Poco fans have marked January 11 as the date they get to see the Poco 2024 phone line-up and yes, it’s finally here.
The biggest news? Poco deserves applause for their commitment to deliver 3 years of Android updates and 4 years of security updates to this line-up, a sustainability move that’s rare nowadays.
Now let’s see what these phones have to offer.
A couple of days ago we posted the design of the Poco X6 Pro and some camera samples and now we get a good look at all the new phones revealed.
Spoiler alert: the more affordable the phone, the bigger the camera sensor.
This is what we noticed when we did a comparison between the Poco X6 and Poco X6 Pro with the Poco M6 Pro next to them. As you can see, each camera island has a different design and, based on just looks alone, it’s hard to pick our favorite.
So, what about specs? Both of the new POCO X6 phones come with 6.67-inch AMOLED displays with 120Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 1800 nits that makes them look really good in all circumstances, even in bright sunlight.
Then, depending on your budget, you obviously get more with the Poco X6 Pro, though it’s worth noting the base Poco X6 actually has the larger battery (5,100 mAh vs 5,000 mAh).
Both phones come with a quad camera setup on the back that combines a 64 main cam with OIS with an 8MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP macro sensor. On the front, they also share a 16MP selfie snapper.
So, what’s the difference between them? It’s under the hood.
Poco X6 hands-on and details
The Poco X6 uses a Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 processor that, according to the company, scored a 640,170 AnTuTu score and can deliver an incredible performance to gamers.
During the launch event, Poco’s representative said that, during PubG matches, the phone consistently held 60 fps without going above 30 degrees Celsius in temperature.
According to him, the processing power of the Poco X6 is better by 31% in CPU and 57% in GPU, compared to last year’s model, the very respectable Poco X5 Pro with a Snapdragon 778G. That’s paired with up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage – not bad for a device weighing just 181 g!
What about the competition?
During the launch event, Poco bragged about being on top of the food chain as the ‘the ultimate predator’ and did not shy away from direct comparison. The company showed a Poco X6 vs OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite comparison that highlighted the difference in performance and display quality.
Poco X6 Pro hands-on and details
Meanwhile, the Poco X6 Pro uses a Dimensity 8300-Ultra chipset that takes it to the next level.
‘Dimensity’ might not have the same brand recognition as ‘Snapdragon’ but this chip has an AnTuTu benchmark of 1,464,228. Just to get an idea about that power, an iPhone 15 Pro Max benchmarked at 1,641,883 on AnTuTu. Not bad for a phone that’s about 4 times cheaper?
In the launch event, the company did a comparison between Poco X6 Pro and the OnePlus Nord 3 5G as well, saying the competitor only reached 1.04M on AnTuTu.
Speaking about price, let’s also take a look at what the Poco M6 Pro has to offer.
Poco M6 Pro hands-on and details
It might be the most ‘modest’ Poco phone this year but it ALSO has a 6.67 inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It might not be as bright as on the X6 series but it does sport an in-display fingerprint sensor, a first for the M series.
The Poco M6 Pro also has a triple rear camera of a 64MP main camera with OIS + 8MP ultrawide sensor+ 2MP macro camera.
Under the hood, it comes with a Helio G99 chipset, 8 to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage that’s expandable up to 1TB.
Poco also kept the IR blaster on all three phones, something which we absolutely love, and includes a 67W turbo charger in the box.
So, which model is best for you? Here is how much each model costs:
Poco X6 and Poco X6 Pro price list
Poco X6 is $249 for the 8+256GB model, $269 for the 12+256GB model, and $319 for the 12+512GB fully fitted variant, in three colors (black, white and blue).
What about the Pro?
Poco X6 Pro is available in 2 models, the 8+256GB model is $299) and the 12+256GB model is $369. This model is available in black, blue and purple.
As for the Poco M6 Pro, it’s a very tempting deal for a budget Android phone. The 8+256GB model will retail at $199, while the 12+512GB one will go up to $249.
All the phones have early bird discounts that knock about $20 off the price so, if you’re on the market for a budget phone, that might help you pull the trigger.