POCO X5 vs Realme 10 Pro vs Redmi Note 12 5G: Price in India, Specifications and Features Compared

POCO X5 5G launched in India with Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 and 48MP Camera Setup. Here's how it fares against the competition in India.


POCO launched its new X-series smartphone – the POCO X5 5G, in India recently. The latest launch joins the POCO X5 Pro, which Poco launched in India last month. The latest launch comes with 5G support, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, a 120Hz AMOLED display, and more. With a starting price tag under Rs 20,000, the new launch competes directly with the Realme 10 Pro and Redmi Note 12 5G.

The Realme offering starts at Rs 17,999, whereas POCO X5 and Redmi Note 12 5G start at Rs 18,999. Therefore, it’s natural to wonder which of these you should spend your money on. If you are also facing the same conundrum, read on ahead.

POCO X5 vs Realme 10 Pro vs Redmi Note 12 5G: Price in India

POCO X5 has been launched in two variants in India, viz. 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. These variants can be picked up exclusively from Flipkart starting March 21st for Rs 18,999 and 20,999, respectively. The smartphone can be purchased at a starting price of Rs 16,999, thanks to an ICICI bank offer.

The Realme 10 Pro was launched in India last year in December in two variants. The base variant has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, priced at Rs 18,999. The top-end model features 8GB RAM and 128GB storage with a sticker price of Rs 19,999.

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 12 5G in India in January. Depending on the variant, the phone comes with 128GB storage and either 4GB or 6GB RAM. The base variant comes with a price tag of Rs 17,999, and the 6GB model will set you back by Rs 19,999.

POCO X5 vs Realme 10 Pro vs Redmi Note 12 5G: Design

All three smartphones have the run-of-the-mill sub-Rs 20k design featuring slightly curved edges and flat sides. The Redmi Note 12 5G and POCO X5 5G are almost identical in terms of form factor and triple camera placement on the back. However, you can tell POCO X5 apart by the signature black bar stretching across the top width. Both smartphones also have a pinhole display with a center-aligned cutout.

The Realme 10 Pro also has a similar form factor and design, and design philosophy. However, it has a dual camera setup on the back. Both cameras are separately positioned without any camera island. Realme has gone for the large camera cutout size trending these days.

While looks are subjective, the black camera module band on POCO X5 and the large standalone camera cutouts on Realme 10 Pro stand out here. The Redmi Note 12 5G appears to be dated in comparison.

POCO X5 vs Realme 10 Pro vs Redmi Note 12 5G: Display

The all-new POCO X5 5G offers an impressive 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. It also flaunts a 120Hz refresh rate, 1,200nits peak brightness, 240Hz touch sampling rate, 45,00,000:1 contrast ratio, and 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut. On the top, it has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection layer. The Redmi Note 12 5G features an identical display panel as well.

The Realme 10 Pro features a slightly larger 6.72-inch display panel with an FHD+ screen resolution. It offers a 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, and 1mm ultra-slim bezels. The panel with 680nits peak brightness also flaunts TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification.

It’s quite a no-brainer here that the POCO X5 5G and Redmi Note 12 5G win here. However, the Realme 10 Pro is the way to go if you want an expansive display with minimal bezels.

POCO X5 vs Realme 10 Pro vs Redmi Note 12 5G: Performance

Coming to performance, the POCO X5 5G sports an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor that also powered the previous generation X4 Pro. It boots Android 13 and is offered in 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB / 256GB UFS 2.2 Storage. There’s also support for Turbo RAM up to 5GB.

The Realme 10 Pro also sports the same processor and RAM as the POCO X5 5G but offers only 128GB storage. There’s no option for virtual RAM, either. The handset boots Android 13-based Realme UI 4.0.

Lastly, the Redmi 12 5G is the odd one out as it features the newer Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 processor with either 4GB or 6GB RAM with up to 5GB virtual RAM. It offers 128GB storage and support for microSD cards up to 1TB.

According to Nanoreview, the Snapdragon 695 is the better processor of the two. So if you are looking for a performance-driven budget smartphone, take your pick from Redmi Note 12 5G and POCO X5 5G.

POCO X5 vs Realme 10 Pro vs Redmi Note 12 5G: Cameras

In the camera department, the newly launched POCO X5 5G offers a 48MP primary rear shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens, and an LED flash. The all-new smartphone has a 13MP front snapper for selfies and video calls. The Redmi Note 12 5G also features the same rear and front camera setup.

Coming to the Realme 10 Pro, the smartphone features a dual camera rear setup. However, the primary sensor is a 108MP lens coupled with a 2MP sensor. There’s a 16MP camera on the front for selfies and video calling.

Prima facie, the POCO and Redmi offerings have the upper hand here. However, if you don’t click too many landscape or wide shots, you will benefit more from the 108MP primary camera and 16MP front lens on the Realme 10 Pro.

POCO X5 vs Realme 10 Pro vs Redmi Note 12 5G: User Interface

As for the user interface, the POCO X5 5G boots MIUI 13 for POCO with Android 13 at its base. The Redmi Note 12 5G also boots MIUI 13 but is based on Android 12. The Realme 10 Pro 5G runs Android 13-based Realme UI 4.0 out of the box.

The choice of interface boils down to the personal preferences of users. However, given a choice, always go for the latest operating system. In this case, that would be POCO X5 5G or Realme 10 Pro.

POCO X5 vs Realme 10 Pro vs Redmi Note 12 5G: Battery

In this department, all three contenders are neck to neck. They are all powered by a 5,000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. If you’re considering only long battery backup, then any of these three will serve you well.

POCO X5 vs Realme 10 Pro vs Redmi Note 12 5G: Verdict

In a nutshell, all three are capable devices under Rs 20,000. However, if you have a hard cap on your budget, the Redmi Note 12 5G starting at Rs 17,999 for the base variant, should serve you well. However, if you can stretch your budget by another thousand bucks, you will get a better design, more RAM, good performance, cleaner UI, and battery backup. Finally, the Realme 10 Pro should be your pick if you care for the primary camera, then that 108MP main sensor on the back is a great selling point. However, with a robust all-around package, the POCO X5 5G gets our vote here.