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POCO F5 : test / review

POCO F5 : test / review
Category: Smartphones

After launching the POCO M5 at the end of last year and the POCO X5 two months ago, it's now the turn of the F range to pass to the fifth generation. The F range from POCO represents the top of the range where the brand mixes the finesse in the aesthetics with the brutality in the performances. The POCO F4 had set the bar quite high, this new POCO F5 sets the bar even higher. [b][b]This POCO F5 is the 17th smartphone of this brand that I test, so I will be able to compare this new model with the previous generations and see if this phone brings new things or if it is a copy of another model.[b][b]Who is this phone for? Do we need this much performance? How well does the phone handle heat dissipation? There are a lot of questions that I will try to answer in this test, let's go![b][b]

Introductory offer

[b]The POCO F5 will be available from May 9th on the official website:POCO F5 on official website[b][b]The POCO F5 is available from 429€[b][b]For the launch, POCO has put a lot of effort to make you buy on the official website. First there is a 50€ discount for the fastest, then you can get an additional 30€ discount by registering your phone. By buying this phone on the official website, you will also receive points that you can use for your next purchases.[b][b][b]linkManufacturer web site:[b][b][b]linkSite where I have bought the Poco F5:[b]Not yet available / tested[b][b][b]

Structure of my tests

I test the phones according to a pre-established structure (see below) to provide you with as much information as possible. Unfortunately, this takes a long time. Some tests like network performance tests take several days and for photo tests I sometimes have to wait until the weather is suitable to take pictures in good conditions. I am therefore obliged to publish the tests step by step, so I invite you to come back if the test is not complete at the time of your visit.[b]
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POCO X5 5G : test / review
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12: test / review
Unihertz Tank : test / review

Price Poco F5

The list below shows the prices for the Poco F5 from more than 50 sites around the world. If you are not satisfied with any price, you can subscribe to a price alert to be the first to be notified when the price drops.[b]
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April 21, 2023: I received the POCO F5 in preview to test it before the launch scheduled for May 10, 2023[b]

Why this phone?

I mentioned in the introduction of this test that this new POCO is the 17th phone of this brand that I test and until now this brand has always got a good score with my evaluation system. There are of course models that are a bit more disappointing than others but I never had to advise against one of these phones. [b][b]I tested my first POCO F with the F2 Pro and that phone was so good that I still have it today. The others that followed brought something new each time. The POCO F5 takes some elements from the previous generation like the photo part but it runs on a brand new high performance architecture which should combine performance and energy efficiency.[b]


[b]The box of the POCO F5 is the same as all the POCO boxes from the entry level to the premium models. The box contains the phone, a pocket with the manual, a transparent protective shell, a needle for the sim drawer. There is also a 67W charger and a USB cable [b][b]
Length : 161.1
Width : 74.9
Thickness : 7.9
Weight : 181
Jack output : jack
USB Type : Type C
Infrared port : Yes

First configuration

The POCO F5 runs under MIUI 14 which is an overlay of Android 13. I didn't notice anything new in the configuration of the phone, the screens are the same as on the other phones of the Xiaomi group. I noticed that the carousel feature has been added on the POCO brand as well, it's a feature that uses an ad network so you might as well know that before you enable it.[b][b][b][b]


[b]The F range at POCO is the premium category of the brand and it is obvious at first contact. The POCO F5 is very thin (7.9mm) and elegant with its glass back. The other models M and X use mainly plastic and are generally thicker. The back is covered with a glass surface which gives a premium effect but which will probably give you to take a small cleaning cloth everywhere with you because it is the kind of material that leaves fingerprints. The integration of the photo block is different from the previous generation, the 2 main sensors are isolated without the presence of a rectangular block. The sensors are encircled by a texture that reminds me of a camera diaphragm. [b][b]
[b]The 6.67 inch screen occupies 89% of the front panel, we are here on an experience of almost full screen. The edges are much thinner than other POCO models, the selfie sensor is quite discreet. I will come back later on the screen, it is a screen that has many qualities. [b][b]
[b]On the right side we find the usual volume buttons and the start button which is also used as a fingerprint sensor. These buttons are located on the top. If you have small hands, you might have difficulties to use the volume buttons. [b][b]
[b][b]On the left side there is nothing because the sim drawer has been placed at the bottom of the phone. [b][b]
[b][b]On the bottom part, we find the usb type c port, an audio output, a sim drawer type recto/verso and a sound sensor.[b][b]
[b][b]On the top edge, there is a jack type audio output, an infrared port, another sound output and another sound sensor.[b][b]I can't say that this phone is original or revolutionary, it is simple and elegant. It is quite comparable to what Samsung does in the same price range.[b][b][b][b][b]


[b]The information below comes from the Device Info HW application. The application provides detailed technical information about the tested phone. I tested the POCO F5 in its 12Gb / 256Gb version, you will find all the technical specifications in the following screenshots. There are several versions with a different amount of memory but this does not affect the performance of the phone.[b][b]Here is what I found from the technical specifications:[b]- Qualcomm architecture (I come back to this point in the next paragraph)[b]- the wifi chip is a chip that I have already tested in other phones (Qualcomm 6490)[b]- new chip for sound that I have never tested[b]- the screen is not the same as the previous generation, it offers 3 frequencies (60/90/120hz)[b]- the screen is compatible with Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG and HDR10+[b]- the memory is in UFS 3.1, so transfers will be ultra fast[b][b][b][b][b]

CPU / GPU Performance

CPU : Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen2
GPU : AdreNo 725
Memory (RAM) : 8 - 16 Gb
Storage : 256 - 1 Tb
[b][b]The big news of this POCO F5 is the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen2 CPU (SM7475) which is engraved in 4 mm. This is not the first phone in the world to use this CPU, the Redmi Note 12 Turbo (only available in China) is also equipped with it. This processor should bring a huge performance gain over the previous generation but the gain will not only be a performance gain, the CPU consumption should also be better controlled. The previous generation was very greedy and the battery rose quickly in temperature, this should not be the case with this model but you can discover it in the paragraph on the battery. For the graphics, the POCO F5 uses an Adreno 725, we are here also in a high level of performance but I tested more powerful phones such as the Poco F4 GT or the Samsung Galaxy S23. A priori no game or application should be able to put this phone in default.[b]

Benchmark Antutu/3DMark

I got a score of 910362 points with Antutu v9, this is the highest score I've gotten but keep in mind that Antutu v9 tends to be more generous in points than Antutu v8. I didn't manage to run v8 on this phone. So it may not be the most powerful phone, but it is certainly one of the most powerful. With this kind of performance, you're safe for a long time because I can't directly see what kind of games could put this phone in trouble.[b][b]If I look at the result in detail, it's mostly on the CPU side that this phone stands out, it outperforms all the other phones I tested by a nice margin. On the graphics side, however, the POCO F4 GT does better but at the expense of overheating management and battery life.[b][b]
Antutu score : 910362
Antutu CPU : 248222
Antutu GPU : 305940
Antutu UX : 176607
Antutu Mem : 179593
[b]Top 10 - performance ranking based on Antutu
1. Poco F5 - 910362
2. Poco F4 Gt - 853016
3. Realme Gt - 811858
4. Black Shark 4 Pro - 759986
5. Poco X4 Gt - 714577
6. Oppo Find X2 Pro - 605184
7. Oneplus 8t - 595000
8. Poco F3 - 589677
9. Xiaomi Mi 10t Pro - 581650
10. Oneplus 8 Pro - 579417

Number of smartphones in the ranking:155
Position of this smartphone in the ranking:1/155

Note: this ranking only contains the phones I tested as well as a few others that I added for reference.
[b]Gaming[b]To test the performance in game, I download the mobile PUBG game and evaluate the in-game experience, graphics level and depth of vision. This game is quite demanding and should help you evaluating the performance of a phone.[b]With such a high Antutu score, one can expect a high level experience in game and this is indeed the case. PUBG Mobile runs in HD Extreme mode with 60 FPS at all times. The level of graphics is therefore at its maximum, the game is perfectly fluid and the 120hz screen will further amplify this fluidity of animations. Over the 10 minutes of this test, the phone did not heat up at all, this was not the case with the Black Shark or the POCO F4 GT. [b][b]The temperature will obviously rise if you play for a long time but the problem will be much less pronounced than on the F4 GT. The power/performance ratio of this POCO F5 is much better.[b][b][b]

Network performance

The POCO F5 supports a wide range of 4G and 5G frequencies, so you should be able to use it everywhere in Europe.[b]
3G frequencies : B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B4 (1700/2100 AWS A-F), B5 (850), B6 (800), B8 (900), B19 (800)
4G frequencies : B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B12 (700), B13 (700), B17 (700), B18 (800), B19 (800), B20 (800), B26 (850), B28b (700), B28a (700), B38 (TDD 2600), B40 (TDD 2300), B41 (TDD 2500)
5G frequencies : n1 (2100), n3 (1800), n5 (850), n7 (2600), n8 (900), n28b (700), n28a (700), n38 (2600), n40 (2300), n41 (2500), n77 (3700), n78 (3500)
Volte : Yes
VoWifi : Yes
NFC : Yes
Number measurements : 1321
Average signal (reference) : -91.69
Average signal (telephone) : -95.05
Average deviation reference/telephone : -3.36
Min/Max signal (reference) : -90 / -97
Min/Max signal (phone) : -94 / -97
Choose your country to check if your phone is compatible:

The frequencies displayed below will allow you to see if this phone is compatible with your operator or if you will be able to use it in the country where you are going on vacation.

Signal 4G (from December 2020)[b]I decided to change the methodology for measuring the network because I noticed that the configuration of the mobile network changes over time. This makes it more difficult to compare phones because the conditions are no longer exactly the same.[b][b]To overcome this problem, I set up a device that captures 24 hours a day about ten parameters from the mobile network (ex: cell id, rssi, rsrq, snr, frequency,...). I then place the phone next to the device for 24 to 48 hours taking the same measurements so that I can compare them. [b][b] Overview of the phones tested with this methodology[b][b]
Phone tested:MeasurementsAvg signal (reference)Avg signal (phone)Min/Max (reference)Min/Max (phone)
Samsung Galaxy S10+457-93.06-97.39-89 / -98-97 / -99
Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro669-93.69-95.84-90 / -95-92 / -98
Poco F2 Pro1438-91.02-94.99-89 / -94-94 / -96
Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g1645-90.77-95.02- 88 / -98-95 / -100
Poco X3821-94.89-103.19-91 / -97.7-101 / -104
Umidigi Bison2343-92.71-96.46-90 / -99-94 / -102
Oukitel C211101-92.04-94.99-90 / -97-92 / -95
Poco M31116-92.09-91.74-88 / -98-90 / -99
Xiaomi Mi 10t Pro1071-90.61-94.03-88 / -94-94 / -96
Umidigi A9 Pro981-90.40-94.01-88 / -95-93 / -95
Redmi Note 9t1201-92.149-91.71-90 / -97-91 / -97
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10999-92.35-93.99-88 / -97-92 / -98
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro877-89.72-90.56- 88 / -92-89 / -95
Poco X3 Pro1876-91.45-92.91-90 / -94-90 / -96
Poco F31382-90.79-94.2-89 / -94-93 / -98
Oneplus Nord N100896-91.23-96.005-88 / - 99-96 / -99
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite2875-91.36-91.49-87 / -96-90 / -96
Samsung Galaxy A521427-89.27-93.39-87 / -98-92 / -96
Doogee S96 Pro1259-94.2-91.21-90 / -102-88 / -95
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10s957-92.07-97.62-90 / -102-96 / -102
Poco M3 Pro1247-91.76-102.97-99 / -104-88 / -98
Realme Gt843-96.49-94.02-93 / -101- 92 / -96
F150 R20221002-92.4-105.1-90 / -97-98 / -110
Umidigi Bison Pro936-94.2-104.98-91 / -98-95 / -105
Redmi 102141-94.74-100.92-92 / -98-99 / -101
Tcl 10 Pro871-93.43-94.001-92 / -96-93 / -95
Poco M4 Pro570-93.71-96.78-91 / -98-95 / -99
Google Pixel 51444-91.02-97.02-90 / -94-97 / -101
Xiaomi 11t1576-92.305-92.003-90 / -96-92 / -93
Redmi Note 111223-92.5-91.32-92/-97-90 / -93
Black Shark 4 Pro2383-95.178-95.42-90 / -100-93 / -101
Redmi Note 11 Pro349-95.33-93-89 / -101-92 / -94
Poco M4 Pro 4g1202-90.85-88.95-87 / - 95-88 / -98
Tcl 30 Se567-92.11-92.85-88 / -98-99 / -93
Poco X4 Pro562-92.06-94.01-90 / -95-95 / -93
Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus 5g945-93.5-93.54-91 / -97-92 / -97
Poco F4 Gt832-95.02-93.09-90 / -99 -93 / -97
Oukitel Wp181351-95.94-92.92-91 / -97-92 / -97
Poco X4 Gt387-96.99-96.505-96 / -98-95 / -98
Poco F4524-95.78-95.04-93 / -99-94/-96
Oneplus Nord 2t1340-98.83-96.305-95 / -102-90 / -99
Redmi 10a707-89.026-97.97-87 / -91-97 / -103
Poco M5762-95.18-95.07-98 / -93-99 / -94
Unihertz Tank1426-91.21-93.97-90 / -95-89 / -96
Poco X5 5g2234-92.3-99.1-91 / -95- 100 / -98
Google Pixel 6a853-91.8-95-90 / -94-95 / -97
Redmi Note 121023-89.6-96.99-88 / -93-95 / -97
Redmi Note 12 Pro1576-91.96-94.93-89 / -96-93 / -95
Unihertz Luna1133-91.7-91.94-89 / -95-92 / -94
Poco F51321-91.69-95.05-90 / -97-94 / -97
[b][b]I made 1321 measurements to evaluate the 4G network sensitivity of this phone and got an average signal of -95.05 dBm there while I got an average signal of -91.69 dBm with the probe at the same time. So there is a difference of a few dBm which indicates that the sensitivity of this POCO is quite average. It is neither good nor bad, it is somewhere in the middle of these two extremes.[b][b][b]Download/Upload speed[b]To test the download speed, I have identified some 4G cells offering good performance where I test all my devices several times to see what download and upload speed they can achieve.[b]Top 10 - speed ranking in download
1. Samsung Galaxy S20 D:351Mbps U: 20Mbps
2. Poco X3 D:232Mbps U: 55Mbps
3. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g D:223Mbps U: 52Mbps
4. Poco F2 Pro D:207Mbps U: 53Mbps
5. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite D:153Mbps U: 68Mbps
6. Xiaomi Mi A3 D:150Mbps U: 60Mbps
7. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s D:150Mbps U: 60Mbps
8. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite D:149Mbps U: 60Mbps
9. Samsung Galaxy A21s D:147Mbps U: 51Mbps
10. Huawei Y6 2019 D:145Mbps U: 61Mbps

Number of smartphones in the ranking:30
Position of this smartphone in the ranking:0/30

Note: the theoretical maximum speed of a telephone is often limited by the configuration of the mobile network and the congestion of the network at the time of the measurement. So maybe you could get a higher speed on another network

Wifi performance

To test a phone's ability to receive the network properly, I take measurements near my router and then remotely (and always at the same place). This gives me an average in dBm where a value of -90 dBm indicates poorer performance than a value at -30 dBm.[b]
Wifi frequencies : 802.11a , 802.11b , 802.11g , 802.11n , 802.11n 5GHz , 802.11ac, WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
Download speed : 866
Signal / close : -14
Signal / distant : -64
Wifi signal[b]I got an average signal of -14 dBm near the router and -64 dBm at a distance. The score near the router is one of the best results I got, so the sensitivity is excellent over a short distance. For the distance measurement, the result is good but not exceptional.[b][b]Top 10 - wifi sensitivity ranking
1. Poco F2 Pro -11dBm
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro -12dBm
3. Realme Gt -12dBm
4. Redmi Note 12 Pro -13dBm
5. Samsung Galaxy A21s -13dBm
6. Redmi Note 11 Pro -13dBm
7. Poco F5 -14dBm
8. Oneplus Nord N100 -15dBm
9. Poco X3 Pro -15dBm
10. Poco F3 -15dBm

Number of smartphones in the ranking:74
Position of this smartphone in the ranking:7/74

[b]Download/Upload speed[b]To test the speed in Wifi, I connect to my router in 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz (if available) and use the Ookla application to measure the speed.[b]Top 10 - wifi download speed ranking
1. Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus 5g 866Mbps
2. Redmi Note 12 Pro 866Mbps
3. Poco F4 866Mbps
4. Google Pixel 6a 866Mbps
5. Poco F4 Gt 866Mbps
6. Poco X4 Gt 866Mbps
7. Oneplus Nord 2t 866Mbps
8. Black Shark 4 Pro 866Mbps
9. Poco F5 866Mbps
10. Poco M4 Pro 4g 433Mbps

Number of smartphones in the ranking:72
Position of this smartphone in the ranking:9/72

Note: I have a 400Mbps line and a modem capable of delivering higher speed, but I can never be sure how much bandwidth is available when doing a test.

GPS performance

[b]To test the accuracy of the GPS signal, I use two positioning applications to evaluate the difference between the actual position and the position indicated by the phone. This test is done outdoors with nothing to obstruct the signal. An accuracy level of up to 3 meters can easily be corrected by an application (e.g. Google Maps).[b][b][b]I measured the accuracy level of the GPS to get an accuracy of 3 meters as it is often the case with Qualcomm chips. I also checked my position on a map to compare it to the position detected by the phone and the phone did indeed locate me at about 3 meters on a clear day. [b][b]This phone supports L1, E1, B1 and B1C.[b][b]Top 10 - GPS accuracy ranking
1. Poco M5 1m
2. Poco X4 Gt 1m
3. Unihertz Tank 1m
4. Oukitel C21 1m
5. Redmi 9a 1m
6. Redmi 10a 1m
7. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10s 1m
8. Doogee S96 Pro 1m
9. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 1m
10. Umidigi Bison Pro 1m

Number of smartphones in the ranking:44
Position of this smartphone in the ranking:22/44

Note: An accuracy of 3 meters or less can easily be corrected by a good GPS application. Phone performance also plays a role in how fast your display updates, so good accuracy could be compromised by too slow a display.

Battery range

To test battery life I developed an application that measures the battery level minute by minute until the battery is empty. This application consumes about ten percent of the phone's resources and I do a test with 100 brightness. This test aims to reproduce a contemplative use of a phone (e.g. surfing the internet, reading articles, spending time on social networks). These results are not valid for intensive gaming/streaming use.
Capacity : 5000
Fast charge : Yes
W max : 67
Not yet available / tested[b][b]

Photo camera test

To test the quality of photos produced by a phone, I do a technical test (resolution, sharpness, chromatic aberration,...) in studio (identical conditions) to evaluate the technical part objectively. From the second half of 2020, I built my own laboratory to take completely objective technical measurements. I then take pictures in real conditions to see how the camera performs. I then evaluate these photos according to my criteria but I publish the photos so that you can evaluate the result according to your criteria.[b]


Selfie / resolution : 16
Selfie / sensor : Samsung S5K3P9
Resolution : 64
Sensor : Omnivision OV64B40
The POCO F5 uses the same sensor as the POCO F4 and unfortunately this is not good news. It is a 64 megapixel Omnivision sensor which is rather a mid-range sensor. As I was testing 3 other phones at the same time as this phone I could compare the results under exactly the same conditions.[b][b]The secondary sensor is a 16 megapixel Samsung S5K3P9 ultra wide angle that I already tested in the Realme 6 ...3 years ago! So I don't expect an extraordinary performance with this sensor either.[b][b]All this is very unfortunate because Poco's F series has already used better sensors than these. So those who place a lot of importance on photography may be disappointed.[b][b]

Photo quality

Photo quality (indoor/studio)[b]The studio test is carried out under the same conditions so that the results can be compared on an equal basis. I calibrate my lighting for each test to obtain the same brightness and colour temperature. This test is a preliminary analysis of the technical qualities of a camera. Most phones fail this test, so you should also read the results of the other tests in the following paragraphs.[b][b]Main sensor: Omnivision 64 megapixels[b]
[b]The Omnivision sensor obviously does not like the artificial light of my studio because the photo is largely underexposed. This underexposure problem is not uncommon, I have encountered it on many other phones and quite often this problem disappears when I shoot in daylight. If I put the underexposure aside, this sensor still has some qualities. Sharpness is quite good over a wide area, I don't see any digital noise and no distortion despite using a shorter focal length than usual.[b][b]If you use the pro mode, you can easily correct the underexposure problem like this:[b]
[b]Just increase the exposure time by two stops. With a good exposure, the colors are also much more realistic. [b][b]If I test this sensor with my billboard, I get this:[b]
[b]This picture confirms that the sharpness is good because the small text of the Canadian bill is perfectly readable even if I zoom beyond 100%. This sharpness extends almost from edge to edge, only at the edges I see a drop in sharpness. I also avoided direct light for this photo and you can see that the exposure level is much better than on the first photo. [b]Samsung S5K3P9 secondary sensor of 16 million pixels[b]
[b]Here too I have an underexposed photo but this is often the case for ultra wide-angle sensors that capture by their nature much less light. The distortion is very visible but it is normal, this type of sensor is not made to take pictures of objects near the lens. The sharpness is less good than the main sensor, here too it is normal and I see some digital noise everywhere on the picture. All this is quite usual for a sensor of this type. [b][b]
[b]This photo allows me to evaluate the ability of this sensor to produce sharp photos and I admit I was positively surprised. The sharpness is not as good as the main sensor but for a sensor of this type, I think it comes out rather well. The characters of the Canadian banknote are readable but the sharpness degrades much faster when you move away from the center. [b][b][b][b][b][b]Photo: technical test[b]I was inspired by industrial technical tests to create my own technical test to evaluate the technical quality of a camera. This test is an objective assessment of a camera's ability to render a scene correctly. [b][b]I test the following elements:[b]- centre sharpness, peripheral sharpness[b]- colour fidelity based on 24 reference colours[b]- level of chromatic aberration[b]- dynamic range (ability to capture dark and light areas without loss)[b]- distortion[b][b]The technical evaluation may differ from the subjective evaluation as the feeling of a photo will be influenced by the processing provided by each manufacturer.[b][b]Main sensor: Omnivision 64 megapixels[b]
[b]The Omnivision sensor obviously does not like the artificial light of my studio because the photo is largely underexposed. This underexposure problem is not uncommon, I have encountered it on many other phones and quite often this problem disappears when I shoot in daylight. If I put the underexposure aside, this sensor still has some qualities. Sharpness is quite good over a wide area, I don't see any digital noise and no distortion despite using a shorter focal length than usual.[b][b]If you use the pro mode, you can easily correct the underexposure problem like this:[b]
[b]Just increase the exposure time by two stops. With a good exposure, the colors are also much more realistic. [b][b]If I test this sensor with my billboard, I get this:[b]
[b]This picture confirms that the sharpness is good because the small text of the Canadian bill is perfectly readable even if I zoom beyond 100%. This sharpness extends almost from edge to edge, only at the edges I see a drop in sharpness. I also avoided direct light for this photo and you can see that the exposure level is much better than on the first photo. [b]Samsung S5K3P9 secondary sensor of 16 million pixels[b]
[b]Here too I have an underexposed photo but this is often the case for ultra wide-angle sensors that capture by their nature much less light. The distortion is very visible but it is normal, this type of sensor is not made to take pictures of objects near the lens. The sharpness is less good than the main sensor, here too it is normal and I see some digital noise everywhere on the picture. All this is quite usual for a sensor of this type. [b][b]
[b]This photo allows me to evaluate the ability of this sensor to produce sharp photos and I admit I was positively surprised. The sharpness is not as good as the main sensor but for a sensor of this type, I think it comes out rather well. The characters of the Canadian banknote are readable but the sharpness degrades much faster when you move away from the center. [b][b][b][b][b][b]Outdoor photo quality[b]I was a bit pressed for time to test this phone because I had to finish my test before the launch and I also had a few days off. So I didn't have the opportunity to take pictures in very good conditions. It was raining a bit, the sky was very cloudy and the light was not ideal. All this is obviously not very serious, it allows to test the phone in non-ideal conditions. I also tested 4 phones at the same time, this will allow me to compare these 4 phones in exactly the same conditions. [b]Main sensor: Omnivision OV64B40[b]
[b]I use more or less always the same route to make my photos, this allows me to compare the phones in more or less similar conditions even if the photos are not taken at the same time. This time the weather was not very favorable and it shows very strongly on the picture. I took several photos with different configurations such as AI, HDR, ... [b][b]On this first photo, I find the underexposure that I had noticed in the studio. With a shutter at 1/1000, there was room to make a better exposed photo! The HDR does not manage to save the photo but I find that the dynamic range is not bad because despite the strong differences in brightness, I have very few areas lost and this is probably why the photo is so dark. The sensor has probably tried to preserve a maximum of details. In pro mode it is obviously possible to recover some of this brightness but it is still not very practical.[b][b]Here is a photo taken at the same place, at the same time with the Redmi Note 12 Pro:[b]
[b]This photo shows that a large majority of phones are going to be in trouble when the brightness is not good but there are still some differences.[b][b]The photo also lacks a bit of brightness but the result is still better. This is a Sony sensor that decided to take this photo with a shutter speed of 1/500. Not only is the photo brighter but the details are also more accurate, the colors are also a little better saturated. [b][b]Here is another example with the Unihertz Luna which uses a Samsung sensor:[b]
[b]Same thing, photo too dark, it is even darker than the POCO F5.[b][b]So the Omnivision sensor is not the best but not the worst either. It is able to make good pictures when the light is good but like many sensors, it is put in trouble when the light is not optimal.[b][b][b]Samsung S5K3P9 secondary sensor[b]
[b]If you already have other tests on my blog, you already know that this type of sensor does not do very well when the light is not so good and it shows once again with this picture. There is also room here to make a better exposed photo because with 1/640, the sensor could have easily taken 2 more stops for the photo to be correctly exposed. [b][b]The level of sharpness is here less good than with the main sensor, this is also quite normal and predictable. This kind of sensor is only usable in good light conditions.[b][b][b][b][b][b][b]Test photo / night[b]
[b]The POCO F5 can easily take night pictures with its night mode. This photo mode combines several photos taken at different exposure levels, so you can take night photos without using the pro mode. The POCO F5 has a good sensitivity to light as the night rendering produces quite bright photos, these photos are even brighter than the real thing and it manages to handle the difference between dark and lighted areas well. [b][b]The level of sharpness is good provided you don't zoom into the photo from a large screen, this kind of photo is designed to stay on a phone screen or be shared on social networks. However, I noticed a small problem with the processing of light halos, you can clearly see a flare effect that is probably caused by one of the layers upstream of the photo sensor.[b][b]The ultra wide angle sensor on the other hand fails to capture enough light, you can see in the photos in the gallery below.[b][b][b][b]

Video quality

Stabilisation[b][b]The POCO F5 is able to stabilize videos to mitigate vibrations and shocks. This video was taken in 4k 30fps. You can see here quite clearly that the vibrations caused by my steps are largely dampened. I still see a slight vibration with each step but it is not very disturbing. Stabilization also often has the effect of creating a slowdown effect in the video, this is not the case for this phone.[b]Video normale conditions[b]The POCO F5 is able to shoot in 4k and 30 fps but it's not the default mode, so think to change the resolution in the settings before shooting for the first time. [b][b]The light conditions were really not good for this test, the sky was very cloudy, I had rain on the first video and a little sun on the last. The exposure level is much better than what I got with the photo, the video is overall brighter than the photos I took at the same time. The video part seems to take the bright areas as the priority area, so the sky is less detailed but the image is overall brighter.[b][b]The sharpness is also good and the focus is very fast despite the significant changes in depth in this video. The sensor does not struggle to find the right focus. [b][b]I find that this phone does better for video than stills.[b][b]Video low light[b][b]The Omnivision sensor of the POCO F5 allows to produce night videos bright enough to reproduce the atmosphere of a night scene. Unfortunately the sharpness is not very good even when I stop moving, the level of detail of the video remains quite low and thus an impression of disorder where the features should be well marked. It's a shame because the first difficulty is to capture enough light and this phone does it well but the[b]

External audio quality

[b]This test is intended to give you an overview of the volume and sound quality during calls and when listening to music through the external speakers. [b][b]Audio quality music / external speakers[b][b]The POCO F5 is equipped with two external speakers located on each side of the phone. I thought that the power of the sound would be different between these 2 ends because of the difference in the number of perforations to let the sound pass but in the end the sound is quite similar. The sound produced by the POCO F5 is quite powerful and of good quality. The highs are well rendered and the bass lacks a bit of depth but on speakers of this size, this is quite normal. [b]Audio quality calls[b][b]The quality of the sound in calls is good, the sound is quite soft and the rendering of voices is good. The volume from the speakerphone is a little above average. If I switch the sound to the external speaker, the sound loses some quality but the sound quality remains at a good level. The volume on the external speaker is above average [b].[b]

Audio quality (headphones)

To test the quality of the phone's audio output, I connect the device's audio output to a measuring tool, then play sounds on all frequencies and measure the differences between the original sound and the sound produced by the phone. In this way I measure the phone's ability to correctly reproduce all sounds.[b]
Frequency Respons : +0.07 / -0.10
Noise Level : -96.1
Dynamic Range : 96
THD : 16.128
Intermodulation : 13.252
Stereo crosstalk : -89.50
[b]The POCO F5 is able to reproduce all frequencies quite accurately, it even manages to slightly exceed the Redmi Note 12 Pro which had obtained good results on this test. We can see that the line of the POCO is not very stable but the variations in decibels are very low. The sound is of very good quality provided that you don't put the volume to the maximum because when it is pushed to the maximum, the sound presents an important distortion. [b][b][b]

Screen quality

To test the screen, I use a colorimetric probe that measures the color accuracy of a screen, as well as other parameters to see if a screen is able to correctly reproduce an image. I also test the brightness level to determine if the screen will be able to display an image in full sunlight.[b]
Screen size : 6.67
Resolution : 2400 x 1080
Ratio : 20:9
Type : Amoled
% occupancy : 89
dE white : 2.7
dE red : 0.7
dE green : 0.5
dE blue : 0.3
dE jaune : 0.4
dE cyan : 1.9
dE magenta : 2.7
White temperature : 6343
Contrast : 1000000:1
Brightness : 938
Colorimetry[b]The POCO F5 is equipped with a 6.67 inch amoled screen which is compatible with DolbyVision, HDR, HLG and HDR10+. This may not mean anything for a large majority of users but it has a real impact on the ability of this phone to reproduce colors. If I choose the standard mode in the screen settings, I get the following graph: [b]
[b]This color space is called REC709, it corresponds to a color space of 16 million colors. It is a priori sufficient for the majority of the current uses. With the standard mode, I get a very fair colorimetry with a dE of 1 with a white slightly too warm at 6343 kelvins. [b][b]If I use the "intense" mode, I get this:[b]
[b]The color space is much larger, it is the DCI-P3 used in particular for high definition cinema. This color space is capable of displaying more than a billion colors. Why is this useful? If you watch movies in HDR or Dolby Vision this color space will give you a much richer image. The colorimetry is a bit worse in this screen mode but the gain in color more than compensates for this loss. [b][b][b]Top 10 - ranking of the best screens by colorimetry
1. Poco X4 Gt dE = 0.6
2. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g dE = 0.73
3. Xiaomi Mi 10t Pro dE = 0.83
4. Redmi Note 11 dE = 0.91
5. Redmi Note 12 Pro dE = 0.97
6. Google Pixel 6a dE = 1.01
7. Google Pixel 5 dE = 1.11
8. Realme Gt dE = 1.17
9. Redmi Note 12 dE = 1.17
10. Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite dE = 1.19

Number of smartphones in the ranking:75
Position of this smartphone in the ranking:15/75

Note: the colorimetric difference is measured in dE. After three, the human eye will perceive a colorimetric difference, so the dE should be the lowest. The tests were all carried out with a colorimetric probe.
[b]Brightness / Contrast[b]I measured a brightness of 938 cd/m² when exposing the screen to bright light. This is a huge level of brightness that will allow you to use this screen anywhere, even in direct sunlight. If you stay in direct sunlight with this level of brightness, it will obviously have an impact on the battery because the lighting will consume twice as much energy when pushed to the max.[b]Contrast[b]I measured almost infinite contrast, that means blacks are really black. I got a gamma of 2.18 for grays with very little deviation, grayscale is also very good.[b]


Not yet available / tested[b][b]

Operating system

[b]Not yet available / tested[b][b]

Encoutered bugs

Not yet available / tested[b][b]

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Compare Poco F5 with the others

I assigned a score of 1 to 10 for each test that determines the strengths and weaknesses of a product. I am using 0 for criteria that have not (yet) been tested. A score of 1 to 3 indicates poor performance (and yes, it does), a score of 4 to 6 indicates average performance, a score of 7 to 8 indicates good performance, and a score of 9 and 10 indicates exceptional performance. .
The score is calculated based on my measurements and when there are no measurements, it is a subjective opinion based on my experience.

The scores are not static, they change over time because the performance of new products changes and this must be taken into account.

Poco F5
Finish quality8.006.00
Battery performance7.508.00
CPU performance10.006.5
GPU performance9.506.5
Screen quality8.007.00
Photo quality7.005.00
Video quality7.005.00
Wi-Fi performance7.507.00
Mobile download speed8.005.00
Mobile network sensitivity7.006.00
Frequency coverage8.007.00
Audio quality8.506.00
GPS performance7.006.00
Operating system8.008.00
Overall score11189
Global ranking
1. Black Shark 4 Pro 114 / 140
2. Realme Gt 112.5 / 140
3. Poco F2 Pro 111.5 / 140
4. Oneplus Nord 2t 111.5 / 140
5. Poco F5 111 / 140
6. Samsung Galaxy S20 111 / 140
7. Poco F4 Gt 110.5 / 140
8. Google Pixel 5 109.6 / 140
9. Poco F3 108.5 / 140
10. Poco X4 Gt 108 / 140
11. Google Pixel 6a 108 / 140
12. Poco X3 Pro 107.5 / 140
13. Samsung Galaxy S10+ 107 / 140
14. Xiaomi 11t 107 / 140
15. Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus 5g 106.5 / 140
16. Redmi Note 12 Pro 106 / 140
17. Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro 106 / 140
18. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro 105.5 / 140
19. Samsung Galaxy A52 104 / 140
20. Tcl 10 Pro 104 / 140
21. Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 104 / 140
22. Redmi Note 11 Pro 103 / 140
23. Poco X4 Pro 102.5 / 140
24. Poco M4 Pro 4g 102 / 140
25. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10s 102 / 140
26. Poco M4 Pro 101.5 / 140
27. Unihertz Luna 101.5 / 140
28. Redmi Note 11 101 / 140
29. Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5g 101 / 140
30. Poco X3 101 / 140
31. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 101 / 140
32. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite 101 / 140
33. Redmi Note 9t 100.5 / 140
34. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 100 / 140
35. Unihertz Tank 99 / 140
36. Poco X5 5g 98.5 / 140
37. Poco M5 98.5 / 140
38. Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite 98 / 140
39. Doogee S96 Pro 98 / 140
40. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9s 98 / 140
41. Poco F4 98 / 130
42. Poco M3 Pro 98 / 140
43. Redmi 10 97.5 / 140
44. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 97 / 140
45. Redmi Note 12 95.5 / 140
46. Umidigi Bison Pro 95 / 140
47. F150 R2022 95 / 140
48. Poco M3 94.5 / 140
49. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 94 / 140
50. Realme 6 93 / 140
51. Umidigi A9 Pro 92 / 140
52. Umidigi Bison 92 / 140
53. Tcl 30 Se 92 / 140
54. Oukitel C21 89.5 / 140
55. Motorola G8 Power 89 / 140
56. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 89 / 140
57. Nokia 5.3 89 / 140
58. Xiaomi Mi A3 89 / 140
59. Oneplus Nord N100 88.5 / 140
60. Honor 9x 88 / 140
61. Redmi 10a 88 / 140
62. Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite 86 / 140
63. Meizu Note 9 86 / 140
64. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 85 / 140
65. Umidigi S3 Pro 83 / 140
66. Umidigi F2 82 / 140
67. Samsung Galaxy A21s 82 / 140
68. Redmi 9a 81 / 140
69. Oukitel Wp18 81 / 140
70. Redmi 9c 80 / 140
71. Ulefone Armor 7e 80 / 140
72. Doogee S58 Pro 78.5 / 140
73. Honor 8x 78 / 140
74. Umidigi F1 77 / 140
75. Huawei Y6 2019 74 / 140
76. Xiaomi Mi 10t Pro 57 / 70
77. Samsung Galaxy S23 8 / 10
78. Elephone U5 0 / 0

Test / Review conclusion

[b]POCO's F series has built a reputation around performance, screen quality and sound quality and this new POCO F5 will raise the bar even higher. [b][b]Behind its rather slim and elegant aesthetics, the POCO F5 hides a performance monster and unlike the GT type models of the previous generation, this new POCO F5 is much more energy efficient. The consumption is more measured and the phone does not overheat as quickly as the POCO F4 GT. Gamers will probably be happy with this new phone but also those who are looking for a very responsive phone where you almost never have to wait. The ultra fast memory allows you to switch from one screen to another without delay, there is no slowdown like those you can sometimes find in the mid-range. [b][b]The F range from POCO also has a tradition of using good screens and it is again the case with this F5. The screen offers a very good colorimetry, it has a wide gamut and a compatibility with DolbyVision, HDR, HLG and HDR10+. You will be able to watch videos on Netflix with the best rendering.[b][b]The sound of the POCO F5 is also of good quality, it is able to reproduce quite faithfully all the frequencies provided that you do not push it to the limit because distortions. I even have the impression that this POCO is the best POCO for sound among those I tested so far. [b][b]So the POCO F5 ticks all the usual boxes for performance, screen and sound but does it have other qualities? It is quite average in network sensitivity and GPS accuracy, it has a good wifi signal and a good download speed. The autonomy is good in normal use thanks to the excellent energy performance of the phone and the fast charge of 67W should not make you wait too long.[b][b]What disappointed me a little is the quality of the photos. The POCO F5 uses the same Omnivision sensor as the POCO F4. This sensor quickly gets into trouble when the light level drops and in this price range there are better alternatives.[b][b]Strengths[b]Performance[b]Energy efficiency[b]Sound quality[b]Charge speed[b]Screen quality[b]Wifi speed[b][b][b]Weaknesses[b]Photo/video quality in poor light[b]Pre-installed applications[b]Average 4G sensitivity[b][b][b]Alternatives to this product[b][b]Not yet available / tested[b][b]

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