iQOO Z9 vs POCO X6: Performance Comparison – Which One’s Better?

iQOO Z9 vs POCO X6
iQOO Z9 vs POCO X6

iQOO and POCO are stepping up in India’s under Rs 25,000 market. POCO recently launched the POCO X6 in February, driven by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 SoC. Now, iQOO has introduced its competitor, the iQOO Z9, featuring MediaTek’s Dimensity 7200 SoC. How do these two phones compare? Let’s dive into a performance comparison between the iQOO Z9 and POCO X6.


SoC MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7s Gen 2
GPU Mali-G610 MC4 Adreno 710
Memory Up to 8GB RAM Up to 12GB RAM


Before we compare, it’s important to mention that we’re looking at the highest variant of the iQOO Z9, which has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, priced at Rs 21,999. For the POCO X6, we’re testing the version with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage, which costs Rs 22,999.


In the Geekbench test, iQOO Z9 did a bit better in the single-core test compared to POCO X6. However, POCO X6 scored higher in the multi-core test. This suggests that iQOO Z9 might handle tasks like web browsing and app launching slightly better. On the other hand, POCO X6 could perform better in tasks like gaming or video editing, at least theoretically. Also Read – POCO X6 Neo 5G Launched in India: Price, Specifications!


In AnTuTu, which tests graphics and memory performance, iQOO Z9 stands out. It scored over seven lakhs, which is impressive given its price.

During the AnTuTu test, the iQOO Z9 used less battery compared to the POCO X6. Both phones saw their internal temperatures rise by about five degrees. Also Read – Xiaomi 14 Review: Shooting from the Hip, Design and display!


Benchmarks show that the iQOO Z9 outperforms the POCO X6. But does this hold true in real life? To find out, we played BGMI on both phones for 30 minutes to test their gaming performance.


Both phones offer HDR graphics at 60fps for a similar gaming experience. Yet, I noticed occasional mistouches on the POCO X6, possibly due to sweaty thumbs. After 30 minutes of gameplay, the iQOO Z9 showed better thermal management and battery optimization. It used about six percent of the battery, with the temperature rising by seven percent. In contrast, the POCO X6’s battery dropped by eight percent, and the temperature rose by 10 percent. Overall, the iQOO Z9 seemed to handle gaming better in terms of battery life and temperature control. Also Read – iPhone 16 Pro Alleged Case Reveals New ‘Capture Button’ and Color Options!


Based on our benchmarks and gaming test, the iQOO Z9 with the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 SoC was more powerful than the Snapdragon 7s gen 2 SoC-powered POCO X6. While both phones showed similar performance in some areas, the iQOO Z9 was more power efficient.

If you’re considering buying either phone, here are some things to consider:

  • The POCO X6 features Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection and a 1.5K resolution AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
  • The iQOO Z9 offers a full-HD+ resolution display with a 120Hz refresh rate and Dragontrail Star 2 Plus glass protection.
  • The POCO X6 offers an option for 512GB of storage for an extra Rs 1,000 compared to the top variant of the iQOO Z9.
  • Both phones feature primary cameras with OIS.
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