Back in the last month, POCO introduced the POCO C55 in the Indian market. The phone arrived as an incremental upgrade over the tepid POCO C50. The former was a rebranded Redmi A1+ which was also already available in India. The POCO C55 arrived later bringing better specs, but it was not an original phone. It was a rebranded Redmi 12C with a leather finish. Now, it seems that POCO is preparing the way for the POCO C55 global release. Apparently, global customers have claimed this budget device and, hence, it's time for its launch.
POCO C55 passes by NBTC and Geekbench
Ahead of the global release, the POCO C55 got Thailand's NBTC certification. It's a common step manufacturers go before launching a phone in Thailand and other global markets. The phone was also passed by Geekbench, probably for testing purposes. There is not much new about this variant that is not already known in the Indian variant. The phone passed by NBTC with model number 22127PC95G where “G” stands for Global variant. The listing also confirms the phone as POCO C55.
The phone also appeared on the Geekbench database. It scores about 368 points in the single-core and 1,165 points. This is far from impressive, but that is the usual of the budget MediaTek Helio G85 CPU. Worth noting that this CPU is a big evolution over the POCO C50.
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The phone will keep its budget approach, and Geekbench confirms a 3GB RAM variant. Curiously, the listing confirms it's running with the old android 12. We don't believe in a miraculous update ahead of the reveal, so the phone will likely launch with this version. Hopefully, it will get an Android 13 update at the very least. We expect it to run MIUI 13.
The POCO C55 also packs a 6.71-inch LCD screen with HD+ resolution and 500 nits of brightness. The panel has a teardrop notch design and has Panda Glass protection. Under the hood, it packs the MediaTek Helio G85 CPU that is paired with up to 128 GB of UFS 2.2 storage and 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
The phone also has a 5,000 mAh battery with a micro USB port that has 10W charging. It offers a dual-rear camera setup that consists of a 50 MP primary shooter and a 2 MP secondary snapper. For selfies and video calls, the device has a 5 MP front shooter. The micro USB probably is the most lackluster aspect of this phone in 2023. Thankfully the micro USB budget phones are set to disappear after the new EU rules apply next year.