Looking for a well-equipped smartphone for under Php15,000? Well, this comparison might help you out.
On the left corner, we have the Realme 5 Pro. The latest midrange offering from the fastest emerging smartphone brand in the world.
Since its release in the Philippines, this device became an immediate hit for people looking to get the best value out of their hard-earned cash.
However, will the Realme 5 Pro hold its ground as one of the most popular devices in its category? Queue the new POCO X2, the first release from POCO after it became an independent brand from Xiaomi.
Succeeding the popular Pocophone F1, the smartphone market has high hopes for this device. And based on what we know so far, this handset can really deliver.
But how does it stack up with Realme’s killer midrange smartphone? We’ll answer that question in our POCO X2 versus Realme 5 Pro specifications and features comparison.
|POCO X2||Realme 5 Pro|
|Operating System||Android 10|
Dual Standby (Hybrid)
|Display||6.67-inch FHD+ LCD|
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
120Hz refresh rate
|6.3-inch FHD+ IPS|
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
90.6% screen-to-body ratio
|2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 octa-core|
|GPU||Adreno 618||Adreno 616|
|64GB/128GB UFS 2.1|
expandable up to 256GB
|Rear Camera||64-megapixel (f/1.9)|
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.2)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
AI Scene Detection
|48-megapixel (Sony IMX 586, f/1.8, PDAF)|
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
AI Scene Detection
Super Linear Speaker
|Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, VoLTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
Galileo, GLONASS, BDS, A-GPS
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
GPS, BDS, Galileo, A-GPS
|Dimensions||165.3 x 76.6 x 8.79mm||157 x 74.2 x 8.9mm|
VOOC 3.0 20W fast-charging
|Price||6GB/64GB: Rs 15,999 (~Php11,500)|
6GB/128GB: Rs 16,999 (~Php12,200)
8GB/256GB: Rs 19,999 (~Php14,300)
The Realme 5 Pro is easily one of the best smartphones that you can get for the price. But as you just saw, the POCO X2 took the lead in almost all areas in the comparison table above.
It immediately starts in the display department. While the Realme 5 Pro has a 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS screen, that’s nothing against the larger 6.67-inch FHD+ display of the X2. The latter even has a tougher Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, HDR 10 support, and a fast 120Hz refresh rate.
Xiaomi also used a more advanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor on the X2. Partnered with its high refresh rate screen, this device should feel faster.
On the other hand, the Realme 5 Pro only has a Snapdragon 712 chipset. It’s still very capable for the price, but obviously inferior to what the competition has.
POCO X2’s bigger 4,500mAh battery has no match over the Realme 5 Pro’s 4,035mAh battery. What’s more interesting is, the Xiaomi device has a 27W fast-charging support, while the competition only has VOOC 3.0 that outputs 20W of power.
As if those are not enough, the POCO X2 also took the win in the camera department. On the front, there’s the 20-megapixel selfie camera, right beside the 2-megapixel depth sensor. Both sensors are inside a punch-hole cutout for a cleaner look.
Meanwhile, the Realme 5 Pro only has a single 16-megapixel front camera inside a more traditional waterdrop notch on top.
On the back, the POCO X2 brags a 64-megapixel primary camera. The Realme 5 Pro only has 48-megapixels. On the upside, both devices do share the same 8-megapixel ultra-wide snappers, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and 2-megapixel macro cameras. But since POCO and Xiaomi doesn’t really have a good track record in terms of cameras, we still expect the Realme 5 Pro to capture better images.
Both devices also has Android 10 support with their own respective interfaces. However, some Realme 5 Pro users might have to wait a bit more before they can receive the latest Android 10 update from Realme.
No Philippine prices were announced just yet for the POCO X2. But judging by its SRP in India, it will also overtake the Realme 5 Pro in terms of pricing.
The base model of the POCO X2 retails for Rs 15,999 or Php11,500 when directly converted to peso. That’s identical to the Php11,990 base model price of the Realme 5 Pro in the Philippines. However, the POCO X2 already starts with 6GB of RAM while the Realme 5 Pro, despite having more storage, only has 4GB of RAM.
Let’s just wait and see how much the POCO X2 will arrive in the Philippines and if Realme will adjust its price to match it. Until then, Realme 5 Pro is one of the best options in the midrange market.