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Samsung Galaxy A05s review. Check the price, technical specifications, camera, hardware, software, battery, charging speed, and other features of Samsung Galaxy A05s.

Samsung Galaxy A05s review, price and specifications

Introduction

Samsung is constantly expanding its entry-level Galaxy A portfolio. Currently, the Galaxy A05 and Galaxy A05s are at the bottom of the list, the latter of which we have for review today.

The Galaxy A05s first appeared in Malaysia and later made its way to India, and it’s an affordable phone.

Samsung Galaxy A05s review

In an effort to make the Galaxy A05s more affordable, Samsung released a 4GB RAM version of the phone alongside the original 6GB version. This is the model we have for review today – the A05s with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

Samsung Galaxy A05s specifications at a glance:

  • Body:  168.0×77.8×8.8mm, 194g; Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame.
  • Screen: 6.70-inch PLS LCD, 90 Hz, resolution 1080×2400 pixels, aspect ratio 20:9, 393ppi.
  • Chipset:  Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6nm): Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver); Adreno 610.
  • Memory:  128 GB RAM 4 GB, 128 GB RAM 6 GB; eMMC 5.1; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • Operating System/Software:  Android 13.
  • Rear camera:  Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, AF. Macro: 2 megapixels, f/2.4; Depth: 2 megapixels, f/2.4.
  • Front camera:  13 MP, f/2.0.
  • Video recording:  rear camera: 1080p@30/60fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery:  5000 mAh; 25 watts wired
  • Connectivity:  LTE; two SIM cards; Wi-Fi 5; BT 5.1; 3.5 mm jack
  • Miscellaneous:  Fingerprint reader (mounted on the side).

Read more: Samsung Galaxy A54 review, specifications

Compared to last year’s Galaxy 04s, we can see some significant upgrades. The screen has grown to 6.7 inches and now has a FullHD (1080 x 2400 pixels) resolution at 90Hz, which is higher than HD+. The chipset has been upgraded to a still old but technically superior Snapdragon 680. You don’t get 5G connectivity yet, but the phone has a 6nm chip, so hopefully, it’ll perform better now. The selfie camera has also been significantly improved. It now has a larger 13-megapixel resolution and is capable of 1080p video. Also, it now charges faster at 25W with the same 5000mAh battery pack.

Overall, the Galaxy A05s looks like a much better device than its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without its flaws. Even on paper, we can’t ignore some things, like the very slow eMMC 5.1 internal memory. Of course, we will consider all these in the review.

Unboxing

The Galaxy A05s comes packaged with minimal accessories. The box itself is nothing special, just a two-piece drawer made entirely of cardboard, which we welcome from an environmental perspective. The internal cardboard stand that holds the phone does its job well, which is important.

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With the Galaxy A05s, we’re not expecting an extensive accessory package, to be honest. This device is as simple as it gets – a simple USB Type-C to Type-C cable and a SIM ejector tool. No less, no more.

Designing

Samsung has had a consistent style across its entire phone line for some time now. There’s a vertical triple camera setup on the back, an LED flash on the right, and nothing else. It’s a flat design with no camera island, which looks kind of simple but is also recognizable enough.

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The Galaxy A05s is available in a total of four color options. The main colors in this article are black and silver, purple, and light green.

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The back surface is matte, slightly textured, and feels slightly smooth and almost velvety. It doesn’t retain fingerprints too badly, which is surprising given the texture. However, the surface is plastic and not glass, which helps in the fingerprint department.

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The Galaxy A05s uses a three-piece design, the back and front of which are “bolted” to the middle frame. Like the back, the front sits almost completely flush with the midframe. There is nothing remarkable on the front of the phone.

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The display bezels are expected to be wide, but to be honest, despite the budget nature of the phone, it’s not too bad.

The middle frame of the Galaxy A05s is plastic but has a brushed metal look. Well, not so much on our green unit as the frame matches the back.

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We like the edges of the phone to be nicely rounded. They offer a very comfortable feel in the hand.

Build Quality

The Galaxy A05s is very well built. We wouldn’t exactly call it “super” but it’s not particularly light, weighing in at 194 gramsThat’s quite reasonable for a 168 x 77.8 x 8.8 mm phone with a 6.7-inch  display made mostly of plastic.

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Both the back panel and the middle frame of the phone are plastic. However, they have completely different levels. The plastic may not look great, but it’s very strong while remaining light. It doesn’t dent quite like metal and it doesn’t shatter quite like glass. Plus, if you care about keeping your phone safe, you’ll likely have a case on top of the plastic body.

It’s great to see a glass surface covering the front of the Galaxy A05s. Unfortunately, Samsung doesn’t reveal exactly what kind of glass it uses for the phone.

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The Galaxy A05s lacks any official intrusion protection rating. Not that we expect Samsung to pay for certifications at this price. We’re just saying that since there’s a nice rubber gasket around the SIM tray, which suggests there’s at least some sealing in place. However, we do not recommend you purposely expose the phone to water or dust.

Controls

The Galaxy A05s has a fairly standard set of controls. Well, maybe, except for the 3.5mm audio jack, which is harder and harder. It is right and healthy and it is located at the bottom of the phone. Since we already talked about the bottom, it also houses the single speaker on the Galaxy A05s. It lacks a stereo speaker setup, even a hybrid. The main microphone and USB Type-C port are also here.

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The top of the phone is practically empty, but there is a hole for a secondary noise-canceling microphone. There is no antenna line in the middle frame because it is all made of plastic and is not necessary.

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The left side of the frame is also completely empty. The SIM tray is here, right at the top, which isn’t exactly the usual place for it. We’re happy that the Galaxy A05s has two separate nano-SIM slots as well as a dedicated microSD slot in its tray. You don’t have to choose between a second SIM card and more storage space.

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On the right side of the phone is the volume and power button. Both are well positioned in terms of height and offer decent, if not perfect, tactile feedback. The power button on the Galaxy A05s acts as a fingerprint sensor. This is a classic capacitive reader and is both very accurate and fast.

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As mentioned earlier, the fingerprint sensor is embedded in the side power button and not on the front of the device. Not that you can have a screen reader with an LCD panel anyway. However, at least you can enable both taps to turn the screen on and off, which is convenient.

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There are practically no controls on the front of the phone. The selfie camera sits in a fairly deep circular notch, with the headphone jack sitting neatly on top of it, and the light and proximity sensors hidden to the side in the top bezel.

There’s no notification LED, but that’s not surprising, as they’re pretty rare on phones these days.

Connectivity

The Galaxy A05s does 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 A05s also has dual-band Wi-Fi AC and Bluetooth 5.1. Although it does offer LE support. Unfortunately, there’s no NFC, and no IR blaster either. Our unit has an FM radio receiver, but it may be region-dependent, so check with your local retailer. A receiver with support for GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, and QZSS performs positioning.

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The USB Type-C port on the bottom can accept up to 25W, which is a significant improvement over the 15W charging on the Galaxy A04s. This port 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.

The Galaxy A05s is a bit light in the sensor department. It has sc7a20 accelerometer but no gyroscope. The two are usually a combination. There is a sip3515 light sensor which is fortunately paired with a hardware proximity sensor of the same model. No awkward virtual proximity sensors here. The A05s notably lacks a magnetometer and compass.

A bigger screen, now with FullHD resolution

The display is one of the major upgrades to the base Galaxy A device this year. For starters, compared to the Galaxy A04s panel, the panel on the A05s has grown slightly and is now  6.7 inches in diameter. The aspect ratio is still the same  20:9.

But more importantly, this year’s screen of choice has a  FullHD  1080 x 2400 pixel resolution compared to the HD+ screen on the A04s. That’s a significant jump in resolution from around 270 ppi to around  393 ppi on the new model. This difference is definitely noticeable in person.

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Unfortunately, this is the only good feature we can offer for the Galaxy 05s display. Especially if it doesn’t turn on. We measured a maximum of 468 nits of brightness on the slider. It can be used outdoors but certainly not comfortable.

There’s still automatic brightness adjustment, which works well, but the display can only reach 468 nits or more in bright light. The contrast could also be better, as the blacks on the panel shine a little. We measured 1418:1.

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Galaxy A05s

Color accuracy is also not good in Galaxy A05s. This phone comes completely without color settings. There are no modes, white points, or color temperature adjustments.

The Galaxy A05s is expected to not support HDR video. Neither in its display nor in terms of video decoding.

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HDR support • Widevine • Netflix playback capability

On the plus side, the phone has the highest Widevine L1 DRM certification, which allows apps like Netflix to deliver FullHD video streams to saturate your screen resolution.

High refresh rate control

Samsung Galaxy A05s has a maximum refresh rate of 90 Hz. Unfortunately, although it offers advantages in the user interface, it does not have a high refresh rate implementation because the actual pixel response time of the display is very low. There is a lot of smearing when moving objects on the screen. Visual artifacts almost seem to result from overclocking a panel beyond its native refresh rate capabilities.

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There’s still more to come with the Galaxy A05’s high refresh rate. For the first time, there are no settings to control the refresh rate. There are no modes and no way to manually drop down to 60Hz, which is a bit of an odd omission.

As reported by the system itself, the phone definitely supports refresh at 90 or 60 Hz. The A05s are almost completely locked to 90Hz performance. This includes the UI and most apps. The only notable exceptions we noticed are some video playback scenarios. Unfortunately, not all of them, but most of the time, the phone will detect a video playing and automatically downgrade to 60Hz to save power.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s runs at 90Hz most of the time

Naturally, we also tried high refresh rate gaming, with varying success. Half of the games we tried ran at 90Hz, while other test titles unfortunately dropped to 60Hz. It’s not like the Galaxy A05s has much power to boost high frame rates, but it was nice to have the option.

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Game with high refresh rate

All things considered, the high refresh rate behavior of the Galaxy 05s is tolerable, but nothing more. We don’t particularly mind that the phone runs at a fairly constant 90Hz refresh rate, as we’ve already tested that this small jump over 60Hz rarely affects battery endurance. We wish the autoplay video detection was more consistent, and we wouldn’t mind having more manual control over system-level or per-app refresh rates.

Battery Life

Galaxy A05s has a large 5000 mAh battery. As you may know, we recently introduced the new GSMArena 2.0 battery test and the new Active Usage Score metric.

The Galaxy A05s did very well in our battery test, which is a strong showing in itself. It manages great call endurance numbers, and its video playback and web endurance aren’t half bad either.

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Galaxy A05s

Charging Speed

The Samsung Galaxy A05s charges at a fairly decent rate, though it’s hardly the fastest among or in its price range. Samsung rates the phone as capable of 25W charging, which is a slight improvement over the 15W consumption limit of the Galaxy A04s and other Samsung devices such as the Galaxy A14 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A05s reviewSince that’s the case, and unfortunately, you don’t get a charger in the Galaxy A05s box, we paired it with one of Samsung’s 25W PD+PPS chargers. Monitoring the charging curve, we saw that the phone draws 24W of power with this charger, so the two seem to play well.

Galaxy A05s went from zero to 24% in fifteen minutes and then reached 43% in 30 minutes of charging. The full charge took just about  1:26 hours.

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Galaxy A05s

Speaker Quality

The Galaxy A05s only has a single speaker that works at the bottom and isn’t very impressive. In our test,   it had only an average height score. And it barely got out of below-average territory.

Its frequency response is suitable. In particular, mids and voices are enough, and certainly an important part. Plus, we have to remember how cheap this A05 is and adjust our expectations accordingly.

In terms of additional audio features, the Galaxy A05s has  Dolby Atmos and  Dolby Atmos for gaming support. Both of these equalizer features only work with Bluetooth headphones and headsets.

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Sound options and features

 There is also a separate Samsung app sound feature. This allows you to select an app and change its audio output to a specific device different from the phone’s current primary output device. This is a really neat feature.

One UI Core 5.1 on top of Android 13

Expecting the latest Android 14 from the Galaxy A05s is a bit ambitious, and we can’t complain about getting Android 13 instead. What’s a bit more disappointing, but not unexpected, is that the Galaxy A05s gets the “core” version of Samsung’s One UI. A Core UI 5.1 to be exact. Compared to the regular One UI, it lacks some of the more advanced features.

Some notable omissions include Easy Mode, Edge Panels, Good Lock, Link to Windows, Samsung Knox Security, Samsung Pay, and Secure Folder. This non-exhaustive list was longer in the past, but luckily more and more features have made it to “Core”.

Samsung Galaxy A05s reviewDespite running a One UI “Core” user interface, the Galaxy A05s has most of the feature set and look and feel of the One UI flagship.

For most people, the side-mounted fingerprint sensor will likely be the primary unlocking method, but you can still use face unlock instead or alongside it. It can be more convenient in certain situations, but it’s generally less secure because it uses a selfie camera. If you experience a lot of random scans while just holding the phone, you can disable the fingerprint scanner’s always-on feature.

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Security options • Biometrics • Fingerprint settings • Fingerprint registration

The experience when dealing with UI basics is simple and familiar. The app drawer, notification shade, recent apps, lock screen, and home screen all work as usual, as does the general settings menu.

The highlight color palette is automatically created based on your wallpaper and the system provides you with a wide selection of color combinations that can also be applied to app icons.

Task Switch is a regular task that supports both pop-up and split-screen multitasking.

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One UI 5.1 basics: lock screen • home screen • app drawer • notifications • quick settings • task switching

You can now stack widgets, and you can switch between stacked widgets with a simple swipe. Not all widgets support stacking.

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Stacked widgets

Modes and Routines, a feature similar to Apple’s Focus, are also present. It didn’t exist in One UI Core some time ago. You can select a mode and take specific actions based on what you’re currently doing, change sound profiles, display settings, notifications, and more. For example, the Driving Routines profile can be set to turn on DnD mode and automatically launch Spotify. You can even trigger specific routines with actions you choose, such as turning on hotspot or airplane mode.

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Modes and routines

Gaming Hub (formerly Game Launcher) – The hub for all your games, also offers options to limit distractions while the game stays here.

There’s a built-in gallery app and a dedicated file manager, both as well as Samsung’s Internet web browser. Split-screen multitasking is also an option.

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Game Center • Gallery • File Manager • Split Screen

The Samsung Edge Panels feature is nowhere to be found, but some omissions from the Core One UI version are still expected.

Performance and Benchmarks

Samsung Galaxy A05s supports Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G chipset. This is a relatively old chip from Q4 2021. This chip was never a powerful chip and now it’s showing its age. On the plus side, it’s a significant upgrade over the Exynos 850 that powered last year’s Galaxy A04s, both in terms of raw power and the smaller, more efficient 6nm manufacturing process.

Samsung Galaxy A05s reviewThe Snapdragon 680 4G has an octa-core processor setup consisting of four Kryo 265 Gold (Cortex-A73) cores clocked at up to 2.4 GHz and another four Kryo 265 Silver (Cortex-A53) cores clocked at up to 1.9 GHz. These are paired with an Adreno 610 GPU clocked at 1114 MHz. We also have a Spectra 346 ISP, an X11 LTE modem capable of Cat.13 download speeds, and a dual-channel LPDDR4X 2133 MHz RAM controller. As we mentioned earlier, the Galaxy A05s is available with either 6GB or 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM. We have the latest, smaller configuration in our review unit.

The internal memory is 128 GB fixed in both types of RAM but expandable via microSD card. We’ve seen information about a 64GB version available, but it doesn’t appear to be sold anywhere. It’s a shame Samsung uses eMMC 5.1 storage chips instead of the faster UFS storage variant. This in itself definitely affects the overall performance and smoothness of the system.

Snapdragon 680 does not have a special CPU configuration even considering its price range. It doesn’t perform terribly in an all-core test scenario, but its single-core performance really lets it down. Even Mediatek Helio G88 and G85 are superior in this department. The ARM Cortex cores in the Snapdragon 680 simply fit in the tooth.

AnTuTu is generally better than the Galaxy A05s, but look hard enough and you’ll still find the hardware holding it back. The comparison with the older Realme 9, based on the same Snapdragon 680 chipset, is very interesting. The Realme 9 has slightly more RAM, which might help it score higher, but it’s also likely that the Galaxy A05s’ eMMC memory is holding it back.

The Adreno 610 GPU is also not a plus or an advantage. And sure, one could argue that the upgraded FullHD screen resolution is somewhat of a hindrance in the GPU performance department. However, the reality is that the Adreno 610 simply doesn’t have much power. However, on a more positive note, looking at the off-screen rendering tests, we can see that the GPU performance is a nice boost over the Galaxy A04s. Also, that’s what we can expect from the Snapdragon 680, and the numbers are pretty much on par with MediaTek’s Helio G88.

That said, 3Dmark, which in our experience tends to provide better and more comparable results across chipsets, puts the MediaTek Helio G88 well ahead of the Galaxy A05s and its Snapdragon 680. 

On the plus side, the Snapdragon 680 is such a cool chipset that it’s not hard to tame it with a modern cooling solution, even an economical one. The Galaxy A05s never got even moderately hot on its surface. The chip behaved very well in most of our long-term stress tests with minimal degradation. However, around forty minutes in, it developed a rather strange and disconcerting slowness and suddenly and briefly dropped performance. This is not ideal for a scenario like long gaming sessions, as it can lead to slow gameplay.

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heating

Overall, we can’t say that the Galaxy A05s impressed us with anything close to what we’d call smooth performance. Sure, it never slowed down during our typical usage tests, but animations and transitions are still very slow. While expected from a budget device, there is more powerful hardware in this price range.

50-megapixel main camera with two 2-megapixel assistants

The camera has not changed much compared to the Galaxy A04s. At least not on the back, where the Galaxy A05s still has a 50-megapixel primary camera paired with two 2-megapixel units – one a dedicated macro camera, while the other is for depth data.

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A search of the configuration files revealed that the main camera does not actually use a Samsung sensor as expected, but rather a Hynix hi5022 unit. Hi5022 is a very new sensor from 2023 with a 1/2.8 inch size and 0.64 µm pixels. The Galaxy A05s, it sits behind an f/1.8 lens and has a simple autofocus system. Nothing fancy beyond that.

Next, we have two 2-megapixel cameras. We’re not sure which sensor belongs to which camera, but one uses the GalaxyCore gc2375h sensor, while the other is based on the SuperPix sp2507. The configuration files also mention the SmartSens sc201 sensor, which is worth checking out. Both of these 2-megapixel auxiliary cameras lack autofocus and have an aperture of f/2.4.

Finally, we have the selfie camera, which has been upgraded in terms of resolution compared to last year’s Galaxy A04s. The Galaxy A05s has a 13-megapixel f/2.0 selfie snapper, which is unfortunately, but quite expectedly, still fixed focus. Our review unit has a total of three possible selfie sensors listed in its camera settings – GalaxyCore gc13a0 (1/3.1″, 1.12µm), Hynix hi1336 (1/3″, 1.12µm) and SmartSens sc1320 (1/3.06 ), 1.12 μm). The selfie camera can now shoot FullHD videos which is a nice bonus.

The camera app is what you find on every Samsung phone these days. Swiping left and right toggles through all available modes, and there’s an option to reset or remove some modes from the viewfinder. A vertical swipe in any direction switches between the front and rear cameras.

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The settings icon is located in the upper left corner of the screen and allows you to control the cameras precisely. Since there are few options, you don’t get separate settings screens for photos and videos. Common things like grid lines, location data, etc. can be found there. You can also turn Scene Optimizer on and off. However, after starting, you still need to change it a second time from the main interface. Keep this in mind.

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Camera app user interface

Only the main and selfie cameras support night mode.

There is also a professional mode. You get granular exposure and manual focus controls, no peaking, and shutter speed control up to 30 seconds, but no live histogram or option to work with the main camera.

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Camera settings

Full resolution mode is enabled in the main from the aspect options, which is somewhat incomprehensible.

Day photo quality

The main camera of the Galaxy A05s takes band photos with a resolution of just over 12.5 megapixels by default.

These photos look amazingly good. There’s plenty of detail in the frame, and while there are some streaks of extra sharpening, it’s not overdone by any means. Although the foliage and grass look a bit soft and muddy. The colors are mostly natural and realistic.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 12.5MP main camera samples

As for some of the less desirable features, there’s a bit of noise and grain across the frame. It is especially noticeable on uniform surfaces. Also, the dynamic range could be much better, as details are now crushed in the shadows.

While you can force the main camera to shoot at  50MP, we question the usefulness of doing so. These much larger and more difficult-to-work-with photos have no more detail than a typical 12.5MP photo. They are significantly less processed and sharpened, which creates a more natural look, but also makes everything look softer.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 50MP main camera samples

It’s worth noting that unlike the default binned camera mode, which is too slow to take photos, the 50MP mode is much faster. That might be the only reason to go.

Here’s how the Samsung Galaxy A05s stacks up against the competition in our extensive photo comparison database.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s vs Samsung Galaxy A14 5G and Tekno Spark 10 Pro in our photo comparison tool
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50MP: Samsung Galaxy A05s vs Samsung Galaxy A14 5G and Tekno Spark 10 Pro in our photo comparison tool

The photo recording user interface has a  2x zoom key. The main camera has enough resolution to accommodate digital zoom and cropping. These shots look very decent and are very close to their 1x counterparts. The details are almost identical and so are the colors. Noise and dynamic range remain pain points.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 12.5MP main camera samples with 2x zoom

Galaxy A05s takes very good portrait photos with its main camera. The background blur quality is a particularly high point. Subject detection and separation are decent, though far from ideal, which is a bit odd given the dedicated depth sensor on the back of the phone.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 12.5MP main camera samples
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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 12.5MP main camera portrait examples

The Galaxy A05s lacks an ultra-wide camera, which significantly hurts its overall usability. However, at least you have a  dedicated macro camera that takes surprisingly good photos despite its limited 2MP resolution. Of course, you can’t expect miracles, but the details and colors are good.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 2MP macro camera examples

The new 13-megapixel selfie camera does well enough, though the photos are pretty great. Despite our insistence on turning off the beauty filters, they look a little too aggressively processed. Sharpening is also applied very liberally. Dynamic range could also be better.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 13MP selfie camera samples

Still, these are some perfectly serviceable selfies that we wouldn’t fault on such an affordable device.

Selfie portraits look almost as good as the original camera shots, which is a testament to that.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 13MP selfie camera portrait examples

Video Quality

The Samsung Galaxy A05s can shoot videos at 1080p@60fps on its rear camera and 1080p@30fps on selfies. By default, video is stored in the standard AVC (h.264) format with a bitrate of about 17 Mbps and a stereo 48 kHz AAC audio stream in an MP4 container. There is also an option to encode HEVC (h.265) and save space.

While we can’t exactly praise the 1080p video quality from the main camera, it’s not too bad either. As for clarity, the detail is decent and the colors look nice and natural. The dynamic range is also surprisingly decent. There is practically no sound to speak of.

The contrast is a bit high for our particular taste.

Videos zoomed in at 2x from the main camera naturally look a bit grainier with less detail. However, if you set your expectations right, we’d call these usable.

Unfortunately, there’s no video stabilization available on the Galaxy A05s, neither in standalone mode nor a user interface or settings tweak.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s vs Samsung Galaxy A14 5G and Tekno Spark 10 Pro in our video comparison tool

The selfie camera of the Galaxy A05s takes very decent videos in 1080p quality. The details are good and so are the colors.

Contrast and dynamic range could be better, but we can’t complain too much. The really annoying thing about these videos is the inconsistent and constantly changing exposure.

Camera quality in low light

The Samsung Galaxy A05s suffers greatly in low-light conditions. The details of these photos from the main camera are not too bad, and neither are the colors. Light sources are even better managed.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 12.5MP main camera examples in low light

Noise is a major problem in these photos, especially on flat surfaces. Dynamic range could also be better, as more detail is crushed in darker areas.

You can use night mode on Galaxy 05s main camera. It’s a bit of a mix. On the one hand, night mode removes more noise. It also significantly brightens the frame and shows more detail in dark areas.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: night mode examples of the 12.5-megapixel main camera

However, on the other hand, some details are lost in the processing and are “painted”. Also, light sources are not handled much better in night mode.

We also tried shooting at 2x zoom in low light and ended up with smoother, grainier shots than at 1x. We are not impressed.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 13 MP selfie camera examples in low light

Unfortunately, the night mode in the selfie camera does not really help.

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Samsung Galaxy A05s: 13MP selfie camera night mode samples

Low-light videos from the main camera are very soft and grainy with little detail. However, their biggest problem is how dark they are.

Expect videos with 2x zoom to be slightly worse in overall quality. In our opinion, these are hardly usable.

Check Competitors

The Samsung Galaxy A05s is a very affordable device. The base 6GB RAM variant costs Rs 17,499 ($210) from Samsung India, and that’s before including the extra savings and special offers Samsung is currently offering.

In an effort to make the Galaxy A05 more affordable, Samsung has also launched a 4GB RAM version of the phone with an MSRP of  INR 13,499 ($162). This effectively leaves us with two price points to consider.

So let’s check out the devices under $230 and phones under $180. That $50 difference is actually quite significant.

Samsung Galaxy A05s review

Let’s look at the rest of Samsung’s list first. At the same time, we can see that the Galaxy A24 4G is surprisingly priced at around $175 at the time of writing. However, this is the US price and the model doesn’t seem to be officially available in India.

The Galaxy A14 5G is available in India, and while it’s a 2023 model and technically no longer the latest, it’s priced at a very competitive INR 14,499 ($174) for the 4GB/64GB variant and INR 16,999 ($204) for the retail version. arrives. 6GB/128GB One. You might want to consider it for its 5G connectivity and more powerful chipset than the A05s. The rest of the spec sheet is quite similar between the two.

Samsung Galaxy A05s review

Xiaomi has a few durable devices, like the Xiaomi Redmi 12. It has a large screen like the Galaxy A05s and an LCD, and one with Full HD+ resolution. The Redmi 12 has an official IP53 ingress protection rating, especially an 8MP ultra-wide camera. The Redmi also has an IR blaster and uses the much better MediaTek Helio G88 chipset.

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Samsung Galaxy A14 5G • Xiaomi Redmi 12 • Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 • Tecno Pova 5 Pro

Next, we recommend considering the ever-popular Redmi Note 12. It’s also slightly more expensive than the 4GB Galaxy A05s, but it has an IP53 rating, a 120Hz AMOLED display and 33W charging. It also has an ultra-wide camera and Snapdragon 4 generation 1 chipset.

Tecno has at least a few interesting options around this price point. Personally, we’d go for the Pova 5 Pro for its 120Hz IPS display refresh rate, more powerful Dimensity 6080 chipset, stereo speakers, and 68W fast charging with its 5,000mAh battery. However, while the Spark 10 Pro is technically inferior in many respects, it managed significantly better battery life in our tests. So, we throw that into the mix as well.

Summary

Samsung has put more effort into updating the Galaxy A05s this year. We appreciate the move to FullHD+ for the display resolution, the higher 128GB of internal storage (still eMMC, of ​​course), the higher resolution and 1080p selfie camera, and the move to 25W charging. All of these are valuable and significant upgrades over the Galaxy A04s.

Samsung Galaxy A05s review

While technically, the Snapdragon 680 chipset is also placed in the upgrade column. We can’t say we’d welcome its inclusion in 2023 phones, especially not in combination with eMMC storage. The reality is that the Galaxy A05s is remarkably slow. Even the core version of One UI struggles to provide smooth animations and transitions. It’s clear that it’s never really sluggish, but it’s not an overly pleasant experience, only made worse by the reduced pixel response time of the display. We also don’t appreciate the lack of screen refresh rate settings or color settings.

The single speaker on the Galaxy A05s is also nothing for a home phone. The phone also lacks NFC and several sensors are missing from its list. Camera settings are still limited in terms of versatility as there is neither ultra-wide nor telephoto. And while it performs well in good light, the main camera’s low-light performance is often disappointing.

Samsung Galaxy A05s review

The dedicated microSD card slot and 3.5mm audio jack are both nice, but hardly exclusive to the Galaxy A05s, and not enough to make up for some of the other more basic issues we encountered. If you really want a Samsung at this price, depending on where you live and your budget, we’d probably go for the Galaxy A14 5G or Galaxy A24 4G instead. We enjoyed our time with both of these devices more than the A05. Or, instead, shop a little more.

Why should we buy Galaxy A05s?

  • Beautiful design with good build quality.
  • Good battery life
  • Good camera performance in daylight
  • expandable memory with a dedicated microSD slot; A 3.5 mm audio jack

Why should we avoid buying the Galaxy A05s?

  • Dim LCD and constant refresh rate.
  • No NFC, gyroscope, magnetometer, or compass.
  • (barely) average speaker volume.
  • The Snapdragon 680 chipset has relatively poor performance with a slower user interface.
  • Relatively poor performance of the camera in low light.
  • No video stabilizer

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

Poco X6 review, price, and specifications

Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

Specifications of Xiaomi Poco X6 at a glance:

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

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

Read more: Xiaomi Poco X6 Pro review

Poco X6 Unboxing

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

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

Design, build quality, handling

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

Poco X6 review

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

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

Poco X6 review

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

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

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

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

Poco X6 review

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

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

Poco X6 review

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

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The frame is plastic on all sides.

There is nothing on the left.

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

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

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

Poco X6 review

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

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

Poco X6 review

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

Display

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

Poco X6 review

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

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

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

The minimum white point brightness was only 2.3 nits.

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Poco X6

Color accuracy

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

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

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

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

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Color options

refresh rate

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

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

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

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

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HDR and streaming

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

Battery life

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

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

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Charging speed

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

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

Poco X6

Poco X6

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Speakers

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

Poco X6 review

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

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

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

Android 13 with MIUI 14

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

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

Poco X6 review

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

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

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Home screen, recent apps, settings menu, app drawer

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

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Control center and notification panel

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

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Floating windows and sidebar

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

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

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Themes and other customization options

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

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The display is always on

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

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

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Security application

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

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

Performance and metrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poco X6
Poco X6

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

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Poco X6

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

Poco X6
Poco X6

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

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

A mid-range triple camera, OIS

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

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

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

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

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

Camera app

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

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

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

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

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

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Camera app

Day photo quality

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

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Main camera

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

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2x main camera

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

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

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Main camera, 64 megapixels

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

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Main camera, portrait

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

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

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Ultra-wide camera

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

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Macro camera

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

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Low-light photo quality

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

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

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The main camera, automatic

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

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2x main camera, automatic

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

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Ultra-wide camera, automatic

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

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

Filming and quality

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

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

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

Main camera

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

Zoomed video is 2x enhanced than normal video.

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

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

Ultra-wide camera

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

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

EIS works well on this camera as well.

Selfie camera

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

Unfortunately, there is no EIS for this camera.

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

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

Review of Poco X6 phone competitors

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

Why should we buy Poco X6?

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

Why should we avoid buying Poco X6?

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

Source: GSMARENA.COM

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How to use an Android phone as a webcam

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

How to use an Android phone as a webcam

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

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

The reason for using an Android phone as a webcam

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

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

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

How to use a smartphone as a webcam

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

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

Method 1: Using DroidCam

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

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

How to use a smartphone as a webcam

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

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

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

    Second method: Using IP Webcam

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Conclusion

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

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

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

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

The best Poco phones, buying guide

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

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

The best Poco phones

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

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

Poco F5 Pro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read More: Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro Review

Poco F5

Xiaomi Poco F5 phone

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

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

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

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

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

Poco X6 Pro

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

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

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

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

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

Poco F4

The best phone in the market - Xiaomi Poco F4 POCO F4 Xiaomi silver color

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poco M6 Pro

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

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

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

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

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

Poco M5s

poco m5s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poco C40

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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