Nothing recently unveiled its first-ever smartphone, dubbed the Nothing Phone (1). The mid-range segment the Nothing Phone (1) has been placed in is a fairly competitive one, and there are plenty of smartphones to choose from. While competition is a good thing, it might eventually lead to a fair amount of confusion for the end customer, as it could become difficult for them to decide which device to buy.
To make things easier, we have compared the Nothing Phone (1) with the likes of two of the most popular smartphones in this segment, the POCO F4 5G and the iQOO Neo 6 5G. We have compared them with respect to their pricing, specifications, and features, which will help you decide on the best smartphone.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. POCO F4 vs. iQOO Neo 6: Price In India
Starting with the Nothing Phone (1), the device starts at ₹32,999 in India for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. The POCO F4 5G, on the other hand, starts at ₹29,999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The iQOO Neo 6 with the same memory configuration (8GB RAM/128GB Storage) also starts at ₹29,999 in the country.
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In terms of pricing, the Nothing Phone (1) could turn out to be slightly costlier. The POCO F4 and the iQOO Neo 6 turn out to be the more economical options among the three.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. POCO F4 vs. iQOO Neo 6: Design
The Nothing Phone (1) features a rather unconventional design with a transparent back and a unique Glyph interface. The LEDs at the back sync with the music that is being played (here’s how to enable this feature), light up during incoming calls/notifications, act as a battery charging indicator, and will do probably more in the future.
The POCO F4 and the iQOO Neo 6, on the other hand, come with slightly safer design choices, save for the new Orange colour variant of the iQOO Neo 6, which could be deemed, well, funky. Another thing which sets the Nothing Phone (1) apart is the presence of a metal chassis, while its competitors make do with a plastic frame.
While the design is subjective, we would hand it to the Nothing Phone (1) for trying to break the monotony and bringing about a refreshing design.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. POCO F4 vs. iQOO Neo 6: Display
The Nothing Phone (1) features a 6.55-inch flexible OLED panel with Full HD+ resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and a 120Hz refresh rate. All three smartphones have Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, but the iQOO Neo 6 comes with a slightly larger 6.62-inch AMOLED panel and sits right in the middle, as the POCO F4 5G features the largest display among the lot, at 6.67-inch.
All three displays are fairly bright and punchy, but the iQOO Neo 6 display turned out to be the best when it comes to outdoor visibility. The iQOO Neo 6 and the POCO F4 5G feature a centrally-aligned cutout for the selfie camera, while the Nothing Phone (1) has a left-aligned single punch-hole cutout. All three punch-holes are fairly minimal, and while a central alignment makes the phone’s display look symmetrical, a left-aligned punch-hole makes the landscape orientation usage a tad more immersive.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. POCO F4 vs. iQOO Neo 6: Performance And UI
All three smartphones feature decent mid-range processors, but the iQOO Neo 6 and the POCO F4 5G come with a Snapdragon 870 chipset, which is one of the most stable chipsets currently available in the market. Plus, both devices come with dedicated game modes, which might come in handy for those who want to play a lot of games on their smartphones. The Nothing Phone (1), on the other hand, is powered by a Snapdragon 778G+ processor, which in itself is a fairly potent chipset.
Coming to the software, the Nothing Phone (1) offers a new, but almost ad-free and bloat-free experience, which the other two smartphones fail to offer. It is because of the clutter-free UI that the Nothing Phone (1) feels absolutely snappy. While taking nothing away from the other two devices, the Nothing Phone (1) has the cleanest and the most fluid UI of the three.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. POCO F4 vs. iQOO Neo 6: Battery
All three smartphones offer almost the same battery capacities. The Nothing Phone (1) and the POCO F4 5G have a 4,500mAh battery, while the iQOO Neo 6 has a slightly larger capacity 4,700mAh cell. Furthermore, the iQOO Neo 6 has the fastest charging support among the three, as it has support for 80W fast charging. The POCO F4 5G has support for 67W fast charging, while the Nothing Phone (1) offers the slowest 33W fast charging support.
While all three devices give an almost identical battery backup and will provide you around 5 to 6 hours of screen-on time, it’s the charging speed wherein the iQOO Neo 6 excels.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. POCO F4 vs. iQOO Neo 6: Camera Performance
The Nothing Phone (1) has a 50MP+50MP dual rear camera setup, and the POCO F4 5G and the iQOO Neo 6 have a 64MP+8MP+2MP triple rear camera setup. At the front, the Nothing Phone (1) comes with a 16MP selfie shooter, the POCO F4 5G comes with a 20MP selfie shooter, and the iQOO Neo 6, much like the Nothing Phone (1), has a 16MP selfie shooter.
When it comes to the primary camera, the iQOO Neo 6 and the Nothing Phone (1) perform well and provide more detailed shots when compared with the POCO F4 5G. The iQOO Neo 6, however, provides the best photos when it comes to the dynamic range. The colour reproduction, however, is the best with the Nothing Phone (1) camera.
In terms of portraits, the Nothing Phone (1) captures the most natural-looking portraits. In dark-lit conditions, the Nothing Phone (1) and the iQOO Neo 6 work well, but the former somehow overexposes images. To sum it up, the Nothing Phone (1) has the most reliable primary among the three smartphones that we have compared.
Speaking of the ultrawide camera, the Nothing Phone (1) produces better details when compared with the other two, even in dark conditions. Plus, the Nothing Phone (1) is the only device in this list, which has support for 4K 30fps, even in wide-angle mode. The macro mode of the Nothing Phone (1) easily beats the other two devices.
Coming to the front cameras, the iQOO Neo 6 produces more detailed selfies, while the POCO F4 selfies are a bit too sharp. The iQOO Neo 6 performs better than the other two smartphones even while taking selfies in poorly-lit conditions.
As a matter of fact, we have made an in-depth camera comparison of all three smartphones on our YouTube channel. You can check out our video so that you can get a better visual understanding of how the cameras of all three phones perform.
Nothing Phone 1 vs. POCO F4 vs. iQOO Neo 6: Which Phone Should You Buy?
While all three smartphones come with the bang-for-your-buck USP, there are a few subtle differences, which set them apart. The Nothing Phone (1) has an impressive display, a very reliable camera experience, a near-stock Android experience, and a unique design.
The iQOO Neo 6, on the other hand, has a pretty good camera of its own, a very bright and punchy display, 80W fast charging, a subtle design, and a good processor. The POCO F4 5G runs on a tried-and-tested processor, and has a very good display, but falls short when it comes to the camera performance and the design.
For those looking for a device with good build quality and a good camera, the Nothing Phone (1) could be an easy choice. For those wanting to buy a smartphone with reliable performance at a lesser price, the POCO F4 5G is the one to go for. Lastly, the iQOO Neo 6 could suit those who want a very good display, stable performance, and a subtle design.
By the way, which smartphone amongst the ones that we compare is your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below.