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Poco F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8: Specs Comparison

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Xiaomi dropped a huge bomb when they announced the Poco F1, an incredible entry-level smartphone that packs a slew of high-end specs.

The Pocophone F1 brags a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and a couple of top-of-the-line specs, which makes comparing it to devices under its price category almost senseless.

That’s the reason why we’ll be stacking it up against a worthy competitor, its very own brother, the Xiaomi Mi 8. Out of the smartphones in the Philippine market today, the Mi 8 is one of the few devices that’s a great match to the Poco F1 thanks to its identical specs and affordable price tag.

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So, in our Poco F1 versus Xiaomi Mi 8 specifications and features comparison, we’ll see which between these two bang for the buck products actually offer better value for the money. Let’s start!

 Poco F1Xiaomi Mi 8
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
MIUI 9.6
Poco launcher
Android 8.0 Oreo
MIUI 10
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Hybrid
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.18-inch FHD+ IPS
2246 x 1080 pixel resolution
~403ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
6.21-inch Full HD+ AMOLED
2280 × 1080 pixel resolution
~401ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
DCI-P3 color gamut
Processor2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core
LiquidCool cooling system
2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core
RAM6GB/8GB6GB
GPUAdreno 630Adreno 630
Storage64GB/128GB/256GB UFS
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
64GB/128GB UFS
non-expandable
Front camera20-megapixel
f/2.0
20-megapixel
f/2.0
Rear Camera12-megapixel +
5-megapixel
f/1.9
PDAF
AI scene detection
LED flash
12-megapixel (f/1.8) +
12-megapixel (f/2.4)
Dual-Pixel PDAF
OIS
2x optical zoom
AI scene detection
LED flash
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Infrared Face Unlock
Fingerprint scanner
Infrared Face Unlock
AudioStereo Speakers
Headphone Jack
Single loudspeaker
No headphone jack
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo,QZSS
FM Radio
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 ac, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP
Dual-frequency GPS, QZSS, GALILEO, GLONASS
NFC
FM Radio
USB Type-C
Dimensions155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm
Weight180g175g
ColorsSteel Blue
Rosso Red
Graphite Black
Kevlar (Armored edition)
Gold
Black
White
Blue
Battery4,000mAh
non-removable
Quick Charge 3.0
3,400mAh
non-removable
Quick Charge 4.0+
Price6GB/64GB: Rs. 20,999 (~Php16,000)
6GB/128GB: Rs. 23,999 (~Php18,000)
8GB/256GB: Rs.28,999 (~Php22,000)
8GB/256GB: Rs. 29,999 (~Php23,000)
6GB/64GB: Php25,990
6GB/128GB: Php27,990

As you can see from the table above, the Pocophone F1 and the Xiaomi Mi 8 has tons of similarities. But as ironic as it sounds, it looks like the Poco F1 was able to one-up Xiaomi’s own flagship device.

The two might have the same processor powering them, but the Poco F1 sports a LiquidCool thermal system so you can squeeze out more performance out of it. The F1 also comes with up to 8GB of RAM, which is not available in the Mi 8 unless you get the Explorer Edition.

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The Pocophone F1 also has a 4,000mAh battery that’s relatively bigger than the 3,400mAh capacity found on the Mi 8. It also comes with stereo speakers and a headphone jack, features that the Mi 8 lacks.

For its starting price of Rs. 20,999 (~Php16,000), the Poco F1 really offers better value for the money. In fact, even you get the top-of-the-line model with an 8GB/256GB configuration, it’s still cheaper than the Mi 8’s Php25,990 starting price.

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However, the Xiaomi Mi 8 does have a few good features that make its price tag still very reasonable. One of which is its impressive camera, which is undeniably better than the F1’s.

The Mi 8 also has dual 12-megapixel shooters on the back, with dual-pixel PDAF, optical image stabilizer, and 2x optical zoom. That’s obviously more impressive than the 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear cameras of the Poco F1.

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There’s also the FHD+ AMOLED display with a DCI-P3 color gamut on the Mi 8, which is a feature that’s was compromised with the Poco F1, as it only has the usual FHD+ IPS panel.

And while it might have a smaller battery, the Xiaomi Mi 8 does have Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 4.0+ technology.

Also, the Mi 8 is the first device to have a dual-frequency GPS. Not a lot of people might find it useful, but it is still worth bragging about.

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Lastly, let’s not discount the fact that the Mi 8 has a more premium design. This thing is sandwiched with glass in the front and back and it’s being held together by a 7000-series aluminum frame.

With all that said, the ultimate winner here still depends on the consumers. If you just want the best-performing smartphone for the money, then you can never go wrong with the Pocophone F1.

But if you want something that’s more lavish — something that has a great display, design, and camera quality — then the extra money that you’d be spending on the Mi 8 will be really worth it.

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