The past month has been a roller coaster ride in terms of budget smartphone launches. We got to see incredible innovation from the likes of OPPO with its F11 Pro. On the other hand, Samsung has finally become competitive in the mid-range segment, with the Galaxy A50 being a standout offering. With that said, is it possible that the best value one can find is with a handset that first disrupted the mid-range smartphone scene when it launched in August last year? Let’s compare Samsung’s and OPPO’s offerings against the Xiaomi POCO F1 to answer this very question.
Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Xiaomi POCO F1 vs OPPO F11 Pro: Price in India
The Galaxy A50’s price starts off at INR 19,990 for its 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The POCO F1 (review) also starts off at INR 19,999 for its 6GB RAM + 64GB storage configuration. The OPPO F11 Pro gets the same storage setup as the POCO F1, but it is priced a bit higher at INR 24,990.
Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Xiaomi POCO F1 vs OPPO F11 Pro: Design, Build
While all three of these phones have plastic rear panels, the F11 Pro looks the most attractive thanks to a glass-like reflective coating and gradient finish on its back. The Galaxy A50 isn’t too bad either, as its rear panel reflects light in rainbow-like patterns. The POCO F1 looks a bit dull compared too these, but some prefer matt finishes on their smartphones.
Then comes the matter of the notch, or lack thereof. The F11 Pro makes use of a rising mechanism to hide the selfie camera, while the other two handsets use the traditional notch design. In the case of the latter two, the Galaxy A50’s notch is least intrusive as the phone makes use of a U-shaped bump. The POCO F1’s notch is considerably wider. However, the F1 is the only phone that allows the loudspeaker to function as a stereo speaker and utilizes the space to house an IR face scanner, so the trade-off could be worth it.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy A50 is the only phone here to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. But then again, this fingerprint sensor is considerably slower than rear-mounted solutions of the latter, and so the decision would boil down to how important a front-facing fingerprint sensor is to you.
Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Xiaomi POCO F1 vs OPPO F11 Pro: Display
In terms of display, the Galaxy A50 beats the other two thanks to its 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen. You also get Gorilla Glass 3 protection to minimize the occurrence of scratches. If you are one who absolutely loathes notches, the OPPO F11 Pro is the one for you. It offers a 6.53-inch Full HD+ LCD that truly offer a bezel-less experience. With that said, the POCO F1’s 6.18-inch LCD screen isn’t bad by any means and can perform just as well.
Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Xiaomi POCO F1 vs OPPO F11 Pro: Camera
When it comes to imaging, the Galaxy A50 offers the most versatile system with its 25MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 5MP depth sensor setup at the back. The front camera is also the largest at 25MP. On the other hand, the 12MP + 5MP rear cameras of the POCO F1 are capable of 4K 60FPS video recording. The front of the phone houses a 20MP sensor. Then we have the OPPO F11 Pro that is capable of commendable rear camera photography with its 48MP + 5MP setup, but it can only record 1080p videos for some reason. The pop-up module of this phone houses a 16MP selfie shooter
Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Xiaomi POCO F1 vs OPPO F11 Pro: Software, Performance
The POCO F1 is undoubtedly the value king when it comes down to raw performance thanks to its flagship-grade Snapdragon 845 SoC. The phone has even received the update to Android 9.0 Pie, albeit with MIUI 10.2.3 skin running on top.
In terms of raw benchmark numbers, the Galaxy A50’s Exynos 9610 is more powerful than the F11 Pro’s Helio P70. While both phones run Android Pie by default, the former is adorned with ONE UI while the latter comes with ColorOS 6. OPPO’s software looks closer to stock, and its UI transitions are relatively smoother. ONE UI is a new take on Samsung’s interface offering, but it is a bit heavy for the mid-range Exynos 9610 and can feel quite laggy at times.
Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Xiaomi POCO F1 vs OPPO F11 Pro: Battery Life
All three of these phones come with 4000mAh batteries with their own iterations of fast charging. The F11 Pro, however, is the only phone that still uses a micro USB charging port, while the other two have adopted USB Type-C for charging and data transfers.
Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Xiaomi POCO F1 vs OPPO F11 Pro: Verdict
Each of these phones can perform one or more tasks better than their competition. However, the POCO F1 still offers the most features relative to its price tag. It is also the best option for power users and smartphone gamers. If you can look past some performance issues and deal with the slow in-screen fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy A50 is a great next option thanks to its capable imaging setup and superior display.
As for the OPPO F11 Pro, it might be the least-powerful smartphone here, but it offers an entirely unobstructed display, the awe factor of a pop-up camera, and a relatively clean software experience. It is even the best-looking smartphone here. If you are not a heavy user/ mobile gamer and prefer a handset that can be flaunted in public, the F11 Pro is the one for you.