Poco F5 Review: Almost flagship-level performance in a budget
The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 and Adreno GPU in the Poco F5 5G power it.
The most recent smartphone in the F-Series is the Poco F5. The Poco F4, its predecessor, had impressive performance and features. However there is a new king in town, the F5 has an AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a 5,000mAh battery with 67W rapid charging capabilities is also included. Its starting price is Rs 29,999. So let’s see how well the Poco F5 performed in our review.
Poco F5 Review: Design and Display
We’d like to talk about the form factor first. Its flat, boxy shape and gently rounded edges give it an extremely strong grip. The device is compact and lightweight. Its snowstorm colour is another aspect that we particularly liked.
On the back, it features an iridescent gemstone-like design that shifts and turns into an icy blue texture near the bottom. Despite having a glossy surface, the back panel doesn’t easily pick up fingerprints or smudges. Additionally, there is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that functions flawlessly and a triple camera arrangement on the back of the device looks too cool.
The SIM tray, a speaker, a USB Type C port, and a microphone are all located at the bottom. Dual nano-SIM cards can fit in the SIM tray, but there is no support for external storage. An IR blaster, a secondary speaker, and a headphone jack are located on the top. A very small punch-hole selfie camera is located in the top centre. In addition, it boasts incredibly small bezels and a very slim chin.
Regarding the screen, the Poco F5 has a 6.67-inch Full HD+ Flow AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. This 12-bit panel features HDR10+ with Dolby Vision and a peak brightness of 1,000 nits. The F5 display also offers a 240Hz touch sampling rate and a 120Hz refresh rate. In addition, the screen is shielded by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layer. To make binge-watching more comfortable, it has 1,920Hz PWM Dimming.
The colour reproduction of the screen is flawless, to put it simply. Above that, we had a buttery-smooth overall experience thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate. It has a default setting that essentially adjusts the refresh rate in accordance with the content you are viewing, greatly extending battery life. Over that, both Dolby Vision and Atmos are supported.
The device’s thin bezel elevates the viewing experience to a new level. Generally speaking, phones in this category have a chin and a large bezel, but here, everything is evenly spaced out, providing you with a seamless experience.
The audio has a surround sound effect and is powerful, and crisp. making the experience of viewing a movie even more immersive. The finest feature is that a headphone jack is included so you can listen to music and audio without any lag.
Poco F5 Review: Performance and Camera
The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 and Adreno GPU in the Poco F5 5G power it. There are 8GB of LPDDR5X RAM available, and this can be extended up to 19GB (virtually). A 256GB UFS 3.1 storage option is also included with the device. It runs quickly, responsively, and without any lags, which is what everyone wants. While multitasking is a joy, opening and shutting of apps is quick. The nicest thing is that the majority of your frequently used apps are still stored in memory.
On it, we played a tonne of games, and the Poco F5 is a gaming monster. No throttle or lagging problems occurred for us. Thanks to the DC cooling system, which has 14 graphite layers, it supplies the much-needed boost and offers better performance with great thermal control. The phone does get a bit warm, but it dissipates the heat well.
In terms of software, the phone runs MIUI 14 for Poco, which is based on Android 13, and has a 1+1 year warranty in addition. Also included with the new F-series smartphone are 2+3 years of software updates. The UI is substantially lighter and clearer than it was previously. It is much smoother, especially if you frequently use social media apps that are quick to start and have excellent scrolling. There are bloatware apps and extremely unwelcomed games, but the good news is that you can remove anything that is not necessary.
The Poco F5 5G has a triple rear camera configuration with a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens for pictures and movies. For selfies and video calls, there is a front-facing 16-megapixel camera.
While the images captured with the primary sensor during the day appear to be fine, we don’t particularly like them. Nothing truly stands out since it somehow lacks the punch, while they are precise and sharp. The Poco F5 needs to step up their camera game because the competition is coming up with new innovations. But we need to be clear, the camera isn’t poor in any way; in fact, it’s rather great, but competition is moving at a very fast pace. The phone has OIS, which means you can take pictures without any blur. Additionally, we recorded handheld films that were extremely steady and preserved all the details because of the OIS.
As long as you snap the macro photographs in good lighting circumstances, they will turn out well. Additionally, the selfies have excellent skin tones and are fairly crisp. For portraits, edge detection is also excellent. We loved every bit of them.
The Poco F5 has a battery capacity of 5,000mAh. During our tests, the phone’s battery life ranged from one day with heavy usage to a day and a half with moderate usage. Fortunately, a 67W fast charger is included in the box and can charge your device to 50% in 12 to 15 minutes. It takes roughly 45 minutes to charge completely.
When it comes to performance, the Poco F5 with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU is a powerhouse. Another effective combination is the 12-bit AMOLED display with support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Additionally, it is compact and lightweight, and it has a stunning design. There have only been camera-related concerns. However, it performs well in (practically) every area. The Poco F5 won’t let you down at all if you’re a gamer searching for something under Rs 30,000 with an excellent display and lag-free experience.
Poco F5 Pros
Headphone jack provided
Poco F5 Cons
Below-average camera performance at times
Comes with bloatware
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