Xiaomi & # 39; s sub-brand Pocophone just launched its first-ever smartphone, the Poco F1. Now Pocophone directs itself directly to the most popular flagships of smartphone companies in India, OnePlus. While the OnePlus 6 was sold under the slogan "The Speed You Need" the Poco F1, is sold under the slogan "Master of Speed". What, however, Poco F1 really has become, is the & # 39; Master of pricing & # 39 ;. Starting at Rs 20.999 (introductory offer at Rs 19.999), the Poco F1 is the cheapest smartphone with the highest level of hardware.
But is the Poco F1 really the "Master of Speed?" It certainly has the right kind of hardware that can make it a worthy challenger in the budget-flagship smartphones category, but that's a category that seems to be redefining the F1. Normally the competition would include the OnePlus 6, Honor 10, Asus ZenFone 5Z and maybe even the LG G7 ThinQ. None of these phones, however, even comes close to the ridiculously low price tag set by Pocophone.
At a starting price of Rs 20.999 the Poco F1 turns the market completely upside down. Where a Rs 20,000 budget would give you something like a Vivo X21 or Oppo F9, the Poco F1 flagship offers performance and features.
To put it another way, the Poco F1 is the cheapest phone with the Snapdragon 845 chipset. There is no phone on earth that offers the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm for that price. The starting model of the device comes with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage and there are also higher storage options available for the smartphone. There is also the possibility to expand storage with 256 GB with a microSD card, something that neither the OnePlus 6 nor the Honor 10 offer offers.
Although both the Asus ZenFone 5Z and the OnePlus 6 have the Snapdragon 845 SoC, the Honor 10 has to contend with a significantly lower Kirin 970 chipset. There is also a very unique feature that no one in the price range of sub-Rs 40,000 has and that is the "LiquidCool Technology" that was announced. This will, as with the Pocophone, contribute to better heat dissipation in the device and is ideal for users who play mobile games. Thumb up for Poco. However, only a full assessment will tell us how good or bad this LiquidCool technology really is.
In terms of screen, the Poco F1 has a 6-inch FHD + IPS LCD screen and, as the design trend of 2018 would have, a large display notch. The phone also seems to have a big chin. Larger than that on the OnePlus 6 anyway. The OnePlus 6 has an AMOLED display while both the Asus ZenFone 5Z and the Honor 10 sports LCD screens are displayed. In our review we found that despite the LCD screens both the Honor 10 and the Asus ZenFone 5Z had great displays.
As far as optics is concerned, the Poco F1 has a double camera setting with a 12 MP and a 5 MP sensor while the front camera has a 20 MP sensor. Looking at the OnePlus 6, we see that the phone has 16 MP + 20 MP cameras on the back and a 16 MP front camera. In our review we found out that the Asus ZenFone 5Z actually made better general photo's than the OnePlus 6, while the Honor 10 falls under both. There is no clear winner, but in terms of pixel counting the OnePlus 6 is the champion.
Below is a table with a comparison of all specifications of the above devices. I also just fooled the LG G7 ThinQ. It is Rs 39,999 and doubles the price of the Poco F1, but offers similar specifications.
In this phase, looking at the device seems to cost too much effort. The Poco F1 offers so much better hardware on paper that it has already stolen the price-quality ratio of everything else in the smartphone world. Unless Xiaomi has done something terribly wrong with the phone, which is almost unlikely given their track record, this phone is just a class of its own.
To put it in the right perspective, Samsung sells the Galaxy J8 with a Snapdragon 450 SoC, an HD screen and 4 GB of RAM for 18,999. No genius is needed to find out which phone is better.
Somewhere in Shenzen, OnePlus scribbles about formulating an answer to the Poco F1. There are exciting times ahead for the smartphone industry.
Stay informed for our full review, which should come soon.