Poco F6 First Impressions: Feature Packed

Poco F6 First Impressions: Feature Packed


Poco F6 5G has been launched in India after much hype and as expected it is packed with features. You get a lot for your money, thanks to intense competition between brands in this price segment. The new F6 reminds me of the Poco X6 Pro, which we found to be an excellent phone for the price. The phone has evoked similar feelings during the time I've spent using the Poco F6 over the past few days. The F series is an important line for Poco, and the new Poco F6 looks like a nice upgrade over its predecessor. However, we recommend waiting for our full review to find out if you should buy the Poco F6 5G over the competition.

Now that we've mentioned the competition, it's worth noting that the Poco F6 5G is very well priced. The base variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at Rs. 29,999. There is also an option available with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage, which is priced at Rs. 31,999. The phone is also equipped with LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage.

The phone has a plastic frame and back panel

In terms of design, the Poco F6 5G has a polycarbonate rear panel and a plastic frame. The back panel has a matte finish that doesn't show fingerprints and houses a dual camera setup. You get two large camera rings in the top left corner and a circle for the flash. Unlike the Poco F5, which had a triple camera setup, the new phone has two rear cameras. The phone also lacks a 3.5mm headphone port, but everything else, including an IR blaster, is still here.

The back panel is slippery, but the frame makes it easy to grip with one hand. Moving to the front, there's a 6.67-inch LTPS AMOLED panel that offers a 1.5K resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate and a 94.7% screen-to-body ratio. The bezels are quite thin all around, with a slightly thicker chin. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The phone is also IP64 rated for water and dust resistance. I liked the feel of the phone in my hand. An aluminum frame would have greatly improved things, but we can blame its lack on the competitive prices.

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The display offers a maximum brightness of up to 2,400 nits

The Poco F6 5G is the first smartphone in the country to be equipped with a Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chipset, which in my few days of use has been excellent. More on that in my full review, but for now, I can confidently say that this is one of the most powerful phones in its segment, if not the best. The chipset borrows its architecture from the much more powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC.

Poco has also updated the camera setup with the new phone. Although there is now one less rear camera, the two available sensors are better according to Poco. Still, we'll have to give it a try. There's a 50-megapixel Sony IMX882 sensor with f/1.6 and OIS, paired with an 8-megapixel Sony IMX335 ultra-wide unit with a 119-degree field of view. It's rare to find phones in this segment with a main camera that has such a wide aperture. This should help the phone perform well in low light conditions. For selfies, there's a 20-megapixel front-facing camera.

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The phone features a Sony IMX882 main rear camera

The phone packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 90W fast charging. You also get a 120W fast charger in the box, which is nice. The phone runs on Xiaomi's new HyperOS with Android 14. You also get a couple of AI features like AI image expansion, AI Eraser Pro, AI Bokeh and more.

The Poco F6 5G looks like another phone from Poco that is poised to deliver excellent value for money. The phone also packs the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 SoC, which is enough to recommend it to people. However, we would have to put it through our tests to find out if other features like the cameras, the display, are also easy to recommend. Stay tuned for our full review to find out!

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