realme c2 review

Realme has made a name for itself in the market by selling smartphones equipped with powerful hardware at aggressive prices to compete with Xiaomi. The company recently launched the Realme 3 Pro (Review) to compete with the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review). Now, the company has launched Realme C2, an upgraded version of Realme C1 (Review). The starting price of Realme C2 is Rs 5,999. We have tested Reality C2, so let’s get to know it in detail.

realme c2 design

Most of the cheap smartphones are boring to look at. In order to keep prices low and performance good, phone manufacturers often don’t prioritize design. But that is not the case at all with the Realme C2 as it is a good looking smartphone. Like other smartphones in the budget segment, the Realme C2 is also made of plastic, but the finish of the back panel is unique.
Realme has used a geometric diamond cut pattern on the rear panel of the phone. You can check it out in our Diamond Blue review unit. The patterns emerge when light hits the back of the phone, giving it a premium look. Due to the finish, fingerprints do not easily fall on the rear panel.

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Dual rear cameras with single LED flash have been provided at the back of the phone. The Realme logo will be found at the bottom of the rear panel of the phone. Realme C2 has a large screen and the selfie camera has a place in the Waterdrop Notch. The screensaver is already in our review unit. We found that the curved frame of the Realme C2 allows the phone to fit comfortably in the hand.

The power button is located on the right side of the phone, the hand easily reaches the button. On the other hand, the volume button is on the left side of the phone. The SIM tray is located just above the volume buttons.

The bottom of the Realme C2 houses the Micro-USB port, speaker, and main microphone, while the top of the phone is bare. Like Realme C1, the fingerprint sensor has not been included in Realme C2 to reduce the cost of the phone. We found the build quality of the Realme C2 to be good and the phone didn’t even get a scratch during the review.

Realme C2 Specifications and Software

Realme C2 is a budget phone and its specifications are not very impressive. This phone is equipped with an eight-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor. Its base variant has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The Realme C2 price starts at Rs.5,999. The 2 GB RAM + 16 GB storage variant will be sold at this price.

The price of the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model of the phone is Rs 7,999. We have a 3 GB RAM variant of the Realme C2. Realme C2 features a 6.1-inch HD+ display (720×1560 pixels) with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the phone. Its viewing angles are also good and the screen is still quite bright outdoors. You can also change the color temperature as per your choice.

To bring the Realme C2 to life, it has been given a 4,000 mAh battery and this phone comes with a 10-watt charger. It is a dual-SIM phone and has two Nano-SIM slots. There is 4G and VoLTE support on both SIM cards. To increase storage, Realme has also provided a microSD card slot. Realme C2 includes FM radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth version 4.2, A-GPS and Glonoss for connectivity.

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Realme C2 runs on ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie. Our review unit is running on the March 2019 security patch. Some apps like Realme Community, Dailyhunt, Facebook, Newspoint, UC Browser, Amazon, Sharechat, and PayTM will already be pre-installed on the Realme C2. You can even uninstall them if you want.

Theme support is also included and you can download them from the Theme Store app. The App Market is another alternative to the Google Play Store and is also pre-installed, but we found it was sending out spam notifications all day long. Realme C2 also has a Game Center app where you will only find games.

Like other Realme smartphones, the realme C2 also has a driving and driving mode that automatically puts the phone in DND mode when connected with a car’s Bluetooth head unit. You can also send SMS automatically when you reject an incoming call. Gesture navigation is also available on Realme C2.

Realme C2 performance, battery life and camera

Realme C2 performance is acceptable in this price segment, MediaTek Helio P22 processor has been used in the phone. We didn’t have any issues launching apps and scrolling through menus, but the phone did slow down a bit when we pulled the notification panel down.

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We also tested multitasking on this phone, but sometimes the phone takes a while to load heavy apps. Of course, the fingerprint sensor is not included in the phone, but it is equipped with the face unlock function. This smartphone unlocks the phone quickly.

We played PUBG Mobile on Low settings, with the graphics set to Smooth and the frame rate set to Medium. The gameplay was not smooth and kept getting stuck. We changed the frame rate to low, which made a slight difference to gameplay, but it still wasn’t smooth. To bring the Realme C2 to life, it has been given a 4,000 mAh battery, the autonomy of the phone is good.

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In our HD video loop test, the phone held us back for 20 hours and 29 minutes. We used WhatsApp on the phone, used Google Maps for navigation for two hours, and ran a few waypoints. The charger that comes with the phone takes more than 2 hours to charge the battery.

Realme C2 has a dual rear camera setup. The main sensor is 13 megapixels. Its aperture is F/2.2. With this, a 2-megapixel sensor with F/2.4 aperture will work in Jugalbandi. For selfies, the terminal has a 5-megapixel sensor with an F/2.0 aperture. The camera app is similar to what we have seen before on Realme smartphones. It has buttons for HDR, Chroma Boost, Filter, and Flash.

There are also Pano, Expert, Time-Lapse, and Slo-Mo modes. The camera app offers 2x digital zoom support. Beautification mode has been provided in the phone, with the help of which you can set the amount of beautification. We liked the photos taken by the Realme C2 in daylight. Focus was good in images and details were captured well too.

Macro shots turned out better than we expected and the phone maintains an adequate distance between the subject and the background. The phone was quick to lock focus, and there were no problems with exposure when shooting in macro mode. The detail was well captured in the portrait shot. Photos taken from the phone in low light weren’t very good. There was no sharpness on the phone and grains were visible when zoomed in.

The selfie detail was captured well and the quality is also good at this price. Realme C2 also has HDR support for the front camera. The rear camera is capable of recording videos at 1080p resolution, while the selfie camera is capable of recording videos at 720p resolution.

our decision

Starting at Rs 5,999, the Realme C2 also packs powerful hardware, good battery life, and up-to-date software. Usually, we have seen smartphones with weak processors and outdated software in this price range. The camera is one aspect of the phone that needs improvement, but the quality is decent at this price.

If you buy the basic variant of Realme C2, tell it that it may turn out to be a profitable deal. If you are considering buying the 3GB RAM variant of the Realme C2 and if you can stretch your budget a bit, then Redmi 7 or Nokia 5.1 Plus (Review) might also be a great choice for you. These smartphones are also available at a similar price but come with better hardware in comparison.<!–


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