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POCO X6 5G : Test / Review

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Price Poco X6 5G
Unpacking
First configuration
Finish
Specifications
CPU / GPU Performance
Benchmark Antutu/3DMark
Network performance
Wifi performance
GPS performance
Battery range
Photo camera test
External audio quality
Audio quality (headphones)
Screen quality
Biometry
Operating system
Test / Review conclusion
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POCO X6 5G : Test / Review


Published on: 27-12-2023 / Modified: 11-01-2024
Xiaomi and its various brands (POCO, Redmi, Xiaomi, Black Shark,...) have been invading the European market for several years, launching numerous models to cover all price brackets, so many that it was easy to get lost. This commercial enthusiasm has now given way to a phase of maturity, with a range of phones that are easier to understand, and new product launches that are more predictable. As every year, POCO's X range will be the first to be released, followed by the Redmi range, including the Redmi Note 13 and Redmi Note 13 Pro, which I'm sure I'll be testing.

POCO's X range represents the mid-range and originally these phones were aimed at gamers looking for performance at a low price. Things changed after the POCO X4, with the X range becoming more accessible to a wider audience, and this trend is set to continue with the new POCO X6. The performance niche remains an important one, but this new smartphone will also move into other niches that had been somewhat neglected by previous generations

Rumors predict a launch of the POCO X6 in early January 2024, so we won't have to wait very long to see if these rumors are confirmed... In the meantime, if you'd like to be notified when my test is published, leave a comment to receive a notification. As is often the case, the launch of a POCO is supported by a lower launch price, so don't miss out.

Manufacturer web site:

https://www.po.co

Structure of my tests

I test the phones according to a pre-established structure (see below) to provide you with as much information as possible. Unfortunately, this takes a long time. Some tests like network performance tests take several days and for photo tests I sometimes have to wait until the weather is suitable to take pictures in good conditions. I am therefore obliged to publish the tests step by step, so I invite you to come back if the test is not complete at the time of your visit.

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Timeline

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Why this phone?

I've tested just about every POCO model released in Europe over the past 4 years, and it's almost become a tradition to start the New Year with a test of a new POCO X series. This range of smartphones has come a long way since the POCO X3 (first generation of the X range), which was quite ugly and had a major weakness in terms of network sensitivity. Fortunately, POCO has made up for this with more elegant and affordable phones. Performance may only be of interest to gamers, but if it means an ultra-fast phone for all everyday applications, this phone will appeal to a wider audience

I can't reveal the specifications of this phone just yet, but there are some interesting new features.

Unpacking

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First configuration

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Finish

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Specifications


The information below comes from the Device Info HW application. The application provides detailed technical information about the tested phone.Not yet available / tested

CPU / GPU Performance



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Benchmark Antutu/3DMark

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Gaming

To test the performance in game, I download the mobile PUBG game and evaluate the in-game experience, graphics level and depth of vision. This game is quite demanding and should help you evaluating the performance of a phone.Not yet available / tested

Network performance

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Signal 4G (from December 2020)

I decided to change the methodology for measuring the network because I noticed that the configuration of the mobile network changes over time. This makes it more difficult to compare phones because the conditions are no longer exactly the same.

To overcome this problem, I set up a device that captures 24 hours a day about ten parameters from the mobile network (ex: cell id, rssi, rsrq, snr, frequency,...). I then place the phone next to the device for 24 to 48 hours taking the same measurements so that I can compare them.

Overview of the phones tested with this methodology



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Download/Upload speed

To test the download speed, I have identified some 4G cells offering good performance where I test all my devices several times to see what download and upload speed they can achieve.


Wifi performance

To test a phone's ability to receive the network properly, I take measurements near my router and then remotely (and always at the same place). This gives me an average in dBm where a value of -90 dBm indicates poorer performance than a value at -30 dBm.


Wifi signal

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Download/Upload speed

To test the speed in Wifi, I connect to my router in 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (if available) and use the Ookla application to measure the speed.

GPS performance


To test the accuracy of the GPS signal, I use two positioning applications to evaluate the difference between the actual position and the position indicated by the phone. This test is done outdoors with nothing to obstruct the signal. An accuracy level of up to 3 meters can easily be corrected by an application (e.g. Google Maps).

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Battery range

To test battery life I developed an application that measures the battery level minute by minute until the battery is empty. This application consumes about ten percent of the phone's resources and I do a test with 100 brightness. This test aims to reproduce a contemplative use of a phone (e.g. surfing the internet, reading articles, spending time on social networks). These results are not valid for intensive gaming/streaming use.
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Photo camera test

To test the quality of photos produced by a phone, I do a technical test (resolution, sharpness, chromatic aberration,...) in studio (identical conditions) to evaluate the technical part objectively. From the second half of 2020, I built my own laboratory to take completely objective technical measurements. I then take pictures in real conditions to see how the camera performs. I then evaluate these photos according to my criteria but I publish the photos so that you can evaluate the result according to your criteria.

Hardware

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Photo quality


Photo quality (indoor/studio)

The studio test is carried out under the same conditions so that the results can be compared on an equal basis. I calibrate my lighting for each test to obtain the same brightness and colour temperature. This test is a preliminary analysis of the technical qualities of a camera. Most phones fail this test, so you should also read the results of the other tests in the following paragraphs.

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Photo: technical test

I was inspired by industrial technical tests to create my own technical test to evaluate the technical quality of a camera. This test is an objective assessment of a camera's ability to render a scene correctly.

I test the following elements:
- centre sharpness, peripheral sharpness
- colour fidelity based on 24 reference colours
- level of chromatic aberration
- dynamic range (ability to capture dark and light areas without loss)
- distortion

The technical evaluation may differ from the subjective evaluation as the feeling of a photo will be influenced by the processing provided by each manufacturer.

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Outdoor photo quality

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Test photo / night

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Video quality


Stabilisation

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Video normale conditions
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Video low light

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External audio quality


This test is intended to give you an overview of the volume and sound quality during calls and when listening to music through the external speakers.

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Audio quality (headphones)

To test the quality of the phone's audio output, I connect the device's audio output to a measuring tool, then play sounds on all frequencies and measure the differences between the original sound and the sound produced by the phone. In this way I measure the phone's ability to correctly reproduce all sounds.
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Screen quality

To test the screen, I use a colorimetric probe that measures the color accuracy of a screen, as well as other parameters to see if a screen is able to correctly reproduce an image. I also test the brightness level to determine if the screen will be able to display an image in full sunlight.

Colorimetry

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Brightness / Contrast

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Biometry

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Operating system


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Encoutered bugs

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Accessories Poco X6 5G

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Test / Review conclusion


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Strengths

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Weaknesses

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Alternatives to this product

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Laurent Willen LAURENT WILLEN
Head of myself on this blog

I share my passions on my blog in my free time since 2006, I prefer that to watching nonsense on TV or on social networks. I work alone, I am undoubtedly one of the last survivors of the world of blogs and personal sites.

My speciality? Digital in all its forms. I have spent the last 25 years working for multinationals where I managed digital teams and generated revenues of over €500 million per year. I have expertise in telecoms, media, aviation, travel and tourism.
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