Poco has been bringing gamer-friendly features to the affordable end of the smartphone spectrum for some time, and the new Poco M5 is no different – ​​but the M5 launched alongside it is more focused on photography. Both are sub-$200 phones with MediaTek internals, big batteries, and big screens.

First, the M5. It packs a 6.58-inch IPS LCD display with 90Hz dynamic refresh rate and 2400×1080 resolution. A 240Hz sampling rate promises fast response to taps and swipes during playback, and Poco reckons the brightness holds up well once you step outside.

Inside, power comes from a MediaTek Helio G99 octa-core processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage. Dedicated Game Turbo 5.0 mode puts other apps to sleep while you play for the best possible frame rates and disables incoming notifications so you aren’t disturbed. A 5,000mAh battery should keep the lights on long enough to hit that new high score, and it’ll recharge at 18W.

There’s a triple rear camera setup around the back, headlined by a 50MP main sensor. We’re less enthusiastic about the 2 MP depth sensor and 2 MP macro lens, but maybe they’ll be fine.

The cameras are at the center of the Poco M5s, which increase up to 64 MP for its main sensor, and adds an ultrawide 8 MP, while retaining the depth and macro cameras. It will record 4K video at 30fps (something not all phones under $200 can claim). There is also a 13 MP selfie camera on the front.

It has a smaller 6.43-inch 60Hz display, but Poco has replaced the LCD technology with an AMOLED panel that promises more vivid colors, better contrast and inky blacks that will give movies more visual pop. It’s powered by the slightly older MediaTek Helio G95 processor, but still finds room inside for a 5000mAh battery.

The Poco M5 is set to release in the coming weeks, in a choice of black, green and yellow colors. You’ll be able to buy one with 64GB of storage for €190, either on Amazon or directly from Poco’s website, or with 128GB of storage for €210. Early birds can get them for €160 and €180 if they deposit money before September 24.

Upgrading to the Poco M5 will cost you €180 for a 64GB variant, in grey, white or blue. A 128GB version will cost €200. Both will land in mid-October, with first-week discounts bringing the price down to €150 and €170 respectively until October 22.

Poco M5 and M5s: these smartphones at tight prices arrive in France

Poco announces the arrival in France of two new smartphones, the M5 and M5s. Marketed at one of the contained prices, they ignore 5G connectivity.

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Poco comes to garnish its entry-level this fall with two new smartphones. The Poco M5 and M5s open the ball for a week full of announcements in the world of mobile telephony. These terminals do not come to compete with the flagship models of the moment, preferring to position themselves on the entry level. While Poco recently introduced a 5G M4 under $200, the M5s and M5s are limited to 4G networks.

Poco M5s: the most complete

Decorated with the letter “s”, the Poco M5s is the best equipped model. He carries a 6.43-inch AMOLED display displaying in Full HD+ (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) at 60 Hz. This definition is an advantage in this segment and the M5s boasts a brightness of up to 1,100 nits. Under the hood, it adds a chip MediaTek Helio G95 with 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 to 128 GB of storage. There is also a place for micro SD carda fingerprint reader and a 3.5 mm mini jack socket.

On the back of the device, one finds a complete photo block including a 64 megapixel main module (f/1.8, wide-angle). The manufacturer adds a 8 megapixel ultra wide-angle (f/2.2), a macro module (2 megapixels, f/2.4 optics) and a depth sensor 2 megapixels as well. For selfies, the M5s relies on a 13-megapixel (f/2.4) front camera.

To feed the whole, a 5000mAh battery takes place in the smartphone. It benefits from a fast charge at 33 W which recovers more than 60% of the battery in 30 minutes. Note also that a IP53 certified made his appearance.

The Poco M5s will be available from September 12, 2022 in three colors: black, green, and yellow. It will be available in a 4 / 64 GB version at €229.90 and in a 4 / 128 GB version at 249.90 euros. Faced with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 11, it will benefit from a 30 euro discount for its launch (until September 17).

Poco M5: a version for less than 200 euros

Don’t be fooled by its name, the M5 ultimately doesn’t have much to do with the M5s. To be even more affordable, the Poco M5 is equipped with a 6.58 inch LCD screen (2408 x 1080 pixels) with a refresh rate of 90Hz. Inside, we are entitled to the brand new SoC MediaTek Helio G99 which promises decent performance with a 6nm manufacturing process. To support it, the M53 adds 4 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of storage. It is still possible to add a microSD card and even connect a wired headset (3.5 mm jack) to this smartphone.

The photo part is also more modest, even if there are three modules on the back of the M5. Poco bets on a 50 megapixel main sensor (f/1.8) et two 2-megapixel modules ; respectively dedicated to macro and depth management. It will therefore be necessary to do without the ultra wide-angle that the brand reserves for the M5s. The M5 adds a 5000mAh batterywith a load limited to 18 W.

Oriented entry-level, this Poco M5 is accessible with a starting price set at €189.90. This price concerns the 4 / 64 GB model while the 128 GB version is displayed at 209.90 euros. The Poco M5 will be available in three colors (black, green and yellow) from September 12, 2022 in France. For the launch, it is possible to benefit from a 20 euro discount until September 17.

Xiaomi Poco M5 and M5s: compromises for these low-cost Android smartphones

With the M5 and M5, Poco is launching two new smartphones, 4G only, which each focus on different areas. The Poco M5 comes with a 90Hz IPS LCD display and a more efficient processor, while the Poco M5s comes with a brighter AMOLED panel, higher graphics performance, more cameras, and faster charging.

POCO M5

The Poco M5 comes with a bright yellow, green, or black leatherette back, punctuated by a black cross-camera bar. The Chinese manufacturer places a triple camera in it with 50 megapixels (f/1.8) for the main lens and 2 megapixels each for macro photos and the depth camera for portraits. Again, it is unknown why there is this macro camera, whose performance will undoubtedly be poor.

A 5-megapixel camera sits in a teardrop notch on the front. The screen measures 6.58 inches and uses classic LCD technology which can operate at 30, 60 or 90Hz. With a definition of 2,408 × 1,080 pixels, Poco evokes a maximum brightness of 500 cd / m² and a contrast ratio of 1,500:1. Corning Gorilla Glass protects the slab.

With l’MediaTek Helio G99, a 6nm processor from TSMC production, Poco paired it with 4GB/64GB, 4GB/128GB or 6GB/128GB, you can expand the storage through the microSD card slot. This SoC Helio G99 is based on old ARM cores with two Cortex-A76 and six Cortex-A55 and just one GPU with the Mali-G57 MC2.

The Poco M5 has a battery of 5000 mAh with wired charging up to 18 watts. This promises good battery life, but slow charging. It is dual SIM, 4G only, with Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.3. We also noted the presence of NFC, an infrared transmitter, a headphone port and a fingerprint reader.

You can imagine that with this technical sheet, the prices are attractive: 189.90 euros in 4 GB/64 GB and 209.90 in 4 GB/128 GB. An introductory offer on Amazon also allows you to make some savings, 20 euros less all the same.

POCO M5S

The Poco M5s has a similar name, but it’s very different from the M5. It prioritizes other areas, such as the display, which can only handle 60Hz instead of the M5’s 90Hz, however it uses an AMOLED panel instead of LCD. The screen would have a brightness of up to 1100 cd/m² and would be protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The 13-megapixel selfie camera would also be more interesting than on the M5.

The main camera is 64 megapixels, with an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle. Likewise for photography, it’s much neater than on the M5. The other two sensors, for portrait mode and macro, are only 2 megapixels.

So far so good… Under the hood, the MediaTek Helio G95 is a 12nm chip with a slightly slower CPU, but a faster GPU. Memory configurations are the same between models. The battery shows the same amount of 5000 mAh; however it can be charged faster, up to 33 watts.

The prices are, again and again, interesting: 229.90 euros in 4 GB/64 GB and 249.90 in 4 GB/128 GB for the launch. Note that on Amazon, Poco offers 30 euros discount for the launch.

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