OnePlus from the day it launched it’s first ever phone, the OnePlus One was a fan favorite. It offered specs of a flagship at half the price of the likes of Samsung and Sony. But not, we have a new contender in town. Xiaomi has launched it’s own revamped series of mid-range flagship phones known as the Pocophone and the first phone out is the F1. The pricing is similar to that of OnePlus when it first came, but OnePlus’ price have been increasing gradually.
It certainly is the battle for the best and Xiaomi is out for blood. Let’s see how the F1 holds up against the latest OnePlus has to offer.
The F1 does not feel premium at all. It can be due to the fact that it’s body is made out of polycarbonate, whereas OnePlus is keeping the industry standard in mind while designing their phones. The OnePlus 6 has a glass back which is a clear choice for a premium flagship device. Though none of the phones have an IP rating, OnePlus 6 can survive splashes but company doesn’t cover it in their warranty.
Under the hood
On paper, both of these devices compare the same. Both of them start from a 6GB/64GB option and it goes upto 8GB/256GB. The devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, so playing power intensive games shouldn’t be a problem on both the devices. Also, Xiaomi claims that it also has installed water-cooling in the F1 to prevent overheating.
The OnePlus 6 sports a 6.28-inch 2280x1080 AMOLED display. So you can expect true blacks and always on display from the AMOLED panel.
The F1 on the other hand has a 6.18-inch 2246x1080 IPS LCD display. Both the devices feature a notch but the OnePlus 6 has a well-placed notch with minimal chin, F1’s notch on the other hand looks unnecessary due to the fat chin it has.
The F1 offers 12MP+5MP (f/1.9) as the rear shooters and 20MP for the front camera. OnePlus on paper is a clear winner. It offers 16MP+20MP (f/1.7) as the rear camera and 16MP front camera.
As we know, the OnePlus 6 is more than capable of getting good pictures. F1 doesn’t have a bad camera either, the sample pictures show that it too has a decent camera for it’s price tag. One major difference between both the phones is that the OnePlus 6 has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) that offers blur reduction due to handshake.
We already have been a fan of OnePlus’ Dash Charging capabilities, but now we are challenged by Quick Charge 3.0. in terms of speed, OnePlus is the clear winner. But in terms of capacity, Xiaomi offers 4,000 mAh in the F1 and OnePlus 6 lags behind with with 3,300 mAh battery. Neither of these phones are wireless charging compatible.
This is what it all comes down to, the price. The Pocofone F1 starts from Rs.20,999 for the base model (6GB/64GB) and goes all the way up to Rs.28,999 for the best option(8GB/256GB) available. The OnePlus 6 starts from Rs.34,999 and goes all the way upto Rs.43,999 for similar configurations.