Poco C65 is now official in the global market, an entry-level non-5G phone from the brand. It is the successor to the Poco C55, launched in February in India as a rebranded Redmi 12C. The C65 is a rebrand of the Redmi 13C, but interestingly, the 13C has not yet launched. The early-bird pricing starts at just $109, and for the price, there is a lot to talk about this phone.
First, the design is quite nice. There is a two-tone look on the rear, which has become customary for Poco smartphones. The back has two circular modules, and there are three cameras. The frame is flat, and there is a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. There is a USB Type-C port on the bottom and an upgrade over the micro-USB port on the Poco C55. There is a single bottom-firing speaker.
Poco C65 has a waterdrop notch design on the front and a big bottom bezel, the same as last year. But, the display is upgraded. While the Poco C55 had a 6.71-inch 720p IPS LCD with a 60Hz refresh rate, the C65 has a 6.74-inch 720p 90Hz IPS LCD. The display has Gorilla Glass protection.
The chip is the same – MediaTek Helio G85. But this time, the base variant has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, up from 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
The battery is 5,000mAh, and there is 18W fast charging support. In the box, however, Poco provides a 10W adapter.
Finally, the phone has a 50MP primary camera and a 2MP macro camera. The selfie camera has an 8MP sensor. For comparison, the Poco C55 had a 5MP selfie camera.
The phone comes in three colors – Black, Blue and purple. Here is the pricing –
6GB + 128GB – $129 (~₹10,700)
8GB + 256GB – $149 (~₹12,400)
An early-bird discount of $20 for both variants brings the prices down to $109 and $129, respectively.