Poll: POCO F1 vs OnePlus 6 – Which one would you choose?
Driving everyone loco
Just when we thought Xiaomi couldn’t do it anymore, they launched the POCO: A budget phone with specifications that can compete with the top flagships of 2018. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 with 6 or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of expandable storage, dual cameras, a notch, stereo speakers and a headphone jack. On paper, it seemed like the complete package at an unbelievable price of INR 21,000 onwards. The POCO F1 redefined flagship pricing, like what OnePlus did a few years ago. This brought obvious comparisons between the current champion, the OnePlus 6 and the F1, and everyone questioned the price gap between the two.
The F1 is cheaper because of a few reasons. The brand uses most of Xiaomi’s infrastructure, spends very little on marketing, emphasizes online sales to reduce the retailer’s cut etc. Tangibly speaking, the phone has a simple plastic back, worse cameras, a smaller LCD display, and of course MIUI, which is generally considered inferior to OxygenOS by the purists. That doesn’t imply that the OnePlus is a perfect phone, as you lose a bigger battery, stereo speakers, and more importantly, the price.
So both phones have a few corners cut to achieve their respective pricing, and based on your preferences, you can decide which phone will be more suited for you. For me, the OnePlus 6 is the winner as I need great cameras, prefer clean customizable software, and am addicted to Dash charging. The easier availability instead of Flash sales is also a factor to consider. I mean, if I had 40 grand to drop on a phone, the OnePlus 6 would get it, but if I had 30, the POCO is the closest alternative with the least compromises.
So with all that insight, what do you think, which phone is a better offering considering the price? The OnePlus 6, or the Pocophone F1? Waiting to have some ̶h̶e̶a̶t̶e̶d̶ fun discussions in the comments below!