108MP camera & stunning display – it’s the POCO X5 Pro 5G
The display on the Poco X5 Pro is one of the best reasons to buy it. In the lower-end phone market, you usually have to make compromises in the display department, but the X5 Pro doesn’t seem to be significantly impacted. The display is bright, rich in color, and has smooth refresh rates that make it feel like using a high-end device. With a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, scrolling through the interface and software is extremely smooth and clear. Although there are differences between this and a more expensive phone screen, most of them are not noticeable to the naked eye. For example, the X5 Pro switches between 60Hz and 120Hz to conserve battery power, instead of adapting at incremental steps.
When it comes to watching videos, the X5 Pro’s screen provides an excellent viewing experience, especially for its price bracket. The only downside to the phone is its software, as MIUI is one of the more intrusive Android skins, with confusing and sometimes nonsensical design choices.
The Poco X5 Pro offers a fast and fluid experience, handling tasks smoothly regardless of what they are. This is due to the combination of the 120Hz refresh rate of the display and the processing power behind it. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 778G chipset, which is not Qualcomm’s top-tier platform, but it provides enough power for a responsive and fast experience. Loading games and apps is done quickly with little to no noticeable lag or delay. While it may not be as fast as a Snapdragon 8-series phone, you wouldn’t notice the difference unless you had both devices side by side. Additionally, the X5 Pro is equipped with plenty of RAM and storage to handle all your demanding tasks. Our review unit came with 8GB of RAM (plus an extra 3GB borrowed from storage) and 256GB of storage, which is a decent amount of memory that should last you a while. The entry-level model comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and still has the option to expand the RAM.
The Wi-Fi connection of the phone should be strong and stable, but during our testing, we encountered some instances where data seemed to freeze and the phone took a few seconds to load images on Twitter. It’s unclear if the issue was with the app or the phone, as Twitter has not always been known for its performance. In our use of music apps, we noticed some songs pausing and buffering, indicating a stop in the streaming data.
Battery life, on the other hand, seemed decent in our testing. It won’t last for two days, but even on heavy days with 3-4 hours of gaming, it still managed to last below the 19% mark. However, on a typical day, it has enough power to last the day with over 30% battery life remaining.
This is not surprising given the 5000mAh capacity of the battery. It’s more than enough to get most people through a full workday, and the included 67W fast charger means you won’t have to worry about running out of battery. In fact, you can fully charge the Poco X5 Pro phone from 1-100% in under 40 minutes. In a pinch, just a 15-minute charge will give you at least half a battery to get you through a few more hours of the day.
If you are considering buying this Poco X5 Pro, the primary camera is the one to focus on. It features a 108-megapixel sensor, similar to those found on other budget-friendly phones. In good lighting conditions, you can expect high-quality shots with good detail, color accuracy, and HDR processing that effectively handles contrasting light. While it may not match the level of clarity and depth of field of high-end phones, it’s still suitable for social media sharing.
One of the strengths of the primary camera is its ability to zoom in 2x while maintaining sharpness and minimal blur or noise. When buying a budget-friendly phone with a triple camera system, it’s important to manage your expectations. In this case, two of the three cameras are of low resolution and one is redundant, like the 8-megapixel ultrawide camera that often produces blurry and distorted shots with unbalanced colors. The 2-megapixel macro camera also falls short, lacking sharpness and depth of field, and delivering dark, flat, and noisy images.