Poco has consistently delivered commendable phones, particularly in the budget and mid-range categories. The Poco X6 Pro is a notable addition to their lineup, poised to make a significant impact in the mid-range market. Drawing parallels to the impressive Poco F1, which marked a strong debut for the Xiaomi sub-brand, the X6 Pro manages to offer features typically associated with higher-priced phones. While there’s much to appreciate about this phone, there are a couple of drawbacks worth noting. Having used the Poco X6 Pro for over a week, here’s my comprehensive assessment.
Poco X6 Pro 5G Options
The Poco X6 Pro comes in two variants. The base model features 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, while the higher-end variant, our review unit, boasts 12GB RAM and 512GB internal storage.
Poco offers three color choices for their new phone: Poco Yellow, Racing Grey, and Spectre Black. The Poco Yellow variant comes with a vegan leather finish back panel, while the other two colors feature a glossy plastic panel. I’ve been testing the Racing Grey option and find it to be a visually appealing color.
Included in the package, the Poco X6 Pro is accompanied by a silicone case, a SIM ejector tool, paperwork, a USB Type-A to Type-C cable, and a 67W fast charger. Additionally, the phone comes with a pre-applied screen protector.
Poco X6 Pro Design
Poco X6 Pro Specifications and software
Let’s delve into the specifications of the Poco X6 Pro. The phone is powered by a 4nm MediaTek Dimensity 8300 Ultra SoC. In our review unit, we have 12GB LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB UFS 4.0 storage. Notably, there’s no provision for expanding storage through a microSD card slot. However, the phone does offer a virtual RAM boost feature, adding 6GB of additional RAM as needed.
The SIM tray at the bottom supports dual SIM cards with dual 5G standby. The bottom also houses a USB Type-C 2.0 port, a microphone, and a speaker. On the top rail, you’ll find another speaker, a microphone, and an IR blaster. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.4, dual-band Wi-Fi 6, NFC, and various GPS features.
Poco incorporates an optical in-display fingerprint scanner at the bottom of the display. While the placement might not be everyone’s preference, the sensor works efficiently, providing a fast and reliable experience.
The phone boasts a 5,000mAh battery that performs admirably, offering over a day of usage with activities like gaming, photography, YouTube streaming, and everyday tasks. Charging is swift, with the included 67W fast charger taking the phone from 6 percent to 100 percent in just 47 minutes, closely aligning with the advertised 0 to 100 percent charging time of 45 minutes.
In terms of software, the Poco X6 Pro stands out as one of the first phones in India featuring Xiaomi’s new HyperOS user interface. Running on Android 14-based HyperOS out-of-the-box, it introduces improvements like a new control center, customizable lock screen, AI object detection, hidden apps, new fingerprint animations, MiSans system font, enhanced multi-window interface, large folders, and a Game Turbo mode. Poco commits to three years of OS updates and four years of security updates.
While the software experience is generally positive, the presence of pre-installed apps, some of which cannot be removed, stands out as a minor drawback in the otherwise commendable HyperOS on the Poco X6 Pro.
Poco X6 Pro Review: Performance
The Poco X6 Pro stands out as a powerhouse in its category, surpassing even pricier competitors like the Oppo Reno 11 Pro and the Redmi Note 13 Pro+. Powered by the 4nm MediaTek Dimensity 8300 Ultra, this phone delivers exceptional performance. In AnTuTu, with performance mode activated, it achieved an impressive overall score of 14,37,717. Geekbench 6 showed a single-core score of 1420 and a multi-core score of 4404 with performance mode enabled, and even with the mode disabled, it still reached 1.39 million on AnTuTu. The Geekbench scores remained close to the performance mode figures.
Remarkably, the Poco X6 Pro is an excellent choice for gaming, benefiting from the WildBoost Optimisation 2.0 feature and a 5,000mm square liquid vapor chamber that effectively manages heat. During intense gaming sessions, such as playing BGMI in HDR mode with the highest settings, I experienced no lag.
The phone boasts an outstanding display with a 2160Hz touch sampling rate, ideal for gaming, and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. The 6.67-inch AMOLED display offers a sharp 1.5K resolution, supporting HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision. With brightness levels reaching up to 1,800 nits, the display remains clear indoors and remains legible even under direct sunlight. Supporting 68 billion colors and the DCI-P3 wide color gamut, the phone offers three preset color modes (Original Colour Pro, Vivid, and Saturated) and an Advanced mode for personalized RGB adjustments. The viewing angles are notably impressive.
Enhancing the multimedia experience, the Poco X6 Pro features dual stereo speakers with commendable audio quality that can reach high volumes. While lacking substantial bass, the speakers avoid distortion at elevated volume levels.
In terms of software performance, the phone proved smooth and responsive, with minimal lag or stuttering observed. Even during intensive tasks, such as extended camera app usage or extreme gaming, the heat management is effective, with the phone maintaining a manageable temperature. For daily use and demanding gaming sessions, the Poco X6 Pro proves to be a highly capable and reliable choice.
Poco X6 Pro Review: Cameras
The Poco X6 Pro doesn’t shine in the camera department. It features a 64-megapixel OmniVision OV64B rear primary camera with OIS. The secondary rear camera is an 8-megapixel OmniVision OV08D ultrawide unit with a fixed-focus lens capable of 0.6x zoom, and a third 2-megapixel Macro sensor.
Photos from the primary camera are generally good, displaying plenty of details and some saturation. The camera performs well in daylight conditions but struggles in low light, particularly in darker settings. It supports 4K video recording at up to 30 fps and 1080p resolution at up to 60 fps. While HDR mode is available for both photos and videos, the results are mixed, with less-than-excellent stabilization and some noise, even in well-lit videos. There’s a 2x in-sensor zoom option that works effectively in good daylight conditions. However, in low light, the ultrawide camera performs decently but loses details, and lens distortion is noticeable around the edges.
The Macro mode is somewhat hidden in the drop-down menu, and for good reason—it captures decent close-up shots but doesn’t stand out. The Portrait mode also falls short, with noticeable issues in edge detection. While depth control is available in the camera app even after taking a portrait photo, the overall performance is not exceptional.
For selfies and video calling, the Poco X6 Pro features a 16-megapixel OmniVision OV16A sensor, capturing decent photos. The front camera supports portrait selfie mode, night mode, and AI beauty features, with video recording capabilities at 1080p up to 30 fps.
The camera interface is user-friendly, with all controls conveniently available on the main screen. A 64-megapixel mode captures photos in full resolution with ample details. Slow-motion video recording is supported at up to 120 fps in 1080p resolution. The Night mode improves light capture, but the results are only marginally better than without Night mode. In summary, the Poco X6 Pro excels in capturing well-detailed yet slightly saturated photos in daylight and maintains decent performance in low-light conditions.
Poco X6 Pro: Verdict
Having extensively used the Poco X6 Pro for more than a week, I wholeheartedly recommend this phone to those seeking a powerful midrange device. If your criteria include a smartphone under Rs. 30,000 that excels in gaming, features an impressive display, provides reliable battery life, and boasts a decent camera setup, the Poco X6 Pro is an outstanding choice. The HyperOS, despite some bloatware, adds significant value, making it a great bang for your buck. Outside of camera performance and lacking an IP rating, I would confidently suggest this device over alternatives like the Oppo Reno 11 Pro and the Redmi Note 13 Pro+.