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Poco unveils X5 5G and X5 Pro 5G: Prices, specs, release date

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Poco has updated its X series with two new phones, the X5 5G and X5 Pro 5G. While the phones remain largely similar in terms of hardware as compared to their predecessors the X4 and X4 Pro respectively, the new refresh brings faster memory and storage as well as an SoC upgrade to the X5 Pro.

Price and release date

The baseline X5 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage starts at $249, with the higher spec 8GB and 256GB variant coming in at $299. Early bird pricing drops this price tag to $199 and $249 respectively. For the X5 Pro, the base 6GB/128GB model comes in at $299 with the higher spec 8GB/256GB model priced at $349. Once again, early bird pricing drops the price tag to $249 and $299 respectively. Both phones will be available starting February 7. 

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SoC, memory and storage

The only real difference between the two phones here is the SoC. The X5 Pro gets an upgrade to the Snapdragon 778G SoC, while the X5 retains the older Snapdragon 695 from its predecessor the X4.

The X5 5G retains its older Snapdragon 695 SoC. | Source: Poco

Both phones get identical memory and storage. You get 6 or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM paired with up to 256GB UFS 2.2 storage. That said, the X5 does get expandable storage of up to 1TB if you’re willing to give up dual-SIM functionality.

Camera

The camera systems are largely unchanged from the X4 lineup in terms of hardware. On the X5, you get the same 48MP main camera paired with an 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro lens. The front camera is also the same, coming in at 13MP. The X5 Pro follows suit with a 108MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro lens. There’s a 16MP front camera as well. 

That said, while the camera hardware might be the same, thanks to the new 778G SoC in the X5 Pro, the phone now takes photos faster with Poco claiming that taking a photo is 69% faster with night mode also seeing a 38% improvement in speed. This also finally brings 4K video recording to the X5 Pro, as compared to 1080p 30FPS video on the X4 Pro. 

Display

Both phones get nearly identical displays too. You get a 6.67-inch AMOLED display running at 1080 x 2400 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. That said, the X5 has a brighter display with 1200 nits peak brightness while the X5 Pro only manages 900 nits.

Both phones get nearly identical displays. | Source: Poco

The display on the X5 Pro does seem to be more colour accurate though, at least on paper with support for one billion colours. The X5 Pro also gets Corning Gorilla Glass 5 as compared to Gorilla Glass 3 on the X5. 

Battery and charging

Both phones have identical battery capacities coming in at 5,000 mAh. The X5 Pro however gets faster charging at 67W while the X5’s charging speed has actually been dropped to 33W. There’s no wireless charging on either of the devices but you do get a power adaptor in the box. 

Here are the hardware specs for the two phones.

SpecificationsPoco X5 5GPoco X5 Pro 5G
ProcessorSnapdragon 695Snapdragon 778G
Memory6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM
Storage128GB/256GB UFS 2.2 storage128GB/256GB UFS 2.2 storage
Display6.67-inches AMOLED
1080 x 2400 resolution
120Hz refresh rate
1200 nits peak brightness
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
6.67-inches AMOLED
1080 x 2400 resolution
120Hz refresh rate
900 nits peak brightness
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Rear Cameras48MP f/1.9 main camera
8MP f/2.2 118-degree ultrawide
2MP f/2.4 macro
108MP f/1.9 main camera
8MP f/2.2 120-degree ultrawide
2MP f/2.4 macro
Front Camera13MP f/2.516MP f/2.4
ConnectivityDual-band WiFi
Bluetooth 5.1
NFC
IR blaster (specific regions only)
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
NFC
IR blaster (specific regions only)
Battery and Charging5,000mAh battery
33W wired charging
5,000mAh battery
67W wired charging

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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