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Alright, here is POCO’s first ever C-series smartphone launched in Malaysia, the POCO C65. This is an entry-level smartphone priced at only RM499. Is it good and is it worth your money? I’ll go through all of the points in this video but it’s going to be a rather short video, I think. I don’t know.

Anyway, since it is an entry-level smartphone, it’s going to be very straightforward. And we’ll start with the design.

Design

We have the black color here and it is indeed using a matte finish back. It has that sparkly reflection but the camera cutout is using a glossy finish. Really nothing to talk about in terms of the design as it is very simple and made mostly out of plastic.

POCO C65 review

Camera

Now, there are a total of 3 camera sensors here but I’ll consider only one of them to be usable to take pictures. One of them is a depth sensor, and another one is a 2MP macro camera that takes pictures that look like this.

POCO C65 review

Anyway, the camera is honestly, not bad for an entry-level smartphone. I’ve seen more expensive phones that take worse pics than this phone. The clarity is okay and exposure is quite nice but the dynamic range and the white balance seems off. Either way, for an entry-level smartphone, rather good camera.

To have a look at all the pictures taken, watch our video at the top of this video.

Screen

The screen is also rather good too. It has a 6.74-inch IPS LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1600×720 pixels. Yes, 720p on an entry-level smartphone. I think it is acceptable, right?

POCO C65 review

As for the color accuracy, it is pretty good. It covers 93.51% of sRGB and has an extremely low ΔE number across the board. Its brightness is quite good for an IPS LCD screen, as we can get around 600 nits.

POCO C65 review

Since it is an entry-level phone, we still have a waterdrop notch and a bigger chin at the bottom. Oh – one more thing that I must mention – this phone does not have a pre-applied screen protector from the factory. I think this is the first time I encountered a Xiaomi/POCO phone that doesn’t have it.

POCO C65 review

Performance

Now, the performance. It is packed with a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset – which is surprising for an entry-level smartphone, but it is an old chipset after all. The performance is good enough for day-to-day usage but it is definitely rough if we want to play games like Genshin Impact, for example.

POCO C65 review

Software

Now, the software is something that I want to particularly point out more things about. It’s running Android 13 with MIUI 14 on top, but this isn’t the version of MIUI that we’ve come to expect. It has a bunch of bloatware. And I mean a bunch. I’m not a fan of that.

POCO C65 review

There were some notifications that I had to dismiss at first, but it didn’t disturb me again after that.

Battery life

The 5,000mAh battery in this phone can also last for about 12 hours which is decent enough for day-to-day usage. Nothing too spectacular here since the MediaTek Helio G85 chipset is rather old at this point in time.

POCO C65 review

Charging speed

However, this phone does come with a 10W charger in the box. I actually think this is a very rare treasure nowadays since I personally use an old 10W charger to charge my phones overnight, every night.

POCO C65 review

Anyway, it takes around 145 minutes to charge completely – which is around 2 hours and 25 minutes.

POCO C65 review

If we do plug in the phone into our USB-PD charger, then it does take in a maximum of 18W. That’s because 18W fast charging is Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0, and it’s the most basic form of fast charging. For this phone, it takes around 135 minutes to be completely charged fully. Even though it shows 100% at around the 116th minute mark, it’s not actually “full” yet.

POCO C65 review

Few more things to mention

And finally, a few more things to mention. This phone uses a USB 2.0 slot at the bottom but it does have a triple card slot which is an increasingly rare feature nowadays, and it also has an audio jack at the top.

However, there is no IR blaster. That is surprisingly since I thought the IR blaster is Xiaomi/POCO’s iconic feature.

Should you buy the POCO C65?

So overall, for the price of RM499, you’ll get everything that we mentioned earlier. Honestly, for the price, this is a very good phone for its price.

And that’s all we have to share with you in this video. If you have any other questions regarding this phone, leave them down in the comments section below. Remember to subscribe on your way there – and we’ll see you in the next video.

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