The mid-cycle refresh from OnePlus is here in the form of OnePlus 6T. The 2018 flagship smartphone has moved up a ladder from OnePlus 6 with a new in-display fingerprint sensor, smaller notch-screen, and few more improvements. In this post we are comparing the latest entry with Xiaomi’s popular value-for-money flagship Poco F1, and Asus’ ambitious Zenfone 5Z, which was originally launched to take on the OnePlus 6.
We are still hours away from OnePlus 6T India pricing, so we will update it later once it hits the Amazon India store. Having said that the device is widely expected to be priced above OnePlus 6’s price of Rs 34,999. On the other hand, we know Poco F1 is the most affordable of the lot. The prices for base 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant of Poco F1 start at Rs 20,999, whereas the top end model is available for Rs 29,999 via Flipkart. The Asus Zenfone 5Z is company’s flagship range smartphone in India. The prices for Zenfone 5Z start at Rs 29,999 and go up to Rs 36,999. This is also available via Flipkart.
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Design and display
In terms of design, all three phones look very different from each other. OnePlus has introduced a OnePlus 6-like design on the 6T, except it has ditched headphone jack and there is no fingerprint sensor at the back. OnePlus 6T and Asus Zenfone 5Z feature front and back glass, whereas Poco F1 sports polycarbonate at the back.
Talking about the display, OnePlus 6T comes with a 6.4-inch full HD+ panel with 1080x2340pixels resolution, and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The notch on 6T is now much smaller, like the Oppo F9 Pro. Coming to Poco F1, it sports a 6.18-inch full-HD+ 18.7:9 aspect ratio screen with a large notch. Lastly, the Asus Zenfone 5Z comes with 6.2-inch full-HD+ panel featuring 18:9 aspect ratio, and a notch similar to Poco F1.
Chipset, RAM and storage
All three smartphones – OnePlus 6T, Poco F1 and Asus Zenfone 5Z – are powered by Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 845 SoC. While the all new OnePlus 6T now starts with 128GB storage as base variant, the other two still come with 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB storage options. OnePlus has also kept a 256GB storage model paired with 8GB RAM. The Poco F1 and Asus Zenfone 5Z also share similar 6GB/ 8GB SKUs like the OnePlus with different storage option.
In the photography department, the OnePlus 6T comes with dual cameras at the back, which includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor (telephoto lens), both featuring f/1.7 aperture. Up front, there is a 16-megapixel snapper for selfies and video calling.
In case of Poco F1, the phone comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera along with a 5-megapixel secondary sensor to add depth-of-field effects to your photos. Xiaomi has also added AI tweaks with scene detection and portrait mode to help you capture better photos. There is also a 20-megapixel front camera with AI beauty mode.
Coming to the Asus Zenfone 5Z, it comes with a 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel rear camera setup, and an 8-megapixel front camera. The second rear camera of 8-megapixel resolution has a wide-angle 120-degrees field of view which lets you capture more from a scene.
Face Unlock is standard in all three smartphones. Talking about fingerprint scanner, the Asus Zenfone 5Z and Poco F1 do have a fingerprint scanner at the back, while OnePlus 6T has incorporated for new technology. It now comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner, which works through the screen of the phone and has 0.34ms unlock time.
While the Asus and Xiaomi smartphones run Android Oreo, the OnePlus 6T has been launched with Android Pie out-of-the-box. Having said that, the Poco F1 is in line to get the latest OS update, and Asus too is expected to roll out the update for its smartphone.
OnePlus 6T Vs Poco F1 Vs Asus Zenfone 5Z: Comparison table
|Features||OnePlus 6T||Poco F1
||Asus Zenfone 5Z
19.5:9 aspect ratio
|6.18-inch full-HD+ (18.7:9) IPS LCD||6.0-inch QHD+
18:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|RAM||6GB / 8GB||6GB / 8GB||6GB / 8GB|
|Storage||128GB / 256GB||64GB / 128GB/ 256GB (expandable)||64GB / 128GB/ 256GB (expandable)|
|Rear Camera||16-megapixel + 20-megapixel||12-megapixel +
|Connectivity||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G VoLTE, single SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Android OS||Android 9 Pie||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo (ZenUI)|
|Price||N.A.||Rs 20,999||Rs 29,999|