The smartphones market is moving every day more towards midrange devices as they offer a much higher quality-price ratio. But there is another niche of devices which contains some of the most-wanted phones: affordable flagships. Xiaomi Pocophone F1, Honor Play and Asus Zenfone 5z had a big impact in the market because they offer flagship-class hardware components at a midrange price. Here is a specs comparison between them.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 vs Huawei Honor Play vs Asus Zenfone 5z
|Xiaomi Pocophone F1||Huawei Honor Play||Asus Zenfone 5z|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm, 180 grams||157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm, 176 grams||153 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm, 155 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.18 inches, 1080 x 2246p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, IPS LCD||6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 409 ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, IPS LCD||6.2 inches, 1080 x 2246 pixels, 402 ppi, 18.7:9 ratio, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz||HiSilicon Kirin 970, octa-core 2.36 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD slot||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 8.1 Oreo, MIUI||Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI||Android 8.1 Oreo, Zen UI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA||Dual 12 and 5 MP, f/1.9 and f/2.0
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Dual 16 + 2 MP f/2.2 and f/2.4
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Dual 12 + 8 MP f/1.8 and f/2.0
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
|BATTERY||4000 mAh, Fast charging with Quick Charge 3.0||3750 mAh, Fast Charging 18W||3300 mAh, Fast Charging with 9V / 2A|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot|
The design is not the strongest point of the Xiaomi Pocophone F1. In order to cut costs, Xiaomi decided to opt for a full polycarbonate body which is the cheapest material it could choose. Asus Zenfone 5z has the most original aesthetics with a full metal unibody design and an elegant brushed effect, while Huawei Honor Play sits in the middle with a full metal body and U-shaped antenna bands.
Asus Zenfone 5z is a step forward when it comes to display quality because it sports a more accurate color reproduction thanks to its 96 percent DCI-P3 coverage. Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and Honor Play have midrange-class IPS panels which offer nothing special in terms of viewing quality, but they are sufficient.
Specs & Software
Basing on my tests, Xiaomi Pocophone F1 provides better performance thanks to its Snapdragon 845, up to 8 GB of RAM and an optimized version of MIUI with gaming-centric features. The second place belongs to Asus Zenfone 5z which is almost at the same level, while Honor Play’s Kirin 970 behaves slightly worse than Snapdragon 845.
Asus Zenfone 5z has surely the most interesting cameras. Unlike its opponents, it features optical stabilization, and it even has wide angle lenses both on the front and on the back. Xiaomi Pocophone F1 and Honor Play are more or less at the same less (with Pocophone F1 being slightly better in some scenario) with a mediocre quality.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 has a huge 4000 mAh battery which provides several hours of nonstop gaming. It is the longest lasting and it is followed by Huawei Honor Play and its 3750 mAh unit. At the last place, we find the Asus Zenfone 5z with an average 3350 mAh battery.
If we consider price, Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is definitely the device with the best value for money because of its great performance and battery (you can get it for about €300/$343). But overall, Asus Zenfone 5z is the best phone of the trio, even though it costs about €450/$515. Honor Play offers a good design and builds quality at (more or less) the same price as the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, so it is a bit more balanced.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 vs Huawei Honor Play vs Asus Zenfone 5z: PROs and CONS
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
- Amazing performance
- Great battery life
- Android Pie soon
- Affordable price
- Plastic design
Huawei Honor Play
- Flagship hardware
- Decent design
- Wide display
- Big battery
- Lower-end SoC
Asus Zenfone 5z
- Great hardware
- Affordable price
- Stereo speakers
- Wide-angle camera and OIS
- Smaller battery