Xiaomi is refreshing its Poco lineup with two new models featuring 6.67in displays, 64MP cameras and 5,000mAh batteries.
Starting at £449, the F5 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 processor manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm process and boasting eight CPU cores alongside an Adreno 725 GPU, cooled by the brand’s LiquidCool Technology 2.0. This model comes paired with either 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 memory alongside up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. A portion of the latter can also act as dynamic RAM if needed, albeit at reduced performance.
To ensure long use between charges, Xiaomi is packing a large 5,000mAh battery capable of fast charging using the included 67W wired power adapter. Very helpful when in a hurry for a quick top-up before leaving the house or during intense gaming sessions. Speaking of which, a FHD+ (2400×1080) AMOLED screen should provide smooth and detailed visuals thanks to a 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling, 1,000-nit peak brightness (500-nit typical), and Dolby Vision plus HDR 10+ support. All while being protected from scratches using Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Those into casual photography should be well served by the 64MP main camera (with optical image stabilisation), complemented by an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro, not to forget the 16MP selfie. Whether or not Xiami can match the likes of Apple and Google in terms of image processing remains a huge question mark, yet the hardware is clearly ample for daily pics.
The non-Pro series is IP53 splashproof, measures 161.11mm x 74.95mm x 7.9mm and weighs 181g. It will be available in Blue, Black, and a frosted White, and will run MIUI 14, which is based on Google’s Android 13 operating system.
Poco F5 Pro
Starting at £559, the Pro bumps performance up to a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SOC, housing eight CPU cores and an Adreno 730 GPU, also manufactured using TSMC’s 4nm node. For this series, Xiaomi offers three variants, 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB, and 12GB/512GB of memory/storage.
Battery sees a tiny jump in capacity to 5160mAh, but this time includes up to 30W wireless charging alongside the original 67W wired adapter. Unfortunately, and unlike the Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus, there’s no love for 120W HyperCharge.
Protected by Gorilla Glass 5, the Pro yet again sees things in big, boasting a 6.67in (3200×1440) WQHD+ AMOLED screen capable of refreshing at 120Hz while offering a 480Hz touch sampling rate for all you mobile gamers out there. Dolby Vision plus HDR 10+ support is present, with 500-nit typical brightness and peak brightness rates at 1,400 nits.
Camera-wise, we have identical underlying hardware as the non-Pro, with added support 8K video recording. The Pro series is, you guessed it, IP53 splash-resistant, measuring 162.78mm x 75.44mm x 8.59mm and weighing 204g, available in white or black. The same OS and UI are applied here too, and all eyes are focussed on the quality of MIUI 14 at launch. Fingers crossed for less bloatware this time around.
Finally, note that both the Pro and non-Pro can be had for less by those who act quickly. Snag one before May 16 and you’ll find promotional pricing starts at £379.