POCO M2 Pro vs Realme 6: which phone should you buy under Rs 15,000?

Is the POCO M2 Pro better than the Realme 6?

Highlights
  • POCO M2 Pro specifications include the Snapdragon 720G SoC, 48MP quad rear cameras, and 33W fast charging
  • Realme 6 comes with a 90Hz display, 64MP quad cameras and the MediaTek Helio G90T SoC
  • Both the smartphones are available in India under Rs 15,000

Xiaomi’s spin-off brand POCO launched the POCO M2 Pro (review) in India on Tuesday. It is the company’s most affordable smartphone yet and it comes with specifications like a FHD+ dot notch display, Snapdragon 720G SoC, 48MP quad rear cameras, and 33W fast charging. The POCO M2 Pro falls in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment, which is extremely competitive thanks to some disruptive phones from Xiaomi and Realme. Yesterday, we compared the POCO M2 Pro with the Redmi Note 9 Pro as the two phones are extremely alike. Today, we’re comparing the POCO M2 Pro with the Realme 6 (Review), which is arguably one of the best phones to be found under Rs 15,000.

POCO M2 Pro vs Realme 6: price in India

The POCO M2 Pro price in India starts at Rs 13,999 for the variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage options are priced at Rs 14,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively. The POCO M2 Pro comes in Out of the Blue, Green and Greener, and Two Shades of Black colour options. The handset will go on sale in India from July 14th onwards via Flipkart.

Realme 6 price starts a little higher at Rs 14,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The phone also comes in 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage options, which have been priced at Rs 16,999 and Rs 17,999 respectively. The Realme 6 is available in Comet Blue and Comet White hues from the company’s official website and Flipkart.

POCO M2 Pro vs Realme 6: design and display

The POCO M2 Pro has its design inspired by Redmi Note 9 Pro series. The handset touts a 6.67-inch FHD+ Dot notch display with centre-positioned punch-hole cutout, a standard 60Hz refresh rate, 20:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 atop. The rear panel of the phone also gets the Gorilla Glass 5 protection and a dual-tone finish. There’s a quad camera setup in a squarish module with the LED flash just below.

The Realme 6 comes with a slightly different design and display. The handset flaunts a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with a corner punch-hole. Notably, the phone sports a higher 90Hz refresh rate for a smooth scrolling experience. The phone’s back panel is plastic rather than glass and sports gradient finish with a vertically-aligned quad-camera setup. Both the POCO M2 Pro and Realme 6 come with a side fingerprint sensor, a Type-C port, a headphone jack, and a single speaker grille.

POCO M2 Pro vs Realme 6: chipset and software

On the performance front, the POCO M2 Pro is powered by the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 720G chipset, whereas the Realme 6 rocks the 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G90T SoC. While both are capable gaming-centric chipsets that deliver powerful day-to-day performance, smooth multi-tasking and intense gaming sessions, the Snapdragon 720G seems to be a bit more powerful on paper. That being said, the 90Hz display on the Realme 6 can make the phone feel snappier than the POCO M2 Pro.

The POCO M2 Pro is equipped with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, and runs Android 10-based MIUI 11 with POCO launcher out of the box. The Realme 6 Pro, on the other hand, boots Realme UI atop Android 10 and offers up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Both phones feature a dedicated microSD card slot to further expand the storage up to 512GB.

POCO M2 Pro vs Realme 6: cameras

Both POCO M2 Pro and Realme 6 both sport 16MP selfie camera on the front. Around the back, the Realme 6 features quad rear cameras that includes a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The POCO M2 Pro gets most of the same wide angle and depth sensors on the back as the Realme 6, but with 48MP primary sensor and 5MP macro lens instead of 64MP and 2MP macro sensors respectively. This means the Realme 6 is likely to offer sharper picture quality via the primary lens compared to the POCO phone.

POCO M2 Pro vs Realme 6: battery and fast charging

The POCO M2 Pro houses a 5,000mAh battery, which is bigger than the 4,300mAh battery on the Realme 6. This means the POCO phone will likely last longer on a full charge compared to the Realme 6. The 90Hz display on the Realme 6 also tends to drain the battery faster compared to a phone with a 60Hz refresh rate. Additionally, the POCO M2 Pro supports a slightly faster 33W fast charging support as opposed to the 30W charging solution on the Realme phone. Due to the smaller battery on the Realme 6, the phone can fully charge in less than 60 minutes whereas the POCO M2 Pro takes roughly 85 minutes to charge up.

POCO M2 Pro vs Realme 6: verdict

Going by the specs sheet alone, the Realme 6 seems to offer more bang for the buck as it comes with 64MP quad cameras and 90Hz refresh rate display under Rs 15,000. However, the POCO M2 Pro gets you a bigger battery, a more premium glass design, and a slightly faster chipset (on paper).