Our Opinion

The Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Nova 3i, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Huawei Nova 3i  Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Huawei Nova 3i Xiaomi POCO F1
Buy Now Buy Buy
Excellence Score
56.4
80.3
Value for Money Score
72.6
92.9
Price ₹ 20,990 onwards ₹ 23,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.18 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2246 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with LiquidCool TechnologyRanked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4, GPU Turbo Adreno 630
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama Dual Camera (12MP + 5MP), 12MP: F/1.9 Aperture; Dual Pixel Autofocus; 1.4um Pixel Size; Sony IMX363 sensor, 5MP: 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Portrait mode, EIS, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Face recognition, AI Beautify, AI dirt detection, Slow motion video
Secondary Camera 24.0 MP 20.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Dual Camera (24MP + 2MP) LED flash, AI portrait mode, AI detection of 10 different scenes, Selfie timer, Face recognition
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.6 mm 8.8 mm
Weight 169 gm 182 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 4.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration IR Face Unlock, Splash Resistant; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-Band; WiFi Direct; MIMO; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD; Dual Smart PA
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Exquisite design - looks pretty much similar to the flagship Huawei Nova 3 from every angle, sticking to the premium design recipe which consists of using a combination of metal and glass - the Nova 3i features a metal frame, which is essentially sandwiched between the glass coating at the front and the back - they also blend very well around edges, accentuating the seamless design
  • For security, there is both a fingerprint sensor and face unlock
  • The fingerprint sensor is easy to setup and works pretty fast as well - besides security, the fingerprint sensor can be further used as a capacitive button for taking pictures, scroll down the notifications drawer, scroll through pictures in the gallery, pick up calls and even turn off alarms
  • Face Unlock work reasonably well too
  • Additionally, the security settings also include App lock, where you can lock an app and get access through fingerprint authentication or face ID
  • Good, modern, tall 6.3 inch display with a notch - overall, the screen looks sharp and can also get pretty bright - it also holds up pretty well with viewing angles
  • Huawei's EMUI interface is fairly decent, and allows a lot of customization and features like one-handed operation, and motion control (it does have plenty of bloat though in the form of both Huawei and third-party apps and games, only some of which can be uninstalled)
  • Good, mid-range performance backed by the capable Kirin 710, which is similar in performance to the Snapdragon 636 - day-to-day tasks are handled with ease, and games mostly run fine too, except the most demanding ones
  • The biggest USP of the phone is the set of very good cameras - 2 in the rear and 2 in the front - arguably among the best in this price bracket - they are able to take good shots and portraits in most lighting conditions, with some additional help from Huawei's AI engine which works behind the scene to optimize the pictures
  • Also supports the much-hyped GPU Turbo technology, which should improve battery consumption while gaming, for supported games
  • Good battery life, backed by a 3340mAh battery - will comfortably last the work day and then some
  • On the whole, Huawei hasn’t sacrificed a lot with the Nova 3i, when compared to its flagship the Nova 3 - the only significant downgrade is in terms of performance - and unless you are into heavy gaming, its not a difference that you will notice - all in all, for most users, the Nova 3i will be a very good choice in this price bracket, and will compete well with best of the competition, with the very good cameras being its main trump card - if you do want to prioritise the performance over the camera however, then its similar prized sibling Honor Play is worth looking at - and if you want the best of all worlds (camera + performance + battery), then the new champion in this price segment, the Poco F1 is definitely worth considering, as long as you can grab one in the flash sales
  • Rugged design, with top-notch fit and finish - one of the most solidly built phones in recent times - comes with a polycarbonate chassis instead of a glass finish more commonly seen in this price bracket these days - what that means is that it looks less premium, but at the same time will be much more durable over the long term
  • Excellent IR based facial recognition - which works in the dark too (like the iPhone X) - the unlock time is just 0.1ms - in fact it works so well, that you will likely end up not using the fingerprint sensor at all (which itself, works very well too, in case you do want to use it)
  • Very good 6.18-inch FHD+ 19:9 display - excellent brightness levels ensure that there are zero issues with reading the contents on the screen under harsh sunlight as well
  • MIUI has always been one of the most refined Android UIs out there, and continues to get even better - it offers a good combination of aesthetics, useful added functionality, lots of customizability, and optimization - and now it also has an app drawer like stock Android (there are some preinstalled apps like UC Browser, Amazon, and Facebook, to Microsoft apps like Word and Excel, but all of these apps can be uninstalled if you don't need them)
  • And as is the case with all phones running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, the POCO F1 offers Treble, and POCO says it will honor the warranty for those users that tinker with custom ROMs - in fact POCO is actively encouraging the modding community to make custom ROMs for the phone - which means that (unofficial) Android updates will continue to be available for the phone for a long, long time to come
  • Top-end performance, backed by the scorching Snapdragon 845 - the speed here is right up there with the likes of the OnePlus 6, and other flagships - it delivers blistering performance day in, day out - coupled with a well optimized MIUI, you are going to get butter smooth performance all through
  • To further differentiate the F1, POCO has incorporating liquid cooling in the device, which is designed to boost sustained peak performance times - there's a vapor chamber next to the chipset that siphons heat and dissipates it over a wider area, preventing the phone from overheating during prolonged gaming sessions - what that means is you could play graphics-heavy games for hours on end, and the phone doesn't warm up in any significant amount
  • Good dual rear camera setup, with plenty of AI chops - photos taken in daylight come out with plenty of detail and high dynamic range - bokeh shots come out well too - and low-light shots are decent too - overall the camera is pretty close to that on the OnePlus 6 in overall quality (and the OnePlus 6 costs much more!)
  • Good front camera too - delivers some great vanity shots, and is surprisingly good in portrait mode, getting most of the edges right, and blurring out background beautifully
  • Video recording quality is pretty good too, with quality 4K and 1080p shots
  • Good call quality and dual VoLTE support
  • The speaker is one of the best you'll find at this price point, and the F1 gets loud — playing games and watching videos is a delight on this phone - a major reason for that has to do with the fact that the phone has Dirac HD Sound — a mainstay on Xiaomi phones in the past - the earpiece also doubles up as a secondary speaker
  • The F1 supports Quick Charge 3.0, and Poco is bundling an 18W charger in the box - it takes just under two hours to charge the device fully, and you'll be able to go from flat to a 50% charge in just under 30 minutes
  • Combine the excellent battery life + the excellent fast charging, there isn't a single flagship that comes close to the F1 in terms of battery life
  • The F1 is in a class of its own when it comes to battery life, outclassing even the battery powerhouse Redmi Note 5 - thanks to the combination of the 10nm Snapdragon 845, the 4000mah battery, and well-optimized MIUI - you'll easily get two days' worth of use out of the F1
  • On the whole, the Poco F1 gives incredible performance at an unbeatable price - nothing comes close - and some great devices like ASUS' ZenFone 5Z, and the OnePlus 6 start to look expensive in comparison (which is saying something) - the F1 is a durable all-rounder flagship that will serve you well in all areas - and it comes right now with an incredible value-for-money proposition
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No fast charging support - takes a little over two hours to charge completely
  • Supports the old microUSB standard instead of the modern USB-C standard
  • The polycarbonate design means that it definitely doesn't look quite as premium as the OnePlus 6, or the Zenfone 5Z (although what it lacks in looks it makes up for in durability, so it depends on what you value)
  • No water resistance like some other (of course much more expensive) flagship phones
  • The display has fairly significant bezels around it, compared to the tall displays on other flagship phones
  • Low light performance is one area where it's not quite as good as the OnePlus 6 camera, since it lacks OIS
  • Like other recent Xiaomi phones, the Poco F1 does not support HD streaming from Netflix and Amazon Prime (the content is streamed at max 540p), due to a certification issue, so you might want to keep that in mind if you plan to use these services on your phone
Expert Reviews
  1. Xiaomi has priced the Poco F1 quite aggressively, making the Nova 3i and all other phones at this price look less appealing
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Almost a flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A premium-looking budget smartphone with little to no complaints
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you want a device that offers a great balance between everything on your device, along with a major focus on the cameras, the Nova 3i is one of your best bets
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Xiaomi has hit the ball right out of the park
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Deal of the Century
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. At Rs 20,999, it can’t get any better
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Incredible value for money
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good phone, but an amazing deal
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. At this price, Poco F1 is a steal
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Unmatched value for money
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The phone is so fiercely priced for a package this well rounded, that it is hard for us to not recommend it
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Xiaomi redefines flagship with this hard-to-beat smartphone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Simply the best value for money smartphone you can buy
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A Pocket-Friendly Flagship Slayer
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. thenextweb.com hands-on Read Review »
User Reviews
  1. Amazon3.9 613+ reviews »
  1. Flipkart4.6 5,579+ reviews »
Official Website Official Website » Official Website »
Unofficial specs? N/A N/A
Individual Review 2
  • Individual Review 2
Individual Review

Huawei Nova 3i Review | Battery, Camera, Performance, an...

Gadgets 360

Top Pick

Individual Review

Pocophone F1 Review - $1,000 specs on a $300 phone!...

Android Authority

Top Pick

Full Review

Huawei Nova 3i Review | Battery, Camera, Performance, an...

Gadgets 360

Full Review

Pocophone F1 Review - $1,000 specs on a $300 phone!

Android Authority

Did you find phonecurry useful in your phone search? Drop us a testimonial, or Tell us how we can improve