Thu. Oct 6th, 2022
Xiaomi Poco M5 and M5s: compromises for these low-cost Android smartphones

Poco, a Xiaomi Group brand, announces two new smartphones for the European market. On the one hand, the Poco M5, on the other, the Poco M5s. Despite very similar names, the two smartphones are very different. Sold at low prices, they also benefit from an introductory offer.

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Poco M5 // Source: Poco

With the M5 and M5, Poco is launching two new, 4G-only smartphones, each focusing on different areas. The Poco M5 comes with a 90Hz IPS LCD screen and a more efficient processor, while the Poco M5s comes with a brighter AMOLED panel, higher graphics performance, more cameras, and faster charging.

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The Poco M5 comes with a bright yellow, green, or black leatherette back punctuated by a black cross camera bar. The Chinese manufacturer places in it a triple camera with 50 megapixels (f/1.8) for the main lens and 2 megapixels each for macro photos and a depth camera for portraits. Again, it is unknown why this macro camera exists, the performance of which will undoubtedly be poor.

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Poco M5 // Source: Poco

A 5-megapixel camera sits in a teardrop notch on the front. The screen measures 6.58 inches and uses classic LCD technology that can operate at 30, 60 or 90Hz. With a definition of 2,408 × 1,080 pixels, Poco evokes a maximum brightness of 500 cd/m² and a contrast ratio of 1,500:1. There is also Corning Gorilla Glass that protects the panel.

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Poco M5 // Source: Poco

with L’MediaTek Helio G99, a 6nm processor from TSMC production, Poco matched it with 4GB/64GB, 4GB/128GB or 6GB/128GB, you can expand storage via microSD card slot. This Helio G99 SoC is based on older ARM cores with two Cortex-A76 and six Cortex-A55 and a single GPU with the Mali-G57 MC2.

The Poco M5 has a battery of 5000 mAh with wired charging up to 18 watts. This promises good battery life, but slow charging. It is dual SIM, only 4G, with Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.3. We also note the presence of NFC, an infrared transmitter, a headphone port and a fingerprint reader.

You can imagine that with this technical sheet, the prices are attractive: 189.90 euros in 4 GB/64 GB and 209.90 in 4 GB/128 GB. There is an introductory offer on Amazon that allows you to save some money, 20 euros less anyway.

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The Poco M5s has a similar name, but is very different from the M5. It prioritizes other areas, like the display, which can only handle 60Hz instead of the M5’s 90Hz, however uses an AMOLED panel instead of LCD. The screen would have a brightness of up to 1,100 cd/m² and would be protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The 13-megapixel selfie camera would also be more interesting than the M5’s.

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Poco M5s // Source: Poco

The main camera is 64 megapixels, with an ultra wide angle of 8 megapixels. Similarly, for photography, it’s much neater than on the M5. The other two sensors, for portrait and macro mode, are only 2 megapixels.

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Poco M5s // Source: Poco

So far so good… Under the hood, the MediaTek Helio G95 is a 12nm chip with a slightly slower CPU, but a faster GPU. Memory configurations are the same between models. The battery has the same amount of 5000 mAh, however it can be charged faster, up to 33 watts.

The prices are, again and again, interesting: 229.90 euros in 4 GB/64 GB and 249.90 in 4 GB/128 GB for the launch. Note that on Amazon, Poco offers a €30 discount for the launch.

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