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Poco C50 Review: A good budget smartphone for basic use

The battery is really powerful. A very effective 5,000 mAh battery is included with the device.

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The Poco C50 has an initial retail price of Rs 6,499, making it an amazing smartphone for people who are upgrading to a budget 5G mobile. It would be exorbitant to ask for too much of a phone in this price range. However, it should at least be capable of handling all of your regular chores, such as watching movies, sending emails, and using WhatsApp, while also sporing a long battery life. So let’s put everything we just said to the test in this Poco C50 review and decide whether or not this phone is worth purchasing.

Poco C50 Review: Design and Display

The smartphone is quite lightweight and comfortable to hold in your hand. The Poco C50 has a very simple design. The material used for its back, polycarbonate, has a matte appearance that resembles leather. The nicest element is that it is resistant to fingerprints and smudges, and it has a pleasant texture. Additionally, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back panel. Although it is an outdated technology, it unlocks the device really quickly and works quite well.

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Poco C50 Review: Design and Display

Another plastic component is the side frames. A dedicated micro SD card (up to 512 GB) and a SIM tray slot, which can hold two nano SIM cards each, are located on the left side of the device, while the volume rocker and power buttons are located on the right. A speaker grille and a micro USB port for charging are located on the top and bottom frame, respectively.

Review of Poco C50

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Review of Poco C50

A selfie camera is located in a teardrop-shaped notch on the front. The Poco C50 has a 6.52-inch HD+ display with a 1,600 x 700-pixel resolution. The touch sampling rate on the screen is 120 Hz. Although the phone’s glass is protected by Panda Glass, it is still highly advised that you put a cover on it to shield the front and rear.

Poco C50 Review: Design and Display

The text and graphics are incredibly sharp and clear even though the quality is not full HD. Impressive colour reproduction is another feature. Watching movies and videos is wonderful. The YouTube videos’ maximum resolution is FHD, yet some 60 frames per second films lag. We experienced minor frame drops while watching FHD 30 fps videos. Because the phone doesn’t support Widevine L1, OTT apps like Netflix and others will only support a maximum resolution of 540p. Not surprising; it is a budget phone, but the content is still crisp and very watchable.

Review of Poco C50

Reels scrolling on Instagram and Facebook feeds is very fluid, too. You won’t be disappointed by this display, for sure.

The Poco C50 has a single top-firing speaker, therefore the audio quality is above average. On the plus side, the speaker is not obscured when holding the phone. On the other hand, holding the phone in landscape mode runs the risk of accidentally covering the speaker. The sound actually sounds extremely amazing and is clear and loud.

Poco C50 Review: Performance and Cameras

The Poco C50 is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 SoC with eight cores and up to 3GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The model we now have has 32 GB of storage, 22 GB of which are usable, and 3 GB of RAM. Which, in our opinion, is adequate to install all necessary programmes. Although this smartphone’s app launch speed is not the fastest, it is remarkably reliable.

The phone’s overall performance is really good considering the price it is being sold for. It only supports one band of WiFi (2.4 GHz), which is more than sufficient to stream videos and use all of your social media apps. However, due to the 32GB of capacity, there is a lengthy wait when downloading large apps and games.

In terms of the operating system, the Poco C50 runs Android 12 Go Edition, which is a toned-down version of the original Android OS. Absolutely no bloatware is present. Even while it isn’t the smoothest, it is often extremely responsive.

Poco C50 performance

Now, we’re assuming that the majority of your daily duties will be accomplished on this phone if you decide to purchase it. In fact, you can even engage in the majority of the basic games, such as Subway Surfer. However, we advise you to search elsewhere if you intend to play graphically intensive games like COD Mobile.

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The device also includes an FM radio. Use your wired earphones to listen to music while travelling. But keep in mind that in order for the radio to function, the earphone cable must be plugged in.

The Poco C50’s dual rear camera system, which features an 8-megapixel primary sensor, adds AI capability. The front of the gadget has a 5-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calls.

Poco C50 performance
Regular daylight shot

Although the camera’s performance is somewhat basic, HDR, it manages to take some fairly decent shots. Also favourable is the dynamic range. Since you get to see real colours, you really can’t complain. However, selfies with and without portraits perform brilliantly in well-lit settings.

Poco C50 performance
Portrait shot

Additionally, you can capture Full HD videos, which while not the best, nevertheless serve their purpose.

The battery is really powerful. A very effective 5,000 mAh battery is included with the device, which works well with the processor. With moderate usage, the battery lasts for roughly two days. The main drawback is the slow (10W) charger, which needs more than three hours to fully charge. The manufacturer might have included this smartphone with an 18-watt charger and a USB Type-C port.

Verdict

Okay, final remarks. The price is perhaps really important, and you can get a really excellent display for roughly Rs 6,499. Additionally, it provides a pure Android experience. Also cool are the design and the back panel that looks like leather. Moreover excellent are the 5,000 mAh battery and general performance. 

Although we are aware that this is a low-cost smartphone, a Micro USB port and a 10W charger are so antique in 2023. Definitely, Poco ought to have improved this. We should have expected a minimum of a USB Type C port and an 18W charger from every phone in 2023. Basically, it’s the perfect phone for newbies, the elderly, and even your young teenagers that you want to stay in touch with.

Poco C50 Pros

  • Good Display
  • Stock Android experience
  • 5,000mAh battery

Poco C50 Cons

  • Micro USB port
  • slow charging

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Komila Singh
Komila Singhhttp://www.gadgetbridge.com
Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.
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The Poco C50 has an initial retail price of Rs 6,499, making it an amazing smartphone for people who are upgrading to a budget 5G mobile. It would be exorbitant to ask for too much of a phone in this price range. However, it...Poco C50 Review: A good budget smartphone for basic use