There is stiff competition with brands like Xiaomi, iQoo, Poco, Samsung and Realme regularly updating their product lines to attract more customers.
Updated March 1, 2023 | 11:20 a.m. IST
Poco X5 Pro vs Redmi Note 12 Pro vs Realme 10 Pro Plus
Enterprises are now finding the sub-Rs 25,000 smartphone market attractive. Manufacturers are releasing their best smartphones for under Rs. 25,000 instead of the under Rs. 20,000 we could get a few years ago due to inflation and rising component costs. There is stiff competition with brands like Xiaomi, iQoo, Poco, Samsung and Realme regularly updating their product lines to attract more customers.
The Poco X5 Pro, a replacement for the Poco X4 Pro, was recently unveiled in India. The 5G phone is aggressively priced at around Rs 20,000 and appears to have the majority of the features one could be looking for. It features a Dolby Vision-enabled AMOLED display, Snapdragon 778G processor, 67W fast charger, stereo speakers, and more. In addition, the company promises two years of major Android OS upgrades and three years of security updates.
But after all that, how tall do you think the Poco’s newest competitor stands against its immediate rivals like the Redmi Note 12 Pro or the Realme 10 Pro+? We find out.
Battle of the specifications: Poco X5 Pro vs. Redmi Note 12 Pro vs. Realme 10 Pro+
The cutout sits in the middle of the top of the screen on the new Poco X5 Pro smartphone’s traditional punch-hole display. The gadget has a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with an adaptive refresh rate of 120 Hz. The 10-bit panel has 900 units of maximum brightness and supports HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision.
The company claims that it’s faster than the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC found in the recently released Realme 10 Pro+ as it uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G chipset. Well, this Snapdragon chip has previously powered a number of well-known 5G phones, so the company seems reluctant to take a chance by releasing a brand new chip. According to the company, the new Poco phone has the “slimnest” build. This has a boxy shape and is offered in three colors: yellow, black and blue. The mid-range phone even has an IP53 protection rating, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is used to protect the screen. There are also stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support.
A 5000mAh battery powers the new 5G Poco phone, which also comes with a 67W fast charger from the manufacturer. In addition, the device supports 5W reverse charging.
On the other hand, the SIM, software and display specifications of the Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G are identical to those of the standard Redmi Note 12 5G. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC with eight cores, up to 12 GB of RAM and a Mali G68 GPU. The phone features a 6.67-inch Full HD (1080 x 2400 pixels) AMOLED display with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, a pixel density of up to 394 ppi and a touch sampling rate of up to 240 Hz The display has a hole-punch design, 100% DCI-P3 color space coverage and a maximum brightness of 1200 nits.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro’s triple rear camera system includes a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 sensor with optical image stabilization. A 2-megapixel macro sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor are also part of the camera setup. In addition, the front of the device features a 16-megapixel selfie sensor. The smartphone has 256 GB of UFS 2.2 storage capacity.
A 5,000 mAh battery powers the Redmi Note 12 Pro, just like the other models in the series. It allows fast charging at 67W.
Switching to Realme, the Realme 10 Pro Plus has a reflective design aesthetic and a glossy plastic back. One of the few mid-range smartphones with a 6.70-inch 120Hz HDR10+ curved AMOLED display is this one. The phone is pretty light, even if some people don’t like the reflective back.
The Redmi Note 12 Pro and Poco X5 Pro both ship with MIUI 13 and MIUI 14 which are based on Android 12, while the Realme 10 Pro Plus is the only device that ships with Android 13 by default.
In terms of optics, Poco’s camera has been improved and the main sensor is now capable of capturing quality images both outdoors and in low light conditions. Most colors are handled fairly well by the sensor and images don’t appear overly processed.
The Poco X5 Pro is a no-brainer if you’re a gamer looking for the most affordable phone. In almost every respect, the Snapdragon 778G chipset outperforms the MediaTek Dimensity 1080, especially in terms of GPU performance.