POCO F6 review:Budget falgship killer

POCO F6 emerges as a flagship smartphone, boasting an impressive array of features and cutting-edge technology. Developed by POCO, this device captivates users with its sleek design and high-performance capabilities. Equipped with a vibrant display, powerful processors, and an advanced camera system, the POCO F6 redefines the smartphone experience. With its seamless integration of innovative features and premium materials, this device offers a glimpse into the future of mobile technology, catering to the demands of discerning consumers who seek top-notch performance and style.

Its successor to the iconic F5, the POCO F6, has big shoes to fill. The POCO F5 (review) sets a high standard, and the F6 aims to exceed it with the newly introduced Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 SoC, built on the same design as Qualcomm’s flagship chipset Through this the POCO F6 is the fastest charging solution and the highest performance peak ever for an F-series smartphone They also display the light. How do all these developments shape smartphones in the real world? And can the F-series device be given an edge over its rivals like the iQOO Neo 9 Pro (review) and Realme GT 6T (review)? The answers to all those questions lie in this POCO F6 review. Keep reading.

Rating: 8/10

Design and display

The POCO F6 design is largely unchanged from last year’s F-series offering. The handle features flat surfaces and individual camera rings, as well as plastic molding that doesn’t form the body. But those camera rings have a slightly larger footprint and protrude further into the camera. Additionally, the bright area has been replaced with a textured glossy screen to keep out fingerprints and smudges. While I appreciate the flexibility, I think it lacks the panache that some other similarly priced phones bring to the table.

Either way, with a weight of 179 grams, the handset is very light and comfortable to use for long periods. The IP rating of the phone has been increased from 53 to 64, making it more resistant to water and dust. The F6 sports a well-designed dual speaker system with Dolby Atmos for a crisp audio experience. The 3.5mm headphone jack, which was present in last year’s offering, has been dropped this time around. For security, the phone has a fingerprint scanner with a display that opens the device quickly. As for I/O, the handset has a USB Type-C port and an IR blaster.

While the POCO F6 display size may be smaller than its predecessor, 6.67 inches against 6.7, the handset which boasts higher brightness and screen resolution has a so-called CrystalRes Flow AMOLED panel that stops at 1.5K resolution and 2,400 nits of peak edge brightness. These improvements ensure image quality in direct sunlight and ease of reading content.
The display features Corning Gorilla Glass Victus (typically found on high-end phones) for protection and supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ to enhance the viewing experience with supported features Additionally, it has 94 percent resolution screen-to-body ratio, razor-thin bezels all around, even when gaming Either comes with wet touch technology to prevent accidental touches due to exposure to water or sweat The display offers an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz, which works well with the UI and in total supported apps, with 68 billion colors and a total pixel density of 446 ppi, Performance is an iterative upgrade from last year.

Cameras

The POCO F6 camera setup features a 50MP OIS Sony IMX882 primary sensor and an 8MP ultravid lens. Lastly, the field of view is 119 degrees and the image quality doesn’t match the handset’s main sensor. The edges of the frame are slightly rounded and very few details are visible. However, the color measurement is compatible with the main camera. The handset puts a cool tone first to make the images stand out.

Compared to the nearby Realme GT 6T, the POCO F6 performs better overall. The latter delivers excellent dynamics with accurate detail and color accuracy. But if these aspects aren’t your main concern, you’ll find the Realme smartphone more appealing thanks to its vibrant photo output.

For selfies and video calls, the POCO F6 has a 20MP selfie snapper that can capture images in daylight with almost perfect skin tone but only a few facial details and some faint exposure. While the portrait mode offers nice edge detection, the bokeh effect looks a bit unnatural. Indoors or in low light, picture quality suffers like any other smartphone. Detail and sharpness are greatly reduced, and there is a lot of noise in the frame. Although night mode reduces noise, it makes details more confusing.

Performance and software

The core of the F-series smartphones has always been performance, and the POCO F6 is no exception. It is the first smartphone in India to feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chipset, which aims to make on-device AI more accessible to users The chipset is said to deliver on-demand power than each of the Flagship Snapdragon 8 series offers, with on-device generative AI, ever sensitive ISP, too -Enjoy realistic mobile gaming, advanced connectivity, and lossless high-quality sound.

That said, the POCO F6 doesn’t seem to offer any AI features. The hand focuses primarily on performance, hitting over 1,500,000 on AnTuTu. While it costs less than the iQOO Neo 9 Pro equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, it is still a leader in its segment. Additionally, the F6 scores an impressive 1,930 and 5,017 in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. However, it’s worth noting that the handset experienced significant throttling during the Burnout CPU throttle test, operating at only 56 percent of its peak performance under heavy load However, throttle was not apparent during use.

The phone handled everything thrown at it well, including some heavy multitasking and graphics-demanding games like BGMI, Call of Duty, and Real Racing 3. The POCO F6 has Iceloop cooling technology that is its, featuring LiquidCool Technology 4.0, which provides high-efficiency heating for period gaming and other demanding tasks. Our usual games, BGMI, Call of Duty, and Real Racing 3 warmed the phone to about 15 degrees, a setting that centered every 30 minutes, and as such, the gaming experience was quite pleasant without the issue of any looseness or the frame sag. The phone comes with Wild Boost Optimization 3.0 to ensure smooth gaming performance.

The POCO F6 comes in two RAM and storage configurations: 8GB + 256GB and 12GB + 512 GB. While the storage is not expandable for use, its fast UFS 4.0 standard provides fast transfer speeds. The RAM type is standard LPDDR5X. In terms of software, the POCO F6 runs HyperOS layered on top of Android 14 out of the box. The handset will be supported with three years of major software updates and four years of security updates.

The current software experience certainly remains similar to the POCO X6 Pro (review). Currently, the POCO F6 lacks any special features, apart from support for AI air signal – expected in a future OTA update This feature will allow users to navigate through compatible apps through gestures detected by the front camera, which in Realme- Similar to what you have seen on smartphones.

The software is intuitive and accessible; However, there are a few pre-installed applications that you should probably check out. If you’re looking for numbers, there are 16 such apps pre-installed – most for every smartphone in the segment. On the plus side, most of these apps are extremely popular and have millions of users, such as Netflix, Spotify, Facebook, Amazon, Snapchat, and more.

Battery and charging

While competitors opt for larger battery cells, the POCO F6 has the same battery capacity as last year. The handset is powered by a 5,000mAh battery, which achieved 11 hours and 42 minutes with 80 percent screen brightness in the PCMark battery test. This is less than most of its arc rivals. The handset saved 4 percent of battery life in our 30-minute YouTube video playback test, beating the Realme GT 6T, which packs a 5,500mAh battery.

The handset lags in terms of battery usage in our gaming tests, with battery life dropping by 24 percent after playing BGMI, Call of Duty, and Real Racing 3 every 30 minutes, and still for a handset can last a day early between charges. It comes with a 90W charger, included in the box, for quick refilling of the battery. The charger can charge the device from 20 to 100 percent in about 30 minutes. Additionally, there’s an option in the settings menu to speed up Boost charging, though it comes with a warning that ‘it may overheat the device.’ You don’t want to risk that in Delhi summers.

Final verdict

Though the POCO F6 goes up against several smartphones, the Realme GT 6T is still the closest to it. The Realme smartphone starts at Rs 30,999 in India and is distinguished by its LTPO panel which supports 6,000 nits of brightness. In contrast, the F6 opts for a standard display with a better refresh rate, reaching a maximum brightness of 2,400 nits. Also, the F6 has a smaller battery life than its counterpart. Charging capacity is also still limited, but the handset takes the same time as the GT 6T taking a full charge from 20 percent, thanks to its smaller battery pack

What works in favor of the POCO F6 is its performance, camera, and affordability. The Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 SoC seems more powerful than the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 SoC, and the handset is capable of taking better photos than the Realme offering in different lighting conditions In India, the POCO F6 is available for a starting price of Rs 29,999 is available. Despite niggles like pre-installed apps and extremely short battery life, the POCO F6 offers a solid package for users looking for a reliable and powerful device.

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