#SmartphonesFaceoff: OnePlus 6 v/s Xiaomi Poco F1
Back in May, amid much fan-fare, OnePlus 6 was launched as the quintessential flagship killer smartphone. And the phone did receive a lot of love with OnePlus beating the likes of Apple and Samsung to lead the premium smartphone category in India. But Xiaomi's sub-brand Poco has pulled a 'OnePlus' with its Poco F1 flagship looking to be a 'flagship killer' killer. Face-off time!
Pricing of Poco F1 and OnePlus 6
The Poco F1 costs Rs. 20,999 for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant. The mid-variant with 6GB RAM/128GB storage costs Rs. 23,999, while the top-end 8GB/256GB model costs Rs. 28,999. On the other hand, OnePlus 6 starts at Rs. 34,999 for the 6GB RAM/64GB configuration and Rs. 39,999 for the 8GB/128GB option. The top-end OnePlus 6 variant with 8GB RAM/256GB storage costs Rs. 43,999.
At a glance
Up front, both the phones sport a notched display but OnePlus 6 has a smaller display cut-out and slimmer bezels than the Poco F1. On the back, OnePlus 6 gets a glass panel while Poco F1 settles for a polycarbonate back. And while both the phones share an identical design, the OnePlus flagship looks and feels quite premium than its contender. Winner: OnePlus 6.
All about the screen
The Poco F1 has a 6.18-inch full-HD+ (2246x1080) LCD display with 403ppi, 18.7:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 features a 6.28-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) AMOLED display with 402ppi, 19:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Clearly, with a taller aspect ratio, an AMOLED display, and superior screen protection, OnePlus 6 is the winner.
For the shutterbugs
The Poco F1 features a 12MP (f/1.9) primary sensor with dual-pixel autofocus, paired with a 5MP (f/2.0) secondary depth sensor, and can slow-mo in 720p/1080p at up to 240fps. The OnePlus 6 offers a 16MP (f/1.7) Sony IMX519 sensor and 20MP (f/1.7) Sony IMX376K sensor, with OIS, EIS, and support for 480fps slow-mo recording at 720p. Winner: OnePlus 6 for better optics and OIS.
For the love of Selfies
Up front, the Poco F1 has a 20-megapixel camera and comes with AI-based Portrait mode and Scene detection. The OnePlus 6 sports a 16-megapixel front camera that features Slow Motion video recording and Portrait Mode. Winner: Poco F1 for packing those extra pixels.
All the important stuff
OnePlus 6 is powered by Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage (non-expandable). In terms of internals, the Poco F1 is backed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with dedicated LiquidCool Technology, paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of inbuilt storage (expandable up to 256GB). Winner: Poco F1 for its expandable storage and LiquidCool technology.
Lifeblood of your smartphone
Both the phones come with an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. However, OnePlus 6 offers face unlock feature via the front camera while Poco F1 has IR-based face scanning. Further, in terms of software, both the phones run forked versions of Android Oreo out-of-the-box but OnePlus's software updates are quite timely. Winner: Looks like a tie.
In terms of connectivity options, both Poco F1 and OnePlus 6 come with dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/c, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Further, OnePlus 6 packs a 3,300mAh battery and supports fast charging via Dash Charge. On the other hand, Poco F1 packs a bigger 4,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0. Winner: Poco F1.
How things stack up!
OnePlus 6 is a solid flagship killer with top-end specs, good cameras, and a premium look. However, with a bigger battery, a dedicated cooling system, expandable storage, a good display, decent cameras, and top-end specs, Poco F1 is undoubtedly the 'flagship killer' killer. And just in case you didn't notice the pricing, Poco F1 costs around Rs. 14,000 less than the OnePlus 6.