Poco’s latest smartphones give you the choice between gaming and photography
Poco has long established itself as a strong player in the budget smartphone market with models like the Poco M4 Pro and Poco X4 Pro 5G, and that trend continues today with the low-cost Poco M5 and Poco M5s.
Aimed at budget-minded entertainment-minded users, these two smartphones offer consumers a choice between the gaming prowess of the Poco M5 and the smart camera of the Poco M5s.
Focused on gaming, the Poco M5 prioritizes performance and display. To do this, the Poco M5 is equipped with a 6nm MediaTek Helio G99 chipset with 4 or 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of storage, depending on the option you choose. It also boasts the company’s Game Turbo 5.0 technology, which Poco claims “intelligently monitors and optimizes CPU, GPU, and memory” to improve game performance even in demanding 3D games, though we’ll have to wait to test it to confirm these. statements.
This is paired with a decently sized 6.58-inch FHD+ display with a dynamic 90Hz refresh rate, which should deliver high frame rates in games and lower frame rates when watching videos and scrolling through social media, and should also improve battery life. Despite a whopping 5,000mAh battery, the Poco M5 should be an all-day device, and 18W charging, while not the fastest, should cut down on wall tethering time.
Elsewhere, you’ll find the basic rear camera setup, consisting of a 50MP main shot, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The last two lenses won’t be as useful, but the 50MP should deliver decent results for the price.
Also, if photography is your passion, the Poco M5s might be a better fit for you.
The Poco M5s is designed for photography, featuring an impressive quad-camera setup on the back, much more capable than its gaming-focused sibling. The Poco M5s features a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, the same 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensors as the M5, and a 13MP front camera for selfies. The budget smartphone can also shoot up to 4K at 30fps for those interested in video.
Poco includes a number of shooting modes to help you take advantage of rear shots, including a dedicated night mode, portrait mode, slow motion and slow motion capabilities, and more – though you shouldn’t expect the same impressive night mode options. like flagships.
Instead of a high refresh rate of 90Hz, the Poco M5s features a smaller 6.43-inch AMOLED panel for better visuals when editing photos and watching movies through apps like Netflix, with premium features like DC Dimming.
Rounding out the experience is the slightly less powerful MediaTek G95 chipset, which, like its sibling, comes with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage depending on which option you choose. It also houses the same whopping 5,000mAh battery inside, so whichever model you choose, you’ll have solid battery life all day long.
Both the Poco M5 and Poco M5s are slated to launch in the UK in mid-September, and while we’ve been confident about the cost-effectiveness of the smartphones, the exact price has yet to be confirmed. We will update this part as soon as we get confirmation from Poco.