Our Opinion

The Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a much better phone than the Motorola Moto G6 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Motorola Moto G6 Plus  Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Motorola Moto G6 Plus Xiaomi POCO F1
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Excellence Score
40.4
76.2
Value for Money Score
68.1
92.4
Price ₹ 18,735 onwards ₹ 21,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.9 inches 6.18 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2246 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 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 Qualcomm Snapdragon 630Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with LiquidCool TechnologyRanked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 508 Adreno 630
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, Auto-HDR 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 8.0MP 20.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, LED flash, Full HD Video Rec. LED flash, AI portrait mode, AI detection of 10 different scenes, Selfie timer, Face recognition
Internal Memory 64 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 GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8 mm 8.8 mm
Weight 167 gm 182 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3200 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, TurboPower Yes, Quick Charge 4.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Splash Resistant; NFC; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio MIMO; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD; Dual Smart PA
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium, sleek, glass-based design - this is easily the best looking Moto G to date
  • The rear edges of the G6 Plus are curved, and that allows it to sit much more comfortably in the palm of your hand than previous models – if you've seen the Samsung Galaxy S7, it’s a similar curvature on the back
  • Motorola has also kept the fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone, just below the display, but it doesn’t take up much space, so the bottom bezel is quite thin and looks good. The fingerprint sensor is easy to hit, and works efficiently
  • Very good quality, modern, bright, Full HD+ IPS LCD display with then new 18:9 display ratio - it has good colors, and viewing angles too
  • The phone also comes with image recognition software that enables you to take photos of objects you come across, or landmarks in a city you’re visiting, and get information about them, for example a Wikipedia page, or details of where you can buy an item
  • Good, solid performance, backed by the Snapdragon 630 - does well under all use cases, including games
  • Good set of dual rear cameras - pretty decent for this price bracket - the focus is really quick, and pictures come out crisp and natural, and the portrait mode is decently implemented too
  • On the front of the Moto G6 Plus is a 8MP selfie camera, which is pretty decent too - it also has a filters mode, which overlays Snapchat-like frippery such as cat features or bunny ears (though it takes a long time to process images)
  • The front camera also has an effective group selfie mode that works similar to a panoramic images mode
  • Video recording is decent too, and there is a pretty decent slow-mo mode too
  • Good, powerful loudspeaker
  • Good battery life - will comfortably last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • Fast charging support
  • Moto continues to excel in the software part, keeping the UI close to stock Android while adding just the right set of add-ons like Moto Actions (gesture control), night display, and fingerprint sensor based navigation
  • 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]
  • A bit on the tall side - not as easy to grip as the smaller Moto G6
  • On the whole, the Moto G6 Plus is a pretty good phone when seen by itself - it looks good, has good software, performs good, and has a good set of cameras - and it's a solid step up from it's younger cousin the Moto G6 too, with better performance, camera and battery life - the only problem is there are even better and cheaper phones now in the mid-range segment, and Moto might be a bit too late for this party - it will find it difficult to compete against the likes of Nokia 6.1 Plus (cheaper, faster, more premium build, Android One promise, though it lacks dual rear cameras) and the Redmi Note 5 Pro (cheaper, faster, better battery, though it lacks stock Android), and of course the new reigning performance champion in the mid-range, the Poco F1
  • 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)
  • 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. You can't go wrong with the Moto G6 Plus
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  2. Motorola still masters the art of the mid-range phone
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  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 »
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