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Performance On A Budget – Realme C3 Review

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The BBK owned phone maker Realme is having a dream run here in India. During the small span of their presence, they have risen to be one of the top smartphone manufacturers in India. The company’s C series of smartphones have brought in good hardware at really affordable prices in past. Well, Realme is back again with its entry-level device C3, the successor to C2. The device is the first to be powered with Mediatek’s new chipset Helio G70. a 5000 mAh battery and Realme UI on top of Android 10. With all those specs in mind, let’s dive in ṭo find out if Realme C3 is good enough to compete with its counterparts.

Realme C3 design

Realme C3 is built out of plastic but doesn’t feel cheap in hands.  The company has moved on from the diamond cut design from C2 to a new sunrise design on C3. Also, the back is not plain and has grooves which help one to have a better grip on the device. The device is available in two colours Blazing Red and Frozen Blue out of which we received the former for the review.

Realme C3 is a tall device measuring 6.5 inches diagonally. It is a sleek-looking device which weighs 195 gms.  A dewdrop notch at the top of the screen houses the selfie camera. The power button resides at the right whereas the volume rockers are on the left. The SIM tray is placed just above the volume rockers which has space for two Nano Sim’s and a microSD as well. At the bottom, the device has a micro-USB port, a 3.5 mm jack and a speaker grille. The rear of the device houses a dual-camera setup which is surrounded by a metal rim to protect it from getting scratched. 

 

Specifications and Performance

The Realme C3 sports a 6.5 inch HD+ LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1560 pixels. It comes with Gorilla Glass 3 to protect your screen from scuffs and scratches. The brightness on this device maxes out at 480 nits which is good enough to be used outdoors. 

The device is powered by Mediatek’s new chipset Helio G70 which is an octa-core CPU clocked at 2GHz. It is available in two configurations, the base variant comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage whereas the top variant brings in 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. These devices are priced at 6,999 and 7,999 respectively. The device performed fairly well during our testing, we did not notice any lag while switching between apps or while navigating through the UI. We played ‘Call of Duty’ to test the gaming performance on this device to our surprise the game ran smoothly. Although, the graphic settings defaulted to low and frame rate to Medium. The device did get hot after a few sessions of Call of duty, but it was nothing unbearable. Realme C3 has hardware that is capable of handling day to day tasks as well as graphics-intensive games that you throw at it. 

Cameras

The camera setup on the Realme C3 consists of a 12 MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. While the front of the device gets a 5MP selfie shooter. The pictures shot in daylight from the C3 turned out to be decent but we noticed some oversharpening going on. The device had trouble locking focus while the subject was too close to the camera. Portraits shot from the device had good edge separation. However, we noticed some skin smoothening in these pictures. There’s no dedicated night mode on this device which results in pictures that lack in detail. The camera app has quick toggles for chroma boost and HDR, the former enhances the colour saturation to make the images pop. The selfie camera can take decent selfies in daylight but there’s not much detail in pictures when you zoom in. The selfie portraits were nothing impressive with the edge detection being inaccurate most of the time. Video recording maxes out at 1080p at 30fps for both primary and selfie camera. The footage shot by us came out to be shaky cause there’s no stabilisation in action. Overall, the camera performance is decent considering the price bracket it comes in.

Rear Camera sample 1

Rear Camera sample 2

Front Camera sample

Software

The company has taken a leap even in the software to bring in the new Realme UI to its consumers. The Realme C3 is the first device to run the company’s latest UI out of the box. Although the UI is completely new there are no major noticeable improvements. 

The expert mode on the camera app is enhanced, the dark mode has been added and there’s game space as usual. There is some bloatware that comes loaded but thankfully you have the option to remove it. 

Battery

This device packs in a 5000mAh battery to provide it with the necessary juice. The supplied 10W charger is not very quick and takes almost 2 hours 30 minutes to get the device completely charged. Battery life on this device is something I can vouch for. It can easily run for a day or two on a single charge.

Verdict

The Realme C3 is a phone that can be easily recommended, especially at a price bracket that it comes in. It has got a great processor that brings good gaming performance to an entry-level device. A 5000 mAh battery that can run you through a day and a half easily. Besides, this it comes with Android 10 with Realme UI on top. Overall, Realme C3 is a great package and if you are looking for a device that doesn’t cost you much and is capable of running a few high-end games, go for it.

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