Our Opinion

The realme X (8GB RAM) is a significantly better phone, but the Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the realme X (8GB RAM).

Xiaomi POCO F1 (6GB RAM, 64GB)  realme X (8GB RAM) 
Xiaomi POCO F1 realme X
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Excellence Score
56.1
61.7
Value for Money Score
91.1
88.0
Price ₹ 14,299 onwards ₹ 18,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Jul, 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 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2246 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 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 AMOLED
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment Eye Care Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with LiquidCool TechnologyRanked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 616
RAM 6 GB 8 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 + 5MP
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/1.7 Aperture; PDAF; Sony IMX 586 Sensor; 1/2.0" Sensor Size, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Super Nightscape, Chroma Boost, Portrait Mode, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/120fps; 720p@960fps, Gyro-EIS
Secondary Camera 20.0MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features LED flash, AI portrait mode, AI detection of 10 different scenes, Selfie timer, Face recognition Motorised Pop-up Camera, F/2.0 Aperture, 25mm Focal Length (wide), 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, Sony IMX 471 Sensor, AI Intelligent Beauty, Portrait mode, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM + GSM
Thickness 8.8 mm 9.4 mm
Weight 182 gm 191 gm
Width 75.3 mm 76.0 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3765 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, VOOC Flash Charge 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 In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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
  • Beautiful, 'shimmering' rear (plastic) panel, and a modern, notch-less 6.5-inch OLED screen - easily one of the best looking phones in this price bracket
  • The notch-less display spans almost edge to edge, with a pop-up selfie camera mechanism
  • Fairly fast in-display fingerprint reader
  • Very good 6.5-inch OLED screen - colors are lively, with deep blacks
  • The lack of a notch really helps make the screen appear immersive, and consuming content on the screen is a pleasure
  • ColorOS UI is now much more streamlined than before - there’s also now an app drawer, and a useful shortcut menu accessed by swiping from the sides
  • The gesture navigation is nice and intuitive too
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 710 chipset - everything from daily use to high-end games is smooth
  • GPU performance is an especially strong point of the Snapdragon 710, so if you are into gaming, the phone tends to comfortably outperform rivals
  • Excellent set of dual rear cameras (48MP+5MP) and front camera (16MP)
  • Very good overall image quality in daylight, and fairly good quality in low-light as well
  • Night mode is pretty effective too
  • Very good portraits
  • Pretty great selfies too, from the 16MP front camera
  • Realme’s EIS does a solid job of stabilization during videos at up to 1080p/30fps
  • Support for 4K video recording (without EIS though)
  • Overall, the Realme X is arguably the best camera setup of this price bracket now, even beating the excellent cameras on the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro - and is in fact comparable to cameras in phones at twice the price
  • Good battery life with a 3750 mAh cell - you will comfortably get a day of use, even with heavy usage
  • The class-leading VOOC fast-charging nicely complements the long battery life - it fills a completely depleted battery in 1:18h and it's at the 50% mark 30 minutes into it - which are some excellent numbers
  • The Realme X looks like an incredible value package, no matter how you look at it, and will inevitably disrupt its price bracket in a big way - what you get is top-end specs, a 'full screen' AMOLED display with a pop-up selfie camera, very good performance, an excellent set of cameras, and super fast charging - you can't ask for more
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
  • ColorOS still has some bloatware though, and is not quite as clean/simple as stock Android
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. A mature, well-rounded smartphone with few flaws and plenty to like about it...easily recommended
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Great value
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. It's clear that a lot of thought has been put into the the Realme X...there is very little to complain about
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Affordable, value for money flagship
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Value for money...A worthy Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M40 rival
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Premium smartphones get a solid contender...hard not to recommend
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Highly recommended smartphone from us in the sub-Rs 20,000 price range
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A deal you simply cannot resist
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. At this price, you will be hard-pressed to find a better deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Great value for money phone
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Fiercely good
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A safe recommendation
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Flagship killer’s killer...uniquely positioned device that offers great features without many compromises
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Ticks almost all the boxes..a worthy competitor in the mid-range
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A beautiful smartphone that delights with its performance, imaging quality and vibrant display
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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