Poco X5 review

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Poco X5 5G is here – another specific offer in an already extensive range of specific offers. Between screen types, camera hardware and chipset features, there’s a reasonably priced Poco for everyone – now even more so.

The X5 in particular insists on next-generation connectivity – as stated in its official name and on the box. In that sense, it’s a notch above the LTE-limited M5 and M5s. But the Snapdragon 695 makes up for ultimate performance and 4K recording for the 5G – the M5s has 4K. The X5 Pro, on the other hand, gets the Snapdragon 778 for a noticeable performance upgrade (at an extra cost, of course).

The 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with 120Hz capability is one of the main selling points – spec-wise, it matches the one on the Pro in all aspects but maximum brightness, while it’s superior to the screens on the M series on a or other way.

The camera system is in a similar intermediate position. The Poco X5 gets a regular camera and an ultrawide (so better than the UW-less M5), but that main camera isn’t quite as highly specced as the M5s’ or X5 Pro’s.

Xiaomi Poco X5 specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 165.9×76.2×8.0mm, 188g; glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic frame, plastic back; IP53, dust and splash resistant.
  • Screen: 6.67″ AMOLED, 120Hz, 1200 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 660 Silver); Adreno 619.
  • Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 12, MIUI 13.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 48MP, f/1.8, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8MP, f/2.2; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 13 MP, f/2.5, (wide).
  • Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected]; Front camera: 1080p at 30 fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; 33W cable.
  • Miscellaneous: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); infrared port; 3.5 mm jack; NFC.

Another ‘middle option’ can be found if you pull out the card tray – the X5 has a split cutout for microSD and the second SIM, while the M5 and M5s have dedicated memory slots and the X5 Pro has none. A moderately unpleasant blemish on the spec sheet is the single speaker – a rarity on recent Xiaomi phones and one of the few areas where the X5 is closest to the M5.

In a way, all that differentiation makes sense – the X5 is kind of a new model, as there wasn’t a vanilla X4 last year, so it has to carve out a niche for itself. There are also a handful of Redmi Note 12s that have one or the other slightly different, and the global vanilla 12 is arguably the closest to this Poco (different chipset, possibly brighter screen). Whether such granular segmentation is really necessary is a question that we cannot answer, but we will at least try to establish how good the Poco X5 itself is.

Poco X5 unboxing

The X5 arrives in the usual Poco cardboard packaging – a black lid with yellow lettering covers a yellow box.

Poco X5 review

Inside, the contents are not out of the ordinary either. You get a full set of accessories to get you started – a 33W charger and a USB-A-to-C cable, plus a basic transparent case for protection.

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