Review: Poco F6 and F6 Pro Mobile Phones – The Latest Evolution in Mobile Tech!

Premium features, without the premium price tag

I’m writing this review with “Fresh Eyes”. I have to say that until recently I had never heard of the Poco brand. I have casually come across its parent company – Xiaomi while on the internet or out and about but paid little heed to it. While I’ve flirted with iPhone over the years, I’ve been a loyal Samsungphile (Is that a word?) for a long time. My relationship with my mobile phone has endured longer than any other relationship beyond my immediate family. I’d be lost without it. I’m sure many others would too! With this in mind, I approached the Poco F6 and F6 Pro with some trepidation.

I was lucky enough to take possession of these phones before they officially launched on 23rd May at an exclusive event. There is always a palpable sense of mystique, secrecy and intrigue surrounding the launch of a new phone. “Industry experts” have been quick to speculate that these new phones are just rebrands of other Xiaomi devices which for me at least, is neither here nor there because it was all new to me. I had only my Samsung to compare it with so it had a lot to live up to.

Unboxing and Starting Up

As I was to review both the F6 and F6 Pro, I figured I’d better acquaint myself with the F6 first to set the initial benchmark. Inside the box, I found the handset, a 90W charging adaptor, a USB A-USB C charging cable, another box inside which there was a silicon phone case/ protective skin to house the phone and the SIM ejection pin.

Keen to crack on with my review, I pressed and held the familiar on/off button for a couple of seconds. The Poco logo appeared and I thought, “So far, so good!” I’ve grown to become somewhat pessimistic lately when it comes to first impressions with technology. The Poco F6 appeared to be a sign of the tide changing.

Getting acquainted with the phone

I went through the entire start-up process fairly trouble-free. As with all new  Android phones, I was prompted to connect the Wi-Fi and my Google account and then was given the option to transfer data from my old device or not. I chose to do so as I had hoped everything on my Samsung would automatically be transferred to the Poco F6. All of my contacts and apps were transfered to the new phone. The phone did alert me to the fact that not everything would be copied but I risked it and for the most part, it paid off. The one thing that didn’t survive the transition was the score of my Golf game. Aaargghh! It had taken me years of playing to achieve semi-professional status and earn a mammoth score but now my score had been wiped clean. Damn it! I suppose, in the grand scheme of things and with hindsight,  it was a valuable lesson to learn not to become too attached to meaningless things. I can laugh about it now. Anyway, I digress. Back to my review…

Initially, I did feel slightly overwhelmed by the sheer number of unfamiliar app icons that were gracing my phone screen in addition to the ones that were copied from my phone. I realised it would take me considerable time to whittle through these apps and get rid of the ones I didn’t need. I mean, do I need Youtube, YouTube Music and Spotify? I didn’t see the point of sifting through all of the apps as I knew that I’d probably have to do it again when I came to review the F6 Pro.

As for the F6 handset, it is marginally bigger than my “ancient” Samsung S21. It feels good to hold in the hand. Made with premium, metal components, it’s a nice weight. Certainly not cheap looking. It is a really well-made phone. The initial difference I observed was that the colour reproduction on the display screen was slightly muted when compared with my Samsung. This difference is only noticeable when both phones are placed side by side so I wouldn’t say it was prohibitively lacklustre.

The F6 has a mighty 12.0+6.0GB of RAM. This means you can run many apps simultaneously with no loss of performance. The CPU runs on the SnapDragon 8s Gen3 Mobile Platform with Octa-core Max 3.0GHz. Internal storage is a copious 477.3GB compared with my Samsung’s paltry 128GB.

Camera for snap-happy people

The camera on the F6 is truly amazing with lots of options that will satisfy the needs of all users – the selfie-crowd, content creators and hobbyists. With a whopping 50 MP and Optical image stabilisation (OIS) plus a host of AI-enabled filters, this will wow and delight judicious photographers and even filmmakers too. I must admit that after my previous review of the Infinix Note 40, I was half-expecting the UI of the Poco F6 to be too much of a learning curve but I was very pleasantly surprised. The F6 utilises Android version 14 and I found navigating the phone was quite intuitive. There are indeed minor differences in where and how certain functions are accessed but I feel this is an evolutionary response to how we increasingly connect with our mobile phones and digital lives.

The F6 Pro

As the name infers, the Pro version of the F6 is a more refined phone. This doesn’t mean to say the F6 is unrefined. In my opinion, the F6 is everything I need in a phone. The F6 Pro however, puts the cherry on top.

After a minor glitch when copying data from the F6 to the F6 Pro, I was happy to pursue the pleasure of reviewing this phone.

With a 6.67”, 120 Hz AMOLED display, graphics run smoothly. There are so many features packed into this phone, I don’t know if I will ever disover them all. Things like HDR image capture, Motion-Tracking focus, Air/ Hand Gesture features, AI Expansion and AI Magic Erase, IR Blaster and a host of other features are all within reach with the F6 Pro. A 120W Hyper charge ensures a 0-100% charge time of less than 40 minutes in my test. My test phone shipped with a two-rounded head-pin adaptor which for me, meant that I had to use a converter, but this is just one of the two minor gripes I have with this new phone. The other gripe I have is that occasionally the phone randomly plays an audible ad on loop. The only way I was able to stop it was by forcing the phone to reboot. This could easily be my fault I suspect, for not quitting an app properly. I dread the day when I’m sitting in a quiet place and an embarrassing ad blares out of the phone.

The F6 Pro will particularly appeal to mobile gamers, content creators and movie buffs as it ships with a mighty 1TB of storage space. Movies can be enjoyed in spectacular Dolby Vision with a resolution of 2712×1220 and 442ppi. You will find the sound is quite punchy too with speakers located on the top and bottom edges of the phone.

Summary

My initial feeling of reticence towards welcoming a new phone into my life and saying goodbye to a very dear friend in my Samsung, has been officially quelled. I never thought I’d hear myself say that I’m happy to ditch my Samsung for the Poco F6 Pro. Does that make me a bad person? Phones don’t have feelings, right? The F6 Pro has quite seamlessly assumed the mantle of becoming my BBF. I feel no shame in saying that I have done a Factory Reset on my old phone and that it will now pass on to its next owner. The Poco F6 Pro is now my “precious”!

To learn more about the Poco F6 and F6 Pro, head on over to he Xaomi website here.

About Author
Chetan is a London-based designer by profession. He is passionate about the role design plays in everyday life whether it's graphic, digital, fashion, product or environmental design. Motivated by aesthetic design, function and the User Experience of emerging and new technologies, products and platforms, he is ever keen to learn, discover and innovate. Although he doesn't consider himself a nerd or a geek, he is a big movie fan and lists Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, The Shawshank Redemption and… Brewsters Millions among his favourites! Chetan is also an aspiring author and is currently working on his first novel.