POCO F6 Pro Review

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POCO F6 Pro – Accesible Flagship Performance

The POCO F6 Pro is the latest flagship offering from the Xiaomi sub-brand, promising top-tier performance and an exceptional user experience. With its powerful hardware, sleek design, and feature-rich software, this smartphone aims to cater to the needs of demanding users who seek a seamless and immersive mobile experience.

I have been using this device for 2 weeks now, and having known its price and performance, I can now give my definitive verdict.

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Design

The POCO F6 Pro boasts a premium and modern design that exudes elegance and sophistication. Made with high-quality materials, including an aluminum frame and a glass back, the device feels solid and durable in the hand.

The rounded edges and curved display provide a comfortable grip, while the matte finish on the back panel offers a stylish and fingerprint-resistant surface. The way they designed the black version has some level of intricacy. It looks like a mix of crumpled paper and marble, and feels like a slab of glass with matte coating.

While I am not a big fan of the gold trimming on its camera design, I believe it caters to more set of consumers, which may not align to my preference.

Hardware

Under the hood, the POCO F6 Pro packs a punch with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, ensuring lightning-fast performance and seamless multitasking capabilities. It is quite an older chipset but competitive enough for its overall performance and price.

Coupled with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of UFS 4.0 storage, this smartphone can handle even the most demanding tasks with ease, from intensive gaming to resource-heavy applications. The 1TB storage is a good decision especially for its high-end version especially for those who will be using it for gaming and recording videos. Since the storage is UFS 4.0, it gives further utility for recording 8K videos, which the POCO F6 Pro supports.

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Display

The POCO F6 Pro features a stunning 6.67-inch WQHD+ Flow AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 4000 nits. This display delivers vibrant colors, deep blacks, and exceptional clarity, making it an ideal choice for multimedia consumption and gaming.

The high refresh rate ensures smooth scrolling and animations, while the HDR10+ support enhances the overall viewing experience.

Performance

Powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and Adreno 740 GPU, the POCO F6 Pro delivers unparalleled performance, whether you’re multitasking, gaming, or running demanding applications.

The device handles resource-intensive tasks with ease, providing a smooth and lag-free experience. Additionally, the LiquidCool Technology 4.0 ensures efficient heat dissipation, preventing throttling and maintaining optimal performance even during extended usage sessions.

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Artificial Benchmark Results

Antutu Benchmark

Antutu Benchmark is a popular software tool used to measure the performance of smartphones and other mobile devices. It is developed by Antutu, a Chinese software company, and is available for both Android and iOS operating systems.

ANTUTU 3D BENCHMARK 1
ANTUTU 3D BENCHMARK 1

The benchmark test evaluates the device’s CPU (Central Processing Unit), GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), RAM (Random Access Memory), and storage performance. The tool generates an overall score based on the device’s performance in different tests, including CPU and GPU tests, RAM and storage tests, and user experience tests.

The Antutu Benchmark score is commonly used to compare the performance of different mobile devices and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a particular device. Higher scores generally indicate better performance, but it’s important to note that the benchmark score is just one factor to consider when evaluating a device’s overall performance.

Geekbench 6

Geekbench is a cross-platform benchmark tool developed by Primate Labs that measures the performance of a computer’s CPU and GPU. It is designed to evaluate the single-core and multi-core performance of processors, as well as the performance of the system’s memory and compute capabilities.

Geekbench 6 uses a variety of workloads to test different aspects of a system’s performance, including image processing, encryption, and machine learning. The results are reported as a single score for the CPU and GPU, which can be used to compare the performance of different systems.

Geekbench 6 is widely used by hardware enthusiasts, tech reviewers, and manufacturers to test and compare the performance of different computer systems, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. It is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android, and is regularly updated to support the latest hardware and software platforms.

Geekbench 6 – Single Core

Geekbench SC 1
Geekbench SC 1

Geekbench 6 – Multi Core

Geekbench MC
Geekbench MC

PC Mark 3.0

PCMark for Android is a benchmark tool developed by UL Benchmarks that measures the performance of Android devices, including smartphones and tablets. The tool evaluates the device’s performance in a variety of scenarios, such as web browsing, video playback, and photo editing, and generates an overall score based on the device’s performance.

PCMark for Android includes several benchmark tests, each designed to evaluate a different aspect of the device’s performance. For example, the “Work 2.0” test evaluates the device’s performance in productivity scenarios, such as document editing and data manipulation, while the “Web Browsing 2.0” test evaluates the device’s web browsing performance.

PC Mark 1
PC Mark 1

PCMark for Android is widely used by hardware enthusiasts, tech reviewers, and manufacturers to test and compare the performance of different Android devices. It is available for download from the Google Play Store and is compatible with most Android devices running Android 5.0 or later.

Software

The POCO F6 Pro runs on Xiaomi’s HyperOS out of the box, a custom Android-based operating system that offers a clean and intuitive user interface.

HyperOS is packed with useful features and customization options, allowing users to tailor the experience to their preferences. From gesture controls to theme customization, the software provides a personalized and user-friendly experience.

At the time of the writing this article, POCO has not yet told us the number of major upgrades the POCO F6 series would have. I hope that at the very minimum, the series would have a total of 3 major upgrades. I will update this review once we receive info from Xiaomi.

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Camera

The POCO F6 Pro boasts an impressive triple camera setup, featuring a 50MP main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro lens.

This versatile camera system captures stunning photos with excellent detail, dynamic range, and color accuracy.

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The OIS ensures sharp and blur-free images, even in low-light conditions, while the ultra-wide lens allows for capturing breathtaking landscapes and group shots.

Initially, I thought that this phone is somewhat lacking in this department. However, as I use this device, I later realized that its set of cameras is perfect for the price they ask.

Sample Photos

Sound

The POCO F6 Pro delivers an immersive audio experience with its stereo speakers, providing rich and clear sound output. Whether you’re watching movies, listening to music, or playing games, the device offers an engaging and immersive audio experience.

Moreover, the device supports high-resolution audio codecs, ensuring lossless audio playback for audiophiles.

Battery

The POCO F6 Pro is equipped with a massive 5000mAh battery, ensuring extended usage times and reducing the need for frequent charging.

Furthermore, the device supports 120W HyperCharge technology, allowing for rapid charging from 0% to 100% in just 19 minutes. This combination of a large battery capacity and ultra-fast charging ensures that users can stay connected and productive throughout the day without worrying about battery life.

Verdict

The POCO F6 Pro is a true flagship powerhouse that delivers an exceptional user experience across all aspects. With its powerful hardware, stunning display, versatile camera system, and long-lasting battery life, this smartphone caters to the needs of even the most demanding users.

Whether you’re a power user, a mobile gamer, or a content creator, the POCO F6 Pro is a compelling choice that offers outstanding performance, premium design, and a feature-rich software experience.

The POCO F6 Pro 16GB RAM and 1TB Storage is now available via Shopee for PhP32,999 (SRP).

8.8Expert Score
POCO F6 Pro

Whether you’re a power user, a mobile gamer, or a content creator, the POCO F6 Pro is a compelling choice that offers outstanding performance, premium design, and a feature-rich software experience.

Gian
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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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