iQOO Z9 vs POCO X6 performance comparison: which one is better?

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iQOO and POCO are emerging as strong players in India's most competitive sub-Rs 25,000 segment. Earlier in February, POCO had introduced a performance-focused poco x6 ,Review) powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 SoC. Now, iQOO has introduced its direct rival iQOO Z9, powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 7200 SoC. How do both devices perform against each other? Here is the performance comparison of iQOO Z9 and POCO X6.

Specifications

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Society mediatek dimension 7200 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7S Generation 2
gpu Mali-G610 MC4 adreno 710
Memory RAM up to 8GB RAM up to 12GB

geekbench

Before we start the comparison, please note that we are using the top variant of the iQOO Z9 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage (Rs 21,999). The POCO

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Geekbench results of iQOO Z9 (L) and POCO X6.

In the Geekbench single-core test, the iQOO Z9 performed slightly better than the POCO X6, while the latter scored higher in the multi-core test. The results indicate that the iQOO Z9 can handle tasks like basic web browsing and launching apps relatively better, while the POCO X6 should demonstrate better performance when gaming or video editing… at least on paper.

AnTuTu

In particular, AnTuTu, which also evaluates graphics and memory performance, highlights the superiority of the iQOO Z9. The iQOO smartphone achieved a score of more than seven lakhs, which is quite good considering the price.

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AnTuTu results of iQOO Z9 (L) and POCO X6.

The iQOO Z9 consumed less battery than the POCO X6 during AnTuTu testing. The internal temperature of both smartphones rose by about five degrees.

cpu throttle

Similarly, the iQOO Z9 with the Dimensity 7200 SoC shows higher stability than the POCO X6 at its peak performance.

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Throttle test of iQOO Z9 (L) and POCO X6.

We adjusted the CPU throttle test by increasing the number of threads to 50 and the duration to 30 minutes.

Gambling

So far, benchmarks indicate that the iQOO Z9 is ahead of the POCO X6 in performance. Does this apply to real life also? To test the gaming capabilities of both phones, we played BGMI for 30 minutes.

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Both the phones support HDR graphics at 60fps and the gaming experience was more or less the same. However, I did notice occasional glitches on the POCO X6, though that could be due to my sweaty thumbs. After 30 minutes of gameplay, the IQOO Z9 demonstrated better thermal management and battery optimization. It consumed about six percent of the battery, while the temperature increased by seven percent. In contrast, the POCO X6 saw an eight percent drop in battery level, with a 10 percent increase in temperature.

Decision

Based on our benchmarks and gaming tests, the iQOO Z9 with the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 SoC was more powerful than the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 SoC-powered POCO X6. In some areas, both smartphones displayed similar performance, although the new iQOO phone was more power efficient.

If you are planning to buy either of the two smartphones, then you will also have to keep these things in mind:

  • POCO X6 brings Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection to the segment. Its AMOLED display also offers 1.5K resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate.
  • The display of iQOO Z9 offers full-HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It is protected by Dragontrail Star 2 Plus glass.
  • The POCO Additionally, both phones have OIS-equipped primary cameras.

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