Design and display of Realme C1
The body of Reality C1 is made of plastic, due to which the reason is not much. Due to the strong grip of the phone in the hand, the thickness of the four sides of the phone has been kept slightly higher. But despite this the phone does not look thick. Fingerprints are not found on the frame made of matte finish, but like Realme 2 Pro, the back panel of Realme C1 also gets marks easily if you are not careful. Corning Gorilla Glass has been used on the display for screen protection, you will also get a screen guard in the box. Reality C1 has 6.2 inch HD + display. We didn’t face any problem viewing the screen in sunlight as the display is quite bright. There are only a handful of smartphones in this price segment that come with the notch design and Realme C1 is one of them.
On the right side of the phone you will find the power button and on the left side the volume up and down buttons. If the phone is held correctly, then the hand easily reaches the power and volume buttons. There is a SIM-tray on the side of the phone which can accommodate two Nano-SIMs and a microSD card (up to 256GB). Micro-USB port, speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack will be found on the bottom of the phone. There is an LED flash with two rear cameras on the back panel and the company’s Realme logo at the bottom.
There is no fingerprint sensor in Realme C1 for security, but the company has given Face Unlock support in it. It works well if there is enough light. Display light helps to scan your face in low light. Of course in low light it runs slowly but it works. In the retail box, apart from the device, you will get a silicone cover, SIM eject tool, 5W adapter, screen protector, and a Micro-USB cable.
Realme C1 specifications and software
For speed and multitasking, Realme C1 uses Adreno 509 GPU with 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor. Talking about the benchmarks, the performance of Realme C1 was good compared to other handsets like Redmi 6A with Snapdragon 430 or MediaTek Helio A22 coming in this price range. Realme C1 has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. After pre-installed apps, only 8.67 GB will be available.
The way to transfer photos, videos, audios, documents and APKs to the microSD card is given in the sub-menu of storage. After installing Facebook, Instagram and other games on the phone, we found that even if we wanted to, they could not be transferred to the card.
Before taking photo, video from camera, you can change the path by going to camera setting. If you download a game like PUBG in the phone, then the storage of the phone will end soon. Now let’s talk about connectivity. The phone includes Bluetooth version 4.2, WiFi 802.11 b / g / n, dual 4G VoLTE, compass, proximity, ambient light, accelerometer, USB-OTG and FM radio support. This Realme handset runs on ColorOS 5.1 skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The Realme C1 we have for review is running on the August 2018 security patch. There are many gestures and shortcuts present in the custom user interface. However, there is no app or setting to change the theme of the phone.
Realme C1 performance, camera and battery life
Realme C1 has a total of 2 GB RAM, out of which 1 GB is system, after 500 MB apps you have only 500 MB RAM left for multitasking. We did not face any problem while browsing the internet and multitasking on Google Chrome. The phone works well but it gets a bit hot during gaming. Even on low graphics settings, if you try to play PUBG, then the phone starts slowing down.
The audio and video players are capable of playing most popular formats. Due to the single speaker, the audio quality is not very good.
For photography, it will get two rear cameras, one sensor is 13 megapixels and the other is a 2 megapixel depth sensor. The depth sensor comes in handy when shooting in portrait mode. Edge detection is correct, but the colors in the picture are not captured correctly. Captured in daylight, the Realme C1 captured everything in sufficient proportion. Auto-HDR is present in the phone but despite this the picture does not look good. In the Camera app, you will find Panorama, Sticker and Time Lapse modes.
Realme C1’s camera focuses slowly in low light. The 5-megapixel selfie camera took decent pictures when there was enough light, but the amount of chroma noise was high in the picture taken at night. The phone is capable of recording videos at 1080p but the videos are not sharp, nor is there electronic stabilization in the phone. The battery life of Realme C1 is its strength. To bring life to the phone, there is a non-removable 4,230 mAh battery. In 720p video play test, the phone gives a backup of 20 hours and 23 minutes. The company has not provided fast charging support in the phone, but the 10W adapter can fully charge the phone in 2.30 hours to 3 hours. But the 5-watt charger that comes with the phone charges the phone completely in about 4.30 hours.
Realme C1 has many features in the price of Rs 6,999. It is difficult to find such performance and features in other smartphones at this price. Be aware that this price is only till the Diwali season. A price hike of Rs 1,000 or more is possible. Realme C1’s battery life, powerful chipset in the phone, big display and its design is also very good. However, 2GB of RAM limits multitasking. Overall, Realme C1 will not disappoint you at this price.