Poco M5 Review: Unique design on a low-cost phone, but no 5G

Poco M5 Review: The truth is that you can’t have it all if you’re looking for a budget smartphone that costs between Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. The options are few if you’re looking to gain 5G connectivity and performance, at least for the time being. As 5G connectivity has begun to roll out, this could alter in the upcoming months. Companies are still selling 4G phones in this market, nonetheless, for the time being. One such phone is the Poco M5, which has a starting price of Rs 12,499 and aims to provide performance and an interesting look. However, it lacks 5G connectivity. Does purchasing this phone still make sense? Here’s our evaluation.

Poco M5 Review

Poco M5 Specifications: 6.58-inch FHD+ display 90 Hz refresh rate | MediaTek Helio G99 processor | 4GB or 6GB RAM+ with 64GB or 128GB storage, 1TB microSD support | 50MP camera + 2MP macro camera + 2MP depth camera | 5MP front camera | 5000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging and 22.W charger in the box |

Poco M5 price in India: Rs 12,499 for 4GB RAM option, Rs 14,499 for 6GB RAM 

Poco M5 Review

Poco M5 Review: Which is good?

The Poco M5 has a distinctive look even though it is a ‘affordable’ phone. Poco gave this one a simulated leather texture look and feel at the rear rather than sticking with the standard polycarbonate back. I have not yet noticed any wear and tear, despite the fact that it appears quite expensive. I am unable to confirm right now how this will perform over time. However, some customers may love how the blue Poco M5 stands out from the other options in its category. However, I don’t like the enormous camera island at the back.

A big 6.58-inch full HD+ display with a 90 Hz refresh rate comes with the phone. As I noticed during my use, the display is enough for this segment and functions well for gaming and using OTT apps to consume content. However, you will need to turn up the brightness to full because the display suffers in bright sunlight, which is to be expected in this budget. Given the price point of this phone, the audio quality is also not so bad.

The phone’s performance, rather than its appearance or display, is what really stands out. Thanks to the Mediatek Helio G99 chipset, the Poco M5 offers consistent and dependable daily performance. The model I’m reviewing has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The device did not have any issues when I played games like Asphalt 9, Sky, or Mars, nor did I experience any noticeable warmth. The phone also handles common tasks like switching between different apps or having several Chrome tabs open without any problems.

The Poco M5 battery is one of its additional benefits. The phone has a 5000 mAh battery, which is a big that is now common for many gadgets, so you can be sure that it will easily last the entire day even when used heavily. Although it comes with a 22.5W charger in the box, Poco has restricted the charging to 18W. To charge this smartphone completely, plan on set aside about two hours.

The phone’s Poco launcher, which is based on MIUI 13’s software, is included. It utilizes Android 12. You will have to live with notifications and alerts from unnecessary apps, like with all MIUI 13 devices. Especially from GetApps, I usually turn off these annoying notifications.

Poco M5 Review: What might be better?

The Poco M5 camera was something that didn’t particularly excite me. Yes, it functions reasonably well for a budget phone, but, to be honest, the standard has been improved for budget phones as well. Some of the colors were simply washed out, and the camera may be a little slow to focus at times. For example, the pink blooms appear paler than they do. This is not to say that the camera gives subpar images. Even images taken in low light when utilizing the night mode have details in them. However, the Poco M5 camera features don’t particularly stand out in this category.

Poco M5 Review: Should you think about it?

The Poco M5 is undoubtedly a choice to take into consideration if your spending budget is around Rs 15,000 and you want something that has a unique appearance. And given some seasonal discounts, you may be able to purchase it for as little as Rs 10,000, which may appeal to some people more. The phone has a sizable battery life and provides passable performance. However, it might make more sense to hold off and see what possibilities become available in the upcoming months if you want a phone that is more future-proof. By then, there may be more 5G-ready phones available on the market in this price range, making a purchase more wise.

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