“The Poco X5 Professional is a slight replace to the X4 Professional, and whereas the display and battery impress, the software program is cluttered and the cellphone lacks that one thing particular to advocate it.”


  • 120Hz display
  • Two-day battery life
  • 108MP digital camera takes good pictures


  • Cluttered software program
  • Poor wide-angle digital camera

Precisely how totally different does a brand new smartphone must be in comparison with the mannequin it’s changing for it to be actually categorized as “new?” Is a brand new design sufficient, or does it want model new options and totally upgraded {hardware} too?

That’s the query I’ve been mulling ever since utilizing the Poco X5 Professional, as a result of it’s barely any totally different from the Poco X4 Professional, which was introduced a couple of yr in the past. Was the X4 Professional so good that it didn’t must be modified, or is all of it simply laziness on Poco’s half?

Poco X5 Professional design

The back of the Poco X5 Pro.
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The Poco X5 Professional appears to be like totally different from the Poco X4 Professional, nevertheless it’s clear they’re associated. The X5 Professional has flat sides, a flat rear panel, and a flat display. It’s slab-like, very similar to the Poco X4 Professional, the Redmi Word 11 Professional, and the Xiaomi 12 Lite. These are necessary comparisons as a result of all of them have a terrific deal in frequent. The X5 Professional’s chassis seems to be manufactured from metallic, and there’s Gorilla Glass 5 over the display, nevertheless it has a plastic rear panel.

The digital camera module is conventionally set within the prime left, and the branding is positioned alongside it in opposition to a black background, giving the impression the module is much bigger than it really is. This is identical design technique Poco took with the X4 Professional, — it simply selected a unique orientation. My evaluation cellphone is in vibrant yellow with a black chassis, however black and blue fashions are additionally out there, as was the case with the X4 Professional.

The side button and fingerprint sensor on the Poco X5 Pro.
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It’s an enormous smartphone. It’s broad at 76mm and fairly thick at 7.9mm, which is emphasised by the flat sides. It makes utilizing the cellphone with one hand awkward, and this isn’t a cellphone for these with small palms. Poco says it’s the thinnest X-series cellphone it has made, however because the X4 Professional was 8.1mm thick, I’d be fairly stunned when you can really feel the 0.2mm distinction between them.

It’s considerably lighter than the X4 Professional at 175 grams, which contemplating the general dimension of the cellphone, is spectacular. However the X4 Professional had a glass rear panel and a plastic chassis. The older cellphone’s basic-but-welcome IP53 ranking has disappeared too, and though the cellphone feels sturdy and well-made, it lacks even that easy reassurance that it’ll deal with a splash of water. Unusually for a contemporary smartphone, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Poco X5 Pro's headphone jack.
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Does the Poco X5 Professional have a new design? Sure, it’s clearly a definite machine regardless of sharing most of the similar parts because the Poco X4 Professional, however not all of the modifications are optimistic.

I’ll take the decrease weight if it means sacrificing the glass again, nevertheless it’s a disgrace the IP53 ranking has been forgotten. The yellow coloration gained’t be to everybody’s style, nevertheless it genuinely does seize consideration.

Poco X5 Professional display, efficiency, and battery

Playing a game on the Poco X5 Pro.
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The Poco X5 Professional has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor inside, which is the one {hardware} change between it and the Poco X4 Professional. The previous cellphone made do with the Snapdragon 695 chip. There’s a selection of 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, with both 128GB or 256GB space for storing, respectively. The display is a 6.67-inch AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh fee and a 2,400 x 1,080 decision. It’s powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 67-watt wired quick charging.

Chipset apart, that is all precisely the identical because the Poco X4 Professional. Dig into a few of the actually nerdy specs, and the X5 Professional, sadly, appears to have a number of downgrades. Poco says the X5 Professional’s display has a typical brightness of 500 nits and a most of 900 nits — each of that are under the X4 Professional’s quoted ranges. I’ve not had any bother viewing the display within the winter solar, although. The 240Hz contact sampling fee can also be decrease than the X4 Professional’s 360Hz. Apparently, the X5 Professional’s display is a Circulation AMOLED panel, which is totally different from the X4 Professional’s Dot AMOLED, nevertheless it’s not clear what distinction this makes.

The 120Hz refresh fee is an actual motive to purchase the Poco X5 Professional, because it’s uncommon to seek out such a excessive refresh fee on a cellphone at this value. The smoothness is clear if you’re coming from a cellphone with a 60Hz refresh fee display, nevertheless it’s virtually unattainable to see any distinction between it and a 90Hz display. The flat panel will please some hardcore avid gamers, however others will dislike the best way it displays gentle, which will be irritating exterior.

The charging port on the Poco X5 Pro.
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The previous Snapdragon 695 processor wasn’t a winner, so any improve may be very welcome, and the Snapdragon 778G has been quick and dependable. Nonetheless, it got here out in mid-2021, so it’s nonetheless not precisely new. For on a regular basis duties, together with video and video games, it’s a lot highly effective sufficient. Asphalt 9: Legends performs nicely, nevertheless it’s not as completely easy as it’s on telephones with higher-end processors, however that’s to be anticipated. The cellphone will get a bit of heat to the contact after enjoying for about half-hour, and it depletes 10% of the battery throughout that point too.

It’s environment friendly, and the Poco X5 Professional sips energy while you use it modestly. I’ve turned the cellphone off in a single day and managed two days of use with out even fascinated about charging it. That’s with two to 3 hours of display time every day. Watch movies for half-hour, and the battery share drops by 3percentto 4%. The comparatively unusual specification, some intelligent cooling, and the massive capability battery make the Poco X5 Professional a battery life winner.

Poco X5 Professional digital camera

The Poco X5 Pro's camera module.
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On the again of the X5 Professional is a 108-megapixel principal digital camera, an 8MP wide-angle digital camera, and a 2MP macro digital camera. Within the top-center of the display is a 16MP selfie digital camera. Poco hasn’t revealed the precise sensors getting used, however aside from a slight enhance within the wide-angle’s field-of-view (it’s now 120 levels, not 118 levels), it’s the identical setup because the Poco X4 Professional’s digital camera. Nonetheless, the Snapdragon 778G will pace the system up, the ISP is extra succesful, and it could possibly now shoot 4K video.

Contemplating this can be a low-cost cellphone, the principle digital camera takes colourful and shareable pictures. In vibrant daylight, the saturation ranges are fairly excessive, however this does imply few individuals will dig into the Gallery app’s enhancing suite earlier than placing the picture on-line.

In much less optimum situations, the digital camera has good white steadiness and element, so I by no means felt like it will let me down. Nonetheless, it may give some pictures a blue tint, and coloration accuracy can undergo in some circumstances.

The wide-angle digital camera isn’t nearly as good, and it produces high-contrast, low-detail pictures with extreme distortion across the edges. It’s yet one more token effort 8MP wide-angle digital camera that doesn’t supply a lot profit, and the 2MP macro digital camera isn’t any higher, which means you’ll actually solely wish to use the principle digital camera. It’s a great factor the pictures it takes look good, and it’ll please individuals who wish to take Insta-ready photos with out a lot fuss. The selfie digital camera can also be stable, producing loads of element and good pores and skin tones.

Poco X5 Professional software program

Poco is a part of Xiaomi, and due to this fact it makes use of Xiaomi’s MIUI 14, which is a model of Android 13 with some small Poco-related tweaks. MIUI 14 right here may be very colourful, with Poco’s design tweaks altering some icons and menus. Whether or not you’ll prefer it is dependent upon your love of vibrant, main colours and in-your-face designs. There’s nothing minimalistic or delicate about MIUI on the Poco X5 Professional.

There are quite a lot of customization choices, many notifications telling you about companies on the cellphone, battery life warnings, and various things occurring relying on the place you swipe. For those who discover One UI too busy on a Samsung cellphone just like the Galaxy S22, you’re not going to love Poco’s model of MIUI. An amazing instance of its cluttered, irritating design is the way you swipe down on the left of the display to see notifications, and on the suitable to see your Fast Settings. On each different cellphone, these are mixed, and for good motive: It is sensible, and is ideal for one-handed use. It’s actually annoying on the X5 Professional.

Oddly for a cellphone with many customizations, the always-on display is restricted to solely displaying the time and notifications for 10 seconds. There’s no choice to tie it into your Do Not Disturb settings and have it seen on a regular basis, like nearly each different smartphone you should buy right now. Poco additionally preinstalls loads of video games and apps. I’m certain that when you frolicked getting the settings proper, after which a number of weeks refining it, you’d get used to MIUI 14. However I’d desire a well-designed, user-friendly default setup that welcomes new customers, as a substitute of 1 that appears to be out to baffle and frustrate.

Poco X5 Professional value and availability

On the time of writing, Poco has not confirmed how a lot the X5 Professional will value, so we must estimate it based mostly on the Poco X4 Professional’s value, which begins at 259 British kilos, or about $320. Contemplating the minimal modifications, we’d wish to see the X5 Professional value the identical or rather less. The selection of telephones round $350 or 300 kilos is in depth, so competitors is hard for Poco.

The OnePlus Nord N300 is our $250 choose for the U.S., but in addition check out the Moto G Energy or Moto G Stylus. Within the U.Okay., we advocate the Nothing Telephone 1, however the OnePlus Nord CE 2 and Realme 9 Professional+ are additionally good buys. Nonetheless, it will actually be value saving up a bit of extra to get the Google Pixel 6a or the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, each of which value round $450 however supply much better options, software program, and cameras.

The Poco X5 Professional doesn’t do something new

The back of the Poco X5 Pro.
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The Poco X5 Professional’s design is nice, I like the intense yellow coloration, and the specification is first rate, however it’s primarily the identical as a cellphone launched in early 2022 — and that’s not nice in any respect. It’s additionally barely any totally different from the Redmi Word 11 Professional and the Xiaomi 12 Lite, two different year-old telephones. It makes me query the worth, and that’s a priority on an affordable cellphone.

Are there any causes to purchase it? You get loads of life out of the massive battery, the display has a 120Hz refresh fee, and the digital camera is first rate for a cellphone at this degree. Nonetheless, the software program is cluttered, and solely the principle digital camera is value your time. The Poco X4 Professional actually deserved a brand new processor, however to make that the one main change in its alternative, and due to this fact the principle motive to contemplate shopping for it, means the X5 Professional is a disappointment.

It’s a disgrace as a result of it’s really fairly a great cellphone, nevertheless it’s unlucky Poco didn’t push the X5 Professional’s specs just a bit additional to make it a real successor to the X4 Professional, and worthy of a 2023 improve. Fairly than getting a powerful advice from us, it’s value ready to see what the competitors brings out over the following months earlier than deciding to purchase. Maybe one may have one thing particular that makes it the one to purchase over this reasonably lazy rehash of a 2022 cellphone.

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