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Poco X5 Pro is a mighty upgrade

Poco X5 Pro comes with the Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset inside, which is a great upgrade over the Snapdragon 695 5G chipset inside the Poco X4 Pro

Update : 08 Mar 2023, 05:52 PM

Xiaomi released the new Poco X5 Pro only ten months after the release of the Poco X4 Pro and the phone can easily be considered a worthy upgrade over its predecessor. 

Granted, looking from the outside, you may not notice much of a difference between the two devices. However, if you take a look inside, you will surely be impressed by how much Xiaomi has upgraded within just ten months. 

Poco X5 Pro is not officially available in Bangladesh yet. However, several smartphone shops in Basundhara City are selling it — mostly imported from India — at Tk31,000 for the 6GB RAM, 128GB storage version and Tk36,000 for the 8GB RAM, 256GB storage version. 

Design and build

While the Poco X5 Pro does look similar to X4 Pro from the outside, the design is more refined. 

The flat front and rear panels with a flat frame give the Poco X5 Pro a well-known shape that allows the phone to stand on its own when needed. Like all recent Xiaomi-made phones, it is also splash-resistant.

The design has been slightly toned down. The back of the previous generation Poco phones had a holographic gradient thing going on.

The glass portion of the camera bump, which was a major concern among Poco users fearing unnecessary scratches, is finally smaller and the finish is now matte and monochromatic.

There are three colour options for the Poco X5 Pro: black, blue and yellow. The yellow one does give off a vibe like Oppo F21 Pro from a distance. Among the three colour options, I liked this one more. It doesn't have that leather-like texture on the back though. 

Poco did not forget to place its aggressive branding. As usual, the phone has POCO written in big font on the back. 

The Poco X5 Pro screen is well protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The back and frame are made out of plastic. But they have a matte finish, which gives a premium feel. 

All the ports and buttons are well placed except the headphone jack. Xiaomi has been doing it for a while now but I still don't see any logic behind putting the headphone jack on the top of the phone instead of the bottom. 

I liked how Xiaomi put both the volume rockers and power button, which also acts as the fingerprint sensor on the right side while keeping the left side clean. It gave a nice overall aesthetic. 

Display

Just like X4 Pro, Xiaomi went for a decent AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate in Poco X5 Pro. 

The updated 120Hz 6.67-inch AMOLED screen from the Poco X4 Pro and Redmi Note 11 smartphones is found on the Poco X5 Pro as well. 

The upgraded panel can display over 1B colours and supports 10-bit colour depth. Additionally, it now supports Dolby Vision content in addition to HDR10.

The display colour options offer three different colour modes - Vivid (default, Saturated and Standard. Users can customize each colour mode. But in my experience, most of the users do not like to go through such hassles. 

For an optimum experience, I will recommend you stick with the default Vivid mode. The colour production in this mode seemed fairly accurate. However, if it seems a little too much to your eyes, you can always go with the Standard mode. It will look a bit dull, but more accurate than Vivid. 

As for refresh rate, you can either choose 120Hz or 60Hz or default (auto). The default mode automatically adjusts the refresh rate to either 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz or 120Hz depending on the content that are shown. 

The phone comes with Widevine L1 support. So watching HD content on streaming platforms like Netflix won't be a problem. 

Performance

Poco X5 Pro comes with the Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset inside, which is a great upgrade over the Snapdragon 695 5G chipset inside the Poco X4 Pro.

The Snapdragon 778G has been used in a wide range of mid-range devices due to it being heavily optimized and friendly towards the battery.

Xiaomi made good use of this amazing chipset by offering adequate cooling inside the phone. During the stress test, the CPU did not show any throttling at 100%. 

In terms of gaming, you will be able to play all of the games this chipset supports with ease. If you are a heavy mobile gamer, you will also be able to play Genshin Impact. However, you will need to make sacrifices in the graphics settings. 

Camera

Three cameras on the Poco X5 Pro's back and one in the front appear to be exact replicas of the Poco X4 Pro 5G model. 

On the back are a high-resolution primary camera (108 MP), an ultrawide angle (8 MP) and an unnecessary 2 MP macro camera. The front-facing selfie camera is 16 MP.

The viewfinder camera app has an HDR toggle that has two settings: off and auto. 

If left at auto, the HDR will become yellow when the camera app decides to use HDR. 

By default, the main camera records 12MP images and they were decent but not outstanding.

The images are free of noise and have a pleasing dynamic range, realistic, lively colours and excellent contrast. Although slightly above average, the resolved detail is still far from perfect.

However, if you take the price of the phone into account, this is a really good value for what you spent. 

The portraits captured from the main camera are also solid. The subject separation and background blur seemed ok. 

The photos captured with the 8MP ultrawide camera also turned out to be good. They showed enough detail and the noise was low. You really can't expect more from an 8MP sensor. 

The 2MP macro lens was, as expected, horrible. There were no details or depths whatsoever. This is just a waste of space. 

The selfie camera of the Poco X5 Pro is a winner. The selfies turned out to be great. 

I don't expect much from mid-range devices at night time. But the phone does come with a night mode and the images turned out to be usable. 

In the video department, the main camera supports up to 4K@30fps, as well as 1080p at both 30fps and 60fps. 

Battery

The 5,000 mAh battery in Poco X5 Pro lasts more than a day with ease with a single charge. The phone supports 67 Watts fast charging that allows it to be fully charged within 45 minutes. 

Verdict

Poco did cut corners with the X5 Pro but only where necessary and without drastically compromising user experience. 

The phone is lightweight, comes with an amazing display panel, offers excellent performance and the camera unit is as decent as you can get from a phone of this price range. 

Poco X5 Pro offers a good value for money and is a worthy upgrade. 


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