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Poco F5 smartphone review - The lightweight Xiaomi phone outclasses the competition with its performance [Redmi Note 12 Turbo]

Another price-performance hit? The Poco F5 is one of the first phones to make use of the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2. The rest of its package promises a good user experience, including a 120-Hz display, WiFi 6E, a 3.5-mm jack and a 64-MP main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS). Worth buying?
Poco F5 smartphone review

Poco's mid-range F-series phone places speed at the forefront, which is said to be achieved with the help of a super-fast SoC from Qualcomm. The Poco F5 is one of the first smartphones to use the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, meaning the Poco phone promises performance levels similar to a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The Xiaomi phone, which is marketed as the Redmi Note 12 Turbo internationally, also offers fast storage connection for a mid-range phone with its LPDDR5 and UFS 3.1. You can choose from two storage variants:

Poco F5 (8 GB RAM | 256 GB) | US$460 (MRSP)

Poco F5 (12 GB RAM | 256 GB) | US$492.86 (MRSP).

Aside from this, the Poco phone, which has a 6.67-inch 120 Hz display, features a 64-MP main camera with a 1/2-inch sensor and OIS. Its 5,000 mAh battery is also supposedly charged quite quickly using the proprietary 67-watt charger. 

Xiaomi Poco F5 (Poco F5 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 8 x 1.8 - 2.9 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.67 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 395 PPI, Capacitive Touchscreen, AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 224 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3,5 mm Jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Electronic compass, Gyroscope, Brightness Sensor, OTG, IR blaster, Miracast
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, 5G: n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/77/78; 4G - LTE FDD: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28/66; LTE TDD: B38/40/41; 3G: B1/2/4/5/8; 2G: 850/900/1.800/1.900 MHz, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 161.11 x 74.95 ( = 0.31 x 6.34 x 2.95 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (f/1.79, 1.4μm, OIS) + 8 MP (f/2.2, wide angle lens) + 2 MP (f/2.4, macro lens), camera2 API: level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (f/2.45)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: OnScreen, charger, USB cable, info material, case, MIUI for POCO, 12 Months Warranty, widevine L1, fanless
Weight
181 g ( = 6.38 oz / 0.4 pounds), Power Supply: 131 g ( = 4.62 oz / 0.29 pounds)
Price
430 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
86.8 %
09/2023
Xiaomi Poco F5
SD 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725
181 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
86.4 %
09/2022
Xiaomi Poco F4
SD 870, Adreno 650
195 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
83.9 %
09/2023
Realme 11 Pro
Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4
191 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"2412x1080
86 %
05/2023
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5
202 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.40"2340x1080
82 %
05/2023
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
175 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.67"2400x1080
86.4 %
04/2023
Xiaomi 13 Lite
SD 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644
171 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.55"2400x1080

Case - The lightweight Xiaomi smartphone

The Poco F5 in blue
The Poco F5 in blue
The Poco F5 in white
The Poco F5 in white

The Poco F5 is quite light and thin with a case thickness of 7.9 mm. Its low weight comes at a cost, as the phone only features a plastic back cover instead of a higher-quality glass one. In addition, its super shiny surface makes it a real fingerprint magnet. Its matte frame is also made from plastic.

Aside from our black test sample, the Poco F5 can also be found in white and blue. It is almost identical in build to its predecessor, with the exception of its now slightly improved display-to-surface ratio of 88.9 per cent, which is thanks to a slimmer frame surrounding the AMOLED panel. Similar to the Poco F4, the F5 also doesn't feature an official IP certification. The Poco F5's SIM card slot does have a rubber seal, meaning we can at least assume that it is water-resistant to a certain extent. 

The Poco F5 has a good build quality - for the most part, gaps are close-fitting and flush. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is installed flat into the case.

Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review

Size comparison

163.2 mm / 6.43 in 75.95 mm / 2.99 in 7.7 mm / 0.3031 in 195 g0.4299 lbs161.6 mm / 6.36 in 73.9 mm / 2.91 in 8.7 mm / 0.3425 in 191 g0.4211 lbs161.6 mm / 6.36 in 73.9 mm / 2.91 in 7.9 mm / 0.311 in 175 g0.3858 lbs161.11 mm / 6.34 in 74.95 mm / 2.95 in 7.9 mm / 0.311 in 181 g0.399 lbs159.2 mm / 6.27 in 72.7 mm / 2.86 in 7.23 mm / 0.2846 in 171 g0.377 lbs158.2 mm / 6.23 in 76.7 mm / 3.02 in 8.2 mm / 0.3228 in 202 g0.4453 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity - The Poco F5 with a 3.5 mm jack

The Poco F5 features Bluetooth 5.3, an NFC chip, Miracast and Dolby Vision support. There is also an infrared blaster on the top of the case, meaning you can additionally use your phone as a remote control. 

The Chinese manufacturer's mid-range phone only offers slow USB connection (2.0 standard, 480 Mbit/s) which doesn't support wired picture output. However, USB OTG, exFAT and NTFS are supported. The Poco F5 doesn't feature a true always-on function for receiving notifications. Xiaomi only allows the phone to have a temporarily switched-on display (10 minutes) which lets you tap the screen to view messages - but a permanently switched-on screen isn't allowed by the manufacturer as a result of the OLED technology used.

right side of case (buttons: on/off, volume rocker)
right side of case (buttons: on/off, volume rocker)
left side of case
left side of case
top of case (3.5 mm jack, speaker, microphone, IR blaster)
top of case (3.5 mm jack, speaker, microphone, IR blaster)
bottom of case (speaker, USB port, microphone, card slot)
bottom of case (speaker, USB port, microphone, card slot)

Software - The Xiaomi phone with Android 13

Poco combines the Android operating system with Version 14 of its in-house user interface, MIUI for Poco. At the time of testing, the Poco F5 was based on Android 13 and the latest safety patch was from August 2023. The manufacturer hasn't stated for how long the phone is set to receive software updates - at least, the Poco F5 isn't listed in the Xiaomi Security Center. We would take a guess at saying the Xiaomi phone will receive Android upgrades for two years and safety patches for three years. You shouldn't expect more than three years for the Poco F5, as the Xiaomi 13 Lite also isn't supplied with long-term updates.

In terms of software maintenance, Samsung has shown that more is possible within the mid-range field. A Galaxy A54 will receive four big updates and five years of software updates.

Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review

Communication and GNSS - The Poco phone with 5G

A big positive of the mid-range Xiaomi phone is that it supports fast WiFi 6E. The Poco F5's integrated WLAN module could achieve very fast transfer rates of almost 1,700 MBit/s while sending, in combination with our reference router, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000. Within the 5-GHz frequency, its sending performance was a little less impressive in total, as we measured a massive drop during our test. Compared to the Honor Magic5 Lite with WiFi 5 support, the Poco F5 still did pretty well.

Certain compromises have to be taken into account when it comes to using mobile data. The mid-range phone may have access to 5G, but its installed Snapdragon X62 modem only covers 13 4G frequencies - in comparison, its sister model, the Xiaomi 13 Lite, supports 20 bands. This means that using the Poco phone on your travels might be a little trickier due to its limited frequency support.

Networking
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
686 (min: 509) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
662 (min: 93) MBit/s ∼38%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1694 (min: 1558) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1484 (min: 1288) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
677 (min: 331) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
960 (min: 480) MBit/s ∼55%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
775 (min: 670) MBit/s ∼54%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
769 (min: 609) MBit/s ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
843 (min: 813) MBit/s ∼59%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
750 (min: 546) MBit/s ∼43%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
357 (min: 172) MBit/s ∼25%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
369 (min: 337) MBit/s ∼21%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1440 (min: 1312) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1757 (min: 1611) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
 
iperf3 receive AXE11000
664 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼46%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
698 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼40%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1529 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼90%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1364 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼92%
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Xiaomi Poco F5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 725; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1694 (1558-1797)
Xiaomi Poco F5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 725; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1482 (1288-1645)
Xiaomi Poco F5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 725; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø685 (509-788)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Samsung Exynos 1380, ARM Mali-G68 MP5; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø842 (813-856)
Xiaomi Poco F5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 725; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø676 (93-788)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Samsung Exynos 1380, ARM Mali-G68 MP5; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø750 (546-831)
locating outside
locating outside
locating indoors
locating indoors

For locating, the Poco F5 utilizes the satellite-based supplementary system SBAS and its main satellite systems: GPS (L1), Galileo (E1), GLONASS (L1) and Beidou (B1), but only in single band. In order to asses how accurately the mid-range phone is able to locate users, we recorded a route parallel with the Garmin Venu 2 for comparison.

The Poco F5's location services are by no means perfect - we measured quite notable deviations along our recorded route - but you can definitely still use the Xiaomi phone for navigation tasks. At the end of our ten-kilometre route, there were only 10 metres between both devices' recorded routes.

Poco F5 vs. Garmin Venu 2
Poco F5 vs. Garmin Venu 2

Telephoning features and call quality - The Xiaomi smartphone with Dual-SIM

Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review

The Poco F5 can accommodate two Nano SIM cards and both slots support 5G, VoLTE and WLAN calls. Call quality is good as a whole and voices are transmitted clearly. The Poco phone was also characterized as being clear by the person on the other end of the line during our test.

Cameras - The Poco F5 with OIS

photo mode
photo mode
portrait mode
portrait mode

At 16 MP, the Poco F5's front-facing camera certainly hasn't been gifted an upgrade. This lens is nominally less light-sensitive than the phone's predecessor, with f/2.24 and a smaller sensor size (1/3.1") - videos can be recorded in Full HD and at 30 fps at best. Selfies taken on the Poco F5 look nice in daylight as a result of balanced exposure and solid sharpness levels. Portrait mode calculates a bokeh with clean subject delineation.

The Poco F5's main camera is based on an "old acquaintance", the Omnivision OV64b, which was already used within the phone's predecessor. The 64-MP main camera (f/1.79) uses 4-to-1 pixel binning to create 16 MP images and it also offers optical image stabilization. 

ultra-wide angle
ultra-wide angle
wide-angle
wide-angle
2x zoom
2x zoom
5x zoom
5x zoom
10x zoom (max)
10x zoom (max)
macro
macro

The photos taken on the 64-MP lens look great in good lighting conditions thanks to good sharpness levels - however, some details are lost as a result of the low dynamic range due to overly darkened areas in the images. In low-light conditions, the Poco phone also quickly shows where its limits are. With its relatively small 1/2-inch image sensor whose pixels which only have a size of 0.70 µm, the pictures are a bit too dark and the contours in the subjects look very blurred. Those who prefer a more natural color reproduction should make sure that the AI function is deactivated. 

without AI function
without AI function
with AI function
with AI function

The phone's ultra-wide angle lens, with a relatively narrow 119-degree field of vision, offers good image quality - but the relatively low-resolution 8-MP lens certainly won't make you jump for joy. The images often feature errors, they could do with having better contrast levels and darker areas tend to be a bit grainy. In turn, the base sharpness levels are generally decent. As the Poco F5 only has a macro camera and no tele lens, all zoomed images are created fully digitally and as a result, they don't look the best.

In terms of video, the mid-range phone (also in part thanks to OIS) shows good stabilization. Moving picture can be recorded in UHD quality and, if needed, at 60 fps in 1080p.

Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide-angleWide-angleUltra-wide angleLow-lightZoom 5x
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In controlled lighting conditions, we analyzed the 64-MP lens' color depiction in contrast to true reference colors. Aside from the lightening which is typical for smartphones, the Poco phone (including AI functions) showed bigger deviations in the ColorChecker passport when it came to green and blue tones.

Pur test chart was depicted sharply and only showed some blurriness around the edges.

ColorChecker
11.8 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
17.1 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
16.6 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
1 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Poco F5: 10.26 ∆E min: 0.98 - max: 17.76 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
55.1 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
76.8 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
42 ∆E
94.3 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Poco F5: 47.17 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 94.33 ∆E

Scope of delivery and warranty - The Poco phone includes a power supply

the Poco F5's power supply
the Poco F5's power supply

The Poco F5's scope of delivery includes a modular 67-watt power supply, a data/charging cable, a protective case, a SIM tool and a short instruction manual including warranty information. Ex works, the phone has a screen protector pre-installed.

Xiaomi gives this phone a 12-month warranty.

Input devices & operation - The Xiaomi smartphone with FaceUnlock

The Poco F5 features an active fingerprint sensor which is located within the power button. It unlocks the mid-range phone reliably and with very good accuracy. It does take a short second for the phone's screen to illuminate fully. The phone also has a relatively insecure 2D facial recognition based on a FaceUnlock function which relies on the front-facing camera.

With a refresh rate of 240 Hz, the installed AMOLED dot panel reacts sensitively to touch inputs and refreshes up to 240 times a second - for example, when playing games - which leads to a low latency period after inputs. Inputs are implemented accurately on the 6.67-inch display.

Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review

Display - The Poco F5 with OLED

Subpixel array consistng of one red, one blue and two green diodes
Subpixel array consistng of one red, one blue and two green diodes

The device's 6.67-inch OLED display, which has a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, has a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz. Its refresh rate isn't adaptive, but the system can adapt it dynamically at 60 or 120 Hz if the user requests this. The HDR standards HLG, HDR10 as well as HDR10+ and Dolby Vision are all supported. The luminance measured by us is close to the manufacturer's specification of 1,000 nits, which means that HDR content is shown to its best advantage on the Poco F5's screen.

The screen's maximum brightness when depicting a pure white surface can reach 1,078 cd/m². When we added some darker areas to the screen during the APL18 test, the brightness levels stayed surprisingly similar (1,016 cd/m²). For comparison, a Samsung Galaxy A54 5G achieved peak brightness levels of 1,390 cd/m² during the APL18 test.

1005
cd/m²
1027
cd/m²
1060
cd/m²
1009
cd/m²
1034
cd/m²
1078
cd/m²
1002
cd/m²
1023
cd/m²
1059
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 1078 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 1033 cd/m² Minimum: 2.36 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 1034 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.9 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.99
ΔE Greyscale 2.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
99.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.24
Xiaomi Poco F5
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Xiaomi Poco F4
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Realme 11 Pro
AMOLED, 2412x1080, 6.70
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.40
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Xiaomi 13 Lite
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Screen
-16%
-7%
-1%
9%
11%
Brightness middle
1034
917
-11%
772
-25%
940
-9%
846
-18%
905
-12%
Brightness
1033
923
-11%
764
-26%
935
-9%
853
-17%
904
-12%
Brightness Distribution
93
96
3%
97
4%
99
6%
88
-5%
99
6%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.9
2
-5%
1.72
9%
2.4
-26%
1.3
32%
1
47%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.7
5.2
-41%
3.83
-4%
3.2
14%
2.7
27%
3
19%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.7
3.5
-30%
2.7
-0%
2.2
19%
1.7
37%
2.2
19%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.23 99%
2.252 98%
2.05 107%
2.19 100%
2.23 99%
CCT
6917 94%
6447 101%
6621 98%
6422 101%
6570 99%
6382 102%

* ... smaller is better

As is on all OLED displays, the Poco F5's screen flickers over the whole brightness spectrum, too. During our measurements, we noted a constant frequency of 120 Hz. What sounds low at first can still be classified as easy on the eyes due to the flat amplitude curve.

The manufacturer itself claims the phone is capable of very high PWM dimming (1,920 Hz), which would be much more comfortable, especially for more sensitive users. We cannot conclusively clarify whether the cause for this difference is due to our measurement equipment or if this automatic dimming was just not active at the time of testing.

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 120 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 120 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 120 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17717 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % display brightness
25 %
50 % display brightness
50 %
75 % display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

The Chinese manufacturer's mid-range phone features three color profiles in total and expanded settings which let you pick the color space, color temperature as well as set individual parameters including color saturation. 

We analyzed the AMOLED panel's color calibration using the analysis software Calman and a photo spectrometer. Using the profile vivid, the P3 color space, which is larger compared to sRGB, is controlled and almost completely covered. We only noted small color deviations in our measurements and the measured Delta E values also denote low grayscale deviations.

color accuracy (target color space: P3; profile: vivid, warm)
color accuracy (target color space: P3; profile: vivid, warm)
color space (target color space: P3; profile: vivid, warm)
color space (target color space: P3; profile: vivid, warm)
grayscale (target color space: P3; profile: vivid, warm)
grayscale (target color space: P3; profile: vivid, warm)
color saturation (target color space: P3; profile: vivid, warm)
color saturation (target color space: P3; profile: vivid, warm)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.25 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.612 ms rise
↘ 0.6405 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.78 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.8715 ms rise
↘ 0.913 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

The Poco F5 has great readability qualities outdoors - even direct sunlight is no problem for the AMOLED display. Only some reflections on the screen might get a bit annoying. The ambient light sensor reacts quickly to new lighting situations.

The screen's viewing-angle stability is very good. Even at flat angles, the display's brightness never gets any lower and its color depiction only gets a tiny bit cooler.

Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review
Poco F5 smartphone review

Performance - The Poco F5 with a Qualcomm SoC

Qualcomm promises massive performance increases within the Poco F5 with its Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 compared to the phone's predecessor. The 4-nm chipset combines a Cortex X2 performance core (2.91 GHz) with three Cortex A710 cores (2.49 GHz) and four frugal Cortex A510 efficiency cores (1.8 GHz).

In our CPU benchmark package, the Poco F5 did considerably better than the Xiaomi 13 Lite which relies on the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 performed especially strongly in the Geekbench's multi-score. This means the Poco F5's results are on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 within the Nothing Phone 2. During the AI and system benchmarks, there were no massive differences between the Poco phone and its mid-range competitors.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
1225 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  (1224 - 1225, n=2)
1225 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
963 Points -21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=200, last 2 years)
920 Points -25%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
835 Points -32%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
791 Points -35%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
783 Points -36%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
666 Points -46%
Multi-Core
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  (3948 - 3970, n=2)
3959 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
3948 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=200, last 2 years)
3044 Points -23%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3007 Points -24%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
2894 Points -27%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
2817 Points -29%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2335 Points -41%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1891 Points -52%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
1687 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
1687 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=117, last 2 years)
1357 Points -20%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
947 Points -44%
Multi-Core
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
4378 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
4378 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=117, last 2 years)
3767 Points -14%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
2407 Points -45%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
1115567 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  (1009127 - 1115567, n=2)
1062347 Points -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=137, last 2 years)
768068 Points -31%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
662980 Points -41%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
581838 Points -48%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
530929 Points -52%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
507481 Points -55%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
14480 Points +2%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
14143 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
14143 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
13024 Points -8%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
12866 Points -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=199, last 2 years)
11967 Points -15%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
11890 Points -16%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
10071 Points -29%
CrossMark - Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1474, n=157, last 2 years)
853 Points +4%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
817 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
817 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
734 Points -10%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
703 Points -14%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
662 Points -19%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
597 Points -27%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
575 Points -30%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=154, last 2 years)
5974 Points +17%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
5616 Points +10%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
5089 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
5089 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
4666 Points -8%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
4539 Points -11%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
4097 Points -19%
System
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=154, last 2 years)
9891 Points +33%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
9315 Points +25%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
8962 Points +20%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
8961 Points +20%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
8797 Points +18%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
7446 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
7446 Points 0%
Memory
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
6506 Points +49%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12716, n=154, last 2 years)
6481 Points +48%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
4939 Points +13%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
4857 Points +11%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
4385 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
4374 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
4374 Points 0%
Graphics
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
15847 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
15847 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=154, last 2 years)
15117 Points -5%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
12630 Points -20%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
7612 Points -52%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
7108 Points -55%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
4655 Points -71%
Web
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
1533 Points +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=154, last 2 years)
1530 Points +11%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
1445 Points +4%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
1384 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
1384 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1315 Points -5%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
1315 Points -5%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
29413 Points +180%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
23122 Points +120%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=143, last 2 years)
21395 Points +104%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
18000 Points +71%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
10511 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
10511 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
5835 Points -44%
AImark - Score v3.x
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
44527 Points +3645%
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 245629, n=110, last 2 years)
17435 Points +1366%
Realme 11 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 7050, Mali-G68 MP4, 8192
9646 Points +711%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, Adreno 725, 8192
1189 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
  ()
1189 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380, Mali-G68 MP5, 8192
622 Points -48%

During the graphics tests, the installed Snapdragon SoC's Adreno 725 had to show its worth. In the GFXBench test (as well as in the 3DMark measurements), the Poco F5 performed 50 per cent better than the Poco F4 at times, which features the Adreno 650. Especially in the GFXBench test, the performance gain of an Adreno 730 compared to the Adreno 725 was quite low.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1968 Points
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1218 Points -38%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
829 Points -58%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
799 Points -59%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
622 Points -68%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
352 Points -82%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1984 Points
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1207 Points -39%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
838 Points -58%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
813 Points -59%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
636 Points -68%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
360 Points -82%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7701 Points
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4273 Points -45%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3035 Points -61%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2853 Points -63%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2254 Points -71%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1199 Points -84%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7684 Points
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4262 Points -45%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3095 Points -60%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2826 Points -63%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2298 Points -70%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1209 Points -84%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
113 fps -6%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
94 fps -22%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61 fps -49%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -50%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
359 fps
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
182 fps -49%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
147 fps -59%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
119 fps -67%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
106 fps -70%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
76 fps -36%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
69 fps -42%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -50%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps -52%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
232 fps
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
96 fps -59%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
88 fps -62%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
80 fps -66%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps -71%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
115 fps
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps -49%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
59 fps -49%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
47 fps -59%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps -65%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
137 fps
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
77 fps -44%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
63 fps -54%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
52 fps -62%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
46 fps -66%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42 fps -38%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps -50%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
26 fps -62%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
23 fps -66%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 fps
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps -38%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
37 fps -53%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
31 fps -61%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
27 fps -66%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps -37%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
24 fps -51%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps -59%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
17 fps -65%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps -76%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
34 fps
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
22 fps -35%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps -53%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
13 fps -62%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11 fps -68%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.2 fps -76%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
81 fps
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
50 fps -38%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
39 fps -52%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps -63%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
26 fps -68%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps -77%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps +69%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
46 fps +31%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
35 fps
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
34 fps -3%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps -14%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps -37%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
16 fps
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10 fps -37%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.3 fps -54%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.9 fps -63%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4.8 fps -70%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3.6 fps -77%

When it comes to browser speed, the Xiaomi phone also didn't show any weaknesses. Websites were loaded quickly and you could scroll through them smoothly. It didn't dominate quite as much within the benchmarks, but even here, the Poco F5 managed to come out on top.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 ()
126.4 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco F5 (Chrome 116)
126.392 Points
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=161, last 2 years)
110.7 Points -12%
Xiaomi Poco F4 (Edge 105)
96.94 Points -23%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
94.611 Points -25%
Realme 11 Pro (Chrome 115)
90.021 Points -29%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
74.161 Points -41%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=145, last 2 years)
115 runs/min +6%
Xiaomi Poco F5 (Chrome 116)
108 runs/min
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 ()
108 runs/min 0%
Realme 11 Pro (Chrome 115)
77.5 runs/min -28%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
70.5 runs/min -35%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
67.2 runs/min -38%
Xiaomi Poco F4 (Edge 105)
54.4 runs/min -50%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Xiaomi Poco F5 (Chrome 116)
107 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 ()
107 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=153, last 2 years)
102.5 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
97 Points -9%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
79 Points -26%
Realme 11 Pro (Chrome 115)
66 Points -38%
Xiaomi Poco F4 (Chrome 103)
46 Points -57%
WebXPRT 3 - Overall
Average of class Smartphone (39 - 304, n=107, last 2 years)
140.1 Points +5%
Xiaomi Poco F5 (Chrome 116)
134 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 ()
134 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
124 Points -7%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
114 Points -15%
Xiaomi Poco F4 (chrome 103)
104 Points -22%
Realme 11 Pro (Chrome 115)
81 Points -40%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Poco F5 (Chrome 116)
37823 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 ()
37823 Points 0%
Xiaomi Poco F4 (Edge 105)
34767 Points -8%
Average of class Smartphone (2228 - 89112, n=206, last 2 years)
33824 Points -11%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
33801 Points -11%
Realme 11 Pro (Chrome 115)
31813 Points -16%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
27804 Points -26%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G (Chrome 112)
22847 Points -40%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Xiaomi Poco F4 (chrome 103)
1792.1 ms * -75%
Realme 11 Pro (Chrome 115)
1656.2 ms * -62%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=161, last 2 years)
1517 ms * -49%
Xiaomi 13 Lite (Chrome 111.0.5563.115)
1384.1 ms * -36%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (Chrome 112)
1208.8 ms * -18%
Xiaomi Poco F5 (Chrome 116)
1021.2 ms *
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 ()
1021 ms * -0%

* ... smaller is better

In terms of storage speed, the Poco F5's UFS storage offers great performance. Especially when writing and reading small data blocks, the scores of the AndroBench test were impressive and twice as high compared to the Poco F4.

Xiaomi Poco F5Xiaomi Poco F4Realme 11 ProSamsung Galaxy A54 5GHonor Magic5 Lite 5GXiaomi 13 LiteAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-49%
-31%
-69%
-69%
-41%
-26%
-31%
Sequential Read 256KB
1798.37
1371.56
-24%
1818
1%
528.32
-71%
486.17
-73%
1001.82
-44%
Sequential Write 256KB
1736.41
701.06
-60%
1233.6
-29%
335.39
-81%
420.44
-76%
871.96
-50%
1130 ?(452 - 1873, n=88)
-35%
Random Read 4KB
389.37
183.61
-53%
233.6
-40%
236.23
-39%
171.13
-56%
277.33
-29%
Random Write 4KB
498.93
200.41
-60%
226.6
-55%
70.52
-86%
149.12
-70%
301.41
-40%

Games - The Xiaomi smartphone won't manage 100 fps

After our GPU benchmarks, the installed Adreno 725 (along with its 8 GB RAM) has to show whether you can play any demanding games on the Poco F5 and whether it is suitable for HFR gaming. We used the app from GameBench to measure the frame rate during our measurements.

When running PUBG Mobile with high detail settings (UHD), we noted a consistent frame rate of 40 fps. If we reduced it to HD, the Qualcomm graphics unit managed an even 60 frames per second. Even switching to the 90-fps setting with low graphic details didn't raise the frame rate at all. Slightly less demanding games, such as Armajet, also don't make use of the OLED panel's full 120 Hz. After a short while, the frame rate sinks to considerably below 60 fps.

We took a look at the graphically demanding fantasy-action-role-playing game Genshin Impact as the third and final game in this test. At high detail settings, we measured 30 fps - with reduced graphics, the Poco F5 even managed 60 fps.

Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Armajet
Armajet
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Xiaomi Poco F5; Armajet: Ø53.7 (40-87)
Xiaomi Poco F5; Genshin Impact; lowest 120 fps: Ø55.9 (31-60)
Xiaomi Poco F5; Genshin Impact; highest 120 fps: Ø32.1 (29-33)
Xiaomi Poco F5; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø59.8 (58-60)
Xiaomi Poco F5; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø59.2 (38-60)
Xiaomi Poco F5; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD: Ø39.8 (33-41)

Emissions - The Poco F5 charges fairly quickly

Temperature

In idle mode, the Poco F5's surface temperatures were inconspicuous - but under permanent load, we measured peaks of almost 46 °C. However, this was also due to the very demanding Burnout benchmark. A Galaxy A54 may have been quite a bit cooler during the test, for example, but another app (Stability Test) made it sweat a bit more. An exact comparison of the Poco F5's values with older tests is therefore not possible.

In the 3DMark's Wild Life Stress tests, we checked whether the heat inside the phone is able to be dissipated sufficiently well and whether the case is cooled sufficiently. With a maximum throttling of 15 per cent, the Xiaomi phone performed relatively consistently despite a slight reduction in performance.

Max. Load
 44.8 °C
113 F
44.5 °C
112 F
42.6 °C
109 F
 
 44.8 °C
113 F
44.6 °C
112 F
44 °C
111 F
 
 44.2 °C
112 F
44 °C
111 F
44 °C
111 F
 
Maximum: 44.8 °C = 113 F
Average: 44.2 °C = 112 F
39.8 °C
104 F
42.3 °C
108 F
45.9 °C
115 F
38.6 °C
101 F
41.3 °C
106 F
45.8 °C
114 F
37.1 °C
99 F
43.1 °C
110 F
43.7 °C
111 F
Maximum: 45.9 °C = 115 F
Average: 42 °C = 108 F
Power Supply (max.)  31.7 °C = 89 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.8 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 45.9 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.7 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.8 % +16%
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.6 % +16%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.4 % +16%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
98.8 % +15%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
91.5 % +7%
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
85.8 %
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi Poco F5
Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.7 %
Xiaomi 13 Lite
Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.6 % 0%
Realme 11 Pro
Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
99.6 % 0%
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.5 % 0%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
98.7 % -1%
Xiaomi Poco F4
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
87.8 % -12%
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Xiaomi Poco F5 Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø11.7 (11.7-11.8)
Xiaomi Poco F4 Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø6.11 (6-6.84)
Realme 11 Pro Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø3.81 (3.8-3.82)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø4.85 (4.84-4.87)
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø2.15 (2.14-2.17)
Xiaomi 13 Lite Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø4.99 (4.97-5)
Xiaomi Poco F5 Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø40.9 (39.1-45.6)
Xiaomi Poco F4 Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø21.9 (21.2-23.2)
Realme 11 Pro Mali-G68 MP4, Dimensity 7050, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø13.8 (13.7-13.8)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø16.9 (16.8-17)
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 1.1.0.2: Ø7.21 (7.2-7.21)
Xiaomi 13 Lite Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø18.5 (18.5-18.6)
Xiaomi Poco F5 Adreno 725, SD 7+ Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø44.7 (39.7-46.1)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Mali-G68 MP5, Exynos 1380, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø17 (17-17.1)

Speakers

The Poco F5 relies on a dual speaker system that provides a sufficiently loud sound besides the stereo feeling - we measured a maximum volume of 91 dB. However, the mid-range phone cannot provide real depth with present basses, but the trebles are reproduced linearly. Our measurements also showed a solid, ascending frequency response for the mids.

If you want to use a wired audio output, you can use the 3.5-millimeter jack for this. The noise levels are within a good range with an SNR value of about 80 dBFS. Modern Bluetooth 5.3 is available wirelessly. The Poco phone uses a wide range of supported codecs (SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+, LDAC and LHDC V5).

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203741.32527.630.83128.932.34021.332.95028.538.86323.134.38020.433.41002135.512516.839.116017.745.120016.248.52501755.931514.459.240014.958.750013.965.663014.768.580014.775.1100014.978.8125014.579.4160014.278.4200014.675.8250014.477.3315015.680.2400014.283.3500017.282.163001576.5800014.272.81000014.669.31250017.669.31600017.966.3SPL27.290.6N0.981.3median 14.9median 72.8Delta1.510.430.737.520.825.91933.317.132.433.439.420.931.416.635.620.533.416.533.914.738.81446.114.352.213.15213.660.413.265.412.366.712.568.711.971.812.672.812.973.813.37412.574.113.480.313.985.813.982.513.576.713.778.213.975.113.56613.757.225.390.70.776.6median 13.5median 71.80.710.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi Poco F5Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi Poco F5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.1% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 19% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 41% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 52% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Honor Magic5 Lite 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 29% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 50% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life - The Xiaomi phone with a better battery

Power consumption

Although the Poco F5 is lighter than its predecessor, the battery's capacity is now 500 mAh bigger. The phone's 5,000-mAh battery, which can be charged at a maximum of 67 watts via a cable, takes about 48 minutes to be fully charged from zero. Thankfully, a sufficiently fast charger is included within the device's scope of delivery. Wireless charging and reverse wireless charging are not supported. 

The Poco F5 has a very low idle power consumption of around 1 watt. The Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 uses quite a bit more power under load, but even so, you have to take into account the Burnout benchmark when comparing it to the competition. An HTC U23 Pro with the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 also used peaks of 11 watts in our new measurement setup but still, the Poco F5 seems to suffer from quite a high consumption under load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.04 / 0.15 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.89 / 1.05 / 1.08 Watt
Load midlight 10.86 / 13.49 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Xiaomi Poco F5
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Poco F4
4500 mAh
Realme 11 Pro
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Lite
4500 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
15%
10%
2%
7%
0%
-1%
Idle Minimum *
0.89
0.8
10%
0.9
-1%
0.75
16%
0.74
17%
0.89 ?()
-0%
Idle Average *
1.05
1.29
-23%
1.3
-24%
1.51
-44%
1.56
-49%
1.05 ?()
-0%
Idle Maximum *
1.08
1.38
-28%
1.7
-57%
1.62
-50%
1.59
-47%
1.08 ?()
-0%
Load Average *
10.86
3.78
65%
3.5
68%
4.91
55%
3.33
69%
10.9 ?()
-0%
Load Maximum *
13.49
6.71
50%
5
63%
8.93
34%
7.59
44%
13.5 ?()
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Xiaomi Poco F5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø4.57 (0.819-10.1)
Xiaomi 13 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø4.68 (0.899-12.4)
Xiaomi Poco F5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.824 (0.707-0.916)
Xiaomi 13 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.917 (0.854-1.267)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Xiaomi Poco F5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø6.27 (5.86-6.72)
Xiaomi 13 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø4.19 (3.78-5.87)
Xiaomi Poco F5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.824 (0.707-0.916)
Xiaomi 13 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.917 (0.854-1.267)

Runtimes

In our real-world battery tests, which are performed with an adjusted display brightness of 150 cd/m² and are therefore very well comparable, the Poco F5 delivered strong runtimes at a fixed 120 Hz refresh rate.

The mid-range phone managed about 17 hours in the WLAN test, and even two hours more were possible during endless video playback with the WLAN module disabled. Compared to its predecessor, this results in a rich runtime increase of 25 per cent.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
22h 04min
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 116)
16h 54min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
18h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 43min
Xiaomi Poco F5
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Poco F4
4500 mAh
Realme 11 Pro
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
5000 mAh
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
5100 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Lite
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
-20%
22%
27%
-20%
13%
Reader / Idle
1324
1342
1%
2594
96%
2591
96%
2240
69%
H.264
1123
929
-17%
1226
9%
1508
34%
1185
6%
WiFi v1.3
1014
665
-34%
799
-21%
941
-7%
816
-20%
822
-19%
Load
343
246
-28%
355
3%
284
-17%
321
-6%

Pros

+ good performance for under US$500
+ bright 120-Hz OLED panel
+ long runtimes
+ good features (3.5 mm jack, OIS, ...)

Cons

- no update guarantee
- haptic deficits (plastic frame & back)
- no official IP rating

Verdict on the Xiaomi Poco F5

Poco F5 review. Test device provided by cyberport.de
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The Poco F5 is a very interesting choice when it comes to phones below US$500. Thanks to its Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, the phone offers considerably better performance compared to similarly priced mid-range phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G or the Honor Magic5 Lite.

Aside from its powerful Qualcomm SoC, the Xiaomi phone also impresses with its great range of features (WiFi 6E, 3.5-mm jack, fat charging, ...), bright 120-Hz AMOLED panel with high color space coverage, as well as long runtimes. Additionally, hardly any other phones within this price range offer such an extensive scope of delivery as the Poco F5. When it comes to its camera package, the Poco F5 delivers good performance in daylight – but not much more than that. The main camera may have access to OIS, but photography is by no means one of the Xiaomi phone's strengths.

The Xiaomi Poco F5 combines good performance and strong hardware in a slim, lightweight case. 

The phone's uncertain update delivery slightly clouds an otherwise great total package. Here, Samsung's A-series is much more future-proof, as it has a five-year update guarantee. It might also be worth taking a look at the Google Pixel 7a which also features IP67 certification, wireless charging and a better camera for around US$450.

Price and availability

At the time of testing, the Poco F5 can be found from US$391.50 on Amazon

Xiaomi Poco F5 - 09/18/2023 v7 (old)
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
53 / 70 → 75%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
92%