Xiaomi is known for its value-for-money smartphones: meaning that for the same amount of money, you get better specs and features from Xiaomi than from most other brands. Yet, there is one area the brand is weak at – the entry-level end of the market. The last time that Xiaomi played there was in 2019 when it announced the Redmi Go. It cost just below US $100 and was the cheapest Xiaomi phone back then. It was quite a phone.
I suspect that Xiaomi got burnt with that experiment, because after that, they completely abandoned the entry-level market and did not look back till date. Up till recently, the most affordable Xiaomi smartphone was probably the Redmi 9A, which costs about US $105 for the base variant. But this June 2022, Xiaomi has announced a new smartphone with an odd feature – a chipset with a name we had never heard before. I had never heard of the chip-maker called JLQ before now, but the chip that powers the new Xiaomi Poco C40 is from them.
The JLQ JR510 is an 11 nm chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz, and it is paired with 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage options in the Poco C40. The display is a 6.71-inch LCD, and there is a big, 6000mAh battery coupled with 18W fast charging. The sales box comes with a 10W charger, though. That is clearly a cost-saving measure. In all, the Poco C40 is clearly a budget smartphone. Perhaps it will take the place of the Redmi 9A as the cheapest Xiaomi phone in the market. Find below the key specs.
Xiaomi Poco C40 Quick Specs
- 6.71″, 1650 x 720 HD+, Dot Drop display, with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
- MIUI 13 for POCO, based on Android 11
- 13MP wide angle lens + 2 MP depth sensor at the back
- 5MP camera at the front
- 6000mAh battery
- 18W fast charging
- Rear fingerprint sensor
- AI face unlock
- 4G: LTE FDD: Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
- 4G: LTE TDD: Band 38, 40, 41 (2535MHz-2655MHz)
- 3G: WCDMA: Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 8
- 2G: GSM: Band 2, 3, 5, 8
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
- IP52 Water & dust resistance
- GPS | GLONASS | Galileo | BeiDou
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- FM radio
The specs are not bad at all. They are quite decent, if I may say so. But it is definitely not an entry-level smartphone. This will not target the entry-level market, rather the lower mid-range end, somewhere in the range of $100 to $150, if I may hazard a guess. The presence of Gorilla Glass is intriguing. It will likely be an older version, like v3.
What is the price of the new Poco C40 budget smartphone? Xiaomi is yet to mention that, so we can only speculate for now. If you want to buy the cheapest Xiaomi phone right now, Redmi 9A is what you should be hunting for. If you can wait to see what the new Poco C40 will cost, we should know in a matter of days or weeks.
Xiaomi mentions global availability, but we don’t know how global the Poco C40 will get. The Poco sub-brand is not known to sell its models in many regions. It has a strong showing in Asia, a region that has been its strong hold since launch. Even if the Poco C40 turns out to be the cheapest Xiaomi phone of the day, will we get to see it officially on sale outside of Asia and a few other regions? If history is anything to go by, that is not likely. Of course, regardless of your location, you can always order online from a store like AliExpress and have it shipped to your doorstep.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.