There’s no denying that Samsung is being left behind by some of its competitors in the midrange segment. Unlike their flagship releases, the South Korean company is having a hard time figuring out the right formula on releasing a budget-friendly smartphones.

However, that’s about to end with the new Samsung Galaxy 2018. This new device is the first smartphone from the company to come with a triple rear camera setup, and quite possibly their most interesting midrange release in a very long time.

But then again, a lot of its competitors are already way ahead of the game. One of them is Xiaomi, which is easily the people’s main go-to for bang-for-the-buck smartphones.


For one, the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 almost single-handedly revolutionized this price segment by offering flagship-level specs for the price making it the real benchmark for most midrange devices today.

So, here in our Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 versus Xiaomi Pocophone F1 specifications and features comparison, we’ll see if Samsung’s efforts really meet people’s current high-standards that were set by Xiaomi. Read on!


Samsung Galaxy A7 2018Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Experience UI
Android 8.1 Oreo
MIUI 9.6
Poco launcher
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2220 x 1080 pixel resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass
Always-on display
6.18-inch FHD+ IPS
2246 x 1080 pixel resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass
Processor2.2GHz Samsung Exynos 7885 octa-core2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core
LiquidCool cooling system
GPUMali-G71Adreno 630
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
64GB/128GB/256GB UFS
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera24-megapixel
Rear Camera24-megapixel (f/1.7) +
8-megapixel (f/2.4, 120° wide-angle) +
5-megapixel (Depth sensor)
AI Capabilities
LED flash
12-megapixel +
AI scene detection
LED flash
AudioSingle Speakers
Headphone Jack
Dolby Atmos
Stereo Speakers
Headphone Jack
SecuritySide fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Fingerprint scanner
Infrared Face Unlock
OthersBixby Assistantn/a
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC (select markets)
FM Radio
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
FM Radio
USB Type-C
Dimensions159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5mm155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm
Steel Blue
Rosso Red
Graphite Black
Kevlar (Armored edition)
Quick Charge 3.0
PricePhp17,9906GB/64GB: Php17,990
6GB/128GB: Php19,990
8GB/256GB: Rs.28,999 (~Php22,000)
8GB/256GB: Rs. 29,999 (~Php23,000)

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 clearly blurs the line between midrange and flagship smartphones. You can either look at this device as a really powerful midrange smartphone or a really cheap flagship handset.

But whatever the case may be, the Pocophone F1 clearly beats the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 in this specs battle. But that doesn’t mean that Samsung’s bet was a lousy competitor.


Samsung Galaxy A7 2018’s 24-megapixel selfie camera is obviously better than the 20-megapixel snapper of the Pocophone F1. The former’s triple camera configuration is also superior than the latter. It comes with a 24-megapixel primary shooter with a bright f/1.7 aperture, another 8-megapixel sensor with a 120-degree wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.

On the other hand, the Pocophone F1 settles for a single 12-megapixel camera and an extra 5-megapixel that’s only used for depth-sensing.



For better or for worse, Samsung is keeping their Bixby virtual assistant on the Galaxy A7 2018. Lastly, we have Samsung’s gorgeous 6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen.

But other than those few things, the Pocophone F1 is still miles ahead of the Galaxy A7 2018. One of its most obvious lead is the processor used. This thing comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which weonly see in devices that are double its price.


In addition, despite having the same starting price of Php17,990, the Pocophone F1 immediately comes with 6GB of RAM, while the Galaxy A7 2018 begins at 4GB. You can even get Xiaomi’s offering with an extra 2GB of RAM and twice the onboard storage for only Php2,000 more.

And if those are not enough to convince you, the Pocophone F1 also has a bigger 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, while the competition only has a 3,300mAh battery. The device also brags a stereo speaker setup, USB Type-C connectivity, infrared fingerprint scanner, and a LiquidCool cooling system that makes sure it’s in tip-top shape despite gaming for hours.


The only downside about the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is its availability. As you all know, a device this hot easily goes out of stock. Xiaomi’s only handful of physical stores isn’t helping either. But if you want to buy it right now, it’s currently on stock at Lazada. On the other hand, the Galaxy A7 2018 is present in pretty much any shopping malls nationwide.

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  1. Great review. Both the phones are wonderful. However with three cameras I guess Samsung steals the show. It is such a lovely phone with awesome configuration. I will go for Samsung if I had to take one.

    Thanks for sharing, have a great day.