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In addition to launching the realme 3 Pro, Realme also launched a smartphone which has been mentioned as the new entry level king, namely Realme C2. This smartphone relies on the performance of the screen and large battery as the superior features offered.
Present with an innovative design that is quite interesting, realme C2 is also priced at a fairly affordable price, which is at P5,490 for the 16GB version, and P6,490 on the higher 32GB variant. The device is expected to be able to answer the needs of young users of smartphones that can be used all day without worrying about lags or fast running out batteries.
We had the opportunity to directly test the device in real life. And after passing some review testing, here’s our full review of the realme C2.
Realme C2 Specs:
- 6.1-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display, 1560 x 720 resolution, 282 ppi
- Android 9.0 “Pie”, ColorOS 6 Lite
- Dual-SIM, dual standby
- 2.0Ghz 64-bit MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor
- PowerVR GE8320 GPU
- 16GB / 32GB internal storage
- Expandable microSD slot up to 256GB
- 2GB / 3GB RAM
- 13-megapixel (f/2.2 aperture, PDAF) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4 aperture, depth sensor) dual rear camera
- 5-megapixel rear camera, f/2.0 aperture
- 1080p at 30 fps of video recording
- 4G LTE (Category 6)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.2
- FM Radio
- GPS, with A-GPS, GLONASS
- micro-USB 2.0 connector
- 4,000 mAh non-removable battery
Design & Build quality
In terms of design, the reality of Realme C2 seems to have a pretty interesting design. Although lined up as an entry-level smartphone at a price of just sub-P5,000, the device has a pretty elegant appearance. Through the 6.1-inch screen and body with polycarbonate material with the Diamond Cut concept, this smartphone managed to provide a design that is not boring.
Unlike the diamond cut with a glossy finishing touch like that used some realme devices, the realme C2 gives the final touch of diamond cut with polygonal shading texture. In addition to making it look attractive, this design also makes easier to grasp, because the shading texture provides better grip on the user’s hand. The variant that we tested is Diamond Black, besides the other available color, namely Diamond Blue.
The front panel with dewdrop design includes a selfie camera and handset speaker in the gap. Although it comes with a full-view screen and the notch, the bezel on the side of the screen is still rather thick.
This device has dimensions of 154.3 x 73.7 mm with a thickness of 8.5 mm, and weighs 166 grams. The size and weight of the device makes it quite comfortable to hold, not too light. This device is also claimed to have been coated with a Corning Gorilla Glass protector on the front panel. Even though the version is not mentioned, it will certainly provide additional protection from scratches. In addition, the front screen has also been coated with a scratch-resistant film to add protection.
Turning to the button and slot placement, the realme C2 has a power button on the right side. While the volume buttons are on the left side, along with the SIM card slot. The SIM card slot or tray available is a triple slot, with two nano SIM slots and one micro-SD slot. Users can add up to 256GB of memory via the available microSD slot.
On the bottom side, there is a micro-USB charging slot, a 3.5 mm jack, and the speaker grill, while there are no buttons or modules on the upper side.
It carries a 6.1-inch screen with HD+ screen with 1560 x 720 resolution and a ratio of 19.5:9. Lower screen resolution will certainly provide better power efficiency. However, the visibility of realme C2 reality still looks good, and is quite bright.
Software, UI & Apps
Realme C2 runs using the ColorOS 6.0 operating system based on Android 9.0 Pie. As for the complete sensor available such as accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor, compass, and also gyroscope. However, this device is not equipped with a fingerprint sensor for security needs. However, Face Unlock authentication feature is available, and it works quite responsively.
Performance & Benchmarks
The SoC used is MediaTek Helio P22 with octa-core Cortex-A53 processor up to 2.0 GHz and using PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It has used 12 nm fabrication, which is expected to have better power efficiency. The variant that we tested uses 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Realme C2 is also available with 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.
The benchmark results show that there’s no difference between using the Game Space or not because indeed this smartphone has no “competitive mode”. Overall, it displays pretty good performance in its class. Although not the best, the performance of the realme C2 is enough to accommodate daily user needs such as social media, chat, video calls, browsing, and streaming. To play light games, this smartphone is also able to accommodate it well.
For cameras, realme C2 does not seem to position itself as a champion in the entry level segment. In quality, the results of the photos look standard both in detail and color. However, it seems that the smartphone provides a pretty good camera experience. With the existing 13MP f/2.2 camera sensor, realme enhances the camera experience with the presence of HDR features and also Chroma Boost. Both of these features can provide image optimization from both lighting and color richness, so photos can look better.
The available 2MP sensor available can also be used by users to capture bokeh photos through available portrait mode. Here are some photos that are captured using the realme C2.
So is the selfie camera, which uses a 5MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. realme provides it with AI Beauty to get the best selfie photos for users. The available Soft Flash feature allows users to capture selfies better in dark conditions. Here are some photos using a selfie camera.
Connectivity, Audio quality & Battery life
Connectivity is available of course with 4G LTE cellular network that supports all operators in the country, 2.4GHz WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth 4.2.
The speaker at the bottom works perfectly. The sound is quite loud that can fill a small room. However, there’s a slight distortion when you’re playing any kind of music on its maximum volume.
Realme C2 is predicted to be a smartphone that has the best battery life in its class. We also tested this device by playing the video playback from a full battery to empty. It turned out that Reality C2 was able to survive in more than 20 hours. These results certainly show a pretty good number. Although with a 4,000 mAh battery capacity, the battery life of the smartphone can compete with devices that have a capacity of 5,000 mAh.
As for charging, this smartphone is only equipped with a charging adapter with an output of 5V / 2A. To charge the battery from empty to full, it takes around 2.5 hours.
Realme C2 is quite capable of proving itself as a reliable entry-level smartphone, especially for everyday needs, this smartphone can be used all day without worrying about lag or running out of battery. The phone’s performance and camera features are also arguably one of the best for the price offered. The design also looks attractive, suitable for young users who want affordable products without looking cheap. And most importantly, this smartphone is priced at an affordable price of P5,490 for the 2GB / 16GB variant and P6,490 for the 3GB / 32GB variant.