The War Of The Flagship Killers
OnePlus ushered the idea of ‘flagship killers’. Xiaomi redefined budget and mid-ranged smartphones. Asus as usual targeted consumers across budgets. It wasn’t until 2018 that Xiaomi and Asus decided to join the flagship killer party. The new smartphones from them have been priced extra aggressively to attract as much attention as possible. Xiaomi to be specific priced its brand new POCO F1 at significantly lower prices than both Asus ZenFone 5Z and OnePlus 6. It’s literally unbeatable as far as pricing is concerned. To be honest, it has made life harder for OnePlus who was gradually rising cost over the years. Let’s see how the offering from Xiaomi stacks up against the other two. Processor: All three of our competitors have cutting edge Octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor at their heart. On paper, the devices look pretty similar. So we need to look at the benchmarks to pick up the ultimate beast. While Both POCO F1 an OnePlus 6 had near identical scores, Asus ZenFone 5Z outscored them both in Single Core and Multi-Core performance. Asus Zenfone 5Z: Single Core – 2471 Multi Core – 9209 POCO F1: Single Core – 2451 Multi Core – 8998 OnePlus 6: Single Core – 2423 Multi Core – 8884 Winner: Asus Zenfone 5Z. Note that these are synthetic benchmarks. So you won’t be noticing the difference in day to day usage. Operating system Again all three run on Google’s Android Oreo OS out of the box. But the difference lies in the skin these OEMs put atop it. Amongst all three, only OnePlus 6 provides you near stock Android experience with handy tweaks every here and there in its Oxygen OS. POCO F1 ships with Xiaomi’s popular MIUI meanwhile the Zenfone 5z runs on ZenUI. Winner: It depends. Some like the clean stock UI and some prefer heavy customization. As far as I am concerned, OnePlus wins this round. Display All three devices here follow Apple’s lead and come with the infamous notch atop their displays. In size, they all measure 6.2 inches. The screen resolution of them is full HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) and screen-to-body-ration is around 83%. Coming to the quality of the displays, OnePlus 6 is significantly better than the rest. While both POCO F1 and Zenfone 5z have LCD IPS level displays, the OnePlus 6 sports the Optic AMOLED display. Winner: Obviously it’s OnePlus 6. Camera: This is where these three pretty much differ from each other. Xiaomi Poco F1: Front Camera: 20MP with f/2.0 aperture with EIS and AI mode. Rear Camera: 12MP with f/1.9 aperture + 5MP monochrome camera. OnePlus 6: Front Camera: 16MP with f/2.0 aperture with EIS. Rear Camera: 16MP with f/1.7 aperture + 20MP camera with f/1.7 aperture. Asus ZenFone 5Z: Front Camera: 8MP with f/2.0 aperture with EIS and 84-degree FoV. Rear Camera: AI-powered 12MP with f/1.8 aperture + 8MP camera with 120-degree FoV. Winner: On paper, the POCO F1 has better front shooter than OnePlus 6 and Zenfone 5z meanwhile OnePlus 6 packs stuffs most pixels in its rear cam. We can’t have a winner here just from the numbers. You need to check camera samples to get a clear idea of the ultimate winner. Battery: In POCO F1, Xiaomi continues its tradition of packing the best in class 4000mAh battery life which is straight 700mAh more than the 3300mAh batteries in both OnePlus 6 and Zenfone 5z. This ensures that the POCO F1 keeps you away from the charger most! Coming to charging technologies, POCO comes with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support meanwhile OnePlus has Dash Charging and Zenfone 5z has its proprietary AI-based fast charging system. So all three device are going to recharge with the span of one and a half hours. Winner: We know it’s the POCO F1 here. Other Internals: All three smartphones come in 2 RAM variants and 3 storage variants as follows: 6GB RAM + 64 GB Storage, 64 GB RAM + 128 GB Storage & 8GB RAM + 256 GB Storage. Price: Across storage and RAM variants, POCO F1 has the best pricing among the three. In fact, OnePlus and Asus are not even close. Considering Xiaomi’s insane fan base in India, the POCO F1 has the potential to outsell even the OnePlus 6. The pricing are as follows: Xiaomi Poco F1: 6GB RAM + 64GB (Rs 20,999), 6GB RAM + 128GB (Rs 23,999) and 8GB RAM + 256GB (Rs 28,999). OnePlus 6: 6GB RAM+64GB (Rs 34,999), 8GB RAM+128GB (Rs 39,999) and 8GB RAM+256GB (Rs 43,999). Asus ZenFone 5Z: 6GB RAM + 64GB (Rs 29,999), 6GB RAM + 128GB (Rs 32,999) and 8GB RAM + 256GB (Rs 36,999). The ultimate winner: It’s really difficult to opt one. All three devices provide amazing performance for what you pay. When it all comes down to cost, POCO F1 is the way to go. If Asus distinguished itself by offering flagship performance at a lower price than OnePlus, Xiaomi blew them both out of the water. The price to performance ratio in case of the latter is simply unmatchable. If you are looking for any kind of diagnosis, repair, replacement, fast fixing your phone, contact Service Tech– More Life to Your Device, & our Tango will help you in keeping your device just like new.