We have been using the Poco X5 Pro 5G for the past couple of weeks. The design, comfort, and functionality of this phone were all fantastic. The cost, which starts at Rs 22,999, is also excellent and represents great value for money. Yet, it does have a few quirks that we shall discuss in this Poco X5 Pro 5G review.
Poco X5 Pro 5G Review: Design and Display
We have to admit that the Poco’s Yellow colour is stunning. It is a mellow yellow that is pleasant to the eye because it is not very intense. It has a matte finish that deters the accumulation of smudges and fingerprints. The design is also extremely similar to that of the Poco X4 Pro from the previous year. It features a wide camera module with the same boxy shape.
Nevertheless, because the company opted for plastic construction this time around rather than glass, the smartphone does not seem extremely premium. As a result, this move has also significantly reduced weight, which now only weighs 180 grams. Triple rear cameras are placed up on a large area on the back panel. The device has an IP53 certification for splash and dust resistance.
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The power button with the yellow accent that also functions as a fingerprint scanner steals the show because it operates so quickly and accurately. It should be noted that the Poco Yellow colour option only has this yellow power button, but the blue and black versions of this phone have the matching colour button.
The Poco X5 Pro 5G’s 6.67-inch HD AMOLED Display boasts an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz. The screen’s maximum brightness is 900 nits, and its touch sampling rate is 240Hz. The display is HDR10+ compatible and protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
The device is buttery smooth thanks to the 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate, especially when you’re scrolling through a webpage or your preferred social media app. As was already said, it has an adaptive refresh rate, thus depending on the content you are viewing, it will shift between 30, 60, 90, and 120Hz. Moreover, this lengthens battery life.
We streamed 4K HDR content on YouTube, and it played flawlessly at full 4K resolution without any lag or frame drops. There is also Widevine L1 certification which streams content from OTT apps like Netflix, and Amazon videos at full definition. Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision are also supported by the phone. The brightness is quite amazing and the colours are calibrated nicely.
Dual stereo speakers up the ante, but Dolby Atmos makes it much more immersive—trust us—it feels like you’re in a small theatre.
We are happy to find that the headphone jack is still present — this is not a frequent thing. Now that your wired headphones are connected, you can listen to clear audio. The device also comes with an IR blaster which is such an undervalued piece of technology. You may use the Mi Remote app to operate your gadgets like your AC all the time. It is quite useful.
Poco X5 Pro 5G Review: Performance and Cameras
The Poco X5 Pro 5G is equipped with a 6nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Processor and an Adreno 642L GPU. It does indeed support 5G. Performance-wise, it is dependable and consistent. Multitasking, switching between apps and opening them all performed flawlessly. We didn’t experience any latency or app crashes during any of these days. Our device has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage out of the box.
It supports LPDDR4X RAM, which can be increased to a maximum of 13GB by an additional 5GB using the RAM extension options. The majority of your recently used apps will remain in memory thanks to this.
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Call of Duty was a fantastic game on this mid-range phone, and we only played it for a short while, but it was a great experience. You get gameplay that is snappy, intuitive, and very fluid. After playing nonstop for 30 minutes, the smartphone did begin to heat up, but not enough to make it unpleasant.
In terms of software, MIUI 14 for Android 12 is being used. Such a good thing that we get the latest MIUI version but Android 13 along with that would have been great. To counter this, Poco has pledged to provide its smartphone with 3 years of security patches and 2 years of Android OS updates. Overall, the OS has undergone extensive optimization and is undoubtedly cleaner than previous iterations, although bloatware is still a major problem. Of course, you can remove the apps you don’t need from this list as well.
Getting to the camera, Poco X5 Pro 5G boasts a triple rear camera setup, the primary one of which is a 108-megapixel ISOCELL HM2 main sensor. A 2-megapixel macro camera and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens are included too. A 16-megapixel selfie camera is located on the front. The back camera module can record 4K video at 30 frames per second, whereas the selfie camera can record full-HD film at 120 frames per second.
The back camera’s daytime pictures are flawless. They provide outstanding colour reproduction and a fantastic dynamic range. The primary sensor’s clarity is just remarkable. The skies are incredibly detailed and don’t get blown up. This portrait capture, which once again performs an excellent job with edge detection, produces some incredibly beautiful results.
The 8-megapixel sensor’s ultra-wide photos have beautiful colours that are sharp and have a respectable dynamic range. They generally get good detail.
Now, the 2-megapixel macro images are decent. In fact, you can take pictures up close and personal.
In direct sunlight, the 16-megapixel selfies do overexpose. Although the dynamic range isn’t the highest, the crispness is still excellent. Even if portrait shots have good edge recognition, they are nonetheless overexposed and very flat.
The rear camera can capture 4K videos at 30 frames per second that are sharp and barely shaken. Full HD video can be captured by the front camera, however, it feels overexposed and is best used indoors.
As for the battery, it has a 5,000mAh capacity and can easily power the device for a day or perhaps a day and a half under moderate use. The phone can be charged from 0 to 100% in less than an hour using the included 67-watt charger.
If your budget is between 20 and 25K, the Poco X5 Pro 5G (price starts at Rs 22,999) checks off every requirement you have for a smartphone. It has a 120Hz AMOLED display, outstanding performance, and sturdy construction. We won’t complain too much about the user interface, but Pixel is your only option if you prefer a cleaner UI. Over that, the gaming experience won’t disappoint you. Also, the battery’s and charging performance are rather good. Beyond the software, this is a great package to purchase.
Poco X5 Pro 5G Pros
- Decent design
- Good battery life
Poco X5 Pro 5G Cons
- You get Android 12
- Average cameras
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