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Samsung Galaxy A25 review. Checking the camera, hardware, software, battery, design, screen and charging speed of the Galaxy A25 phone.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review, price and specifications

Just when it’s all about the Galaxy S24 series, we bring you our Galaxy A25 review. It’s true that it’s not the right time to introduce this phone, and Samsung has taken its time to review the S24, but in the meantime – we have another important device – the Galaxy A25. Important for Samsung and value-oriented users alike. Flagships are in the headlines, but mid-range phones also have a special value.

The Galaxy A25 is also a globally available device. It is currently sold in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and India. So, it basically competes in the mid-range on all fronts. And Samsung has made sure it’s ready.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

The new Galaxy A25 may be safe and hasn’t deviated too much from the established formula of the Galaxy A series, so the design has had few changes but there are plenty of updates.

Samsung Galaxy A25 specifications at a glance:

  • Body:  161.0 x 76.5 x 8.3mm, 197g; Plastic back and frame, glass front.
  • Display:  6.50 inch Super AMOLED, 120 Hz, 1000 nits (HBM), resolution 1080x2340px, aspect ratio 19.5:9, 396ppi.
  • Chipset:  Exynos 1280 (5 nm): Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G68.
  • Memory:  128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (uses a shared SIM card slot).
  • OS/Software:  Android 14, One UI 6.
  • Rear Camera:  Wide (main)  : 50 MP, f/1.8, PDAF, OIS; Very wide angle  : 8 megapixels, f/2.2, 120 degrees; Macro  : 2 megapixels, f/2.4.
  • Front camera:  13 MP, f/2.2, (wide).
  • Videography:  Rear camera  : 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS. Front camera  : 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery:  5000 mAh; 25 watts wired
  • Connectivity:  5G; hybrid of two SIM cards; Wi-Fi 5; BT 5.3; NFC; 3.5 mm jack
  • Other features:  Fingerprint reader (mounted on the side). stereo speakers; Virtual proximity sensor

There are some notable hardware upgrades over the A24. For example, it’s a 5G headset thanks to Samsung’s built-in Exynos 1280 chipset. This actually addresses one of the key criticisms against last year’s Galaxy A24, which only came in a 4G version. Considering that the lower-end Galaxy A14 had a 5G variant, it’s a strange choice indeed.

Samsung is also upping the refresh rate of the familiar 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel to 120Hz, up from 90Hz on devices like the Galaxy A24 and Galaxy A15.

Read more:  Samsung Galaxy A05s review, price and specifications

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

While the camera setup on the Galaxy A25 is largely unchanged, Samsung is introducing an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera as a replacement for the 5-megapixel camera, which should result in better-quality photos and videos. Speaking of video, thanks to the new chipset, the Galaxy A25 can shoot 4K@30fps on its main camera. There is also gyroscopic EIS support. Unlike its predecessor, the Galaxy A25 also offers a stereo speaker setup.

All these upgrades certainly bring the A25 closer than ever to the A3X series devices, especially the excellent Galaxy A34. You still don’t get an official IP rating with the Galaxy A25, though some of its design elements, like the larger display bezels, still hint at its more budget-friendly nature.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

With all that said, we’re very interested to see how well the new Galaxy A25 stacks up against the competition at its very competitive price point, including some other Samsung devices like the Galaxy A34 we mentioned.

Unboxing

The Galaxy A25 comes in a simple sliding cardboard box. Nothing too fancy. The cardboard material is not too bulky, however, the phone does not sit directly underneath it and is well protected. There’s no plastic in the packaging, but you still get a nice cardboard stand for the phone itself, which works well enough.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

The accessories package is just as basic. Samsung only provides a white USB Type-C to Type-C cable with the phone and nothing else. If it’s good enough for the S Series, we guess it’s good enough for the A Series. Although we can’t say, we especially like this fact.

Design

That being said, Samsung hasn’t made any major changes to the overall design of the phone. The middle bezel of this generation has a distinctive sculpted shape, which is the easiest way to distinguish the Galaxy A25 from, say, the Galaxy A24.

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We find that the new frame is nicer to the touch and better in terms of feel and handling than the previous design. Although the difference is not much.

Other than that, you’ll still have the familiar vertical triple camera cluster on the back, with no discernible camera island or “area” on the back. The back panel itself is completely flat.

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The same goes for the front, which is covered by a smooth piece of glass. The display bezels are still on the larger end, detracting from the affordable nature of the device. The rounded teardrop notch for the selfie camera is also something we tend to associate with Samsung’s lower-end offerings.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

The Galaxy A25 is available in a total of four colors. There’s the eye-catching Personality Yellow variant that we have for review, but there are also lesser options: Black, Fantasy Blue, and Blue.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

The back panel has a very subtle pattern. Something like very fine checkers. You can’t really feel the pattern because it’s not at a high level and is barely visible from a distance. It is very delicate.

Build Quality

The Galaxy A25 is mostly made of plastic. It includes the back panel and the middle frame. Both look great and feel great to the touch as well.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

We have embraced plastic as a phone material in the past and will continue to do so. It doesn’t quite scratch or dent like metal and it doesn’t quite shatter like glass.

While the Galaxy A25 is definitely closer to the Galaxy A3X line than ever, a decent intrusion protection rating is still missing from the Galaxy A25.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

There’s no visible gasket on the SIM tray, which you sometimes see on devices even without an official IP rating. We recommend not submerging the A25. Anyway, the SIM tray is a hybrid affair. It holds two nano SIM cards or one can be replaced with a microSD memory card.

Handling and Control

We found the Galaxy A25 to fit well in the palm. It is not particularly slippery and offers good grip. Neither the back nor the frame shows fingerprints. The 6.5-inch screen is relatively large but still manageable with one hand. Although this reviewer has rather large hands.

There is nothing special about the control set and layout of the Galaxy A25. Well, maybe apart from the fact that the fingerprint sensor is mounted on the side instead of on the screen. This is another small segment that Samsung is still saving for the Galaxy A3X line.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

On the plus side, the side-mounted capacitive reader works very well – quite accurate and very solid.

Speaking of the Galaxy A3X series and specifically the A34, it lacks a 3.5mm audio jack. The Galaxy A25 still has one.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

It is located right next to the Type-C port and the bottom speaker on the bottom of the device.

As for the speakers, the A25 has a stereo speaker setup.

6.5-inch display now with 120 Hz refresh rate

Samsung continues to make some of the best panels in the industry and tends to equip even its cheaper devices with decent models. The Galaxy A25 is a great example. It has a Super AMOLED screen, just like its predecessor, which is still  6.5 inches in diameter.

The resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels with an aspect ratio of  19.5:9  with a pixel density of about  396 ppi. We found it quite obvious in person.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

The display bezels are still on the larger end, detracting from the affordable nature of the device.

The 120Hz refresh rate is up from 90Hz on last year’s Galaxy A24 and is now more in line with the 120Hz found on the Galaxy A3X family, especially the A34.

Before we talk more about the refresh rate, we need to say a few words about the performance of the display. Samsung says the Galaxy A25 should have a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits on its display – essentially the same as last year’s A24. We measured 434 nits with the manual slider maxed out, and the phone hit 1,030 nits in auto-max mode, basically confirming the market’s claims. These numbers are more in line with last year’s Galaxy A24 numbers.

Galaxy A25

Galaxy A25

In terms of color, the display depth is 8 bitsSamsung offers two color profiles – Vivid and Natural with a color temperature slider and separate RGB channel settings in Live mode.

The Galaxy A25 lacks HDR support. The phone itself can decode HDR10 and HLG, but not Dolby Vision or HDR10+, but the display can’t display HDR content at all. On the plus side, the phone has the highest Widevine L1 DRM certification, which allows apps like Netflix to deliver FullHD streams and saturate the display’s resolution.

High rate control

The refresh rate of the Galaxy A25 is 120 Hz, which is 90 Hz higher than last year’s A24 model. This is a great addition in itself, but unfortunately, just like the Galaxy A34, there’s virtually no automatic refresh rate switching. There are two “motion smoothness” options in the settings – High and Standard. The first runs at a fixed frequency of 120 Hz and the second at a fixed frequency of 60 Hz.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

There’s no logic to automatically switching from 120Hz to 90Hz or 60Hz, as you might find on many competitors. This means you’re constantly wasting at least some power in 120Hz mode. On the plus side, at least high refresh rate gaming works as expected, with titles that support rendering above 60fps more than enough for the Exynos 1280.

Battery Life

The Galaxy A25 packs a hefty 5,000 mAh battery – a capacity that most users today expect. This phone uses the mentioned battery sufficiently and manages an active use score of 10:19 hours. We would ideally like to see better results in browsing and gaming.

Galaxy A25
Galaxy A25

Charging

The Galaxy A25 supports Samsung’s 25W fast charging standard. It’s based on Power Delivery, but it’s still best to buy one of Samsung’s chargers to ensure you get the best possible charging speeds and PPS charging profiles. As we mentioned, there’s no charger in the box, so you’ll need to get your own.

Samsung Galaxy A25 reviewWe used Samsung’s 25W charger for our testing, and the A25 performed perfectly well. Pretty much what we’ve come to expect from a recent 5000mAh Samsung device with 25W charging.

In terms of actual numbers, we managed to get our A25 from 0% to  27%  in 15 minutes and up to  49%  in half an hour. It took 84 minutes to fully charge.

Galaxy A25

Galaxy A25

Galaxy A25

Speakers

The Galaxy A25 has a hybrid stereo speaker setup. This is a new feature this year. A24 mono speaker upgrade and more in line with A34 settings. A dedicated speaker is located at the bottom of the phone and an amplified speaker controls the other channel. Naturally, this means that the balance between the two is not perfect. The bottom speaker is definitely louder and clearer. However, the stereo effect that the two produce together is very convincing and pleasing for multimedia consumption.

In terms of loudness, our Galaxy A25 unit managed -26 LUFS, which barely qualifies for our “Very Good” grade. This is a significant improvement over the Galaxy A24’s average score, and fully in line with the Galaxy A34’s performance.

The actual sound quality is also very good and very similar to the Galaxy A34. There’s nothing noticeable even at high volumes, and the soundstage is fairly rich. The mids could be a little better, but the highs are great, and there’s even some bass. It has Dolby Atmos, a full-featured equalizer, and UHQ upscaling.

Connectivity

As mentioned earlier, the Galaxy A25 is a 5G device. It offers 5G dual standby mode in both nano SIM card slots. The second gap is a hybrid affair. It can use a nano SIM card or a microSD card for expandable storage. We have information that there is also a single-SIM variant of the Galaxy A25, but almost every store listing we’ve seen is for the dual-SIM.

For local connectivity, the A25 has dual-band Wi-Fi 6/ac and Bluetooth 5.3. Some regions have NFC, while FM radio doesn’t seem to be available anywhere. However, it’s still worth checking with your local retailer.

There’s no IR blaster on board, but as we mentioned earlier there is a 3.5mm audio jack.

Samsung Galaxy A25 reviewYou support GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, and QZSS for positioning. The onboard Type-C port has USB Host/OTG capability, but nothing else interesting in terms of features like video output. The Type-C port is backed up by a USB 2.0 connection, which means a theoretical maximum data transfer speed of 480Mbps.

The Galaxy A25 has a decent array of sensors but unfortunately lacks a proper hardware proximity sensor. You get a virtual proximity sensor which is mostly responsible for turning off the screen during incoming calls. Although not ideal. Other than that, you get an ICM42632M accelerometer and gyroscope combo, an STK31610 light sensor, and an AK09918C magnetometer. There is no barometer.

One UI 6 on top of Android 14

The Galaxy A25 runs on Samsung’s current One UI 6 on top of the latest Android 14. It’s One UI instead of the core version found on some low-end Galaxy devices. This means fewer features are removed.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

The Galaxy A25 is eligible for four years or four major OS and One UI updates and a total of five years of security patches over its life cycle.

You get the same general UX and even more features of the Galaxy S series, which is great to see on a mid-range device. The good news for all Galaxy users is that the list of software features reserved for flagships has dwindled in recent years and now includes niche items like Samsung DeX.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

Despite the big leap in version, OneUI 6.0 remains visually and functionally very familiar without many obvious changes. Visual features include more freedom to move the clock widget on the lock screen, a new button layout in the quick panel, and an improved notification layout in the notification shade.

The home screen has simplified icon labels, and you can now drag and drop icons from one screen to another by holding the icon with one hand and swiping between screens with the other. There’s a new Weather insights widget and a custom camera widget that can launch the camera directly in the selected camera mode.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

There are also some small behavioral changes with settings. For example, Airplane Mode has gotten smarter and now remembers the last time you turned on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi alongside Airplane Mode and automatically restores that mode. Battery settings now get their own top-level menu for easier access. The Digital Wellbeing menu has been redesigned to be more readable.

Samsung Galaxy A25 review

Samsung’s new Auto Blocker is a one-stop shop for all your privacy and security needs. You get automatic checks for things like malware and suggestions, and some neat optional features like preventing the installation of unknown apps, preventing malicious ADB commands from running on the phone, and scanning images for malicious content.

As for Samsung apps, you get a handful of the company’s in-house developed solutions, such as Samsung Messages, Phone, Contacts, Gallery, Notes, Health, Files, Internet, and Store, often associated with Google’s “duplicate” apps.Samsung Galaxy A25 review

There aren’t many preloaded apps that we’d consider outright bloatware, but our Galaxy A25 unit came with TikTok, Spotify, Netflix, Facebook, Temu, Happy Color, and WoW. Fortunately, something you can’t quickly remove and get rid of.

We didn’t notice any ads in One UI 6 on the Galaxy A25, as is usually the case.

Performance

Galaxy A25 is based on Samsung’s Exynos 1280 chipset. It’s a fairly modern piece from 2022, made with the 5nm LPE (EUV) manufacturing process. We have already seen the proper performance of this chipset in devices such as Galaxy A53 5G and Galaxy A33 5G. It has an octa-core CPU configuration with two ARM Cortex-A78 cores clocked at up to 2.4GHz and another six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.0GHz. The internal GPU is a Mali-G68 unit.

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The Exynos 1280 is paired with 6 or 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal storage. The test unit that we ran the benchmarks on is a 128GB/6GB base unit.

Let’s start with GeekBench and some CPU tests. First of all, it’s encouraging to see that Samsung seems to have squeezed more performance out of the Exynos 1280, as it clearly performs better inside the Galaxy A25 compared to the Galaxy A53 5G. This could be related to many things, including faster memory or memory and OS improvements. However, this is a welcome finding.

Galaxy A25
Galaxy A25

In the grand scheme of things, the Exynos 1280 seems to outperform the Snapdragon 695 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 in both single and multi-core CPU tasks. The Dimensity 6080 as well as the Dimensity 7050 mostly hit back and forth with it. Anything from MediaTek’s 80xx line is superior, and so is the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 in the Poco X6.

The Dimensity 1080 seems to be slightly better in overall performance – a fact supported by AnTuTu and its much more complex set of tests that also take into account things like storage and memory speed. The Galaxy A34 is slightly ahead of the A25, and the A54 is still ahead.

Galaxy A25

Galaxy A25

However, none are anywhere near the top in this price range in terms of overall performance. That honor seems to go to the Motorola Edge 40 and the Infinix GT 10 Pro, beating the MediaTek 8020 and 8050, respectively. However, the Galaxy A25 certainly holds its own, offering a slightly lower AnTuTu score than its predecessor, the A24.

3Dmark shows pretty much the same picture as AnTuTu, with Motorola Edge 40 and Infinix GT 10 Pro topping the charts. When it comes to GPU performance, the Mali-G68 in the Galaxy A25 seems to be roughly on par with the Dimensity 1080 and Dimensity 7050, as these chips all have the same graphics settings. And said setup is a head start on the Mali-G57 MC2, as found in the Helio G99, Dimensity 6080, and Dimensity 700, as well as Adreno 619 on Qualcomm’s part.

Galaxy A25

Galaxy A25

On a more practical note, we found the Galaxy A25 to run without any noticeable issues or slowdowns. It has plenty of power for daily tasks as well as some casual gaming.

The Galaxy A25 never overheats to the touch even after intense stress testing. The passive cooling solution found in the Exynos 1280 also seems to manage the heat output well.

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Introducing the familiar triple camera now with ultra-higher resolution

The Galaxy A25 mainly carries forward the camera setup of its Galaxy A24 predecessor.

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It includes a 50-megapixel primary camera with OIS, a 2-megapixel macro camera on the back, and a 13-megapixel selfie camera with fixed focus. One upgrade here is the move to an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera on the back, up from the 5-megapixel unit on the Galaxy A24.

Samsung Galaxy A25 camera specifications

  • Wide (primary)  : 50MP Samsung ISOCELL (S5K)JN1, f/1.8, 27mm, 1/2.76in, 0.64μm, PDAF, OIS; 2160p@30fps
  • Ultra-wide  : 8 MP Samsung ISOCELL (S5K) 4HA, f/2.2, 120°, 1/4 inch, 1.12 µm, fixed focus; 1080p@30fps
  • Macro  : 2MP GalaxyCore GC02M1, f/2.4, fixed focus.
  • Front camera:  13 MP Hynix Hi-1339, f/2.2, 1/3.06″ 1.12 µm, fixed focus; 1080p@30fps

Overall, we can say that Samsung hasn’t changed the camera that much. One new addition to the mix is ​​gyro-EIS – a nice feature to have and previously unavailable on the Galaxy A24.

The camera app is what you find on every Samsung phone these days. You only get Pro mode on the main camera, while Night mode can be used on the main, ultra-wide, and selfie cameras.

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Camera quality in daylight

The main camera saves 12.5MP photos by default. We’ve already seen this particular camera perform very well on other devices like last year’s Galaxy A24.

The resolved detail is good, the noise reduction did a great job, the contrast is excellent, and the dynamic range is wide. In typical Samsung fashion, the colors have a little extra ‘pop’ to them. Overall, though, photos don’t look over-processed or over-sharpened, which is great.

Unfortunately, if you look closely, the photos look quite soft.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 12.5MP main camera samples

Even in the absence of a dedicated depth sensor, the main camera takes perfectly decent portrait photos. Subjects with pleasant skin tones look detailed. The subject detection and separation is quite accurate and the background blur quality is excellent.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 12.5MP main camera portrait examples

The Galaxy A25 lacks a dedicated telephoto camera, but it can still take 2x zoom photos with its main cameraThese are very comparable in quality to 1x photos, meaning they look good if you don’t zoom too close.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 12.5MP main camera samples with 2x zoom

The new 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera is a slight upgrade over last year’s 5-megapixel unit. Contrast and dynamic range are all right. We welcome camera color interpretation. It’s not natural, but it matches the slightly saturated look of the main camera.

Blended details are over-sharpened. The quality of the photos reminds us of what good-grade CCTV cameras produce, meaning they capture the scene, but the quality isn’t great by phone camera standards.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 8MP ultra-wide camera samples

The 2MP macro camera’s focus is fixed at 4cm, and it may take a few tries to get it right. Once you’ve done that, you can save some usable close-ups that you can post on your Instagram. The colors and dynamic range are good, but the resolved detail is fairly unremarkable.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 2MP macro camera samples

 The 13MP selfies we took on the Galaxy A25 are excellent – ​​there’s plenty of resolved detail and a balanced overall display, accurate colors, and wide dynamic range. We’ve seen worse selfies from more expensive phones, so kudos to Samsung for building a decent selfie camera into such an affordable device.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 13MP selfie camera samples

Camera quality in low light

The Galaxy A25’s main camera takes decent, but largely unremarkable photos in low light. While there is little detail, most surfaces look smooth and a bit noisy. Both shadows and highlights are well developed, and light sources are well present, though still not quite. Dynamic range and contrast are good. The colors are a bit cold but overall good.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 12.5MP main camera samples in low light

The Galaxy A25 does some automatic night mode on its own, but there’s also a  manual night mode that takes longer exposure times and stacks more images. The resulting images are slightly clearer, with less noise and cleaner surfaces. Light sources are also significantly better managed.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: night mode examples of the 12.5-megapixel main camera

2x zoom photos from the main camera are expected to look noisier and softer than 1x photos. They are still very usable though.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 12.5MP main camera samples with 2x zoom in low light

Night mode doesn’t seem to do much for these photos. The exposure is higher, which can lead to some clipped highlights and doesn’t help the shadows much, and that’s it.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 12.5MP main camera samples 2x night mode

Considering its poor performance in daylight,  we didn’t expect much from the new ultra-wide 8MP in low light. Low-light photos are quite soft and noisy and don’t have a lot of detail. However, the dynamic range is quite decent for this type of camera.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 8MP ultra-wide camera samples in low light

Night mode boosts the exposure a bit and brightens things up, but doesn’t really help develop darker areas or better light sources. The amount of detail captured remains pretty much the same, with a little extra sharpening applied to what’s already there. This creates a cleaner overall look but is quite artificial.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: night mode examples of the 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera

The selfie camera cannot be affected in low light conditions either. Faces look soft and muddy most of the time, even if you nail a fixed focal plane. On a more positive note, at least the skin tone looks believable most of the time.

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Samsung Galaxy A25: 13 MP selfie camera examples in low light

Video Quality

One of the upgrades offered by the Exynos 1280 chipset over the Mediatek Helio G99 in last year’s Galaxy A24 is the ability to record 4K@30fps video. The Galaxy A25 can do this on its main camera and only in 1x mode. The 2x zoom mode of the main camera, the ultrawide camera, and the selfie camera are all limited to 1080p.

By default, video is stored in the h.264/AVC stream at approximately 49 Mbps in 4K and 17 Mbps in FullHD. The audio is also standard AAC 48kHz stereo, and both fit together inside a standard MP4 container. There is also an option to save some space and capture in h.265/HEVC instead.

4K video from the main camera looks very detailed, with virtually no noise, good contrast, and great dynamic range. Colors, just like still photos, are a little on the saturated side, but not overly so. The contrast is also tweaked a bit to give it that extra “poppy” look.

That said, the video is limited to 1080p at 2x zoom and looks pretty unremarkable by comparison. Not bad, but the level of detail is definitely lacking. The same can be said about the ultra-wide camera and its 1080p videos in general. While definitely usable, they are soft, especially around the edges of the frame. We like that the colors are reasonably consistent with the original camera.

Bucking the trend, 1080p videos from the selfie camera look great. There is excellent skin texture detail. Skin tones also look great. The contrast is pleasant, as well as slightly saturated colors. Overall, a great show.

Another new addition to the Galaxy A25 mix is ​​gyroscope-based electronic image stabilization (EIS). Available in two flavors or levels. One of them is primary stabilization, which can be changed through the camera’s settings menu. It drops the resolution to 1080p, but it can work on all cameras (except the 2MP macro) and does a pretty decent job of smoothing out small shakes and bumps. Then there’s Super Steady, which only works in 1080p and on the ultra-wide camera. This is intended for sports and other action shots and offers better overall stabilization at the cost of cropping more of the frame.

Low-light footage from the main camera is surprisingly clean and accurate. The details are there and the colors look nice too. Dynamic range could be better, however, with blown-out light sources and often crushed shadows. Shooting at 2x zoom from the main camera is worse with less detail as the 1080p resolution is also softer and a bit noisy. 1080p video from Ultrawide is very disappointing. It is dark, muddy, and noisy.

Check Competitors

At the time of writing, the base 6GB/128GB Galaxy A25 will set you back around  $250 / €285 / £250 / INR 27,000,  and the top-end 8GB / 256GB is $399 / €330 / INR 30,000 It will come back to you. It’s a competitive price bracket with plenty of viable options.

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While we’re still not sure what Samsung has in store for the Galaxy A35, last year’s Galaxy A34 has been pretty well discounted. You can get a 6GB/128GB base unit for around $250 / €250 / £190 / INR 25,500. Of course, since the A34 is technically “last generation” and came with Android 13 and One UI 5.1, there’s a shorter support window left after four years of major updates and five years of Samsung’s promising security patches.

In terms of upgrades over the A25, the A34 has decent IP67 protection, 4K video recording on the selfie camera, and a slightly more powerful Dimensity 1080 chipset. Other specifications are a kind of washing of two devices. You even forego the 3.5mm audio jack that the A25 has. However, the A34 might suit you better.

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Samsung Galaxy A34 • Xiaomi Poco X6 • Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro

We have many models of the latest Xiaomi products. There is the ever-popular Redmi Note series specifically the vanilla Redmi Note 13. It is currently priced slightly lower than the Galaxy A25 and offers quite comparable specs. Its Dimensity 6080 is a bit more powerful, but you’ll have to make do with 1080p video, despite the phone’s 108-megapixel primary camera having enough resolution.

Enter the Xiaomi Poco X6. It seems to be the most reasonable alternative to the Galaxy A25. Of course, it seems to cost a little more, but you get a better, brighter, and HDR 12-bit AMOLED display, a more powerful Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 chipset, IP54 ingress protection, and Gorilla Glass Victus, 256GB base memory, and 8GB. RAM and 67W faster charging with the onboard 5100 mAh battery, just to name a few. According to our tests, if you have just a little more to spend, you can go for the Poco X6 Pro with faster UFS 4.0 storage and better overall battery life.

If you’re looking to save money instead, there’s the Poco M6 Pro 4G, which is sort of the same as the Redmi Note 13 Pro 4G, only slightly cheaper. Next to the Galaxy A25, it has a very comparable display and a slightly more powerful chipset. You’ll have to live with 1080p video recording, but you won’t forgo other features like a stereo speaker setup, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, or FM radio. As a bonus, the Poco M6 Pro also offers 67W fast charging and official IP54 protection.

Summary

Last year, Samsung made a rather confusing choice by introducing the Galaxy A24 only in the 4G/LTE version. All along, the A34 was 5G and even the A15 had a 5G variant. That’s no longer the case with the new Galaxy A25, and it’s not the only sensible upgrade to the formula.

The move from 90Hz to 120Hz refresh rate may be relatively small, but it’s meaningful and helps the phone feel smoother and more responsive overall. You can probably get longer battery life by disabling the high refresh rate, so the choice is up to you.

The leap from MediaTek’s Helio G99 to the Exynos 1280 may not be huge in terms of raw performance either, but beyond the aforementioned 5G connectivity, it also brings 4K video recording to the Galaxy A25, another small but significant upgrade.

The new stereo speaker setup is also a big deal in our books. The speaker may not shine at all compared to the competition, but it’s still miles better than the single speaker offered on the Galaxy A24.

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All these small updates add up and probably bring the Galaxy A25 closer to Galaxy A3X territory in terms of features than ever before. Upgrades aside, the Galaxy A25 still has a solid build, now with a slightly tweaked design, which we found offered a more comfortable grip. Both battery life and performance are reliable, and the same can be said for the camera settings. Well, at least in daylight. Low-light photography is a little disappointing, though it’s still not that bad.

We would have liked to see a decent intrusion protection rating like the Galaxy A25’s larger counterparts, but maybe next year. We don’t really see anything major to complain about in the Galaxy A25. It’s a solid Samsung device with everything you need for a decent price, and we’re sure it’ll be a hit.

Why should we buy the Galaxy A25 phone?

  • Attractive and solid design.
  • The Super AMOLED screen is now 120Hz.
  • Good quality stereo speakers
  • The latest version of Android and One UI.
  • Good performance for this price range and excellent thermal behavior.
  • Now great photo and video quality with 4K video recording, 2x lossless zoom, and great selfie photos and videos.
  • 5G, NFC, microSD.

Why should we avoid buying the Galaxy A25 phone?

  • No charger inside the box
  • There is no official ingress protection rating yet.
  • There is no change in the auto-removal rate and no support for HDR.
  • Video stabilization is only available at 1080p.
  • Very poor performance of the omnidirectional camera in low light.
  • Virtual proximity sensor

Source: GSMARENA.COM

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

Poco X6 review, price, and specifications

Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

Specifications of Xiaomi Poco X6 at a glance:

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

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

Read more: Xiaomi Poco X6 Pro review

Poco X6 Unboxing

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

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

Design, build quality, handling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The frame is plastic on all sides.

There is nothing on the left.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Display

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

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

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

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

The minimum white point brightness was only 2.3 nits.

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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

Poco X6

Speakers

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

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

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

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

Android 13 with MIUI 14

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

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

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

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

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Home screen, recent apps, settings menu, app drawer

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

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Control center and notification panel

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

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Floating windows and sidebar

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

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

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Themes and other customization options

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

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The display is always on

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

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

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Security application

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

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

Performance and metrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Poco X6

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

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

A mid-range triple camera, OIS

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

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

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

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

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

Camera app

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

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

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

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

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

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Camera app

Day photo quality

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

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Main camera

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

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

How to use an Android phone as a webcam

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

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

The reason for using an Android phone as a webcam

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

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

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

How to use a smartphone as a webcam

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

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

Method 1: Using DroidCam

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

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

How to use a smartphone as a webcam

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

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

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

    Second method: Using IP Webcam

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Conclusion

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

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

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

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

The best Poco phones, buying guide

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

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

The best Poco phones

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

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

Poco F5 Pro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read More: Xiaomi Poco M6 Pro Review

Poco F5

Xiaomi Poco F5 phone

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

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

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

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

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

Poco X6 Pro

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

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

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

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

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

Poco F4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poco C40

poco c40

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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