Poco F1 vs OnePlus 6 vs ZenFone 5z vs Honor 10: Who's the 'Master of Speed'?

Poco F1 certainly of boasts the right kind of hardware and price to dethrone the OnePlus 6.

Xiaomi's sub-brand Pocophone just launched its very first smartphone, the Poco F1. Now Pocophone is straightaway targetting the most popular flagship smartphone maker in India which is OnePlus. While the OnePlus 6 was being sold under the slogan "The Speed You Need"  the Poco F1, is being sold under the slogan "Master of Speed". However, what Poco F1 has really become is the 'Master of pricing'. Starting at Rs 20,999 (introductory offer at Rs 19,999) the Poco F1 happens to be the cheapest smartphone offering flagship grade hardware.

Poco F1.

Poco F1. Image: tech2/Nimish Sawant

But is the Poco F1 truly the "Master of speed?" It certainly boasts the right kind of hardware that might make it a worthy challenger in the budget flagship smartphone category, but that's a category that the F1 looks set to redefine. Normally, its competition would include the OnePlus 6, Honor 10, Asus ZenFone 5Z and maybe even the LG G7 ThinQ. However, none of these phones come even close to the ridiculously low price tag set by Pocophone.

At a starting price of Rs 20,999, the Poco F1 completely turns the market on its head. Where a Rs 20,000 budget would get you something like a Vivo X21 or Oppo F9, the Poco F1 offers flagship 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 Qualcomm's latest flagship processor at that price. The starting model of the device comes with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage and there are also higher storage variants available for the smartphone. There is also the option to extend the storage by 256 GB using a microSD card, something which neither the OnePlus 6 has nor the Honor 10 offer.

Poco F1. Image: tech2/Nimish Sawant

Poco F1. Image: tech2/Nimish Sawant

While both the Asus ZenFone 5Z and the OnePlus 6 have the Snapdragon 845 SoC, the Honor 10 has to contend with a decidedly lower power Kirin 970 chipset. There is also one very unique feature that no one in the sub-Rs 40,000 price range has and that is the "LiquidCool Technology" that was announced. As per Pocophone, this will help in better heat dissipation in the device and is ideal for users who are into mobile gaming. Thumbs up to Poco for that. However, only a full review will let us know how good or bad this LiquidCool tech really is.

In terms of the display, the Poco F1 has a 6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display and, as the design trend of 2018 would have it, a big display notch. The phone also seems to have a sizeable chin. Bigger than that on the OnePlus 6 anyway. The OnePlus 6 has an AMOLED display while both the Asus ZenFone 5Z and the Honor 10 sport LCD displays. In our review, we found that the despite the LCD screens, both the Honor 10 and Asus ZenFone 5Z had amazing displays.

Poco F1. Image: tech2/Nimish Sawant

Poco F1. Image: tech2/Nimish Sawant

As far as optics go, the Poco F1 has a dual-camera setup with a 12 MP and a 5 MP sensor while the front-facing 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 camera on the front. In our review, we found out that the Asus ZenFone 5Z actually took better overall photos than the OnePlus 6 while the Honor 10 falls below them both. There's no clear winner, but in terms of sheer pixel count, the OnePlus 6 is the champion.

Below is a table which shows a comparison of all the specifications of the above-mentioned devices. I've also thrown in the LG G7 ThinQ just for the heck of it. It's Rs 39,999 and double the price of the Poco F1, but offers similar specs.

Smartphone Poco F1 Honor 10 Asus ZenFone 5Z OnePlus 6 LG G7 ThinQ
Display Size (inch) 6.1 6.1 6.2 6.3 6
Resolution (pixels) 1080 x 2246 1080 x 2240 1080 x 2246 1080 x 2280 1440 x 3120
Pixel Density (PPI) 403 408 402 402 564
Display Type LCD LCD LCD AMOLED LCD
Dimensions(mm) 155.5 x 75.2 x 8.8 162 x 77 x 8 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9
Weight (gm) 180 153 155 177 162
Dual SIM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
Connectivity Types GSM / HSPA / LTE/ VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE/ VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE/ VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE/ VoLTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE / VoLTE
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 HiSilicon Kirin 970 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
CPU Cores Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz) 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver 4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver
GPU Adreno 630, Mali-G72 MP12 Adreno 630 Adreno 630 Adreno 630
RAM 6, 8 GB 4,6 GB 6,8 GB 6,8 GB 6 GB
Ruggedness - - - Splash Proof IP68
On-Board Memory 64,128, 256 GB 64,128 GB 64, 128, 256 GB 64,128, 256 GB 64 GB, 128 GB
Expandable Memory Yes, up to 512 GB No Yes, up to 512 GB No No
Sensors Face unlock, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Face unlock, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Face unlock, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Face unlock, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Active Edge, Magnetometer,
Primary Camera 12MP f/1.9, 5 MP f/2.0 16 MP f/1.8 B/W, 24 MP B/W f/1.8, 12 MP f/1.8, 8 MP f/2.0 16 MP f/1.7, 20 MP (16 MP effective) f/1.7 16 MP f/1.6, 16 MP f/1.9,
Optical Image Stabilisation No No Yes Yes Yes
Camera Array Dual Camera Dual Camera Dual Camera Dual Camera Dual Camera
Autofocus System Phase detection autofocus Phase detection autofocus Phase detection autofocus Phase detection autofocus Laser + Phase detection autofocus
Secondary Camera 20 MP f/1.7 24 MP f/2.0 8MP f/1.7 16 MP f/2.0 8MP f/1.9
Video Capture 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@240fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS) 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60/120fps 720p @ 240 fps 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@480fps 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@240fps
Flash Dual-LED LED LED Dual-LED Dual-LED
OS Version Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo
AI (Smart Assistant) Google Assistant Google Assistant Google Assistant Google Assistant Yes, Google Assistant
GPS Yes Yes Yes  Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual, band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX 4.2, A2DP, LE v5.0, A2DP, LE v5.0.A2DP,LE, aptX v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
NFC TBC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Infrared No Yes No No No
Fingerprint Scanner Yes, rear Yes, rear Yes, rear Yes, rear Yes, rear
3.5 mm jack Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radio No No Yes No No
USB Type Type-C 1.0 reversible connector Type-C 1.0 reversible connector Type-C 1.0 reversible connector Type-C 1.0 reversible connector Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
USB Standard USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 3.0
Battery (mAh) 4,000 3,400 3,300 3,300 3,000
Fast charging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colours Rosso Red, Steel Blue, Graphite Black Phantom Blue, Phantom Green, Midnight Black, Glacier Grey, Lily White Midnight Blue, Meteor Silver Midnight Black, Mirror Black, Silk White, Amber Red New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue, Raspberry Rose
Prices in India Starting at Rs 20,999 Starting at Rs 32,999 Starting at Rs 29,999 Starting at Rs 34,999 Starting Rs 39,999

Conclusion

At this stage, even reviewing the device seems like too much bother. The Poco F1 offers so much better hardware on paper that it's already stolen the value-for-money crown from everything else in the smartphone world. Unless Xiaomi did something horribly wrong with the phone, which, given their track record, hardly seems likely, this phone is simply a class apart.

To put things in perspective, Samsung sells the Galaxy J8 with a Snapdragon 450 SoC, an HD display, and 4 GB RAM for 18,999. It doesn't take a genius to figure out which phone is better.

Somewhere in Shenzen, OnePlus is scratching their heads on how to come up with an answer to the Poco F1. Exciting times lay ahead for the smartphone industry.

Do stay tuned for our full review, which should be coming soon.




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