Xiaomi Poco F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Battle of the Cheapest Snapdragon 845 Devices

The Xiaomi Poco F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8 are about to go head to head here. These two devices have been trending for a while, the Poco F1 is the latest smartphone Xiaomi released in India. It’s currently the cheapest smartphone with the Snapdragon 845 flagship smartphone.

The Mi 8 also houses the same chipset but it’s obviously more expensive than the Poco F1. So, what exactly did Xiaomi removed on the Poco F1 to make it cheaper than the already affordable Mi 8. What are the major differences? Well, all your questions are about to be answered in a minute.

Xiaomi Poco F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Design

The first thing you’d notice is the Plastic body on the Poco F1 which can’t be compared to the Aluminum 7000 series on the Mi 8. The Xiaomi Mi 8 is more premium looking and comes with glass back as well. They are both available in four different colours, the F1 comes in Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red and Armored Edition with Kevlar. While the Mi 8 comes in Black, Blue, White and Gold colour options.

Xiaomi Poco F1

Furthermore, the Mi 8 sports the iPhone X-like dual rear shooters, while the Poco F1 went the way of the OnePlus 6 in that department. The Mi 8 measures just 7.6mm in thickness and weighs 175g, while the Poco F1 is bulky at 8.8mm in thickness and weighing 182g.

Xiaomi Poco F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Display

They both sport the notch display, however, the Mi 8 is built around a 6.21-inch Super AMOLED screen with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2248 pixels and a pixel per inch density of 402 for stunning visuals.

Xiaomi Mi 8-Xiaomi Poco F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8
Xiaomi Mi 8

 

While the Poco F1 is built around a 6.18-inch FHD+ IPS LCD screen and boasts of 1080 x 2246 pixels in resolution and a 416 pixel per inch density. So, it boils down to if you want an AMOLED screen or an LCD one.

Xiaomi Poco F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Camera

In terms of photography, the Poco F1 sports a dual rear 12MP + 5MP cameras with a dual LED Flash and a f/1.9 + f/2.4 aperture respectively. While the Mi 8 sports 12MP + 12MP dual rear camera with dual-LED Flash and a f/1.8 + f/2.4 aperture as well. For selfies, both of the devices are equal, they both have 20MP shooters on their respective notches with f/2.0 aperture and IR face unlock. In the camera department, the Mi 8 should be ahead of the Poco F1 due to the camera hardware use.

Xiaomi Poco F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Performance

They are both powered by the Snapdragon 845 chip which is an Octa-core processor that clocks up to 2.8GHz. So, it’s more of a tie in the hardware and software department. To make matters worse, they both have the same 6GB RAM space for multitasking. However, the Poco F1 has been adjudged as one of the fastest phones currently as it also boasts a liquid cooling technology that enables it to perform optimally during gaming or during any demanding task.

In the storage department, they both have enough storage variants for your budget. They both run on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with the latest MIUI 10. They will both receive Android Pie as well.

Xiaomi Poco F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Battery

The Poco F1 is powered by a massive 4000mAh battery with fast charging technology. While the Mi 8 houses a more moderate 3400mAh battery with the fast charging feature as well.

Xiaomi Poco F1 vs Xiaomi Mi 8 – Price Comparison

The Mi 8 is more expensive obviously, with a starting price of about $399 (N140,000). While the Poco F1 has a starting price of about $299 (N100,000).

Specs Comparison

Comparison

Xiaomi Poco F1

Xiaomi Mi 8

Dimensions and Weight155.5mm x 75.2 x 8.8mm, Weight: 182g

Available in Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red and Armoured Edition
154.9mm x 74.8mm x 7.6mm, Weight: 175g

Available in Black, Blue, White and 

Display6.18-inch IPS Capacitive Touchscreen, 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution,  (~403 PPI)  with 16M Colors6.21-inch AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution,  (~402 PPI)  with 16M Colors
Memory8GB+256GB / 6GB+128GB / 6GB+64GB8GB+256GB / 6GB+128GB / 6GB+64GB
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo with MiUi 10Android 8.1 Oreo with MiUi 10
HardwareOcta-core Snapdragon 845 chipset clocked at 2.8GHz, Adreno 630 with LiquidCool TechnologyOcta-core Snapdragon 845 chipset clocked at 2.8GHz, Adreno 630
CameraPrimary 12MP rear camera, 1.4μm large pixel, f/1.9, dual-pixel autofocus, Secondary 5MP rear camera, 1.12μm pixel, f/2.0 and 20MP front camera,

4K video, 30 fps, 1080p, 30 fps, 720p, 30 fps

Slow motion video, 720p, 240fps; 1080p, 240fps

12MP wide-angle lens, 4-axis optical stabilizer, f/1.8 , 12MP telephoto lens, portrait lens, f/2.4 and f/2.0 and 20MP front camera,

4K video, 30 fps , 1080p, 30 fps , 720p, 30 fps
Slow motion video, 720p, 240fps; 1080p, 240fps
High frame-rate videos 1080p,120fps

ConnectivityGSM B2/3/5/8

WCDMA B1/2/5/8

FDD-LTE B1/3/5/7/8/20

TDD-LTE B38/40/41(120MHz)

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0,  GPS

GSM B2 / B3 / B5 / B8
CDMA 1X/EVDO BC0
WCDMA B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B8
TD-SCDMA B34 / B39
TD-LTE B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41 (120MHz)
FDD-LTE B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B17 / B20  Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
BatteryNon-removable 4000 mAh battery3400mAh (typ)/ 3300mAh (min)
Supports Quick Charge 4+*
USB Type-C reversible connector port
Other FeaturesFingerprint (rear-mounted), FaceID, Fast battery charging (Quick Charge™ 3.0}, IR Face unlock

Proximity sensor

Gyroscope

Accelerometer

Electronic compass

Vibration motor

Hall sensor

Ambient light sensor

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), FaceID, Fast battery charging (Quick Charge™ 4.0}, IR Face unlock

Proximity sensor

Gyroscope

Accelerometer

Electronic compass

Vibration motor

Hall sensor

Ambient light sensor

Conclusion

From the specs comparison, it’s obvious there’s no major difference in terms of hardware and software. The Mi 8 is more premium and has a better camera but It all boils down to your budget and what you really want in a smartphone. The Poco F1 is definitely a recommended device from us.

Posted by Joseph Young

Africa's most sought-after Mobile Reporter.

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