these are the latest budget smartphones

Poco has launched its latest budget smartphones. The Poco M5 is quite affordable and focuses on gaming, while the Poco M5s is also coming to the Netherlands.

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Poco M5 officially announced

The Poco M5 is a brand new budget phone and the successor to the Poco M4 (Pro). The device has a striking design, where the leather back in particular catches the eye. There are different colors (black, yellow and green), with a large black ‘bar’ at the back for, among other things, the cameras.

Poco says the M5 is suitable for mobile games. The smartphone has a MediaTek Helio G99 processor with 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of storage, depending on which version you choose. The screen is 6.58 inches in size, has a full-HD resolution and a refresh rate of 90Hz. Because of that last eyes images become smoother.

  • 6.58 inch screen: full HD and 90Hz
  • Layer of Gorilla Glass protects against scratches
  • MediaTek Helio G99 processor
  • Runs on Android 12 with MIUI 13 software
  • 5000 mAh battery, fast charging with 18 Watt
  • Three cameras on the back: 50 + 2 + 2 megapixel
  • Fingerprint scanner on the side

To ensure that the M5 lasts a long time, Poco has put a 5000 mAh battery in the device. It supports fast charging, but with 18 Watts – so it still takes a long time before the phone is full. The fast charger is included in the box, as well as a USB-C cable.

The Poco M5

For taking photos, the Poco M5 has a triple camera on the back. Unfortunately, only one is worth mentioning: the 50 megapixel main camera. With the 2 megapixel macro camera and 2 megapixel depth sensor you have – as is often the case in the budget segment – ​​quite little. The selfie camera also has a limited resolution of only 5 megapixels.

The Poco M5 will soon be on sale for 189.90 euros through the manufacturer’s official website. You then get the entry-level model with 4/64GB memory. The version with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage has a suggested retail price of 209.90 euros. Due to a so-called early bird promotion from Poco, you can purchase the phone from September 12 to 17 for 169.90 euros or 189 euros.

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Poco M5s: better cameras and faster charging

Also new is the Poco M5s. This smartphone is less powerful due to the somewhat older MediaTek Helio G95 processor, but it focuses more on entertainment enthusiasts and has better cameras. The chip is also in phones like the Motorola Moto G60s, Realme 8 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S. The Poco M5s is also equipped with an AMOLED screen (instead of LCD with the regular Poco M5) of 6.43 inches. The refresh rate, on the other hand, is only 60Hz.

  • 6.43 inch AMOLED screen: Better colors and brighter
  • Layer of Gorilla Glass protects against scratches
  • MediaTek Helio G95 processor
  • 64 megapixel main camera, 8 megapixel wide-angle lens
  • 5000 mAh battery charges faster: 33 Watt
  • Runs on Android 12 with MIUI 13 software
  • Fingerprint scanner on the side
The Poco M5s

The Poco M5s has a better 64-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. This also allows you to shoot shots at a wider angle, which is useful for group photos or large landscapes. A 2 megapixel macro camera and 2 megapixel depth sensor are also present. On the front is a 13 megapixel selfie camera.

Furthermore, the Poco M5s is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery and a faster 33 Watt charger. However, it is unclear how long it takes the device to go from 0 to 100 percent. Furthermore, the phone – just like the M5 – has a fingerprint scanner on the side for safe unlocking.

Finally, the prices of the Poco M5s. The smartphone has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage as standard and costs 229.90 euros. A variant with 128GB of storage space will also appear and it will cost 249.90 euros. Due to the early bird promotion, you can purchase the phone from September 12 to 17 for 199.90 euros or 219 euros.

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