Xiaomi is all set to launch the first Pocophone under its newly-launched sub-brand POCO. The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is coming sooner than expected, and the smartphone will launch on August 22.
Aimed at providing a flagship smartphone at an affordable cost, POCO will primarily focus on delivering a flagship-level experience backed by a top-end hardware.
Following a similar model like OnePlus, Xiaomi plans to disrupt the flagship market with POCO. Known for its value-for-money smartphones and gadgets, with Pocophone F1 Xiaomi is expected to offer something different and better.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 will directly charge the bestselling OnePlus 6, the maker who redefined the flagship market.
Xiaomi POCOPhone F1 vs OnePlus 6 | POCOphone F1 OnePlus 6 Full Comparison
Priced in the same category, both the smartphones are a part of the entry-premium flagship market. The Pocophone F1
OnePlus 6 has a glass rear panel compared to Xiaomi Pocophone F1 which comes with a metal built on the out. Both the smartphones have dual rear cameras doubled by a fingerprint scanner.
Both OnePlus 6 and Pocophone F1 come with a sturdy built on the out with rounded edges on the sides.
Both the smartphones come with notched displays. OnePlus 6 features a 6.28 inch Quad HD AMOLED 19:9 display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels, while Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has a 5.99 inch IPS LCD 19:9 elongated display with a screen resolution of 1080 × 2246 pixels.
Both the displays are sharp with high nit and PPI, but OnePlus has an edge over Pocophone F1 with an AMOLED panel.
Again both the smartphones come with the latest Qualcomm flagship processor – Snapdragon 845. OnePlus comes in two RAM variants of 6GB and 8GB, while Xiaomi has only confirmed one 6GB variant till now.
Both the smartphones can handle multitasking and high-end games with ease.
OnePlus 6 has three storage versions available in the market right now – 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. On the other hand, Pocophone F1 only has been confirmed in a single 128GB version, but Xiaomi is expected to launch the first POCO phone in other storage configuration options as well.
OnePlus 6 with three storage options will stay ahead of Xiaomi Pocophone F1.
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 will be running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box based MIUI 9.5 and the POCO phone will soon get Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10. OnePlus 6 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based on OxygenOS with straight-in Android P access.
OxygenOS offers a near-stock Android experience and is lighter if compared to Xiaomi’s MIUI.
Both the smartphones come with rear dual camera setup. Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has a 12-megapixel primary sensor coupled with a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. While OnePlus 6 has a 16 megapixel primary OIS lens doubled with a 20 megapixel depth sensor.
Both the POCOphone and OP6 can record 4K Ultra HD videos, but OnePlus 6 has a better camera with better imaging hardware.
Up front, Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has a 20-megapixel shooter while OnePlus 6 has a 16-megapixel shooter. Both the smartphones can capture quite a lot of details with almost-accurate colors.
Both the smartphones come with a standard set of connectivity features like Wi-Fi dual-band, Bluetooth v5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and Type C USB port.
Both OnePlus 6 and Xiaomi Pocophone F1 come with dual-SIM support covering major 4G bands with 4G VoLTE.
OnePlus 6 packs in a 3,300 mAh battery while the Pocophone F1 is backed by a larger 4,000mAh battery. Both the smartphones support fast charging.
The first POCO phone gets Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 while OnePlus has its signature Dash Charge.
Pricing – Xiaomi POCOPhone F1 vs OnePlus 6 | POCOphone F1 OnePlus 6 Price Comparison
OnePlus 6 currently starts at a price of Rs 34,999. The company has three models available in the country –
- 6GB/64GB – Rs 34,999
- 8GB/128GB – Rs 39,999
- 8GB/256GB – Rs 43,999
Coming to Xiaomi Pocophone F1, the official pricing are still not out, but the smartphone is expected to be priced under Rs 30,000.
Xiaomi POCOPhone F1 vs OnePlus 6 | VERDICT
The first Xiaomi POCO phone is good, but not good enough to compete with top entry-premium flagship phones. If you take OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5 on one side and the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 on the other, the POCO phone stands no chance to beat these high-end stalwarts.
The Pocophone F1 seems like more of an experiment for Xiaomi, but it needs to work hard on what it is offering to take on its competition.
The final specs are not out yet, and we are hoping Xiaomi has something worthy to offer to beat or atleast stay at par with flagships like OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z.