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Price POCO M5
First configuration
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Wifi performance
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Battery range
Photo camera test
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External audio quality
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POCO M5 : test, review and price

POCO M5 : test, review and price
Category: Smartphones

I'm a regular at the POCO brand, I've bought at least a dozen phones from this brand over the past 12 months, but with a decrease in activity around smartphones, I had moved away to other horizons to test other products and I had not noticed the release of this new POCO M5. This new phone was released quite discreetly in September but it is with the approach of Black Friday that it will undoubtedly know its first flight because it revives the POCO tradition by offering a price / performance ratio superior to the competition with some small novelties.[b][b][b]linkManufacturer web site:[b][b][b]linkSite where I have bought the POCO M5:[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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Price POCO M5

The list below shows the prices for the POCO M5 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]bb
Xiaomi POCO M5s 64GB/4GB RAM Dual SIM Grau AMOLED Display Smartphone Neu OVP...
2023-09-22 06:18
120 EUR
Xiaomi Poco M5 nuovo sigillato...
2023-09-22 06:25
120 EUR
Xiaomi POCO M5 64GB Grün (Ohne Simlock) (Dual SIM)...
2023-09-22 06:18
129 EUR
NEU! Xiaomi Poco M5s - 4GB - 64GB - Grey - Frei - Dual SIM - Restgarantie...
2023-09-22 06:18
129 EUR
Xiaomi POCO M5s NEU versiegelt!...
2023-09-22 06:18
129 EUR
Xiaomi POCO M5s 64GB/4GB RAM Dual SIM Grau, Weiß, Blau, Gelb Smartphone NEU...
2023-09-22 06:18
130 EUR
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November 14, 2022: purchase of the Poco M5 on Amazon [b] November 15, 2022: receipt of the package, the test can begin [b][b]

Why this phone?

The POCO brand first and foremost addressed gamers with a very specific design, but by dint of producing high-performance phones at a good price, POCO has attracted a wider audience. It shows in the design, they've moved a bit away from raw design for gamers and performance isn't the only selling point anymore. The M range is POCO's entry-level range, they are consumer-oriented phones and with a launch price below €200, I think it will find its place on the market. Its price is undoubtedly the first strong argument of the phone because finding a decent phone for less than 200€ is becoming quite rare. [b][b] The POCO M5 uses a Helio G99 CPU which is not available on any other POCO or Xiaomi, this is a sign that it is really a new phone and not a simple recycling of an existing model. I also see that POCO dropped Omnivision in favor of Samsung for the main sensor, this is another positive signal for this phone. There is no 5G and the screen is an IPS screen, these are weaknesses compared to other models from POCO but we must not forget that this phone is available for less than 200€. For the battery, the brand remains on a capacity of 5000 mAh, so I think the arguments in favor of this phone will be its price, its camera, its performance and its autonomy. [b][b][b]


POCO phone boxes all have the same format with the same colors, no doubt about the brand of the phone with this choice of colors. The box contains the phone which is wrapped in a plastic bag rather than the usual self-adhesive layer (so much the better!), there is also a cardboard envelope containing the manuals as well as a transparent soft silicone protection. In the bottom of the month, there is a charger, a USB cable and wired headphones. It's been a long time since I've seen headphones that come with an entry-level phone. [b][b][b]
Length : 164
Width : 76.1
Thickness : 8.9
Weight : 201
USB Type : Type C
Infrared port : Yes

First configuration

The POCO M5 is released under MIUI 13 and after the first configuration, I had the option of downloading MIUI 13.0.8 which brings an Android security update. The setup screens are largely the same as I've seen on other POCO phones. [b]


POCO has tested several types of design for these phones, the trend had stabilized with the presence of a large rectangular block on the back and this POCO follows the same trend but with some differences anyway. The large black block on the back of the phone is now better integrated than before and the photo sensors no longer stand out as much from the back of the phone. The integration is more harmonious and makes it possible to obtain a perfectly stable phone when placed on its back.
The "new" feature of this phone is its leather or imitation leather covering on the back. I think POCO had already tested this type of coating but it had been a long time since I had seen this kind of material on this phone. I prefer smooth backs but everyone has their own tastes, this type of coating will limit fingerprints. Below we find the USB port, a sound output (there is only one on this phone) and a sound sensor. [b][b]
The volume and start buttons are located on the right edge in the usual place, nothing new here. The fingerprint sensor is located on the start button like many other models of the brand.
At the top there is a headphone output and another sound sensor.
On the left is the SIM drawer which can hold two SIM cards and a memory card, so the drawer is quite long.
The front camera is integrated in the form of a drop, it's been a long time since I've seen that, here's a throwback. It never bothered me but I see a lot of people who consider it a throwback. [b][b]
I don't notice any major new features in terms of the finish of this phone, it's a bit of a mix of several other models and for entry-level , I find that absolutely correct.[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 4GB / 128 Gb version of the POCO M5 in black color. You will find all the detailed technical characteristics of this phone in the following screenshots. As usual, I spotted traces of recycling and by recycling I mean that Xiaomi/POCO often re-uses components from other phones to make new models. [b][b] I see for example that the screen is an NVT-ts type screen that is also found on other models, the fingerprint reader is also taken from other models and the same goes for wifi chip, sound chipset, main camera and more. That's not to say this phone is bad, it's just a new combination of existing stuff with some new stuff like the CPU. [b][b][b][b][b]

CPU / GPU Performance

CPU : MediaTek Helio G99
GPU : Mali-G57 MC2
Memory (RAM) : 4 - 6 Gb
Storage : 64 - 128 Gb
[b][b]The CPU is the biggest novelty of this phone, it is a Helio G99 from Mediatek. At the time of writing these lines it is the first POCO to use this processor but I am sure that we will soon find it in other models. It is an entry-level processor that approaches the mid-range. It offers very good performance for the price, it is not aimed at gamers but will offer sufficient performance for a large majority of users. [b][b] On the GPU side, we find a Mali G57, it's an old acquaintance that I've already had the opportunity to test in the Redmi Note 9T, the Poco M3 Pro, the Poco M4 Pro and many more. Here too, we are on entry-level performance but sufficient for daily use excluding hard core gaming. [b][b][b]

Benchmark Antutu/3DMark

With a score of 268158 points, the POCO M5 cannot be considered a high-performance smartphone unless we compare this performance with its price. With such a level of performance, you get a perfectly smooth phone for everyday tasks and which will allow you to play most simple games in good conditions. If you are more of a fan of Fortnite or this kind of game, you will have to make some concessions on the level of graphics but again, in this price range, you will not find much better. This POCO M5 does a little better than the M4 Pro but it is above all in terms of its memory performance that it stands out and a good memory performance must have a positive impact on the responsiveness of the phone. [b][b]

Energy efficiency

To better gauge the performance, I pushed the phone to its maximum for several minutes and I measured the computing power as well as the consumption in watts. This test allows you to better understand the raw performance of the phone and its impact on battery life. [b][b] Results of my measurements: [b] Average CPU consumption at 100%: 4.07W [b] Average GPU consumption at 100%: 1.71W [b] Average consumption of the FPU at 100%: 2.37W [b] Average consumption of the screen: 0.68W (in 60hz) [b][b] What should we understand from these results? [b] The raw performance (in calculation) of the phone is comparable to what we find in the mid-range, so this POCO does better than other phones in the same price range but it comes at a price consumption because this phone has below average energy efficiency and this will undoubtedly affect the battery life if you are the type to use your phone to the maximum. The battery reached an average temperature of 33°C during this test, so we only feel a little heat coming from the back of the phone, but nothing very disabling.[b]
Antutu score : 268158
Antutu CPU : 97032
Antutu GPU : 50569
Antutu UX : 49611
Antutu Mem : 70496
[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:69/155

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. I tested PUBG Mobile in HD with the POCO M5 and I did not encounter any problem, the performance of the phone is sufficient to play in good conditions. This POCO may not be designed for hard core gaming but it is powerful enough to be able to play many games in good conditions.[b][b][b]

Network performance

The POCO M5 is not 5G compatible but I wouldn't be surprised if POCO releases a 5G version of this phone later. For 3G/4G, the phone is compatible with most European frequencies (even the B28).[b]
3G frequencies : B1 (2100), B2 (1900), B4 (1700/2100 AWS A-F), B5 (850), B8 (900)
4G frequencies : B1 (2100), B3 (1800), B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1), B5 (850), B7 (2600), B8 (900), B20 (800), B28b (700), B28a (700), B38 (TDD 2600), B40 (TDD 2300), B41 (TDD 2500)
Volte : Yes
VoWifi : Yes
NFC : Yes
Number measurements : 762
Average signal (reference) : -95.18
Average signal (telephone) : -95.07
Average deviation reference/telephone : 0.11
Min/Max signal (reference) : -98 / -93
Min/Max signal (phone) : -99 / -94
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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 762 measurements in 4G to evaluate the network sensitivity of this phone and I got a good result. I got an average signal of -95.07dBm with the phone and -95.18dBm with the probe, so the phone did slightly better than the probe. We can also see on the graph that the differences between the two are very small and that the signal remained stable over the entire duration of the test.
[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
Download speed : 433
Signal / close : -23
Signal / distant : -59
Wifi signal[b]I obtained an average signal of -18 dBm near the router and -64dBm at a distance, these are average values which indicate good wifi sensitivity. I then carried out around 300 measurements which show that the wifi signal remained stable throughout the duration of the test.[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:45/74

[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:13/72

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]The POCO M5 uses a Mediatek chip for GPS and as is often the case, the level of accuracy is better than with Snapdragon chips. The phone picks up the network fairly quickly and the accuracy drops very quickly to 1m in the open. If I compare this position with my actual position on a map, however, I see a slightly larger difference of around 2 to 3 meters.[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:1/44

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 : 18
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 : 5
Resolution : 50
Sensor : Samsung S5KJN1
The POCO M5 has a fairly simple configuration for the photo, there is only one sensor on the back despite the presence of two photo modules. The second module is a depth sensor. The main (and only) sensor is a 50 million pixel Samsung S5KJN1 which is also found in many other phones such as the Samsung Galaxy A23, the Realme 10, the Redmi 10, the Nokia G60 or the OnePlus Nord N20SE . This sensor is an entry-level sensor, it is not bad, it is even better than the equivalent at Omnivision which was often used on the entry-level POCO. I still have to check if POCO has made some improvements in photo processing, but a priori I expect the same type of performance as the other models. [b][b] Update: second sensor is indeed an ultra wide angle sensor and even if it is not accessible from the photo application, it is possible to use this sensor by passing by GCAM.[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]
I have already tested this sensor in other phones, so the results of this test are not a surprise, the POCO M5 does not apply a different treatment. The exposure level is a notch or two too low under artificial light as is often the case, nothing dramatic here but you should know that if you shoot a lot indoors. The problem will not arise outdoors. The colors are a little cold but the lighting plays a part and the sharpness is good, I don't see any traces of sharpening. For an entry-level phone, this POCO does quite well when it comes to photos. [b][b]
For this photo, it's the same as the previous one for colors and exposure, I didn't use AI or HDR mode to improve this point. This photo, on the other hand, gives a good overview of the sharpness in the center and on the periphery. The sharpness is good in the center and remains fairly uniform all the way to the periphery. In the center, you can easily read the fine print on the Canadian note and the level of detail on the 10-pound note is still quite good, even if the sharpness is a little less good in this part of the photo. [b][b] What is strange with this phone is that it is equipped with a second sensor but this one is not accessible from the photo mode of the photo application by default. I was able to access this second sensor using Gcam which works great on this phone. I would use Gcam in addition to the default photo app for my outdoor photos (weather permitting). [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]
I have already tested this sensor in other phones, so the results of this test are not a surprise, the POCO M5 does not apply a different treatment. The exposure level is a notch or two too low under artificial light as is often the case, nothing dramatic here but you should know that if you shoot a lot indoors. The problem will not arise outdoors. The colors are a little cold but the lighting plays a part and the sharpness is good, I don't see any traces of sharpening. For an entry-level phone, this POCO does quite well when it comes to photos. [b][b]
For this photo, it's the same as the previous one for colors and exposure, I didn't use AI or HDR mode to improve this point. This photo, on the other hand, gives a good overview of the sharpness in the center and on the periphery. The sharpness is good in the center and remains fairly uniform all the way to the periphery. In the center, you can easily read the fine print on the Canadian note and the level of detail on the 10-pound note is still quite good, even if the sharpness is a little less good in this part of the photo. [b][b] What is strange with this phone is that it is equipped with a second sensor but this one is not accessible from the photo mode of the photo application by default. I was able to access this second sensor using Gcam which works great on this phone. I would use Gcam in addition to the default photo app for my outdoor photos (weather permitting). [b][b]Outdoor photo quality[b]Not yet available / tested[b][b][b]Test photo / night[b]Not yet available / tested[b][b][b]

Video quality

Stabilisation[b]Not yet available / tested[b][b]Video normale conditionsNot yet available / tested[b][b]Video low light[b]Not yet available / tested[b][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] Sound quality for calls [b] The listening speaker delivers good quality sound for calls, the volume is a little above average which will allow you to hear your interlocutor in most situations. If, on the other hand, I play the sound on the main speaker, the sound quality is much worse, especially in the treble. The volume delivered by the main speaker is also average. [b][b] Sound quality for music The POCO M5 is only equipped with a speaker at the bottom of the phone, it is a curious choice because most entry-level Xiaomi phones deliver stereo sound. The sound delivered by this speaker is not as powerful as what I am used to testing in this price range and although the sound quality is not bad, there are still some audible losses. in the treble.[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 : +0.02/-0.20
Noise Level : -93.4
Dynamic Range : 93.3
THD : 0.0012
Intermodulation : 0.012
Stereo crosstalk : -86.5
I tested the fidelity of the sound frequencies, the sound power as well as the distortion and I find that this POCO does quite well. It is able to reproduce all frequencies without too many deviations from the norm, it just has a weakness in the high frequencies where it drops out faster than average and it can be heard a bit in songs with a lot of treble . [b][b] The power is there, the sound provided by the headphone output is a little above average without being too brutal, it suffers almost no distortion at full volume. Overall, the sound produced by this POCO M5 is quite comparable to what is done in the mid-range.[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 : 6.58
Resolution : 1080 x 2408
Ratio : 20:9
Type : LCD IPS
% occupancy : 83
dE white : 1.9
dE red : 2.2
dE green : 2.2
dE blue : 1.2
dE jaune : 1
dE cyan : 2.2
dE magenta : 1.8
White temperature : 6281
Contrast : 1509:1
Brightness : 400
The POCO M5 is equipped with a 6.58-inch IPS display that takes up 83% of the front of the phone. I find it a shame that POCO chose an IPS screen where Redmi uses AMOLED screens on its entry-level. Fortunately, this IPS screen is not bad at all, I obtained a dE of 1.75 on all the colors and the differences are fairly homogeneous. However, it is necessary to put the screen in "standard" mode to have accurate colors.[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:28/75

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 maximum brightness of 400cd/m² and although this is sufficient in most conditions you may not be able to read your screen well in the sun, ideally it would have taken more than 500cd/m² to be able to read screen in good outdoor conditions. [b][b] I measured a contrast of 1509:1, it's a good result for a screen of this type but an amoled screen would have made it possible to obtain an almost infinite contrast with blacks which are really black.[b]


Not yet available / tested[b][b]

Operating system

[b]The POCO M5 uses the same operating system as most POCOs but I noticed some differences with the other models I tested. First there is the appearance of a waiting animation each time the application returns, which induces a delay between closing the application and returning to the main screen. I also noticed that the file installer was not POCO's by default, on each installation I have the choice between the default installer and that of APK Mirror, I don't see what APK Mirror is coming from do in there. These are not problems in themselves but they are differences compared to other phones.[b]

Encoutered bugs

Not yet available / tested[b][b]

Accessories POCO M5

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Compare POCO M5 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.

Finish quality6.56.00
Battery performance7.008.00
CPU performance6.56.5
GPU performance6.56.5
Screen quality7.007.00
Photo quality6.55.00
Video quality6.55.00
Wi-Fi performance7.007.00
Mobile download speed7.005.00
Mobile network sensitivity8.006.00
Frequency coverage7.57.00
Audio quality7.006.00
GPS performance7.56.00
Operating system8.008.00
Overall score98.589
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]Not yet available / tested[b][b]Strengths[b]Not yet available / tested[b][b][b]Weaknesses[b]Not yet available / tested[b][b][b]Alternatives to this product[b][b]Not yet available / tested[b][b]

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