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Poco C65/Redmi 13C phone review. Check the price, technical specifications, camera, hardware, software, battery, charging speed and other features of Poco C65 phone.

Poco C65/Redmi 13C phone review, price and specifications

Introduction

If you’re looking for a low-cost Xiaomi experience, the Poco is the way to go, and if you want to spend your money on a Poco phone, there are the ‘C’ family devices to consider.

The Redmi 13C is a very similar device to the Poco C65, and in terms of hardware, they are practically identical. We’re pretty sure that the findings in this review apply to the Redmi 13C as well.

Xiaomi Redmi 13C
Xiaomi Redmi 13C

The Poco C series phones have been released frequently lately and the naming convention is difficult to decipher. It seems that the first number in the model number indicates the generation of the device, while the second number is somewhat related to its relative position in the product line, perhaps also its display size.

If we assume that this is indeed the case, then the new Poco C65 is the first of a new generation of Poco devices and will come to “replace” the Poco C55, even though the latter was launched in February this year. There are many similarities between the C55 and the new C65. Both devices are roughly the same size and feature a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset, a 5,000 mAh battery, and a 50-megapixel primary camera.

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However, there are still some generational improvements to be noted. The screen on the C65, for example, has grown slightly and is now 6.74 inches in diameter. But more importantly, it can now refresh at 90Hz, a first for the Poco “C” line of phones. The Poco C65 now supports 18W PD charging, which may not sound like much in absolute terms, but it’s still a significant improvement over the Poco C55’s 10W.

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The Poco C65 sweetens the deal with a new dedicated 2MP macro camera on the back, replacing the C55’s depth sensor. The selfie camera has also been upgraded to an 8-megapixel module. And when we say the Poco C65 is a budget device, we mean budget. It’s on sale for just $129 and $149 for the 6/128GB and 8/256GB models (original prices $109/$129).

Unboxing

The Poco C65 comes in a nice and sturdy two-piece box in the usual Poco yellow and black color scheme. Although the manufacturer doesn’t boast about being eco-friendly at all, the packaging appears to be made entirely of cardboard, which is great to see. There’s no built-in plastic stand for the phone to sit on, but it’s still quite securely in place.

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The Poco C65 has a relatively rich retail package for its price. This will be a continuing motif with the C65 as it’s good to keep its low price in mind when analyzing different aspects of the experience. The retail box contains a USB Type-A to Type-C cable and a wall charger. It’s just a simple 10W (5V@2A) unit, not one that can saturate the full 18W of power a phone can accept. There’s nothing inside the box, but at this price point, that’s not really expected.

Design

Poco C65 has a very “traditional” design. Nothing out of the ordinary here, just your regular old phone that blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

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The design team still tried to incorporate some distinctive details around the rear cameras with a raised area and some vertical lines. It all ties together well and looks classy. The only thing we don’t like about the back of the C65 are the manufacturer’s markings. I wish there was a better place for them.

The C65 is available in a total of three colors: black, blue and purple. Unfortunately, our review unit is probably the most boring black variant. The other two colors look more interesting.

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The C65 has an almost completely flat back that sits flush with the midframe. Both of these are made of plastic. The sides of the phone are also completely smooth and have nice rounded corners for more comfort.

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The windshield of the C65 is kind of “floating” on top of the middle frame. It’s well glued, of course, but instead of sitting in the middle frame like the back panel, it sticks out.

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The C65 has very thick screen bezels, which is to be expected for its price. The lower chin is thicker than the upper frame. However, there’s plenty of room for multiple sensors and a selfie camera that still requires a display notch, but it’s relatively shallow.

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Poco C65 is a very heavy device. Its dimensions are 168 x 78 x 8.1 mm and its weight reaches 192 grams. We’re not saying it’s tough or anything, but you’re still getting a big device with a 6.74-inch display and a 5,000mAh battery to boot.

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Poco C65 is quite solid and well made. There are no bends in the frame or hollows in the back.

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As for materials, it’s no surprise that the C65 is made of mostly plastic. The back and middle frame are both plastic. Both still look like brushed metal from afar, so there’s that. The front of the C65 is fortunately covered with glass. Specifically, Corning Gorilla Glass. Although the manufacturer hasn’t specified exactly what kind it is, it’s great to hear that some protection is in place.

And as for peace of mind, while again there’s no official manufacturer information on the matter and the C65 lacks any official intrusion protection ratings, we did notice a nice thick rubber gasket on the SIM tray. This represents a minimum level of elemental protection. Although, we don’t exactly recommend trying it out for yourself.

Controls

The Poco C65 has a standard set of controls. Well, maybe, except for the 3.5mm audio jack, which is harder and harder. It’s alive and well and it’s at the top of the C65. There is nothing else on the top of the phone.

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The left frame is also very empty. It only houses the SIM card tray. The C65 has a total of two nano SIM card slots in the said tray, along with a dedicated microSD memory expansion slot.

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The opposite right side houses the volume and power buttons. The latter acts as a capacitive fingerprint reader. The reader is sharp and accurate. We have no complaints about it.

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Both controls are well placed and comfortable to click. They feel a little soft to the touch, though they lack satisfying tactile feedback. This is a very minor inconvenience, though.

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The bottom of the C65 is a bit more crowded. This is where the main microphone is next to the USB 2.0 Type-C port. The C65 has a single bottom-firing speaker. No stereo speaker setup here, not even a hybrid speaker.

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At the end of the tour of controls, a phone is placed near the top of the phone in the space above the display. Proximity and light sensors are also located here.

Connectivity

The Poco C65 performs well in the connectivity department. Although, we should directly note that this is not a 5G device. Both nano SIM card slots on the phone support simultaneous 4G LTE connection.

The C65 also has dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.3. Although it does offer LE support. The C65 also has NFC in some markets. You should check with your local retailer for information on that. A receiver supports positioning with GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO and BDS. There is also an FM radio receiver with recording capability.

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A USB Type-C port on the bottom can accept USB Power Delivery up to 18W and also supports USB Host/OTG. However, there’s nothing really fancy beyond that, like the video output. The Type-C port is backed up by a USB 2.0 connection, which means data transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps.

C65 has bma253 accelerometer but no gyroscope. The two are usually a combination. There is an ltr311 light sensor, but it is not paired with a hardware proximity sensor either. Instead, the C65 has a virtual proximity sensor that works well for turning off the screen, but is still far less preferable. There is also an mmc5603 magnetometer and compass combination on board. It is expected that there will be no barometer in the Poco C65.

Large 6.74-inch LCD, now with 90 Hz

Poco C65 is equipped with a very large LCD panel. Its diameter is 6.74 inches . As mentioned earlier, the C65 brings a high refresh rate to the Poco C family. It’s just your “base” 90Hz variation , but the difference between it and the standard 60Hz is still very noticeable, making it a much-appreciated addition.

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Let’s start with some performance numbers first. The LCD panel in C65 is actually bright enough for an LCD. We measured about 480 nits of maximum brightness on the slider and 607 nits on auto maximum. The availability of an auto overshoot mode is great for bright environments, although the C65 is still difficult to use in direct sunlight.

Poco C 65

Poco C 65

It is also worth noting that the screen in C65 is only with HD resolution ( 720 x 1600 pixels ). That’s spread a bit thin on the 6.74-inch 20:9 panel, which makes images a bit blurry. Nothing too extreme, but not exactly sharp either.

On colors, Poco C65 has a total of three color modes plus a color temperature adjustment wheel. Modes include Vivid, which is the default, Saturate, and Standard.

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Color modes

All three modes target the sRGB color space and cover it well. Vibrant and saturated modes have a slightly saturated blue color and cool the color palette. This is especially true for saturation. You can still get very accurate colors using standard mode. DeltaE values ​​of 2000 are low enough to be considered color accurate.

Understandably, the C65 has no hardware HDR capabilities. However, it does support decoding for Dolby Vision. No HDR, HDR10+ or ​​HLG though.

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HDR modes • DRM info • Netflix streaming capabilities

On a more positive note, we’re happy to report that the Poco C65 supports the highest Widevine L1 DRM certification, allowing services like Netflix to offer FullHD streams. That’s frankly weird because it’s technically higher than the resolution on the phone’s own screen, but we’ll take it anyway.

High refresh rate control

The 90Hz refresh rate is an exciting new addition that makes its way to the affordable Poco C line with the C65. As we said, while 90Hz is more or less “basic” and “entry-level” refresh rate as high as you can get, it still makes a big difference in how smooth scrolling and animations feel.

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To further sweeten the deal, the Poco C65 even has adaptive refresh rate switching logic. The phone has a total of three refresh rate modes – the default, which promises automatic switching between 90Hz and 60Hz, and then 90Hz and 60Hz modes. The 60 Hz mode is the simplest. It only offers a locked 60Hz experience. However, the 90Hz mode is not fixed at 90Hz. It’s dynamic and has logic down to 60Hz.

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Programs in 90Hz mode

From what we can tell, the phone uses 90Hz for most user interfaces as long as you’re interacting with the phone or there’s movement on the screen. When neither is true, it drops to 60Hz to save power. Some apps, like most Google apps and some non-native apps like Facebook, always run at a fixed 60Hz. When it comes to video playback, the smartphone is smarter. Most multimedia apps like Gallery run at 90Hz in the UI, but once you start playing video, the phone is smart enough to recognize the scenario and drop it down to 60Hz.

Overall, we saw almost the same behavior using the Poco C65 at its default refresh rate. So, effectively, the phone only has two refresh rate modes.

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Programs in default mode

It seems that high refresh rate games are prohibited on Poco C65. We tried a few games that we know can push past 60fps, and none of them were able to enable a 90Hz refresh rate regardless of the display’s refresh mode settings. The included Game Center also doesn’t offer refresh rate settings.

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Playing with a high refresh rate is prohibited

All things considered, we like how the Poco C65 handles its automatic refresh rate switching. This behavior is smart and multi-faceted and saves battery very well. Playing with a high refresh rate on the phone is prohibited. Anyway, the chipset is a bit closed for power supply. Frankly, we couldn’t ask for more, especially from such an economical device.

The switching rate on actual pixels could be a little better. The C65 has a lot of ghosting and smearing while scrolling, especially in smaller text.

Battery life

The Poco C65 has a very large 5000 mAh battery. That being said, the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset isn’t exactly known for being the most energy-efficient part on the market. As you may know, we recently introduced the new GSMArena 2.0 battery test and the new Active Usage Score metric. You can read all about it here.

The Poco C65 performed very well in our battery test. Nothing spectacular, but still a strong show. It manages great call endurance numbers, and its video playback and web endurance aren’t half bad either. The game component leaves a little to be desired. This is very strange, considering that the phone can’t play continuously at 90Hz, which puts more pressure on the GPU. Plus, it only has HD+ resolution. However, we ran our numbers and retested, and we have another reason why the Poco C65 isn’t a great gaming phone.

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Charging speed

One of the Poco C65’s upgrades over the C55 is support for 18W PD charging (compared to the standard 10W charging rate). Admittedly, this still doesn’t make the C65 a fast-charging device.

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Fifteen minutes with a PD-compatible charger of sufficient wattage took our review unit from dead to just 14% battery. 30 minutes of charging resulted in 28% battery and full charging took 2:09 hours . To be fair, we’ve seen cheaper devices with slower charging speeds, but the C65 isn’t as fast as you might think.

Things look worse if you use the 10W (5V@2A) charger that comes in the phone’s retail box. With it, fifteen minutes of 11% charge, 22% for 30 minutes, and a full charge takes about 2:35 hours .

Poco C 65

Poco C 65

Poco C 65

Speaker

The Poco C65 only has a single speaker that works at the bottom. There is no stereo setup, not even a hybrid. The single speaker is also not very impressive. In our test, the loudness score was below average . Its frequency response is decent, but nothing to call home. In particular, mids and voices are enough, and certainly an important part. Plus, we have to keep in mind how cheap this Poco C65 is and adjust our expectations accordingly.

In terms of additional audio features, the C65 has something called Voice Assistant . Its notable feature is volume adjustment per program while multiple programs are playing.

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MIUI 14 for Poco on top of Android 13

At the time of writing this review, our Poco C65 unit is running Android 13 with MIUI for Poco 14.0.3. This is definitely a very current software combination. Although, we’re not sure what the future holds for Poco devices in regards to Xiaomi’s new HyperOS. There isn’t much difference between the standard MIUI and the iteration for Poco, so we suggest you take a closer look at your MIUI 14. You will find all the information you need there.

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The only immediate difference between the standard MIUI and the Poco variants is in the default icon style. It seems to be more in line with Android’s circular icons.

MIUI for Poco also allows you to lock the screen by double-tapping an empty space on the home screen, whereas regular MIUI doesn’t. It also lacks the “large symbols” feature due to its value. We’re still not sure how Xiaomi will decide which features will make it to the global MIUI ROM, which will remain exclusive to the Chinese version, and which features the Poco will eventually receive. Everything is really complicated.

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Apparently, MIUI 14 is built almost from scratch as architectural engineers have rebuilt the MIUI core ROM down to the Android kernel level. This includes new CPU, GPU, and memory scheduling, a smaller operating system size, and reduced memory usage overall. As a result, Xiaomi claims a 60 percent smoother experience and more optimized processes. Automatic compression for programs that are not actively used is also in the menu. Unfortunately, however, these are the features we can reliably test.

The split between the notification shade and Control Center isn’t enabled by default on our review unit, which is odd. By default, we got the standard combined notification menu and quick toggle menu.

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Notification shade and fast switching

Home screen, recent apps and general settings remain unchanged. The app drawer is also enabled by default and cannot be disabled in Poco phones. We like the search bar at the bottom of the page for easier access. There are custom and preset app categories for faster navigation.

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Home screen, recent apps, settings menu, app drawer

MIUI recent apps list comes with some useful shortcuts. You can also choose whether the list of apps is vertical or horizontal. Interestingly enough, the sidebar and floating windows functionality seems to be completely absent from the Poco C65.

Themes have always been a big part of MIUI and they are available in MIUI 14 as well. You can download new ones from the Themes Store and they can change wallpapers, ringtones, system icons and even fonts.

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Themes and other customization options

Moving towards privacy and security, MIUI comes with a pre-installed system security app. Aside from the extra layer of malware protection it provides, the app keeps many of the app’s settings and privacy features in one place. It can manage your blacklist, manage or limit your data usage, configure battery behavior and free up some RAM. It can also manage the permissions of your installed apps, define the battery behavior of selected apps, and apply restrictions to specific apps only.

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Security application

All in all, MIUI 14 has changed little in terms of overall user experience compared to the 13th iteration, and that’s not a bad thing. Colorful and customizable as always.

Performance and benchmarks

Like the Poco C55, the new Poco C65 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset. It’s a very old 12nm chip from 2020 that didn’t perform very well at launch and is starting to show its age today. There’s no use beating about the bush. The performance it delivers is disappointing all around.

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In the CPU department, the Helio G85 has two large Cortex-A75 cores running at up to 2.0 GHz and six smaller Cortex-A55 cores running at up to 1.8 GHz. In terms of GPU, the Helio G85 only has two Mali-G52 MC2 cores to work with. In fact, there isn’t much power to go around. The Helio G85 is paired with 1800MHz LPDDR4X RAM.

Specifically, the Poco C65 comes in 6.128GB or 8.256GB trim, which is the unit we have for review.

Compared to the C55, which starts with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, it’s a nice little upgrade, so we can’t complain too much. Although, it’s worth noting that the Poco C65 uses the slow eMMC storage type, which could explain its slow performance.

Let’s kick things off with GeekBench and some CPUs. It is easy to understand that the Helio G85 is not a powerful chip. That’s right, once again, we have to remind ourselves of the incredible price of the Poco C65. Still, however, the amount of performance available is kind of disappointing.

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Poco C 65

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Poco C 65

 

Even the Snapdragon 685 inside the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4G seems to offer slightly better performance than the Helio G85 in the Poco C65. It’s also worth noting that the older Redmi Note 8 2021 seems to fare slightly better on GeekBench with the same Helio G85 chipset. Not much, mind you, but still worth mentioning.

AnTuTu is slightly more favorable than the older Redmi Note 8 2021 and the Poco C65 in this comparison. However, the overall AnTuTu score is not impressive at all.

Poco C 65
Poco C 65

Our Poco C65 review unit stubbornly refused to connect to the GFXBench servers and run the benchmark. At least after fiddling for a while, it ran 3Dmark. As expected, the Mali-G52 MC2 GPU is pretty weak. At least you don’t have to work too hard to squeeze pixels onto the C65’s HD+ screen.

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Poco C 65

Unfortunately, the Poco C65 doesn’t just look bad in terms of performance. Even in practical terms, the phone is very slow and sluggish. The lack of smooth operation is one of the biggest problems with the Poco C65.

On the plus side, at least the C65 doesn’t overheat. Its surface is never uncomfortable to the touch, even with long-term stress testing. And the Helio G85 chipset inside isn’t very tasty either. It loses some performance with the torture test, but a very reasonable amount.

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50MP main camera and now a dedicated macro camera

Just like the Poco C55, the Poco C65 is equipped with a 50-megapixel main camera. It may be the exact same camera. We can’t say for sure because the Poco C65 supports two 50MP sensors – the OmniVision ov50d40, which has a 1/2.88-inch sensor size and 0.612µm individual pixels, and the Samsung s5kjns, which we assume is the JN1 with 1. 2.76-inch optical format and 0.64 µm individual pixels. Either way, the camera is 28mm wide, has phase detection autofocus, and sits behind an f/1.8 lens.

Review of Xiaomi Poco C65The other camera on the back of the C65 is a dedicated 2MP macro. The sensor is based on the SmartSens sc202cs sensor with a 1/5-inch sensor size and 1.75 µm individual pixels. Behind is an f/2.4 lens.

The Poco C65 also seems to have a third camera on the back. A very small one that the official website only lists as an “auxiliary” unit, whatever that means. We assume it’s some kind of depth sensor. However, covering it up doesn’t seem to affect the phone’s portrait photography capabilities.

Finally, we have the 8-megapixel selfie camera. The camera is based on the OmniVision ov8856 sensor with a 1/4-inch sensor size and 1.12 µm pixels. Behind is an f/2.0 fixed focus lens.

Camera app

The camera app is a simple implementation, though it has its own quirks. First, the main operation works for switching modes using a side swipe (on the black frame!), and you can also tap on the modes you can see to switch directly to it.

Up and down swipes do not work to switch between front and rear cameras. Only the button next to the shutter does this.

There is no More tab for modes on the C65. All modes are included in the original Rolodex.

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Camera app user interface

There’s a pull-out menu at the top of the camera UI where you’ll find other options, including a macro mode that hasn’t been added to the main carousel of modes yet. Next to that, you have a flash mode switch, an HDR switch, and a shortcut for Google Lens. Oddly enough – like other Xiaomi devices, there is no Ai key.

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Camera app settings

Also, there is no Pro mode of any kind in Poco C65. Night mode is available on the main camera.

Day photo quality

The main camera of the Poco C65 takes photos with a resolution of 12.5 megapixels by default. The photos look nice enough, especially for such a budget device. The frame has a lot of detail and the colors are more natural and realistic.

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Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera samples

However, the amount of sharpening is clearly visible, liberally applied, and there’s very little noise, especially on flat surfaces. Contrast is a little tricky and so is dynamic range. But again, keep in mind that this device is very affordable.

You can force the main camera to shoot at its full 50MP resolution . These photos don’t really look that different compared to their 12.5MP counterparts. The amount of detail is about the same, and the colors, contrast, and dynamic range are about the same. That being said, in 50MP mode, there seems to be less artificial sharpness applied to the frame, resulting in slightly softer but more natural-looking photos.

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Poco C65: 50MP main camera samples

Here’s how the Poco C65’s main camera compares to the competition in our extensive camera comparison database. Pixel-peep away.

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Poco C65 vs Samsung Galaxy A14 5G and Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G in our photo comparison tool

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50MP: Poco C65 vs Samsung Galaxy A14 5G and Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G in our photo comparison tool

The main camera also takes very good portrait photos . Subject detection and isolation can be done almost at any time. We also like the quality of the background blur effect. Skin tones look convincing and completely natural.

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Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera samples

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Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera portrait examples

Unfortunately, even without applying a filter, there isn’t much skin texture in these portraits. However, this is a relatively minor problem.

Non-human subjects also work surprisingly well. The C65 has very little trouble picking out these subjects and focusing them correctly, something more expensive phones often struggle with.

Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 1298, 1/33s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 1395, 1/33s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera portrait examples

The Poco C65 does not have a dedicated ultra-wide or telephoto camera. However, the main camera has plenty of resolution for taking zoom shots . The camera app even has a 2x zoom switch, which shows that Xiaomi is confident enough about the phone’s zoom capabilities.

And indeed, these 2x zoom photos look very decent and look exactly like 1x photos. There is a lot of detail and the colors are beautiful.

Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera with 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 107, 1/1534s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera with 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 109, 1/1357s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera with 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 106, 1/508s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera samples with 2x zoom

Some liberal sharpening is applied, bordering on oversharpening and contrast, and the dynamic range is excellent. However, these images are perfectly acceptable.

Finally, we have 2MP macro shots from the dedicated macro camera. These also look surprisingly good for what they are. Even with their low resolution, there is plenty of detail in the frame. Colors also look nice and match the main camera well, contrast is good, and the focal length is very wide and impressive.

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Poco C65: 2MP macro camera examples

The Poco C65 selfie camera takes great 8MP photos. The detail is excellent and the skin texture is removed well. Colors and skin tones generally look nice and natural. Even contrast and dynamic range are both good.

Poco C65: 8 MP selfie camera samples - f/2.0, ISO 55, 1/314s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 8MP selfie camera samples - f/2.0, ISO 55, 1/364s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 8MP selfie camera samples - f/2.0, ISO 55, 1/510s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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Poco C65: 8MP selfie camera samples

The only real issue we found with these photos is, once again, the camera’s sharpening. Nothing too dramatic, though, and overall, these are some great selfies. The color surprised us.

Selfie portraits look equally great with excellent subject detection, isolation and a convincing background bokeh effect.

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Poco C65: 8MP selfie camera portrait examples

Video quality

As we said earlier, the MediaTek Helio G85 is by no means an impressive chipset. This also applies to its video recording capabilities. As expected, video recording on the Poco C65 is limited to 1080p resolution. However, this is a norm at its budget price, so we can’t complain too much.

Review of Xiaomi Poco C65

By default, the phone saves videos in a standard AVC (h.264) video stream at around 20 Mbps with AAC audio in an MP4 container. Unfortunately, the C65 only records mono audio for its videos. On the plus side, despite its budget nature, the Poco C65 still offers optional HEVC (h.265) video encoding. There is also an interesting option in the settings to automatically reduce the frame rate of videos in low light and high temperature environments. This is a very unusual option that you don’t see very often.

The Poco C65’s main camera shoots decent, if unremarkable, 1080p video. The level of detail is good, with regards to clarity, colors are beautiful and mostly natural.

The dynamic range is a bit narrow for our taste. The contrast is a little high, which results in an over-processed look. Overall, once again, considering the price of the phone, we can’t complain.

Here’s how the C65 compares to other devices in our video comparison database.

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Poco C65 vs Samsung Galaxy A14 5G and Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G in our video comparison tool

The C65 offers a quick switch for recording videos with 2x zoom . These look largely identical to the 1x examples, which is impressive in its own right. Again, we couldn’t realistically ask for much better from such a budget device.

The Poco C65 doesn’t appear to offer any form of EIS or other stabilization for its video. At least we did not manage to find such options. Here is an example of video from the main camera in motion. It is quite shaky as expected.

The selfie camera on the C65 is also limited to 1080p video recording. And, expectedly, just like the original camera, it only records mono audio, which is a bit of a bummer. However, in terms of quality, we can’t complain. The details are good and so are the colors.

Contrast is a bit too high, and dynamic range could be better, but these are relatively minor issues.

Camera quality in low light

The Poco C65’s main camera struggles significantly in low-light conditions. Photos look quite soft and noisy, with blown out highlights and light sources.

Poco C65: 12.5MP Low Light Main Camera Samples - f/1.8, ISO 13193, 1/14s - Xiaomi Poco C65 Review Poco C65: 12.5MP Low Light Main Camera Samples - f/1.8, ISO 7043, 1/14s - Xiaomi Poco C65 Review
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Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera examples in low light

Fortunately, there’s a dedicated night mode , which slows down processing a bit as expected, but offers a significant improvement in low-light quality.

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Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera night mode samples

Night mode greatly reduces noise. Clarity is improved along with detail. Darker areas are much better managed. However, the biggest improvement should be to highlights and light sources. Night mode is the difference between a protruding clutter and usable real photos.

2x zoom shots from the main camera at night tend to look softer and more static than their 1x counterparts.

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Poco C65: 12.5 megapixel main camera 2x the standard in low light

You can significantly improve their overall quality by using Night Mode, which has a 2x zoom shift.

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Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera 2x night mode sample

Low-light selfies are not for a home phone. These are very soft and noisy. Most of the skin texture and fine facial features are completely lost. At least the skin tone looks quite realistic.

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Poco C65: 8MP Low Light Selfie Camera Samples - f/2.0, ISO 2567, 1/14s - Xiaomi Poco C65 Review Poco C65: 8MP Low Light Selfie Samples - f/2.0, ISO 3650, 1/14s - Xiaomi Poco C65 Review
Poco C65: 8 megapixel selfie camera examples in low light

Unfortunately, night mode is not available for Poco C65 selfie camera.

Low-light video from the main camera is serviceable but mostly unimpressive. The amount of detail recorded is actually not bad for a 1080p video.

These videos are noisy and over-sharpened and over-saturated. The Poco C65 also struggles mightily with light sources.

 Competitors

The Poco C65 is a really affordable device. There is no doubt about it. However, it seems a bit hard to pin down the exact retail price right now as there are a lot of sales going on. It looks like it will sell for just $129 and $149 for the 128/6GB and 256/8GB models respectively. Early bird pricing appears to be $109/$129.

Review of Xiaomi Poco C65Let’s look at the rest of Xiaomi’s products first. We mentioned earlier that the Redmi 13C is practically the identical twin of the Poco C65. But it is worth noting that Redmi currently costs a little more than Poco for some reason.

Next up is the Xiaomi Redmi 12. It has a large screen like the C65 and LCD, but with FullHD+ resolution instead of HD+. The Redmi 12 also has an official IP53 ingress protection rating, notably an 8MP ultra-wide camera. The Redmi also has an IR blaster and uses the much better MediaTek Helio G88 chipset. Pricing is pretty similar between the two, which arguably makes the Redmi 12 the better deal in our opinion.

Xiaomi Redmi 12 Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 4G Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Redmi 12 • Redmi Note 12 5G • Redmi Note 12 4G • Samsung Galaxy A14 5G

Next, we recommend considering the ever-popular Redmi Note 12. It’s also slightly more expensive than the Poco C65, but it has an IP53 rating, a 120Hz AMOLED display and 33W charging. It also has an ultra-wide camera and an arguably better 1st generation Snapdragon 4 chipset.

Review of Xiaomi Poco C65In the Samsung camp, the Poco C65 seems to be competing with phones like the Galaxy A14. Note that A14 has 4G and 5G versions. The price difference between the two is very small and which one to get depends on your priorities. The 5G variant clearly has superior network connectivity as well as a 90Hz refresh rate on the PLS LCD. Besides being slightly cheaper, the 4G version also has an ultra-wide camera, which the 5G model lacks. It’s only a 5MP camera though. Personally, we think the A14 5G is the best deal of the pair.

If the Galaxy A14 is a little out of your budget, maybe consider the new Galaxy A05s. While most of its specifications are very similar to those of Poco C65. However, you get slightly faster 25W charging with the Galaxy.

Review of Xiaomi Poco C65Last but not least, Transsion Holdings has at least a few good alternatives under its umbrella. If you can swing it, the Tecno Spark 10 Pro offers a large 6.8-inch 90Hz FullHD+ LCD, a 50MP primary camera and a 5000mAh battery with 18W charging. Very similar to Poco C65. On the plus side, the Tecno offers 1440p video recording instead of 1080p on the back and front with a large 32MP selfie camera.

If the Tecno is a bit out of your budget, then there’s the Infinix Smart 8. You’ll have to settle for a 13MP main camera, 10W charging, and a Unisoc T606 chipset.

Summary

Let’s keep things simple here. Xiaomi Poco C65 is a very affordable device. In fact, as far as trying to find good alternatives and competitors for it with the same value proposition. As such, its primary value will inevitably be price. The overall experience of the phone itself should be just good enough to meet the expectations of buyers at this low price.

Review of Xiaomi Poco C65As you might expect, the Poco C65 has its ups and downs. It’s a great, well-built phone with Gorilla Glass on the front and virtually no bends or hollows, but it also lacks any official, even basic, intrusion protection, and the design is a little plain.

The display offers a 90Hz refresh rate, which works well enough and is decently bright for an LCD. However, pixel response times aren’t perfect, leading to ghosting and smearing, and gaming at high refresh rates is a no-go. Battery life on the C65 is fairly good, but charging is very slow. MIUI 14 looks great and is feature-rich, but it stutters and slows down on the C65 due to the paltry Helio G85 chipset. The latter is also responsible for the camera’s 1080p video recording resolution, which is otherwise pretty decent for a budget device.

Review of Xiaomi Poco C65We could go on, but you kind of get the point. Honestly, we didn’t hate our time with the Poco C65. This is a decent enough device. In our opinion, its biggest weakness is the poor performance of the Helio G85 chipset. Other than that, it has almost no glaring flaws, and even its performance at this price is hard to complain about.

If we were shopping in this price range, we’d probably try to get something a little smoother than the Poco C65.

Why should we buy Poco C65 phone?

  • Beautiful design with good build quality.
  • A decently bright LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate.
  • Good battery life
  • Good camera performance in daylight
  • expandable memory with dedicated microSD slot; A 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Charger included in retail box.

Why should we avoid buying the Poco C65 phone?

  • Virtual proximity sensor
  • Loudness of the speaker is below average
  • The Helio G85 chipset has poor performance with stuttering UI.
  • Video recording is limited to 1080p and there is no stabilization.

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Xiaomi Poco X6 review. Review of the camera, hardware, software, battery, design, screen, and charging speed of Poco X6 phone.

Poco X6 review, price, and specifications

Introduction

The Poco X6 is a fantastic new addition to the popular Poco X series and brings a lot of updates over the hugely popular Poco X5 smartphone. Plus, this phone has to be one of the most affordable phones with a Dolby Vision display.

Therefore, the Poco X6 introduces a 6.67-inch AMOLED with a resolution of 1220p and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+, and there’s 1920Hz PWM lighting if you need it. The display sits on Poco’s fairly traditional design, now IP54-rated for dust and splash resistance.

The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 is the heart of the Poco X6 – a chip that’s not quite as fast as the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, despite its ambiguous name. The base storage option for the Poco X6 is 8GB of RAM + 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage, which is pretty generous.

The camera department also has a few updates for the Poco X5. The rear setup has a higher-resolution 64-megapixel main camera, now with OIS, as well as an 8-megapixel ultra-wide and 2-megapixel macro shooter. The selfie camera is 16 megapixels. There is now an option for 4K video recording, which is a nice upgrade.

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Other interesting parts of the Poco X6 are stereo speakers, a large 5,100mAh battery with 67W fast charging, and HyperOS, which will arrive as an OTA update just a few weeks after its launch.

Overall, the Poco X6 offers significant improvements in the display, chipset, camera, and fast charging departments, along with better intrusion protection. We consider this an appropriate annual update.

Specifications of Xiaomi Poco X6 at a glance:

  • Body:  161.2 x 74.3 x 8.0mm, 181g; Gorilla Glass Victus front, plastic frame, plastic back; IP54, resistant to dust and water splash.
  • Display:  6.67 inch AMOLED, 68B color, 120 Hz, Dolby Vision, 500 nits (typ), 1200 nits (HBM), 1800 nits (peak), resolution 1220×2712 pixels, aspect ratio 20.01:9, 46ppi.
  • Chipset:  Qualcomm SM7435-AB Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 (4nm): Octa-core (4×2.40GHz and 4×1.95GHz). Adreno 710.
  • Memory:  256 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM, 512 GB RAM 12 GB; UFS 2.2.
  • OS/Software:  Android 13, MIUI 14, planned upgrade to Android 14, HyperOS.
  • Rear camera:  Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 25 mm, 0.7 µm, PDAF, OIS; Very wide angle: 8 megapixels, f/2.2, 118 degrees; Macro: 2 megapixels, f/2.4.
  • Front camera:  16 MP, f/2.5, (wide).
  • Videography:  Rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS. Front camera: 1080p@30/60fps.
  • Battery:  5100mAh; 67 watts wired, 100% in 44 minutes (advertised).
  • Connectivity:  5G; two SIM cards; Wi-Fi 5; BT 5.2; NFC; infrared port; 3.5 mm jack
  • Other specifications:  fingerprint reader (under the display, optical); Dual speakers

Looking at the specifications of the Poco X6, the only thing we see as a possible problem is the selfie camera. Xiaomi has a penchant for using old, low-resolution Quad-Bayer sensors for its front-facing cameras, even on its most expensive phones, so we’re pretty sure this is another case of saving money.

Read more: Xiaomi Poco X6 Pro review

Poco X6 Unboxing

The X series is packaged in black boxes with yellow labels. The Poco X6 retail box includes a 67W charger, a USB-A-to-C cable, and a black silicone case.

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The Poco X6 comes with a thin protective layer over its screen, so if you’re worried about scratching the Gorilla Glass Victus, you might decide to keep it. We took it apart because it’s a real stain magnet.

Design, build quality, handling

The Poco X6 has the familiar Poco design – no-nonsense, easy to spot, with a big black spot with the Poco logo around the camera.

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Poco X6 is a symmetrical smartphone with flat panels and flat frame. It has a sheet of Victus Gorilla Glass that keeps the screen safe, a sturdy plastic frame with a matte finish, and a smooth glossy plastic piece on the back.

Poco X6 is available in black, blue, and white colors. Our black and blue versions are mirror-like due to their glossiness and uniform color. They are also great fingerprint magnets. On the other hand, the white color has a marble texture under the first layer of plastic, which makes it more unique and its stains are not so obvious.

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The square black camera housing has become something of a trademark for Poco phones, with the Poco logo inside this black dot outside the camera island.

The Poco X6 has an IP54 rating for protection against dust and splashes. While IPX4 means you can’t submerge this phone in fresh water, it should withstand heavy 360-degree splashes from all sides, something along the lines of heavy rain.

Now let’s take a closer look at the Poco X6.

On the front is a large 6.67-inch CrystalRes Flow AMOLED Dot display, as Xiaomi calls it. It’s a 1220p OLED panel with a small punch hole at the top to make way for the 16MP selfie camera. The screen supports a 120 Hz refresh rate and Dolby Vision streaming.

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The screen has uniform thin bezels on all sides. There’s a small port above the screen for the phone that doubles as a speaker, which is why it has another bezel at the top.

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There’s also an optical fingerprint scanner under the display, and it’s as fast and reliable as it gets these days.

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The triple camera on the back is inside a slightly protruding plastic piece. First is the 64-megapixel OIS main camera and the second is the 2-megapixel macro camera. The second row has an ultra-wide 8-megapixel camera and LED flash.

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The frame is plastic on all sides.

There is nothing on the left.

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The power/lock and volume keys are on the right side.

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The top has a 3.5mm jack, an IR blaster, a microphone and a second output for the top speaker.

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The lower part contains the dual-SIM card tray, the main microphone, the USB-C port, and the second speaker.

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The Poco X6 measures 161.2 x 74.3 x 8.0mm and weighs 181g, which means it’s about 5mm shorter, 2mm thinner, and 8g lighter than the Poco X5, which has a similar screen and a slightly smaller battery. Is. The Poco X6 has smaller display bezels, hence the slightly smaller footprint.

The mostly glossy Poco X6 doesn’t offer the most gripping handling, that’s for sure. However, the frame helps, and most days, we didn’t need it for protection and grip purposes. The X6 was always covered in stains, which is probably why most of its users prefer to lighten the case.

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However, the bare Poco X6 offers adequate grip, feels somewhat lightweight in your hands, and is comfortable to handle on a daily basis. We also appreciated its recognizable design and improved intrusion protection.

Display

The Poco X6 has a 6.67-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1220 x 2712 pixels or 446ppi. It supports 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision HDR 10+, and 1920 PWM dimming. A sheet of Victus Gorilla Glass provides protection.

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According to the official specifications, the screen has a maximum brightness of 1200 nits (ie sunlight mode) and a maximum brightness of 1800 nits.

We’ve completed our screen test and the numbers are in line with Poco’s official specs. When manually controlling the brightness slider, we recorded a maximum brightness of 531 nits.

When using Auto Brightness mode or with Sunlight Boost enabled, the screen can be much brighter – 1,339 nits to be specific.

The minimum white point brightness was only 2.3 nits.

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Color accuracy

Poco X6 display supports wide color space DCI-P3. Display color options offer three different color models – Vivid (default, DCI-P3), Saturated (DCI-P3 with saturation boost), and Standard (sRGB). You can adjust the color temperature for each mode.

There is also a custom section where you can select the color gamut (primary, P3, sRGB) and adjust hues, saturation, hue, contrast and gamma.

The Vivid (default) option reproduces DCI-P3 faithfully, and we found it to be fairly accurate, with the exception of bluish and gray tones, but this can be remedied by choosing a warmer color temperature.

The primary color option conforms to sRGB and provides incredibly accurate rendering, including whites and grays.

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Color options

refresh rate

The display supports up to 120Hz refresh rate and there are two refresh modes – Custom (choose between 120Hz or 60Hz refresh caps) and Default (automatic switching behavior).

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The display must support fixed phases of 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz.

The adaptive refresh rate works as expected – dropping to 60Hz when the screen is showing static content. All streaming apps are also limited to 60Hz for UI and streaming. And of course, HFR-incompatible apps like the camera app and Google Maps always render at 60fps.

The only time we saw the screen use 30Hz was for the always-on display, which can’t be on all the time, but only appears for 10 seconds.

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HDR and streaming

The Poco X6 comes with Widevine L1 DRM support, and Full HD streaming with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support is available on popular platforms, including Netflix.

Battery life

The Poco X6 comes with a 5,100 mAh battery, which is a slight upgrade over the 5,000 mAh battery inside the Poco X5.

In our active use test, the Poco X6 delivered average numbers in all on-screen tests.

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Charging speed

Poco X6 supports 67W fast charging and comes with a 67W Xiaomi charger and cable.

Poco X6 reviewThe charger charges 47% of the Poco X6 battery in 15 minutes and 78% in 30 minutes. Full charge took 48 minutes which is very fast.

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Speakers

The Poco X6 relies on the traditional hybrid stereo speaker setup with a new twist. These two pieces are placed behind special nets on both the top and bottom sides. The top speaker also plays the role of a phone and therefore has another output in the front.

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As usual, the top speaker is quieter than the bottom speaker and focuses more on high frequencies. But since it has two outputs – the Poco X6 offers a balanced sound output. The speakers support Dolby Atmos enhancement and it is turned on by default.

The Poco X6 scored well in our loudness test. Sound quality is very good – vocals are excellent, high frequencies are well represented and there is some subtle bass.

Turning off Dolby Atmos makes little difference – it provides a slightly richer but more balanced output.

Android 13 with MIUI 14

The Poco X6 runs MIUI 14 on top of Android 13. Technically, the skin is named “MUI 14 for Poco”, but there is little difference between the standard MIUI 14 and this one. The only immediate difference is in the default icon style. It seems to be more in line with Android’s circular icons.

Unlike the Poco X6 Pro, which comes with HyperOS, the regular X6 gets it via an update, one of three major updates, and four years of security patches promised by Poco.

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Some of the most notable features of MIUI 14 include native text recognition in the Gallery app, easier management of Xiaomi smart devices via smart devices, enlarged home screen folders, the ability to uninstall most system apps, and super optimization of CPU, GPU, and memory usage.

Home screen, recent apps, and general settings remain unchanged. The app drawer is also enabled by default and cannot be disabled in Poco phones. We like the search bar at the bottom of the page for easier access. There are custom and preset app categories for faster navigation.

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Home screen, recent apps, settings menu, app drawer

The split between Notifications and Control Center is enabled by default, and that’s probably a good thing. We found this to be very convenient and a way to teach users about MIUI’s unique approach to the user interface. And if you’re not a fan, you can always switch back to standard notifications by swiping in a location.

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Control center and notification panel

Unlike the standard apps menu of late, the MIUI menu lists apps vertically (you can switch to the standard horizontal orientation) and offers several useful shortcuts. This is where you can open apps in floating windows. However, you can keep up to two apps open at the same time. If you want a faster shortcut for apps that support open windows, just enable the sidebar.

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Floating windows and sidebar

The sidebar in video player apps like YouTube becomes the video toolbar. It basically includes the entire sidebar functionality, but in addition to options for floating windows, it includes shortcuts for Screenshot, Record screen, Cast, and Play Video with the screen of that works on YouTube and doesn’t require a Premium subscription. But, as we mentioned, you need to whitelist the apps beforehand where you want this feature to be enabled.

Themes have always been a big part of MIUI and they are available in MIUI 14 as well. You can download new ones from the theme store, and they can change wallpapers, ringtones, system icons, and even the always-on display style.

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Themes and other customization options

Of course, in addition to the preset settings, there is also an always-on display setting. Surprisingly, there is no real always-on display functionality, as it can only be displayed for 10 seconds after tapping on the lock screen. Not “always on”.

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The display is always on

The Notification effect lights up the edges of the screen when new notifications come in, but there’s no customization other than a few different colors and a Starlight option. This effect can work with or without AoD. Frustrating.

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Moving towards privacy and security, MIUI comes with a pre-installed system security app. Aside from the extra layer of malware protection it provides, the app keeps many of the app’s settings and privacy features in one place. It can manage your blacklist, manage or limit your data usage, configure battery behavior, and free up some RAM. It can also manage the permissions of your installed apps, define the battery behavior of selected apps, and apply restrictions to specific apps only.

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Security application

All in all, MIUI 14 has changed little in terms of overall user experience compared to the 13th iteration, and that’s not a bad thing. Fast and customizable as always. Xiaomi has also paid special attention to the touch part of this device – we found the motor to be clear, strong, accurate, and responsive. It reacts to many actions throughout the system and during navigation. Even if it is not intrusive or strong enough, there is an intensity of tactile feedback.

Finally, there are some ads, but they can be stopped from within the settings in the app that show the ads and/or recommendations.

Performance and metrics

Poco X6 is the first smartphone by Qualcomm to run on Snapdragon 7s Gen 2, a chipset based on 4nm process technology and a slightly faster version of Snapdragon 6 Gen 1. This platform is as powerful as the 7+ Gen 2 or even the original 7 Gen 1. But it’s an upgrade over the Snapdragon 695 in the Poco X5.

The Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 has an octa-core processor with 4x Cortex-A78 @2.4GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 @1.95GHz. There is no Prime here and the core design is older (2020).

The SD7sG2 uses the Adreno 710 GPU, which was first introduced in the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 SoC. It is listed as supporting FHD+ resolution at 144Hz.

The 6700’s FastConnect connectivity platform is a step back from the 6900 in the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, with a maximum DL speed of just 2.9Gbps, while Bluetooth support is limited to 5.2, which still supports low-energy audio. he does.

ISP Spectra supports a smartphone with a camera of up to 200 megapixels and 4K video recording at 30 frames per second. Memory is LPDRR5 clocked at 3200MHz, while other features include USB-C 3.1 and Quick Charge 4+.

The Poco X6 is available in three LPDDR4X RAM + UFS2.2 storage configurations – 8GB + 256GB, 12GB + 256GB, and 12GB + 512GB (ours).

And now, it’s time to run some benchmarks. Note that GFXBench was disabled on our Poco X6, which is why you won’t see the usual graphs.

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Even with the older CPU cores, the Poco X6 offers a very capable processor, which is evident in the performance tests.

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Poco X6

The GPU is quite adequate for the mid-range and should do well for most games.

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Poco X6

AnTuTu tests put the Poco X6 around the Poco X5 Pro and Realme 11 Pro+. The superiority of the Poco X6 Pro is quite evident in the version 10 test, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be a flagship killer.

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Poco X6

Finally, the stability tests gave us good performance –  79% for CPU stability and 90% for CPU stability. Excellent grades, indeed!

Overall, the Poco X6 5G is well equipped for the affordable mid-range class and offers great performance and stability for its price.

A mid-range triple camera, OIS

The Poco X6 has a familiar triple camera setup on its back – a high-resolution main camera, a primary ultra-wide camera, and a small macro shooter. This year, both X6 models are updated for the first time with OIS, which helps with certain things like low-light photography.

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The Poco X6’s main camera uses a 64MP OmniVision OV64B 1/2-inch sensor with 0.7μm pixels and a Quad-Bayer filter. The sensor is paired with a 25mm optical image stabilization (OIS) lens and f/1.8 aperture.

The ultra-wide camera uses an 8-megapixel Somy IMX355 sensor with a 16mm f/2.2 ultra-wide lens. Focus is fixed at infinity.

The macro camera uses a 2MP OmniVision OV02B1 sensor behind a 25mm f/2.4 lens and fixed focus at 4cm.

Finally, the front-facing camera uses a 16MP OV16A1Q 1/3.06-inch sensor with 1.0μm pixels, a Quad-Bayer filter, and a 24mm f/2.0 lens. Focus is also fixed.

Camera app

The camera app on the Poco X6 is more or less the same as other MIUI phones. The main operation for switching modes works with side swipes, as expected, and you can also tap on the modes you can see to go directly to them. You can add, remove, and reset modes in the main Rolodex by going to the More tab and clicking the Edit button, and you can also access it from the Settings menu.

At the bottom of the viewfinder, you have a flash mode switch, an HDR switch, and the Google Lens switch. There’s also a hamburger menu that includes extra options like aspect ratio, AI option, self-timer, and gridlines, the macro switch is here, plus a settings shortcut.

At the near end, you have the camera’s zoom switch, which operates in one of two modes. The first is as simple as tapping on one of the four dots, which reveal ultra-wide (0.6x), prime (1x), and prime (2x and 4x digital zoom) options. Or you can tap on active zoom to show more zoom modes.

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There is a well-featured professional mode where you can change the shooting parameters yourself. You can choose from 4 white balance presets or dial in the light temperature with a slider. There’s a manual focus slider (with peaking as an option), and shutter speed and ISO control with ranges depending on the camera you’re using – prime or ultra-wide.

Night mode is available on the main and ultra-wide cameras.

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Camera app

Day photo quality

The main camera saves 16MP photos by default, and these photos are still. They provide a good amount of resolved detail, true colors, decent dynamic range, and low noise.

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Main camera

The 2x zoom offers incredible lossless-like magnification with detailed photos that often show more than what you’ll see on default 1x samples. Their contrast is excellent, as is the dynamic range. Noise is low, while colors are vivid but somewhat warmer than they should be.

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2x main camera

4x zoom is more like a digital zoom than 2x photos, and you can easily see that it’s just a simple crop with poor detail.

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4x main camera

64MP photos aren’t good – average in detail and quite noisy.

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Main camera, 64 megapixels

16MP portraits are good – separation is good enough and blur is lovely. There’s some noise and white balance is a mixed bag, but considering the Poco X6 isn’t a high-end phone, the portraits are fine for the class and great for social media.

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Main camera, portrait

The ultra-wide camera saves pleasant 8-megapixel photos – they offer acceptable detail, a great field of view, good colors, and tolerable noise levels. Dynamic range is good – not wide, but not too narrow.

Photos are sometimes overexposed, and that’s the only valid criticism we have here.

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2MP macro photos are good with enough detail and lovely colors. Sometimes they come very loud, sometimes not.

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Macro camera

Xiaomi and its Quad-Bayer selfie cameras are like a never-ending story. And Poco X6 is just another season. The 16-megapixel camera here saves upscaled 16-megapixel images, which are very good in terms of exposure and subject reflections, good colors, and wide dynamic range. But detail is average at best and everything is soft.

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Low-light photo quality

The Poco X6 supports automatic night mode – enabled by default in the advanced camera settings. This means that the camera app decides when and where to use night mode and exposure time. It’s mostly used on the main and ultra-wide camera, even though the moon icon isn’t often shown on the second camera.

Night shots from the main camera are average – detail is less than we expected, noise is visible and colors are harsh, but you can spot red immediately. Still, the photos are well-exposed and have a good dynamic range, which balances out their flaws. Average, actually.

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The main camera, automatic

The shutter offers 2x digital zoom at night. There is no trace of the high-quality zooms we’ve featured throughout the day.

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2x main camera, automatic

The ultra-wide 8MP night shots are good – colorful, with acceptable detail and wide dynamic range for night photography. They are covered in noise but still usable.

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Ultra-wide camera, automatic

And here’s how the main camera fares against the competition in our extensive photo comparison database.

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Poco X6 vs Galaxy A54 and Moto G84 in our photo comparison tool

Filming and quality

Poco X6 supports 4K@30fps video recording in its main camera. The ultra-wide camera maxes out at 1080p@30fps, while the 2MP macro supports 720p@30fps. Finally, 1080p at 60fps is available on the main and selfie cameras.

The always-on electronic stabilization works on the main and ultra-wide cameras, but not on selfies and macros.

Audio is always recorded in stereo at a bit rate of 96 kbps.

Main camera

The main camera’s 4K daylight videos are excellent – ​​with detail, low noise, accurate colors, good dynamic range and high contrast.

Zoomed video is 2x enhanced than normal video.

Low-light 4K video from the main camera is disappointing – there’s little detail, high noise levels, low dynamic range and a reddish tint.

EIS works great on the main camera at all resolutions and frame rates.

Ultra-wide camera

1080p daylight shooting from the ultra-wide camera is good – it offers acceptable detail levels, no noise, good colors, and adequate dynamic range.

Low-light 1080p video from the ultra-wide camera is perfectly usable – there’s enough detail, noise doesn’t get in the way, and colors are true to life.

EIS works well on this camera as well.

Selfie camera

The selfie camera captured good 1080p clips with good detail, low noise, and accurate colors. The dynamic range is above average.

Unfortunately, there is no EIS for this camera.

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Here’s how the Poco X6 compares to other devices in our extensive video comparison database.

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Poco X6 vs Galaxy A54 and Poco X6 Pro in our video comparison tool

Review of Poco X6 phone competitors

The Poco X6 starts at €300, which is an incredibly competitive and even tempting price tag. It offers the best display in the segment, a premium design, and full specs, so there’s a good chance it’ll be an instant pick.

Poco X6 reviewXiaomi’s own Redmi Note 13 Pro is the first competitor that comes to mind, the same phone as the Poco X6 but with a superior 200MP main camera. But for this higher-resolution imager, and arguably a more signature brand, you’ll have to pay around €100 more (expected global price around €380). We would definitely say the Poco X6 makes more sense.

The price of Galaxy A54 is close to Poco X6. It’s a fully waterproof smartphone with better cameras and similar speeds, but it’s a smartphone packed with premium OLED, slower charging, and no charger in the box. Here you have to decide your priorities.

The Moto G84 is a good alternative for a clean Android experience, IP54-like design, a nice OLED display, and more top-notch cameras. It has a longer battery life, an FM radio, and a microSD slot. It is also cheaper.

Finally, you might want to consider the Google Pixel 6a if it’s available in your market. It’s a very affordable flagship phone with an IP67 rating, super fast hardware, and great cameras. It’s a two-year-old compact phone, but it’s worth it. However, you’ll have to settle for a 60Hz display.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 • Samsung Galaxy A54 • Motorola Moto G84 • Google Pixel 6a

Summary

The Poco X6 is a great upgrade over the Poco X5, improving on almost every aspect – design, display, battery and charging, speakers, performance, camera, and even software. And like any other Xiaomi phone, it’s well-built and offers great sound for the money.

We liked the Poco X6 for its IP54-rated design, but the real best is the Dolby Vision OLED display with all sorts of niceties. The 67W fast charging and the new chip are also quite good.

The cameras perform well in bright daylight, but low-light performance is mediocre at best. We expected more

Poco X6 reviewFinally, the Poco X6 should have launched with HyperOS like the Poco X6 Pro, but alas – it comes with Android 13 and MIUI 14. A HyperOS update is just around the corner, but one of those three promised major updates will eat you right after. Buying a phone is a terrible trick.

Overall, the Poco X6 is a solid phone with a competitive price and features. And that’s why it’s recommended despite some not-so-big flaws – it’s just a solid suggestion.

Why should we buy Poco X6?

  • IP54-rated design, Victus Gorilla Glass screen protector
  • Bright AMOLED with Dolby Vision, 120 Hz, can have accurate color.
  • Fast charging, fast charger included.
  • Dolby Atmos speakers with good volume.
  • Good mid-range performance and stability.
  • Reliable cameras for photos and videos in the day.
  • Snappy MIUI 14, four years of updates with 3 main inputs.

Why should we avoid buying Poco X6?

  • Average battery life.
  • The selfie camera produces soft photos and lacks EIS for video recording.
  • HyperOS is not available at launch.

Source: GSMARENA.COM

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How to use an Android phone as a webcam

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With the solutions we provide in this article, you can easily use your mobile as a computer webcam. So how can we use an Android phone as a webcam?

How to use an Android phone as a webcam

Don’t have a webcam and want to record a video for Facebook or YouTube? You may be interested to know that all you need is an Android mobile phone and a suitable application to do this. In this article, we are going to teach how to use the phone as a webcam; So stay with Zoomit until the end of the article.

Table of Contents
  • The reason for using an Android phone as a webcam
  • How to use a smartphone as a webcam
  • Method 1: Using DroidCam
  • Second method: Using IP Webcam
  • Conclusion

The reason for using an Android phone as a webcam

It is possible that you want to communicate with your friends and family and even your company managers through Skype, and for this you will need a webcam. Although many monitors and personal computers have webcams, some of them do not have this feature. Probably the only choice that can be perfect for you is to install the DroidCam app. This Android app can easily turn your mobile into a portable webcam for your laptop .

Needless to say, this method is different from displaying the screen of an Android phone on a Windows computer , and in fact, we will use the camera of the smart device as a webcam.

Read More: Android 15 features: Everything you need to know

How to use a smartphone as a webcam

Before turning your phone into a webcam, you should consider some disadvantages. Certainly, no user wants to view a video file in which the camera is not fixed. It is possible that you have access to tools to fix the location of the phone; Otherwise, it will not be difficult to get a tripod for smartphones

There are two methods to convert an Android phone into a webcam, which we will explain below.

Method 1: Using DroidCam

The DroidCam program is available in two models, free and premium, and you can use the free version as well.

  • First, download the DroidCam program for your computer and mobile and install it on both devices.

How to use a smartphone as a webcam

  • Once set up, you can quickly enter the device’s IP address into the app. Finding the IP address and entering it is not difficult, and you just need to run the program on the phone to access this information.
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  • After running the program on your mobile phone, Wi-Fi information will be displayed. You just need to enter them in the computer to establish a connection.
  • Note: If you want to connect via USB, just connect your mobile phone to the system via a cable.

    How to use a smartphone as a webcam
  • You can also adjust the quality of the video file.
  • After it is ready, you must click on the Start option to display the phone image on the computer.
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    Just like that, your phone turned into a webcam for your computer.

    The free version of DroidCam has many features; But it is not ideal. For example, you can only use the webcam in landscape mode. Also, zoom, resolution, brightness and other controls are limited. If you want more features, you should get DroidCamX, the advanced version of DroidCam. By default, we recommend using these features; Otherwise, the free version can meet your simple needs.

    Second method: Using IP Webcam

    IP Webcam is a very powerful alternative to Droidcam that is available for free on Google Play and it is possible to upgrade to an advanced version. Setting up this tool is similar to the previous one; However, IP Webcam displays the output in a web browser.

    Note that only Firefox and Chrome work for this app; Therefore, users should not go for Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. Next, we will teach you how to use IP Webcam.

    • First, download the IP Webcam application and install it on your mobile phone.
    • Then click on the three dots icon on the right side of the application and select Start Server.

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    • To view the feed, you must copy the address http://[IP ADDRESS]:8080/videofeed in your browser and enter your IP information instead of the IP address field. At the bottom of the screen, the IP of the device can be seen.

    This program offers a variety of resolutions for videos and images. While it supports smart rear cameras, front cameras are still not fully supported. After launching and running, just tap the Actions button on your Android phone to run the app perfectly.

    Tip: If you want to have a simple way to save video files recorded with IP Webcam, you can get a dedicated Dropbox upload plugin from Google Play.

    Conclusion

    If you are looking for a way to use Skype, these methods will not work; Because Skype will not recognize your phone through IP Webcam or Droidcam Wireless Webcam. If making a Skype video call is what you’re looking for, you can just connect from your phone or tablet. Selfie cameras have made a huge impact on the convenience of video communication. By doing this, you will no longer need to install an additional program and you can say that Skype is always on your phone.

    To summarize the above, we can say that the winner of this comparison is DroidCam. The reason for this superiority can be seen in the simple setting and provision of appropriate support services for video communication and sending messages. Although the mentioned features are limited, as long as you are ready to buy an affordable webcam, you can use these methods.

    If you like to learn more about smartphones, you can read the articles ” Install an application on the phone without touching it ” and ” How to remotely access the computer with the phone “.

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Which models are the best Poco phones? In the upcoming article, the best Poco models are introduced in terms of camera, battery, and processing power.

The best Poco phones, buying guide

Xiaomi is one of the most popular smartphone brands in the world, offering a range of unique devices that combine high performance, great design, and affordable prices. The Poco line of phones includes exactly this particular set of Xiaomi phones that, with their unique features, can even compete with many flagship phones from other brands.

In this article, we review some of the best Poco phones available in the market, based on their features, specifications, and purchase value.

The best Poco phones

At the beginning of the launch of Poco phones by Xiaomi, it seemed that the company’s goal was to make phones with a powerful processor but with an economical body and screen so that many users who cannot afford flagship phones could experience the same power in running programs and games. The path that started with the introduction of the Poco phone F1 phone has continued until today with the release of many gaming and normal models.

In the continuation of this article, stay with us by introducing the best Poco Xiaomi phones.

Poco F5 Pro

Xiaomi Poco F5 Pro mobile phone / Xiaomi Poco F5 Pro white

Poco F5 Pro is equipped with the 1st generation Snapdragon 8 Plus processor, one of the fastest mobile chips on the market with 4nm technology, which can easily handle the most demanding processing tasks, including running games with high graphics and video editing. Xiaomi has also planned a maximum of 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space for the mentioned phone to meet the needs of users at any level.

Poco F5 Pro has a 6.67-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz; So whether you’re browsing the web, watching videos, or playing games, it brings you a smooth and smooth viewing experience.

The brightness of the screen of this phone is also very high and can be upgraded up to 1400 nits so that under the sunlight, the content being played can be seen easily.

On the back of the Poco F5 Pro, you’ll find a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The main camera takes good pictures in both daylight and low light and along with the other two cameras, it will keep you satisfied with the price you pay for the phone. In the front part of the device, there is a 16-megapixel selfie camera that can record HDR photos and videos with 1080 resolution.

The latest Poco series phone also performs very well in the battery department, so its 5160 mAh battery can be charged from 0 to 100% in less than 40 minutes with a 67-watt charger in the box. According to Xiaomi, such a capacity can last up to a full day in normal to semi-heavy usage.

Other useful features of the Poco F5 Pro include a fingerprint sensor under the display, stereo speakers, 30-watt wireless charging, and IP53 certification, which keeps the phone resistant to splashing water and dust.

Read More: Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro Review

Poco F5

Xiaomi Poco F5 phone

Perhaps, among all the Poco series phones, the Xiaomi Poco F5 phone is the most worth buying. In the heart of the mid-range Xiaomi phone, the 4 nm Snapdragon 7 Plus 2nd generation chip, along with 8 or 12 GB of RAM, shows a very good performance in multitasking and playing daily games. The storage memory intended for the mentioned phone is only 256 GB with any RAM capacity.

The Poco F5 features a 6.67-inch OLED DotDisplay that delivers an immersive visual experience with vivid colors, sharp details, and a 120Hz refresh rate. This high refresh rate ensures smooth scrolling and animations, making every interaction enjoyable.

Additionally, the screen’s maximum brightness of 1,000 nits makes any content readable under sunlight, which is critical for users who spend a lot of time outdoors.

For photography enthusiasts, the Poco F5 is not a disappointing phone. The rear camera with a triple-lens with a main sensor of 64 megapixels and optical image stabilization (OIS) is a good option for recording images in different light conditions. Plus, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens expands the field of view, allowing you to capture stunning landscapes and group photos. Also, a 2-megapixel macro lens allows you to get closer to the subject and capture images with some detail. The front-facing selfie camera has a 16-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens.

In the battery department, Xiaomi has considered a capacity of 5000 mAh for the Poco F5, which can be charged in less than 40 minutes with the 67-watt charger inside the box, and in normal use, it will be responsible for a full day.  We also examined all the specifications of this phone and measured its purchase value from various angles.

Poco X6 Pro

Front and back panel of Xiaomi Poco X6 Pro mobile phone black / Xiaomi Poco X6 Pro

The Xiaomi Poco X6 Pro phone, which is considered one of the best mid-range phones in the market, is one of the most valuable models in its price range, with a powerful processor, charger, and high-speed screen.

In the mentioned model, Xiaomi has used the MediaTek Dimensity 8300 Ultra processor, which uses 4nm manufacturing technology. Such a powerful processor, along with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, can have a great performance in playing heavy games and multitasking.

The screen used in the Xiaomi phone is an OLED type with a resolution of 1220 x 2712 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which plays high-quality and smooth content in various programs and environments. This display also uses the HDR10 Plus standard with the ability to display 68 billion colors, which is really valuable for a mid-range phone.

The main 64-megapixel camera, along with the ultrawide and macro cameras, the fingerprint sensor under the display, and the 5000 mAh battery with a high-speed 67-watt charger, are other features that increase the value of buying the Poco X6 Pro.

Poco F4

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Xiaomi Poco F4 is one of the popular Poco phones that has a 6.67-inch OLED screen with Full HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Gorilla Glass 5. This display has a punch hole for a 20-megapixel selfie camera in its upper part and supports a fingerprint scanner on the side edge of the phone.

The Poco F4 phone uses the Snapdragon 870 5G chip, which is an octa-core processor with a clock speed of 3.2 GHz and an Adreno 650 graphics processor, and is considered a great option for playing heavy games or running several software at the same time. This processor is the same processor used in the previous generation phone, Poco F3.

Poco F4 uses 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. This phone was launched with MIUI 14.2, which is based on Android 12, although the user interface of Poco phones is somewhat different from other Xiaomi phones and in some cases, it is close to pure Android.

This flagship phone has a triple camera on the back panel, which includes a 64-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 119-degree field of view, and a 2-megapixel macro camera with f/2.4 aperture. The rear cameras support HDR and panorama photography and 4K video recording at 30 or 60 frames per second.

The selfie camera, which is placed above the screen, is a 20-megapixel camera with full HD video recording capability, but the specification on paper is not very accurate. According to the tests, the front camera of this phone is able to record good photos in different lighting situations, and maybe the use of high megapixels in some phones is just a way to market that product.

Poco F4 has a 4500mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging via USB Type-C port. According to the company, Poco F4 can be fully charged in 38 minutes. The phone also has stereo speakers, NFC, an infrared port, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, and two SIM card slots.

Poco M6 Pro

Front and back panel of Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro mobile phone black / Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro

The Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro phone, which uses the new design language of Xiaomi phones and powerful hardware, is a suitable and affordable option for Poco series enthusiasts.

Weighing around 180 grams, the Poco M6 Pro features a 6.67-inch OLED display with FHD resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, protected by Gorilla Glass 5 for impact resistance.

The Mediatek Helio G99 Ultra chip with 8 processing cores is located in the Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro, which performs well in processing heavy programs and games. In this article, we offer you a model with 256 GB of storage memory and 8 GB of RAM, which costs about 10 million Tomans, but if you increase your budget by about 2 million Tomans, you can also buy the 12 GB RAM version of this phone.

Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro has a fingerprint sensor under the display, a 64-megapixel main camera, and a 5000 mAh battery with a charging speed of 67 watts, which can charge the phone from zero to hundred in less than 40 minutes. These features make the mentioned phone more valuable than some more expensive phones.

Poco M5s

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Among the affordable phones, the Xiaomi Poco M5s is one of the best budget phones on the market and suitable for users who don’t want to spend a lot of money to buy a phone, but in return, they get relatively good features.

POCO M5s has a 6.43-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, which looks great for watching videos and playing games. Perhaps, in the price range of the mentioned phone, there are fewer models that pay such attention to the clarity and type of the display panel!

POCO M5s has a quad camera setup on the back panel that includes a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

The main camera takes good photos in various lighting conditions and also supports 4K video recording at 30 fps. Xiaomi has also considered a 13-megapixel sensor for the selfie camera of its budget phone.

Poco M5s is equipped with an octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 processor. The frequency of the processor is 2.05 GHz, which is a good performance for the price of the phone.

The mentioned phone has a RAM capacity of 64, 128, and 256 GB along with 4, 6, or 8 GB of storage memory, which makes the phone work properly in various programs and games, but you should not expect to play heavy games with high frame rates.

A 5000 mAh battery with a high charging speed of 33 watts, a stereo speaker, a fingerprint sensor, and a suitable weight of 179 grams are other features that increase the value of purchasing the Xiaomi Poco M5s budget phone.

Poco C40

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The Xiaomi Poco C40 phone is currently the cheapest Poco series phone, and due to its price and features, it can be a good option for a second phone or users who do not expect much from their mobile phone.

The Poco C40 has a relatively modern design with a large 6.71-inch HD+ screen that offers a good visual experience for watching movies, playing games, and browsing the web. The screen of this phone is protected by a Gorilla Glass coating, which helps prevent scratches or breaks, something that may not be seen in phones of the same price!

Poco C40 uses an octa-core JLQ JR510 processor along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space, which can be expanded up to 256 GB with a microSD card slot.

The valuable factor that makes buying a cheap Xiaomi phone even more affordable than before is its 6000 mAh battery, which, due to the low consumption of the processor, you may not need to connect it to the charger for up to two days in normal use.

Poco C40 has a dual camera system on the back, consisting of a 13-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, which captures relatively good photos with the artificial intelligence used in the Xiaomi operating system.

The selfie camera is also placed in the form of a drop above the screen, which uses a 5-megapixel sensor.

In this article, we tried to introduce the best Poco Xiaomi phones in the Iranian market so that you can get to know more about their features; But if you are looking to buy other phones from this Chinese company, you can visit the best Xiaomi phone buying guide.

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