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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
Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 356, 1/50s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera portrait samples - f/1.8, ISO 533, 1/100s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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
Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera with 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 107, 1/1174s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera with 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 110, 1/951s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5 MP main camera with 2x zoom - f/1.8, ISO 108, 1/826s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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.

Poco C65: 2MP macro camera samples - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 2MP macro camera samples - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 2MP macro camera samples - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
Poco C65: 2MP macro camera samples - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 2MP macro camera samples - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 2MP macro camera samples - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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
Poco C65: 8 MP selfie camera samples - f/2.0, ISO 55, 1/1656s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 8 MP selfie camera samples - f/2.0, ISO 55, 1/587s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 8MP selfie camera samples - f/2.0, ISO 56, 1/2841s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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.

Poco C65: 8 MP selfie camera portrait samples - f/2.0, ISO 55, 1/256s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 8MP selfie camera portrait samples - f/2.0, ISO 55, 1/364s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 8 MP selfie camera portrait samples - f/2.0, ISO 55, 1/510s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
Poco C65: 8 MP selfie camera portrait samples - f/2.0, ISO 56, 1/1585s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 8 MP selfie camera portrait samples - f/2.0, ISO 55, 1/510s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 8MP selfie camera portrait samples - f/2.0, ISO 56, 1/2257s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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
Poco C65: 12.5MP Low Light Main Camera Samples - f/1.8, ISO 4750, 1/20s - Xiaomi Poco C65 Review Poco C65: 12.5MP Low Light Main Camera Samples - f/1.8, ISO 6237, 1/17s - Xiaomi Poco C65 Review
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.

Poco C65: 12.5 MP main camera Night mode samples - f/1.8, ISO 7093, 1/8s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5 MP main camera Night mode samples - f/1.8, ISO 6350, 1/14s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
Poco C65: 12.5 MP main camera Night mode samples - f/1.8, ISO 3953, 1/17s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5 MP main camera Night mode samples - f/1.8, ISO 4804, 1/17s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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.

Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera 2x low-light sample - f/1.8, ISO 13193, 1/14s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera 2x low light sample - f/1.8, ISO 5480, 1/20s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera 2x low-light sample - f/1.8, ISO 4750, 1/20s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera 2x low-light sample - f/1.8, ISO 6237, 1/17s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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.

Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera 2x night mode sample - f/1.8, ISO 7093, 1/8s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera 2x night mode sample - f/1.8, ISO 5226, 1/17s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera 2x night mode sample - f/1.8, ISO 3953, 1/17s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review Poco C65: 12.5MP main camera 2x night mode sample - f/1.8, ISO 4804, 1/17s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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.

Poco C65: 8MP Low Light Selfie Camera Samples - f/2.0, ISO 2385, 1/20s - Xiaomi Poco C65 Review Poco C65: 8 MP selfie camera samples in low light - f/2.0, ISO 2773, 1/20s - Xiaomi Poco C65 review
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.

Source: GSMARENA.COM

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Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop review

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With the Zephyrus G14 2024, Asus has taken big steps in the right direction and turned its popular 14-inch laptop into a worthy opponent for the MacBook Pro 14.

Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop review

The Zephyrus G14 is a very important laptop; because it was the beginning of a new trend; Four years have passed since the introduction of the first generation G14, at that time there was no foreign 14-inch gaming laptop; But now, thanks to Asus, other companies such as Razer, MSI and HP have entered the field of 14-inch gaming laptops.

Table of Contents
  • Zephyrus G14 2024 video review
  • Compact, well-made, and premium design
  • Stunning OLED display and powerful speakers
  • Standard keyboard and a large trackpad that is not haptic!
  • Powerful hardware with optimal performance
  • The difference in laptop performance profiles
  • Laptop behavior in heavy and continuous processing
  • The difference in laptop performance when connected and disconnected from the power outlet
  • Laptop performance compared to competitors
  • Laptop performance in professional use
  • Laptop performance in Blender software
  • Laptop performance in the game
  • Optimal battery life in normal use
  • Zephyrus G14 2024 against the competition

Now we have the lovely G14 laptop model 2024; A device that, with its powerful hardware, stunning OLED display, minimal design, and high-quality metal body, competes with MacBooks and attracts attention.

To buy the 14-inch Zephyrus G14 laptop or other specific laptops, you can visit the Afrashop online store.

Compact, well-made, and premium design

The main and most impressive change in the 2024 model of the G14 laptop compared to previous generations is a 180-degree change in the strategy of Asus designers; I don’t recall Asus ever turning to machining to design and build its gaming laptops and carving the body out of a single block of aluminum; We have always seen Asus laptops at their best with a body made of aluminum sheets or magnesium alloy.

The lighting behind the Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

Thanks to the change in the manufacturing process of the laptop, has a noticeable effect on the attractiveness and premium feeling of the Zephyrus G14; Asus, in describing its gaming laptop, calls it “a perfect combination of performance and style” and this Taiwanese company is really right!

The body of Zephyrus G14 is much denser than the previous generation and gives a good sense of quality; We don’t hear a “creaking” sound from anywhere on the laptop, the screen frame doesn’t sway, and the surface of the device doesn’t sink when pressing the keys. Of course, with all these improvements, Zephyrus is still not at the level of premium products such as MacBook and Surface; Although it is very close to them.

The thickness of the Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

The dimensions of the G14 2024 body are noticeably more compact than the previous generation; Last year, the thickness of the laptop reached more than 2 cm; But now it does not exceed about 1.6 cm and of course, the weight of the device has become lighter by about 200 grams; More precisely, the dimensions of the body are 1.59-1.63 x 22.0 x 31.1 cm and its weight is about 1.5 kg.

In the slim body of Zephyrus G14, there are various ports; On the left side of the device, you can see Asus’ dedicated charging port, HDMI 2.1 port, a USB4 Type-C port with DisplayPort 2.0 support and 100W power delivery, a full-size USB 3.2 port, and a headphone combo jack; The right side of the laptop hosts a USB 3.2 Type-C port, another full-size USB 3.2 port, and a high-speed microSD port; eCash was a full-size SD memory card slot, so it was more useful for photographers and videographers.

Ports on the left side of the Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop
The ports on the right side of the Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

The 14-inch G14 2024 laptop uses MediaTek’s MT7922 network card, which supports Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and shows stable and satisfactory performance; But if you want, you can easily replace the network card.

In addition to the more compact body, G14 2024 has a much more minimal and simple design; Asus designers have said goodbye to the array of LED lights, or Animematrix, which occupied half of the back of the device in previous models, and instead, they have used a diagonal and narrow strip of LED lights that are placed on the diameter of the laptop, giving it a different and unique look. They gave a laptop. With the help of Asus Armory Crate software, you can customize the lighting effect of these lights or disable them completely.

Working with Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

All in all, the G14’s appearance has now been changed in such a way that it can be taken to meetings as a work laptop, and still maintain a gaming spirit! The Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop can be purchased in white or gray. We have the gray color for review, which looks very attractive and stylish; But soon it gets fingerprints, grease, and stains; So if you are obsessive and sensitive, you should always have a microfiber cloth with you to clean the laptop.

Traces of grease and stains on Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

If you think that the G14’s charms are limited to its exterior, I must say that you would be very wrong; The main surprise happens when you open the laptop door and face its screen; Of course, I must say that the hinge of the laptop is very strong and gives the user a sense of confidence; While it opens with one hand.

Stunning OLED display and powerful speakers

The Zephyrus G14 screen can be described in one word as “stunning”; The 14-inch OLED panel of the laptop with a high aspect ratio of 16:10 and its narrow borders give the laptop a very modern look. On the other hand, like expensive and premium laptops, instead of plastic borders, the integrated glass cover covers the entire display surface; However, this glossy coating reduces the readability of the display in bright environments.

Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop display

Zephyrus G14’s OLED panel with a resolution of 1800 x 2880 pixels and a very good density of 243 pixels provides a clear and sharp image; So that at normal distances from the laptop, the pixels cannot be separated. Asus declares the response time of the panel to be an extremely fast number of 0.2 milliseconds, which is a dream for competitive gamers; But the most impressive feature of the display is its refresh rate.

Zephyrus G14 is the world’s first laptop with an OLED panel that supports variable refresh rate to prevent image tearing while playing games and is compatible with Nvidia’s G-SYNC technology; This feature is one of the most impressive achievements of Asus; I will explain further.

Watching movies with Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

Unlike LCD panels, whose brightness is independent of the image refresh rate, the brightness of OLED panels is provided by the pixels themselves, and this brightness depends on both the intensity of the light produced by the pixels and the image refresh rate; For this reason, if the refresh rate of the image decreases, so-called, the rate of turning on and off pixels also decreases, and as a result, the brightness of the panel decreases.

In order to solve the limitations of the OLED panel, Asus has considered the on-and-off rate of the exposure layer of the pixels to be higher than the refresh rate of the image; This means that when the image is updated at a rate of 120 Hz, the exposure layer is turned on and off with a frequency of 4 times, that is, 480 Hz; So when you are immersed in the game and suddenly the frame rate drops from 100 to 80 fps, the brightness of the image does not drop.

Zephyrus G14 2024 screen performance against other laptops

Laptop/test

White image

Black image

contrast ratio

AdobeRGB

sRGB

DCI-P3

Maximum brightness

Minimum brightness

Average brightness

Native

cover

Average error

cover

Average error

cover

Average error

Zephyrus G14 2024

472 intentions

(730 nits HDR)

0 intentions

95 percent

148 percent

0.8

100 percent

1.4

Zephyrus G14 2023

335 intentions

17 intention

3.28 intentions

102

90 percent

125 percent

100 percent

3.3

MacBook Air 2024

443 intentions

0.00 nits

0.67 nits

661

87.9

100

2.4

98.4

1.9

Zenbook 14

512 intention

(788 nits HDR)

0.27 nits

0 intentions

89.6

2.6

100

0.6

99.7

1.3

Galaxy Book 3 Ultra

441 intentions

4 intentions

0 intentions

97.3

3.7

99.6

1.9

99.8

2.3

MacBook Pro M1 Max

455 intentions

(1497 nits HDR)

0 intentions

0 intentions

85

121.6

97.3

2.5

The OLED panel of the Zephyrus G14 produces eye-catching and very attractive colors, this panel can cover the very wide AdobeRGB color space by about 95%, the DCI P3 wide color space completely, and the conventional sRGB color space by about 148% with an extremely small error of 0.8 to give The precision and extraordinary coverage of the panel make the G14 laptop an excellent choice for graphic designers.

The G14 laptop achieves an excellent brightness of 730 nits while playing HDR videos and when a small part of the image is lit; Of course, be careful that to enjoy HDR content, you must connect the laptop to electricity. Asus says the laptop’s display supports HDR video with the Dolby Vision standard and has received VESA DisplayHDR and Pantone certifications for HDR support and accurate color reproduction, respectively.

Windows lock screen on Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

The Asus gaming laptop achieves a brightness of 472 nits during normal content display (SDR) in Zoomit reviews, which is reasonable brightness and provides a pleasant visual experience along with the ultra-high contrast and deep blacks of the OLED panel; However, the glossiness of the panel cover makes it a little difficult to work with the laptop in bright environments.

Asus has complemented the G14’s exceptional visual experience with a superb audio experience; The G14’s speakers are the closest to Apple’s MacBooks of all the Windows laptops I’ve reviewed so far; If you are familiar with the sound of MacBooks, you know know what a great advantage the G14 has over other Windows.

Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop speakers
Speaker vent under Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

Zefiros G14 uses 6 speakers including two dual woofers; The woofers are placed in pairs on the sides of the laptop in opposite directions (up and down) to prevent the laptop body from vibrating. Asus says the woofers have been enlarged by 125% to produce clearer sound and more punchy bass, while the output volume has also increased by 3.5 times; In reality, the audio experience of the laptop is very pleasing to the ears with little noise and poor sound resolution.

Standard keyboard and a large trackpad that is not haptic!

The 14-inch Asus laptop also has a very efficient keyboard, the depth of movement of the G14 island keys reaches a very good number of 1.7 mm, the size of the keys has increased by 12.24% compared to the previous generation, and their feedback is satisfactory. The keys have a standard arrangement and distance from each other; So that after a short time, you get used to typing with the device. Asus estimates the useful life of the keys up to 20 million times.

Typing with Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

Perhaps one of my complaints about the design of the keyboard is its 6-sided power button, which does not have any visual harmony with the rest of the laptop. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the button is made of glass. Because there is no fingerprint sensor in G14; But fortunately, you can rely on facial recognition with Windows Hello for authentication.

Windows Hello with Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

The webcam of the device also provides the possibility of video calling with 1080p resolution, which is not at the level of Microsoft Surfaces; Instead, thanks to the neural processing unit at the heart of the processor, Windows Effects Studio can be used for tasks such as subject tracking and automatic frame adjustment, maintaining eye contact and blurring the background in video calls.

Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop trackpad

The G14 trackpad is very wide and is located in the middle of the laptop so as not to trigger OCD users; ASUS designers have used a 3:2 aspect ratio for the trackpad to match the aspect ratio of the display. The clicks have very good feedback the finger slides easily on the glass surface of the trackpad and its movement is tracked with great accuracy; But I expect a 100 million Toman laptop to use a haptic trackpad instead of mechanical buttons for the click mechanism, just like MacBooks; I hope we will see such a change in the next generation.

Powerful hardware with optimal performance

What we have said about the body and accessories of the laptop is enough; Let’s talk about the most important aspect of gaming laptops; What power does Zephyrus G14 have and how does it appear in playing games?

This year, Asus keeps the powerful RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 graphics exclusive to the larger G16 laptop and offers the 14-inch G14 laptop with 4060 and 4070 graphics; Although it is apparently available in the Iranian market with 4050 graphics. By limiting the G14 to less powerful graphics and injecting 90 watts into the GPU, Asus engineers have managed to make the laptop slimmer. We have the 4070 model for review, which is currently sold in the market at the price of 115 to 120 million Tomans.

Running the game with Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

All three configurations (config in market terms) of Zephyrus G14 are powered by AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS processor; The processor, which is one of AMD’s powerful laptop models from the Ryzen 8000 family with Zen 4 architecture, is produced with improved 5nm class lithography (4nm according to the manufacturer) and works with a TDP equivalent to 45W by default. This processor uses 8 cores with a base frequency of 4 and a turbo frequency of 5.2 GHz and has the ability to simultaneously process 16 instruction threads.

AMD calls its laptop processor an APU (accelerated processing unit); Because in its heart, in addition to the CPU, the Radeon 780M integrated graphics uses 12 graphics cores with RDNA3 architecture and a working frequency of 2.8 GHz, and offers performance at the level of Nvidia’s GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics. Next to the graphics, the name of the AMD neural processing unit is also visible, which can perform 16 trillion operations per second.

Zephyrus G14 2024 storage performance

Laptop/Performance

SSD volume

Sequential reading rate

Sequential write rate

Zephyrus G14 2024

One TB SSD

4997 megabytes

3431 MB

Zephyrus G14 2022

One TB SSD

3617 MB

2832 MB

HP Specter x360 16

One TB SSD

6389 megabytes

4908 MB

Zephyrus M16 2022

One TB SSD

6631 megabytes

5015 MB

The Ryzen 8945HS processor supports dual-channel RAM DDR5-5600 and LPDDR5x-7500 with a capacity of up to 256 GB, But the Taiwanese sell the G14 2024 laptop with 16 or 32 GB LPDDR5x-6400 RAM; A piece that pays the price of the laptop becoming thinner and unlike the previous generation, it is now onboard and cannot be upgraded.

Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop SSD performance

Asus uses a high-speed PCIe 4.0 1TB SSD in all versions of the Zephyrus G14, which achieved read and write speeds of around 5GB and 3.5GB/s in our tests. Zephyrus G14 SSD is not among the fastest, But it fully meets the user’s needs and most importantly, it can be upgraded.

The difference in laptop performance profiles

Before talking about the performance of the device, let’s clarify a little about Asus performance profiles; Because probably most of the users do not know about the existence of these profiles and their effect on the overall performance of the laptop.

For its gaming laptops, Asus has a software called Armory Crate, which can be used to control various parts of the device, from the color profiles of the display to the lighting, and of course the performance profile of the graphics and CPU. In this software, you can change the behavior of the graphics, and adjust the amount of power injected to the graphics and CPU and the speed of the fans.

Working with Armory Crate software on Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

As for the graphics behavior, we have four modes:

  • Optimized mode: Asus recommends it; With this mode, if the laptop is disconnected from the power supply, the Nvidia graphics will be disabled, and when connected to the power supply, the device will go to the Nvidia graphics only in heavy usage such as playing games.
  • Eco Mode: As the name suggests, it completely shuts down the Nvidia graphics under all conditions.
  • Standard mode: It is Microsoft’s protocol (MSHybrid) and Windows decides when to go for Nvidia graphics or integrated graphics. Although Asus recommends the Optimized mode, But the laptop defaults to Standard mode.
  • Ultimate Mode: The integrated graphics is completely removed from the circuit and the screen is connected directly to the Nvidia graphics. This mode has the highest battery consumption, But it may slightly improve the frame rate in some games.

The settings related to the performance profiles of the cooling fans and the power consumption of the processor and graphics of the laptop are as follows:

  • Manual profile: the user can change the parameters related to power consumption and fans at will.
  • Turbo profile: injects the maximum amount of power to the graphics and processor and is only available when connected to the power supply; In this profile, the laptop is literally noisy and the fans are running most of the time. In the following, you can see that there is not much improvement in the performance of the laptop.
  • Performance profile: This is the default profile of the laptop, the sound of the fans is not annoying and the performance of the device is almost equal to the Turbo profile.
  • Silent profile: limits the power consumption of the device to reduce the production heat and use less fans. In this CPU performance profile, at least in daily use, it does not suffer much; But the graphics performance experiences a 50-60% drop when connected to electricity.
  • Windows profile: the power consumption and heat management of the device is entrusted to Windows itself; Surprisingly, even when using other profiles, when unplugging the laptop, the Windows battery setting changes from Best Performance to Balanced, which negatively affects the performance of the device.

Practically, with Armory Crate software, you can set 20 different modes for laptop performance; But in general, it must be said that the existence of so many profiles and colorful performance modes has no result other than confusing the user; A user who is probably not aware of the existence of a software like Armory Crate and its purpose, and of course he should not be aware, he should not think about the performance profile and power consumption, he should always get the right combination of performance and good charging from the laptop with the least challenge. .

G14 2024 performance in different performance profiles

profile/parameter

CPU power consumption

CineBench 2024

GPU power consumption

3DMark TimeSpy

Turbo

75 watt turbo

60 watts stable

914 (multi-core)

70 to 80 watts

10172

Performance

65-watt turbo

45W stable

918 (multi-core)

60 watts

9572

Silent

65-watt turbo

35 watts stable

862 (multi-core)

57-watt turbo

33 watts stable

5582

In the table above, you can see the result of selecting a number of Asus performance profiles along with the scores obtained in the benchmarks with these profiles. Based on the obtained numbers, it is clear that the Turbo profile does not make a significant improvement in the performance of the device, despite the high noise, noticeable increase in power consumption, and the heat it produces.

Laptop behavior in heavy and continuous processing

Due to the inefficiency of the Turbo profile and the drastic drop in graphics performance in the Silent profile, we will put the Performance profile under the microscope. In the first step, it is better to check the behavior of the laptop when connected to the electrical outlet (Plugged) and separated from the electrical outlet (Unplugged).

When the Ryzen 9 8945HS processor in the Dell G14 2024 laptop is under pressure with the CineBench 2024 rendering benchmark, the device with the Performance profile, in both Plugged and Unplugged states, works more or less with the same strategy of the processor; But as you can see below, apparently this strategy is only limited to the CineBench benchmark; Because in other software, we see a noticeable drop in performance.

Power consumption of Ryzen 9 8945HS processor in Asus G14 2024 laptopCPU power consumption
 
Ryzen 9 8945HS processor clock in Asus G14 2024 laptop
CPU clock
Ryzen 9 8945HS processor temperature in Asus G14 2024 laptop
The temperature of the hottest processor core

The G14 2024 laptop injects about 65 watts of power into the processor in the initial moments, then it works with about 55 watts of power from the processor for a few minutes until it finally stabilizes at about 45 watts. The frequency reaches 4.7 GHz at best and finally stabilizes at 4.3-4.4 GHz; While the temperature first increases to 87-88 degrees Celsius, then it fluctuates in the range of 80 degrees Celsius.

Contrary to what we saw about the processor, there is a huge difference between the graphics performance in the Plugged and Unplugged state. When the G14 2024 laptop is subjected to a heavy processing load in the Performance profile for 20 minutes with the heavy graphics benchmark 3DMark TimeSpy, in the plugged state, the power consumption fluctuates in the range of 60 watts, and in the unplugged state, the power consumption remains in the range of 42-43 watts; Therefore, there is a 30% drop in power consumption.

Power consumption of RTX 4070 graphics in Asus G14 2024 laptopGraphics power consumption
RTX 4070 graphics clock in Asus G14 2024 laptop
Graphic clock
RTX 4070 graphics temperature in Asus G14 2024 laptop
The temperature of the hottest point of the graphic

In the performance stability test, the RTX 4070 graphics frequency works with a frequency of about 1600 MHz in Plugged mode and about 1400 MHz in Unplugged mode, and the temperature of its hottest point reaches 92-93 and 80 degrees Celsius in these two modes. As you can see, in graphics processing, the device gets hotter than CPU-based processing.

The difference in laptop performance when connected and disconnected from the power outlet

One of the main points about the laptop, which often remains hidden from the eyes of the buyer, is the difference in its performance when connected and disconnected from the power outlet (Plugged and Unplugged); Can a laptop provide the same performance in battery-powered mode as in plugged-in mode? The answer to this question for Windows laptops was a resounding “no” until the release of devices equipped with Snapdragon X processors and a handful of Intel and AMD processors. Can the G14 2024 surprise you?

G14 2024 operation in plugged and unplugged mode

profile/parameter

GeekBench 6.3

Speedometer 2.1

Python code

Premiere Pro

Photoshop

Forza Horizon 5 – QHD

Performance

Plugged

2568

12946

322

40.8 seconds

8253

7350

70 frames per second

Performance

Unplugged

2325

8787

201

45 seconds

6637

6199

30 frames per second

The G14 2024 laptop in the stress test and performance stability that we did with the CineBench 2024 benchmark, practically provided the same performance in the Plugged and Unplugged state; But as you can see in the table above, we did not get the same result for other software and benchmarks. Unfortunately, the G14 appears between 10 and 60% weaker in Unplugged mode and when browsing the web, running Python code, working with Photoshop and Premiere Pro, or even playing Forza Horizon 5.

Laptop performance compared to competitors

Now let us measure the performance of Zephyrus G14 2024 in comparison with its competitors and its previous generation. Please note that in the continuation of the review, we obtained the benchmarks in the condition that the laptop was connected to the power outlet and used the Performance profile.

Note that in order to get a correct idea of ​​G14 2024’s performance, some benchmarks have tried to reflect the results of MacBook Pro M3 Pro and Zephyrus G16 Core Ultra 9 185H from reliable foreign media; Because these two laptops with a price tag of 100 to 120 million tomans are the main competitors of G14 2024.

Zephyrus G14 2024 performance against competitors (plugged in)

Laptop/benchmark

Technical Specifications

Web browsing

Performance in graphics

CPU performance in rendering

CPU computing power

GPU computing power

3 Dark

CineBench R23

GeekBench 6

GeekBench 6

Speedometer 2.1

TimeSpy

Single

Multi

Single

Multi

OpenCL

Metal/Vulkan

DirectX 12

Zephyrus G14 2024

Ryzen 9 8945HS

RTX 4070

322

9572

1759

16088

2568

12946

112783

103313

Zephyrus G14 2022

Ryzen 9 6900HS

RX 6800S

235

9075

1536

14218

2021

9435

72595

80580

* MacBook Pro 14

M3 Pro

14 Core GPU

677

1889

13289

3125

13755

41736

68417

* Zephyrus G16 2024

Core Ultra 9 185H

RTX 4070

10989

1803

17452

2556

14460

114126

MacBook Air 2024

M3

8 Core GPU

680

1897

9872

3143

2008

25845

41671

Zenbook 14

Core Ultra 7 155H

Intel Arc GPU

396

3453

1637

13367

2290

12256

34889

38268

MacBook Pro 14 inch 2021

M1 Max

24Core GPU

300

1549

12508

2378

12239

65432

101045

Zephyrus G14 2024 experiences significant improvement in benchmarks compared to the 2022 model; But since Ryzen 9 7945HS and Ryzen 9 8945HS do not have any noticeable difference apart from the neural processing engine, you will probably not experience a significant improvement compared to the 2023 model.

We haven’t reviewed the MacBook Pro M3 Pro and the Zephyrus G16 2024, the G14’s main competitors on Zoomit; But to some extent, I must say that MacBook Pro outperforms G14 in single-core processing with a 20% difference and G16 in multi-core processing with a 10-15% difference. Another notable issue is the G14’s stark performance gap with the MacBook in web browsing.

If we use computing power as the benchmark to compare graphics performance, the RTX 4070 GPUs in the G14 and G16 laptops offer more or less the same performance; But the MacBook Pro loses to the G14 2024 by a huge margin of 60%.

Laptop performance in professional use

In order to measure the performance of the Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop in professional use as well, we went to Photoshop software, Premiere Pro, running code written in Python and Blender software.

Laptop performance in Photoshop

In the Photoshop software test, which includes tasks such as opening the RAW file, changing the size of photos, correcting the lens, and reducing noise, the G14 2024 laptop remains behind its competitors G16 2024 and MacBook Pro M3 Pro with a difference of 10 and 25%, respectively.

G14 2024 laptop performance in Photoshop

Note that the above result was obtained when the laptop is connected to the power outlet; If we disconnect the G14 from the power supply, we reach a score of 6199; While the MacBook Pro offers the same performance when unplugged; Therefore, unplugged mode, the performance gap between the two laptops increases from 25% to about 40%.

Laptop performance in Premier Pro

In the Premier Pro test, tasks such as outputting 8-bit and 50 Mbps 4K videos with HEVC and H.264 codecs, processing ProRes UHD videos with and without proxy, and implementing graphic effects are examined. In this test, the G14 laptop was able to beat the MacBook Pro M3 Pro by 35%; But it remained with a 10% difference from G16.

Performance of the G14 2024 laptop running Premier Pro

If we disconnect the G14 2024 from the power outlet, its score in the Premier Pro test drops by 20% to 6637, which is still higher than the MacBook Pro M3 Pro by about 10%.

Laptop performance in Python code execution

In the Mandelbrot series benchmark, which is written in Python to find the points of a fractal on a mixed screen, the G14 2024 performed brilliantly thanks to its powerful processor that when using Windows PowerShell, the calculation of fractal points was completed 10% faster than the MacBook Air M3 and 32% faster than the powerful and expensive GalaxyBook 3 Ultra laptop.

G14 2024 laptop performance in Python code execution

Windows provides the possibility of using the Linux terminal thanks to its Linux subsystem called WSL. If we use WSL to run the benchmark, the G14’s performance gap with the MacBook Air and GalaxyBook 3 Ultra increases to 36 and 65 percent, respectively.

Laptop performance in Blender software

Blender 3D modeling software can render with the help of CPU and GPU; To evaluate the performance of the G14 laptop, we ran the Blender software benchmark both on CPU and GPU.

Asus G14 2024 laptop performance in Blender software with processor

As you can see in the chart above, the Ryzen 9 8945HS processor in the Dell G14 laptop is slightly weaker than the 11-core M3 Pro processor in the 14-inch MacBook Pro laptop.

Asus G14 2024 laptop performance in Blender software with graphics

Nvidia’s powerful graphics show its extraordinary processing power well in the graphics rendering test in Blender software. In this test, the G14 2024 laptop outperforms the MacBook Pro M3 Pro by a margin of 175% and is ahead of the GalaxyBook 3 Ultra laptop by a margin of 60%.

Laptop performance in the game

The Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop runs most games easily and with a frame rate of more than 70 frames per second in 1080p resolution. The laptop provides good performance in optimal games such as Forza Horizon 5 even in QHD resolution; But to experience other heavy games in QHD resolution, you should use technologies such as DLSS and Frame Generation.

Zephyrus G14 2024 performance in games

Game/Performance

Clarity

Graphics settings

Average frame rate

Cyberpunk 2077

1440p

RT On – Ultra

DLSS On-Quality

Frame Generation On

43 frames per second

1440p

RT Off

DLSS Off

Texture Quality: High

38 frames per second

1080p

RT On – Ultra

DLSS On-Quality

Frame Generation On

75 frames per second

Forza Horizon 5

1440p

Extreme

70 frames per second

FarCry 6

1440p

Ultra quality

63 frames per second

Red Dead Redemption 2

1440p

Ultra quality

51 frames per second

1080p

Ultra quality

68 frames per second

Returnal

1080p

Epic

91 frames per second

Note that all the above results were obtained when the laptop was plugged in; If you want to play in unplugged mode, to have a satisfactory experience, you need to reduce the graphics settings to medium, otherwise, the frame rate will drop a lot; For example, in the case of Forza Horizon 5, the frame rate dropped from 70 to 30 fps.

Optimal battery life in normal use

The Zephyrus G14 laptop provides the energy it needs through a rather bulky 73-watt-hour battery; Along with the laptop, the Taiwanese provide the user with a 180-watt adapter that can charge 50% of the battery capacity within 30 minutes; Asus also provides a compact 100W USB-C charger with the device, which makes it easier to carry the laptop, while you can also use it to charge your smartphone.

Read more: Asus Zenbook 14 OLED laptop review

Zephyrus G14 2024 battery life compared to other laptops

Laptop/Test

Functional profile

hardware

Display

Battery capacity

Play offline video

Everyday use

Processor and graphics

Dimensions, resolution, and refresh rate

watt-hours

720p Video

PCMark 10

minute: hour

minute: hour

Zephyrus G14 2024

Performance

Ryzen 9 8945HS

RTX 4070

14 inches and 120 Hz

1800 x 2880 pixels

73

7:47

6:20

Zephyrus G14 2022

Performance

Ryzen 9 6900HS

RX 6800S

14 inches and 120 Hz

1600 x 2560 pixels

76

5:50

4:03

MacBook Air 2024

Apple M3

8 core GPU

13.6 inches and 60 Hz

1664 x 2560 pixels

52.6

14:13

Zenbook 14

Performance

Core Ultra 7-155H

Intel Arc

14 inches and 120 Hz

1800 x 2880 pixels

75

17:25

9:09

Galaxy Book 3 Ultra

Performance

Core i7-13700H

RTX 4050

16 inches and 120 Hz

1880 x 2880 pixels

76

11:00

6:21

MacBook Pro 14-inch 2021

M1 Max

24Core GPU

14.2 inches and 120 Hz

1964 x 3024 pixels

70

18:14

Zephyrus G14 2024 lasts about 2 hours longer than the 2022 model in daily use and movie playback; But compared to MacBook Pro and MacBook Air or laptops equipped with Core Ultra processors, there is not much to say; However, overall, it seems that you can count on the G14 2024 for a working day in normal and everyday use.

Zephyrus G14 2024 against the competition

Zephyrus G14 2024 is not the most powerful Windows laptop on the market; But the combination it offers in its price range, at least in the Iranian market, cannot be seen in any other Windows laptop; In the range of 100 to 120 million Tomans, Windows laptops are clumsy and worse devices with monstrous hardware or premium ultrabooks with weak hardware.

Forza game on Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

J14 is a powerful and compact laptop with extremely high build quality, a stunning display, and ear-splitting speakers, which can last a full working day in daily use, offers performance on par with or close to MacBook Pro M3 Pro, and at the same time, it can also meet your gaming needs. Currently, among Windows devices in the Iranian market, only Asus’ own G16 2024 laptop can offer a similar combination.

Video editing with Asus Zephyrus G14 2024 laptop

If you are looking to buy Zephyrus G14 2024, go for the model equipped with RTX 4060; Because this graphic is a more suitable choice for the 14-inch dimensions and thin thickness of the G14, it is not much different from the RTX 4070 model in professional applications such as video editing with Premier Pro, and it is also about 20 million Tomans cheaper.

What do you think about G14 2024? If you are a Windows laptop fan, which one would you choose between this laptop and the G16 2024?

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If you think that the world of technology has amazed you enough so far, join us as we learn more about the most advanced humanoid robots.

Getting to know the most advanced humanoid robots

Today’s technology companies have a mission that they strive to achieve with all their might, and this mission is nothing but the realization of every creature, gadget, and robot that we have seen before in science fiction movies. So here we’ll get to know the most advanced humanoid robots.

Imagine a world where when you go shopping you hand your credit card to robots to count your purchase, or when you order pizza, a robot delivers it to you. Maybe a decade ago, the idea of ​​robots walking next to us on the street or taking the place of humans in various jobs was far from mind; But how would you feel if we told you that right now there is a robot in the world who is the CEO of a company?

Let me guess! You probably don’t like competing with robots because we know almost nothing about them and can’t even guess their next move; But whether we like it or not, they have gradually come out of water and mud and artificial intelligence is trying to show us its other side.

Now we are going to introduce you to eight of the most advanced humanoid robots according to Business Insider’s list; From a robot that simulates our dreams to a robot that can do yoga. Stay with us.

This is you and this two-legged robot from Apptronik: “Apollo”

Apollo robot delivering the box

Optronic’s bipedal robot arrived in August this year, and many consider it the “iPhone” of the world of robots. Jeff Cardenas, CEO of Optronic, says:

We want to produce human-sized robots, because only then can they go where we can go and do things similar to what we do. Apollo did not come to sideline humans, but to do things that humans don’t want to do.

Apollo weighs 73 kg, is 1.70 m tall, and requires battery replacement every four hours. Optronics began its work in 2016 at the University of Texas’ Human-Centered Robotics Laboratory, and in a short period of time it has reached such a high point that it has now signed a contract with NASA that will greatly help the development of its robots.

Optronik company tries to justify the existence of humanoid robots with the slogan “Robot for humans” and considers the reason for the production of Apollo to help humans in dangerous tasks.

NASA astronaut robot: “Valkyrie”

NASA's Valkyrie robot walking among employees

NASA’s Valkyrie robot was unveiled in 2013 with the aim of “doing dangerous work”. This robot, which NASA calls R5, is designed to be able to travel to the dangerous and uninhabitable regions of the Moon, Mars, and space.

The University of Edinburgh is now using Valkyrie in its research, calling it “one of the most advanced humanoids in the world”. Valkyrie or its more advanced descendants could greatly assist NASA in advancing its ground robotics goals and the Artemis mission.

Amca simulates our dreams

Amka humanoid robot laughing

Some time ago, in a video published on the Engineered Arts YouTube account, Ameca claimed that it can simulate the dreams of humans by drawing different scenarios and learning more about the world with them. The mentioned video caused a lot of controversy, so if we consider Amka as the Elon Musk of the world of robots, we are not unfair to him.

Amca is the Elon Musk of the world of robots

After backlash on social media, Will Jackson, co-founder of Engineered Arts, announced in an interview that Amka answers questions using the ChatGPT-3 artificial intelligence and can neither feel nor have long-term memory. He also said:

Remember that Amca works with code and is just a language model. It’s very tempting to apply human characteristics to robots, but don’t fool yourself; This is nothing but an illusion for now.

However, if you’ve seen Amka’s controversial video, you might agree with the critics. In this video, he is asked if he can dream. And in disbelief, he gives an answer that may make you doubt the health of your ears. “Yes, actually I had a dream last night about dinosaurs fighting aliens on Mars,” Amka confidently replies.

Then he continues, “Just kidding, I can’t dream like a human! “But I can create scenarios in my head, simulate dreams, and learn about the world.”

“The saddest day for me was the day I realized I would never experience true love,” Amka said in another video. Another interesting point is that Amka changes his facial expressions with the help of GPT-3 when saying these strange sentences, which can scare many people.

Digit can carry postal packages

Digit humanoid robot moving the box

Digit, unveiled in 2019, has legs, arms, and a torso full of sensors that help him navigate rough surfaces and obstacles.

The robot can carry packages, empty warehouses, and deliver people’s mail packages. Right now, Amazon’s research and development center is testing Digit to make it easier to move packages in its distribution centers.

Digit’s capabilities are currently not very extensive; But walking on narrow ledges, bending over, picking up objects, and other simple tasks can be very efficient in the future.

Mika, the robot, is the CEO of a beverage company

Mika's humanoid robot giving a speech

Dictator Company, the world’s famous beverage maker, last year chose a two-legged robot named Mika as its CEO. By identifying the tastes of the customers, Mika chooses different people to design the drink bottles.

Mika is the first robot in the world who has a valid university degree

If you think you have been surprised enough by now, I must say that the story does not end there; Because Mika even received an honorary degree from the University of Warsaw!

Some time ago, a journalist took to the streets in New York to ask people what they thought about the CEO’s humanoid robot and got some interesting results. At first, someone replied, “I don’t think robots deserve that kind of respect because they’re just machines.” Another participant believed that with the current trend, more jobs will be taken away from humans and will be given to robots.

Tesla’s Optimus robot can do yoga

Tesla's humanoid robot doing yoga

Optimus arrived in 2022 and at first he could hardly walk; But Elon Musk, with his famous ambition, said that in the next three to five years, Tesla will be able to start mass production of this robot and offer it to enthusiasts.

Optimus couldn’t even walk, but he could probably be dancing in a few years

In this short period of time, Optimus, which is also known as “Tesla Bot”, has made a lot of progress and can potentially play a role in the assembly and production lines of vehicles, batteries, and the production of Tesla’s solar panels. Optimus learns what humans do by watching.

The famous robot “Sophia” speaks at world conferences

Sophia the humanoid robot giving a speech in Indian dress

Sophia, the humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics, probably has the most realistic face compared to its competitors, equipped with artificial skin that can be adjusted in color.

Sophia has acquired the legal citizenship of Saudi Arabia

The interactive robot of Hanson Robotics has so far spoken at important conferences, which has brought him many successes; Because by using artificial intelligence, he can make effective speeches and change his face and hands according to human emotions.

One of Sofia’s other honors is receiving the citizenship of Saudi Arabia. Sophia is the only robot that has received the legal citizenship of a country.

Sophia's humanoid skin

This Hong Kong-based company plans to develop the ability to understand and feel real Sophia in the long term and turn it into an adult robot with human characteristics; Although the head of Facebook’s artificial intelligence department, the creator of Sophia considers it a “puppet walker” who tries to make it look intelligent.

Boston Dynamics’ “Atlas” robot can do parkour

Atlas humanoid robot jumping over obstacles

If you have seen the Black Mirror series, you are familiar with Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs. These robot dogs, known as Spots, are integrated with ChatGPT and can speak in complete sentences.

After the successful production of robot dogs, Boston Dynamics decided to create a humanoid bipedal robot, and the result was the Atlas robot; A robot that works both outdoors and indoors and can move quickly and jump over obstacles. Unlike the other robots we introduced, the Atlas robot does not have the ability to smile or turn its eyes, in fact, it does not have a face at all; But it does great things.

Atlas can be a skilled firefighter

Atlas hardware uses 3D printing to be lightweight and turns this robot into a compact humanoid device that has the ability to manipulate various objects and can maintain its balance against strong pushing and shaking even if it loses its balance. He can get up again.

Other features of Atlas include the ability to find leaking pipes, walk through rubble, climb ladders, operate fire hoses, and drive vehicles.

Conclusion: Is developing humanoid robots a bad idea?

There’s no doubt that humans don’t feel good about humanoid robots, and I think if bipeds had feelings, they’d probably resent us in return; But what is the root of this anger towards humanoid robots? That is, everything is under the head of the “Uncanny Valley” effect, which makes the perfect dissimilarity of the humanoid robot to the real person create an unpleasant feeling in us, or are there more complicated and serious factors at work?

Despite much research, there is still no exact answer to this question; But maybe the development of humanoid robots will make us feel less human. Perhaps the thought that we will one day not be the only intelligent beings on earth infuriates us.

However, robots have yet to do terrible things to us humans, and there are even reports that robots can teach autistic children social skills.

Incidentally, if we look at the story from another angle, we could probably have a peaceful coexistence with bipedal robots and do things like playing chess with them. Fortunately, when it comes to reasoning and creativity, the companies that make the robots have only given basic training and we still have a chance to win against them.

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Galaxy Ring was unveiled; Samsung’s very smart ring at an almost reasonable price

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Samsung Galaxy Ring was introduced with various health features including continuous heart rate measurement, sleep monitoring, skin temperature sensor along with artificial intelligence features.

Galaxy Ring was unveiled; Samsung’s very smart ring at an almost reasonable price

Samsung at the Unpacked event alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Galaxy Z Flip 6 foldable phonesAt the Unpacked event, Samsung officially unveiled its smart ring called the Galaxy Ring, a foldable phone. Relying on the power of Galaxy AI, this product provides a smart health experience for everyone.

“The latest Galaxy wearables are a combination of Samsung’s most advanced technologies and innovations, enabling you to take control of your health and wellness with care and preventative solutions,” said TM Rowe, director of Samsung’s Mobile Experience (MX). “The intelligence, planning, and deep understanding and awareness that Galaxy Ring provides will help users turn data into meaningful goals and experience a new era of smart health.”

Galaxy Ring offers a simple approach to monitoring users’ health. This product uses Samsung’s precise sensor technology, which now provides information in its smallest form to the user so that he can easily monitor and control his health.

Galaxy Ring

The Samsung smart ring is designed to be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This product weighs only 2.3 to 3 grams, and as a result, it conveys a more comfortable feeling to the user during long-term use. The distinctive design known as Concave Design has made the Galaxy Ring, in addition to its fresh and attractive appearance, to have good durability and resistance. This product has an IP68 certificate; Therefore, it is resistant to water penetration, and due to the grade 5 titanium coating, you can safely use it anywhere without worrying about possible damage.

Galaxy Ring

Galaxy Ring lasts up to 7 days of continuous use with each full charge, and a special charging frame is designed for it, which shows the charging status with LED lighting. You can choose one of the three colors black, silver, and gold according to your style and taste. In addition, the special sizing kit helps the user to choose the most suitable size from among 9 options.

Samsung Galaxy Ring
Samsung Galaxy Ring

With Galaxy Ring, you can enjoy the capabilities and features of this product at any hour of the day and in any situation. These features are personalized according to the needs of each user and with the help of advanced artificial intelligence technology become more powerful over time with the help of Samsung’s

All the data and information that the Galaxy Ring collects about the user’s health status is stored in the Samsung Health platform so that you can seamlessly access it through your other devices.

Sleep plays a central role as one of the important foundations of daily health, and Galaxy Ring offers the best sleep analysis capabilities and helps you understand your sleep patterns and create better and healthier habits with a powerful artificial intelligence algorithm.

In addition to providing a sleep score (Sleep Score) and examining snoring and noises during sleep, these features check other criteria such as movement during sleep, sleep duration, heart rate, and breathing rate to provide a detailed and detailed analysis.

Galaxy Ring

Samsung

Galaxy Ring’s Cycle Tracking feature for women monitors their menstrual cycle by checking their skin temperature overnight. Overall, you can use Galaxy Ring data as motivation to start your day fresher and more energetic. It starts with Galaxy AI, which provides detailed and accurate health reports based on various metrics.

The new Energy Score function is one of the features of Galaxy AI that informs you of the solutions and methods that increase the level of health. This means that by knowing your physical condition and energy score, you can create a suitable plan to improve your health.

Galaxy ring in hand

Samsung

The Energy Score feature calculates your physical and mental health based on four metrics: sleep, activity level, heart rate during sleep, and heart rate variability during sleep. In addition, the Wellness Tips feature provides personalized tips and recommendations tailored to each user’s condition by analyzing data and health information.

Galaxy Ring with the Heart Rate Alert function, when the heart rate is abnormally low or high, it informs the user instantly through the Samsung Health application. The Live Heart Rate Check feature also provides the user with more details about heart rate, beats per minute, duration, and start time.

Galaxy Ring

According to Samsung’s claim, the Galaxy Ring will help you lead an active and energetic lifestyle and keep track of your workouts with more motivation. The automatic detection of exercise in this smart ring tracks the amount of walking and running you do and warns you if you are not physically active.

Other features of Galaxy Ring include support for motion gestures. For example, you can take a photo or turn off the phone’s alarm by swiping two fingers together twice. In addition, it is possible to track the location of the Galaxy Ring through Find My Ring on Samsung Find.

The price of the Galaxy Ring is $400 and will be available in selected markets from July 24 (August 3, 1403).

Samsung Galaxy Ring technical specifications
Introduction July 10, 2024
another name Samsung SM-Q500NZKAXAR Samsung SM-Q500NZKAXAR Samsung SM-Q500NZSAXAR Samsung SM-Q500NZSAXAR Samsung SM-Q500NZDAXAR Samsung SM-Q500NZDAXAR
Condition Release in the near future (July 24, 2024)
Dimensions It has 9 sizes from 5 to 13 7.0 x 2.6 mm (ring) 48.9 x 48.9 x 24.51 mm (charging compartment)
Weight 2.3 grams (ring size 5) 3.0 grams (ring size 13) 61.3 grams (charge compartment)
Other body specifications The body of the ring is made of grade 5 titanium The body of the charging compartment is made of stainless steel and plastic IP68 (resistant to dust and water up to a depth of 1 meter and up to 30 minutes) Resistant to water penetration up to a pressure of 10 atmospheres (100 meters deep)
internal memory 8 MB
battery Non-replaceable battery with a capacity of 18 mAh (ring size 5) Non-replaceable battery with a capacity of 23.5 mAh (ring size 13) Non-replaceable battery with a capacity of 361 mAh (charging compartment)
standby Up to 7 days
Sensors Optical heart rate sensor, accelerometer, body thermometer
Other specifications and features Support for various sports modes, heart rate monitoring, sleep monitoring, women’s health monitoring, pedometer, distance traveled calculation, calorie consumption calculation, Galaxy AI support
Technology does not have
Wireless Network does not have
Bluetooth Yes, version 5.4 LE
GPS does not have
NFC does not have
USB does not have
Colors Black, silver, gold
Price range About $400

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