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POCO X5 Pro 5G Review: A worthy successor to POCO X4 Pro
POCO launched its X5 Pro 5G smartphone in India today as the successor to last year’s X4 Pro smartphone. This has an 120Hz AMOLED screen, 5000mAh battery and packs 67W fast charging, similar to the predecessor, but this has a faster Snapdragon 778G SoC and a new 108MP camera. Is the phone worth the price? Let us dive into the review to find out.
- POCO X4 Pro 5G 8GB 256GB in Astral Black colour
- 67W fast charger
- USB Type-C Cable
- SIM Ejector tool
- Clear protective case
- Screen protector (Pre-installed)
- User guide
Display, Hardware and Design
Starting with the display, the POCO X5 Pro has a 6.67-inch Full HD Pro Xfinity AMOLED display with a pixel resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels, 20:9 aspect ratio 2.5D curved glass screen and a pixel density of about 394 PPI. The display is bright, thanks to 900 nits brightness in high brightness mode, which is enabled when you are watching HDR content. It supports DCI-P3 wide colour gamut, so the colours are vibrant.
It has 120Hz display refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate, which when enabled offers a buttery smooth user experience, especially when you are scrolling through the UI and when gaming. This has adaptive refresh rate, so it can switch between 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz depending on the content. It also has HDR 10 support, which works for YouTube and Netflix. There is also Dolby Vision support that works for Netflix. This is rarely seen in phones in the price range. The phone comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Under the display options, there are different options to adjust colours and contrast based on your preference, reading mode that lets you reduce the display’s blue light emission. There is Dark mode. It also has, 1920Hz High Frequency PWM Dimming which is automatically enabled to reduce flicker in low brightness.
The phone has an always-on-display option, which can be enabled from display settings. This doesn’t consume a lot of power since this is an AMOLED screen, but the company says that it increases the power consumption, so it turns off automatically when the phone stays dark for a long time or battery saver restrictions are applied.
The phone has a tiny punch-hole that houses a 16-megapixel camera, which doesn’t disturb when watching videos since it just occupies a small space. Above the display there is an earpiece on the top edge which also doubles up as a secondary speaker. The phone also has the usual set of proximity and ambient light sensors, as well as a gyroscope and a magnetic sensor, otherwise known as a magnetometer.
The phone has 2.9mm ultra-narrow bottom bezel which is good, but the realme 10 Pro has 2.33 mm bottom bezel which is smaller, also has a 61° curved screen and 2160Hz PWM dimming.
Coming to the button placements, the volume rockers and the power button that integrates the fingerprint sensor are present on the right side of the phone. The dual SIM slot, loudspeaker grill, primary microphone and USB Type-C port are present on the bottom. On the top there is a 3.5mm audio jack, vent for speaker, secondary microphone and an infrared sensor.
Since the phone has a polycarbonate frame, you don’t see any antenna cutouts. The phone features an X-axis linear vibration motor, which enables custom vibration patterns across the UI for the best haptic experience. The predecessor had a hybrid SIM slot, but this lacks an expandable storage.
Even though the phone has a large screen, it is easy to hold since it is 76mm wide. It is also just 7.9mm thick and the weight distribution is good at 181 grams.
We have the Astral Black colour, and the phone also comes in POCO Yellow and Horizon Blue colours. It has a polycarbonate back with a smooth matte finish, but the area near the camera has a glossy finish which is prone to fingerprints. The phone also has IP53 ratings that you rarely see in other phones in the range.
- 50MP main camera with 1/1.52″ Samsung ISOCELL HM2 sensor, f/1.9 aperture
- 8MP 120° ultra-wide angle camera with Samsung S5K4H7 sensor, f/2.2 aperture
- 2MP macro camera, with OmniVision OV02B10 sensor, f/2.4 aperture
- 16MP front camera, f/2.45 aperture
The camera UI is familiar with other Xiaomi or POCO smartphones. You get all the features such as Pro, Night, 1080MP, Short Video, Panorama, VLOG, Slow motion, Time-lapse, Dual video, AI watermark, Long exposure and Pro mode lets you adjust white balance, FOCUS, shutter speed (1/4000s to 30 seconds), ISO (50 to 6400) and option to select main, ultra-wide and macro lens. You can also shoot in RAW in Pro mode and enable FOCUS peaking, exposure verification and more options. The company has enabled Cam2API by default, so you can side-load ported Google Camera APKs for advanced editing, including RAW capture.
Coming to the image quality, daylight shots came out well with good dynamic range. After pixel binning technology, you get 12MP output. HDR shots are better with improved dynamic range. 8MP wide-angle shots are decent. 108MP mode that offers a lot of details. Even though there is no telephoto lens, it uses the software for offering up to 10x digital zoom. This is like taking an image and cropping up later. Even in the 2x zoom, images start to lose details, so it is not recommended going beyond 2x if you don’t want to lose details. The dedicated 2MP macro sensor is average. Edge detection in decent portrait shots, even thought it lacks a dedicated portrait camera.
Low-light shots are good, and the night mode is better, but the Redmi Note 12 Pro with a Sony IM766 sensor offers better low-light images. Images with flash are good, and the flash is not overpowering. Daylight front camera shots from the 16-megapixel front camera are decent, but not the best even in daylight conditions due to the tiny sensor. Output is 16MP in resolution. Portrait shots have decent edge detection, even though it is done using software.
Check out the camera samples.
It can record videos at 4k resolution at 30 fps, 1080p at up to 60 fps, and it also has slow motion 1080p at up to 120 fps and 720p resolution video recording at up to 960fps, but this should be 240 fps converted into 960fps. You can also shoot 1080p videos using the ultra-wide and 720p video using macro camera. Front camera supports up to 1080p 60fps recording. It doesn’t have OIS, so the stabilization is not the best.
Software, UI and Apps
It runs Android 12 out of the box, with MIUI 14 on top. It has December 2022 Android security patch recently. The company said it will get 2 years of Android OS updates and 3 years of security updates. MIUI 14 brings several improvements, making the user experience smoother.
Since the phone has an infrared sensor for remote function, it comes with Mi Remote that lets you control your home appliances easily. Out of 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, you get 7.1GB of usable RAM, and about 3GB of RAM is free when default apps are running in the background. It also has up to 5GB of memory extension or virtual RAM, which you can disable from additional settings. Out of 256GB, you get about 224GB of free storage. It has UFS 2.2 storage, and we got sequential read speeds of 939.86MB/s.
Apart from the usual set of utility apps, Google apps and POCO’s own set of apps, it comes preloaded with Amazon Shopping. Prime Video, Netflix, LinkedIn, Zili, Spotify and Snapchat, Moj and Bubble Shoot apps. It also asks for additional app installation during setup, which you can skip. You can easily uninstall these apps, but these come up when you reset the phone. Even though there is personalized ads option during set up and recommendations in all the apps, you don’t get any ads in apps.
Fingerprint sensor and Face unlock
Even though it has an AMOLED screen, the phone has a fingerprint sensor on the ride side, embedded into the power button. It immediately unlocks the phone just by keeping your finger on the power button so that you don’t have to press it. This is more convenient compared to the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and faster than the in-display fingerprint scanner. You can add up to 5 fingerprints.
You can also use the fingerprint for app local and payments in apps. There are also some gesture features in the power button that lets you double tap to perform actions such as take a screenshot, turn on torch, launch camera, enable silent mode, and more. The phone also has face unlock, but it is not as secure as fingerprint since it can be unlocked with a photo.
Music Player and Multimedia
The Mi Music Player is the default music player with usual Xiaomi audio effects and equalizer. Audio through the speaker is loud. Since the phone has stereo speakers, audio is pretty loud. Audio through earphones is good as well. There is Dolby Atmos and Hi-Fi audio that enhances the audio performance. It doesn’t have FM Radio.
It has Widevine L1 support, so you can play HD content on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other streaming apps without any issues. The phone also supports Dolby Vision content in Netflix.
Dual SIM and Connectivity
It supports 5G, and has support for SA / NSA bands n1/n3/n5/n8/n28/n40/n78 and works with Jio and Airtel 5G out of the box. The phone supports 5G carrier aggregation as well. Other connectivity options include Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 802.11 ac. It has VoWiFi / Wi-Fi calling support, Bluetooth 5.2 LE, Dual GPS/AGPS, Glonass, Beidou, but it doesn’t have NFC. It also has USB OTG support that lets you connect USB drives. Call quality is good, and we did not face any call drops and the earpiece volume was loud.
The POCO X5 Pro 5G’s body SAR is 0.868 W/Kg (Distance 15mm) and head SAR is at 0.862/Kg, which is well under the limit of 1.6 W/kg (over 1 g) in India.
Performance and Benchmarks
This is the one of the few phones in the price range to be powered by Snapdragon 778G 6nm Mobile Platform that uses Qualcomm Kryo 670 CPUs. It has 4 x A78-based Kryo 670 Performance CPU clocked at 2.4GHz and 4 x A55-based Kryo 670 Efficiency CPUs clocked at up to 1.80GHz.
The Adreno 642L GPU offers a smooth gaming performance even in graphic intensive games, and the phone doesn’t get too hot even during long hours of gaming. The phone gets a bit warm on intensive gaming, but it doesn’t too hot, thanks to 12 layer graphite sheet. We did not face any issues or frame drops in the graphic-intensive games like COD (Supports Very High Graphics Max Frame rate), BGMI (Supports HDR Graphics Ultra Frame rate) and Genshin Impact. It reached maximum 41º in our testing indoors in Wi-Fi, but this might vary outdoors in 4G. That said, check out some synthetic benchmark scores below
Coming to the battery life, the phone has a 5000mAh (typical) built-in battery that lasts for a day even with heavy use, and with average use it lasts for more than a day, thanks to optimization in the MIUI 14. I got over 6 hours of screen on time with over a day of use in 120Hz refresh rate.
Since the phone has support for 67W fast charging, it can charge up to 50% in 15 minutes and up to 100% in about 46 minutes with the bundled 67W charger.
At a starting price of Rs. 22,999, the POCO X5 Pro 5G is a good upgrade to the X4 Pro with a new display feaures that include adaptive refresh rate, Dolby Vision and 1920Hz High Frequency PWM Dimming.
The Snapdragon 778G offers a good performance and gaming performance compared to the Snapdragon 695 in the predecessor. It is also better than the Dimensity 1080 present in the Redmi Note 12 Pro. However, the 108MP sensor offers avearge low-light performance compared to Note 12 Pro’s 50MP IM766 and this also lacks OIS. Even though it has MIUI 14, the phone still runs Android 12.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro is a good alertnative for those who need a better camera by spending more. The POCO F4 is now cheaper and comes with Snapdragon 870 SoC for a better gaming experience if you spend more.
The POCO X5 Pro 5G is priced at Rs. 22,999 for the 6GB 128GB model and the 8GB 256GB model costs Rs. 24,999. It will be available from Flipkart starting from 13th February. There is a Rs. 2000 instant discount for ICICI Bank credit or debit card and EMI users.
- 120Hz AMOLED display with Dolby Vision
- Smooth performance and good gaming performance
- Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
- IP53 water-resistant body
- Good battery life
Author: Srivatsan Sridhar
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Poco X5 Pro vs Poco X5: What’s the difference?
Poco has just unveiled its latest budget-friendly powerhouses, but exactly how do the two new X-series models compare?
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With the new X-series, Poco has launched its first global mid-tier devices for 2023, yet again seeking to deliver performance beyond what you’d expect from the pricetag. The Xiaomi sub-brand has kicked off its year with the Poco X5 and the Poco X5 Pro, but exactly how do the two compare? Should you go with the regular, cheaper model or spend a bit extra and grab the Pro? We compare the details.
It’s clear from looking at the back of these two phones that they belong in the same family. They have that instantly recognisable blacked-out rectangle stamped on the back containing the protruding triple camera and the large Poco brand name. Both also have 3.5mm headphone ports on the top edge and physical fingerprint sensors on the side.
Both are also built from similar materials. You get glass on the front and plastic around the sides and on the back; although the flavour of glass is different. The Pro model features a newer Gorilla Glass 5, where the X5 regular has Gorilla Glass 3. That should mean the screen on the more expensive model is more durable.
While the materials are very similar, they do feel quite different when held, if only because of the shaping of the rear panel. The X5 Pro has a completely flat back with right-angled edges. The X5 has curves towards the edges, which help it feel a bit more comfortable in the hand.
Otherwise the other main difference. apart from the X5 being slightly taller than the X5 Pro. is the range of colours. Both come in black and blue variants, but the Pro comes in Poco‘s iconic yellow and black colourway, and the X5’s third variant is green.
Display, media and software
Look at the basic specs, the two phones feature very similar displays. Both phones have a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel, and both feature FullHD (2400 x 1080) resolution and support up to 120Hz refresh rates.
The quality of those panels. in terms of colour and contrast. is different, however. The Pro model can support 10-bit colour depth. that’s up to 1 billion colours. where the regular X5 does not. X5 Pro also has higher contrast ratio, but a peak brightness that’s not quite as bright as the 1200 nits on the X5.
Another major difference on the media side is that the X5 Pro also features a dual speaker set up for stereo sound. Both the top and bottom edge feature speakers, while the regular X5 only features a speaker on the bottom edge.
One area we’d assume two phones launched in the same series would be the same is in software. Except, rather confusingly, it’s not in the case. The Pro model runs the latest version of Xiaomi’s MIUI skin for Poco: MIUI 14 built on Android 13, whereas the Poco X5 is running the previous year’s software: MIUI 13 based on Android 12.
Performance and battery
In every department, there are some clear similarities between the X5 and the X5 Pro, but also some key differentiators. The same is true when comparing the internal hardware and performance specs.
As is fairly standard, the ‘Pro’ model in the range features a more powerful processor than the regular model. In this instance, that means the Snapdragon 778G in the X5 Pro and the Snapdragon 695 in the X5. Otherwise, the two are very similar.
Both models feature either 6GB RAM and 128GB storage or 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, and both also borrow 3GB from the storage for a feature called Dynamic RAM, essentially giving you 8GB RAM or 11GB RAM.
If 128GB or 256GB isn’t enough storage for you, only the regular Poco X5 will let you add to that through MicroSD card expansion. It’s the only one of the two with a MicroSD slot, and it can support cards up to a mega 1TB in size.
Another similarity is battery. Both have a 5000mAh cell, which should be more than enough to get even the busiest users through a day, but there is one clear winner when it comes to refilling that battery when it’s empty.
The Poco X5 Pro features Xiaomi’s 67W fast charging tech, which means a full charge from empty in under 40 minutes. The regular X5 has 33W which. while still relatively speedy. isn’t quite as quick to do a full charge.
Comparing cameras, there’s only one difference that really stands out: the primary camera. On the Pro you get a larger sensor which packs in a massive 108-megapixels. Of course, it uses pixel binning to combine those to create fewer, larger pixels. The regular Poco X5 has a 48-megapixel primary sensor.
Apart from that. again. the two phones are similar. The second and third cameras on both phones are the same. You get an 8-megapixel ultrawide and a low resolution 2-megapixel macro. In our testing so far, neither of those two additional cameras is all that wonderful, but can be handy to have when you’re in need of a wider shot or if you need to get closer to your subject.
As for selfie cameras, it’s 16-megapixels in the front camera on the Pro and 13-megapixels on the Poco X5.
On the surface, it’s clear which of these two is the better phone, and it’s no real surprise. The X5 Pro has faster charging, a faster processor, a better display and a better primary camera. It also runs a more current version of MIUI software.
Poco X5 does have appeal though. It’s a cheaper phone, and for some, budgetary considerations matter more than gaining a few nice-to-have features. Plus, with its microSD card slot, it’s the only one of the two that allows storage expansion.
POCO X5 Pro 5G
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro 5G- the latest edition of the POCO series. A top-notch processor collaborates with an updated software system to output performance to win. over, the sleek and iconic design with solid build quality makes the phone way more attractive than its previous version. In addition, the enormous battery life gives you some extra pleasure while gaming or browsing.
Poco X5 Pro 5G Features
Snapdragon Processor for Seamless Performance
120 HZ AMOLED Display to Make Everything Smoother
108 MP Triple Camera With 4K Videos to Keep Your Memory Shine
12- Layered Graphite Cooling to keep everything cool
Poco X5 Pro 5G Specification
162.91 mm x 76.03 mm x 7.99 mm
12 layer Graphite cooling
5000mAh (typ) Lithium-ion polymer
Poco X5 Pro 5G Overview
Best In Performance
Hey there! Let me tell you about the amazing features of the POCO X5 Pro 5G. This phone is a powerhouse with the Snapdragon 778G processor built on TSMC’s 6nm process. With four cores based on the ARM Cortex-A78 architecture, you’re guaranteed excellent performance and an awesome experience.
Plus, the integrated X53 5G modem supports global 5G high-speed networks, so you can stay connected wherever you go. The powerful core is definitely a secret to winning!
Awesome Cooling System
Are you someone who loves to game or browse for several hours? Well, this phone has got you covered with its 12-layered graphite cooling system. You can use your phone for hours without feeling the heat. That’s pretty awesome, right?
Now let’s talk about the display. For the first time in the POCO X series, we’ve adopted a flagship flexible AMOLED display that delivers power, performance, and color. The screen bezel is smaller for an even more striking visual impact, and it’s lighter and thinner than ever. You’re going to love the stunning display on this phone!
108 MP Flagship Camera
Are you a photography enthusiast? The POCO X5 Pro 5G holds a flagship camera system with extraordinary re-upgrade in the system. The flagship all-in-one triple-camera, combined with powerful computing support from the Snapdragon 778G, delivers superior image and video quality including 4K.
With the 108 MP flagship camera, you get the opportunity to keep your memory forever fresh. Capture your special moments with stunning clarity and detail.
67W Sonic Charging
Last but not least, let’s talk about charging. The POCO X5 Pro 5G not only features 67W turbocharging but also MMT technology with a shorter charging current path. This means you can experience Rapid power charging as soon as you plug in the power cable. No more waiting for hours for your phone to charge!
The technical specifications of POCO X5 Pro 5G from the “Specifications” bar right beside the Description bar.
Poco X5 Pro 5G Price in Bangladesh
The latest POCO X5 Pro 5G price in Bangladesh starts from BDT. Its exceptional camera, performance, and battery life have earned it a reputation as a flagship killer.
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Poco X5 Pro review: The epitome of mid-range excellence!
The Poco X5 Pro is Xiaomi’s latest attempt to entice us with an affordable and technically competent mid-range smartphone. It is cheap with a current price around 375, but is it also technically capable? Let’s find out here and now in the NextPit review.
The Poco X5 Pro 5G in a nutshell
The Poco X5 Pro 5G has been available since February in two storage variants and three color options. The colors yellow, blue, and black are available for you to choose from. The storage options with their respective are:
- 6 GB RAM 128 GB internal storage: €349.90 (around 375)
- 8 GB RAM 256 GB internal storage: €399.90 (around 430)
Please note that the Poco X5 Pro is not officially available in the United States. Therefore, the mentioned in this article are listed in Euros as the device is readily available in Europe. However, if you are determined to get your hands on one, it may be possible to purchase it through a marketplace seller at a higher-than-average price.
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro 5G design and build quality
The Poco X5 Pro 5G is even more compact than the Poco X5 5G despite the identical display size. Visually, Poco remained true to itself here, but designed the Pro with a bit more angles compared to its base model.
What I liked:
What I disliked:
If I wanted to find fault with this handset, I would describe the Poco X5 Pro as similarly unspectacular in terms of looks as the Poco X5. However, they are not one hundred percent twins: With dimensions measuring 162.91 x 76.03 x 7.9 mm, the handset has become slimmer and is also lighter at 181 grams. Incidentally, it has also shrunk compared to its predecessor, the Poco X4 Pro.
Another difference compared to the Poco X5 is the more angular design, which does drop hints of Apple here. Exactly like the Poco X5 in its review, the Pro model also tilts when you put it on the table due to the raised camera hump. Otherwise, the smartphone feels good to the touch as it sits well in the hand, and made a high-quality impression on me.
Poco sent me the review unit in black, which looked good and prevents any fingerprint collection thanks to the matte surface. Alternatively, you can also pick up the device in yellow or blue hues.
Poco once again combined polycarbonate at the back with glass. In this case, we are looking at Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 in front. A quick look around the device revealed a power button located right below the volume rocker, which also functions as a very precise and responsive fingerprint scanner. The SIM slot at the bottom also accommodates two SIM cards, just like in the Poco X5. We’re rather disappointed that it is not a hybrid slot. so the device does not accept any microSD cards.
There is no official IP certification, although there was at least talk of IP53 in the run-up. However, Poco has given the smartphone a 3.5 mm audio jack and stereo sound! This made up for a weakness of the base model, which made the omission of the microSD slot even more annoying for me.
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro 5G display
The 6.67-inch AMOLED screen carries a resolution of 2400 x 1080 px, a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and a maximum brightness of 900 nits. The Poco X5 is actually brighter in this department!
What I liked:
What I disliked:
- Less bright than its predecessor.
Poco has come up with a “Flow AMOLED DotDisplay” and did mention something about a flexible display. However, the Chinese manufacturer did not offer us a foldable display here, but reduced the thickness of the device using a new construction method. On paper, the panel also offers everything that are expected to be included in this price range: a 120 Hz refresh rate, Full HD resolution, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 support.
The viewing angles are stable, so the colors do not change when you look at it from the side, and I generally like the display a lot. Perhaps the only drawback is that the peak brightness was specified at 900 nits, whereas it is 500 nits in normal use. The Poco X4 Pro is brighter, and even the Poco X5 offers more. However, that is not a major issue because even the pleasant February sun did not cause any serious problems during my review.
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro 5G software
MIUI 14 sounds great at first, but Poco still only gives us Android 12 with this handset. There is room for improvement in the Android interface also because of the presence of many preinstalled bloatware.
What I liked:
What I disliked:
Fans of unwanted pre-installed software will clap their hands enthusiastically at the Poco X5 Pro. Like the X5, Poco has also stuffed the Pro model to the rafters with a slew of unnecessary stuff. That is not really much to raise hue and cry about since you can get rid of ads in MIUI, but it is still annoying. However, I am even more stressed that we now know the first developer preview of Android 14 is now available and this being a brand new smartphone still shipped with Android 12.
At least MIUI 14 is a start, with Poco or Xiaomi being delightfully inconsistent in this department. Personally, I like plain Android skins more, but MIUI has plenty of fans and they should quickly find their way around the Poco X5 Pro. The software is also fast and offers many settings and customization options.
An always-on display is also available, but it is rather “semi-always-on”: You always have to click on the turned-off display before it ‘wakes up’ to show you the time or notifications. As in the Poco X5, I also like the blue illuminated display borders (you can also change the color) of the X5 Pro, which announces incoming notifications.
One more thought concerning software updates: You can expect two years of updates from Xiaomi, which means that the buck stops with Android 14, which was recently made available for the first time. In other words, the Poco X5 Pro is already at the end of the line. Security updates are available for three years. However, Xiaomi, i.e. Poco, still has plenty of room for improvement here.
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro 5G performance
Poco installed a Snapdragon 778G SoC in the X5 Pro and mated it with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. It is a pity that the latter is no longer expandable.
What I liked:
- Reasonable performance.
- No excessive heat development.
- Stereo speakers.
- 5G connectivity.
What I disliked:
Poco stuffed the established Snapdragon 778G SoC into the Poco X5 Pro as its ‘brain’ of choice. It does its job in many devices, such as the Xiaomi 12 Lite (review), without heating up excessively. Does this make it the perfect gaming machine? Well, there is of course a bit of room for improvement when you compare it to the top SoC performers.
But during my review when I fired Genshin Impact up, it was a pleasant gaming experience without having to enable the minimum graphic settings. There were no moments when the game froze or dropped frames, and apps launched quickly. Does no one believe me in this matter? Well then, take a look at the table below. You can see that the Poco X5 Pro beat both the Motorola Edge 30 Neo (review) and the Galaxy A53 (review) in 3D Mark’s Wild Life Stress Test.
The Poco X5 Pro 5G is also clear-cut in terms of connectivity. “5G” is already in the name after all, with NFC supported in addition to Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. The last two are an update compared to the predecessor and the Poco X5, where Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 5 will have to suffice.
It should also be mentioned that Poco gives us stereo sound here. In contrast to the Poco X5, there are two speakers available. They also sound quite decent to my ears, although it gets a bit scratchy when you crank up the volume. Just like Poco got the Dolby Vision stamp for the display, there is Dolby Atmos for the sound.
As with the X4 Pro, Poco relies on a 108 MP camera that delivers decent performance. In addition, there is an 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera and a 2 MP macro camera. Finally, a decent 16 MP shooter sits in front.
What I liked:
What I disliked:
- No real update to the predecessor.
- The ultra-wide angle camera is significantly weaker than the main camera.
- 2 MP macro sensor (this really has to stop).
So, let’s take a look at what Poco served us for the camera buffet:
- 108 MP main camera. aperture: f/1.9.
- 8 MP ultra-wide angle camera. FOV 120°.
- 2 MP macro camera. aperture: f/2.4.
- 16 MP front camera. aperture: f/2.4.
That sounds routine and also appropriate for this price segment of the smartphone market. Nevertheless, whenever I see this 2 MP macro crap crop up, I go crazy. Is this really still a marketing trick that anyone would fall for? Honestly, dear manufacturers: Please leave them out. Nobody really needs them. and you could even save on material costs.
Samsung’s 108 MP sensor does its job as routinely as in the predecessor and delivers decent photos, at least under good lighting conditions. Colors are realistic (which changes a bit in HDR mode), and you capture many details with everything looking crisp. The worse the lighting is, the more this superior performance crumbles. which is an obvious point.
At night, your photos will be much noisier, although I was able to take some decent photos in the streets of Dortmund at night, especially with night mode. It adds more details to your pictures, but sometimes also brightens up the scenery too much. Thanks to 9-in-1 pixel binning, you can shoot 12 MP photos. If you like, you can use the 108 MP mode for more detailed pictures. After all, someone has to use up the available memory, right?
I found the ultra-wide angle sensor to be much weaker, but this is not completely out of the blue considering the 8 MP resolution. There is too much noise in less optimal conditions and at night. oh, let’s not talk about night shots with this lens. If we can agree that you only use the main camera, you can be pleased with the Poco X5 Pro.
The fact that there is no optical image stabilization and no optical zoom does not change my opinion on the matter. We are playing in the 300 league here, remember! If you want to zoom, you should consider using the 108 MP mode and crop out the desired section.
What else? Oh yes: You can shoot 4K videos with 30 fps. At the very least this is something its predecessor was unable to do. Finally, the front-facing camera is decent but does not really stand out in any way. Portrait photos can be taken with it with the subject looking natural, nicely separated from the background.
The bottom line is, you get a camera array that was almost the same one as in the Poco X4 Pro, but it has not been significantly improved. You definitely get a fair camera performance for the money but if you have the predecessor, you can forget about the upgrade.