After Xiaomi, Realme is the only Chinese brand that focuses on competitive pricing for its Smartphones in India. If you read our detailed Realme 3 Pro review, you must be aware of how competitive the brand is when it comes to taking on its rival Xiaomi. Realme after challenging most of the brands in the mid-range segment is now targeting the lower segment of the market with its budget-friendly Realme C2 Smartphone. With a starting price of just Rs. 5,999, the Realme C2 has competitive specifications, at least on paper, but can this Smartphone hold any value for the internet savvy consumers in India, let’s find out.
|Realme C2 Quick Specifications|
|Display||6.1 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Processor||Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22|
|Storage||16 GB Internal/2 GB RAM|
|Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer|
|OS||Android Pie 9.0|
|Network Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Bluetooth v5, 4G Volte, microUSB 2.0|
|Dimensions||154.3 x 73.7 x 8.5 mm|
|Price in India||₹ 5,999|
|Our Verdict: 8.5/10|
|Realme C2 is a decent entrant Android Smartphone for anyone who is looking for a device with latest features for daily use. At a starting price of Rs. 5,999 it offers competitive processor, excellent battery and latest software.
However, the camera performance and dull battery is a major concern for users looking to upgrade their devices to another Android Smartphone.
|Excellent Battery||Dull display|
|MediaTek Helio P22 processor||Poor low light camera performance|
Realme C2 Design
With most budget phones in the market, the design doesn’t seem to be their priority and they focus mainly on adding hardware that gives performance boost. However, Realme C2 is an exception which is designed to look premium even though it is made out of plastic. The back finish of the device is eye-grabbing which is a decent feature given the highly competitive price tag.
Realme C2 back panel has a geometric diamond-cut finish which under lighting showcases patterns making it look premium. One of the things we liked about this Smartphone’s design is the back panel does not pick fingerprints.
The frame is all rounded which makes it comfortable to hold this Smartphone. On the front, there is a waterdrop notch that houses the front camera while on the back there is a dual camera setup with a single LED flash. The Realme logo is as usual located at the bottom of the back panel. The display on this device is unusually big for its price range.
On the left side of the frame, there are the volume buttons with SIM tray stacked just above the keys. The power button is on the opposite side. All the keys are easily reachable and have good click feedback. You get a micro USB port, primary microphone and loudspeaker at the bottom. Mind that there is no fingerprint scanner on this device.
Altogether, Realme C2 has a decent design to offer and we can’t complain about given the highly affordable price tag.
Realme C2 Display and Software
As a budget offering, the Realme C2 has modest specifications, nothing too exciting or anything too dull. Powered with the Media Tek Helio P22 SoC, the performance is decent by all means. Remind you, this is an octa-core Cortex-A583 processor which is used in both the 2GB RAM/16GB ROM and 3GB RAM/32GB ROM models.
Speaking of the display, this Smartphone has a 6.1inch HD+ display which is capable of rendering videos at most at 720×1560 pixels. While there is Gorilla Glass 3 Protection, it is still not enough to keep you from noticing the dullness of the display. It seems like the brightness on the device is messy when actually it’s dull colour production and no vibrancy at all. Under the sun, the brightness gets high enough but you will miss the darker colours which is a disappointment for users who love to binge watch TV shows and movies on their phone. However, a dull display positively impacts battery life in this Smartphone.
Now for a starting price of Rs. 5,999, Realme still managed to pack a 4000mAh battery in the C2 which comes with a 10W charger. Along with the two nano SIM cards you also get the option to use microSD card for memory expansion in the Realme C2 that has a dedicated microSD card slot.
The Realme C2 runs on Android 9 Pie which is skinned by the ColorOS. It is nice that the brand has used the latest Android version on a budget phone. Out of the box, this Smartphone comes preinstalled with a few apps including PayTM, NewsPoint, Realme Community, Facebook, Dailyhunt, UC Browser, ShareChat and Amazon Shopping. You can uninstall most of these apps to free up the memory. One of the apps most users dread is the App Market, which is similar to the Google Play Store but is only good for pushing spammy notifications throughout the day on the device and nothing else. The ColorOS gives you the freedom to customize the UI as per your liking.
The Realme C2 also comes with the Driving and Riding mode, a feature that all Realme devices support. This mode automatically puts your Smartphone in DND when it is paired with your car’s Bluetooth head unit. There are gesture navigations options available if for some reason you want to switch from using the on-screen buttons.
Realme C2 Performance
The MediaTek Helio P22 processor running at the heart of the Realme C2 makes it a decent performer. You will have no problem while launching apps or scrolling through the menu. However, we would like to point out that this device is in a way a gaming Smartphone. This is understood given the fact that Realme has tried to introduce a Smartphone under Rs. 6,000 for the masses. With the Realme C2 brand is not trying to target any specific category of the consumers but to provide a daily use Smartphone which keeps up with the latest features.
While multitasking you may have to wait when loading heavier apps and at times pulling down the notification shade lags that is annoying. As already mentioned, there is no fingerprint scanner on the device to keep the cost lower, but it is compensated by the face recognition feature. This security feature performs decently is a better alternative than using the passcode to unlock the phone every time.
In the performance benchmarks, the Realme C2 scored decently. It managed to score 77,595 points in the AnTuTu test while in the Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core tests it scored 822 and 3,326 respectively. Finally, in the GFXBench T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1 tests, it managed 25fps and 11fps respectively.
If you are looking for a gaming device we advise you to skip the Realme C2 as it will not offer smooth gameplay and you will have to face stutters all along with the games. Games like PUBG mobile run dreadfully slow on this device.
Realme C2 Camera
The Realme C2 uses a dual-camera setup at the back which is a 13MP primary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture alongside a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 5MP selfie camera. At Rs. 5,999 you will have to keep your camera expectations in check and the Realme C2 won’t disappoint you.
During the daylight, the photos captured from the Realme C2 come out to be well-focused with a good amount of details. However, when you zoom into the pic the objects at a distance are not captured so well. Exposure consistency when taking pictures is also uneven.
Here are some images were taken using the Realme C2 camera:
Image Credit: NDTV Gadgets
However, the macros are pretty impressive and the camera is able to separate the subject from the background effectively. When shooting macros, the phone is able to lock the focus quickly which makes taking pictures easier. The depth-sensor performs well with edge detection when taking portrait shots.
The selfie camera is an HDR lens so it helps to take a picture against the light. The selfies are taken come out to be natural with good details. However, in low light conditions both the cameras struggle to take clear pictures.
For video recording, the primary camera allows 1080p resolution while you can shoot 720p videos with the front camera. Absence of the video stabilization can result in shaky videos. There is also an option to record slow-motion videos at 480p but the camera freezes up most of the time when using it.
The camera app in the Realme C2 is the same as other Realme devices. You can quickly toggle between filters, flash, HDR and Chroma Boost. It has Slo-Mo, Expert, Pano and Time-lapse modes as well as a 2x zoom toggle.
Realme C2 Battery
One of the best features of the Realme C2 is its 4000mAh battery that is able to provide excellent battery life. In the HD video loop test, the Smartphone was able to survive for 20 hours and 29 minutes which makes it an exclusive performer for its price tag. On an average day, using the Realme C2 for browsing, messaging, chatting and movies, the battery will be able to last for approximately 18 hours. The 10W charger packaged along the device takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery from zero.
The Realme C2 with a starting price of Rs. 5,999 makes an ideal first Android Smartphone for the beginners. It has competitive hardware and an excellent battery as well as the latest Android 9 Pie version. Design is decent but the camera is average but for the price tag, you can ignore the flaw.
Good value for money Smartphone, the Realme C2 is advised for the users who want a daily use device and no gameplay.