Is it known for a long time that Xiaomi’s sub-brand dedicated to gamers on a budget, POCO, has been popular since the rise to fame of their first hit, the Pocophone F1?
Now, on its fifth iteration, the beefed-up Poco F5 Pro takes center stage with an unmistakable flagship resume– but with the current price hike of smartphones last year, we are hopeful that the current trend of delivering good phones for less should continue.
But for now, we won’t talk about its performance or what makes the Poco F5 Pro, as this is only an unboxing/first impression article, so you’ll have to wait quite a bit for that.
With those out of the question, let’s take an exclusive peek at the most anticipated POCO smartphone this year.
We will refrain from sounding like a broken record right now because, as with all POCO boxes, this one gets the same standard treatment as everyone else POCO has made. The color change from a predominantly yellow background to a black one separates the flagship from the mid-range herd and entry-level collective.
What can we say about this that hasn’t been said yet? None. And that’s a good thing. Now we move on.
Opening the box
First off, here is a quick unboxing video!
Again, it’s the same POCO/Xiaomi/Redmi packaging set. There’s nothing to rave about here, but there’s nothing to dislike about it, either. There goes the POCO inner box containing the sim ejector pin, some critical documentation, and a standard clear jelly case with decent flex and much heavier than usual.
The 67W charger is also here to stay from last year’s models, together with the Type-C cable. Overall, a reasonably generic packaging experience.
It’s a rebranded Redmi K60
And we say that isn’t a bad thing either. While the Redmi K Series has been sitting comfortably in its home country, fans shouldn’t be worried as we have POCO to make some minor tweaks in design, and we got a near 1:1 reproduction of the K60, now with Global ROM and features.
What we notice firsthand is the camera bump; gone is the overly bland design from last year, and for the first time, we tried a little bit of shape and accent all over the camera modules. We will call it the razor blade design. Again, the boxy design has taken a backseat in favor of a slimmer form factor— under the razor blade theme, we supposed. The little camera details written around the sensors give a sense of premiumness, which is always a plus for us. The entire body is made up of a glass back, plastic frame, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection for its main display– that doesn’t sound very premium, but to give it an alluring price point, they need to make some compromises.
The speaker grilles are located on the top and bottom of the device, giving it a stereo speaker experience. The volume rockers and power buttons can be found on the right side of the device. The SIM tray (which has no microSD expandability), microphone, and Type-C port can be located below. Another microphone and what seems to be an IR blaster sit flush atop.
WQHD display galore
The display for the POCO F5 Pro is something else; it is a 6.67-inch 1440p screen made from what they call “Flow AMOLED” technology, with a fast 120Hz refresh rate. It’s vibrant, vivid, and significant for media consumption in general. And the equally thin bezels also help to sell the full immersive effects. Being an AMOLED screen, it can produce striking whites and deep blacks within the color spectrum, perfect for watching your favorite horror movies. What’s your favorite horror movie, though? (Ghostface laughs)
Overall, the POCO F5 Pro is off to a promising start. We expected flagship-grade specs, and we got them. The packaging can use more variety, like grooves, textures, or a tiny splash of color to add more character. But we get our design language and props for being this consistent from the first Pocophone F1, now a rejoice from its core gamer audience.
If you are curious about the full specs of the smartphone, click below:
We have already reviewed this wonderful smartphone by the way! For the full review, click below: