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Xiaomi Poco F6 and Poco F6 Pro: new flagship killers are here

The Xiaomi Poco F6 and Poco F6 Pro are here and want to close the few weak points of their predecessors Poco F5 and F5 Pro.
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The Poco F5 and F5 Pro are two popular mid-range models from last year. And it’s easy to see why – lots of power and a great display at a great price. Now the successors are here. The Xiaomi Poco F6 and Poco F6 Pro want to score points with a similar price-performance ratio and at the same time improve some of the weak points of their predecessors.

Xiaomi Poco F6

The Xiaomi Poco F6 is equipped with a flagship chipset – the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3. The new chip is manufactured using a 4nm TSMC process and features the latest Cortex-X4 core and an Adreno 725 GPU for an all-round higher performance compared to the 7+ Gen 2 of the F5. The base memory configuration is still 8/256 GB, there is also a 12/512 GB version (LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage).

The F5 display had brilliant colors and it’s not like the 1080p+ resolution was bad. The Xiaomi Poco F6 instead features a 6.67-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 1.5K resolution. It covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and supports Dolby Vision. In high brightness mode, it reaches up to 1,200 nits, but peak brightness is 2,400 nits. The display uses 1,920 Hz high-frequency PWM dimming.

Ruggedness is another area where the F5 was good, but not great. The Xiaomi Poco F6 switches to protection class IP64 (previously IP53) and Gorilla Glass Victus (previously GG5). However, there are hardly any changes to the camera setup. The main camera switches to a Sony IMX882, a 50 megapixel sensor with 0.7 µm pixels (vs. 64 MP, 0.7 µm). However, OIS is still on board. The 8 megapixel camera is also pretty much the same, while the selfie camera switches from 16 to 20 megapixels.

Like last year, the F6 brings stereo speakers, but unfortunately there is no 3.5mm headphone jack this time. Other connectivity features include NFC and an IR transmitter. Finally, the F5 had a pretty solid battery with 5,000 mAh capacity and 67 watts of charging power. The F6 sticks with the capacity, but increases the charging rate to 90 watts.

Xiaomi Poco F6 Pro

The Xiaomi Poco F6 Pro has a premium Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset under the hood. Despite being a generation older than the 8s Gen 3, it has the better GPU and higher clock speeds. As for the F5 Pro, it had the older 8+ Gen 1 chipset, so it’s a significant upgrade. Memory configurations are 12/256GB, 12/512GB and a new 16GB/1TB version for select markets, also LPDD5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage.

Another upgrade over the F6 is the sharper 6.67-inch 1440p+ display with a higher peak brightness of 4,000 nits. There is also 3,840 Hz PWM dimming, and it is also a 12-bit OLED panel. The power is provided by a 5,000 mAh battery with 120 watt fast charging; the appropriate charger is included in the scope of delivery. A full charge only takes 19 minutes, but Xiaomi has eliminated wireless charging.

The camera has received a decent upgrade compared to last year’s model, but it’s still not a camera smartphone. The main module has a 50 megapixel sensor with larger 1.0 µm pixels (up from 64 MP at 0.7 µm) and a brighter f/1.6 aperture (compared to f/1.8) with integrated OIS . The ultra-wide-angle camera is still relatively simple with an 8 megapixel chip and there is no telephoto camera. The selfie camera has a 16 megapixel sensor.

The Poco F6 is now available with 8/256GB priced at $380, while the 12/512GB version costs $430. However, early bird buyers can actually get these models for $340 and $380, respectively. The F6 will be available at multiple retailers and carriers (and of course Xiaomi itself). In the UK, prices on Xiaomi’s online store are £400 (currently reduced to £340) for 8/256GB storage and £450 (was £370) for 12/512GB. In Germany, the two versions cost €450 (previously €390) and €500 (previously €420). It is also available on Amazon Germany.

The Xiaomi Poco F6 Pro is priced at $500 for the 12/256GB model, $550 for the 12/512GB model, and $630 for the 16GB/1TB model. However, the initial offers are $50 less than these prices. In Germany, the 12/256 GB Pro costs 500 euros on Amazon and the 12/512 GB model costs 550 euros. In India, sales of the F6 will start on May 29 via Flipkart. Regular prices are ₹30,000 for the 8/256GB model, ₹32,000 for the 12/256GB version and ₹34,000 for the top 12/512GB version. However, the initial retail prices will be ₹4,000 lower. The icing on the cake is an extended warranty of 1+1 year, but unfortunately the Pro model is not coming to India.


Thomas Dietrich
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