Poco X5 Pro review

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It’s been ten months since the Poco X4 Pro premiered, and naturally, at the breakneck pace of industry releases, it’s time for Poco’s next-generation smartphone to come out. And while the X4 Pro was a big step back from the X3 Pro in terms of performance, the new Poco X5 Pro focuses on fixing exactly that. It also brings screen and camera improvements and a new, more streamlined design.

The Poco X5 Pro doesn’t deviate much from the established formula – there aren’t huge upgrades, although there are enough improvements across the board to make you want to switch to the new model.

The highlights of the new Poco X5 Pro are its Dolby Vision display with 1B colors, the fast Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset, 128GB base storage and the 4K video recording is back!

Poco X5 Pro review

And if this Poco X5 Pro reminds you of another phone, it’s not surprising. It seems that this Poco will be the international version of the Redmi Note 12 Pro Speed ​​for China.

The Poco X5 Pro retains the 6.67-inch 1080p AMOLED panel with 120Hz refresh and HDR10 certification from the previous models. But now it has been upgraded with 10-bit color depth and Dolby Vision support.

The most prominent change, however, is the chipset. While the Poco X3 Pro ran on the flagship-grade Snapdragon 860 SoC, the X4 Pro went for the lower mid-range Snapdragon 695 chip. Well, gaming performance is back on the table with the X5 Pro and its capable Snapdragon 778G platform. The basic configuration is now 6GB of RAM with 128GB of non-expandable storage, but you can also opt for an 8GB + 256GB version.

The camera department appears to be identical to that of the Poco X4 Pro – a triple setup on the back with a 108MP primary, an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro shooters, plus a 16MP selfie cam. There’s 4K video recording for the primary camera now, likely thanks to the Snapdragon chip upgrade.

Poco X5 Pro review

Other familiar essential specs remain the same – stereo speakers, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast charging. The new Poco X5 Pro still runs on Android 12, but with the latest MIUI 14 on top.

Finally, we’d like to acknowledge the refined design – while the shape of the phone and the huge black blob around the cameras remain the same, the rear panels aren’t as flashy as before – the X5 Pro comes in simple black, blue and yellow colors, no effects, no gradients.

Poco X5 Pro specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 162.9 x 76.0 x 7.9mm, 181g; Gorilla Glass 5 front, plastic back, plastic frame; IP53, dust and splash resistant.
  • Screen: 6.67″ OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 500 nits (typ), 900 nits (HBM), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 395ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G 5G (6 nm): Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 3×2.2 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×1.9 GHz Cortex-A55); Adreno 642L.
  • Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; UFS 2.2.
  • OS/Software: Android 13, MIUI 14.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 108MP, f/1.9, 1/1.52″, 0.7µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, 119˚, 1/4″, 1.12 µm; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.0 µm.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, [email protected], gyro-EIS; Front camera: [email protected]/60fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; 67W cable, PD3.0, QC3+.
  • Miscellaneous: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC (market dependent); Infrared port; 3.5 mm jack; stereo speakers.

Looking through the Poco X5 Pro specifications, we don’t see many omissions. The phone has many fan-favorite features like dual SIM 5G, NFC, two speakers, an IR blaster and an audio jack. And like other Poco and Redmi phones, this one is also splash resistant.

However, one feature has been retired since the Poco X4 Pro and that is the microSD expansion slot. And there are people out there who won’t take it so well.

Unboxing the Poco X5 Pro

The Poco X5 Pro comes in a black box containing a 67W power adapter, a 6A rated USB cable and a transparent protective case.

Poco X5 Pro review

The X5 Pro also comes with a scratch-resistant film already applied to the screen. It’s a smudge magnet, and we peeled it off after a few days, but many people will appreciate having it.

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