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Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G review. Review of the camera, hardware, software, battery, design, screen, and charging speed of Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G phone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G review

Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G is Xiaomi’s flagship product in the very successful Redmi Note series. While there have been generations of Pro Plus models in the series, it’s only with the Redmi Note Pro Plus 12 that the company has turned to a premium pricing model for what was already a budget smartphone series.

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The Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G takes things up a notch and is the most expensive Redmi phone to date. The phone comes well-packed with a wide range of high-end features. A curved screen will appear for the first time on Redmi series devices with Victus Gorilla Glass protection as well as an IP68 entry rating. The main camera is Samsung’s new 200MP ISOCELL HP3, and you get the same 120W super-fast charging with the included charger in the box.

All of these include the custom MediaTek Dimensity 7200-Ultra with an updated list of storage and memory options, starting at 256GB and now up to 512GB UFS 3.1.

The Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G starts at INR 31,999, INR 4,000 more than the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus 5G and INR 11,000 more than the Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus 5G that was launched just two years ago.

Unboxing

The Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G comes in Xiaomi’s updated packaging for the Redmi series, which features a red color scheme and embossed text on the front that replaces the phone’s image on previous packages.

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Inside the phone box, we get a 120W charger, a cable, and a case. The soft silicone case changes from a transparent design to a completely black color. Since it is made of matte material, it will not turn yellow like the previous silicone frames.

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New case design

It has a fairly large cutout at the top around the camera, which exposes too much of the phone for purely aesthetic reasons and doesn’t count as much of a phone protector. We recommend getting a better case for added protection.

Read more: Review of Xiaomi 14 Pro

Design

Xiaomi has done some interesting things with the design of the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G. For starters, this is the first Redmi phone to feature a curved display. There aren’t many performance benefits to this design, but it looks pretty good, and since the company is starting to charge more for these phones, they might as well look premium.

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There is also something interesting going on at the back of the phone, but only in a special way. The purple fusion model has a vegetable leather back. Vegan leather sounds fancy but it’s just another word for plastic. Anyway, what’s interesting is the use of multicolored geometric pieces that present the works of the famous Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, albeit in much more subtle colors.

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Unfortunately, this interesting part of the design is exclusive to the Purple Fusion model, as the Black Fusion and White Fusion pictured here have plain glass backs with slight differences in reflective materials for the top and bottom of the panel. However, some may prefer the glass back on the black and white models as it feels better in the hand and is less likely to smudge than soft plastic.

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A plastic frame is placed between the two glass panels, which is smoothed on four sides. With a little skill and patience, you can fit the phone on three of the four sides, if you have nothing better to do with your time.

The top of the phone has a cutout for the speaker, microphone, and IR blaster. The bottom has a speaker, microphone, and wire tray. On the right side are the power and volume buttons.

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Aesthetically, the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G has the premium look and feel that the company is aiming for. But what really makes it stand out is the inclusion of IP68 dust and water resistance. That’s on par with flagship devices from other manufacturers, and that’s a really good thing, especially if you live or work in challenging climates.

Display

The Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2712 x 1220. The display can refresh up to 120Hz, has a maximum brightness of 1800 nits, 100% P3 coverage and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

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The screen has a remarkable image quality. Out of the box, it’s set to the usual cooler and more saturated mode, but it can be changed to the standard sRGB mode via the settings, at which point it looks even more impressive and detailed. You can manually adjust the color gamut, RGB color balance, HSV, contrast, and gamma through the advanced settings.

This display can have 500 nits of brightness under normal conditions. Under strong sunlight, it can reach 1200 nits globally, and the advertised 1800 nits figure is the maximum brightness that can be achieved for HDR, although only for a small portion of the display at a time or for a very short period of time.

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Display settings

The screen can refresh up to 120Hz but can also drop down to 90Hz and 60Hz depending on the content and application. It can also drop down to 30Hz but only for always-on display mode. The operating system allows you to choose your refresh rate between 60 Hz, 90 Hz, and 120 Hz on a per-program basis. For example, the YouTube app defaults to 60Hz but can be increased to 120Hz. This does not affect full-screen video playback, which is handled separately based on the content’s frame rate, although the display is typically set to 60Hz.

The phone supports all major HDR standards including HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG. We were able to stream Dolby Vision content locally as well as on the Netflix app.

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The Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G has a permanent sharpening and color enhancement filter that applies to all video apps like YouTube, Netflix, Prime Video, and even the built-in Gallery app. It applies a very strong edge enhancement and saturation filter that looks especially stylish on HDR content. Dolby Vision content appears to be exempt from color enhancement but still becomes overly sharp.

The worst part is that it’s not optional and there’s not much you can do to disable it. The phone now has a high-resolution display that provides a clear image with good color saturation. Sharpening and color enhancement will further destroy the picture and make it look like something you’d find on a cheap underground TV at your local electronics store.

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Another problem is that even though the phone has “always on” mode, it doesn’t actually stay on. Once activated, it only stays on for ten seconds, after which you have to tap the screen to see the always-on screen.

The display has an optical fingerprint scanner which, interestingly enough, doubles as a heart rate monitor. This option is buried a little under the settings, but once you find it, just hold your finger over the sensor and it will tell you your heart rate in real-time.

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Overall, there isn’t much to complain about the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G’s display. High brightness is especially useful when shooting outdoors in daylight. The only problem is the obnoxious image sharpening that applies to all video apps. This should never be a mandatory option on any device.

Battery and charging

Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G has a 5000 mAh battery. We’ll do a full battery test in a full review, but we got good battery life from the phone during day-to-day use.

This phone supports 120W charging using Xiaomi’s exclusive HyperCharge technology. Xiaomi claims that it takes 19 minutes to fully charge the phone.

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Using the 120W charger provided in the box, it took about 25 minutes for the phone to report 100% from 1%. We’ve gotten similar results in the past from other Xiaomi phones with 5,000mAh batteries and 120W charging, and even then the company claimed 19 minutes. We think Xiaomi needs to rethink its advertising claims as they are consistently over the top.

However, 25 minutes is a very short time to fully charge a 5000 mAh battery and you can get around 70% in just 15 minutes or 30% in just five minutes. This feature is very impressive, but it requires the use of special Xiaomi chargers.

Out of curiosity, we also tried a full charge with a 65W USB-PD charger and it took just over an hour, which is still pretty good.

Speakers

The Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G has a set of stereo speakers, one inside the phone and one at the bottom of the phone. The speaker of the phone has an additional vent at the top of the device.

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The sound of the phone speakers is not very good. The sound is fairly thin and while we wouldn’t use the word tinny, there isn’t much bass or body to the sound. Additionally, the speakers don’t sound particularly loud for outdoor use, although they are adequate indoors. The two speakers are well balanced in terms of tone and volume when played together, but it was surprising to see more body and bass from the top speaker than the bottom speaker played separately, as it’s usually the other way around for most phones.

This phone supports Dolby Atmos codec and sound processing. When enabled, it improves the spatial characteristics of the speakers, while making them sound better in the lows and highs, but only marginally.

The phone supports analog audio output via the USB-C port, so you don’t need to invest in aftermarket USB DAC devices for wired audio.

Fortunately, you can disable Atmos and other audio processing when using wired or wireless headphones.

Software

Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G comes with MIUI 14 on top of Android 13. This is disappointing because Xiaomi has already announced and started rolling out its next-generation HyperOS running on top of Android 14 to other devices.

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The company uses the oldest trick in the book here. Launching a phone with an older version of Android allows companies to avoid sending fewer updates in the future. Xiaomi has promised three major Android updates for the device, which means it will stop with Android 16 instead of Android 17, which the phone shipped with Android 14. A HyperOS update for this device is expected to arrive at an unspecified time.

The Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G, along with its siblings in the Redmi Note 13 series, will be the last Xiaomi devices to launch with MIUI, so it’s more like an exit interview than a review. Again, HyperOS is not dissimilar in appearance to MIUI, so much of what is said here will apply in the next major update.

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MIUI 14

MIUI has always been a bit of a chore. Modeled largely after iOS, the design bears more than a passing resemblance, and while many rivals have continued doing the same, Xiaomi has only doubled down over the years, including borrowing some Questionable ideas including separate notification and control centers, an overly nested settings app, an objectively worse sharing tab, and the need to force every app icon to be square by default.

What MIUI has always had on iOS and even most Android skins before is an incredible level of customization. So many aspects of the user experience can be tweaked to your satisfaction that there’s often little room for complaint because there’s almost always room to change something that bugs you. This change is especially frustrating for things like unbreakable resolution for video because it’s not only annoying to the user, it’s also not in the spirit of the operating system. It also makes the design of the Settings app even more frustrating, as there are an incredible number of options in there that can be changed, but they are often at very low levels (similar to iOS) that most users never dare to go into.

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Bloatware and notification spam

 As the operating system is customizable, one complaint is always a large number of unnecessary programs and services that come pre-installed, many of which cannot be removed or disabled. Is there a good reason for a phone to have two SMS apps, two file managers, two app stores, two gallery apps, and two browsers? no really. Redmi phones are especially offensive in terms of the amount of software they come with. We counted 18 non-native apps, many of which were games that came pre-installed on the phone in addition to the Xiaomi and Google apps. Xiaomi seems to have forgotten what it’s retailing its phones for these days, as we don’t expect or like to see this level of garbage inexpensive devices.

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Note, that this is apart from the ads that still plague many first-party apps on Redmi devices in markets like India, and you’ll have to work to disable them in each of those apps. Again, not what you’d expect in a premium device.

Then there are the endless notifications. The best advice you can give a new Xiaomi smartphone user is to immediately go to settings and disable notifications for any first-party apps (or at least the ones that allow you), otherwise, they’ll stop spamming you. They do not prevent In particular, the App Vault feature constantly sends you information that you neither subscribed to nor care about.

This software is still a controversial topic for Xiaomi phones. It’s like a supercharged version of iOS with the best and worst aspects of Android.

Performance

The Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 7200-Ultra, which appears to be a custom variant of the Dimensity 7200 for the device. However, there seems to be no difference on paper when it comes to core configuration and clock speed. Customizations may be largely limited to your ISP and how it interacts with the camera.

The phone also has LPDDR5 memory up to 12 GB and UFS 3.1 memory up to 512 GB. Our review unit here has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. There is no support for memory expansion.

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The performance of Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G was really impressive. The phone is very responsive and the scrolling function is very smooth. This is usually a hurdle that many phones can’t overcome even when they claim to be premium and have fancy hardware, but Xiaomi has nailed this aspect of the user experience. It’s a functional phone and a pleasure to use for everyday tasks.

Unfortunately, we were unable to run some of our usual benchmarks because our review unit was preventing them from connecting to the internet, which then prevented them from downloading the additional data that allowed them to run. We had to limit testing to criteria that were operational. We wish manufacturers would stop inventing new and creative ways to interfere with the testing process and let the device stand for itself. If these criteria become operational, we may update the results.

In the benchmarks we were able to run, we can see that the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G isn’t very competitive, losing by a wide margin to older devices like the OnePlus 11R and Nord 3. But this is one case where benchmarks don’t tell the whole story, and as mentioned earlier, this phone performs surprisingly well in everyday use.

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Camera

Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G has three cameras on the back, the main camera being one of the key features of this device. We have a 200MP Samsung ISOCELL HP3 sensor here, along with a 23mm equivalent 7P lens, f1.65 aperture, and OIS. By default, this sensor works in 16 to 1 mode and produces 12.5-megapixel images. However, it can capture native 200MP images and also use center cropping to produce lossless 2x and 4x images.

The other two cameras include an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera.

Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus hands-on reviewThe camera app is well laid out, with all the main modes at the bottom and additional options can be brought up by swiping down on the screen. In terms of features, you get your usual suspects like night mode, portrait mode, and also professional mode. Unfortunately, there are no RAW images in pro mode, which severely limits its usefulness.

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Camera app

Now for the image quality. The image quality of the main camera was a little low due to low color reproduction. All images have a magenta bias that can be quite noticeable in some cases. Colors also lack warmth, which affects reds the most, and darker shades like red soil often appear brown in some photos. Magenta bias is particularly damaging to skin tones, with darker tones often appearing pink instead of brown.

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12.5-megapixel main camera

Our review unit also showed significant chromatic aberration in several shots, resulting in noticeable purple fringing around high-contrast edges, such as tree leaves in front of the sky. This is usually a lens artifact that can be suppressed via software, but it didn’t seem to happen in our unit.

The colors were disappointing, as the level of detail and dynamic range in the images is satisfactory, although like Samsung phones there is a tendency to overexpose by stopping. If Xiaomi could adjust the colors and exposure, this camera could be very capable, but at the moment it is not.

Just to make this point more clear, here we compare it to the OnePlus 11R. Shadow detail isn’t impressive on the OnePlus, but the color rendering is much better and more accurate. The scene looks similar to the OnePlus images, which further shows how much the Redmi has deviated in comparison.

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Main camera: Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G • OnePlus 11R

Both have the same level of detail despite having four times the number of pixels, and that’s because the sensor on the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G operates in 16-to-1 mode, meaning it only captures 12.5MP of data and doesn’t compress it. 200 megapixels in a 12.5-megapixel image.

But having a 200-megapixel sensor has one advantage, and that’s when zooming. The 2x zoom uses a center crop and 4-to-1 mode to produce a 12.5MP image that’s sharp and on par with any native 2x camera. In fact, it looks better because you still get the benefits of superior optics and aperture that native telephoto cameras lack.

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2x lossless digital zoom

Images are cropped 4x more and captured in 1 to 1 mode so they are not sharp but still fully usable.

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4x lossless digital zoom

Native 200MP images have plenty of detail, but file sizes can range from 8x to 10x the size of 12.5MP files. These images also don’t benefit from the same level of processing as 12.5MP images, so the dynamic range is worse and problems with chromatic aberration are more prominent.

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200-megapixel main camera

What would make more sense is to have a 50MP mode with 4×1 pixels. These could still have a lot of detail with more manageable file sizes and better image processing.

Moving to an ultra-wide 8-megapixel camera is nothing special. The resolution is insufficient for this wide view, so the level of detail is understandably low. The images have a good dynamic range and the color gradation in most cases corresponds to the original camera. The camera also shows purple fringing, so it appears to be a systemic problem with the software rather than a specific camera.

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Ultra-wide 8-megapixel camera

The 2MP macro camera is less problematic than we’ve seen before, but it’s still pretty awful.

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2-megapixel macro camera

The worst part is that the macro camera is completely redundant on this phone as you can get much better results by simply stepping back and using 2x or even 4x zoom on the main camera. You get more clarity and detail, better colors and dynamic range, and much less distortion with a more pleasing depth of field. We’ve said it before, but macro cameras are just there to pad the spec sheet and make it look like you’re getting more money when it’s just a scam.

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2-megapixel macro camera • 4x lossless zoom

Moving on to video, the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G can record 4K video at up to 30fps. This is a limitation of the chipset itself as the sensor can handle much higher resolution and frame rate combinations.

4K videos look fairly pleasing, not showing the excessive resolution levels we typically see on smartphones while maintaining the level of detail expected from a 4K video. Unfortunately, it still suffers from the same magenta bias and color fringing in still images and can look really bad on rare occasions.

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Stills from 4K video

The combination of OIS and EIS works well enough for handheld shots, but if you choose to walk or run, there’s noticeable vibration and it’s not suppressed as well as more expensive devices.

The ultra-wide camera can only record up to 1080p resolution, and videos are noticeably soft and dimmed to hide shadow noise. However, they can be used under the right conditions.

Summary

Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G price starts at INR 31,999 in India, which is the highest price for Redmi series devices. For the money, you get a remarkable design and build quality, the best ever in a Redmi phone. The display quality is also excellent and we were very satisfied with the performance of the device in everyday tasks. The 120W fast charge is also a fantastic feature, and we appreciate the inclusion of a 120W charger in a world where packs are quickly disappearing.

Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus hands-on review

However, we weren’t too happy with the camera. The massive 200MP resolution lossless zoom feature is really neat, but there were noticeable color issues that plagued all of the device’s cameras. The good news is that it’s fixable, and we hope the company fixes things based on the feedback provided here.

Unfortunately, we don’t see much change in the software department, which remains one of the weakest aspects of the Redmi device. Despite the ever-increasing prices, the phone is still loaded with software, ads, and apps with annoying notifications.

Why should we buy the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G phone?

  • Good design and IP68-rated durability
  • Excellent display quality
  • Fast and smooth operation
  • Very fast charging speed

Why should we avoid buying the Redmi Note 13 Pro Plus 5G phone?

  • The software is full of bloatware, extra programs and annoying notifications
  • Constant sharpening and saturation filters are boring for video applications
  • The camera has white balance and color fringing issues

Source: GSMARENA.COM

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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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Poco X6

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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