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POCO X5 5G Smartphone (6GB + 128GB, Snapdragon 695, 5000mAh, 120Hz AMOLED) $370.13 Delivered @ POCO Official Store, AliExpress


Good discount on World Premier Day.

6GB RAM / 128 GB Storage - $321 after discount, $370 delivered.

This is a new phone, released on February 6th.

CPU Snapdragon 695 Octa Core CPU
Screen 6.67" 2400 x 1080 FHD+ AMOLED Eye Care Dot
Display 120Hz Refresh rate, 240Hz Touch sampling rate
RAM+ROM 6GB + 128GB / 8GB + 256GB
Camera 48MP+8MP+2MP AI Triple Camera, 13MP Front Camera
Battery 5000mAh (typ), Support 33W fast Charge, 33W in-box charger
OS MIUI 13 for POCO, Global Version, Support Multi-Language and Google Play
Other Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack
Network Full Netcom, SIM 1 + Hybrid (SIM or MicroSD)
  • Support 5G/4G/3G/2G
  • 5G 5: Sub6G: n1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41/77/78
  • 4G: LTE FDD: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/20/28/66 (UL: 1710-1780, DL: 2110-2180)
  • 4G: LTE TDD: B38/40/41
  • 3G: WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
  • 2G: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

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  • +2

    I bought a Motorola Edge X30 for $400USD (total) and I am so impressed with it. Outside of the China market it's called the Motorola Edge 30 Pro.

    It's the same spec as the Galaxy S22+, had almost no bloatware on it, doesn't try and make you use its app store, and isn't constantly trying to trick you into signing up for a brand account. Upgraded from my S10e which is constantly begging me to register for a Samsung account and trying to get me to activate Samsung services and apps.…

    The true reason I bought it was because I VPN into my home network and RDP to my desktop when I want to do any work on my laptop, and thought if a phone could do that then I wouldn't need a laptop anymore, only Motorola and Samsung offer good desktop extension services for phone.

    Turns out Motorola Ready For is significantly better than Samsung Dex.

    We miss out on so many good, reasonably priced phones here in NZ.

    • +1

      I'd like to see Sony's Xperias come here, and an official release of the Pixels would also be nice

    • for your use case i think getting a SBC like raspberry pi (hard to get these days) soo orange pi zero 2 (under $50) would have been better as you can setup a linux os and connect using vpn like tailscale for example.

      Obviously only suggesting because if the vpn was the only purpose for getting the phone then yeah most definitely overkill and not too reliable because of needing to be charged all time.

      • I'm not using it in my house, if it were in my house I'd just use the Desktop and not RDP into it.

        The RDP purpose (not VPN, the VPN is to get into my home network) is in addition to needing a phone, and a desire to have one device to rule them all.

        So that would mean I'd have to haul ANOTHER device around. In which case it may as well be a laptop. My phone is always on me, I wanted to get rid of hauling another computer, and I can use it anywhere such as in a cafe, or in the airport which I can't do with a Pi.

        I was playing PS1 (Tekken 3 and Team Buddies), GameCube (Mario Party 7) and PS2 (FFXII) games on it last night using a pair of PS5 controllers and my TV and it dropped 30% in 4 hours and didn't get even get warm.

        Those new Snapdragons are crazy good on power, I don't think I'm going to have a battery life problem.

  • +3

    Just to give some perspective, I recently bought a Redmi K50 Gaming Edition with the following specs for around $480 NZD:

    • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
    • 256GB emmc
    • 12GB RAM
    • 4700 mah battery
    • 120W fast charge

    I got it from this site here:

    Then I used a shipping redirection service to get it shipped to NZ. For the price of the phone, I put it as less than $400 and didn't have to pay any additional import tax. For this price, I don't think you can find any other decent phones with this spec at this price. I used to use Aliexpress a lot for my tech, but now I'll be using this method a lot more.

    • That's a whole lot of phone for $480

    • What shipping redirection service did you use?

    • +2

      Problem is. The Chinese specifical models might lack the necessary 4g and 5g bands even if you are able to flash custom/global rom.

      • +2

        Unlikely. The difference is usually just with the models, for example Redmi K50, Redmi K50 Pro, Redmi K50 Ultra (also known as Gaming Edition). Redmi K50 is the Chinese variant and it is just the same as Foco F4 GT. ROMs can be flashed on either variants and pass the MD5 signature check. Normally, Xiaomi phones have the same hardware for both the Chinese and Global version and it's really just the name difference. I've purchased enough Xiaomi devices to know that it's fine to buy a Chinese variant, without losing out on anything. In fact, I'd almost always recommend to buy the Chinese variant, or buy the Global variant but with the Chinese ROM (usually cheaper on Aliexpress). Then just flash the Global ROM yourself when you get it and save a fair bit of money that way.

        • Hmm not really sometimes.
          Redmi Note 12 CN and Note 12 global are completely different with global variant spotting an SD card slot.
          I've previously purchased a mi mix 2s phone from China and the 64gb version lacks certain 4g bands (usually b27) compare to global version.

          It's a potential minefield and not a lot of information I would seriously be very careful

          • @Zyo: Don't get me wrong, I'm not disagreeing with what you said, I'm just saying that in majority of cases it's fine for most models. The specs are there anyway and so it's easy to check before you buy.

      • TBH I've found 5G to be a waste of time ATM. It's not widely available and where it is - well what am I going to do with it ? I'm not going to download movies onto my phone and for all other uses so far 4G is just as good. I don't have 5G available at my residence so I just turn that functionality off normally as it can be a bit of a battery hog by simply hunting for 5G signal. Also manufacturers will quite often cripple a phone if it's got a 5G chip so they don't lose money. For instance I had a Samsung A32 5G. The A32 which was also on sale for the same price but had NO 5G had the better display screen. So in order to fund the cost of the 5G chip Samsung had lowered the quality of the screen for the 5G model. Got to keep an eye on those factors

        • It's not just 5g. A lot of times 4g (b27 band) is missing as well.

      • For 4G yes. But for 5G to work the phone needs to supported by your carrier.

        5G as it stands is overrated anyways.

        • not sure what you mean by phone needs to be supported it's the same situation for 4G and 5G

          I have imported a xiaomi 11 lite 5G and it works out of the box for Kogan (which uses Vodafone 5G)

          • @Zyo: Xiaomi works because they sell in NZ so it gets provisioned by carriers. Some phones like Google Pixels don't work even with supported 5g bands.


    • This site you've linked is in Chinese.. btw, what redirection service did you use?

    • note that the threshold changed a while back to $1000

    • Hey man, can you please check about Xiaomi 12T Pro there on taobao? I checked on AliExpress it's around $1350 with tax for 12/256 Gb version. I am not sure if it is a good phone to buy. Thanks

      • +1

        Not sure either but I have personal experience of a Xiaomi 11T which I bought several months ago. It's a different chip to the 12T but i can say I really like the phone. It's reliable and has a display which has really good brightness and 120Hz and also it has fast charging. It is an 8GB ram model and it never hesitates to do anything, (I don't game tho so can't tell you how it runs with that). I did consider the Snapdragon 8 11T Pro at the time I bought this but it wasn't really that much better and had potentially some heating issues. I paid $619 for my 11T.

      • +1

        I bought my phone in the first post from these guys, because I wanted to avoid GST:

        They had good reviews on TrustPilot, and my phone arrived via DHL.

        • Looks like they don't have 12T Pro.

        • +1

          I just checked, it's all in USD. Even if you buy from Aliexpress (total cost including GST), it would still be cheaper.

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