POCO, along with POCO F5 Pro, has released POCO F5 as the mid-range F series for 2023. It is a complete rebranding of Redmi’s Note 12 Turbo as F5 Pro is the rebranding of Redmi K60 Pro. But both Note 12 Turbo and K60 Pro are China-exclusive only smartphones, which is why F5 and F5 Pro are rebranded as POCO phones and launched globally.
Let’s see what the POCO F5 delivers.
|FHD+ Flow AMOLED DotDisplay
|Gorilla Glass 5
|MIUI 14 for POCO, Android 13
|Snapdragon® 7+ Gen 2 Mobile Platform
1 x Cortex-X2, up to 2.91GHz； 3 x A710, up to 2.49GHz; 4 x A510, up to 1.8GHz
|Qualcomm® Adreno 725
|64MP main camera
8MP ultra-wide camera
2MP macro camera
|8GB | 12GB
|Side fingerprint sensor
AI face unlock
3.5mm headphone jack
Dolby Atmos certification
Hi-Res Audio certification
Hi-Res Wireless Audio certification
|67W wired charging
|Proximity sensor | Ambient light sensor | Accelerometer | Electronic compass | IR blaster ｜Gyroscope
|White | Black | Blue
|Rs 52,000 (8/256GB)
Rs 59,000 (12/256GB)
Design and display
POCO F5 is not similar in any way to the pro version, POCO F5 Pro. It is the rebranded version of Redmi Note 12 Turbo; only the branding and colour options are changed. It has a much flat design with a clean separated camera position much like Redmi Note 12 without the rectangular box around the cameras. The rings around the camera are patterned making it more aesthetic in terms of design.
There are there colour options available with different designs on the back. The white one might be many people’s favourite with the patterned snowflake-like design with a hint of blueish colour that starts at the bottom and slowly fades to the top as white, giving a premium look.
The remaining two colours are black and blue. The black colour has a striped design, which is similar to POCO F1’s black colour, the phone which started the F series. The blue colour is plain and smooth. The back is made up of plastic but has a glossy finish which catches fingerprint smudges very quickly.
On the front, it has a bezel similar to F5 Pro and a hole-punch camera cutout. It has a 6.67-inch FHD+ Flow AMOLED DotDisplay with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. With a brightness of 500 nits (typical) and a peak brightness of 1000 nits (HBM), it is good in direct sunlight too. The 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio, along with a resolution of 2400×1080, offers sharp details and vibrant colours whilst supporting DCI-P3 wide colour gamut and displaying 68 billion colours.
It includes features like 1920Hz PWM dimming, Adaptive HDR display, Sunlight display, and Reading mode for versatile usage scenarios. With SGS Low Blue Light Ex certification, it reduces blue light emissions for comfortable viewing. It supports advanced technologies such as Dolby Vision and HDR 10+. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection and IP53 dust and splash protection.
POCO F5 is powered by the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 Mobile Platform and $nm manufacturing process. It features an Octa-Core CPU configuration consisting of 1 x Cortex-X2 core clocked at up to 2.91GHz, 3 x A710 cores with a maximum frequency of 2.49GHz, and 4 x A510 cores running at up to 1.8GHz. For graphics processing, it incorporates the Qualcomm Adreno 725 GPU. It runs on MIUI 14 for POCO which is based on Andriod 13.
POCO F5 has LiquidCool Technology 2.0 for heat dissipation. Through the introduction of a newly designed vapour chamber with steam channels, the device achieves a 35% increase in heat dissipation capacity within the same area. This efficiency is further enhanced by the integration of a super-large graphite area, enabling rapid heat transfer and chip cooling. It has a copper vapour chamber with an area of 3725mm2, along with a total graphite area of 10,000mm2, ensuring effective and efficient heat management for superior performance.
It has two RAM options–8GB and 12GB–paired with a single storage option of 256GB.
POCO F5 has a triple camera setup which is the same as the Pro model, POCO F5 Pro. It includes a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. It supports 4K video recording at 3840×2160 resolution and 30fps. It can also record 1080p videos at 30fps and 60fps, as well as 720p videos at 30fps. The rear camera includes video features such as VLOG, slow motion, and time-lapse.
For selfies, POCO F5 features a 16MP front camera with an aperture of f/2.45. The front camera supports video recording at 1080p resolution, both at 30fps and 60fps, as well as 720p at 30fps.
Battery and others
POCO F5 is powered by a 5000mAh (typical) battery, providing ample power for extended usage. It supports 67W wired charging. It includes a 67W brick in the box. It has various sensors, including a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, electronic compass, IR blaster, and gyroscope.
In terms of connectivity, it is equipped with Bluetooth 5.3, offering improved wireless connectivity and compatibility with a wide range of devices. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, enabling fast and stable internet connections. It features dual sim card slots.
For security, it incorporates a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for quick and secure unlocking. It also supports AI face unlock for a seamless and convenient unlocking experience.
In terms of audio capabilities, POCO F5 offers dual speakers for immersive sound reproduction. It includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, allowing users to connect their wired headphones. The device is also certified with Dolby Atmos for an enhanced audio experience. It holds hi-res audio certification, ensuring high-quality audio output, and hi-res wireless audio certification for superior wireless audio performance.
The prices of POCO F5 are expected to be Rs 52,000 for the 8/256GB option and Rs 59,000 for the 12/256GB option in Nepal.