Poco Global officially unveils a new smartphone with the name of Poco C40 in the global market. A few weeks back, this smartphone was first spotted on a Vietnamese online store. The Poco C series handset comes under the budget segment and packs in a JLQ chipset. This is the first-ever Poco phone to pack in this chipset. JLQ Technology is a Shanghai-based semiconductor manufacturer offering this handset’s chipset. The USP of this affordable smartphone is the presence of a massive 6000 mAh battery.
As for the other key highlights, the Poco C40 comes with a 6.7-inch IPS LCD display with HD+ screen resolution. Additionally, this Poco C series smartphone houses a 13MP main camera. According to the Chinese smartphone makers, this is the most affordable Poco smartphone ever launched. Furthermore, the Poco C40 runs on the Android 11 OS-based MIUI 13 for Poco.
Poco C40: Price and availability
The official price details for the latest Poco C40 have not been confirmed as of yet. Although, the device was first spotted on the Vietnamese online store with a price tag of VND 3490000, roughly Rs 11750. The listing on the online store also reveals the colors and the RAM + Storage options for the latest affordable Poco C40 smartphone.
Although, the company has not provided such details on the global front. The Poco C40 will be available for purchase in two storage variants based on the available information. The base variant of Poco C40 will pack in 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, while the other variant will come with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. This Poco smartphone was launched in three colorways – Poco Yellow, Coral Green, and Power Black shades.
Poco C40: Specifications
The all-new Poco C40 is a dual-SIM smartphone that runs on MIUI 13 for Poco based on Android 11 OS. It sports a 6.71-inch HD+ Dot Drop Display. Poco calls the waterdrop notch display the Dot Drop display. Furthermore, this display gets a screen resolution of 720*1650 pixels. Furthermore, this display gets screen protection with Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
Under the hood, the smartphone packs in an octa-core JLQ JR510 SoC. This affordable smartphone is the first-ever Poco phone to feature this new chipset. JLQ Technologies is a Shanghai-based semiconductor manufacturer which provides the JL510 chipset for the Poco C40. This processor is manufactured on an 11nm fabrication process.
Additionally, this chipset comes in pair with Mali-G52 GPU and up to 4GB of RAM. Moreover, the Poco C40 comes with up to 64GB of internal storage, further expandable by up to 1TB with a microSD card. Also Read – Samsung Galaxy M33 5G – The 6000 mAh battery phone
The Poco C40 has a dual rear camera arrangement with a 13MP primary sensor and an f/2.2 aperture lens for photographs and movies. The secondary camera is a 2MP depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture lens. Additionally, there is also an LED flash beside the camera module. For selfies and video calling, the Poco C40 packs in a 5MP sensor paired with an f/2.2 aperture lens.
Battery and connectivity
A massive 6000 mAh battery backs the complete hardware on Poco C40 with 18W fast charging support. But the faster charger won’t be supplied within the box with the phone. Instead, the company is shipping the smartphone with a standard 10W Charger. In terms of connectivity options, this Poco smartphone comes with dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Bluetooth v5. The smartphone is IP52 rated for dust and water resistance.
Furthermore, the Poco C series handset comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for device security. Moreover, it also gets an AI face to unlock for biometric security. It measures 169.59×76.56×9.18mm and weighs 204g. Let’s take a look at the affordable Poco C40 smartphone in detail, but first, let’s unbox the handset.
Poco C40: First Look
As mentioned above, the Poco C40 is Poco’s most affordable smartphone. This affordable smartphone is available globally with a decent array of specifications and features. Considering its price point, the Poco C40 packs a massive battery with fast charging support. It also gets a solid camera setup and a brand-new entry-level processor. First, let’s check out the unboxing of the all-new Poco C40 smartphone.
Poco C40: Unboxing
Poco C40, the most affordable Poco smartphone, comes in the usual Poco-style packaging. This Poco C series handset comes inside a yellow-black-themed box packaging. On the top of the box, we can see the Poco branding with the smartphone’s name. At the back of the retail box packaging, we can see some key specifications along with manufacturing and price details.
On opening the retail box, we get the Poco C40 mobile unit. Underneath the mobile unit, we get two separate compartments. In the first compartment, we get a USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable, while in the other compartment, we get a standard 10W charger. Keep in mind that this handset still sports 18W fast charging. To manage some cost cuttings, the Chinese smartphone makers are offering the standard wall charger in the box.
Besides this, we also get some documentation and paperwork along with a SIM Tray ejector tool. Since it is a budget smartphone, the company is not providing any TPU case with a global unit. However, in Asian markets, the company might still offer a protective case with the Poco C40 handset. Also Read – Poco F3 Pro, Poco X3 Pro Global launch event details
Poco C40: Design
At first look at the handset, we can see some of the specs of the phone listed on the top of the display. Physically, the new Poco C40 is a fairly large handset to hold in a single hand, and it sports a massive 6.71-inch HD+ Display. On the top of the display, this device does come with a teardrop shape notch, which Poco calls the Dot Drop Display Notch. The notch accommodates the selfie camera.
The bezels around the display are fairly large and noticeable, and the bottom chin is also quite thick. Overall, the handset provides an 82 percent screen-to-body ratio. As per our experience, this handset is not recommended for users with small size hands. It will require stretching and maneuvering to reach every corner of the display, even for the normal hand users. Overall, it is a fairly tall device with a 20:9 aspect ratio.
The Poco C40 features a unique camera module on the rear side. This camera design makes it stands out quite a bit. The back body is built of plastic material with a textured finishing. Moreover, this texture finishing mimics fake leather. Such a design makes it more comfortable to hold in hand for a longer period. Also Read – MIUI 12.5 update list for Poco C3, Poco X3, Poco M3, Poco M2 Reloaded, Poco F1 in India
The camera module sits on 1/3rd of the back and includes a dual-camera array with an LED flash. Alongside the camera module, there is a Poco branding with AI Dual camera branding. Furthermore, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is underneath the camera module in the center. Altogether, these contribute to a very recognizable design. The smartphone comes with curvy edges with the top and bottom are flat.
Other Design Aspects
Looking at the edges, we get a dual SIM Tray slot on the left. This SIM Tray comes with a dedicated SD card slot, which means we can use both the dual SIM and SD card together on this Poco C40 smartphone. On the right edge, we get a familiar volume rocker and a power on/off button. The top edge features a 3.5mm headphone jack. At the bottom, we get a primary microphone, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker grille. The earpiece speaker grille is visible on the top above the front display.
6.71-inch display phone
The all-new Poco C40 gets this massive 6.71-inch display. As per officials, the Poco C40 display is the largest screen ever offered by the Poco up to this point. This display is an IPS LCD panel with a screen resolution of 1650*720 pixels, offering 268 PPI pixel density. The Chinese smartphone makers claim that this display can reach a peak brightness of up to 400 nits. Additionally, the covering with Corning Gorilla Glass protection protects the display from scratches and smudges.
As per our experience, what we liked about this massive display was its size. We liked this display while watching shows, movies, YouTube videos, and even scrolling through the apps. Resolution-wise, this display is not that bright, and we can easily see pixelation if we closely see the display. There is no support for a high refresh rate either, and it is just a plain old 60Hz display panel.
Considering it is the most affordable Poco phone, we can’t complain much about the Poco C40 display. It is still a decent display setup with a good viewing experience. For audio experience, the Poco C40 has a downward-facing speaker at the bottom of the phone. The audio experience is good on this smartphone, and it also seems to get pretty loud. Also Read – Poco F3 GT with Dimensity chipset, price in India
New budget chipset on Poco C40
This new Poco C40 is powered by a new entry-level chipset from a relatively unfamiliar brand, JLQ Technologies. This JLQ JR510 chipset powers this Poco C series smartphone, which comes from the house of a Shanghai-based semiconductor manufacturing company. This processor is paired with either a 3GB or 4GB of RAM option.
In terms of storage, it comes with up to 64GB of onboard storage. The Poco handset also supports a storage expansion feature, and we can also add a microSD card of up to 1TB for storage expansion. The Poco C40 ships with Android 11 with MIUI 13 for Poco. We don’t know if or when we’ll see an Android 12 update on this Poco C series 6000 mAh battery smartphone.
How’s the Performance?
Out of the box, we found Poco C40 performing a little better than what we expected from an entry-level smartphone with an unfamiliar chipset. Like any other Poco phone, we get a bunch of pre-installed junk apps, games, and other stuff. Luckily, we can uninstall them to protect our phones from spammy or junk notifications. Plus, we can immediately free up some of this phone’s very important storage space.
The MIUI 13 for Poco runs fairly well on this entry-level C40 smartphone. In our experience, we easily perform our daily tasks like calling, messaging, web browsing, etc., with this smartphone. This 6000 mAh battery phone is not recommended for hardcore gaming. We suggest you keep your apps close pretty quickly after use to free up some RAM and for smoother device running.
Massive 6000mAh battery on Poco C40
The massive 6000 mAh battery is the biggest highlighting factor of this entry-level Poco C40 smartphone, and it is one of the largest batteries on any entry-level device. With this big battery capacity, we can easily expect two days of battery life with normal use. Though, the in-box 10W charger is something that we are optimistic about. We recommend you opt for the 18W fast charger for faster charging, which will help significantly reduce the charging times. Being a budget phone, this 6000 mah battery mobile phone does not support wireless charging or other power features.
Dual Rear camera setup
Interestingly, Poco C40 mobile phone does come with just a dual-lens camera setup at the back. At first glance, it features a triple or quad-camera setup at the back. The primary lens is a 13mp sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, and the secondary lens is a 2MP depth sensor. Furthermore, the selfie camera is a 5MP shooter with an f/2.22 aperture lens. Also Read – Poco X3 Pro will be the new Poco Pro smartphone
Even with those fairly average hardware specifications, Poco offers a ton of features in the app that helps us to click some decent photographs. The camera app includes multiple new features not found on a budget segment smartphone. Additionally, the camera app on Poco C40 also gets Pro Mode, portrait mode, Night Mode, Timelapse, HDR, etc.
In terms of video recording, we can record 1080p videos at a 30fps frame rate. We did not get any video stabilization feature or anything. In our experience, the actual results are way better than expected. Overall, the image quality is good; the colors are balanced, and the exposure is just right. We also get some details in the photos, obviously; we can’t get all details from a budget-level phone.
Poco C40: Final Verdict
Overall, this Poco C series mobile phone is a really interesting affordable option. This Poco C series handset does deliver a few features that make it stand out from its competition. Most people will probably notice the big display and the massive 6000 mAh battery. Poco’s most affordable phone, the Poco C40, could be the first-choice option for someone entering the world of Android for the first time.