Poco C3 Review: Although the entry-level market for smartphones isn’t as exciting as the mid-tier or mainstream segments, it’s still incredible to see the quality of features available today at such low prices.
Today, we will be testing the Poco C3, Poco’s first sub Rs. India: 10,000 smartphones Prices start at Rs. The Poco C3 is priced at Rs. 7,499 and features a large screen and battery, three rear cameras, and a gaming-oriented SoC.
The Redmi 9A, Realme C11, and Realme C11 are its main competitors. Is the Poco C3 better value than its competitors? It’s time to find out.
Poco C3 Design
The Poco C3 phone is quite large. It is 9mm thick and weighs 194g. It was difficult to use with one hand. The build quality is good. You get rounded edges all around, and the back and side frames are made from plastic.
Poco claims that the C3 is coated with a P2i coating. This should protect it from accidental water splashes. The Lime Green color is my favorite. You can also get it in Matte Black or Arctic Blue. The majority of the back panel is textured, which makes it easier to grip and prevents fingerprints from being picked up.
Good feedback is provided by the buttons. There’s also a Micro-USB port and a headphone socket. Although I am not thrilled by the absence of a USB Type C port, this is normal for this segment.
Two nano-SIMs can be stored in the SIM tray, as well as a microSD. This phone does not have a fingerprint sensor, something that isn’t guaranteed with phones at this price. Although face recognition is slow, it does work even with a mask.
Poco has a large LCD display but only offers HD+ resolution (1600×720). The panel is 6.53 inches in size and comes with Panda Glass for scratch protection. It’s not very bright and indoors, the brightness is only adequate.
The screen is difficult to use in sunlight because it washes out quite badly. Also, the display has thick borders around it, especially at the bottom. The selfie camera has a dewdrop notch.
The contents of the box are fairly standard. The box contains a charging cable and a 10W charger. There is also documentation. The case and headset are not included. The Poco C3 is an excellent phone at a reasonable price. However, it’s a bit heavy and cumbersome for one-handed usage.
Software Poco C3
Poco C3 uses MIUI 12. However, unlike Redmi phones that run MIUI, Poco claims its version is not displaying any advertisements or promotional content. The company appears to be keeping its word so far.
During the review, I didn’t receive any unsolicited notifications or ads. The occasional alert I received from GetApps (which is Xiaomi’s curated app store) was to inform me about any updates to my installed apps.
The MIUI 12 experience was familiar, except for this. There are still a few apps like Zili and other small games that come preinstalled. However, these can be uninstalled.
Specifications and performance of the Poco C3
The Poco C3 is powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC. This SoC is also found in other phones in the same segment as the Realme C11 The C3’s base model has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and is available at Rs. 7,499; the higher variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, priced at Rs. 8,999 Additional features include dual-4G VoLTE and Wi-Fi n as well as Bluetooth 5, GPS, FM radio, and Bluetooth 5.
The 4GB version was my expectation so it should have been a smooth experience. This is not only the Poco C3, it’s all smartphones based on Helio G35 SoCs, like the Redmi 9 and Realme C11, Realme C12, and Realme C15.
They all have slow performance, regardless of how much RAM they have. The UI animations and multitasking are affected by a lag.
Although MIUI is still quite usable, it isn’t as smooth as the experience on phones with faster processors that cost a few thousand more rupees. This is how most Android phones cost around Rs. For now, the price is 7,000.
Although games ran reasonably well, you should temper your expectations. Call of Duty Mobile, for example, ran well on the Poco C3, and the gameplay was smooth but of very poor quality.
Titles like CarX Drift Racing 2 had trouble running at consistent frame rates. One speaker located near the Micro-USB port is quite loud. The dull display makes videos look stale and can make it difficult to watch.
Battery life is the one area where Poco C3 excels. With moderate to light use, the Poco C3’s 5,000mAh battery lasted approximately two days.
Even playing a lot, the battery lasted me for around a day and a half. That’s very impressive. The only problem I have with the battery is the time it takes to charge. The C3’s battery was charged to 37% in one hour with the adapter included. It took nearly three hours to fully charge.
Poco C3 Cameras
Three rear cameras are a Poco C3’s hallmark. This is a rare feature in this market. The Poco C3 comes with 13-megapixel primary, depth, and macro cameras, as well as a 2megapixel depth camera.
A 5-megapixel front camera is available for selfies. The camera app comes with the basic shooting modes: Auto HDR and AI scene recognition. There is no low-light mode.
The daytime shots were good with decent details and colors. HDR was not always well handled, with highlights often being overexposed. While close-ups were clear provided there was enough light, highlights tend to be blown out when photographed in direct sunlight.
Due to the high shutter lag of the macro camera, most photos end up blurry unless you are very still. Although portrait mode does a good job, there is no way to adjust blur levels while you are shooting.
Low light photos had poor details, and exposure was usually poor unless there were enough lights. This was not surprising given the Poco C3’s f/2.2 aperture and its entry-level position.
Although the phone can capture video at 30fps and 1080p, it does not have stabilization. The quality of the video shot during the day was very average and weak in low light. The selfie camera can capture usable photos in daylight, but it drops significantly in quality in low light.
At Rs. 7,499, the base Poco C3 variant is a good choice. If you are looking for a basic Android smartphone that has a long battery life, the Poco C3 base variant is worth Rs. 7,499 The display is dull and slow, the performance is not great, and the cameras only barely work. At Rs. You can buy better phones like the Realme Narzo 20A or Moto E7 Plus for Rs. 8,999.