POCO X6 Full Review: The 5G midrange beast of 2024

Sleek, compact, and well-rounder, that’s the POCO X6 offering a wide range of features for casual users and enthusiasts.

The #POCO X6 smartphone can capture landscapes and moments on the go, keep gamers on their toes, entertain users with its immersive display, and sublime music lovers anytime, anywhere.

Unboxing

The POCO X6 is contained in a black box, albeit with the phone’s label and its brand written in yellow. Lifting the top part showed a yellow package containing everything you need to get started.

This package has the SIM ejector pin, user manual, safety information, and a phone case. Get that out of the way and the phone is yours for the taking.

Below the phone is a paper separator that covers the USB cable and charging brick, which supports 67-watt fast charging.

The POCO X6 is protected by a plastic mesh and its display has a screen protector already installed. You may opt for a tempered glass to protect the main screen from scratches and drops.

Design

The POCO X6 variant we received is the color blue and it looks sophisticated with its curved corners. The punch hole at the top of the screen is easy to spot under sufficient light, while the back features the large camera island.

The bottom of the phone holds the USB-C port, speaker grille, card tray, and a microphone. The volume rockers and power key are placed at the right side while the left side is plain and smooth. The top is where you’ll find the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, another microphone, and the second speaker grille.

Exploring the hard buttons revealed that the volume rockers are very accessible using either the left or right hand. But you may need to get used to the placement of the power key.

The rear side of the handset features a big camera island where the triple-camera setup is. Two of them are in large circular modules while the other one is inside a smaller circular module, with the flash just below it. At the far right, you’ll see the POCO logo and the “64MP OIS” text.

Dimension161.15 x 74.24 x 7.98 mm
Weight181 g
ColorsBlack, White, Blue

Ergonomically, the smartphone feels light when held and the grip is just right; not too slippery or too stern. You can admire the design of POCO X6 with three or four fingers without getting anxious about dropping it.

The back panel, however, is a fingerprint magnet so you need to clean it often. To mitigate that, use the POCO-designed phone case included in the box. The case is perfect for the phone and it increases the grip and protects the camera bumps.

Don’t worry about the case interfering with fingerprint security because the POCO X6 has its fingerprint sensor under the display.

Display

The POCO X6 features a 6.67-inch CrystalRes 1.5K Flow AMOLED DotDisplay panel. Online content when browsing and scrolling is crisp and charming to look at. When watching high-resolution videos, they will pop out and immerse you.

If smoothness is your thing, expect nothing less from POCO X6 because this smartphone supports 120 Hz refresh rate. Scrolling on social media, browsers, or even streaming platforms is a breeze.

That same max refresh rate is useful for gamers too! In-game elements, character movement, and visual effects are fluid and smooth as butter; definitely needed for first-person shooting games and MOBAs.

No need to worry about delayed response when gaming because the POCO X6 has an instant touching sampling rate of 2160 Hz. This rate ensures that every tap you do takes effect immediately to lead you to victory.

The bezels are thin and that’s a great sign of immersion when watching and gaming. Even reading ebooks and webtoons is incredible; not to mention the smooth scrolling to boot.

Using the smartphone under bright conditions is impressive. No surprise since POCO X6 sports a peak brightness of 1800 nits! You can browse online, shoot unforgettable moments, and more outdoors no matter how high the sun is.

Here are some of the other things the phone’s display has to offer:

Contrast ratio5,000,000:1
Color gamut100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut
PWM dimming rate1920 Hz
Visual enhancerDolby Vision
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass Victus

Performance

The POCO X6 is a midrange smartphone capable of dishing out performance when needed. It’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor and Adreno 710 GPU. The device we have comes with a 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage, so we can expect fast performance and smooth loading of apps.

During our performance test, the phone scored 582,698 on AnTuTu, beating a lot in the competition and showing that it’s powerful for day-to-day tasks and even mid-level to hardcore gaming. Since the phone is powered by a four-nanometer chipset, heat shouldn’t be a problem for nonstop use.

Speaking of games, we tested the device and it definitely showed us it’s a force to be reckoned with in the midrange segment.

Gaming

You can play at the highest quality on many AAA mobile games on POCO X6. We tried that on Genshin Impact and while in-game elements from afar are not displayed in full quality, the phone can run it on the highest graphics setting at 60 FPS.

Although there are a few stutters, POCO X6 plays the title normally without excessive heat. We even turned on the performance mode in the Game Turbo and the heat remains stable.

It suggests no thermal throttling or forcing the processor to lower its performance because of overheating. Explore the open world without worry thanks to optimized performance.

Call of Duty Mobile runs great on POCO X6 as well, with both graphics and FPS set at very high. Mobile Legends Bang Bang, naturally, runs super on this phone at ultra graphics and super FPS. Check out these titles in action below.

The POCO X6 is a very good platform for light, moderate, and even heavy gaming without breaking the bank. It doesn’t heat up at high graphics and FPS and it loads even resource-hungry games without a hitch.

Camera

The primary camera is a 64-MP sensor accompanied by the 8-MP ultrawide sensor and 2-MP macro lens.

Capturing beautiful landscapes and amazing moments won’t be a problem as the main rear camera supports optical image stabilization. Blurs caused by moving subjects and jerking effects during video recording are incredibly reduced.

In our camera tests, the photos can capture details but you need to be aware of the lighting because it’s critical on every shot. Too much light may wash some details and increase color saturation, while too less may deny details, especially elements under low-light or shade. Use the HDR mode to balance the lighting and bring out the most optimized picture.

Portrait shots looked great on POCO X6. The subject is perfectly isolated and the background is properly blurred.

Ultrawide shots surely get more subjects within a single frame. Though, the captures are a bit distorted just like on many other smartphones. It’s not impactful if there are multiple subjects since the goal is to capture the group.

The 16-MP selfie camera seems more balanced than the main sensor. The details of the true subject are clear and sharp in broad daylight, the colors are just right, and the lighting looks natural. Many users prefer this kind of result – closer to what the eyes can see. 

However, the Portrait mode is slightly off compared to what the main camera can do. The details, color, and lighting are precise except the cutout looks obvious and may require a redo to get that right.

Check out the clip below for the video recording power of POCO X6.

Battery

The POCO X6 can last all-day long, thanks to its 5100 mAh battery unit. If you need to charge the device quickly, you can juice it up in a flash with its 67-watt turbo charging technology supported by the in-box charger.

The phone is also packed with numerous battery features that work in various situations. Some of these are handy when conserving energy or releasing more processor power during gaming. Check them out below.

Battery FeaturesDescription
Performance ModesChoose from Save Battery, Balanced, and Performance options.
Ultra Battery Saver Turn the device into a basic phone to save energy.
App Battery Saver Control the power consumption of apps and features.
Schedule Power On/OffSet the time when the device turns off and on.
Optimized ChargingHelps reduce battery aging from frequent charging.
Charge CounterCounts the number of times the device was charged per day.
TemperatureIndicates the battery’s temperature.
5G Battery SaverLowers 5G power consumption in select situations.
Speed Up ChargingHastens charging rate when using the supplied charger, the screen is off, and the battery is low. Raises phone’s temperature.

Special Features

The POCO X6 is equipped with special features to meet particular demands. Below are some of them:

Memory ExtensionUse a part of the internal storage to boost memory by 4, 6, and 8 GB.
Heart Rate MonitorUse the under-display fingerprint scanner to get an estimate of your heart rate.
Front Camera AssistantExtra features when using the selfie camera, including beautify during video calls.
Floating WindowTap the sidebar to easily access apps and features anytime.
OTGConnect another device to the phone via USB cable.
Color SchemeAdjust color accuracy and temperature using Vivid, Saturated, and Standard options.

The heart rate monitor is handy whenever you need a quick check. But keep in mind that this does not replace prescribed procedures on measuring one’s heart rate. If you’ve a heart condition, consult with a physician.

The front camera assistant is an excellent addition if you’re a WeChat user. Meanwhile, Color Scheme includes a customizable option to let you adjust parameters the way you want them.

Final Thoughts

We really think that #POCO did a good job on balancing the perks on this phone. It has the tools a user will need when something comes up. Cute moments and spectacular memories are captured in an instant, in broad daylight and at night.

It also won’t let competitive users down because they can join the fray, whether it’s MMORPG or esports mobile game; POCO X6 can deliver and help them crush their opponents.

The POCO X6 is getting an open sale exclusively for seven days from January 11 to 18. The early bird price and recommended retail price are as follows:

Early Bird PriceRecommended Retail Price
POCO X6 8GB/256GB₱13,190₱14,999
POCO X6 12GB/256GB₱14,190₱15,999
POCO X6 12GB/512GB₱16,190₱17,999

Get the #POCO X6 via the official flagship store on Shopee!

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