Xiaomi’s Poco F1 has already faced two major controversies so far and it’s starting to deal with a third. Some users are complaining of a screen bleeding issue which leaks out light from the bottom or sides of the display.
Folks have taken to Twitter and XDA Developers forums to highlight the problem. One such poster claims he saw a “weird illumination” at the bottom chin as soon as he started his Poco F1. He also noticed that the quality of the LCD screen was poor and the brightness levels were too low.
Xiaomi Poco F1 Screen Bleeding
He proceeded to try and replace the handset. Flipkart rejected his application, but later agreed to allow a return and refund. This might have been for the best since it seems even replacement units are facing screen bleeding.
It’s not clear just how widespread the concern is at the moment. Owners are reporting the issue in both India and Indonesia. Many say they don’t have a problem at all, so it looks like Xiaomi messed up in the quality control department.
This is unfortunate seeing as how the Poco F1 is the first smartphone out of the new Poco sub-brand. To check if your unit is bleeding light, try switching to a dark background or theme. Take a close look at the bottom and sides. If you can spot streaks of light trying to escape, then your unit has been hit.
If you want to double-check, head to Settings > About Phone and tap on Kernel Version four times. The test mode window should open up. Choose Display and your Poco F1’s screen will turn red, green and blue. Check if the colors are paler towards the edges. Try this in both dark and light environments.
Xiaomi hasn’t said anything official about the problem yet. It appears to be a hardware issue, so there’s no recourse except to return or replace.