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Poco C40: Xiaomi brings an entry-level smartphone with a new chip

With the Poco C40, the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is launching a new entry-level smartphone that mainly stands out with a huge battery and a new ARM processor from a largely unknown manufacturer. The Xiaomi Poco C40 has for the first time a chip from the Chinese company JLQ, a joint venture that includes the American chip giant Qualcomm. The SoC has eight cores based on ARM Cortex-A55 that reach a maximum of 2.0 gigahertz and does not require a 5G modem. In terms of performance, the chip called JLQ JR510 should be on par with the Snapdragon 450 at the lower end of the scale.

The Poco C40 itself offers a simple standard fare in terms of equipment around a 6.71-inch LCD display with 720p resolution and a teardrop-shaped notch at the top of the display. Inside is a simple 5-megapixel camera. On the back, a 13-megapixel camera does its job, which is accompanied by a pointless 2-megapixel sensor for depth effects. Xiaomi equips the Poco C40 with three or four gigabytes of RAM, while the expandable internal memory is 32 or 64 gigabytes. The built-in battery with 6000 mAh is very generously sized by today’s standards and should provide enormous runtimes.

It can be charged “quickly” with an 18-watt power supply, but Xiaomi only supplies a 10-watt power supply for cost reasons. The only operating system that runs on the Poco C40 is Android 11 in combination with a modified variant of MIUI 13. So the customer has to make compromises when it comes to the operating system, after all, Android 12 is up-to-date and we are on our way to Android 13 which will be available soon. Xiaomi has not yet commented on the prices of the Poco C40, but they should eventually fall below 150 euros.