Poco C65 Review : Reasonably Priced

Khabar Lekh
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The Poco C65 is the company’s latest affordable offering in India. It has a good set of specs, including a huge display, a large battery, and triple back cameras. According to the business, the latest C-series phone from Poco has a few of category firsts. In terms of features and design, the device is identical to the Redmi 13C 4G, however there are some minor differences. For the past week, I’ve been testing out the new Poco C65, and here’s what I think of it.

Poco C65 Price in India

In India, the Poco C65 begins at Rs. 8,499 for the basic edition with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. There are two additional options for the phone. The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model costs Rs. 9,499, while the 8GB RAM + 256GB variant costs Rs. 10,999.

Poco C65

If you pay with your ICICI Bank card, you will receive an immediate Rs. 1,000 discount on the Poco C65. The phone is available in Pastel Blue and Matte Black color variants on Flipkart. In the package, you’ll get a 10W charger, a USB Type-A to Type-C connection, a SIM ejector tool, and the phone. Unfortunately, no case is provided in the packaging.

Poco C65 Design

The Poco C65 appears to be fairly nice for a phone for under Rs. 10,000 (bank discounts included). Except for the front, there is no metal or glass on the phone, yet it has a wonderful look and feel. I’ve been using the Pastel Blue model, which has a plastic back and frame. There are two design components on the back panel. It has a mainly matte surface, with a rectangular glossy piece at the top that holds the triple camera arrangement, the LED flash, and the Poco logo.

Poco C65

The matte texture on the rear makes the phone slick, yet it’s not a fingerprint magnet. It’s also a large phone, but the weight isn’t noticeable. The phone is 192 grams in weight. The phone has Gorilla Glass 3 protection for the display, which has substantial bezels all around. The bottom bezel is notably thick, giving the phone an old-fashioned appearance..

Poco C65 Display

Poco’s new C-series phone features a big display. The Poco C65 features a 6.74-inch HD+ (720 x 1600 pixel) display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. It’s not a horrible display at all, and it was legible in direct sunlight during my time with the phone. By default, the phone is configured to auto-refresh, which varies between 60 and 90Hz depending on the content. You may always change it to 60 or 90Hz, although the latter would drain the battery faster.

Poco C65

 The display has a peak brightness of up to 600 nits and good viewing angles. The Poco C65 supports video playback and has L1 widevine certification, allowing you to watch 1080p definition videos on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other streaming services. The phone also has TUV low blue light and flicker-free certification, which contributes to a pleasant viewing experience.

The Poco C65’s display also has Vivid, Saturated, and Standard color options to select from. Overall, the phone’s display is adequate.

Poco C65 Software

The Poco C65 ships with the MIUI 14 skin, which is based on Android 13. In the one week I’ve had the phone, I’ve also received a software update that loaded the November Android security patch.

Poco has guaranteed up to two years of Android OS support and three security patches, which is rather impressive for a low-cost smartphone.

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MIUI 14 has many more features than standard Android, but it also has a lot of bloatware. The Poco C65 came with a slew of pre-installed games and apps right out of the box. However, if you don’t want these applications on your phone, you may uninstall them. There will be some advertisements here and there, but they will mostly take the shape of app recommendations. When you first set up the phone, you’re asked if you want to utilize the Glance lock screen, which cycles the lock screen wallpaper whenever you open the phone. When you first open the app drawer, a keyboard appears, but you may deactivate it since it tries to provide you app recommendations.

Poco C65 Performance

The Poco C65 delivers satisfactory results. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, which isn’t a brand-new chip. When I was using the phone, I noticed some latency. The slowness was noticeable when browsing between apps, moving between apps, multi-tasking with many apps running in the background, and doing other regular operations.

Poco C65

On the Poco C65, Poco has combined the MediaTek SoC with up to 8GB of RAM. You can receive up to 4GB of virtual RAM that is borrowed from the internal storage. I didn’t run any benchmarks since I didn’t believe they were necessary to evaluate the phone’s performance in everyday usage.


The Poco C65 has an AI triple rear camera configuration that combines a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a third AI depth camera for portrait photographs. An 8-megapixel camera is nestled under a waterdrop notch for selfies.

Poco C65

The camera interface is simple to use, with quick access to all of the major photo and video modes. The Macro mode, on the other hand, is concealed in the drop-down menu. In Photo mode, you may select between HDR and other filters. The phone also supports full 50-megapixel resolution images, although they do not enable HDR. The Poco C65 can record movies in 720p or 1080p quality at 30 frames per second.

Even when I employed the maximum 50-megapixel setting, the picture and video quality of daylight images produced with the main sensor was mediocre in terms of color and detail. I suppose the image quality is adequate for a phone under Rs.10,000. The video quality in daylight is likewise acceptable, with a lot of noise when zoomed in to 2x. There is neither optical or electronic picture stabilization, but there is autofocus.

Poco C65

The primary camera’s nighttime shots are noisy and lack detail. Again, utilizing the 50-megapixel option is ineffective. The Poco C65 has a Night mode that can aid with low-light photography. When compared to photos produced in Photo mode, images taken in Night mode have less noise and capture more light.

A Macro mode is also available, which provides photographs with typical levels of detail. Only the primary 50-megapixel sensor and the 2-megapixel macro sensor are functional from the three rear cameras. The third camera exists just to gather depth information for Portrait pictures. The smartphone captures portrait photographs at 1x and there is no zoom option. Having a separate depth sensor aids in edge recognition, although it isn’t ideal. When shooting a portrait image, you may, however, change the depth.

When it comes to selfies, the front camera takes decent pictures. There are adequate details, and there is also a beauty mode. Portrait mode, video shooting at up to 1080p 30fps, and Time-Lapse are all supported by the front camera. You also have a flash option that makes use of the display as a light source. Again, photographs and videos are mediocre, which is to be expected from a phone in this price range.

 Battery life

The Poco C65 boasts a 5,000mAh battery that enables fast charging up to 18W. However, the packaging only includes a 10W charger. It takes some time to completely charge the phone with the provided charger. The phone reached 22 percent after a 30-minute charge, then it crept to 44 percent in an hour. It took 2 hours and 32 minutes to charge completely. I would suggest purchasing an 18W charger.

Poco C65

With some gaming and camera use, the Poco C65 comfortably lasted more over a day in my testing. If you’re not a gamer, you might be able to get two days out of it.

What else does the Poco C65 offer?

The Poco C65 has a USB Type-C connector as well as a headphone jack. Bluetooth 5.3, 4G LTE, a microSD card slot, dual-SIM compatibility, and dual-band Wi-Fi are all included. You also get a fingerprint scanner on the side, which is quick when it works. There were a few occasions when the sensor did not recognize my finger right away. It may take a number of taps to get it to operate. The phone also enables Face Unlock, which I would not advocate utilizing because it is insecure.

A single respectable speaker is provided at the bottom. It gets loud enough to be helpful indoors, but it lacks bass. The ear speaker is adequate, and the haptic motor is pretty powerful.


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