Currently, the mobile market is hot with the neck-to-neck competition between two big guns of the market, which are BBK owned OnePlus and Xiaomi’s sub-brand Poco. When entered the market, OnePlus was known as the flagship killer as it offered very good specification at a very pocket-friendly budget. With its first launch of OnePlus One, it made a good impression among the users. Xiaomi, on the other hand, launched smartphones in all variants, be it flagship or be it budget phones and captured the market by spreading its name on every level.
With the latest launch of Oneplus in May 2018, it introduced its best phone OnePlus 6 which is made out of glass and is grasping the market with its premium looks and features. The entry-level phone of OnePlus 6 is priced very low at Rs 34,999 only which in itself beats most of the phones in the market. But just after a few months Xiaomi launch a real flagship killer by introducing its sub-brand Poco and entered the market with its “First One” F1. The price of the phone is incredibly low at Rs 20,999 but still, it has most of the features and specs of a flagship but loses in some of the areas.
Design: OnePlus a clear winner
OnePlus 6 has done a fabulous job with the looks of the phone and has made it very premium by giving it a glass-back and its Silk-White Limited edition variant is really made out of crush pearls. It also comes in other colours like Midnight Black, Amber-red. But Poco cuts its price in this area and gives a poly-carbonate back, due to which the phone loses on looks. But if one spends a few more bucks then its top variant with Kevlar back can be availed at Rs 29,999. And this looks a bit more premium than the poly-carbonated one and will still cost less than OnePlus 6 entry level phone.
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Both the phones run on the same chipset which is SnapDragon 845 octa-core processor which is currently the latest in the market and is coupled with 6GB/8GB RAM variant. The Antutu and GFX benchmarks of both the phones are almost the same but OnePlus leads the way with a bit smoother switching between the apps functionality and a better user interface (UI). OnePlus 6 runs on CyanogenMod and Poco F1 runs on MIUI. CyanogenMod gives close to stock Android experience but MIUI is heavily customized. But Poco F1 wins in the Storage section as it provides a Hybrid slot which allows the user to add an SD card and here OnePlus lacks. Both phones come with the same storage variant i.e. 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.
Camera: OnePlus is the winner here
This is the point where a phone can be a deal breaker or maker. Poco gives a very tough competition to OnePlus 6 in this section but loses as it doesn’t have a much-needed feature in a camera which is OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). On the back Poco sports a 12-megapixel with f/1.9 stacked with a 5-megapixel lens with f/2.0 for depth effect. OnePlus offers a better one with 16-megapixel with f/1.7 stacked with 20-megapixel with f/1.7 for portrait shots or bokeh effect. Both the phones perform quite well in low-lit conditions also but OnePlus wins as it comes with a better display.
Display: OnePlus takes the cake
With the premium looks OnePlus provides a premium and effective display also which is an AMOLED display. Pictures and videos will come out brighter on this as it has deeper blacks and the screen requires less power. On the other hand Poco sports an IPS LCD display which is lesser on blacks and also consumes more of the battery power. OnePlus has a slightly bigger display with 6.28 inch at 2280×1080 screen resolution and Poco has 6.18 inch at 2246×1080 screen resolution. Screen to body ration is also less with 19:9 in OnePlus and 18.7:9 in Poco.
Battery: Poco it is
This criterion depends on the user’s usage but bigger the battery better will be its backup. Less the charger will be needed after one full charge of the device. Here, Poco offers a massive 4000 mAh battery with fast charging technology and gets the phone from 0 to 35 per cent in 30minutes on the other side OnePlus puts in 3300 mAh battery with flash charging the device from 0 to 60 per cent in just 30minutes. Poco has a better screen on time and lasts almost a full day on heavy usage.
OnePlus 6 has a better display and gives a premium look but Poco ergonomics are well designed therefore it fits better in hand. The facial recognition is super fast in Poco as it uses the IR technology and therefore works in pitch dark. Poco also sports Liquid cooling technology has expandable storage but lacks on the camera part where OnePlus offers OIS for better pictures and stabilized videos. With such a huge price difference it totally depends on the user what is their need Looks or Money?