Poco F6: Solid performance for the price tag with reliable battery life

Camera performance doesn’t impress as much as the display quality did

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Poco’s flagship F series has seen its ups and downs since the first launch of the F1. The F5 brought back some of its glory, being one of the best performers in its price range earlier this year. Now, the F6 is starts at a price of Rs. 29,999, trying to compete in a pretty competitive segment. Let’s try and see what all it can do well:

The Poco F6 features a 6.67-inch display (20:9 aspect ratio) with a glass panel back and rounded corners. It has thin bezels with the bottom bar slightly thicker than the other ones around the display. The phone’s right side carries the volume buttons and Power/lock key in the middle; while the left side if left all plain. The top side houses one outlet for stereo speakers, infrared port and the secondary mic; and at the bottom you have the dual SIM card tray, primary mic, USB type C port and the other outlet for loudspeakers. The phone feels decent but nothing great to call it premium to go with the price tag. It doesn’t catch smudges very quickly but requires a quick wipe once in a while.

Sporting a 6.67-inch full HD+ (1220x2712) AMOLED display supporting up to 120Hz refresh rates as well as HDR and Dolby Vision playback. It’s a brighter display than the one on the F5 and usable under direct sunlight. The display has good colour contrast and viewing angles to go with it. HDR is handled better than the predecessor, too, in terms of details and shadow scenes when watching a TV series in HDR.

The device sports Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8s Gen chipset (up to 3Ghz octa core processor, Adreno 735 GPU and x70 5G modem) along with 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB UFS4.0 internal storage (also comes in 8GB plus 256GB options). It runs on Xiaomi’s HyperOS 1.0.2 OS based on Android 14 with the march security patch in place. Performance is clearly one of the better parts about the F6. There’s no issue to report for playing YouTube videos at the highest supported resolution, scrolling inside WhatsApp, Instagram or viewing images in the Gallery app. You can expect to play graphicintensive games like Genshin Impact and CoD: Mobile smoothly without any frequent frame drops.

Having said that, the device does get quite a bit hot when playing such games for over half an hour. On the other hand, there are a lot of pre-installed apps on the phone out of the box, which is

expected from a Poco smartphone. You can uninstall most of these and also disable things like Glance for Mi, but you get notified about enabling them more than initially. It’s a feature-rich OS with some added AI bits now such as AI editor for editing photos, which does work well for things like detecting and copying text from photos or removing objects from your photos if the shot is clear enough.

Coming to the camera performance, the F6 sports a dual camera system on the back – a 50MP (f/1.59) main camera and an 8MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide camera – this isn’t the phone’s strength by any means. It can take some sharp shots in good lighting condition and OIS can help a bit on low-light shots, but don’t expect to get well stitched photos with colour accuracy. Image processing seems to be one thing Poco can focus a little more on to ger their camera. The front-facing 20MP (f/2.2) camera can take some nice shots with good focus and isn’t bad among other phones at this price range when it comes to low-light shots, including for video calls.

Powered by a 5,000mAh battery unit, the phone ships with a 120 watts fast charger in the box. I found the phone to last me a day quite frequently even with some heavy usage on the go at times. There weren’t any battery drainage issues during my usage. The phone charges from 1% to full in a little over an hour but it get a bit warm almost every single time I charged it. Also, it can charge at slower speeds if you’re gaming alongside.

Dual speakers on the phone are really loud and clear and definitely usable for your video playback and gaming needs. 5G reception on the phone was reliable but not as good as the Realme GT 6T and OnePlus 12R when using it as a WiFi hotspot on the go. Call quality and WiFi reception of the phone were glitch–free.

All in all, the Poco F6 is a good performer if you want a smooth Android performer under Rs. 30,000 but at the same time, don’t particularly value rear camera performance as much. On top of that, there’s also a quality display and reliable battery life to make it a considerable option around Rs. 30,000.

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