POCO X5 vs POCO X5 Pro : Don’t Make A Mistake! 

So POCO has just dropped the POCO X5 5G and the POCO X5 Pro 5G, where this Pro has a 108 Megapixel Camera, a 67W Turbo Charging, the Snapdragon 778G processor, and more! But hmm, where does that leave the POCO X5 5G then? Let’s find out.

 

Unboxing

So the unboxing experience was pretty much the same, where the box comes in black with the specs and the color variant at the side of the box.

Inside are the clear phone cases, the USB-A to USB-C cables, and the only difference is that the Pro comes with a 67W charger compared to a 33W charger on the non-Pro variant. 

 

 

Build Quality

Next, looking at the build quality and the design of both phones, my first impressions were that both phones had a solid build and had a quite decent weight to them, as it was below my preferred 200 grams. Now, even though the Pro was 8 grams heavier, but I barely could tell a difference between the both.

And as you guys can see, the Pro variant that I got is in Yellow, and I am loving this kind of yellow because it was a little less striking than the previous yellow, with a classier finish, and had a sort of a glitter layer to the top too, which reminded me of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE, but I prefer it more over here.

And just so you know, the phone also comes in Blue and Black for this Pro variant.

Speaking of Black, that is the color variant that I have on the non-Pro variant, which, to be honest, I am kind of bored with this color, which is the similar finish to the previous POCO X Series and some of the Xiaomi flagship smartphones, too, so it is a finish that you might like or might feel a little boring, like how I felt, but I have to say that based on the pictures alone, the Green and Blue does look enticing indeed.

The camera array still has the huge POCO branding to tell the whole world that you are using a POCO branded phone, which is the direction that POCO has been going with the X Series.

Now, what’s interesting is that the shape of the Pro variant was a bit flatter at the edges at the back, which I preferred compared to the non-Pro variant; hence I felt that it was better on my hands when I used the phone for several days.

So both phones do wobble a bit if you are typing the phone on a surface, but the Pro wobbles just a bit more, probably due to its slightly thicker camera bump, so keep that in mind.

Then looking at the ports and buttons, call me “old school” but I salute POCO for including a headphones jack for both phones; I still can’t believe that that is some kind of “feature” these days, but POCO, if you are watching, salute!

Then the placement of the buttons and ports are very similar, where there is a yellow button on the Pro variant, however the placement of the SIM ejector slot is just slightly different. 

And for some strange reason, the non-Pro variant has support for a microSD card up to 1TB, but the Pro variant did not have, just the regular old, I mean new, dual SIM card support.

So overall, I would give the phone an A+ for the Pro and an A- for the non-Pro for this particular design and build quality of the phone.

 

Display

Next, looking at the display, both have a same-sized display of 6.67-inch AMOLED Display and the exact resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

While both can go up to a high refresh rate of 120Hz, but what’s interesting is that, in the display settings of the Pro, you can select the dynamic option to give a better balance of performance and power consumption, of course, compared to the non-Pro where you can only choose either one, which I am suspecting it is due to the difference in chipset or probably the display panel may not be exactly the same.

Other differences include the support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision on the Pro variant, which was unavailable for the non-Pro variant.

By default, the color temperature was a little different if you compare it side by side, and speaking of comparing, the non-Pro variant also has thicker bezel at the bottom chin area of the phone.

Then finally, the peak brightness for the Pro goes up to 900 nits compared to 1200 nits on the non-Pro variant, and even the Gorilla Glass protection is better on the Pro at version 5 compared to only version 3 on the non-Pro variant.

Damn, this non-Pro variant is getting slapped left and right, eh? So for the display, I would give the Pro an A- and a B+ for the non-Pro version.

 

Cameras

Now in terms of the cameras, for the rear, the POCO X5 5G has a 48 MP main camera, an 8 MP ultrawide camera, and a 2 MP macro camera.

Then the POCO X5 Pro 5G comes with a 108 MP main camera, an 8 MP ultrawide camera, and a 2 MP macro camera.

The front camera for the Pro is a 16 MP camera, and the non-Pro has a 13 MP selfie camera.

Based on my quick test shots, photos on the main camera on the Pro were nicer, with better contrast overall.

And so were the ultra-wide lenses for both and the overall dynamic range on the Pro was also better too.

Then the selfie photos for the Pro had better skin tones on the regular and the portrait mode and more control over the aperture value before taking a shot.

Now since this is just my first impressions review, I did not go into detail of comparing how different the shots were between both phones, which we shall save that for my in-depth camera review.

 

Video Recording

And for the video recording, here is another mind-boggling thing about the non-Pro version as it only records up to 1080p 30 frames per second… Come on POCO, it’s already the year 2023! 

Compared to the Pro variant that records up to 4K 30 frames per second.

So with that, the video quality on the Pro totally blows the non-Pro out of the water. (sample video footage on my YouTube video)

And the front cameras, both phones can record up to 1080p, with the Pro allowing you to go up to 60 fps.

Here is where things become really worse for the non-Pro variant because the video quality was really awful, so was the image stabilization as well.

So, could a software update fix all these weird camera issues on the non-Pro variant? I guess we all have to wait and see.

 

Specs

Next, looking at the other specs of both of the phones, the Pro comes with the Snapdragon 778G processor, and the non-Pro has the Snapdragon 695 chipset, where both are built on a 6nm process.

While both chipsets were built on a 6nm process, but I did feel that the non-Pro variant to be a little lagging at times, and loading websites were also faster on the Pro variant too, and this could be due to its higher CPU levels of the chipset, to go up to 2.4 GHz on the Pro compared to 2.2 GHz, which on paper may not sound a lot, but I sincerely felt that there was a difference even with the same LPDDR4X RAM and the same UFS 2.2 storage.

And, of course, I will be testing some gaming further on both phones, since both come with different GPUs too.

Next, in terms of battery, both phones have the same battery capacity of 5000mAh, where as seen in the unboxing, the only difference is the charging speeds of up to 67W on the Pro compared to 33W on the non-Pro version.

And yes, as usual, we will see how much battery life that I can get when using both phones daily, so stay tuned for my full review on that.

As for both of the phone’s software, as of this review, the Pro variant comes with the latest MIUI version 14.0.1, built on Android 12, while the non-Pro version is also at Android 12, but the MIU version was still at version 13.0.2.

And let’s hope they will update this to the latest MIUI version 14 if you happen to go with this, of course, if you really choose to go with this non-Pro version of the phone.

As of this review, I have no confirmed price on both devices to compare to, because the usual case for the Pro and non-Pro can be quite minimal, especially for a mid-range to a higher flagship smartphone, and can also be competitive to a certain price point, but unless the non-Pro variant’s price is hell a lot of difference compared to the Pro, I simply cannot recommend the non-Pro variant compared to the Pro!

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