Realme C3 Review | NDTV

Chinese smartphone maker Realme had an eventful 12 months in 2019. The firm launched a number of smartphones each quarter forcing the competitors to choose up the tempo. Realme began 2020 with a finances smartphone referred to as the Realme 5i, and sizzling on its tail, the corporate is bringing in yet one more very reasonably priced smartphone referred to as the Realme C3. The C collection is Realme’s entry-level lineup, and presents good {hardware} at reasonably priced costs. In this extremely aggressive worth section, can the Realme C3 carve out a distinct segment of its personal? We put the brand new Realme C3 to the take a look at to search out out.


Realme C3 design

Realme has opted for a brand new search for 2020 that it calls the Sunrise design. We’ve seen it on the Realme 5i (Review), and it’s now getting used on the Realme C3 as properly. The firm presents the Realme C3 in two color choices: Frozen Blue and Blazing Red. We have the previous for this evaluation. The color is unquestionably catchy, showing to radiate outwards from the digital camera module, and the again has a texture that you would be able to really feel while you run your fingers over it.

Realme has geared up the C3 with an even bigger show than its predecessor. It measures 6.5 inches diagonally and has a 20:9 facet ratio. This facet ratio makes the smartphone tall and slim, so it is comparatively snug to carry and use. The bezels are skinny on the edges however the backside chin is thicker. Like most different Realme smartphones available in the market, this one additionally has a dewdrop notch which homes the selfie digital camera. Right above it’s the earpiece, which is completed in black and blends in with the show.

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The tiny dewdrop notch homes a 5-megapixel selfie shooter


The body of the smartphone is made out of plastic. The energy button is on the suitable whereas the quantity buttons are on the left. We discovered these buttons to be properly positioned, however they’re recessed into the body a bit which might make them exhausting to search out by really feel. Once pressed, these do have strong suggestions.

The SIM tray on the Realme C3 is simply above the quantity buttons on the left, and has particular person slots for 2 Nano-SIMs in addition to a microSD card. At the underside, this cellphone has a Micro-USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, and a loudspeaker grille. Realme might have supplied a USB Type-C port, because the competitors has began providing this within the finances section. The prime of the system is totally clean.

From the again, this cellphone seems to be similar to the Realme 5i. This mannequin additionally has a protruding digital camera module on the again, which homes two digital camera sensors. Realme has added a metallic rim round this digital camera module to assist hold the lenses from getting scratched. The Realme C3 packs a 5,000mAh battery which is superb for a smartphone at this worth, but it surely does carry the burden of the system as much as 195g.

Realme C3 specs and software program

The Realme C2 (Review) used a Mediatek Helio P22 SoC, and whereas that was an excellent processor for the value, it was dated even on the time of that mannequin’s launch. The Realme C3 sports activities the brand new MediaTek Helio G70 SoC, which is an octa-core processor clocked at GHz. The C3 is obtainable in two variants – the bottom variant sports activities 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage whereas the upper one has 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage. Realme has priced these two choices fairly properly, with the bottom variant coming in at Rs. 6,999 and the upper one priced at Rs. 7,999. You do have the choice to broaden storage utilizing a microSD card.

The Realme C3 is a twin SIM smartphone with assist for 4G in addition to VoLTE. Connectivity choices embody Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, 5 positioning methods, and the standard sensors. Just just like the Realme C2, the C3 doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner. We have seen a leak just lately which instructed {that a} model of this cellphone referred to as the Realme C3s could possibly be launched someday sooner or later, however we do not know if or when it’d come to India.

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The Realme C3 runs Android 10 out of the field.


Software is the place Realme has taken a brand new path. The Realme C3 not runs ColorOS like its older siblings, as a substitute, it runs RealmeUI which is predicated onAndroid 10. This is the primary smartphone from the corporate to ship with Android 10 out of the field. Our unit was operating the December safety patch, which is suitable.

The new RealmeUI is similar to ColorOS 7 and introduces a number of adjustments in comparison with what ColorOS 6 supplied. The general UI is just like inventory Android and we just like the format. There remains to be some quantity of bloatware, which incorporates Facebook, Helo, Dailyhunt, Gaana, Opera News, UC Browser, and some Realme apps. The smartphone additionally has an App Market retailer which is a substitute for the Google Play Store.

Swiping proper from the house display screen doesn’t take you to the sensible assistant anymore, however there isn’t any Google Assistant display screen right here both. Universal search remains to be out there, and one merely has to swipe down on the house display screen to entry it.

Realme additionally presents Dark Mode, and it’s not an experimental characteristic prefer it was on the Realme 5i. There is Focus Mode as properly, which may be enabled from the notification shade. Enabling Focus Mode stops notifications from distracting you for a set period, and allows you to play stress-free sounds to assist focus higher. We discovered it to be useful to some extent, however the variety of stress-free sounds is restricted and we discovered a number of of them to be distracting.

Just like different Realme smartphones, this one additionally options Game Space, which helps you block calls and notifications whereas gaming. Realme can also be promoting a Personal Information Protection characteristic that spoofs clean or dummy info when apps request entry to your name historical past, contacts, and messages.

Realme C3 efficiency and battery life

We have been anticipating common efficiency from the Realme C3 contemplating that it’s a finances smartphone. However, the system does pack a punch, delivering good efficiency. We didn’t discover any lag whereas scrolling by way of the menus and whereas multitasking. Our evaluation unit had 4GB of RAM and it might multitask pretty simply with no need to kill apps within the background.

We arrange face recognition on the system and located it fast to unlock the smartphone in numerous lighting situations. The show will get vibrant sufficient when open air however the viewing angles might have been barely higher.

To take a look at this new processor, we ran our ordinary set of benchmarks on the system. Surprisingly the Realme C3 managed to attain 192,187 in AnTuTu which is larger than the scores of the far more costly Samsung Galaxy A51 (Review) and Oppo F15 (Review) which we just lately examined. In Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core checks, the cellphone scored 354 and 1,260 respectively. To get an thought of graphics efficiency, we ran the GFXBench T-Rex and Car Chase benchmarks, and rhey ran at 51fps and 14fps respectively.

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The Realme C3 nonetheless sports activities a Micro-USB port


We performed PUBG Mobile on the Realme C3 and it defaulted to the High preset with graphics set to HD and body fee set to High. We did discover occasional stutter at these settings and the sport labored higher once we turned them down. The Realme C3 did get barely heat to the contact after enjoying for 15 minutes on the High settings.

This cellphone packs in a giant 5,000mAh battery which delivered wonderful battery life. It lasted us for shut to 2 full days on a single cost with our utilization which consisted of enjoying a number of video games, utilizing an energetic WhatsApp account, and operating Google Chrome to browse the Web. In our HD video loop take a look at, the smartphone lasted for an unbelievable 28 hours and 20 minutes, which is among the many longest we now have but seen from any smartphone on this take a look at. While the large battery is a boon, Realme ought to have supplied quick charging talents on this cellphone. The 10W charger that you just get within the field takes over two hours to cost the smartphone utterly.

Realme C3 cameras

The Realme C3 sports activities a dual-camera setup on the again consisting of a 12-megapixel major shooter with an f/1.eight aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. At the entrance, it has a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. The digital camera app is unchanged in comparison with earlier Realme telephones, and has Portrait, Time-lapse, Slo-mo, Expert, and Pano modes along with the picture and video modes. It additionally has fast toggles for HDR and Chroma Boost as seen on older Realme gadgets.

Realme C3 daylight pattern picture (faucet to see full-size pattern)

Realme C3 close-up picture pattern (faucet to see full-size pattern)


When taking photos in daylight, the Realme C3 was fast to lock focus and did a good job of metering gentle. Photos regarded good on the cellphone’s display screen, however we observed an absence of element after zooming in. However, high quality is healthier than what among the different smartphones at this worth level can produce. For close-ups, we observed that the Realme C3 struggled to lock focus when too near a topic. There have been additionally occasional focus looking points. Once targeted, the Realme C3 does ship a good shot.

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The Portrait mode places the secondary depth digital camera to make use of and the smartphone offers you the choice to set the extent of blur earlier than taking a shot. The Realme C3 managed good edge detection however we discovered the output to be flat.

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In low gentle, the Realme C3 produced common pictures. These lacked element and weren’t very sharp. Realme’s official web site initially listed a Super Nightscape mode however we did not discover it within the digital camera app. When we enquired about this, a Realme consultant confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it was a mistake and that this mannequin doesn’t assist any such characteristic. The web site has since been corrected.

Realme C3 selfie pattern (faucet to see full-size pattern)


Selfies taken open air in daylight had a barely inaccurate color tone. They additionally weren’t sharp, and lacked element. Video recording maxes out at 1080p for each the first in addition to the selfie shooter. There is not any video stabilisation, leading to shaky footage. In low gentle, the Realme C3 metered gentle properly for a cellphone at this worth.


The Realme C3 is a strong replace to the Realme C2, and it additional strengthens the corporate’s finances collection. Realme has picked a strong SoC that steamrolls the competitors in terms of efficiency. Battery life is superb as anticipated, and Realme smartphones have been constantly acing our battery checks. Of course, digital camera efficiency is not the perfect, however it’s acceptable for the value.

Starting at simply Rs. 6,999 for the bottom variant, and at Rs. 7,999 for the variant we reviewed, the Realme C3 is a straightforward smartphone to suggest. Realme might have supplied a fingerprint scanner like most of its competitors, and we wish to see USB Type-C grow to be normal.

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