POCO C3 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 7,149 onwards

launchOct, 2020

22.4

excellence score

72.2

value for money score

2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 5 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Well-built, sturdy design - the unique dual-tone ridged pattern similar to other Poco phones at the back looks really nice
  • The front carries a dew-drop notch with decent bezels, which works for the price
  • The textured back surface feels grippy and doesn't attract fingerprints
  • The Face Unlock works decently in well-lit surroundings (though it leaves you at the helm of the passcode at night)
  • It doesn't feel too thick or heavy even though it measures around 9mm and weighs 194g

Display

  • Good 6.53-inch IPS HD+ display - the viewing angles and colours are pretty good, better than those of the Realme C12 and C15
  • The brightness is also adequate (though, it could have been better)

Software

  • MIUI 11 is as feature rich as ever, the overall interface on the phone is user friendly - Android 10 is running beneath all the jazz
  • It packs in plenty pre-installed bloatware, the ads are still here, it isn't the perfect user experience

Performance

  • Decent entry-level performance from the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC - good for day-to-day tasks and can handle a bunch of light to medium apps at once (though, there's some noticeable stutter in the animations and opening apps at times)

Camera

  • Decent triple rear cameras for the price - a 13MP primary camera, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The quality of photos from the main camera is decent, given enough light - shots came out looking crisp and vivid
  • The macro camera works nicely, it produces usable photos in well-lit conditions for social media
  • Portrait mode works fairly well, even for objects
  • The 5MP selfie camera can produce decent selfies during the day - photos maintain good color, and exposure levels
  • The Redmi 9 really struggles in low light - details are generally weak when shooting at night
  • Video quality is strictly average

Battery

  • Very good battery life - easily able to go about a day and half or even longer, on a single charge
  • The phone doesn't support fast charging and an hour of charge could only fill the battery to 40-percent charge

Verdict

  • The Poco C3 is a good smartphone for first-time buyers, or for those wanting a cheap secondary phone
  • Thought if you can spend little more, there are better options available from Xiaomi and Realme

Expert Reviews

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  3. The Poco C3 does not beat its competitors in terms of the performance on offer, but it does offer three cameras at the back and good battery life
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Poco C3 is an entry-level smartphone that gets you the basics at a low price tag
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  5. A pocket-friendly phone
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POCO C3 (3GB RAM, 32GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.53 inches
Screen Resolution720x1600 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignDewdrop Notch
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • Sunlight Mode
  • Reading mode
  • Color temperature adjustment
  • Standard mode
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.3 GHz, Octa Core, Mediatek Helio G35Ranked #68 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUPowerVR GE8320
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Dimensions
Weight196 gmHeavy
Thickness9 mmThick
Width77.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera13MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length; PDAF
  • 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro camera
  • 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera5MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.2 Aperture
  • 1.12um Pixel Size
  • AI Beautify 5.0
  • HDR
  • Screen flash
  • Selfie timer
  • Face recognition
  • Portrait selfies
  • Palm shutter
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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