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Xiaomi 14 Pro; Premium, well built, stunning screen, fast and of course the giant camera module that lets us down.

Review of Xiaomi 14 Pro

Back panel of Xiaomi 14 Pro

Xiaomi 14 Pro is one of the first flagships of the market with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 flagship chip, which was unveiled for the Chinese market in late October 2023. Thus, until the release of more phones with the new Qualcomm chip and of course the Dimensity 9300 chip, Xiaomi 14 Pro has the title of the most powerful Android phone in the world.

Apart from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, it has a combination of the best parts of the mobile market; A display with a brightness of 3000 nits, a 50-megapixel camera with a variable aperture of F/1.4-F/4.0, and of course, the expected operating system HyperOS, which is developed based on Android 14 and is supposed to replace MIUI.

We will shorten the introduction and put the latest Xiaomi flagship under the microscope; Stay with reviewing Xiaomi 14 Pro.

Design and build quality of Xiaomi 14 Pro

Everything about Xiaomi 14 Pro is high-end and premium; From the material of the body and the exemplary manufacturing precision of the product itself to the high-quality silicone frame that comes with it, and of course the giant 120-watt charger that is inside the phone box, unlike all other flagship devices.

The edges of the Xiaomi 14 Pro display
Charging Xiaomi 14 Pro
Xiaomi 14 Pro physical buttons

This year, Xiaomi designers have reduced the intensity of bending and curvature of the corners and sides of the product; Now the metal frame of the phone has been flattened, and the curvature of the sides of the screen has been reduced; Of course, all four sides of the Xiaomi 14 Pro screen have a delicate curve, which gives the phone a very attractive and different appearance and doubles the pleasure of swiping from the sides of the screen. Apart from the delicate curves of the sides, very narrow and even borders around the screen create a very pleasant feeling when working with the device.

The 6.73-inch and ultra-thin screen of the Xiaomi 14 Pro is protected by an exclusive Xiaomi Longjing glass cover. Xiaomi says that the resistance of its proprietary glass is 10 times that of Gorilla Glass Victus used in Xiaomi 13 Pro; A claim that I did not dare to check its authenticity!

Well made, nice, and a lot of camera bump!

Just like the screen, we see similar curves on the sides of the phone’s back panel, so that the design of the phone takes on a symmetrical structure; Of course, the square and giant protrusion of the camera destroys all Xiaomi’s efforts to create symmetry in the design of the phone. This bump is so big that it occupies half of the top of the panel and when you hold the phone, your index finger sits on it; Of course, the use of the frame reduces the deterioration of the situation a little.

Xiaomi 14 Pro with a 6.73-inch screen and a weight of 223-230 grams is placed in the category of large and heavy phones; But thanks to the combination of the delicate curves of the panels, the flat frame, and its excellent build quality, the device fits well on the hand, and its dense structure conveys a very good feeling to the user; A feeling that you don’t even experience with the Xiaomi 13 Ultra flagship phone.

Play music with Xiaomi 14 Pro

Xiaomi 14 Pro is sold in green, white, black and titanium colors; In the two primary colors, especially the green color under investigation, both the back panel and the frame are shiny and easily absorb the traces of grease and stains; But the next two colors are opaque. In titanium color, the frame of the device is also made of titanium, which on paper gives Armaghan better ergonomics than the other three models, while there is an orange band around the camera protrusion, which gives the phone an attractive and different effect.

Accurate and very pleasant tactile feedback

In the heart of its new flagship, Xiaomi has used a large linear vibration motor that makes the tactile feedback of the device extremely pleasant and pleasant. This engine has such a precise performance that Xiaomi engineers have made the most of its vibrations for different parts of the user interface; From clearing icons to turning down the volume or unlocking the phone, you will feel traces of the pleasant tactile feedback of the vibration motor in all your interactions.

Type C port and Xiaomi 14 Pro speaker
Xiaomi 14 Pro secondary speaker

Another attractive feature of Xiaomi 14 Pro is the upgrading of the device’s USB-C port from USB 2.0 with a speed of 480 Mbps to a 10 Gbps USB 3.2 Gen2 port; Of course, please note that just like the iPhone 15 Pro, if you want to use the maximum speed of the new port, you must purchase a high-speed cable separately; Because Xiaomi offers a USB-A to USB-C cable with USB 2.0 speed along with its new flagship.

Read More: Xiaomi 14 review, price and specifications

Xiaomi 14 Pro speaker and screen

Before Xiaomi 14 Pro, I thought it unlikely that any smartphone could compete with Apple iPhones in terms of sound volume and clarity; But Xiaomi’s stereo speakers, located at the bottom edge of the frame and the top edge of the screen, literally exceed expectations.

The dual speakers of Xiaomi 14 Pro support Dolby Atmos surround sound and have a very high sound intensity. intermediate frequencies; Where the singer’s voice and most of the instruments are located, they are produced very clearly and cleanly, sound separation even in busy music; It is well done like metal and the bass coverage is also satisfactory for the phone speakers.

Powerful stereo speakers with clear and immersive sound

Not only the sound, the Xiaomi 14 Pro also creates surprises in the image; 6.73-inch OLED panel with 12-bit LTPO technology that can display 68 billion colors and change its refresh rate between 1 and 120 Hz depending on the type of content being displayed, so that we can have a stunning and smooth image, and Do not damage the charging device.

The screen of Xiaomi 14 Pro, just like the previous generation, with its resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels, brings a very good pixel density of 522 pixels to Armaghan and displays extremely clear and transparent images; Of course, it is also possible to set the screen resolution to FHD+ to put less pressure on the graphics processing unit and the device’s battery.

Xiaomi 14 Pro lock screen

Like the previous generation, Xiaomi 14 Pro supports HDR video playback with HDR10 HDR10+ and Dolby Vision standards; But what makes the difference is the brightness level of the screen; Our measurements show that Xiaomi’s new flagship reaches around 1,700 nits in auto mode and goes up to 3,000 nits when playing HDR video in bright environments; This is the highest number we have ever measured.

HDR display with stunning brightness of 3000 nits

The screen of Xiaomi 14 Pro does not perform very brilliantly in the manual setting mode and reaches about 830 nits in the highest mode, But the good news for those who use their phones mostly in the dark is that the minimum brightness drops to around 2.15 nits. Xiaomi says it uses a PWM solution (turning the screen on and off repeatedly) with a frequency of 1920 Hz to reduce the brightness; Therefore, when working with the phone in such conditions, there is less pressure on your eyes.

In the Xiaomi 14 Pro settings menu, you can access several preset color profiles; But it is also possible to set the color parameters as desired by the user. Xiaomi’s new flagship can fully cover sRGB and DCI-P3 color spaces. The most accurate colors are produced in the Original Color profile and the sRGB space; The accuracy of color reproduction is decent, ignoring the relative tendency towards coldness; But for a flagship of several tens of millions of tomans, it is evaluated lower than expected.

Software and user experience of Xiaomi 14 Pro

Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro are the first Xiaomi phones to be officially released with HyperOS, Xiaomi’s new operating system based on Android 14.

Home page of Xiaomi 14 Pro

There is no significant difference between HyperOS and MIUI, and the differences in appearance are mainly related to things like subtle changes in the design of some icons and lock screen personalization options, which, more than anything else, remind us of the iOS lock screen personalization capabilities. The design and arrangement of quick settings options in the notification section are also slightly different from MIUI.

Xiaomi 14 Pro lock screen

The Chinese version of Xiaomi 14 Pro is full of unnecessary and annoying apps, most of which you can delete. By default, there is no news of Google and Play Store services; But all these services and the Play Store itself are installed very easily and effortlessly.

HyperOS operating system, is fast, smooth, and very close to MIUI

In the first hours of using the phone, you will be bored by the amount of advertisements windows, and pop-ups in Chinese! You have to be very patient and spend time identifying the source of each pop-up and advertising notification, disabling or deleting them.

Advertising notice in Chinese version of HyperOS
Redundant apps and advertisements in the Chinese version of HyperOS
Redundant apps in the Chinese version of HyperOS
Advertising apps in the Chinese version of HyperOS
GBoard installation warning in Chinese version of HyperOS
Ads in the Chinese version of HyperOS

During the investigation, we also encountered some strange cases; For example, when downloading an APK file with the phone’s own browser, an ad was shown inviting us to install more apps, or after installing Google Keyboard and activating it, the phone warned that this keyboard is collecting your information.

Performance, gaming experience, and charging of Xiaomi 14 Pro

The Xiaomi 14 family is the first smartphone in the world with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip; The flagship chip, which contains the latest Cortex-X and Cortex-A series cores from ARM, uses Qualcomm’s dedicated graphics processor and, like the previous generation, is produced based on the 4nm N4P manufacturing process of the Taiwanese company TSMC.

Qualcomm this year from a different combination of 1+3+2+2 with increased frequency, including a powerful Cortex-X4 core with a frequency of 3.3 GHz, 3 middle Cortex-A720 cores with a frequency of 3.2, and 2 A720 cores with a frequency of 3.0 GHz along with 2 low-consumption 2.3 GHz A520 cores have been used for the CPU so that the chip appears better in multi-core processing. According to Qualcomm, the CPU experiences a 30% performance improvement and a 20% increase in efficiency.

Watch video with Xiaomi 14 Pro

The Adreno graphics processor used in Snapdragon 8 generation 3 experiences a 25% improvement in performance and energy efficiency according to Qualcomm’s claim. This processing unit, like the previous generation, also supports ray tracing in games. New 10-bit HDR game GPU with very wide color space Rec. 2020 and enables playback of AV1 videos.

Xiaomi 14 Pro; The first phone in the world with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

Qualcomm is aware of the state of technology world trends and the popularity of large language models in chatbots; Therefore, it uses the combination of CPU, GPU, and NPU as an artificial intelligence engine so that devices equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 can run offline after models with 10 billion parameters and at a rate of 20 tokens per second. Qualcomm says the new NPU is up to 98 percent faster than the previous generation and offers a 40 percent improvement in efficiency (performance per power consumption).

Browsing the Zoomit website with Xiaomi 14 Pro

Snapdragon 8 generation 3 has an integrated Snapdragon X75 modem with support for 5G mmWave networks and download and upload rates of 10 and 3.5 Gbps, thanks to the FastConnect 7800 module it supports Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 networks, and also on the Bluetooth platform It can stream 24-bit, 96 kHz lossless audio.

Apart from the discussion of CPU and GPU processing power, Qualcomm says that its new chip consumes up to 10% less energy compared to Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. In the following, by performing various tests and games, we evaluate the validity of Qualcomm’s claim and the level of development of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

Thanks to Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, Xiaomi 14 Pro performs up to 30% better in multi-core processing than flagships equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; But in single-core processing, the performance improvement is limited to about 7%; Thus, on paper, we will experience a noticeable change in multitasking and web surfing experience.

GPU performance in games also shows an improvement of about 17%; At the same time, the power of GPU in performing computing processes shows a stunning improvement of 83% compared to the previous generation; Therefore, Qualcomm’s flagship chip, on paper, shows a significant improvement in the process of image processing and video editing.

Snapdragon 8 generation 3 in one CPU step and beyond A17 Pro graphics

The weaknesses and strengths of the Qualcomm chip compared to the Apple chip can still be seen; But this year, the weaknesses are lighter and the strengths are more prominent than ever; The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip has reduced its multi-core performance weakness to about 9% compared to the A17 Pro; While in single-core processing with a difference of 28%, it is lower than the iPhone 15 Pro chip. On the other side of the field, the GPU performance of Snapdragon 8 generation 3 in games, with a stunning difference of 75%, takes the lead of A17 Pro, and in computing processes, it remains behind the opponent with a difference of 39%.

In the battery settings menu, Xiaomi 14 Pro provides the possibility to change the behavior of the processor with Balanced, Performance, and battery-saving modes and warns that battery consumption and body temperature will increase with Performance mode.

While checking, I came across a strange thing; Xiaomi 14 Pro achieves the same results in both Balanced and Performance modes when running benchmarks; It is as if the device reaches the highest level by identifying the benchmark; So to verify my hypothesis, I ran the Speedometer web browsing test in both modes. Since this test was performed on the Edge browser, the phone was not able to identify the benchmark and in Balanced mode, it appeared more than 40% weaker than in Performance mode.

The performance of Snapdragon 8 generation 3 in benchmarks is very impressive and in some cases, stunning; But it remains to be seen how Xiaomi 14 Pro can maintain this level of performance in continuous and heavy use; To understand this issue, we stressed the chip continuously for 20 minutes with heavy graphics processing in Performance and Balanced modes.

Very good performance stability at the cost of terrible frame heating

From the graph, we can see that Xiaomi 14 Pro shows more or less the same behavior in both Performance and Balanced modes and achieves a very good performance stability of 75%; But the price of such a stable performance is an extremely high increase in body temperature, reaching 53 to 55 degrees Celsius; So that you can hardly hold the phone and touch its metal frame.

Xiaomi 14 Pro showed a more reasonable performance in games; During 10 minutes of playing the open-world and very heavy game Genshin Impact with the highest graphics settings, the Xiaomi flagship phone achieved an average frame rate of 59 frames per second, and during this time the body temperature reached 43 degrees Celsius, which is much lower than the 55 degrees recorded during the test. Sustainability is performance; On the other hand, in the Fortnite game, in order to achieve the highest graphics settings in automatic mode, the game was run at a stable rate of 60 frames per second, and the body temperature reached about 40 degrees Celsius.

Xiaomi 14 Pro battery menu

Xiaomi 14 Pro in three versions of 12 256, 16 | 512 and 16 1024GB is sold with LPDDR5X RAM and high-speed UFS 4.0 storage, and there is no microSD memory card slot for storage expansion. Unfortunately, despite many attempts, we were unable to install the Zoomit benchmark to measure the storage memory speed of the Xiaomi flagship.

The battery capacity of Xiaomi 14 Pro is now 4880 mAh with a slight increase of 60 mAh compared to the previous generation. Our tests show that with the screen resolution set to 3200 x 1400 pixels, Xiaomi 14 Pro can charge for about 12 hours in daily and average usage

The Xiaomi flagship is compatible with PD 3.0 and Quick Charge 4 fast charging technologies and comes with a 120W fast charger with a USB-A port, which, according to measurements, requires about 20 to 25 minutes to fully charge the battery. Xiaomi 14 Pro also supports Xiaomi’s own 50W wireless charging system and reverse wireless charging with 10W power.

Xiaomi 14 Pro camera

Just like the previous generation, the back panel of Xiaomi 14 Pro has three 50-megapixel wide, ultrawide, and telephoto cameras; Of course, all the components of the main camera have changed. The new Chinese flagship now uses a dedicated sensor and variable aperture lens; But the rest of the cameras seem to be the same as before.

Xiaomi left the 1-inch Sony sensor from the main camera of its flagship and went for another 50-megapixel sensor called Light Hunter 900. It’s gone that with dimensions of 1.31/1.2 inches, its 1.2-micrometer pixels are behind a 23mm Leica Summilux lens with a variable aperture of F/1.42 to F/4.0 and optical image stabilization. The main camera uses laser autofocus for close distances and Dual Pixel phase detection autofocus for far distances.

Xiaomi 14 Pro cameras
Xiaomi 14 Pro camera module
Photography with Xiaomi 14 Pro
Xiaomi 14 Pro camera user interface

All four adjacent pixels on the sensor surface record the same color from the RGB color set, so that the phone can combine the four adjacent pixels to achieve a 12.5-megapixel photo with larger 2.4-micrometer pixels; This allows the device to take brighter and more detailed photos, especially when shooting in low light; Of course, it is also possible to shoot with a native resolution of 50 megapixels.

Xiaomi’s “light hunter” loses the photography game to Samsung’s one-year-old flagship

The sensor used in the Xiaomi 14 Pro is on paper 44% smaller than the one-inch module used in the Xiaomi 13 Pro; But instead, its variable aperture reaches F/1.42 in the most open mode, which directs about 80% more light to the sensor than the F/1.9 lens in Xiaomi 13 Pro.

Action figure in Zomit office 1
Aperture F1.4
Action figure in Zomit office 2
Aperture F2.0
Action figure in Zoomit 3
Aperture F4.0

Xiaomi 14 Pro with variable aperture F/1.42 to F/4.0 can adjust the level of light absorption in different environments as desired. You can manually change the aperture in Pro photography mode. The device provides you with a greater F/4.0 aperture, and at the F/1.42 level, the focus range is minimized and the photos take on a natural bokeh mode.

The telephoto and ultrawide cameras do not experience any changes compared to the previous generation; Both cameras use Samsung’s 50-megapixel JN1 sensor with 1/2.76-inch dimensions and 0.64-µm pixels, using a Tetracell color filter to capture all four adjacent pixels to capture 12.5-megapixel photos with larger 1.28-µm pixels. , combine; Thus, the dimensions of the 50 megapixel sensor of the other two cameras are more than 70% smaller than the sensor of the main camera.

Barbecue thermometer 1
Macro photo
Barbecue thermometer 2
Macro telephoto photo

The ultra-wide camera uses autofocus for macro photography from a distance of 5 cm and is behind a 14 mm lens with an aperture of F/2.2 and a field of view of 115 degrees. The telephoto camera is located behind the macro telephoto lens with a focal length equivalent to 75 mm, a relatively open aperture of F/2.0, optical magnification of 3.26 times, a phase detection autofocus system and the ability to focus from a distance of 10 cm; Therefore, with both telephoto and ultrawide cameras, you will be able to take macro photos.

In addition to the camera lens, Xiaomi has also received help from Leica in the development of the image processing algorithm and color engineering; Therefore, it is not surprising to see the camera application, works of Leica. On the main page of the application, the user can choose an option from Leica Authentic and Leica Vibrant photography styles.

Plant in a pot 1
Authentic mode
Plant in a pot 2
Vibrant mode

As it comes from the name of these styles, Leica Authentic produces colors close to reality and reduces the intensity of subsequent processing on the photo; But on the opposite point, Leica Vibrant saturates the colors and sharpens the image.

Note that we have recorded all the sample photos of Xiaomi 14 Pro with Leica Authentic color style to be able to make a correct judgment on the produced colors and the details of the photos.

Xiaomi 14 Pro photo gallery

Portrait photo of Behzad Mareshian
Building under construction in Jordan
The vase in Zomit's office
A building in Koi Banyan, Jordan
Close-up of the kitten
Jordan street trees
Zoomite pillow
motorcycle
The author of Zomit
Loft building in Jordan
Keyvan Handi, Behzad Mareshian and Faraz Pashaei in Zomit office
Think board in Zomit office
A cup of cappuccino
Bright chandelier
A tower in Jordan
Banyan alley in Jordan
Tower under construction in Vanak
Burj Nagar
Crystal chandelier
The tower is under construction

Xiaomi 14 Pro photos by themselves and as long as you don’t put them under the microscope and compare them with competitors, they look very attractive, they have realistic colors and their noise is at a very low level; But the weaknesses of the camera become apparent when we compare the photos taken with the expensive Xiaomi phone with its competitors.

Xiaomi 14 Pro camera comparison with Galaxy S23 Ultra

Unlike budget phones and to some extent mid-range devices, the camera is considered a very important and influential part in flagship phones; When you want to pay tens of millions of Tomans to buy a high-end phone, every single pixel becomes important; Therefore, we compared the photos of Xiaomi 14 Pro with Galaxy S23 Ultra; Samsung’s flagship device, which is at the end of its reign as I write the following text.

Main camera

In the photos below, we are targeting outdoor and indoor shooting scenarios with the main camera. As long as we don’t zoom in on the photos below, the realistic colors of the Xiaomi 14 Pro make it a winner.

1 Armaghani East St
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Armaghan East Street 2
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Cropping the photo of Armaghan Sharqi 1
Xiaomi photo crop
Cropping the photo of Armaghan Sharqi 2
Samsung photo crop

By zooming in on the textured parts of the photos, you can see that Xiaomi has lost a lot of detail in the photo by putting too much emphasis on noise reduction, which is even more disappointing when you know that the Galaxy S23 Ultra is ahead of the 2023 flagships in terms of camera. The details did not compete with the iPhone 15 Pro Max and P60 Pro. In the following photos taken in the Zoomit office environment, the Xiaomi 14 Pro again captures the colors very pleasantly and is close to reality.

Vase in Zomit office 1
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Vase in Zomit office 2
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Cutting the photo of the pot 1
Xiaomi photo crop
Cutting the photo of the pot 2
Samsung photo crop

By enlarging the photos, we can see that Samsung has managed to extract more details from the photos than the Xiaomi 14 Pro, keeping the noise and slightly artificially sharpening the image.

In the photos below, Xiaomi 14 Pro has recorded more or less the same dynamic range as the Galaxy S23 Ultra, and again in the field of color registration, it has performed more accurately than the Korean competitor.

The plant in Zomit office 1
Xiaomi 14 Pro
The plant in Zomit office 2
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Cutting the photo of the plant 1
Xiaomi photo crop
Cutting the photo of the plant 2
Samsung photo crop

Again, we see the excessive effort of the Xiaomi 14 Pro camera software to remove noise; So the result was the removal of details from the leaves of the plant.

Ultrawide camera

At first glance at the ultra-wide photos below, you can see that the field of view of the ultra-wide camera of the Xiaomi 14 Pro is more limited than that of the S23 Ultra; But the phone still performs better than the Galaxy in terms of color accuracy.

View of Armaghan East buildings
Xiaomi 14 Pro
View of Armaghan East buildings 2
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Cropping the photo of the facade of the buildings
Xiaomi photo crop
Cropping a photo of the facade of the building
Samsung photo crop

It seems that the intensity of noise removal in the photos of the ultrawide camera of Xiaomi 14 Pro is not as good as the main camera; Because the photo recorded with this camera has a better condition in terms of details and noise level compared to S23 Ultra.

portrait photography

Xiaomi 14 Pro can take portraits with both the main camera and the telephoto camera. In the photo below, taken by Hadi Ghanizadegan with the device’s telephoto camera, Xiaomi’s colors tend to be relatively warm.

Hadi Ghanizadegan in Zomit office
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Hadi Ghanizadegan in Zomit 2 office
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Cutting the photo of Hadi Ghanizadegan 1
Xiaomi photo crop
Cutting the photo of Hadi Ghanizadegan
Samsung photo crop

By zooming in on Hadi’s face, we can see that the phone performed very well in separating the subject from the background; But the details of the face in the Xiaomi photo are much less than the Samsung photo.

Photography in the dark

The gray walls of one of Zoomit’s office rooms make many phones fail when taking pictures in the dark; For example, the Galaxy S23 Ultra in the photo below shows the walls tending to green and the whole photo tends to be warm; But the photo of Xiaomi 14 Pro has recorded the color and light very close to the real conditions.

A vase in the darkness of Zomit's office 1
Xiaomi 14 Pro
A vase in the darkness of Zomit 2's office
Galaxy S23 Ultra
Cropping the photo of the vase in the dark of the Zoomit office 1
Xiaomi photo crop
Cropping the pot photo in the dark of Zoomit 2 office
Samsung photo crop

By zooming in on the photos, the slight superiority of Xiaomi 14 Pro in the field of recording details is also evident.At first glance, you might pick the Galaxy S23 Ultra photo as the winner; But our photography conditions were closer to what Xiaomi 14 Pro recorded in the photo below.

Olive mug 1
Xiaomi 14 Pro
Olive mug 2
Galaxy S23 Ultra

The greater brightness of the image in the photo of the S23 Ultra allows us to see some of the details hidden in the shadows, But Xiaomi 14 Pro has depicted the paper texture and roughness of the book cover and the porcelain material of the mug better than the Korean competitor.

Xiaomi 14 Pro has 4K video recording capability with all its cameras; The rear cameras shoot at 24, 30, and 60 frames per second; But the selfie camera is limited to 30 and 60 frames per second. The main camera also allows you to shoot 8K24 video and can also record 4K HDR Dolby Vision videos.

Xiaomi 14 Pro records 4K30 videos with a very good bitrate of 60-65 Mbps; So it’s no surprise that 4K30 videos are decent in terms of detail, and the contrast and color levels are also rated very well; However, note that the videos of the ultrawide and telephoto cameras are one or two steps lower than the main camera in terms of detail; Besides, it is not possible to quickly switch between cameras during filming, and you have to use the slide zoom.

The Xiaomi flagship records 4K60 videos at a rate of 57 Mbps; The slight decrease in bitrate despite the 100% increase in the number of frames means that 60 frames per second videos have much fewer details than 30 frames-per-second videos, and in practice we see such an issue.

Summary and comparison of Xiaomi 14 Pro with competitors

A screen with stunning brightness and high quality, powerful speakers with clear sound, stable performance, excellent build quality, and a relatively comfortable body; Xiaomi 14 Pro is desirable and attractive, which has a handful of shortcomings and weaknesses; But one of Xiaomi’s weaknesses cannot be ignored.

The Xiaomi 14 Pro camera did not meet our expectations and disappointed us; Although the Chinese flagship takes photos with attractive colors; the level of detail of its photos, most of the time, does not reach the foot of Samsung’s one-year-old flagship; Perhaps part of this weakness is due to software problems and immature image processing algorithm; But we expect the full-fledged flagship of Xiaomi to appear in 2024, at least at the level of 2023 flagships.

Android version of Xiaomi 14 Pro

If we leave aside the basic weakness of the camera, it will be possible for the public to ignore the remaining weaknesses; For example, the protrusion of the camera is so big and thick that the index finger constantly hits it, and on the other hand, this giant appendage is not located in the middle of the device, so that at least the symmetry in the design is observed! On the other side of the field, we have the overheating of the device during heavy use, which sometimes brings the temperature of the phone’s frame to an annoying level.

Now it has to be seen that on an international scale and with the presence of big names such as the iPhone 15 Pro and the next Samsung Galaxy ( Galaxy S24 Ultra ), whether anyone is willing to pay the possible price of more than a thousand dollars to buy the Xiaomi 14 Pro or not.

What do you think about Xiaomi’s full-fledged flagship? Can Xiaomi 14 Pro, even without considering the price of the phone, overshadow the global sales statistics of the iPhone 15 Pro and the next Samsung Galaxy?

positive points

  • Stunning and bright display
  • Powerful speakers with clear sound
  • 120-watt power charger with the phone
  • Powerful chip with very stable performance
  • Excellent and accurate haptic feedback
  • Excellent build quality and dense body structure

cons

  • Disappointing camera performance
  • The phone frame gets hot during heavy use
  • Lots of ads and redundant apps (Chinese version)

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Xiaomi Poco X6 review. Review of the camera, hardware, software, battery, design, screen, and charging speed of Poco X6 phone.

Poco X6 review, price, and specifications

Introduction

The Poco X6 is a fantastic new addition to the popular Poco X series and brings a lot of updates over the hugely popular Poco X5 smartphone. Plus, this phone has to be one of the most affordable phones with a Dolby Vision display.

Therefore, the Poco X6 introduces a 6.67-inch AMOLED with a resolution of 1220p and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and there’s 1920Hz PWM lighting if you need it. The display sits on Poco’s fairly traditional design, now IP54-rated for dust and splash resistance.

The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 is the heart of the Poco X6 – a chip that’s not quite as fast as the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, despite its ambiguous name. The base storage option for the Poco X6 is 8GB of RAM + 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage, which is pretty generous.

The camera department also has a few updates for the Poco X5. The rear setup has a higher-resolution 64-megapixel main camera, now with OIS, as well as an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and 2-megapixel macro shooter. The selfie camera is 16 megapixels. There is now an option for 4K video recording, which is a nice upgrade.

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Other interesting parts of the Poco X6 are stereo speakers, a large 5,100mAh battery with 67W fast charging, and HyperOS, which will arrive as an OTA update just a few weeks after its launch.

Overall, the Poco X6 offers significant improvements in the display, chipset, camera, and fast charging departments, along with better intrusion protection. We consider this an appropriate annual update.

Specifications of Xiaomi Poco X6 at a glance:

  • Body:  161.2 x 74.3 x 8.0mm, 181g; Gorilla Glass Victus front, plastic frame, plastic back; IP54, resistant to dust and water splash.
  • Display:  6.67 inch AMOLED, 68B color, 120 Hz, Dolby Vision, 500 nits (typ), 1200 nits (HBM), 1800 nits (peak), resolution 1220×2712 pixels, aspect ratio 20.01:9, 46ppi.
  • Chipset:  Qualcomm SM7435-AB Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 (4nm): Octa-core (4×2.40GHz and 4×1.95GHz). Adreno 710.
  • Memory:  256 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM, 512 GB RAM 12 GB; UFS 2.2.
  • OS/Software:  Android 13, MIUI 14, planned upgrade to Android 14, HyperOS.
  • Rear camera:  Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 25 mm, 0.7 µm, PDAF, OIS; Very wide angle: 8 megapixels, f/2.2, 118 degrees; Macro: 2 megapixels, f/2.4.
  • Front camera:  16 MP, f/2.5, (wide).
  • Videography:  Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS. Front camera: 1080p@30/60fps.
  • Battery:  5100mAh; 67 watts wired, 100% in 44 minutes (advertised).
  • Connectivity:  5G; two SIM cards; Wi-Fi 5; BT 5.2; NFC; infrared port; 3.5 mm jack
  • Other specifications:  fingerprint reader (under the display, optical); Dual speakers

Looking at the specifications of the Poco X6, the only thing we see as a possible problem is the selfie camera. Xiaomi has a penchant for using old, low-resolution Quad-Bayer sensors for its front-facing cameras, even on its most expensive phones, so we’re pretty sure this is another case of saving money.

Read more: Xiaomi Poco X6 Pro review

Poco X6 Unboxing

The X series is packaged in black boxes with yellow labels. The Poco X6 retail box includes a 67W charger, a USB-A-to-C cable, and a black silicone case.

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The Poco X6 comes with a thin protective layer over its screen, so if you’re worried about scratching the Gorilla Glass Victus, you might decide to keep it. We took it apart because it’s a real stain magnet.

Design, build quality, handling

The Poco X6 has the familiar Poco design – no-nonsense, easy to spot, with a big black spot with the Poco logo around the camera.

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Poco X6 is a symmetrical smartphone with flat panels and flat frame. It has a sheet of Victus Gorilla Glass that keeps the screen safe, a sturdy plastic frame with a matte finish, and a smooth glossy plastic piece on the back.

Poco X6 is available in black, blue, and white colors. Our black and blue versions are mirror-like due to their glossiness and uniform color. They are also great fingerprint magnets. On the other hand, the white color has a marble texture under the first layer of plastic, which makes it more unique and its stains are not so obvious.

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The square black camera housing has become something of a trademark for Poco phones, with the Poco logo inside this black dot outside the camera island.

The Poco X6 has an IP54 rating for protection against dust and splashes. While IPX4 means you can’t submerge this phone in fresh water, it should withstand heavy 360-degree splashes from all sides, something along the lines of heavy rain.

Now let’s take a closer look at the Poco X6.

On the front is a large 6.67-inch CrystalRes Flow AMOLED Dot display, as Xiaomi calls it. It’s a 1220p OLED panel with a small punch hole at the top to make way for the 16MP selfie camera. The screen supports a 120 Hz refresh rate and Dolby Vision streaming.

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The screen has uniform thin bezels on all sides. There’s a small port above the screen for the phone that doubles as a speaker, which is why it has another bezel at the top.

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There’s also an optical fingerprint scanner under the display, and it’s as fast and reliable as it gets these days.

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The triple camera on the back is inside a slightly protruding plastic piece. First is the 64-megapixel OIS main camera and the second is the 2-megapixel macro camera. The second row has an ultra-wide 8-megapixel camera and LED flash.

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The frame is plastic on all sides.

There is nothing on the left.

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The power/lock and volume keys are on the right side.

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The top has a 3.5mm jack, an IR blaster, a microphone and a second output for the top speaker.

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The lower part contains the dual-SIM card tray, the main microphone, the USB-C port, and the second speaker.

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The Poco X6 measures 161.2 x 74.3 x 8.0mm and weighs 181g, which means it’s about 5mm shorter, 2mm thinner, and 8g lighter than the Poco X5, which has a similar screen and a slightly smaller battery. Is. The Poco X6 has smaller display bezels, hence the slightly smaller footprint.

The mostly glossy Poco X6 doesn’t offer the most gripping handling, that’s for sure. However, the frame helps, and most days, we didn’t need it for protection and grip purposes. The X6 was always covered in stains, which is probably why most of its users prefer to lighten the case.

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However, the bare Poco X6 offers adequate grip, feels somewhat lightweight in your hands, and is comfortable to handle on a daily basis. We also appreciated its recognizable design and improved intrusion protection.

Display

The Poco X6 has a 6.67-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1220 x 2712 pixels or 446ppi. It supports 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision HDR 10+, and 1920 PWM dimming. A sheet of Victus Gorilla Glass provides protection.

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According to the official specifications, the screen has a maximum brightness of 1200 nits (ie sunlight mode) and a maximum brightness of 1800 nits.

We’ve completed our screen test and the numbers are in line with Poco’s official specs. When manually controlling the brightness slider, we recorded a maximum brightness of 531 nits.

When using Auto Brightness mode or with Sunlight Boost enabled, the screen can be much brighter – 1,339 nits to be specific.

The minimum white point brightness was only 2.3 nits.

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Color accuracy

Poco X6 display supports wide color space DCI-P3. Display color options offer three different color models – Vivid (default, DCI-P3), Saturated (DCI-P3 with saturation boost), and Standard (sRGB). You can adjust the color temperature for each mode.

There is also a custom section where you can select the color gamut (primary, P3, sRGB) and adjust hues, saturation, hue, contrast and gamma.

The Vivid (default) option reproduces DCI-P3 faithfully, and we found it to be fairly accurate, with the exception of bluish and gray tones, but this can be remedied by choosing a warmer color temperature.

The primary color option conforms to sRGB and provides incredibly accurate rendering, including whites and grays.

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refresh rate

The display supports up to 120Hz refresh rate and there are two refresh modes – Custom (choose between 120Hz or 60Hz refresh caps) and Default (automatic switching behavior).

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The display must support fixed phases of 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz.

The adaptive refresh rate works as expected – dropping to 60Hz when the screen is showing static content. All streaming apps are also limited to 60Hz for UI and streaming. And of course, HFR-incompatible apps like the camera app and Google Maps always render at 60fps.

The only time we saw the screen use 30Hz was for the always-on display, which can’t be on all the time, but only appears for 10 seconds.

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HDR and streaming

The Poco X6 comes with Widevine L1 DRM support, and Full HD streaming with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support is available on popular platforms, including Netflix.

Battery life

The Poco X6 comes with a 5,100 mAh battery, which is a slight upgrade over the 5,000 mAh battery inside the Poco X5.

In our active use test, the Poco X6 delivered average numbers in all on-screen tests.

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Charging speed

Poco X6 supports 67W fast charging and comes with a 67W Xiaomi charger and cable.

Poco X6 reviewThe charger charges 47% of the Poco X6 battery in 15 minutes and 78% in 30 minutes. Full charge took 48 minutes which is very fast.

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Speakers

The Poco X6 relies on the traditional hybrid stereo speaker setup with a new twist. These two pieces are placed behind special nets on both the top and bottom sides. The top speaker also plays the role of a phone and therefore has another output in the front.

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As usual, the top speaker is quieter than the bottom speaker and focuses more on high frequencies. But since it has two outputs – the Poco X6 offers a balanced sound output. The speakers support Dolby Atmos enhancement and it is turned on by default.

The Poco X6 scored well in our loudness test. Sound quality is very good – vocals are excellent, high frequencies are well represented and there is some subtle bass.

Turning off Dolby Atmos makes little difference – it provides a slightly richer but more balanced output.

Android 13 with MIUI 14

The Poco X6 runs MIUI 14 on top of Android 13. Technically, the skin is named “MUI 14 for Poco”, but there is little difference between the standard MIUI 14 and this one. The only immediate difference is in the default icon style. It seems to be more in line with Android’s circular icons.

Unlike the Poco X6 Pro, which comes with HyperOS, the regular X6 gets it via an update, one of three major updates, and four years of security patches promised by Poco.

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Some of the most notable features of MIUI 14 include native text recognition in the Gallery app, easier management of Xiaomi smart devices via smart devices, enlarged home screen folders, the ability to uninstall most system apps, and super optimization of CPU, GPU, and memory usage.

Home screen, recent apps, and general settings remain unchanged. The app drawer is also enabled by default and cannot be disabled in Poco phones. We like the search bar at the bottom of the page for easier access. There are custom and preset app categories for faster navigation.

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Home screen, recent apps, settings menu, app drawer

The split between Notifications and Control Center is enabled by default, and that’s probably a good thing. We found this to be very convenient and a way to teach users about MIUI’s unique approach to the user interface. And if you’re not a fan, you can always switch back to standard notifications by swiping in a location.

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Control center and notification panel

Unlike the standard apps menu of late, the MIUI menu lists apps vertically (you can switch to the standard horizontal orientation) and offers several useful shortcuts. This is where you can open apps in floating windows. However, you can keep up to two apps open at the same time. If you want a faster shortcut for apps that support open windows, just enable the sidebar.

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Floating windows and sidebar

The sidebar in video player apps like YouTube becomes the video toolbar. It basically includes the entire sidebar functionality, but in addition to options for floating windows, it includes shortcuts for Screenshot, Record screen, Cast, and Play Video with the screen of that works on YouTube and doesn’t require a Premium subscription. But, as we mentioned, you need to whitelist the apps beforehand where you want this feature to be enabled.

Themes have always been a big part of MIUI and they are available in MIUI 14 as well. You can download new ones from the theme store, and they can change wallpapers, ringtones, system icons, and even the always-on display style.

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Themes and other customization options

Of course, in addition to the preset settings, there is also an always-on display setting. Surprisingly, there is no real always-on display functionality, as it can only be displayed for 10 seconds after tapping on the lock screen. Not “always on”.

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The display is always on

The Notification effect lights up the edges of the screen when new notifications come in, but there’s no customization other than a few different colors and a Starlight option. This effect can work with or without AoD. Frustrating.

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Moving towards privacy and security, MIUI comes with a pre-installed system security app. Aside from the extra layer of malware protection it provides, the app keeps many of the app’s settings and privacy features in one place. It can manage your blacklist, manage or limit your data usage, configure battery behavior, and free up some RAM. It can also manage the permissions of your installed apps, define the battery behavior of selected apps, and apply restrictions to specific apps only.

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Security application

All in all, MIUI 14 has changed little in terms of overall user experience compared to the 13th iteration, and that’s not a bad thing. Fast and customizable as always. Xiaomi has also paid special attention to the touch part of this device – we found the motor to be clear, strong, accurate, and responsive. It reacts to many actions throughout the system and during navigation. Even if it is not intrusive or strong enough, there is an intensity of tactile feedback.

Finally, there are some ads, but they can be stopped from within the settings in the app that show the ads and/or recommendations.

Performance and metrics

Poco X6 is the first smartphone by Qualcomm to run on Snapdragon 7s Gen 2, a chipset based on 4nm process technology and a slightly faster version of Snapdragon 6 Gen 1. This platform is as powerful as the 7+ Gen 2 or even the original 7 Gen 1. But it’s an upgrade over the Snapdragon 695 in the Poco X5.

The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 has an octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A78 @2.4GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 @1.95GHz. There is no Prime here and the core design is older (2020).

The SD7sG2 uses the Adreno 710 GPU, which was first introduced in the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 SoC. It is listed as supporting FHD+ resolution at 144Hz.

The 6700’s FastConnect connectivity platform is a step back from the 6900 in the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, with a maximum DL speed of just 2.9Gbps, while Bluetooth support is limited to 5.2, which still supports low-energy audio. he does.

ISP Spectra supports a smartphone with a camera of up to 200 megapixels and 4K video recording at 30 frames per second. Memory is LPDRR5 clocked at 3200MHz, while other features include USB-C 3.1 and Quick Charge 4+.

The Poco X6 is available in three LPDDR4X RAM + UFS2.2 storage configurations – 8GB + 256GB, 12GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 512GB (ours).

And now, it’s time to run some benchmarks. Note that GFXBench was disabled on our Poco X6, which is why you won’t see the usual graphs.

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Even with the older CPU cores, the Poco X6 offers a very capable processor, which is evident in the performance tests.

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The GPU is quite adequate for the mid-range and should do well for most games.

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AnTuTu tests put the Poco X6 around the Poco X5 Pro and Realme 11 Pro+. The superiority of the Poco X6 Pro is quite evident in the version 10 test, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be a flagship killer.

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Finally, the stability tests gave us good performance –  79% for CPU stability and 90% for CPU stability. Excellent grades, indeed!

Overall, the Poco X6 5G is well equipped for the affordable mid-range class and offers great performance and stability for its price.

A mid-range triple camera, OIS

The Poco X6 has a familiar triple camera setup on its back – a high-resolution main camera, a primary ultra-wide camera, and a small macro shooter. This year, both X6 models are updated for the first time with OIS, which helps with certain things like low-light photography.

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The Poco X6’s main camera uses a 64MP OmniVision OV64B 1/2-inch sensor with 0.7μm pixels and a Quad-Bayer filter. The sensor is paired with a 25mm optical image stabilization (OIS) lens and f/1.8 aperture.

The ultra-wide camera uses an 8-megapixel Somy IMX355 sensor with a 16mm f/2.2 ultra-wide lens. Focus is fixed at infinity.

The macro camera uses a 2MP OmniVision OV02B1 sensor behind a 25mm f/2.4 lens and fixed focus at 4cm.

Finally, the front-facing camera uses a 16MP OV16A1Q 1/3.06-inch sensor with 1.0μm pixels, a Quad-Bayer filter, and a 24mm f/2.0 lens. Focus is also fixed.

Camera app

The camera app on the Poco X6 is more or less the same as other MIUI phones. The main operation for switching modes works with side swipes, as expected, and you can also tap on the modes you can see to go directly to them. You can add, remove, and reset modes in the main Rolodex by going to the More tab and clicking the Edit button, and you can also access it from the Settings menu.

At the bottom of the viewfinder, you have a flash mode switch, an HDR switch, and the Google Lens switch. There’s also a hamburger menu that includes extra options like aspect ratio, AI option, self-timer, and gridlines, the macro switch is here, plus a settings shortcut.

At the near end, you have the camera’s zoom switch, which operates in one of two modes. The first is as simple as tapping on one of the four dots, which reveal ultra-wide (0.6x), prime (1x), and prime (2x and 4x digital zoom) options. Or you can tap on active zoom to show more zoom modes.

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There is a well-featured professional mode where you can change the shooting parameters yourself. You can choose from 4 white balance presets or dial in the light temperature with a slider. There’s a manual focus slider (with peaking as an option), and shutter speed and ISO control with ranges depending on the camera you’re using – prime or ultra-wide.

Night mode is available on the main and ultra-wide cameras.

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Camera app

Day photo quality

The main camera saves 16MP photos by default, and these photos are still. They provide a good amount of resolved detail, true colors, decent dynamic range, and low noise.

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The 2x zoom offers incredible lossless-like magnification with detailed photos that often show more than what you’ll see on default 1x samples. Their contrast is excellent, as is the dynamic range. Noise is low, while colors are vivid but somewhat warmer than they should be.

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4x zoom is more like a digital zoom than 2x photos, and you can easily see that it’s just a simple crop with poor detail.

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64MP photos aren’t good – average in detail and quite noisy.

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16MP portraits are good – separation is good enough and blur is lovely. There’s some noise and white balance is a mixed bag, but considering the Poco X6 isn’t a high-end phone, the portraits are fine for the class and great for social media.

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The ultra-wide camera saves pleasant 8-megapixel photos – they offer acceptable detail, a great field of view, good colors, and tolerable noise levels. Dynamic range is good – not wide, but not too narrow.

Photos are sometimes overexposed, and that’s the only valid criticism we have here.

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2MP macro photos are good with enough detail and lovely colors. Sometimes they come very loud, sometimes not.

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Xiaomi and its Quad-Bayer selfie cameras are like a never-ending story. And Poco X6 is just another season. The 16-megapixel camera here saves upscaled 16-megapixel images, which are very good in terms of exposure and subject reflections, good colors, and wide dynamic range. But detail is average at best and everything is soft.

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Low-light photo quality

The Poco X6 supports automatic night mode – enabled by default in the advanced camera settings. This means that the camera app decides when and where to use night mode and exposure time. It’s mostly used on the main and ultra-wide camera, even though the moon icon isn’t often shown on the second camera.

Night shots from the main camera are average – detail is less than we expected, noise is visible and colors are harsh, but you can spot red immediately. Still, the photos are well-exposed and have a good dynamic range, which balances out their flaws. Average, actually.

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The shutter offers 2x digital zoom at night. There is no trace of the high-quality zooms we’ve featured throughout the day.

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The ultra-wide 8MP night shots are good – colorful, with acceptable detail and wide dynamic range for night photography. They are covered in noise but still usable.

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Ultra-wide camera, automatic

And here’s how the main camera fares against the competition in our extensive photo comparison database.

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Poco X6 vs Galaxy A54 and Moto G84 in our photo comparison tool

Filming and quality

Poco X6 supports 4K@30fps video recording in its main camera. The ultra-wide camera maxes out at 1080p@30fps, while the 2MP macro supports 720p@30fps. Finally, 1080p at 60fps is available on the main and selfie cameras.

The always-on electronic stabilization works on the main and ultra-wide cameras, but not on selfies and macros.

Audio is always recorded in stereo at a bit rate of 96 kbps.

Main camera

The main camera’s 4K daylight videos are excellent – ​​with detail, low noise, accurate colors, good dynamic range and high contrast.

Zoomed video is 2x enhanced than normal video.

Low-light 4K video from the main camera is disappointing – there’s little detail, high noise levels, low dynamic range and a reddish tint.

EIS works great on the main camera at all resolutions and frame rates.

Ultra-wide camera

1080p daylight shooting from the ultra-wide camera is good – it offers acceptable detail levels, no noise, good colors, and adequate dynamic range.

Low-light 1080p video from the ultra-wide camera is perfectly usable – there’s enough detail, noise doesn’t get in the way, and colors are true to life.

EIS works well on this camera as well.

Selfie camera

The selfie camera captured good 1080p clips with good detail, low noise, and accurate colors. The dynamic range is above average.

Unfortunately, there is no EIS for this camera.

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Here’s how the Poco X6 compares to other devices in our extensive video comparison database.

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Poco X6 vs Galaxy A54 and Poco X6 Pro in our video comparison tool

Review of Poco X6 phone competitors

The Poco X6 starts at €300, which is an incredibly competitive and even tempting price tag. It offers the best display in the segment, a premium design, and full specs, so there’s a good chance it’ll be an instant pick.

Poco X6 reviewXiaomi’s own Redmi Note 13 Pro is the first competitor that comes to mind, the same phone as the Poco X6 but with a superior 200MP main camera. But for this higher-resolution imager, and arguably a more signature brand, you’ll have to pay around €100 more (expected global price around €380). We would definitely say the Poco X6 makes more sense.

The price of Galaxy A54 is close to Poco X6. It’s a fully waterproof smartphone with better cameras and similar speeds, but it’s a smartphone packed with premium OLED, slower charging, and no charger in the box. Here you have to decide your priorities.

The Moto G84 is a good alternative for a clean Android experience, IP54-like design, a nice OLED display, and more top-notch cameras. It has a longer battery life, an FM radio, and a microSD slot. It is also cheaper.

Finally, you might want to consider the Google Pixel 6a if it’s available in your market. It’s a very affordable flagship phone with an IP67 rating, super fast hardware, and great cameras. It’s a two-year-old compact phone, but it’s worth it. However, you’ll have to settle for a 60Hz display.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 • Samsung Galaxy A54 • Motorola Moto G84 • Google Pixel 6a

Summary

The Poco X6 is a great upgrade over the Poco X5, improving on almost every aspect – design, display, battery and charging, speakers, performance, camera, and even software. And like any other Xiaomi phone, it’s well-built and offers great sound for the money.

We liked the Poco X6 for its IP54-rated design, but the real best is the Dolby Vision OLED display with all sorts of niceties. The 67W fast charging and the new chip are also quite good.

The cameras perform well in bright daylight, but low-light performance is mediocre at best. We expected more

Poco X6 reviewFinally, the Poco X6 should have launched with HyperOS like the Poco X6 Pro, but alas – it comes with Android 13 and MIUI 14. A HyperOS update is just around the corner, but one of those three promised major updates will eat you right after. Buying a phone is a terrible trick.

Overall, the Poco X6 is a solid phone with a competitive price and features. And that’s why it’s recommended despite some not-so-big flaws – it’s just a solid suggestion.

Why should we buy Poco X6?

  • IP54-rated design, Victus Gorilla Glass screen protector
  • Bright AMOLED with Dolby Vision, 120 Hz, can have accurate color.
  • Fast charging, fast charger included.
  • Dolby Atmos speakers with good volume.
  • Good mid-range performance and stability.
  • Reliable cameras for photos and videos in the day.
  • Snappy MIUI 14, four years of updates with 3 main inputs.

Why should we avoid buying Poco X6?

  • Average battery life.
  • The selfie camera produces soft photos and lacks EIS for video recording.
  • HyperOS is not available at launch.

Source: GSMARENA.COM

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With the solutions we provide in this article, you can easily use your mobile as a computer webcam. So how can we use an Android phone as a webcam?

How to use an Android phone as a webcam

Don’t have a webcam and want to record a video for Facebook or YouTube? You may be interested to know that all you need is an Android mobile phone and a suitable application to do this. In this article, we are going to teach how to use the phone as a webcam; So stay with Zoomit until the end of the article.

Table of Contents
  • The reason for using an Android phone as a webcam
  • How to use a smartphone as a webcam
  • Method 1: Using DroidCam
  • Second method: Using IP Webcam
  • Conclusion

The reason for using an Android phone as a webcam

It is possible that you want to communicate with your friends and family and even your company managers through Skype, and for this you will need a webcam. Although many monitors and personal computers have webcams, some of them do not have this feature. Probably the only choice that can be perfect for you is to install the DroidCam app. This Android app can easily turn your mobile into a portable webcam for your laptop .

Needless to say, this method is different from displaying the screen of an Android phone on a Windows computer , and in fact, we will use the camera of the smart device as a webcam.

Read More: Android 15 features: Everything you need to know

How to use a smartphone as a webcam

Before turning your phone into a webcam, you should consider some disadvantages. Certainly, no user wants to view a video file in which the camera is not fixed. It is possible that you have access to tools to fix the location of the phone; Otherwise, it will not be difficult to get a tripod for smartphones

There are two methods to convert an Android phone into a webcam, which we will explain below.

Method 1: Using DroidCam

The DroidCam program is available in two models, free and premium, and you can use the free version as well.

  • First, download the DroidCam program for your computer and mobile and install it on both devices.

How to use a smartphone as a webcam

  • Once set up, you can quickly enter the device’s IP address into the app. Finding the IP address and entering it is not difficult, and you just need to run the program on the phone to access this information.
How to use a smartphone as a webcam
  • After running the program on your mobile phone, Wi-Fi information will be displayed. You just need to enter them in the computer to establish a connection.
  • Note: If you want to connect via USB, just connect your mobile phone to the system via a cable.

    How to use a smartphone as a webcam
  • You can also adjust the quality of the video file.
  • After it is ready, you must click on the Start option to display the phone image on the computer.
    How to use a smartphone as a webcam

    Just like that, your phone turned into a webcam for your computer.

    The free version of DroidCam has many features; But it is not ideal. For example, you can only use the webcam in landscape mode. Also, zoom, resolution, brightness and other controls are limited. If you want more features, you should get DroidCamX, the advanced version of DroidCam. By default, we recommend using these features; Otherwise, the free version can meet your simple needs.

    Second method: Using IP Webcam

    IP Webcam is a very powerful alternative to Droidcam that is available for free on Google Play and it is possible to upgrade to an advanced version. Setting up this tool is similar to the previous one; However, IP Webcam displays the output in a web browser.

    Note that only Firefox and Chrome work for this app; Therefore, users should not go for Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. Next, we will teach you how to use IP Webcam.

    • First, download the IP Webcam application and install it on your mobile phone.
    • Then click on the three dots icon on the right side of the application and select Start Server.

    How to use a smartphone as a webcam

    • To view the feed, you must copy the address http://[IP ADDRESS]:8080/videofeed in your browser and enter your IP information instead of the IP address field. At the bottom of the screen, the IP of the device can be seen.

    This program offers a variety of resolutions for videos and images. While it supports smart rear cameras, front cameras are still not fully supported. After launching and running, just tap the Actions button on your Android phone to run the app perfectly.

    Tip: If you want to have a simple way to save video files recorded with IP Webcam, you can get a dedicated Dropbox upload plugin from Google Play.

    Conclusion

    If you are looking for a way to use Skype, these methods will not work; Because Skype will not recognize your phone through IP Webcam or Droidcam Wireless Webcam. If making a Skype video call is what you’re looking for, you can just connect from your phone or tablet. Selfie cameras have made a huge impact on the convenience of video communication. By doing this, you will no longer need to install an additional program and you can say that Skype is always on your phone.

    To summarize the above, we can say that the winner of this comparison is DroidCam. The reason for this superiority can be seen in the simple setting and provision of appropriate support services for video communication and sending messages. Although the mentioned features are limited, as long as you are ready to buy an affordable webcam, you can use these methods.

    If you like to learn more about smartphones, you can read the articles ” Install an application on the phone without touching it ” and ” How to remotely access the computer with the phone “.

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Which models are the best Poco phones? In the upcoming article, the best Poco models are introduced in terms of camera, battery, and processing power.

The best Poco phones, buying guide

Xiaomi is one of the most popular smartphone brands in the world, offering a range of unique devices that combine high performance, great design, and affordable prices. The Poco line of phones includes exactly this particular set of Xiaomi phones that, with their unique features, can even compete with many flagship phones from other brands.

In this article, we review some of the best Poco phones available in the market, based on their features, specifications, and purchase value.

The best Poco phones

At the beginning of the launch of Poco phones by Xiaomi, it seemed that the company’s goal was to make phones with a powerful processor but with an economical body and screen so that many users who cannot afford flagship phones could experience the same power in running programs and games. The path that started with the introduction of the Poco phone F1 phone has continued until today with the release of many gaming and normal models.

In the continuation of this article, stay with us by introducing the best Poco Xiaomi phones.

Poco F5 Pro

Xiaomi Poco F5 Pro mobile phone / Xiaomi Poco F5 Pro white

Poco F5 Pro is equipped with the 1st generation Snapdragon 8 Plus processor, one of the fastest mobile chips on the market with 4nm technology, which can easily handle the most demanding processing tasks, including running games with high graphics and video editing. Xiaomi has also planned a maximum of 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space for the mentioned phone to meet the needs of users at any level.

Poco F5 Pro has a 6.67-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz; So whether you’re browsing the web, watching videos, or playing games, it brings you a smooth and smooth viewing experience.

The brightness of the screen of this phone is also very high and can be upgraded up to 1400 nits so that under the sunlight, the content being played can be seen easily.

On the back of the Poco F5 Pro, you’ll find a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The main camera takes good pictures in both daylight and low light and along with the other two cameras, it will keep you satisfied with the price you pay for the phone. In the front part of the device, there is a 16-megapixel selfie camera that can record HDR photos and videos with 1080 resolution.

The latest Poco series phone also performs very well in the battery department, so its 5160 mAh battery can be charged from 0 to 100% in less than 40 minutes with a 67-watt charger in the box. According to Xiaomi, such a capacity can last up to a full day in normal to semi-heavy usage.

Other useful features of the Poco F5 Pro include a fingerprint sensor under the display, stereo speakers, 30-watt wireless charging, and IP53 certification, which keeps the phone resistant to splashing water and dust.

Read More: Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro Review

Poco F5

Xiaomi Poco F5 phone

Perhaps, among all the Poco series phones, the Xiaomi Poco F5 phone is the most worth buying. In the heart of the mid-range Xiaomi phone, the 4 nm Snapdragon 7 Plus 2nd generation chip, along with 8 or 12 GB of RAM, shows a very good performance in multitasking and playing daily games. The storage memory intended for the mentioned phone is only 256 GB with any RAM capacity.

The Poco F5 features a 6.67-inch OLED DotDisplay that delivers an immersive visual experience with vivid colors, sharp details, and a 120Hz refresh rate. This high refresh rate ensures smooth scrolling and animations, making every interaction enjoyable.

Additionally, the screen’s maximum brightness of 1,000 nits makes any content readable under sunlight, which is critical for users who spend a lot of time outdoors.

For photography enthusiasts, the Poco F5 is not a disappointing phone. The rear camera with a triple-lens with a main sensor of 64 megapixels and optical image stabilization (OIS) is a good option for recording images in different light conditions. Plus, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens expands the field of view, allowing you to capture stunning landscapes and group photos. Also, a 2-megapixel macro lens allows you to get closer to the subject and capture images with some detail. The front-facing selfie camera has a 16-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens.

In the battery department, Xiaomi has considered a capacity of 5000 mAh for the Poco F5, which can be charged in less than 40 minutes with the 67-watt charger inside the box, and in normal use, it will be responsible for a full day.  We also examined all the specifications of this phone and measured its purchase value from various angles.

Poco X6 Pro

Front and back panel of Xiaomi Poco X6 Pro mobile phone black / Xiaomi Poco X6 Pro

The Xiaomi Poco X6 Pro phone, which is considered one of the best mid-range phones in the market, is one of the most valuable models in its price range, with a powerful processor, charger, and high-speed screen.

In the mentioned model, Xiaomi has used the MediaTek Dimensity 8300 Ultra processor, which uses 4nm manufacturing technology. Such a powerful processor, along with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, can have a great performance in playing heavy games and multitasking.

The screen used in the Xiaomi phone is an OLED type with a resolution of 1220 x 2712 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which plays high-quality and smooth content in various programs and environments. This display also uses the HDR10 Plus standard with the ability to display 68 billion colors, which is really valuable for a mid-range phone.

The main 64-megapixel camera, along with the ultrawide and macro cameras, the fingerprint sensor under the display, and the 5000 mAh battery with a high-speed 67-watt charger, are other features that increase the value of buying the Poco X6 Pro.

Poco F4

The best phone in the market - Xiaomi Poco F4 POCO F4 Xiaomi silver color

Xiaomi Poco F4 is one of the popular Poco phones that has a 6.67-inch OLED screen with Full HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Gorilla Glass 5. This display has a punch hole for a 20-megapixel selfie camera in its upper part and supports a fingerprint scanner on the side edge of the phone.

The Poco F4 phone uses the Snapdragon 870 5G chip, which is an octa-core processor with a clock speed of 3.2 GHz and an Adreno 650 graphics processor, and is considered a great option for playing heavy games or running several software at the same time. This processor is the same processor used in the previous generation phone, Poco F3.

Poco F4 uses 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. This phone was launched with MIUI 14.2, which is based on Android 12, although the user interface of Poco phones is somewhat different from other Xiaomi phones and in some cases, it is close to pure Android.

This flagship phone has a triple camera on the back panel, which includes a 64-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 119-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro camera with f/2.4 aperture. The rear cameras support HDR and panorama photography and 4K video recording at 30 or 60 frames per second.

The selfie camera, which is placed above the screen, is a 20-megapixel camera with full HD video recording capability, but the specification on paper is not very accurate. According to the tests, the front camera of this phone is able to record good photos in different lighting situations, and maybe the use of high megapixels in some phones is just a way to market that product.

Poco F4 has a 4500mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging via USB Type-C port. According to the company, Poco F4 can be fully charged in 38 minutes. The phone also has stereo speakers, NFC, an infrared port, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, and two SIM card slots.

Poco M6 Pro

Front and back panel of Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro mobile phone black / Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro

The Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro phone, which uses the new design language of Xiaomi phones and powerful hardware, is a suitable and affordable option for Poco series enthusiasts.

Weighing around 180 grams, the Poco M6 Pro features a 6.67-inch OLED display with FHD resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, protected by Gorilla Glass 5 for impact resistance.

The Mediatek Helio G99 Ultra chip with 8 processing cores is located in the Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro, which performs well in processing heavy programs and games. In this article, we offer you a model with 256 GB of storage memory and 8 GB of RAM, which costs about 10 million Tomans, but if you increase your budget by about 2 million Tomans, you can also buy the 12 GB RAM version of this phone.

Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro has a fingerprint sensor under the display, a 64-megapixel main camera, and a 5000 mAh battery with a charging speed of 67 watts, which can charge the phone from zero to hundred in less than 40 minutes. These features make the mentioned phone more valuable than some more expensive phones.

Poco M5s

poco m5s

Among the affordable phones, the Xiaomi Poco M5s is one of the best budget phones on the market and suitable for users who don’t want to spend a lot of money to buy a phone, but in return, they get relatively good features.

POCO M5s has a 6.43-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, which looks great for watching videos and playing games. Perhaps, in the price range of the mentioned phone, there are fewer models that pay such attention to the clarity and type of the display panel!

POCO M5s has a quad camera setup on the back panel that includes a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

The main camera takes good photos in various lighting conditions and also supports 4K video recording at 30 fps. Xiaomi has also considered a 13-megapixel sensor for the selfie camera of its budget phone.

Poco M5s is equipped with an octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 processor. The frequency of the processor is 2.05 GHz, which is a good performance for the price of the phone.

The mentioned phone has a RAM capacity of 64, 128, and 256 GB along with 4, 6, or 8 GB of storage memory, which makes the phone work properly in various programs and games, but you should not expect to play heavy games with high frame rates.

A 5000 mAh battery with a high charging speed of 33 watts, a stereo speaker, a fingerprint sensor, and a suitable weight of 179 grams are other features that increase the value of purchasing the Xiaomi Poco M5s budget phone.

Poco C40

poco c40

The Xiaomi Poco C40 phone is currently the cheapest Poco series phone, and due to its price and features, it can be a good option for a second phone or users who do not expect much from their mobile phone.

The Poco C40 has a relatively modern design with a large 6.71-inch HD+ screen that offers a good visual experience for watching movies, playing games, and browsing the web. The screen of this phone is protected by a Gorilla Glass coating, which helps prevent scratches or breaks, something that may not be seen in phones of the same price!

Poco C40 uses an octa-core JLQ JR510 processor along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space, which can be expanded up to 256 GB with a microSD card slot.

The valuable factor that makes buying a cheap Xiaomi phone even more affordable than before is its 6000 mAh battery, which, due to the low consumption of the processor, you may not need to connect it to the charger for up to two days in normal use.

Poco C40 has a dual camera system on the back, consisting of a 13-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, which captures relatively good photos with the artificial intelligence used in the Xiaomi operating system.

The selfie camera is also placed in the form of a drop above the screen, which uses a 5-megapixel sensor.

In this article, we tried to introduce the best Poco Xiaomi phones in the Iranian market so that you can get to know more about their features; But if you are looking to buy other phones from this Chinese company, you can visit the best Xiaomi phone buying guide.

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