Realme has made a reputation for itself by promoting smartphones with highly effective at costs aggressive sufficient to go up towards Xiaomi. The firm lately launched the Realme three Pro (Review) to compete with the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review), and it did handle to shake the trade up. Now, the corporate is trying on the decrease finish of the market by bringing within the successor to the Realme C1 (Review), aptly named the Realme C2. The Realme C2 begins at Rs. 5,999 and sports activities first rate specs on paper. Will that translate into ok real-world efficiency? We put it to the take a look at to seek out out.
Realme C2 design
Most finances smartphones are boring to take a look at. In order to maintain costs down and nonetheless supply good efficiency, producers normally do not prioritise design. The Realme C2 looks as if an exception right here, as it’s fairly a looker. Just like different smartphones within the finances section, the Realme C2 is constructed out of plastic however the end on the again panel is exclusive and can seize eyeballs.
Realme has opted for a geometrical diamond-cut sample on the again, which popped on our Diamond Blue evaluation unit. Patterns emerge when gentle hits the again of this telephone, giving it a premium look. Thanks to this end, the machine doesn’t choose up fingerprints.
There’s a twin digital camera setup on the again together with a single-LED flash. The Realme brand is close to the underside of the rear, aligned in panorama orientation.
The Realme C2 sports activities an enormous show with a waterdrop notch for the selfie digital camera on the high. Our evaluation unit got here with a pre-applied display screen protector. We discovered the Realme C2 to be snug to carry within the hand because of its rounded body.
The energy button is nicely positioned on the best, and is straightforward to succeed in. The quantity buttons are on the other facet, and all buttons supply good clicky suggestions. The SIM tray is positioned simply above the quantity buttons.
The Realme C2 sports activities a Micro-USB port, loudspeaker, and first microphone on the backside, whereas the highest is totally clean. Just just like the Realme C1, this telephone additionally misses out on a fingerprint scanner to maintain prices down.
We discovered the construct high quality of the Realme C2 to be good, and it didn’t choose up scratches throughout our time with it.
Realme C2 specs and software program
The Realme C2 is a finances providing, and its specs are fairly modest. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, which is an octa-core processor with Cortex-A53 cores, and is constructed utilizing a 12nm manufacturing course of. Also included within the base variant are 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inside storage.
There’s additionally an choice with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Our evaluation unit was the higher-priced variant which retails for Rs. 7,999 (in comparison with the Rs 5,999 worth of the bottom variant).
The Realme C2 sports activities a 6.1-inch HD+ (720×1560 pixels) show with Corning Gorilla Glass three for cover. It has good viewing angles and does will get brilliant sufficient when outdoor. There can also be the choice to alter the color temperature of the show to fit your liking.
Realme has managed to pack a 4000mAh battery contained in the C2, and this telephone ships with a 10W charger within the field. It is a dual-SIM machine and has two Nano-SIM slots. There is assist for 4G in addition to VoLTE on each SIMs.
Realme additionally affords a devoted microSD card slot that permits you to increase storage. Other connectivity choices on the Realme C2 embody FM Radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth four.2, GPS, A-GPS, and GLONASS.
The Realme C2 runs ColorOS 6 on high of Android 9 Pie, which is the newest model of Android. There are customisations made to the software program, and some options are added on high. Our evaluation unit was operating the March 2019 safety patch.
A number of apps resembling Realme Community, Dailyhunt, Facebook, NewsPoint, UC Browser, Amazon Shopping, ShareChat, and PayTM come preinstalled on the Realme C2. You can go forward and uninstall these to release area on the machine.
There’s assist for themes and you’ll obtain extra utilizing the Theme Store app. App Market is an alternative choice to the Google Play Store, and likewise comes preinstalled, however we discovered it to be spammy because it stored pushing notifications all through the day. The Realme C2 additionally has a Game Center app which is a retailer only for video games.
Like different Realme smartphones, the C2 has Driving and Riding modes which might mechanically put the telephone into DND mode when it’s paired with a automobile’s Bluetooth head unit. It also can auto-send SMS messages once you reject an incoming name. Gesture navigation is accessible, and allows you to swipe to navigate relatively than utilizing on-screen buttons.
Realme C2 efficiency, battery life, and cameras
The Realme C2 affords acceptable efficiency for its worth because of the MediaTek Helio P22 processor powering it. While we didn’t discover any points whereas launching apps and scrolling via the menu, there was a touch of lag once we pulled the notification shade down. Since we carry out this motion very often, it did get just a little annoying. We must also word that this was on the higher-priced variant of the Realme C2 which has extra RAM.
We might multitask on this telephone, however often needed to anticipate heavier apps to load. There’s no fingerprint scanner however face recognition is accessible. It is fast to unlock the smartphone and is an efficient various to punching within the passcode on a regular basis.
Our benchmark exams gave us a transparent thought of how the Helio P22 within the Realme C2 performs. In AnTuTu, the C2 managed 77,595 factors. It additionally scored 822 and three,326 in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core exams respectively. The Redmi 7, which prices as a lot as the upper variant of the Realme C2, scored 103,574 in AnTuTu and 1,247 and four,333 respectively in Geekbench. The Realme C2 additionally managed 25fps and 11fps in GFXBench T-Rex and Manhattan three.1 respectively.
PUBG Mobile ran at low settings with the graphics set to Smooth and body price set to Medium. Gameplay wasn’t clean and we did face stutters. We modified the body price to Low which made a slight distinction to the gameplay, nevertheless it nonetheless didn’t run easily.
The 4000mAh battery within the Realme C2 affords good battery life. In our HD video loop take a look at, the telephone managed to clock 20 hours and 29 minutes which is excellent. With our use, which consisted of WhatsApp, utilizing the telephone for navigation with Google Maps for 2 hours, and operating a couple of benchmarks, the telephone went on for a few day and a half. The provided charger takes over 2 hours to high the battery up.
Realme has opted for a twin digital camera setup on the Realme C2, consisting of a 13-megapixel major sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the entrance, this telephone has a 5-megapixel digital camera.
The digital camera app is much like what we’ve got seen on Realme smartphones earlier than. It has fast toggles for HDR, Chroma Boost, Filters, and Flash. It additionally has Pano, Expert, Time-lapse, and Slo-Mo modes. The app affords a 2x digital zoom toggle. A Beautification toggle helps set the quantity of beautification you want.
We favored the photographs we took with the Realme C2, in daylight, this telephone managed to seize well-focused photographs with good quantities of element on objects close by, however objects at a distance weren’t pretty much as good. We additionally discovered that the Realme C2 wasn’t in line with getting the publicity proper.
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Macros turned out higher than we anticipated, and the telephone managed good separation between topics and their backgrounds. The telephone might lock focus rapidly and had no points with publicity when taking pictures macros.
Portrait photographs had good element and the secondary digital camera did assist with edge detection. In low gentle, the telephone struggled to ship usable outcomes. The photographs weren’t sharp they usually appeared grainy when zooming in.
Selfies had good particulars and the standard is first rate for the worth. The Realme C2 additionally has HDR for the entrance digital camera which is helpful when taking pictures towards the sunshine.
Video recording maxes out at 1080p for the rear digital camera and 720p for the selfie shooter. There isn’t any video stabilisation and you’ll have to cope with shaky recordings. The Realme C2 affords 80fps slow-motion recording at 480p however we noticed intermittent freezes in recordings.
At a beginning worth of Rs 5,999, the Realme C2 affords highly effective sufficient and good battery life, in addition to up-to-date software program. We normally see smartphones with weaker processors and outdated software program at this worth level, however Realme has fastened that with the C2. The digital camera is one facet of this telephone that wants enchancment however we will excuse its high quality at this worth.
If you handle to get your arms on the bottom variant of the Realme C2, go for it, as a result of it affords good worth. However, if you’re trying on the increased variant of the Realme C2 and your finances stretches that far, you need to think about the Redmi 7 (Review) or Nokia 5.1 Plus (Review) as a substitute. These smartphones can be found on the identical worth however supply higher compared.