POCO unveils its first pair of devices for 2023, the X5 Pro 5G and X5 5G

POCO’s latest X-series devices promise to provide consumers with the “right balance of everything you need.”

by Jeremy Cheong

POCO has introduced the latest smartphones in its mid-range X-series, and it could well be one of the most compelling choices for consumers looking to upgrade their ageing smartphones without having to break the bank. So if you have been looking to upgrade your device, the POCO X5 Pro 5G and POCO X5 5G will go on sale in Malaysia and Singapore starting today.

POCO X5 Pro 5G: Solid combination for a mid-range device

The X5 Pro 5G is quite a step up in quite a few departments when compared to last year’s X4 Pro 5G. The first major upgrade is the X5 Pro 5G’s display. While it still maintains that 6.67” size, it now uses the Flow AMOLED flexible display that has helped the X5 Pro 5G lose some thickness. At 7.9mm thin, it is the slimmest X-series device to date. Other than that, the display also comes with flagship-level features such as a 120Hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3 rating, 10-bit colour depth and Dolby Vision, all of which help to produce bright, vibrant and ultra-smooth images.

At the heart of the X5 Pro 5G lies the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset that is proven to provide a balance of power efficiency and high performance. With this new chipset, the X5 Pro 5G will be able to run most games smoothly without compromising graphics quality and the camera processing system is also faster compared to the previous model. The X5 Pro 5G will be available in two variations, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage or 8GB RAM with 256GB. However, the X5 Pro 5G doesn’t support microSD cards.

On the subject of cameras, the X5 Pro 5G actually retains the same triple camera array found on the X4 Pro 5G. This includes the 108MP main sensor, 8MP ultrawide sensor and 2MP macro sensor. As for the selfie shooter, the X5 Pro 5G comes with a 16MP shooter. The difference maker here is the new Snapdragon 778G chipset that should improve the quality of photos and videos captured.

Other notable features of the X5 Pro 5G include a huge 5,000mAh battery that supports 67W turbocharging, dual speakers and comes with MIUI 14 right out of the box.

POCO X5 5G: Budget-friendly with decent features

The POCO X5 5G may be the more affordable option but it is no slouch either when it comes to features and performance. It also features a 6.67” display but utilises an AMOLED DotDisplay instead. This display features a 120Hz refresh rate, 4,500,000:1 contrast ratio and DCI-P3 wide colour gamut that should bring all your favourite games, movies and pictures to life.

Equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 chipset and paired with either 6- or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, the X5 5G should be able to breeze through most of your daily tasks and also handle most games with no issues. For the heavy multitasker, the X5 5G comes with Dynamic RAM Expansion Technology 3.0 that helps to support more apps running in the background. In terms of storage, the 6GB variant comes with 128GB while the 8GB variant has 256GB of storage. If you need even more storage, the X5 5G supports microSD cards of up to 1TB.

When it comes to cameras, the X5 5G also features a triple camera array with a 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide sensor and 2MP macro sensor. On the front, there is a 13MP selfie shooter.

The X5 5G also comes with the same 5,000mAh battery as the X5 Pro 5G with support for 33W fast charging, which takes about 68 minutes to charge the phone from 0% to 100%.

Pricing and Availability:

The POCO X5 Pro 5G will be available in three colours: Black, Blue and Yellow and come in at the following prices:

  • 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage:
    • SGD429 (Early bird: SGD399)
    • MYR1,299 (Early bird: MYR1,199)
  • 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage:
    • SGD469 (Early bird: SGD449)
    • MYR1,499 (Early bird: MYR1,399)

To purchase the POCO X5 Pro 5G in Singapore, head on over to their official Shopee store. For Malaysia, the POCO X5 Pro 5G is sold exclusively on the official Lazada store.

The POCO X5 5G will also be available in three colours: Green, Black and Blue and come in at the following prices:

  • 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage:
      • SGD349 (Early bird: SGD319)
      • MYR1,099 (Early bird: MYR999)
  • 8GB RAM + 256GB Storage:
    • SGD389 (Early bird: SGD359)
    • MYR1,199 (Early bird: MYR1,099)

To purchase the POCO X5 Pro 5G in Singapore, head on over to their official Shopee store or official Lazada store. For Malaysia, the POCO X5 Pro 5G is sold exclusively on the official Shopee store.

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