Xiaomi has just revealed the official price of the Poco F1 here in the Philippines. The device’s local pricing was impressively affordable, and we can’t say that we were surprised.

This device came from a sub-brand of Xiaomi, a technology company known for their feature-packed products at rock bottom prices. The Pocophone F1 is a testament to their mantra of bringing a smartphone with the best possible features at an incredibly reasonable price.

However, the premium midrange smartphone market has been saturated with different offerings from tons of brands. One of those devices is the ASUS Zenfone 5 2018, a handset that also has its own share of enticing features to lure in consumers.


Launched in the Philippines back in April, it became a huge hit for those people who are looking for a chic-looking smartphone for under Php20,000. It also has tons of camera prowess for mobile photographers.

In our Poco F1 versus ASUS Zenfone 5 2018 specifications and features comparison, we’re about to see which between these two devices is the right smartphone for you. So, without further ado, let’s start!

ASUS Zenfone 5 2018 - NoypiGeeks

 Poco F1ASUS Zenfone 5 2018
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
MIUI 9.6
Poco launcher
Android 8.0 Oreo
ZenUI 5.0
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.18-inch FHD+ IPS
2246 x 1080 pixel resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
6.2-inch FHD+ IPS
2246 x 1080 pixel resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
96% NTSC color gamut
Processor2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core
LiquidCool cooling system
1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core
GPUAdreno 630Adreno 509
Storage64GB/128GB/256GB UFS
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
expandable via microSD up to 2TB
Front camera20-megapixel
Rear Camera12-megapixel +
AI scene detection
LED flash
12-megapixel (f/1.8) +
8-megapixel (120-degree wide-angle)
4-Axis OIS
AI scene detection
LED flash
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Infrared Face Unlock
Fingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
AudioStereo Speakers
Headphone Jack
Dual speakers
DTS Headphone:X virtual surround
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
FM Radio
USB Type-C
WiFI 802.11 ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
FM Radio
USB Type-C
Dimensions155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm153 x 75.65 x 7.7mm
ColorsSteel Blue
Rosso Red
Graphite Black
Kevlar (Armored edition)
Meteor Silver
Midnight Blue
Quick Charge 3.0
Price6GB/64GB: Php17,990
6GB/128GB: Php19,990
8GB/256GB: Rs.28,999 (~Php22,000)
8GB/256GB: Rs. 29,999 (~Php23,000)


The Poco F1 clearly steals the win on this one. Xiaomi definitely puts a lot of focus on the device’s hardware and performance, which easily makes it the most powerful smartphone in its category.

What ASUS did with the Zenfone 5 2018 was to allocate some of its resources to the other extra features of the device. To give them some credit, let’s list some of the things that the ASUS Zenfone 5 has done better over the Pocophone F1.

ASUS Zenfone 5 2018 Specs

The most obvious one is the design. This thing has a shiny finish thanks to its glass back, while the F1 settles for a polycarbonate body. The ASUS Zenfone 5 2018 also has a stereo speaker setup and much better rear cameras.

ASUS used a 12-megapixel sensor on the back, with an extra 8-megapixel sensor and a wide-angle lens. It also boasts an optical image stabilizer, which is a rare find in devices under this price point.


ASUS Zenfone 5 — NoypiGeeks

But other than that, it’s pretty much a solid win for the Poco F1. Probably he biggest contributor to its triumph is its Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a chipset that we never imagined to come in a midrange device such as this. Its performance is absolutely miles ahead of the Snapdragon 636 chipset of the Zenfone 5 2018.

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 also comes with an extra 2GB of RAM for the base model, and an ultra-fast UFS 2.1 storage. These features are really important since most consumers shopping in this price range do care about the smartphone’s performance a lot.

Also, the Poco F1 has a large 4,000mAh battery to complement its hardware. On the other hand, the competition only has a 3,300mAh battery.


The ASUS Zenfone 5 2018 might have the better primary cameras, but the Poco F1 does have a more pixel-packed 20-megapixel selfie camera, while the latter only has an 8-megapixel sensor.

Lastly, Xiaomi’s new smartphone comes with a newer version of Android. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.6, dressed with Poco’s dedicated launcher for a smoother user-experience and customized look.


The most interesting part about this comparison is their prices. Despite being the winner, the Poco F1 is actually cheaper than the ASUS Zenfone 5 2018. It has a starting price of Php17,990 here in the Philippines, while the latter retails for a price of Php19,995. For the Zenfone 5’s price, you can already get the 6GB/128GB model of the Poco F1 which costs for Php19,990.

The only problem is, the Poco F1 is not available until September 6. Considering all the attention that it’s getting, we expect it to go immediately out of stock hours (or even minutes!) after it becomes available in stores. That’s not an issue with the ASUS Zenfone 5 2018, as it’s widely available in the Philippines across ASUS concept stores, kiosks, and authorized dealers nationwide.

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  1. Nice comparison. Asus Zenfone 5 was my initial choice before Honor Play and this Poco F1 arrived. I really like the build of Asus Zenfone 5 and how premium it looks. They say that Zenfone had unstable mobile network connectivity, that is one of the reason why I have to set Asus Zenfone 5 aside.