With the launch of the POCO F1 in India, Xiaomi has managed to stir up the Indian smartphone market once again. Thanks to its extremely competitive pricing, the POCO F1 is expected to increase Xiaomi’s share in the mid-range and premium smartphone segments in India by a very significant margin in the near future. In our specs comparison today, we will be putting POCO F1 up against Xiaomi’s Mi 8 flagship smartphone to find out the key differences between the two.
POCO F1 vs Mi 8: Price in India
The POCO F1 starts at Rs.20,999 in India for the base configuration with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Xiaomi has priced the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant of the smartphone at Rs.23,999, while the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant costs Rs.28,999. Xiaomi Mi 8, on the other hand, has not been launched in India yet but we do expect it to be priced at around Rs.30,000 in India.
POCO F1 vs Mi 8: Design, Display
One of the main reasons why the POCO F1 is very affordable is that it comes with a polycarbonate build instead of a full-metal unibody or a glass-sandwich design. It comes with a 6.18-inch IPS LCD display featuring 1080 x 2246 Full HD+ resolution and an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. In comparison, the Mi 8 sports a four-way curved glass back with an aluminum frame in the middle. It features a 6.21-inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 2248 Full HD+ resolution, 18.7:9 aspect ratio, DCI-P3 color space coverage, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
POCO F1 vs Mi 8: Performance, Hardware Specifications
The POCO F1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor under the hood with the LiquidCool technology, claimed by Xiaomi to deliver industry-leading thermal performance. As we mentioned earlier, the POCO F1 comes in three memory configurations – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. The smartphone has Hybrid Dual-SIM slots, allowing further expansion up to 256GB.
Xiaomi Mi 8 is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood but does not include the same LiquidCool technology found on the POCO F1. In the memory department, Xiaomi Mi 8 comes in 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 6GB RAM + 256GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. However, the Mi 8 does not include a microSD card slot for further expansion.
POCO F1 vs Mi 8: Camera Features
The POCO F1 is equipped with a 12MP + 5MP dual-camera setup at the rear with AI scene detection and AI Portrait mode. While OIS is not present, the F1 does come with EIS and is capable of shooting videos at up to 4K Ultra HD resolution. The front-facing camera is a 20MP unit with an AI Portrait mode and AI detection of 10 different scenes. It supports AI-powered IR Face Unlock as well.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 features a 12MP + 12MP AI dual-camera setup with the primary sensor equipped with 4-axis optical image stabilization and Dual Pixel PDAF. Thanks to the dual sensors, the Mi 8 can not only capture portrait shots but also offers 2x optical zoom. The front-facing camera is a 20MP unit with an f/2.0 aperture and Infrared Face Unlock.
POCO F1 vs Mi 8: Battery Life, OS
The POCO F1 is one of the most impressive mid-range smartphones out there when it comes to battery life. It sports a large 4000mAh capacity battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support. Xiaomi Mi 8, on the other hand, packs a 3400mAh capacity battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0+ support.
As for software, the POCO F1 and Mi 8 both run on Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9 out of the box. However, the POCO F1 comes with the POCO Launcher on top.
POCO F1 vs Mi 8: Conclusion
When it comes to performance, the POCO F1 is an impressive device thanks to the LiquidCool technology that it comes equipped with. In terms of battery life, the POCO F1 is superior to the Mi 8 thanks to a larger battery. In other areas, however, the more expensive Mi 8 certainly has a clear edge. It offers a much more attractive design, more capable cameras, and a superior display.
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