, I opted to the new ROM just because of these three reasons.
- It’s an Android 11 Based ROM.
- Only OnePlus 8 Series and Nord have got this ROM until now.
- I want to see why many people disliked this ROM so much?
As this ROM is a GSI image from the One Plus 8 Beta 4 build, you get to see the features of OnePlus 8 running on Pocophone hardware. Therefore, it bears the same issues from OnePlus 8 as well. You can find all of those issues here.
Bugs In This ROM
|Bugs||Probable Causes & Fixes|
|Notch Problem||Since OnePlus 8 series has a punch-hole cutout, this ROM’s doesn’t seems fit well around the Poco F1’s big notch on the screen.|
|Double Tap to Unlock||The cause for this problem is not yet identified. Even some OnePlus users reported this bug.|
|Widevine L1 (Amazon Prime HD streaming problem)||It’s not a problem from OnePlus. This problem is from the POCO itself. Since Pocophone didn’t renew its lease, Widevine disabled the HD content streaming on Pocophone.|
|Landscape to Portrait bug in YouTube app.||The cause of this problem is not yet identified. However, Some OnePlus users reported this bug.|
|No calendar app||The calendar app was missed in this ROM. You can use Google Calendar as a replacement for this app.|
User-Interface & AestheticsOne Plus re-designed this ROM’s UI. OnePlus took inspiration from Samsung’s One UI and redesigned the entire interface in such a way that the phone can be used with one hand easily. Apart from the settings app, its first-party apps, including Gallery, Calculator, Clock, Weather, and Recorder received this change and they look good to me. However, some of the other apps don’t receive the same treatment. For instance, the File Manager app is still the same as it was in Android 10. It raised the usability factor to a certain extent and I’m quite satisfied with it, However, I still prefer the interface of its previous version just because it resembles closer to the Stock Android. I got this experience right after just seeing this UI for the first time. However, I changed my opinion after using it for a few days. Therefore, if you give it some time, you might sink it as well.
As far as for Pocophone F1, this UI seems a great fit. Except for that Notch, everything is present right at its place and looks fine.
PerformanceThe Oxygen OS 11 performance on the Pocophone f1 is buttery-smooth. As Poco F1 runs on a high-end chipset like Snapdragon 845, you can’t complain more about the performance of this device. However, sometimes you can experience lag issues with some apps (It’s negligible). I think this is due to the OS being in beta stage. Once the OS reaches stable and toned by the developers with fixes for Poco, I bet this will work just fine. The software optimizations in this new OS was also good. You can experience smoother transitions and interaction with the apps in this ROM.
Battery/ChargingThe Battery usage of this build is good and better than the previous build i.e H2OS. I’m an average user and most of my day fills with some Music Playbacks, a lot of Internet Browsing and a moderate game playing. A full battery charge got me throughout the day until 7:00 PM which is quite good in my opinion. In addition to that, the charging speed is also quite amazing. Although I haven’t seen any fast charge or turbocharge animations, I think this build supports fast charge as well. I’m using the same turbocharge brick provided by POCO to power up my device. According to my observation, the full charge took around 2 hours and it’s just similar to the MIUI charging speeds.
Bug Fixes & Support:This build is currently going through beta stage 4. Therefore, you get to see as many bugs as possible in this. The good news is you have good support for this build. You have the official telegram channel from the developer #oofgang & the mighty OnePlus community as well. You can find the bug fixes from these forums and the frequency of the replies from them are quite promising as well. The build has already got fixes for
- WiFi Hotspot
- Kernel Fix
- OK Google Invocation