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With this new product, Xiaomi is taking the fight straight to its key competition, including incumbent leader, the OnePlus 6, as well as the strong contenders such as the Asus Zenfone 5Z, and Honor Play. Here are the key differences between the new Xiaomi Poco F1, and its biggest competitors. Also Read - Xiaomi is hiding the front camera on its next Mi flagship smartphone
Price and variants
Purely on a price platform, the winner here is the Honor Play. With the price starting at Rs 19,999, the Honor Play is the most affordable smartphone of the four phones compared. The Xiaomi Poco F1 comes next with its starting price of Rs 20,999, with the Asus Zenfone 5Z priced from Rs 29,999. The most expensive phone on offer in this comparison is rather surprisingly the OnePlus 6, with its price starting at Rs 34,999. This is in stark contrast from not even two years ago, when OnePlus smartphones had the price advantage over every other option available.
In terms of variants, all of the smartphones on offer, all of the smartphones here have a minimum of 64GB storage on their base variants. The Honor Play offers 4GB of RAM on the Rs 19,999 option going up to 6GB RAM on the Rs 23,999 variant, while the other three options start with 6GB of RAM and go up to 8GB of RAM. The OnePlus 6, Asus Zenfone 5Z and Xiaomi Poco F1 also offer up to 256GB of internal storage. Additionally, the OnePlus 6 is the only smartphone here without the option to expand storage, while the other three phones offer a hybrid SIM slot that lets you swap a second SIM for a microSD card.
Specifications and software
The Xiaomi Poco F1 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, just like the OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z. This is currently the flagship chipset from Qualcomm, and is considered to be the best mobile chipset in the world right now. In comparison, the Honor Play is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 970, which is a few months older than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and is nearly at the end of its time as a first-generation chipset.
All four phones allow dual-VoLTE, and sport fingerprint sensors and face unlock. All phones also run Android Oreo; the OnePlus 6, Honor Play and Xiaomi Poco F1 all run Android 8.1, while the Asus Zenfone 5Z runs Android 8.0.
The user interfaces are, of course, those of the manufacturers in each case – OxygenOS (OnePlus), ZenUI (Asus) and EMUI (Honor). The Xiaomi Poco F1 runs on MIUI, but with the Poco launcher on top that adds certain visual and functional additions over typical MIUI. One interesting addition on the Poco F1 that none of the other phones here have is liquid cooling, which promises better performance and battery life.
Battery and charging
The largest battery of the phones on comparison here belongs to the Xiaomi Poco F1 – at 4,000mAh. The Honor Play has a 3,750mAh battery, while the OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z each have 3,300mAh batteries. All four phones use USB Type-C ports for charging, and come with fast charging out-of-the-box. In Honor and OnePlus’ case, the fast charging standard is proprietary, while the Xiaomi Poco F1 and Asus Zenfone 5Z use the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard.
All four phones here sport dual-camera setups at the back, and a single high-resolution camera at the front. The most impressive camera setup purely on numbers and functionality is that of the OnePlus 6, which features a 16-megapixel primary sensor and 20-megapixel secondary sensor at the rear, along with a 16-megapixel front camera. The rear camera setup enables depth effects as well as allows 2X lossless zoom. You also get OIS on the primary sensor, along with slow-motion video recording at up to 480fps.
The Xiaomi Poco F1 sports a 12-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth-effect shots, and also comes with AI-enabled tweaks for improved pictures, along with a 20-megapixel front camera. The Asus Zenfone 5Z sports a 12-megapixel + 8-megapixel rear camera setup, along with an 8-megapixel front camera. The Honor Play has a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear camera setup, and a 16-megapixel front camera. These phones also tout AI-based tweaks for improving pictures, along with depth-effect for portrait shots.
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Xiaomi Poco F1 vs OnePlus 6 vs Asus Zenfone 5Z vs Honor Play: Comparison Table
|Features||Xiaomi Poco F1||OnePlus 6||Asus Zenfone 5Z||Honor Play|
|Display||6.18-inch full-HD+ (18.7:9) IPS LCD||6.28-inch full-HD+ (19:9) AMOLED||6.2-inch Full HD+ (18.7:9) IPS LCD||6.3-inch Full HD+ (19.5:9) IPS LCD|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||HiSilicon Kirin 970|
|RAM||6GB / 8GB||6GB / 8GB||6GB / 8GB||4GB / 6GB|
|Storage||64GB / 128GB / 256GB (expandable)||64GB / 128GB / 256GB (non-expandable)||64GB / 128GB / 256GB
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel +
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dual-VoLTE||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dual-VoLTE||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dual-VoLTE||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dual-VoLTE|
|Android OS||Android 8.1 Oreo (MIUI with Poco Launcher)||Android 8.1 Oreo (OxygenOS)||Android 8.0 Oreo (ZenUI)||Android 8.1 Oreo (EMUI)|
|Prices||Rs 20,999 onwards||Rs 34,999 onwards||Rs 29,999 onwards||Rs 19,999 onwards|