Realme C3 review
Realme, OPPO’s economic rib, is pushing a lot in our country and in its list has also included a smartphone from the lower end, or the new Realme C3 that we try today in these pages.
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Inside the usual yellow package we find a 10W power supply and a USB / microUSB charging cable. Unfortunately we do not find the protective cover that would surely have been a nice addition.
Construction and Ergonomics
Realme C3 it is obviously a cheap smartphone and as it was therefore reasonable to expect it is made entirely of plastic. The body embraces the entire smartphone and there is therefore no separation between the back and the profile. A return to the past that we appreciated, above all because embellished with a rough texture and a design that makes the light reflect on the body, creating concentric circles starting from the main camera. In the hand, the smartphone is relatively light and comfortable to use. It does not slip and holds well, but remember however that it is not a compact smartphone and that to use it easily it will take two hands.
Inside this Realme C3 we find a processor Mediatek Helio G70 2 GHz octa core, this together with the Mali G52 2EMMC2 graphics processor allow us to offer truly excellent performance for the price range. In addition we have 3 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD. Memory will not be very fast, but for the price we are happy with the more than abundant quantity. The memory expands using a microSD in the slot available next to that of the two nanoSIM. We then have LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi b / g / n (monoband) and Bluetooth 5.0. Unfortunately there is no NFC chip, but there is instead the audio jack, as well as the FM radio. The connector is unfortunately the microUSB one. This will make the happiness of those who had an old smartphone with this connector but it is a shame for future compatibility.
CARD: Realme C3
Realme C3 is equipped with three cameras. The main one is one 12 megapixels ƒ / 1.8 and in support we have two (very little useful) 2 megapixel ƒ / 2.4. One is useful for helping in the blur effect, while the other is for macros. A nice idea, frustrated by the low resolution. The night photos as a whole are difficult to use and there is no specific dedicated mode. Much better in good light, where, however, it definitely remains a step back in terms of definition and color compared to the competition. Occasionally it may happen to take some shaky photos. It pays to take a couple of photos to make sure you have at least one of them. The front camera is a sufficient 5 megapixel. The images are in line with the mid-range, but don’t imagine who knows what result. Full HD videos from both cameras are sufficient, but not very stable, so avoid recording videos while on the move.
The screen of Realme C3 it is a 6.5 ″ diagonal with HD + resolution, or 720 x 1600 pixels. It is an IPS panel but the results have really surprised us. In the low end, the C3 display proved to be bright, sufficiently defined, but above all with good colors. The screen is interrupted at the top in the “drop” that contains the front camera.
There are no particular news regarding the software that remains Android 10, customized with the interface Realme UI, which is essentially a slight variant of OPPO’s ColorOS. It is a pleasant and recently redesigned software. Thanks to this update we have a system that is not only complete but also more aesthetically pleasing. The functions remain those of the top of the range. We have navigation gestures, the game space to maximize game performance, the sidebar with shortcuts and the dark mode. Too bad for the Widevine L3 protocol: it basically means that you can watch streaming content, but not in HD, from platforms such as Netflix and Prime Video. Very good for security patches. They updated to those of May during our test. The overall fluidity of the system is also surprising. Do not expect the fluidity of a top of the range from € 1000, but undoubtedly we have better performance here than many other devices in the same price range.
The battery is well 5,000 mAh and this allows the Realme C3 to guarantee truly excellent performance in terms of autonomy when it comes to ending an entire day of work, which is what we usually ask for on our smartphone. Even with intense use, in fact, it is possible to close a full day without intermediate refills. However, it is not a smartphone for two days of autonomy. Charging via microUSB is unfortunately not particularly fast, given that it stops at 10W of power.
Realme C3 has a price of 159 €, absolutely aligned with the company’s price list and good for the hardware that this smartphone makes available. Check the box below because the price may drop in the future.
Realme C3 isn’t perfect, but when it comes to low end there are always compromises. In this case it seems to us that those facts are almost all consistent with the price at which it is sold. In essence Realme C3 is a purchase that you do not regret.
- Nice display
- Good autonomy
- A lot of memory
- More than good performance
- MicroUSB port
- Single band Wi-Fi
- Slow charging
- No HD streaming