POCO M6 Pro 5G review: Best Review With Pros & Cons

POCO launched its latest smartphone, the M6 Pro, in India. The specifications are interesting – a Snapdragon 4 Gen 2 chip, a large 6.79-inch FHD+ display, and a smooth 90Hz refresh rate. Capture stunning photos with the 50MP dual rear camera. Plus, the powerful 5000mAh battery, supported by 18W fast charging, keeps your phone running for long hours. If these specs remind you of the Redmi 12 5G, you’re not wrong. They’re indeed quite similar.

But you might be wondering – how is the POCO M6 Pro 5G different from other phones? And who is it made for? Keep reading this review to find out. We guarantee you’ll find out if this phone is the one for you!

Verdict of POCO M6 Pro

Even though the POCO M6 Pro does share some features with the Redmi 12 5G, don’t sell it short – it’s a solid device all on its own. One of the things you’ll notice right away is its stylish, two-tone design. Makes it look pretty snazzy, we think.

Besides looking good, this phone does a great job with the basics. It runs smoothly, is perfect for daily tasks, and packs enough battery life to get you through the day.

Shifting gears to the camera gives you fantastic shots when you’re out on a sunny day. But we must admit, the secondary camera and the charging speeds do leave something more to wish for.

Design and display

You might find it difficult to spot the differences between the POCO M6 Pro and its similar-spec cousin, the Redmi 12 5G, but they do exist! The POCO M6 Pro dares to step away from the single-tone design, introducing a cool dual-tone finish instead.

The only crucial distinction between the two gadgets is that, unlike the Redmi 12 5G, the M6 Pro doesn’t have a dedicated slot for a microSD card. But don’t worry! You can still insert one in the secondary SIM card slot.

Just like the Redmi 12 5g, the M6 Pro comes with a sleek glass back, and not one, but two camera rings and an LED flash ring. Isn’t that cool?

The phone is safe against those little water splashes, thanks to its IP53 splash resistance. It has a plastic frame that houses the side-mounted fingerprint scanner, super quick to unlock your device.

Just visualize this – the device holds a speaker grille and a USB Type-C port, sitting snugly on the bottom edge. Turning it around, on the upper edge, you’ll find a handy 3.5mm headphone jack and an IR blaster.

The POCO M6 Pro 5G promises a great viewing experience with its ample 6.71-inch FHD+ 90Hz refresh rate display. What’s notable is the neat, centred punch-hole camera that’s perfect for your selfie needs. Whether you’re inside or outside, the display doesn’t disappoint.

With 550 nits of peak brightness, it’s pretty great value for its price. Do note, however, that the viewing angles might be a tad restricted since it’s an LCD panel. On a positive note, it comes with Widevine L1 certification! This means you can enjoy full HD resolution content from your favourite streaming platforms like Netflix. It’s the companion for your binge-watching needs!

Cameras of POCO M6 Pro

Looking at the camera features, the POCO M6 Pro comes with a top-notch 50MP primary sensor and a super-effective 2MP depth sensor for those fantastic back shots. Now, if you’re into taking selfies or love video calling, you’re in for a sweet surprise! This beauty comes packed with a sharp 8MP front camera that gets you the most amazing shots.

If we are to sum up, let’s just say – when given the right light, like a lovely sunny day, this camera system works super smoothly. The primary camera gives you all those little details with an amazing dynamic range and colours that are pretty much on point. Get ready for an epic mobile photography experience.

Remember, though, that the portrait mode on this phone may stumble a bit when it comes to edge detection. Also, the 8MP selfie camera performs pretty well. If you’re interested in a deeper dive, check out our thorough review of the Redmi 12 5G.

Performance and software

Just wanted to let you know about the POCO M6 Pro powered by the new and improved Snapdragon 4 Gen 2. Trust me, it more than gets the job done for your day-to-day needs. Do you need to browse casually, scroll your social media, stream content, or fire off a few quick messages? It’ll carry you through all that super smoothly.

Even though its multitasking and gaming performances might not be top-tier, surprisingly it plays games like BGMI with no visible lags. So that’s a win!

But, I’ve got to be honest. The phone could face some slowdowns when put under intense pressure. This was quite clear from the CPU Throttle test outcomes. However, for regular daily use, this bad boy should have you covered!

When it comes to memory and storage abilities, the POCO M6 Pro offers two great choices: the 4GB + 64GB bundle and the 6GB + 128GB bundle. You’ll appreciate that the system can beef up the RAM by an extra 2GB for both packages. Not only that, but you can take storage space up to an impressive 1TB using a simple microSD card. Just to point out, there’s no 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option like the Redmi 12 5G, but you’ll still get plenty of space with the POCO M6 Pro!

Let’s talk about the guts of the M6 Pro! Right off the bat, this gem is running on Android 13-based MIUI 14, giving it a smooth flow. The cherry on top is the special POCO launcher, setting it apart from its cousin, the Redmi 12 5G. However, at heart, they basically share the same core and key features.

Not to bog you down with details, but it’s good to know that this phone brings along a host of third-party apps (already loaded, how handy is that!). Keep in mind though, that these apps might push a few extra notifications our way.

Pros and Cons of POCO M6 Pro

ProsCons
Appealing design
Capable performance
Excellent battery life
Good daylight cameras
Bloatware
Charging speeds are slow
Same as Redmi 12 5G

Battery and charging speeds

The POCO M6 Pro comes with an awesome battery life. This powerhouse is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery, meaning it can comfortably last a whole day with ordinary usage, no need to hunt for a charger again midway.

Charging up your new POCO M6 Pro will take a bit over two hours, from zero to full- which might seem a bit slower than other phones you’ve experienced. But hey, no sweat! Though it comes with a 22.5W charger in the package, it’s good to keep in mind that it actually supports an 18W charging solution too.

Final verdict

If you’re no stranger to Redmi 12 5G, you’re going to find the POCO M6 Pro quite familiar! They’re nearly identical in pretty much every way, friend, and this isn’t just limited to their features.

Even when it comes to pricing, there’s not much difference at all. You can grab the basic 4GB RAM version of the POCO M6 Pro for just Rs 10,999. Got a little more to spare? The 6GB RAM variant costs Rs 12,999.

No surprises here, but the equal and opposite of the M6 Pro is the Redmi 12 5G. But the competition doesn’t stop there, folks. The Infinix Hot 30 5G is another contender, boasting a hefty 6,000mAh battery and running on the MediaTek Dimensity 6020 SoC.

Why You Should Buy:

  • The phone’s two-tone design gives it a distinct and attractive look.
  • Its robust performance makes it perfect for daily use.
  • The POCO M6 Pro has an excellent battery life.
  • With good light, the camera takes quality photos.

Reasons not to buy

  • It comes pre-installed with several third-party apps.
  • Charging the handset from empty to full can take over two hours.
  • The POCO M6 Pro is essentially identical to the Redmi 12 5G.

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