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The OnePlus 6T and Pocophone F1 are both 2018 handsets with powerful hardware but with affordable price tags for a flagship smartphone. Most flagships cost more than PHP 40,000 or even higher if you’re gonna go for an Apple smartphone.

The Pocophone F1 and OnePlus 6T are considered two of the most affordable smartphones with the Snapdragon 845. Now, maybe you’re thinking, “which smartphone is for me?” – we’ll find out here in our comparison!

PhoneOnePlus 6TPOCOPHONE F1
Display6.4-inch 19.5:9 AMOLED display @ 2340 x 1080px, Gorilla Glass 66.18-inch Full HD+ edge-to-edge display @ 2160 x 1080px
Dimensions157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm, 185 g155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm, 180 g
ChipsetQualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)MIUI for POCO (Android 8.1 Oreo)
GPUAdreno 630Adreno 630
Memory256 GB, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM6GB RAM + 64GB/128GB
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, GPS A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, USB Type-C, OTG4G+ VoLTE, dual SIM (hybrid), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 3700 mAh battery with Dash Charge4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
Price
  • 6GB + 128GB (Mirror Black) – PHP 31,990
  • 8GB + 128GB (Midnight Black) – PHP 33,990
  • PHP 17,990 (6GB + 64GB)
  • PHP 19,990 (6GB + 128GB)

Design

The OnePlus 6T comes in a similar glass design with a metal frame as its predecessor, the OnePlus 6. Going to its dimensions, the OnePlus 6T measures 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm and weighs 185 g. On the other hand, the body of the Pocophone F1 is a unibody polycarbonate design. The Pocophone F1 is slightly lighter and thinner in comparison with the latter with its measurements 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm and weighs 180 g.

Moving on to their respective notches – the notch on the Pocophone F1 is undeniably larger compared to the waterdrop notch on the OnePlus 6T. Good thing for those who get easily irritated by the protruding notch, both smartphones have an option to get rid of their black bars.

Display

The new OnePlus 6T sports a 6.41 inches Optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 402 ppi density. Moving on to the competitor, the Pocophone F1 sports a 6.18-inch Full HD+ edge-to-edge screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and has an 18:8:9 aspect ratio. Both displays are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

With the two handsets sitting side by side, it’s noticeable that the OnePlus 6T has a slightly brighter display than the Poco. In terms of resolution, both deliver sharp details and accurate colors.

Camera

Going to camera department, the POCOPHONE F1 sports a dual 12MP + 5MP rear camera with a Sony IMX363 sensor.  For taking selfies, it is built with a 20MP with Super Pixel technology. While the OnePlus 6T features dual rear cameras of 16 MP, f/1.7 + 20 MP sensor. This handset is equipped with a 16MP f/2.0 front camera.

At a first glance, you’ll instantly notice the difference between the two photo sets. You’ll see that the daylit photos taken by the OnePlus 6T leaned on to a more cooler tone while the Poco shot has a warmer look. Also, the blacks are stronger on the shots were taken using the Pocophone F1.

The portrait mode on both devices also works like a charm. The bokeh effect does not look artificial in any way and also has sharp edges to make the subject pop out of the background.

Both handsets are great for taking night and low-lit assisted shots. Both the Poco F1 and OnePlus 6T can definitely take lighting sources well. These photos look amazing with deeper blacks and vibrant colors, but not overcompensating the quality.

The OnePlus 6T and Poco F1 aren’t only great in taking rear shots but selfies as well. It just depends on our personal taste when it comes to which type of selfies we prefer. Going to the bokeh effect, both produced great selfies with bokeh as well.

User Experience

Under the hood, the OnePlus 6T is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core processor with Adreno 630 GPU. It comes in two storage variants – 6GB/8GB ROM + 128GB of internal storage. This handset runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) OS. As for the Poco, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset clocked at 2.8GHz octa-core with Adreno 630 GPU. It has two storage options, you could go for the 64GB internal storage or the more expensive version which is the 128GB variant, both along with a 6GB of RAM. The key highlight of Pocophone F1 is that it offers a high-end chipset at an affordable price.

With the Poco and OnePlus 6T’s top-tier Snapdragon 845 chipset, both absolutely aced our gaming test. We played a bunch of graphically heavy games like the Asphalt 9 and PUBG, and just like playing on a PHP 40,000 price tagged smartphone, both performed well. No lags occurred while in-game, multi-tasking is also great on these two handsets.

One thing that makes the OnePlus ahead of its game is the in-display fingerprint sensor that works fast and accurately. In the absence of an in-display fingerprint sensor on the Poxo, there’s a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner – which the OnePlus handset doesn’t have.

Jumping to the benchmark scores, here are the results:

DeviceAnTuTuGeekbench(single core; multi-core)PCMark Work
OnePlus 6T2940652391, 88938615
2653142438, 90037542

Battery

For the POCO, Xiaomi provided a large battery pack of 4000mAh with w/ Quick Charge Technology 3.0.  Although charging time still isn’t fast enough even with the QC 3.0, we got about 50% in an hour and 20 minutes of charging. Despite the average charging time, the Pocophone did well in our battery endurance test. The battery juice lasted a day of web browsing, around 18h of media playback and light gaming.

The OnePlus 6T′s battery isn’t that huge but a slightly bigger than its predecessor. The handset is fueled by a 3700 mAh battery and enjoys a 20W fast charging. Upon testing, the 6T can be fueled up within an hour from 0% to full battery, and the handset will last approximately a day and a few hours more of light gaming, medium media playback, and full web browsing.

Audio

Another good thing about the Pocophone F1 is its stereo speakers. It’s the reason why media playbacks and gaming are fun on this phone. It gives loud and crisp sound but it kind of lacks in the bass department.

The more expensive OnePlus 6t, however, only has one speaker grille. It does not have the loudest mono speaker we’ve had our hands on but produces good quality audio even in maximum level.

Price and Availability

The OnePlus 6T can be purchased in two option: it’s 6GB + 128GB (Mirror Black) is priced at Php 31,990 while its larger 8GB + 128GB (Midnight Black) – retails for Php 33,990.  On the other hand, the POCOPHONE F1 retails for only PHP 17,990 for its 6GB + 64GB variant. With the huge price difference, which suits you the best? Comment down below!

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