The POCO X5 5G has been one of my daily drivers for some time now and first off the phone is super light and looks well and several asked about the device as the colour stands out with the colour I had, there is several nice colours to pick from which is a good start unlike others that have the typical Black or Silver but this now seems to be changing with many brands offering more than one or two colours on launch.
The brand might not be familiar here in retail but almost all other tech stores stock POCO devices and in my local town there is several of these shops that have several models from the POCO range and they stand out on the shelf with the prominent packaging and people often ask me about these devices.
The device itself has also variable price ranges depending where you shop so you need to do your home work as there is near a 100 euro difference from my research, see links below for where you can buy and a site I often use myself for buying tech at reduced prices with fast delivery.
I have done a thorough walk-through on the device which you can see below and I am not one to waffle on about specs but we shall talk about I found it over my time using it. Link here
I am a power user with phones and this phone for me served me well it must be said and would last me a day with what I typically use it for and that is everything. To begin with it has a huge screen being a 6.67 inch Amoled display with that buzz word 120Hz refresh rate that so many keep banging on about nobody really notices but at the price point it has it which is good and media consumption is quite good on it with lots of screen estate. The speaker is not too bad being honest either for the most part and loud enough but can sound flat depending on what you listen to and source.
The build is plastic but looks more expensive and the materials used obviously give it the light weight feel it has and in fact sometimes I thought I left it somewhere or on a table when in fact it was in my trousers or jacket pocket but you do get a case and I suggest you use it as that gives it a bit more thickness and of course protects it from getting marked etc and it is not so bad for collecting fingerprints as other devices but that talk bores me today regarding the fingerprint collection as most devices do it with no case.
The POCO X5 is powered by the Snapdragon 695, now while I am use to more powerful phones I have to take into account my readers are not me, well most of them and for me this phone would serve anyone well with just browsing doing emails social media and shopping and get two days out of it where as for me I have a different set of needs many more apps some of which are a resource hog and overall it still got me though my days with no issues.
The camera for me on this phone was overall mixed to say the least I had this phone out both day and night and it did well for the most part but multiple times I got mixed results for the same photo no matter what mode I tried and in fact sometimes came out as good as higher end phones but this was and the lesser side of the scenario here. I found the front facing camera a better performer the stabilisation on the rear was a bit jankey and in the daytime it did quite well overall compared to using it at night and the slow mo was not great at all. But if you want it for your tiktok and your selfies you will be grand but check the video out and see for yourself and make your own mind up.
Overall it would serve anyone well on a budget it has a headphone jack it has a great battery and big bright display and that suits a good proportion of users out there and from what I see even locally there is many people now using POCO phones rather than going for brands in retail outlets and buying your phone sim free is the best option and it is something I have said for years, there is no need to sign up to two year contracts to have the latest and greatest when phones half the price and half the cost over the term of use will do and POCO suits that market very well and the POCO X5 5G can also fit in.
Camera specs – 48MP triple camera f/1.80.64μm1/2.76” sensor size8MP ultra-wide cameraf/2.2FOV 118°2MP macro cameraf/2.4Rear camera video recording1080p 1920×1080 | 30fps720p 1280×720 | 30fpsRear camera video featuresTime-lapseSlow motionShort video13MP front cameraf/2.45Front camera video recording1080p 1920×1080 | 30fps720p 1280×720 | 30fps
Processor – Snapdragon 695 5G Mobile PlatformCPU: Octa-core CPU, up to 2.2GHzGPU: Qualcomm® Adreno 619
Display – 6.67″ FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplayRefresh rate: Up to 120HzBrightness: 700 nits (HBM), 1200 nits (peak）Contrast ratio: 4,500,000:1Resolution: 2400 x 1080DCI-P3 wide color gamut395 ppiSunlight displayReading mode 3.0
Battery and charging – 5000mAh (typ)33W fast charging33W in-box chargerUSB-C
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