Poco X5 Series officially debuts in the global market, including India. The latest smartphone series includes the base Poco X5 5G and the Poco X5 Pro 5G model. According to reports, the newly launched Poco X5 Pro 5G is a rebranded version of the Redmi Note 12 Pro Speed Edition. To recall, this Redmi Note 12 Pro Speed Edition variant is exclusive to China and debuted in December 2022. Both the latest Poco X series handsets come with 5G support—furthermore, these mobile phones run on Android 12 out of the box.
Poco X5 Series Global
The Poco X5 Pro 5G variant features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor. This Snapdragon 778G chipset is one of the most popular in the mid-premium smartphone category. Simultaneously, the vanilla Poco X5 5G packs in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset. The Poco X5 Pro is the successor to last year’s highly popular Poco X4 Pro. With the launch of the Poco X5 Series, the Chinese smartphone makers will take on some of the popular rival smartphones from other competitors. These smartphones include Realme 10 Pro Plus 5G, iQOO Z6 Pro, and Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge 5G in India.
Poco X5 Pro 5G launched
After the launch of the Poco X4 Pro, it has been ten months since the company launched something new under the Poco X Series. Plus, the increasing competition in the global market leads the company to launch the next-generation smartphone. To recall, Poco X4 Pro was not such a significant upgrade in terms of performance over the Poco X3 Pro. Poco mainly focused on performance improvements with Poco X5 Pro to fix this issue. The newly launched Poco X Series handset also improves its display and cameras.
Moreover, the new streamlined design is one of the main highlighting factors of the Poco X5 Pro. The recent Poco X5 Pro highlights include the Dolby Vision display, faster Snapdragon processor, and 4K video recording feature. The features mentioned above remind us of other popular smartphones already launched in China. The Poco X5 Pro 5G is the rebadged version of the Redmi Note 12 Pro Speed Edition for China.
Poco X5 Series price and availability
Poco Global officially unveiled the latest smartphones under the Poco X5 Series. The Poco X5 5G launch and the Poco X5 Pro 5G have refreshed the Poco X lineup for the global markets. The Poco X5 Pro 5G is the more trending variant among the two newly launched smartphones.
Poco X5 5G price and availability
The vanilla Poco X5 5G comes in two storage configuration variants. The Poco X5 5G base variant packs 6GB RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Another variant has a higher 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Poco X5 price for the base variant starts at roughly USD 249, roughly Rs 20600. While the higher variant of Poco X5 5G comes with a price tag of USD 299, roughly Rs 24700.
With an early bird offer, the Poco X5 5G comes at a discounted price. Under this offer, the base variant of Poco X5 is available for USD 199, roughly Rs 16500. At the same time, the 8GB RAM Poco X5 variant comes with a new price tag of USD 249, roughly Rs 20600. The vanilla Poco X5 colors include three options – Black, Blue, and Green.
Poco X5 Pro price and availability
The Poco X5 Pro 5G comes in two storage configurations. Here, the Poco X5 Pro 5G base variant comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. The price for the base variant of Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro starts at USD 299, roughly Rs 24700. The other top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage is priced at USD 349, which is approximately Rs 28900.
As an early bird offer, the 6GB Poco X5 Pro 5G is available at USD 249, roughly Rs 20600. At the same time, the 8GB RAM variant of Poco X5 Pro comes for USD 299, roughly Rs 24700. In India, the Poco X5 Pro starts at Rs 22999. In terms of color options, the Poco X5 Pro is offered in three distinct colorways – Black, Blue, and Yellow.
Poco X5 Specifications
The newly launched Poco X5 5G is a dual SIM (Nano) Android smartphone. It runs on the latest MIUI 14 on top of Android 12. The Poco X5 5G features a 6.67-inch AMOLED Full-HD+ Display. Moreover, this display comes with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Poco X5 Display gets a screen resolution of 1080*2400 pixels.
Under the hood, an octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC powers the newly launched Poco X5 5G smartphone. This chipset has up to 8GB RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. The Poco X5 Camera system has a 48MP triple rear camera setup for optics. Also Read – Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra – best smartphone camera DXOmark suggests
An 8MP secondary lens and a 2MP sensor accompany the 48MP primary camera sensor. The front-facing camera is a 16MP shooter for selfies and video calling. Regarding connectivity options, the latest Poco X series smartphone gets support for Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC. The handset features a 5000mAh battery and support for up to 33W Fast charging.
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro Specifications
With the presence of Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G, the newly launched Poco X5 Pro 5G becomes a more exciting offering from the Chinese smartphone makers. Now, let’s take a deep look at this Pro variant from the company. Like the Poco X4 Pro, the Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro 5G also keeps the 6.67-inch AMOLED Full-HD+ Display panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. Although, with 10-bit color depth and Dolby Vision support, the X5 Pro variant gets minor upgrades in the display section.
Poco X3 Pro came with the flagship-grade Snapdragon 860 SoC. At the same time, the Poco X4 Pro went with a lower Snapdragon 695 chipset. With a lower mid-range Snapdragon chipset, Poco could have met the consumer’s expectations. To offer top-grade performance, the Poco X5 Pro 5G launched with a more capable Snapdragon 778G platform. Along with Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G, the base variant now has 6GB RAM and 128GB non-expandable storage. However, you can also go with Poco X5 Pro 256GB storage variant.
The camera department is identical to the Poco X4 Pro. The newly launched Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro 5G also has a triple rear camera setup. The primary camera is a 108MP sensor. The secondary 8MP camera is an ultrawide sensor with a 2MP macro shooter. This Pro variant gets a 16MP front shooter for selfies and video calls. Furthermore, thanks to its upgraded Snapdragon chipset, the Poco X5 Pro Primary camera is capable of 4K video recording.
Regarding other essential specs, the Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro 5G comes with similar stereo speakers. This Poco X Series handset has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for device authentication. The hardware is backed by a 5000mAh battery with a 67W fast charging solution. Unfortunately, the Poco X5 Pro still runs on the Android 12 OS. But it comes with the latest MIUI 14 on top of it.
Interestingly, this Poco phone could favor many users as it comes with Dual 5G SIM and NFC support. Moreover, it also gets Xiaomi fan favorite IR Blaster. Additionally, it also receives an audio jack. Like any Redmi, Realme smartphone, this Poco phone also gets splash resistance certification.
Poco X5 Pro Specs at Glance
- Body: 162.9×76.0x7.9mm, 181g; Gorilla Glass 5 front, plastic back, plastic frame; IP53, dust and splash resistant.
- Display: 6.67″ OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, 500 nits, 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 storage.
- OS/Software: Android 13, MIUI 14. Also Read – 48 Megapixel camera phone on Oppo Online store
- Rear camera: Wide (central): 108 MP, f/1.9, 1/1.52″, 0.7µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, 119˚, 1/4″, 1.12µm; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4.
- Front camera: 16 MP, (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.0µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@960fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p@30/60fps.
- Battery: 5000mAh; 67W wired, PD3.0, QC3+.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC (market dependent); Infrared port; 3.5mm jack; stereo speakers.
Poco X5 Pro 5G Unboxing
The brand-new Poco X5 5G Pro comes with a 67W Charger in a black box. The retail box also packs a 6A USB Type C cable and a transparent protective case. Interestingly, the Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro comes with a pre-applied scratch resistance film. This film protects the handset from scratches and smudges. This could be a positive point for many smartphone users. Now, lets take a look at the Poco X5 Review on this Pro variant.
Poco X5 Pro 5G Design
The recently launched Poco X5 5G Pro comes with a redefined design. Considering the Poco X5 build and price, the new model’s design is quite similar to the one already seen on the Poco X4 Pro and the Redmi Note 11 devices. Indeed, the latest Poco X Series handset has a familiar design for the front and rear panels. The front panel gets a flat design along with a balanced frame. As mentioned above, the X5 Pro also has splash resistance, just like the recently launched Xiaomi-made phones.
The back panel design has been toned down. The new handset comes with a mono-colored matte finish. The camera bump on the rear panel is minor; the module gets a glass finish. I got the Yellow color unit, which looks good on the Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro. Moreover, Yellow has always been the signature color for Poco smartphones. The back panel and the frame get a plastic material build. It comes with a pleasant matte finish. To recall, the Poco X3 Pro back panel comes with a plastic material build.
Following the previous trend, the rear panel on the Poco X5 5G Pro still features one big black blob for the camera module. Half of the black portion is an actual glass container that features the camera module. The rest portion is just painted black. The camera module gets the primary, ultra-wide camera sensor and a macro lens. There is a single LED Flash that flushes with the camera island.
The front display is an improved AMOLED screen with a 6.67-inch diagonal size. It offers an extended 1080p (Full-HD+) resolution. Moreover, the display also gets HDR10+ certification and support for a 120Hz refresh rate. But that’s not all; the Poco X5 5G Pro also offers 10-bit color depth and Dolby Vision. The device gets a center hole punch for a dated 16MP selfie camera.
The Poco X5 Pro display gets relatively even bezels on each side. Even bezels need to become more familiar with mid-range phones. The latest poco phone gets stereo speakers. The top speaker gets two outlets. One of the outlets is a front-facing earpiece. The other outlet works as a speaker at the top of the frame. The second speaker is at the bottom of the X5 Pro. Overall, the sound balance is decent and satisfactory.
The left edge is clean. At the same time, the volume and the power keys sit on the right edge of the Poco smartphone. The power button/ lock key is painted yellow and doubles as the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate. It can be triggered by either Touch or Press, depending on the user’s work style.
The top edge of the phone gets an additional set of speakers. It also receives the audio jack, the IR Blaster, and a secondary noise cancellation microphone. The bottom edge of the Poco X5 5G Pro smartphone accommodates the primary microphone, the secondary speaker, and the USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. Additionally, there is a dual-SIM tray slot as well.
In-Hand Feel and Experience
Overall, the build quality of the Poco X5 Pro is good. It comes in a reasonable size and weight. The in-hand grip is decent enough, all thanks to its no-nonsense design. I still recommend you use the handset with the protective case. With a protective case, you will get complete protection. Moreover, it will prevent the handset from wobbling when laid on a flat surface. Remember, the Poco X5 Pro protective case comes out of the box.
Poco X5 5G Pro Display
The Poco X5 Pro display features an updated 6.67-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED panel. This is an improved display from the Poco X4 Pro and the Redmi Note 11 series phones. The improvement comes in the form of support for 10-bit color depth. Moreover, now the display can support over 1 Billion colors. Additionally, it also gets HDR10+ help with Dolby Vision content.
Regarding technical specs, the Poco X Series smartphone display offers 1080*2400 pixels display resolution. Poco X5 Pro pixel density is 395ppi. Moreover, it also provides a 120Hz screen refresh rate and a 240Hz touch response rate. Poco offers Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the latest Poco X5 Pro smartphone for screen protection.
During the launch event, Poco promised that the X5 Pro could offer a typical brightness of 500 nits. Moreover, the peak brightness can reach up to 900 nits. During my testing, the display on my unit reached a peak brightness of 912 nits. At the same time, the typical brightness levels are around 480-490 nits. The minimum intelligence at the point reached two nits. This means that the overall display quality of the Poco X5 5G Pro smartphone is excellent.
As mentioned above, the Poco X5 Pro display supports DCI-P3’s vast color space. The handset offers three different color modes for display color options. These color options include Vivid, Saturated (DCI-P3 with saturation boost), and Standard (sRGB). Moreover, you can fine-tune the color temperature for each mode.
Poco X5 Pro also gets a custom mode, where you can select the color gamut and pleasing tune colors, saturation, hue, contrast, and Gamma levels. The Vivid mode is the default option that reproduces DCI-P3 Colours. I found the color accuracy to be pretty accurate. Also Read – MIUI 12.5 update list for Poco series smartphones
The Poco X5 Pro display supports up to 120Hz refresh rate. The latest Poco smartphone has two refresh rate modes – Custom and Default. Furthermore, the screen supports up to four fixed refresh rates – 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz. Both the 120Hz refresh rate and default refresh rate works the same. Most of the apps and system UI runs butter smooth, even at 90Hz. Overall, I found no lag or issue while opening, closing, and switching between apps.
Even while interacting with the user interface, the device responds excellently. For online streaming, the Poco X5 Pro comes with Widevine L1 support. Full HD streaming with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support is possible on the latest Poco smartphone. You can stream such content across all the popular platforms, including Netflix. Also Read – MIUI 12.5 update release date in India
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro 5G Battery Life
Poco X5 Pro 5G battery life is crucial in deciding whether to go for this device—the all-new Poco mobile phone packs in a 5000mAh battery. With Snapdragon 778G chipset, the battery life is much better than its predecessor. The battery life on Poco X5 Pro turned out to be in line with its competitors, such as Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE and Samsung Galaxy A52s.
I tested my Poco smartphone unit by making a few calls, web browsing, and doing a video playback test. Although, I was disappointed with the standby performance. The overall standby performance of the device was below average. Overall, the battery life is decent on the newly launched Poco X Series smartphone.
With a 5000mAh battery, the Poco X5 Pro 5G does not feel hefty. The 5000mAh battery on Poco X5 Pro comes with up to 67W fast wired charging. Moreover, the smartphone ships with a 67W Poco charger. During my testing, I found that in just 15 minutes, the 67W charging brick can power the smartphone by up to 45 percent. After 40 minutes, the charging status increased to up to 81 percent. My unit got fully charged in just 52 minutes. Unfortunately, there is no optimized night charging settings on the Poco X5 Pro.
Poco X5 Pro Audio and Sound
As mentioned above, the Poco X5 Pro comes with dual stereo speakers. The placement of the speakers is good, both on top and bottom. This speaker system supports the Dolby Atmos enhancement. The top speaker gets two outlets. One on the top and one front-facing. The sound comes from both. However, muting either speaker will reduce the audio quality.
The experience while watching movies and listening to audio without the Dolby Atmos enhancement was average during my testing. I recommend you keep the Dolby Sound ON. It will increase the loudness and makes the music experience much richer with better vocals and more bass. Overall, Poco X5 Pro is a perfect device in terms of loudness. Excellent is the only complimenting word that can describe its sound quality. The vocals are good. Some bass is also present. High-range sounds are average.
MIUI 14 on Poco X5 Pro
The latest Poco X5 Pro 5G is the first smartphone with the MIUI 14 skin out of the box. This will be the first time users will get a taste of MIUI 14 and its features in more depth. Sadly, this custom Skin is based on Android 12 OS instead of Android 13. However, I expect the company to soon push the new update with the latest version of the OS.
The all-new MIUI 14 brings optimization. Chinese smartphone makers claim that this MIUI skin is more optimized and streamlined. MIUI 14 updates the system architecture on the Android Kernel level with increased CPU, GPU, and memory resources. The new lighter system firmware size results in decreased memory usage. Xiaomi claims that the latest MIUI runs 60 percent smoother than its predecessor.
The Poco X5 Pro 256GB model provides 225GB of free storage space out of the box. Besides this, other optimization includes automatic compression for apps that the users do not actively use. The latest MIUI also provides a toggle to turn off permanent notifications. In terms of customization, the new custom skin brings customizable folders with regular and large icons. It also offers new widget options with various shapes and sizes.
MIUI 14 for Poco still needs to catch up on some features. MIUI 14 is rumored to include enhanced (device-based) text extraction from gallery photos and duplicate file merging. End-to-end encryption and local on-device processing of user data should be implemented to improve privacy. A new Smart Devices option in the control center in MIUI 14 should allow you to drag and drop Xiaomi accessories like wireless earphones between Xiaomi devices. This feature will remove the hassle of pairing the earbuds with other devices.
My experience with MIUI 14 for Poco
Overall, the MIUI interface on Poco X5 Pro is more or less standard, with minor Poco blends. Unfortunately, the Always-on-display functionality can never be set to Always ON. It can appear for a maximum of 10 seconds after a tap. The Notification effect on X5 Pro works perfectly fine. Here, with each new notification, the edges of the display light up. This effect can work with or without the AOD.
The Poco X5 Pro home Screens are nothing special. These are populated with shortcuts, folders, and widgets. The leftmost panel is enabled for Google Discover feeds. You can either disable it or swap it with Xiaomi’s App Vault widget. Also Read – MIUI Poco phone list for MIUI 12.5 update in India
MIUI 14 for Poco comes with App Drawer, which can’t be disabled. The app drawer is nothing different. By default, it can automatically organize the apps into categories, which can be edited or disabled altogether. MIUI 14 also offers split screen support along with Floating Window. You can use some floating Windows apps like Calculator, Chrome, etc. Remember, not all apps are compatible with this feature.
Themes always play a vital role in the MIUI skin. With MIUI 14, new themes have been updated for Poco phones. Now you can download the ones directly from the Theme stores. Users can also change wallpapers, ringtones, system icons, etc. Moreover, Super Wallpapers are also available in the Theme Store.
Multimedia Apps on MIUI
MIUI 14 skin comes with proprietary multimedia apps. These include Gallery, Music, Mi Video, and others. An MIUI File Manger also comes pre-loaded. Since Poco X5 Pro comes with an IR Blaster, the Mi Remote app also comes preloaded on the handset. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy F12 release date
MIUI 14 also offers a separate security app on the latest Poco phone. It can scan the smartphone for the virus and block such apps. Moreover, it can manage or restrict the user’s data usage. You can configure the battery behaviors using this Security app and free up some RAM. Moreover, it also manages different permissions allocated to installed apps.
Memory Extension Feature
MIUI 14 for Poco offers a Memory Extension option. This feature comes active by default. Users can choose between 2GB, 3GB, and 5GB of internal storage to be reserved for serving as a RAM extension. Talking about some shortcomings, the MIUI ROM has ads in default apps. However, with my Poco X5 Pro unit, I didn’t see any apps; even the ad option was turned on. If you see ads in your unit, you can turn them off. However, this can be tedious for some users, as you have to do it for every system app.
Poco X5 Pro Performance
The Poco X5 Pro features the popular Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset. It is a significant upgrade over the last year’s Snapdragon 695 SoC. To recall, this Snapdragon 695 chipset powers up the previous year’s Poco X4 Pro smartphone. The octa-core Snapdragon 778G comes from TSMC’s foundries, built on a 6nm fabrication process.
Snapdragon 778G architecture
This processor has four Kryo 670 cores @2.4GHz, based on Cortex-A78 cores. At the same time, the other four Kryo 670 Silver cores are clocked @ 1.8GHz, based on Cortex A-55 cores. This Snapdragon CPU has a high-end Adreno 642L GPU and an X53 5G modem, offering up to 3.3Gbps download speeds.
X5 Pro RAM and ROM
Now, while talking about the Poco X5 Pro smartphone, the base variant comes with 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. Users can also opt for more 8GB RAM and 256GB storage variants for better configuration. However, remember there is no microSD card slot on the latest Poco X series smartphone for storage expansion.
Based on my experience, the Poco X5 Pro is the fastest processor in this midrange segment. The same goes for the Adreno GPU with the Snapdragon 778G SoC. This GPU can handle any graphic-intensive games with ease.
Overall, Poco X5 Pro offers outstanding performance in this class. The handset is adequately equipped with modern hardware and a cooling system. With such a hardware combination, the Poco smartphone performs fast and is incredibly stable. I am highly impressed with Snapdragon 778G, even after begin two and half years old processor.
Quad Camera setup on Poco X5 Pro
Poco X5 Pro has a triple camera module on the back and a single selfie camera on the front. The camera setup is identical to its predecessor Poco X4 Pro 5G model. The primary camera is a high-resolution sensor, and the secondary lens is an ultra-wide sensor. At the same time, the third camera on the back is a macro lens. The selfie camera is a regular lens on the display’s center top.
Like the Poco X4 Pro, the Poco X5 Pro’s primary camera uses a 108MP Samsung ISOCELL HM2 1/1.52″ sensor. It comes with a 24mm focal length and an f/1.9 aperture lens. Moreover, the primary camera sensor also supports PDAF and Night Mode.
The secondary camera is an ultra-wide sensor with an 8MP Samsung S5K4H7 ISOCELL Slim sensor. The focus on this lens is fixed at infinity. Like the primary camera, it also gets Night Mode support on the latest X5 Pro.
The macro camera is a 2MP Omnivision 02B10 sensor with an f/2.4 aperture lens. The focus on the third camera is fixed at about 4cm away.
Regarding the selfie camera, the 16MP Omnivision OV16A1Q sensor has a Quad-Bayer filter. It gets an f/2.45 aperture lens and gets a fixed focus. Instead of producing upscaled 16MP selfies, this camera can click 4MP images.
Camera App on Poco X5 Pro
The camera app is straightforward on the Poco X5 Pro. For essential operation, you can side-swipe for changing modes. Moreover, tap on the modes to switch to those directly. Up and down swipes don’t work to switch between the front and rear cameras. Additionally, you can also add, remove and rearrange these camera modes.
The less used or unused modes can still be accessed from the More Tab. The camera app also gets a Hamburger menu to access additional options, including Macro Mode, and to access settings. You can also access the HDR switch, an AI toggle, and a shortcut to Google Lens under this menu.
The camera app also gets a capable Pro mode, where you can tweak the shooting parameters. You can use either the primary or the ultrawide cameras with Pro Mode. It also offers a White Balance preset and light temperature adjustment slider. There are options for manual focusing with a slider. Moreover, the shutter speed can adjust between 1/4000s to 30s for both primary and ultrawide cameras. The Pro Mode also offers a small histogram for color accuracy.
Besides this, there are extra modes, including Long Exposure with different presets. These include moving crowds, neon trails, oil painting, lighting, etc. The Night Mode is also available on both primary and ultrawide cameras. Furthermore, there is also Auto Night Mode with default settings.
Poco X5 Pro Camera Quality
The primary camera on Poco X5 Pro can click 12MP photos by default. These images turned out to be excellent. Although the detailing needs to be more significant, you can’t complain much. Considering it is a mid-range phone, the images are decent enough.
The images clicked with the primary camera offer excellent contrast levels. The colors are realistic and natural. Moreover, the dynamic range is decent. Most of the images are noise-free. The details could be slightly better. In complex shots, the background details get smeared or over-sharpened.
The camera app on X5 Pro has a 2x zoom toggle on the viewfinder. The details on the 2x zoom images are slightly better than the cropped images. The output images are upscaled from 12MP images by default. Although, the details in zoom images are poor. However, the rest of the contrast, colors, and dynamic range are much better.
2. Portrait Shots
The portrait shots from the primary camera are excellent. I can easily distinguish between the foreground and background. Furthermore, the background blur is also pleasing. The prime subject is well-exposed. Edge detection is also perfect, with decent sharpness. Overall, the portrait images are good, but in some cases, details can be a genuine concern for some users.
3. 108MP image
The primary camera on the Poco X5 Pro can click decent 108MP shots. The 108MP images are below average in terms of details. However, the colors, dynamic range, and contrast are highly accurate. Most of the images clicked are noisy. The 108MP image quality is average on the latest Poco X5 Pro.
The 8MP ultra-wide camera can click some good photos. The ultra-wide images offer enough details. The corners are skillfully rounded off. The noise level in these images is low. Furthermore, the colors turn out to be realistic and natural. The contrast levels are average at times. Similar is the case with dynamic range. With an ultra-wide camera, the Auto HDR fires by default in most of the images. However, the image quality is the same. Overall, the ultra-wide camera is below average.
The 2MP macro camera is useless. It clicks rather horrible shots. The details on these shots could be better. The noise level and sharpness are on the higher side. Although, the colors do look good. But the quality could have been better.
The 16MP selfie camera works excellently. It comes with portrait selfie mode. The Quad Bayer Camera offers average details. But, it excels in noise reduction, color accuracy, and white balance. Moreover, the dynamic range and contrast are decent enough on the Poco X5 Pro selfie camera.
Poco X5 Pro Video Quality
The Poco X5 Pro 5G smartphone supports 4K video recording at 30fps. This 4K video recording is possible with the primary camera. Furthermore, the main camera can record 1080p videos at both 30fps and 60fps.
However, with an ultrawide camera, the video recording capability maxes out at 1080p at 30fps. At the same time, the selfie camera can record 1080p videos at 30fps and 60fps. Furthermore, Electronic Stabilization works across all the shooting modes on all the cameras. In 4K videos, the video bitrate is about 50Mbps. While in 1080p videos, the bitrate is 19Mbps. Similarly, Audio recording is possible in stereo mode at 96kbps bitrate.
As mentioned above, the primary camera is capable of 4K video recording. The 4K videos are excellent. The video samples are detailed, while the sharpening levels are balanced. The noise levels in daylight conditions are low. All other details, including colors, dynamic range, and contrast levels, are significant.
The 4K video quality is good in low-light conditions, even though it gets some noise. The video footage provides good colors and Exposure. The overall quality of the video sample is average.
The 1080p Videos from the ultra-wide camera are also good. The details in the video sample are enough, considering the video resolution. The colors are accurate. The dynamic range and contrast levels could be better.
With the Poco X5 Pro launch, the Poco X Series is back on track. The new X5 Pro smartphone improves in every aspect, including design, screen, performance, camera, and battery life. The yellow Poco X5 Pro 5G could be an eye-catcher for some users.
Adding a 120Hz OLED refresh rate is a big plus on the latest X5 Pro 5G. The smartphone offers up to 900 nits of peak brightness, HDR10, and Dolby Vision certifications. The dual stereo speaker comes with Dolby Atmos support. Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G is one of the most popular chipsets among mid-range phones. This Qualcomm chipset powers Galaxy A52s, Nothing Phone 1 apart from the Poco X5 Pro.
Talking about the negative points, the camera department on Poco X5 Pro is still disappointing as the Poco X4 Pro. The photo quality on X5 Pro is the same as the X4 Pro. However, a newer chipset allows the smartphone to offer 4K video recording. Besides this, the missing microSD slot could be a deal-breaker. Furthermore, FM Radio is also absent.
MIUI 14 and Android 12 OS work like a charm on the latest Poco X series smartphone. Under the hood, optimization allows the device to perform decently well. Overall, the Poco X5 Pro is a good sequel with minor shortcomings. Considering the specs sheet, it is one of the best smartphones in this price bracket.