Xiaomi POCO M5 debuts with Android 12, a 90 Hz display and a MediaTek Helio G99 from €189
Xiaomi has presented the POCO M5, a smartphone the company has introduced alongside the POCO M5s. Incidentally, the POCO M5 resembles the POCO M4 5G, which has only just arrived in Europe. As for the POCO M5, Xiaomi has equipped this with the MediaTek Helio G99, a 6 nm chipset with an octa-core CPU and an ARM Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. Additionally, Xiaomi complements the budget chipset with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.2 flash storage.
Moreover, the POCO M5 supports up to 1 TB microSD cards and has a 5,000 mAh battery within its 163.99 x 76.09 x 8.9 mm chassis. Unsurprisingly, the large battery makes the POCO M5 rather heavy, with the POCO M5 tipping the scales at 201 g. Furthermore, the smartphone has a 6.58-inch IPS display that operates at 1080p with a 90 Hz refresh rate and up to 500 nits of peak brightness (HBM). Xiaomi mentions that it has protected the display with Corning Gorilla Glass, but it has not specified which version features.
Separately, Xiaomi equips the POCO M5 with 50 MP primary, 2 MP macro, 2 MP depth of field and 5 MP front-facing cameras. Unfortunately, Xiaomi has not optically stabilised any of these sensors, while only the primary camera appears to support PDAF. Thankfully, all POCO M5 SKUs ship with MIUI 13 based on Android 12, rather than Android 11.
The POCO M5 starts at €189 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, but rises to €209 and €229, respectively, if you want either 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, or 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. All memory configurations will ship with a 22.5 W charger even though they support 18 W charging and will be available in Black, Green and Yellow colour options. The POCO M5 will be orderable in the Eurozone from September 12 and will come with a €20 discount if ordered by September 17.