Realme started 2020 with a budget smartphone called the Realme 5i, and hot on its tail, the company is bringing in yet another very affordable smartphone called the Realme C3. Realme has been one of the strongest contenders in the budget smartphone segment since its inception. The C series is Realme‘s entry-level lineup and offers good hardware at affordable prices. The company claims to have made total sales of 10 million for the earlier Realme C1 and Realme C2 smartphones.
Price Of Realme C3 : Rs 6,999 (3GB RAM/32GB storage variant, Rs 7,999 (4GB RAM/64GB storage variant)
Design and Display
The company offers the Realme C3 in two color options: Frozen Blue and Blazing Red. Realme C3 is made out of plastic, but it does have some heft to it and the texture on its back makes this quite grippy. Realme has opted to provide customers with a micro USB port on this one. This makes the phone feel much older. For comparison, the Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A have both been upgraded to the newer Type-C port. The phone still has a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is expected on budget phones.
Talking about its display, It measures 6.5 inches diagonally and has a 20:9 aspect ratio. This aspect ratio makes the smartphone tall and slim, so it’s relatively comfortable to hold and use. And this according to me is the best aspect ratio in which you can view content, whether it be on Netflix, YouTube or anywhere else. The display on this one performs well indoors. However, when it is too bright outside, you might find yourself providing the device with a bit of shade if you are reading small text. Other than this the display is quite colorful and sharp when compared to other devices in this price bracket.
Considering that it is a budget smartphone, we were expecting an average performance from the Realme C3. But Performance is an area where the Realme C3 took me by surprise. While using the device for making calls, WhatsApp, watching videos, browsing the web and taking a few photos, it performs quite well and shows no sign of stuttering or lagging. I had 24 tabs opened inside of Chrome with 7 apps running in the background. However, out of these, I found that the device had killed 14 tabs and four apps.
We tried playing three games on it, PUBG: Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9. All games were set too high graphics performance modes, which is a bit much for any budget phone. I was taken aback when I started the games and found all of them perfectly working with no major lags or stutters. Sometimes I could find areas that the device was still rendering, but the overall gaming performance was better than what I expected for a device priced in this segment. Playing for over two hours straight did strain the phone a bit too much making the device warm to the touch, but it was manageable.
The Realme C3 is backed by a 5,000mAh battery. which can easily give you a day’s worth of usage with light gaming, browsing the web, making a few calls, scrolling through social media and taking a few photos. During my time with the device, I was able to easily get a day and a half with the battery. The device was able to get fully charged with the in-box charger within three hours from zero to 100.
It sports a dual-camera setup on the back consisting of a 12MP primary sensor paired with a 2MP secondary sensor. It comes with a number of photography modes like HDR, Nightscape, Slo-mo, Portrait mode and more. The background AI blur was also okay and the edge detection was on point. With this device, you can take good photos that can be uploaded to social media without the need for much editing.
The zoom shots in 2x and 4x modes were not as sharp and had blurry results. Macro shots were also impressive, considering that the device does not feature a separate macro sensor. The Mini drop notch upfront packs a 5MP snapper to click selfies and for video calling. It has an f/2.0 aperture and can click software-based portrait shots. The front camera is also capable of capturing Panorama shots and timelapse. So, you can click some decent images for social media uploads.
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