POCO C51 debuts as new budget smartphone with MediaTek chipset and 5,000 mAh battery
POCO has launched its latest entry-level smartphone in India. Offered as a successor to the POCO C31, the POCO C51 arrives with a MediaTek Helio G36 chipset, 4 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64 GB of storage. Please note that whle POCO advertises the POCO C51 as featuring '7 GB Turbo RAM', the 3 GB 'Extended RAM' it uses to get there is nothing more than a page file drawn from the device's built-in storage. As such, the POCO C51 should be treated as having 4 GB of RAM, not 7 GB.
Likewise, the POCO C51 only has one usable rear-facing camera, with an 8 MP primary sensor joined by an auxiliary VGA sensor capable of capturing additional depth of field information for improving bokeh shots. Elsewhere, the POCO C51 relies on a 5,000 mAh battery that supports 10 W charging and has a 6.52-inch display that resolves at 720p with a 60 Hz refresh rate.
The POCO C51 features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner too, as well as a 3.5 mm jack for connected external audio equipment. Unsurprisingly, the handset runs Android 13 (Go Edition) rather than its full-featured sibling. Thus, expect a pared-down software experience compared to something like the POCO X5 5G that arrived earlier this year. The POCO C51 will be orderable in India on April 12 for INR 7,799 (~US$95). At launch, POCO plans to sell the handset in Power Black and Royal Blue colourways, although it remains to be seen whether the POCO C51 will make its way to other markets yet.