Realme C3 Review

2019 proved to be a great year for Chinese smartphone company Realme. The company launched several smartphones every quarter, which proved to be very successful for the company in the Indian market. On the basis of these smartphones, the company also increased the competition in the budget and mid-range market in India. Reality started 2020 with the budget smartphone Realme 5i and now due to the first quarter of the year, the company also launched its new budget smartphone Realme C3. This third incarnation of the C-series has been introduced by the company with many upgraded features and it is equipped with some good hardware at an affordable price. The budget smartphone segment in India is very hot right now. In such a situation, will Realme C3 be able to prove itself in this segment? We have tested this new smartphone to find out. Let’s start the review of Reality C3.

Realme C3 Design

realme has chosen a new design for 2020, which the company calls Sunrise Design. we have it realme 5i But now the company has seen it Realme C3 But have tried. The Realme C3 is offered in two color options, including Frozen Blue and Blazing Red. For this review, we have the Frozen Blue color variant. This color is definitely eye-catching. The back of the phone has texture, which you can feel in your fingers.

Realme has given a bigger display in C3 than the previous model. The size of the display is 6.5-inch and it has an aspect ratio of 20: 9. This aspect ratio makes the smartphone tall and slim, so it is relatively easy to hold and use. There are thin bezels around the display, but the chin has a thick chin at the bottom. Like most of the Realme smartphones in the market, the Realme C3 also comes with a waterdrop notch.

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The frame of the phone is made of plastic. The power button is on the right and the volume button is on the left. The buttons are set in the right place, making them easy to reach with a finger. However, they lack bulges, making them a bit difficult to reach accurately.

The SIM tray is given just above the volume button in Reality C3. The good thing is that it can be fitted with a separate microSD card with two SIMs. The phone has a Micro-USB port, 3.5mm audio jack and a loudspeaker at the bottom. It’s a bit disappointing that in 2020 this phone doesn’t use USB Type-C. Nothing is given in the upper part of the frame.

Coming to the back. Here you will find the design of the phone very much like Reality 5i. Its camera module also matches the Realme 5i. Reality C3 has dual back camera. The company has given a metal rim around the camera, which protects the lens from scratches. Realme C3 has a 5,000 mAh battery, which is rarely seen in a phone of this price. However, the big battery also adds to the weight of this phone. The phone weighs 195 grams.

Realme C3 specifications and software

realme c2 In 2016, the company had given MediaTek’s Helio P22 chipset, but here the company has made the biggest change. Reality has given a new Helio G70 chipset from MediaTek focusing on gaming, hitting a big jump in the C3. It is an octa-core processor with a maximum clock speed of 2.0 GHz. Two variants are given in C3. Its base variant comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage and its second variant has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The company has also set the price of both these variants correctly. The base variant costs Rs 6,999 and the high-end variant costs Rs 7,999. As we mentioned, its storage can also be increased through microSD card.

Realme C3 is a dual SIM smartphone, which supports 4G as well as VoLTE. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, five positioning systems and all the other usual sensors. Like the Realme C2, the Realme C3 also does not include a fingerprint scanner.

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The phone’s software is one place where Realme has improved. Realme C3 now runs on ColorOS like its previous version, instead the company has given RealmeUI V1.0 in it, which is based on Android 10. This is the first smartphone from the company, which comes preloaded with Android 10.

The new Realme UI is similar to Oppo’s ColorOS and comes with a lot of changes over ColorOS 6. It is very similar to stock Android and we liked its layout. However, the phone still includes some bloatware (unwanted apps), including Facebook, Helo, Dailyhunt, Gaana, Opera News, UC Browser and some realm apps. The smartphone also has an App Market store, which is another alternative to the Google Play Store.

Swiping right from the home screen doesn’t bring up the Smart Assistant or Google Assistant screen. Yes, Universal Search is still available on the phone, which requires swiping down on the home screen to access it. Dark Mode also included in RealmeUI. The phone also has a focus mode, which can be turned on from the notification shade.

Like other Realme smartphones, this phone also comes with Game Space, which helps you block calls and notifications while gaming. Realme also claims to have a Personal Information Protection feature on the phone, which lets apps request access to your call history, contacts and messages send blank or dummy information.

Realme C3 performance and battery life

Being a budget device, we were expecting the Realme C3 to deliver average performance. However, the device performs well. We didn’t notice any lag while scrolling through menus and multitasking. Let us tell you that we have tested the 4 GB RAM variant of this device and it can multitask quite easily without killing the apps.

We set up Face Recognition on the device and found that this phone comfortably recognizes your face in any light and locks the phone. The display stays bright even in sunny conditions, but it would have been nice if the viewing angles were a bit better.

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We also played PUBG Mobile game in Reality C3. The graphics are set to HD from the start in the game and the settings are also set to High, which is a good thing. However, we did find slight lag in the game on these settings after playing for a while. Turning the setting from high to medium saw a significant improvement in performance and the game ran smoothly without any issues. If you play the game in it for 15 minutes on high settings, then you will also feel a slight warmth in the display.

The phone comes with a massive 5,000 mAh battery, which gives great battery life. In our test, this phone lasted about two days on a single charge. During this we played some games on the phone, used an active WhatsApp account and used Google Chrome for web browsing. In our HD video loop test, the smartphone delivered an incredible 28 hours and 20 minutes of battery backup, unlike any other smartphone yet in this test. However, at one point we were disappointed. With a bigger battery, of course, the company should have provided fast charging support, but Realme provides a 10W output charger with this phone, which takes two hours to fully charge the battery.

Realme C3 cameras

Realme C3 has a 12-megapixel primary camera, which comes with f/1.8 aperture. Its second camera is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front has a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The camera app has changed a lot compared to the previous realme phone. It now includes Portrait, Time-lapse, Slo-mo, Expert and Pano modes apart from photo and video modes. It also has quick toggles for HDR and Chroma Boost.

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When taking pictures in broad daylight, the Realme C3 locks focus quickly. The camera measured the light correctly, due to which the phone got good pictures. However, if you take pictures by zooming in the camera, then you will see a lack of detail in the pictures. The quality of the camera can be said to be better according to the price of the phone. Coming to close-up shots, we noticed that the Realme C3 struggled to lock focus when it was too close to the subject. Although the picture comes out good when the focus is locked.

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It has a depth sensor for portrait mode. The good thing is that the camera app gives you the option to set the level of blur before taking a picture in this mode. The Realme C3 detects the edges of the subject quite well but we found the picture to be a bit flat.

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Reality C3 gives pretty average pictures in low light. The lack of detail and sharpness is clearly visible in these. Realme’s official website initially claimed the phone to include a Super Nightscape mode feature, but we couldn’t find it in the camera app. When we inquired about this, a Realme representative confirmed to Gadgets 360 and said that this was a mistake and this model does not come with such a mode. Later the company removed it from the website.

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Talking about selfies, the color tone is slightly wrong in selfies taken outside in daylight. The picture also lacked sharpness and detail. Both the back and front cameras can record video in the phone at a maximum resolution of 1080 pixels. Video stabilization is not provided in the camera. Reality C3 detects light even in low light during video recording. This is a good feature for a phone in this segment.

Verdict

The Realme C3 definitely brings stronger features than the Realme C2 and strengthens the company’s budget series. Realme has given a powerful chipset in the phone, which gives a good competition to its competitors in terms of performance. Battery life is more than expected and impressively, all the Realme smartphones have been consistently successful in our battery tests. Of course, the camera performance of Reality C3 cannot be called the best, but it cannot be called bad according to the price.

It can be easily advised to buy Realme C3 at an initial price of just Rs 6,999. Although Realme could have offered a fingerprint scanner in this phone like most of its rivals. Also, we want to see USB Type-C becoming a standard feature.

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