Realme has made a name for itself by selling smartphones with powerful hardware at aggressive prices to move against Shaomi.
The company recently launched Realme 3 Pro (Review) to compete with the Redmi Note 7 Pro (review) and it could shake the industry.
Now, the company is looking at the bottom end of the market, with the successor to Realme C1 (review), appropriately named Realme C2. Realm C2 starts at Rs. 5,999 and sports decent specification on paper. Will this translate into good enough real-performance? We put it to the test.
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C2 Design in Realm
Most budget smartphones are annoying to watch. To keep prices low and still perform well, manufacturers generally do not prioritize design. Realme C2 seems like an exception here, as it is quite the perspective.
Like other smartphones in the budget category, the Realme C2 is made of plastic but the finish on the back panel is unique and it will grab the eyelids.
Realme opted for the geometric diamond-cut pattern on the back, which is ranked in our Diamond Blue Review unit.
Patterns emerge when the light hits the back of this phone, giving it a premium look. Thanks to this finish, the device will not lift fingerprints.
There’s a dual camera setup on the back along with a single LED flash. The Realme logo is arranged in the bottom oriented, landscape orientation.
The Realme C2 sports a large display with a waterdrop notch for selfie cameras on top. Our review unit came up with a pre-applied screen protector. We got the Realme C2K to be comfortable holding hands thanks to the round frame.
The power button is well located on the right and is easy to reach. The volume buttons are on the opposite side and all the buttons provide good click response. The SIM tray is located just above the volume button.
Realm C2 sports a micro-USB port, loudspeaker and primary microphone on the bottom, while the top is completely blank. Just like the Realme C1, this phone also eliminates fingerprint scanners to keep prices down.
We’ve seen the build quality of the Realme C2 look good and it didn’t pick up scratches on it in our time
C2 specification and software in realm
Realme C2 is a budget proposition, and its specifications are pretty modest. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P22SC, which is an octa-core processor with Cortex-A53 core and is built using a 12nm production process. Also included in the base variants is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
There is an option with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Our review unit was a high-priced variant that sold for Rs. 7,999 (compared to the base variant of Rs 5,999).
The Realm sports a 6.1-inch HD + (720×1560 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for C2 protection and it has good viewing angles and is bright enough to go out. You have the option to change the display color temperature to your liking.
Realme has been able to pack a 4000mAh battery inside the C2, and sends this phone in the box with a 10 W charger. It has a dual SIM device and two nano-SIM slots. As well as 4G, both SIMs have VoLTE support.
Realm also offers a dedicated microSD card slot that allows you to expand storage. Other connectivity options in Realm C2 include FM Radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS.
Realm C2 runs ColorRS6 on top of Android 9 Pie, the latest version of Android. The software has customizations, and a few features have been added to the top. Our assessment system was running the safety patch for March 2019.
Certain apps like Realme Community, Dailyhunt, Facebook, Newspoint, UC Browser, Amazon Shopping, ShareChat, and Paytm are installed in Realm C2. You can go ahead and uninstall to free up space on the device.
There is support for themes and you can download more using the Theme Store app. The App Market is an alternative to the Google Play Store, and it comes with a default, but we’ve found it to be spammy as it has been pushing notifications all day. Realm C2 also has a GameCenter app, a store for games.
Like other Realm smartphones, the C2 also has driving and riding modes that can automatically put the phone into DND mode when paired with the car’s Bluetooth head unit. When you reject an incoming call, it can automatically send SMS messages. Gesture navigation is available, and lets you swipe to navigate without using the on-screen buttons.
Real-time C2 performance, battery life and camera
Realm C2 offers acceptable performance for the price thanks to the MediaTek Helio P22 processor for this. We didn’t notice any issues while launching the apps and scrolling through the menu, but the notification shadow hinted at dragging down. Since we perform this action quite often, it did get a bit annoying. We should also note that this was in the higher priced variant of C2 in realm which has more RAM.
We can multitask on this phone, but occasionally heavy applications had to wait for loading. There is no fingerprint scanner here, but face recognition is available. It’s a good option to unlock the smartphone fast and always knock on a passcode.
Our standardization test gave us a clear idea of how C2’s Helio P22 performs in Realm. In Antu, C2 managed 77,595 points. It scored 822 and 3,326 runs in Gickbench’s single-core and multi-core tests, respectively.
The Redmi 7 ₹ 7,996, which is as high as the price of the higher variants of the Realme C2, scored 103,574 in Antu and 1,247 and 4,333 respectively in Gikbench. In GFXbench T-Rex and Manhattan 3.0 respectively, Realm C2 runs 25fps and 11fps.
The graphics were set to Smooth and Medium with frame rate set to PUBG Mobile low settings ran Gameplay was not smooth and we did face stutters. We’ve changed the frame rate downwards which has made a slight difference to the gameplay, but it still hasn’t run smoothly.
The 4000mAh battery in the Realm C2 gives good battery life. In our HD video loop test, the phone operates at 20 hours 29 minutes clock which is very good. With our use, which included WhatsApp, using the phone for two hours navigation with Google Maps and following a few criteria, the phone lasted about a day and a half. The charger provided takes 2 hours to drain the battery.
Dual camera setup in Realm City with a 5 megapixel primary sensor with f / 2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, this phone has a 5-megapixel camera.
The Camera app is similar to what we’ve seen on the Realme smartphones before. It has HDR, Chroma Boost, Quick Toggle for filters and Flash. It has Pano, Expert, Time-laps, and Slow-Mo mode. The app offers a 2x digital zoom toggle. A beauty toggle helps set the amount of beauty you need.
In the light of day we liked the pictures taken with the Realme C2, this phone was able to capture well-centered shots with good amount of detail on nearby objects, but the objects in the distance were not that good. We also found that Realme C2 exposure was not compatible to obtain accuracy.
Macros turned out to be better than we expected and handle a good division between phone issues and their backgrounds.
The phone can lock focus quickly when shooting macros and there was no problem with the exposure.
The portrait shots were well detailed and the second camera aided in edge detection. The phone struggled in low light to produce usable outcomes. The photos were not sharp and they were grainy when zoomed in.
The selfies had good details and the value is decent for the price. The Realm C2A has HDR for the front camera, which is effective when shooting against light.
Video recording max out at 1080p for rear camera and 720p for selfie shooter. There is no video stability and you have to deal with clumsy recording. The Realm C 280fps provides slow-motion recording at 480p, but we monitor and occasionally freeze the recording.
At a starting price of Rs 5,999, the Realme C2 offers powerful enough hardware and good battery life, as well as a sophisticated software. We usually see smartphones with weak processors and outdated software at this price point, but Realm has fixed it with C2.
The camera is one aspect of this phone that needs improvement but we can forgive its quality at this price.
If you manage to get your hands on the base variant of C2 in Realm, go for it, as it offers good value.
However, if you are looking for a higher variant of C2 in Realm and an expansion of your budget, you should consider Redmi 7 (review) or Nokia 5.1 Plus (review) instead. These smartphones are available at the same price but provide better hardware in comparison.