Android 11 based LineageOS 18.1 Overview and First Impressions featuring POCO F1


LineageOS is a popular Android-based OS amongst custom ROM enthusiasts. LineageOS team recently announced LineageOS 18.1, which uses Android 11 as the base. The developer team also dropped the latest LineageOS 18.1 for various popular devices including the POCO F1.

We installed LineageOS 18.1 on our POCO F1 unit, and here is our LineageOS 18.1 Features, Overview, and how to install guide for our reader. We are currently using POCO F1 with LineageOS, and after a week we will be updating the post with our detailed thoughts.

Android 11 based LineageOS 18.1 on POCO F1: Performance and Benchmarks

For those looking for numbers to judge the performance, the POCO F1 running Android 11 based LineageOS 18.1 scored 1640 points in the single-core test and 4500 points in the multi-core test in Geekbench 4. In Geekbench 5 test, it managed to get 392 points in the single-core test and 1232 points in the multi-core test.

Just a couple of days ago, I started testing LineageOS 18.1 on the POCO F1, and it will be too early to comment on the performance. Though the early impressions are positive, as, during my usage, I didn’t encounter any performance-related issue.

Android 11 based LineageOS 18.1 on POCO F1: Software, Apps, and UI

LineageOS 18.1, based on Android 11, offers a clean bloat-free experience, you will find only a handful of apps pre-installed, most of which can be easily uninstalled/disabled. The default launcher also has third-party icon support.

LineageOS 18.1 occupies around 9.38GB storage out of 64GB storage, so users get around 55GB free storage. LineageOS 18.1 has April 2021 Android security patch, which might soon be upgraded to May Android security patch since the developers push out an OTA update every week.

Android 11 based LineageOS 18.1 on POCO F1: Security and Privacy

During our usage, the fingerprint worked flawlessly on LineageOS 18.1. There was no issue such as delay or failure while unlocking the device. Though, users coming from MIUI will definitely miss the Face Unlock feature. Also, User data, by default, is encrypted on LineageOS 18.1.

LineageOS 18.1 offers Trust which helps you keep your device secure and protect privacy. Other than this, LineageOS also has a dedicated privacy section. Users can see what all permissions an app has, and how many times an app accessed a particular feature such as camera, mic, or location.

Android 11 based LineageOS 18.1: Compatible Devices

LineageOS 18.1, based on Android 11, is available for a host of popular devices including OnePlus One, OnePlus 3/3T, OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus 8T, POCO F1, POCO M2 Pro, Mi 5, Mi 5s Plus, Mi 8, Mi 8 Lite, Mi MIX, Mi MIX 2S, Mi Note 2, Redmi 7, and more.

Requirements:
  • POCO F1 with an unlocked bootloader – To unlock the bootloader of your device, apply here.
  • Lineage Recovery for POCO F1 – Click here to download.
  • LineageOS 18.1 for POCO F1 – Click here to download.
  • GApps for LineageOS – Click here to download.
  • ADB software (For Windows) /  Android zip file (For Mac)

If you are on a Mac you need to

  • Extract the Android zip and place the folder on your Desktop.
  • Open Terminal
  • Type cd Desktop/Android
  • Enter ./ADB-Install-Mac.sh
How to flash Android 11 based LineageOS 18.1 on POCO F1?
  • Switch off the phone and boot it into fastboot mode by long pressing Power and Volume down buttons simultaneously.
  • Connect your phone to PC by a USB cable, open the command prompt on your PC, and navigate to the folder where you have saved Orangefox img file.
  • Type the following command in the command prompt and check if the device is detected by the system.
    fastboot devices
  • If the system detects the phone, type another command (given below) and hit enter. This process will be completed within 10 seconds.
    fastboot flash recovery_filename.img
  • Now long-press the Volume up and Power Button to boot the phone in recovery mode, and keep the phone connected to PC with a cable.
  • Now tap Factory Reset, then Format data / factory reset and continue with the formatting process.
  • Return to the main menu, and select Apply Update ⇾ Apply from ADB.
  • Type the following command in the command prompt and hit enter
    adb sideload LineageOS_filename.zip
  • Repeat the same process to flash GApps, select Apply Update ⇾ Apply from ADB.
  • Type the following command in the command prompt and hit enter
    adb sideload GApps_filename.zip
  • Once these files are installed, click the back arrow in the top left of the screen, then Reboot system now.

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Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

Srivatsan Sridhar is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Mobile phones and Mobile apps. He uses the phones he reviews as his main phone. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram