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POCO M5 vs M5s: Which one to get?

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POCO recently unveiled two smartphones, the POCO M5 and the POCO M5s. What’s weird, though, is that they have plenty of similarities and are priced close to each other. So, if you’re presented with both devices, which one are you going to pick? Let us help you with that.

POCO M5:POCO M5s:
6.58-inch FHD+ (2408 x 1080) IPS display, 401ppi6.43-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED display, 409ppi
90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate
Corning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
MediaTek Helio G99 (6nm) SoCMediaTek Helio G95 (12nm) SoC
Mali-G57 MC2 GPUMali-G76 MC4 GPU
4GB, 6GB RAM4GB, 6GB RAM
64GB, 128GB UFS 2.264GB, 128GB UFS 2.2
microSD card support (dedicated slot)microSD card support (dedicated slot)
Triple-rear cameras:
• 50MP F1.8 main
• 2MP F2.4 macro
• 2MP F2.4 depth
Quad-rear cameras:
• 64MP F1.8 main
• 8MP F2.2 ultra-wide
• 2MP F2.2 macro
• 2MP F2.2 depth
5MP F2.2 front camera13MP F2.4 front camera
Dual-SIMDual-SIM
4G LTE4G LTE
WiFi 5WiFi 5
Bluetooth 5.3Bluetooth 5.0
NFCNFC
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
IR blasterIR blaster
USB-CUSB-C
3.5mm headphone jack3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers
Fingerprint scanner (side)Fingerprint scanner (side)
IP53 dust and water resistance
MIUI 13 (Android 12)MIUI 13 (Android 12)
5,000mAh battery w/ 18W fast charging5,000mAh battery w/ 33W fast charging
164 x 76.1 x 8.9 mm160.5 x 74.5 x 8.3 mm
201 g178.8 g

Summary of advantages

POCO M5:
• Slightly larger screen
• 90Hz refresh rate
• Newer 6nm chipset
• Newer Bluetooth 5.3
• Slightly lower price

POCO M5s:
• Higher resolution main camera
• Ultra-wide camera
• Higher front camera resolution
• Stereo speakers
• IP53 rating
• Faster charging

Table of Contents

Display

The POCO M5 has a slightly larger screen at 6.58-inch compared to the POCO M5s’s 6.43-inch. It’s a 0.15-inch difference, though, and won’t be noticeable. The M5s, however, has a slightly higher pixel count but only an 8ppi difference. Again, negligible and won’t be noticed in daily use. Both also use Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.

What people will notice, though, is the panel used. The M5 has an IPS panel which produces natural colors, while the M5s has an AMOLED panel which produces punchier colors and deep blacks, which is an advantage when watching videos.

Chipset

The two devices use chipsets from MediaTek but with different models. The M5 uses a newer 6nm Helio G99 with a 2.2GHz octa-core CPU and Mali-G57 MC2 GPU, while the M5s uses an older 12nm Helio G95 with a 2.05GHz octa-core CPU and Mali-G76 MC4 GPU.

We’ll know the difference in performance once we have both units in for review.

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Memory and Storage

The M5 and M5s sport the same RAM and storage configuration. They’re both available in 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB. Both use UFS 2.2 as storage types and have dedicated microSD card slots.

Cameras

In this aspect, the M5s shines. It has more cameras with a higher main camera resolution and the addition of the ultra-wide camera, which the M5 lacks. This makes the M5s the more versatile shooter. Selfie-wise, offers a sharper sensor with 13MP, versus the 5MP on the M5.

If you like taking photos, the M5s looks like the better option.

Connectivity and Features

Both devices support dual-SIM with 4G LTE, WiFi 5, NFC, GPS, IR blaster, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C, and side-mounted fingerprint scanners. In terms of Bluetooth capabilities, the M5 has the newer Bluetooth 5.3 compared to the M5s’s 5.0. However, the M5s offers stereo speakers, which are great for watching videos and playing games, and IP53 dust and water resistance, allowing it to withstand splashes of liquids.

Battery

The M5 and M5s sport the same 5,000mAh capacity. However, they vary in charging rates as the M5s has 33W compared to the M5s’s 18W. This means that the former will be able to charge its battery faster for shorter waiting times.

Price

This is the part where things get tricky. The POCO M5 4GB+64GB is priced at PHP 9,499, while the 6GB+128GB is at PHP 10,499.

The POCO M5s 4GB+64GB is priced at PHP 9,999, while the 6GB+128GB is at PHP 10,899.

That’s a PHP 500 or PHP 400 difference based on their respective configurations.

So, which one to get? Suggesting one over the other in terms of budget since the differences in prices are small. Because of that, we can now look at their respective merits. If you need a smooth 90Hz refresh rate, a newer chipset, upgraded Bluetooth, and if you really want to save a few bucks, the M5 is a good choice.

But if you like taking photos and selfies, want those deep blacks and punchy colors when watching videos, immersive speakers, IP53 rating, and fast charging, get the M5s. Shelling an extra PHP 400 or PHP 500 is worth it.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

2 Responses

  1. Rudra Chauhan says:

    POCO M5 smartphone comes with the Mediatek 4G chipset, and comes with other interesting features!

  2. Anik Mehta says:

    The smartphone coupled with the Mediatek Helio G99 chipset, and other cool specs!

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