The last budget smartphone from POCO in 2023 was the POCO C65, and it is still one of the most popular ultra budget smartphones in 2024. Why is that so? Because of the price to specs ratio.
At only $100, the smartphone offers a large 6.74-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate, Helio G85 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, 50MP camera and 5000mAh battery.
In this article, we will test the POCO C65 smartphone in detail, and talk about its pros and cons.
Like all POCO smartphones, the new POCO C65 comes in a bright yellow box.
I am also surprised that a protective case is not included. I know it is an ultra-budget smartphone, but a silicone case is a must-have.
Talking about the design of the POCO C65, first, I should say that it is a pretty large smartphone, because it has a 6.74-inch display. We will come back to the screen a little later, but for now, let’s take a look at the rear panel of the smartphone.
Here we can see the familiar design for POCO smartphones, because we tested POCO M5 about one year ago, and it had a similar glossy panel. However, it still looks very nice compared to mobile devices of other brands.
Maybe Xiaomi didn’t put a protective case in the package so we cannot hide this beauty? The back panel really looks nice.
There is also a flashlight next to the cameras.
There is also a volume rocker on this side of the smartphone.
Another feature of the POCO C65 is a 3.5mm headphone jack. You know, for some reason only ultra budget smartphones still have an audio jack, while mid-range and flagship smartphones have forgotten about it.
By the way, it is not advertised anywhere, but in the user manual, I found that the smartphone has IP52 water resistance. This guarantees protection from dust and splashes.
Now let’s go back to the display.
First, there is a waterdrop notch above the screen with a front-facing camera. As I said before, the display diagonal is 6.74 inches.
The POCO C65 is an ultra-budget smartphone, so it has HD+ screen resolution, 720 x 1600 pixels. I cannot say it is a big problem or a problem at all, because the text reads fine, and the videos are watchable too.
If we started talking about gaming, let’s move on to hardware.
The POCO C65 is powered by a Helio G85 chipset. I have a model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in memory, but the smartphone is also available in the version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Let’s take a look at the benchmark test results.
First, I think you are interested in the AnTuTu score. The POCO C65 has 279,497 points in this benchmark. That’s good for a $100 smartphone.
But let’s still play some games.
So, I installed PUBG Mobile, Genshin Impact, Call of Duty and Asphalt 9 on the POCO C65 smartphone. Let’s just play them without my comments.
All games launch without problems, and it’s quite comfortable to play, although the graphics are quite low.
Now, a little bit about the software. The POCO C65 runs on Android 13 operating system and MIUI 14 user interface. Unfortunately, this is not the latest Xiaomi HyperOS. I don’t think it will be available on this smartphone.
Like any Xiaomi phones, POCO C65 has a lot of pre-installed apps. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of MIUI, but some people may find these apps useful, for example, GetApps, Game Center, Themes, Security, and others.
You know, the camera looks like the highlight of the POCO C65, because there are three camera sensors on the rear panel, such as 50MP main camera, 2MP macro camera and auxiliary lens.
Now let’s take a look at the photos and videos I took on the POCO C65.
So, the smartphone has a Photo mode in which it takes pictures at a resolution of 4080 x 3072 pixels.
If you want to take higher resolution photos, you need to select 50MP mode. They have 8160 x 6144 pixels.
The daytime photos look very decent, don’t you agree?
The front camera of the POCO C65 has an 8MP sensor, but you can take good selfies with it. There is even a portrait mode available for the front camera.
The POCO C65 smartphone has Night Mode, and I recommend using it when taking photos in low light conditions. The pictures in Night mode are much better than in Photo or 50MP modes.
As for video shooting, the new POCO smartphone has no electronic image stabilization, not to mention optical. Because of this, the video footage is quite shaky, but still clear.
The battery of the new POCO smartphone has a very good capacity of 5000mAh. I was expecting a very good battery life from POCO C65, but unfortunately, I was disappointed.
Why I’m disappointed? Because I was testing Realme C51 for the same price of about $105 some months ago, and it had 12 and a half hours of battery life in the same test.
In addition, the POCO C65 has 18W fast charging support, but the power adapter in the package only supports 10W. Using the power adapter and charging cable that come with the smartphone, a full battery charge takes 2 hours and 38 minutes.
For comparison, the same Realme C51 supports 33W fast charging. Its battery fully charges in 1 hour and almost 10 minutes. Do you feel the difference?
Let’s talk a little bit about connectivity.
There is also dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.3 support.
So, I have already mentioned the Realme C51, and now I want to compare it to the POCO C65, because they are very similar smartphones.
Both of them cost about $105, and they have the same 6.74-inch display with HD+ resolution, 50MP main camera, 5000mAh battery, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
The POCO smartphone has a little higher performance because of the Helio G85 chipset. The AnTuTu score of the POCO C65 is 279,000 points, while the Realme C51 has 252,000 points in the same benchmark.
The main advantage of the Realme smartphone is its battery life and charging speed. I think the battery charging speed of the POCO C65 is a shame, because 2 and a half hours is a very long time.
Leaving that aside, the POCO C65 looks like a good ultra budget smartphone for 2024.
Perhaps some of you already have this smartphone? Write in the comments below what you think about it.