Poco M6 Pro review

GSMArena Team, 14 January 2024.

Large 6.67-inch, 120Hz AMOLED display

The display is definitely one of the highlights of the Poco M6 Pro. It is pretty large with its 6.67 inch diagonal. It is rocking a standard 20:9 aspect ratio with a FullHD (1080 x 2400 pixel) resolution. That works out to a perfectly sharp pixel density of around 395 ppi.

Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro review

Despite the punch-hole selfie camera, The display looks quite nice in person. It is an AMOLED panel, which Xiaomi calls a "Flow AMOLED DotDisplay". Xiaomi advertises the contrast as 5,000,000:1, but in practical terms, it is kind of infinite due to the perfect blacks.

Before we move on to the 120Hz refresh rate, let's talk about some of the performance characteristics of the display we have tested, like brightness. We measured a decent, if mostly unimpressive 493 nits of brightness on the slider. The Poco M6 Pro has a proper light sensor (unlike its proximity) and adjusts its brightness automatically quite nicely. It managed to reach a maximum of 1053 nits in our standardized testing. That is impressive for the class and enough to use the M6 Pro outdoors comfortably in most scenarios. However, don't expect its display to be clearly legible in direct sunlight.

Max display brightness test

White test pattern, 75% fill (nits)

  • Manual mode
  • Auto mode
Infinix Note 30 Infinix Note 30
607
6.78" LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
541
6.79" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ Redmi Note 12 Pro+
535
6.67" OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
509
6.78" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Infinix GT 10 Pro Infinix GT 10 Pro
505
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Moto G84 Moto G84
502
6.5" P-OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Moto G72 Moto G72
501
6.55" P-OLED 1080 x 2460 px
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
493
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 12 Pro Redmi Note 12 Pro
490
6.67" OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Xiaomi Poco C65 Xiaomi Poco C65
482
6.74" IPS LCD 720 x 1600 px
Galaxy A34 Galaxy A34
476
6.6" AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Redmi Note 12 4G Redmi Note 12 4G
474
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Realme 11 Pro Realme 11 Pro
474
6.7" AMOLED 1080 x 2412 px
Infinix Zero 30 Infinix Zero 30
472
6.78" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Poco F5 Poco F5
470
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
 Galaxy A05s Galaxy A05s
468
6.7" PLS LCD 1080 x 2400 px
Tecno Spark 10 Pro Tecno Spark 10 Pro
466
6.8" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Galaxy A24 4G Galaxy A24 4G
464
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Poco X5 Poco X5
456
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 12 Redmi Note 12
447
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Poco M5 Poco M5
402
6.58" IPS LCD 1080 x 2408 px
Moto G54 Power Moto G54 Power
400
6.5" IPS LCD 1080 x 2400 px
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
1053
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Moto G72 Moto G72
1015
6.55" P-OLED 1080 x 2460 px
Galaxy A24 4G Galaxy A24 4G
1012
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Galaxy A34 Galaxy A34
1009
6.6" AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Moto G84 Moto G84
996
6.5" P-OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ Redmi Note 12 Pro+
990
6.67" OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Poco F5 Poco F5
963
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 12 Pro Redmi Note 12 Pro
890
6.67" OLED 1080 x 2400 px
Realme 11 Pro Realme 11 Pro
790
6.7" AMOLED 1080 x 2412 px
Infinix Zero 30 Infinix Zero 30
764
6.78" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 12 4G Redmi Note 12 4G
744
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Poco X5 Poco X5
728
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Redmi Note 12 Redmi Note 12
706
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Infinix GT 10 Pro Infinix GT 10 Pro
701
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Infinix Note 30 Infinix Note 30
607
6.78" LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Xiaomi Poco C65 Xiaomi Poco C65
607
6.74" IPS LCD 720 x 1600 px
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
541
6.79" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Tecno Spark 10 Pro Tecno Spark 10 Pro
521
6.8" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
509
6.78" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Moto G54 Power Moto G54 Power
489
6.5" IPS LCD 1080 x 2400 px
 Galaxy A05s Galaxy A05s
468
6.7" PLS LCD 1080 x 2400 px
Poco M5 Poco M5
448
6.58" IPS LCD 1080 x 2408 px

The display supports 1920Hz PWM dimming at lower brightness levels, and that should alleviate eye strain for sensitive individuals.

The Poco M6 Pro does not have HDR support on its display. It can decode HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision on a software level. Everything except HDR10+. On a more positive note, the M6 Pro does have the highest possible Widevine L1 DRM certification, allowing apps like Netflix to offer up FullHD streams and saturate the display resolution.

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High refresh rate handling

The Poco M6 Pro has a 120Hz refresh rate on its display. The phone handles that by offering a few refresh rate modes in settings - 60Hz, 120Hz, and a default mode that promises to switch between refresh rates automatically. The phone can actually operate in one of three refresh rate modes - 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz.

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Refresh rate settings

60Hz mode works as expected. It just locks the refresh rate to 60Hz, and that's that. For higher refresh rate operation, you get the choice between selecting a "custom" 120Hz mode or going with the default mode. The custom 120Hz mode offers a per-app settings list that determines which apps can go to 120Hz and which ones should only stick to 60Hz. It is a really handy thing to have.

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120Hz mode per-app settings

The 120Hz mode is not a "locked" mode like the 60Hz one. It does do some automatic switching, namely going down to 60Hz when there is no motion on screen, or you are not interacting with the screen. This is generally not a bad way of handling things, but it does mean that video playback is typically done at 120Hz, which wastes power.

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Operating in 120Hz mode

Luckily, there is the "default" mode, which overall seems to share the same motion and interaction logic with the 120Hz mode for its refresh rate switching. However, the default mode is smart enough to recognize video playback and drop down to 60Hz as it should.

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Operating in Default mode

We should note that even though the Poco M6 Pro technically reports support for 90Hz refresh rate mode, we never actually saw the phone engage 90Hz mode during our testing. It just switched between 120Hz and 60Hz. It's not a major loss, but it's still worth noting.

Naturally, we tried high refresh rate gaming on the Poco M6 Pro and surprisingly had a lot of success. The titles we tried that we know can push past the 60fps mark all worked as expected in both the Default mode and 120Hz mode.

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High refresh rate gaming

You still might want to use the latter since we found it to hold the refresh rate a bit more "strictly" since certain games like Alto's Adventure did drop down to 60Hz while we were not tapping the display to jump, which was quite jarring. The Default refresh rate mode had no such issue.

Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro review

Overall, we must say that Xiaomi's system for handling high refresh rate switching is reliable and comprehensive. Between the Default mode and the 120Hz one with per-app settings, you should be able to end up with your desired resolution at any point in time. As far as general use goes, just leave the phone in its Default mode and don't worry about it.

Before we close off the refresh rate section, we should mention that the Poco M6 Pro supports 2,160Hz instant touch sampling rate.

Battery life

The Poco M6 Pro has a pretty hefty 5,000 mAh battery on board. The Poco M6 Pro did pretty well in our battery testing. Nothing spectacular, but still a solid showing. It is about on par with other recent budget devices with the same 5,000 mAh capacity. In fact, it has a better overall Active Use Score than both the Poco C65 and the Poco F5. However, the individual test distribution across these phones is kind of all over the place. The Poco F5 does have a Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 chipset, while the Poco F5 is rocking a MediaTek chipset, just like the M6 Pro, but a less efficient MediaTek G85 model. The G99 uses a pretty modern 6nm TSMC process.

Looking at the individual test components, we do have to note that the Poco M6 Pro doesn't stand out in any particular test. It is just decent all around, but nothing to phone home about.

Charging speed

The Poco M6 Pro is equipped with a very speedy 67W Xiaomi Super Charge tech. This is actually a first for the Poco M family. The charging tech itself is quite familiar, as we've seen numerous times in the past in the Poco X and F series phones. It is sometimes called Turbo Fast Charge, and it is rated for an output between 5V and 20V at 3.25A to 6.2A.

Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro review

Xiaomi provides a compatible charger in the box along with a proprietary USB Type-A to Type-C cable with an extra pin. You should probably hang on to both for the best possible charging speeds.

As per Xiaomi, these should be quite impressive. As per official data, the Poco M6 Pro should charge fully in 44 minutes. Our tests mostly back that number up.

We got our review unit from dead to 15% charge in 40 minutes, then to 71% in 30 minutes, with a full charge taming approximately 48 minutes. Not shabby at all, especially for a budget Poco M family device. It should be noted, though, that we've seen faster charging from Xiaomi's 67W tech on other models. Not by a lot, but still worth pointing out.

Charging speed

  • in 15 min
  • in 30 min
  • Time to full charge (from 0%)
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ Redmi Note 12 Pro+
81%
5000 mAh 120W HyperCharge
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G
68%
5000 mAh 120W HyperCharge
Realme 11 Pro+ Realme 11 Pro+
63%
5000 mAh 100W SuperVOOC
Poco F5 Poco F5
48%
5000 mAh 67W
Poco X6 Pro Poco X6 Pro
47%
5000 mAh 67W
Realme 11 Pro Realme 11 Pro
42%
5000 mAh 67W SuperVOOC
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
40%
5000 mAh 67W
Redmi Note 12 4G Redmi Note 12 4G
32%
5000 mAh 33W
Redmi Note 12 Redmi Note 12
31%
5000 mAh 33W
Moto G84 Moto G84
30%
5000 mAh 33W TurboPower
Moto G54 Power Moto G54 Power
25%
6000 mAh 33W QC3+
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
16%
5000 mAh 18W PD
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G
15%
5000 mAh 18W w/ 22.5W charger
Xiaomi Poco C65 Xiaomi Poco C65
14%
5000 mAh 18W PD
Realme 11 Pro+ Realme 11 Pro+
100%
5000 mAh 100W SuperVOOC
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ Redmi Note 12 Pro+
100%
5000 mAh 120W HyperCharge
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G
100%
5000 mAh 120W HyperCharge
Poco F5 Poco F5
83%
5000 mAh 67W
Poco X6 Pro Poco X6 Pro
83%
5000 mAh 67W
Realme 11 Pro Realme 11 Pro
72%
5000 mAh 67W SuperVOOC
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
71%
5000 mAh 67W
Redmi Note 12 Redmi Note 12
56%
5000 mAh 33W
Redmi Note 12 4G Redmi Note 12 4G
55%
5000 mAh 33W
Moto G84 Moto G84
54%
5000 mAh 33W TurboPower
Moto G54 Power Moto G54 Power
44%
6000 mAh 33W QC3+
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
29%
5000 mAh 18W PD
Xiaomi Poco C65 Xiaomi Poco C65
28%
5000 mAh 18W PD
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G
28%
5000 mAh 18W w/ 22.5W charger
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ Redmi Note 12 Pro+
0:23h
5000 mAh 120W HyperCharge
Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G Redmi Note 12 Pro+ 5G
0:25h
5000 mAh 120W HyperCharge
Realme 11 Pro+ Realme 11 Pro+
0:28h
5000 mAh 100W SuperVOOC
Poco X6 Pro Poco X6 Pro
0:43h
5000 mAh 67W
Poco F5 Poco F5
0:47h
5000 mAh 67W
Realme 11 Pro Realme 11 Pro
0:47h
5000 mAh 67W SuperVOOC
Poco M6 Pro Poco M6 Pro
0:48h
5000 mAh 67W
Redmi Note 12 Redmi Note 12
1:08h
5000 mAh 33W
Redmi Note 12 4G Redmi Note 12 4G
1:11h
5000 mAh 33W
Moto G84 Moto G84
1:15h
5000 mAh 33W TurboPower
Moto G54 Power Moto G54 Power
1:23h
6000 mAh 33W QC3+
Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi 12
2:07h
5000 mAh 18W PD
Xiaomi Poco C65 Xiaomi Poco C65
2:09h
5000 mAh 18W PD
Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G Xiaomi Redmi 12 5G
2:24h
5000 mAh 18W w/ 22.5W charger

Speakers

The Poco M6 Pro has a stereo speaker setup. The phone actually features speaker grills on both the top and the bottom bezels. However, as far as we can tell, there aren't two dedicated speakers. The setup is actually a hybrid one with an amplified earpiece acting like the second speaker. Xiaomi just decided to add an additional "pathway" for the earpiece sound to escape. This makes this side of the speaker setup much more difficult to accidentally cover up with your palm.

On the flip side, we wouldn't say that the two speakers are particularly well-balanced. Don't get us wrong, though, the setup still sounds miles better than a single-speaker one.

In terms of loudness, the Poco M6 Pro managed a perfectly respectable -25.0 LUFS.

Quality-wise, the M6 Pro is pretty good. There is definitely some ringing of the highs and the vocals at around maximum volume, but bass, on the other hand, is quite prominent, and the tracks sound full overall.

Despite its budget nature, the Poco M6 Pro does feature Dolby Atmos tuning, which "opens up" the sound stage a bit and gives tracks a bit of a more "spacial" feel. It doesn't seem to deteriorate the quality of the sound overall.

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Dolby Atmos and equalizer

On top of the Dolby Atmos toggle, you also get a full-featured equalizer to play around with.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Reader comments

  • Tito
  • 06 Apr 2024
  • KgW

Here in the Philippines, Mine has the HyperOs update.

  • Anonymous
  • 05 Apr 2024
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  • Fadjj
  • 03 Apr 2024
  • XUQ

is poco m6 pro Will be get hyperOS?