Xiaomi Poco F1 vs OnePlus 6: Battle of affordable premium smartphones

According to a recent Flipkart listing the POCO F1 will come with water cooled processor

Poco F1 comes with a truckload of features and an aggressive price-tag, which might very well disrupt the premium flagship segment, which are dominated by OnePlus, Samsung and Apple. The front of the F1 lacks any physical buttons, but there is infrared sensor for face unlock tucked in the notch.

The Poco F1, for starters, features a standard 6.18-inch LCD notch-equipped screen on the front with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The Snapdragon 845 has an octa-core CPU running at 2.8 GHz, an Adreno 630 GPU, and h either 6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM. And for those interested in putting custom ROMs, POCO will also make the kernel source available soon after the first sale on August 29th. On the back, the dual camera setup boasts of Artificial Intelligence-support featuring 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor offering Dual Pixel Autofocus feature and real-time AI photography. Supports two SIM cards, LTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 ac), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS+GLONASS, there is a port USB Type-C.

Furthermore, Xiaomi also launched a Poco F1 Armoured Edition which is made from Kevlar Aramid Fiber, imported directly from DuPont USA. The super-tough, heat-resistant material is widely used in the aviation industry, the military, and high-end cycling.

The rear panel is made of plastic or kevlar, so you don't get wireless charging.

The idea behind Poco was that the brand would leverage Xiaomi's supply chain prowess but would create something different from Xiaomi's main product line and experimenting with new ideas something Xiaomi wouldn't be able to do with its own legacy franchises.

The smartphone has a polycarbonate back and comes with Rosso Red, Steel Blue and Graphite Black colour options. The smartphone is available in multiple variants - 6GB RAM and 64GB, 6GB RAM and 128GB, and 8GB RAM and 256GB - priced at Rs 20,999, Rs 23,999 and Rs 28,999 respectively. The Armoured edition, unlike the Avengers Infinity War Edition of the OnePlus 6 which was covered in glass, has this texture which feels good in the hand and gives the F1 a good grip which is important when using the phone in transit and playing games.

The phone comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Heck, it's the cheapest device carrying the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, one of the fastest, most powerful processors you can get on an Android right now. It boasts 256GB of internal storage and 8GB RAM and is priced at a modest 29,999.

With an aim to provide consumers with phones that satisfy their needs and not put a hole in their pockets, Xiaomi kicked-off its Poco F1 India event that focuses on bringing Xiaomi's all new affordable flagship phones to the country.

Connectivity options on the phone include "4G+" (provides 275% more data throughput), WiFi, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, Global Positioning System and A/GPS. And during the announcement today, Xiaomi stated that it would be releasing Android 9.0 Pie software update for the phone. The brightness can go up to 500nits. It also comes with an infrared camera and flood illuminator for face unlocking, similar to the one on Oppo Find X.

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