The new Poco M5 and M5 are budget gaming phones with huge batteries

Both phones feature a massive 5,000mAh battery for all-day gaming

Xiaomi’s sub-brand Poco is best known for launching gaming and performance-focused phones. While the brand initially only launched phones aimed at the mid to upper segment of the market, it has also expanded into budget devices in recent years. Following the launch of the Poco M4 late last year, the company is now launching the Poco M5 and Poco M5. Its latest budget offerings pack a decent amount of power despite their low price tag.


Poco M5

Dimensions 163.99 x 76.09 x 8.75mm, 201g
Processor MediaTek Helio G99
RAM 4/6 GB
Storage 64/128 GB UFS 2.2
Display 6.58-inch FHD+ 90Hz LCD panel, Gorilla Glass
Battery 5,000mAh, 18W charging
Front camera 5MP f/2.2
Rear cameras 50MP f/1.8, 2MP macro, 2MP depth
Connectivity 4G Dual Standby, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC
SE MIUI 13 based on Android 12
Ports USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster
Biometrics Side fingerprint reader, face unlock
Colors Yellow, Black, Green

Inside the Poco M5 is MediaTek’s most powerful G-series chipset: the Helio G99. Based on the TSMC 6nm node, it incorporates an octa-core processor consisting of two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.2GHz and six Cortex-A53 cores. This is paired with an Arm Mali-G57 MC2 GPU and 4/6 GB of RAM. The Gorilla Glass panel on the front protects a 6.58-inch FHD+ 90Hz LCD screen. Poco says the display can adjust the refresh rate at 30, 60, and 90Hz depending on the content being viewed. The device is powered by a powerful 5000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging, though the in-built charger is rated for 22.5W output.

The leather finish on the back panel is a design highlight of the Poco M5. Like the whole phone, the panel is also made of plastic, but it was designed to look like leather. The rear of the Poco M5 houses a triple camera setup, which consists of a 50MP main camera, a 2MP depth camera, and a 2MP macro camera. For selfies, there’s a 5MP f/2.2 shooter.

Poco M5s

Dimensions 160.46 x 74.5 x 8.29mm, 178.8g
Processor MediaTek Helio G95
RAM 4/6 GB
Storage 64/128 GB
Display 6.43 inch FHD+ AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 3
Battery 5,000mAh, 33W charging
Front camera 13MP f/2.4
Rear cameras 64MP f/1.8, 8MP f/2.2 118° ultrawide, 2MP depth, 2MP macro
Connectivity 4G Dual Standby, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
SE MIUI 13 based on Android 12
Ports USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster, dual speakers
Biometrics Side fingerprint reader, face unlock
Colors Grey, white and blue

The Poco M5s will provide a better experience if performance isn’t your primary requirement. It packs an older Helio G95 chipset, but comes with a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a claimed peak brightness of 1100 nits and a more versatile quad rear camera setup. This includes a 64MP f/1.8 main shooter, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, and 2MP depth and macro sensors. On the front, there’s a 13MP f/2.4 selfie snapper.

Like the Poco M5, the M5 also houses a 5,000mAh battery in its IP53-certified case. It supports faster charging speeds of 33W, which the company says can recharge the cell to 100% in just over an hour.

Neither of the two phones announced today has 5G, which is odd considering the Poco M4 line had 5G connectivity.

Poco M5 pricing starts from €210 / £180 for the entry-level variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The 128GB model will cost €230 / £200. For the standard Poco M5, you’ll pay €190 / £190. There’s currently no sign of these phones arriving in the US, where Poco doesn’t sell its devices often.