Our Opinion

The Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the realme 5 Pro (6GB RAM, 64GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 64GB)!

Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 64GB)  realme 5 Pro (6GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
56.1
53.5
Value for Money Score
91.1
88.1
Price ₹ 14,280 onwards ₹ 14,790 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.18 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2246 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with LiquidCool TechnologyRanked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 616
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 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 48MP: F/1.79 Aperture; 6P lens; PDAF; 10x Digital Zoom; Sony IMX586 Sensor, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse, EIS
Secondary Camera 20.0MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features LED flash, AI portrait mode, AI detection of 10 different scenes, Selfie timer, Face recognition Sony IMX471 Sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 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
Thickness 8.8 mm 8.9 mm
Weight 182 gm 184 gm
Width 75.3 mm 74.2 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4035 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 Support Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 Yes, 20W VOOC 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features MIMO; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD; Dual Smart PA UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Premium looks and design - with a beautiful, abstract geometric pattern on the back, and a smooth, metallic sheen - this is one of the hottest looking devices coming at this price point
  • Very easy to grip - the rounded sides and curved back panel make it fit comfortably in a palm
  • It is actually more compact than the Realme 5 - and you will not have any trouble using it even with one hand
  • The front is modern and sharp too - with a big 6.3-inch LCD screen, with a 'waterdrop notch' - and a 90.6 screen-to-body ratio - the chin is fairly prominent but the rest of the borders are narrow and modern-looking
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back, and face recognition - both work well, and are fast to unlock - and can be used to unlock not only the phone but also individual apps
  • Good, 6.3-inch full-HD+ IPS display - the screen can get quite bright and is easy to use outdoors - and video content looks good, with decent colours and sharpness
  • Support Widevine L1 DRM for high-res video streaming
  • ColorOS is now much more refined and streamlined than before - customisation options include a 'Smart Assistant' to the left of the first home screen, icon density on the home screens, UI animation speed, themes, and various gestures - you can long-press the phone's power button to call up Google Assistant, and launch apps with gestures on screen when the phone is in standby - and the standard Android navigation buttons can be replaced with a variety of gesture schemes
  • There are also no spammy ads in the interface - an issue that has recently plagued phones from Xiaomi
  • Excellent, top-bracket-for-the-price-range performance backed by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC which has a slight edge over the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 660, which are commonly found in phones in this segment - everything from daily use to high-end games is smooth
  • Good quad camera setup at the rear - 48-megapixel primary + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera + 2-megapixel macro camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • The primary camera especially delivers impressive photo quality in daylight - focus speed is fast - and the images are sharp, details are high, and the colour balance is good
  • Shots from the wide-angle and the macro camera, while not that that good in quality, give you some interesting shot framing options
  • Portrait shots utilize the depth sensor, and generally come out well
  • The 16MP selfie camera too delivers decent selfies, and also has a (decent) software-based portrait mode
  • Video recording quality is good too, especially in daytime - there's also electronic stabilisation, which works fairly well at 1080p
  • Nightscape mode works fairly well for night photography (though it takes several seconds for the phone to save a shot)
  • Overall, the camera setup on the Realme 5 Pro is easily among the best in this price bracket
  • The single speaker is quite loud and voices are clear even at high volumes (though of course, like most phones in this price bracket, there's no bass or depth when listening to music)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life with a 4035 mAh battery - you will get 1 day with heavy use, and 1.5 days with moderate use
  • Very fast charging with Oppo's proprietary VOOC quick charging technology - and a large 20W charger in the box with this phone - using the included charger, you will get up to 15 percent in 10 minutes and 70 percent in just over 30 minutes - pretty cool
  • The Realme 5 Pro looks like yet another winner from Realme, that once again sets the bar high for other competitors to try and match - it impresses across the board - and it should definitely be in your shortlist for this price bracket
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • There are still a number of pre-loaded apps however - though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled
  • The camera app looks slick but the layout is a bit awkward at times - for instance, to use the macro lens, you have to select the Ultra Macro mode which is buried in a spillover menu next to the standard Photo, Video, and Portrait mode selection buttons - this menu is unnecessarily small and you actually have to scroll down within it to find the Ultra Macro mode
Expert Reviews
  1. A remarkably well-rounded budget smartphone
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A Pocket-Friendly Flagship Slayer
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Xiaomi has hit the ball right out of the park
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Deal of the Century
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. At Rs 20,999, it can’t get any better
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Incredible value for money
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A good phone, but an amazing deal
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. At this price, Poco F1 is a steal
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Unmatched value for money
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. 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 »
  11. Xiaomi redefines flagship with this hard-to-beat smartphone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Simply the best value for money smartphone you can buy
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  23. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  25. thenextweb.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. An amazing offer...there is hardly a better phone for this amount of money
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A great phone...The Realme 5 Pro impresses us almost entirely across the board
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A leap in camera over the Realme 3 Pro...again shows that Realme has got what it takes to build a reliable smartphone camera on budget
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Solid set of hardware..unfortunately let down by poor software
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Beauty meets beast...a top pick in the mid-budget line-up
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Best camera phone you can buy on a budget
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Nice little mix of impressive hardware and aggressive price
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. All-round smartphone that looks really impressive in front of the competition..an easy recommendation
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Formidable proposition
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Offers quite a lot, for the price it comes for
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A real game-changer
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Makes a complete package, that thrills with its all-round performance
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  15. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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