The POCO F1 from Xiaomi is arguably the most impressive mid-range smartphone that has been launched this year. Featuring flagship-grade hardware and a significantly lower starting price compared to its main rivals, the POCO F1 is a brilliant choice for anyone looking for a new mid-range Android smartphone. However, if you aren’t too sure about spending more than Rs.20,000 on a smartphone, there are a few alternatives to consider. The latest alternative to the POCO F1 is the Motorola One Power, which was launched in India yesterday.
One of the few areas where the POCO F1 fails to impress is build quality. Its polycarbonate design may be quite durable but it does not look particularly premium. The POCO F1 Armored Edition features a more premium Kevlar back but costs significantly more than the Motorola One Power. The Motorola handset features a metal back with polycarbonate bits on the top and bottom portions.
The key selling point of the Motorola One Power is its massive 5000mAh capacity battery. Motorola claims the smartphone can easily deliver up to 2 days of use on a single charge, which is extremely impressive. It comes with a TurboPower charger in the box, which allows users to get up to six hours of battery life from just 15 minutes of charging. POCO F1 is no slouch when it comes to battery life, thanks to a 4000mAh capacity battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 support. That said, if battery life is your main priority, the Motorola One Power has an edge over the POCO F1.
The Motorola One Power is an Android One smartphone, which means you will get to enjoy a secure, stock Android experience for a long time. Android One smartphones are guaranteed to receive the latest Android security updates on a regular basis, along with the promise of two major OS upgrades. The smartphone also ships with no bloatware whatsoever, ensuring a smooth and fast user experience. POCO F1, on the other hand, runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.6 currently. While POCO has confirmed that the F1 will receive the Android P update, doubts remain on whether the smartphone will be updated to Android Q.
P2i Water Protection
The Motorola One Power comes with P2i water-repellent coating, which protects it from accidental liquid damage and light rain. POCO F1, on the other hand, lacks any sort of water protection. So if you want your next smartphone to offer some protection against liquid damage, the Motorola One Power is one of the only options you have below the Rs.25,000 mark in India currently.
Widevine L1 Support
If you are planning to extensively use your next smartphone as a media consumption device, it is important to note that the POCO F1 currently lacks Widevine L1 certification. This means you will not be able to stream HD quality videos on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and more. While Xiaomi has confirmed that it is working on “fixing” this issue, there is no word on when exactly the F1 will gain Widevine L1 certification. Motorola One Power, on the other hand, comes with the Widevine L1 certification out of the box. This means you will have no problems watching movies and TV shows on popular streaming services in high-definition.
Bonus: Dedicated MicroSD Card Slot
Motorola One Power comes with a triple-slot configuration. In addition to two SIM card slots, the smartphone includes a dedicated microSD card slot as well, allowing further expansion up to 256GB. POCO F1, on the other hand, comes with Hybrid Dual-SIM slots.