The entry-level smartphone market won’t be as thrilling because the mainstream or mid-tier segments, however it’s nonetheless superb to see the sort of options you will get in the present day at comparatively low costs. At the moment we’ll be testing the Poco C3, which is Poco’s first sub-Rs. 10,000 smartphone in India.
With costs beginning at Rs. 7,499, the Poco C3 boasts of a giant show and battery, triple rear cameras, and a gaming-oriented SoC. Its essential rivals embody the Redmi 9A and Realme C11. Does the Poco C3 supply higher worth in your cash than the competitors? Time to seek out out.
Poco C3 design
The Poco C3 is a pretty big telephone. It measures 9mm in thickness and can be pretty heavy at 194g. I undoubtedly struggled to make use of it comfortably with one hand. Nevertheless, the construct high quality is first rate. The again and aspect body are made from plastic and also you get rounded edges on all sides. Poco claims the C3 has a P2i coating, which ought to assist shield it in opposition to unintended splashes of water. I’ve the Lime Inexperienced color, which truthfully, appears extra blue than something. It is also out there in Matte Black and Arctic Blue. The vast majority of the again panel has a textured sample, which helps grip the telephone higher and in addition prevents it from choosing up fingerprints simply.
The buttons have good suggestions, and there is a headphone jack in addition to a Micro-USB port. I am not too thrilled in regards to the lack of a USB Kind-C port, however that is what you may anticipate on this phase. The SIM tray can maintain two nano-SIMs and a microSD card. There is no fingerprint sensor on this telephone, which once more, is one thing that is not assured on telephones on this funds. You do get face recognition, which is gradual, however it works even with a face masks on.
Poco provides a big show, however naturally, solely with a HD+ decision (1600×720). It is a 6.53-inch LCD panel with Panda Glass for scratch safety. The show is not very vibrant and the brightness is nearly enough indoors. Nevertheless, the display screen washes out fairly badly, making it laborious to make use of below daylight. The show additionally has thick borders throughout, particularly the underside. There is a dewdrop notch for the selfie digital camera.
The field contents are fairly normal. You get a charging cable, a 10W charger, a SIM eject device, and a few documentation. There is not a case or headset. Total, the Poco C3 looks like a well-built telephone for the worth, although it’s a little too heavy and unwieldy for one-handed use.
Poco C3 software program
The Poco C3 runs MIUI 12, however not like Redmi telephones working MIUI, Poco claims that its model has been tweaked to not present any advertisements or promotional content material. Thus far, the corporate appears to be following via on that promise. I did not see any advertisements or unsolicited alerts clogging up the notification shade in the course of the evaluation interval. I did get the occasional alert from GetApps, which is Xiaomi’s personal curated app retailer, however these have been normally to alert me about updates to the put in apps.
Aside from this, the MIUI 12 expertise felt acquainted. You continue to get a bunch of apps resembling Zili and small video games preinstalled, however these will be uninstalled.
Poco C3 specs and efficiency
The Poco C3 makes use of the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, which is discovered in lots of telephones on this phase, together with the Realme C11 (Review). The bottom variant of the C3 has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and is priced at Rs. 7,499, whereas the upper one has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for Rs. 8,999. Different options embody dual-4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth 5, GPS, and FM radio.
I’ve the 4GB model so I used to be anticipating a comparatively clean expertise, however sadly, that wasn’t the case. It isn’t simply the Poco C3 although; each smartphone that I’ve come throughout primarily based on the Helio G35 SoC, such because the Redmi 9, Realme C11, Realme C12, and Realme C15 have exhibited sluggish efficiency no matter the quantity of RAM they’d. There’s an inherent lag in just about all the pieces, from the UI animations to multitasking. MIUI remains to be very usable, however the expertise will not be as clean as you’d get on telephones with extra highly effective processors priced just some thousand rupees larger. In a approach, that is the story of most Android telephones across the Rs. 7,000 value level, for now.
Video games ran decently properly, however it’s good to mood your expectations. As an illustration, video games resembling Name of Obligation Cell scaled properly on the Poco C3 and gameplay was comparatively clean, however with vastly decreased graphics high quality. Nevertheless, titles resembling CarX Drift Racing 2 struggled to run at constant body charges. The one speaker close to the Micro-USB port will get decently loud. Movies do not look their greatest as a result of boring show, so watching something is not an incredible expertise.
The one space the place the Poco C3 actually excels is battery life. The Poco C3 has a 5,000mAh battery which simply lasted for round two full days, with medium to mild utilization. Even with a whole lot of gaming, I used to be nonetheless capable of get round a day and half, which is excellent. My solely gripe is the very long time wanted to cost the battery. With the bundled adapter, the C3’s battery charged to simply 37 % in an hour, and took virtually three hours to cost utterly.
Poco C3 cameras
The Poco C3 prides itself on having three rear cameras, which isn’t one thing we see too usually on this phase. You get a 13-megapixel major digital camera, a 2-megapixel depth digital camera, and a 2-megapixel macro digital camera. For selfies, there is a 5-megapixel entrance digital camera. The digital camera app has the same old primary taking pictures modes, Auto HDR, and AI scene recognition. There is no devoted low-light taking pictures mode.
Pictures taken within the daytime have been first rate, with pretty good particulars and colors. Nevertheless, HDR wasn’t at all times dealt with very properly, with highlights usually getting overexposed. Shut-ups had good element so long as there was ample mild, however as soon as once more the highlights tended to get blown out when taking pictures below daylight. The macro digital camera has a whole lot of shutter lag, as a consequence of which most footage normally ended up with a slight blur until you keep extraordinarily nonetheless. Portrait mode does a good job too, however there isn’t any strategy to modify the extent of blur whereas taking pictures.
Images shot in low mild had weak particulars and publicity was typically poor until there was sufficient mild round. This end result was anticipated given the slender f/2.2 aperture and the entry-level positioning of the Poco C3. The telephone can shoot video at as much as 1080p 30fps, however with out stabilisation. Video shot in the course of the day was strictly common in high quality, and really weak when shot in low mild.
Lastly, the selfie digital camera captures usable photographs within the daytime however the high quality drops fairly a bit in low mild.
The bottom variant of the Poco C3 is a good choose at Rs. 7,499 if all you need is a primary Android smartphone with robust battery life. The show is a bit boring, efficiency is not nice, and the cameras are nearly serviceable. The 4GB model does not supply excellent worth, since at Rs. 8,999, you will get higher telephones such because the Realme Narzo 20A and Moto E7 Plus.
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