In India, tons of low-cost smartphones in the Rs 10,000 price range have been released in the last 2-3 quarters. Another recently released entry-level smartphone with a price under Rs 8,000 is the Poco C51. Let’s go further into the Poco C51 Review, beginning with the design aspect.
Poco C51 Review: Design and Display
Speaking of the design and build quality, the Poco C51’s back features a leather-like texture that sets it apart from other smartphones in this category. Although we are reviewing the blue version, it is also available in black. The upper left corner of the device has a dual back camera setup. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back as well, and it functions extremely well and is quite quick to unlock the mobile.
On top, there is a single speaker, while the bottom has a microphone, a micro USB connector, and a headphone jack. On the left side of the plastic frame, there is a SIM tray that can hold two nano SIM cards and supports an SD card with up to 1TB storage. On the right, you get the power and volume rocker buttons.
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On the front, a teardrop-shaped notch houses a selfie camera. It has a waterdrop-shaped 6.52-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1,600 pixels. The display sports 400 nits of brightness and 120Hz touch sampling rate is also supported. The text is easily readable and the colour reproduction is respectable.
Using this phone, we also watched few videos, and the experience was generally positive. Widevine L3 certification allows content from services like Netflix and Prime Videos to stream at a maximum resolution of 540p. The upside is that YouTube videos can stream in HD at 60 frames per second and play incredibly fluidly without any lag or buffering.
The single top-firing speaker also loud enough to hear music.
The device is flat and generally quite slim, with an (as said) good texture that gives it a particularly wonderful grip in your hand. You will need to purchase a cover separately because one is not included in the box. Despite the fact that the front screen is protected by Panda glass, we strongly advise using a phone cover.
Poco C51 Review: Performance and Camera
When it comes to performance, the Poco C51 is equipped with 64GB internal storage space, 4GB of RAM, and an octa-core MediaTek Helio G36 Processor. The device we have arrived with 4GB LPDDR4x RAM with the ability to add 3GB virtual RAM for a total of 7GB RAM. This helps with multitasking and speeds up the process of launching apps.
Although it isn’t a powerhouse, it is incredibly battery-efficient and capable of handling typical daily tasks with ease. You can use it for casual gaming, email, WhatsApp, cameras, and social networking apps.
A point to remember, this is not a dedicated gaming device, we advise you to stick to simple/casual games like Candy Crush or Subway Surfer for gaming. Obviously, all of these simple games will function without any issues. But the demanding ones will take a toll.
The operating system is Android 13 Go Edition, which is largely stock Android with a few useful features. You also receive the popular MIUI dialer, for example. It is neat and uncomplicated, and you may record calls without hearing the annoying recording disclaimer.
Even for someone who is using a smartphone for the first time, the user experience of the Poco C51 is overall quite basic to use yet fluid. Keep in mind that because the gadget only supports 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi on a single band, downloading huge files will take a little longer.
The Poco C51 has two rear cameras, one with an 8-megapixel primary sensor and the other with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Also, the gadget has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. The smartphone additionally provides a 1080p @ 30fps video recording option. Although we didn’t have high expectations for its camera, astonishingly the primary sensor with HDR does a respectable job. There is a lot of detail in the images.
The portrait photographs have decent edge detection and are generally satisfactory. The 5-megapixel selfies are crisp and wide. Skin tones are also fair to decent.
Moreover, the rear camera can record Full HD films at a respectable 30 frames per second. Amazingly, even the front camera can record Full HD videos at 30 frames per second.
In terms of the battery, the Poco C51 has a large 5,000mAh battery that, under normal usage conditions, will last you between one to two days, which is excellent. However, it would take two to three hours for the 10W supplied charger to completely charge.
Poco C51 is a useful smartphone that can easily manage the majority of basic tasks. It includes a fresh Android 13 OS. One must purchase a cover separately because there is none included with the phone. In order to reduce costs, the business has also included a micro USB connector for charging, which we don’t really like. A USB-C type port might have been the better choice.
Overall, the Poco C51 won’t let you down if all you want is a phone for everyday use that costs less than Rs 8,000. You can definitely think about getting your parents or grandparents this phone too, who are graduating from a feature phone.
Poco C51 Pros
- Simple UI
- Long battery life
- Decent cameras
Poco C51 Cons
- Micro USB port instead of USB-C type
- slow charging
- A bit slow at times
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