Realme which has learnt about the Indian market keenly kept launching the budget and mid-range smartphones regularly giving a tough fight to the already popular in the segment, Xiaomi. You can witness this in case of Realme 3 Pro which competes with Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 with Redmi Note 7. Close on the heels of Realme 3 Pro comes Realme C2 which is designed to take on Xiaomi's Redmi 6A.
Realme C2 is priced at Rs 5,999 for the 2GB+16GB RAM model and Rs 7,999 for the 3GB+32GB option. The price tags look really affordable… but how does it fare when put in use? Here is the review…
On unboxing the phone, the design is the first element that attracts the users most. The back of the body has fancy quadrilateral and triangular design in a matte finish that beautifully reflected light in hues of blue. The Realme logo sits on the lower left corner in style.
When it comes to the controls, the left edge of the phone hosts the dual SIM tray and the volume buttons whereas the right edge features the lock button. The lower edge has speakers, charging slot and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Unlike the rival companies, Realme has chucked away the hybrid slots and equipped separate slots for SIM and SD-cards giving users a relief of using second SIM and expand storage (16GB internal storage can be expandable up to 256GB via microSD card).
Moving to the front, C2 sports 6.1-inch HD+ LCD display worked well indoors but the colours on the screen appeared a bit dull and flat while outdoors. This also obstructed us while playing games, watching videos or working with other features on the phone in sunlight. So, on whole, the display of Realme C2 turned out to be average.
Also, the screen has a special floating navigation panel on the right side that houses a few shortcuts to camera, messages, photos, screenshot, etc. So, you can launch these apps with just a single tap.
In terms of optics, the handset has dual rear camera - 13MP and 2MP sensors - with LED flash (on its side) on the upper left corner which captured decent clicks. Whereas the front camera is of 5MP and we recommend you to turn on HDR mode to get better shots. Also, the Chroma Boost mode produced well-contrasted images.
As far as performance is concerned, just like its rival, Redmi 6A, Realme C2 too comes with MediaTek Helio P22 chipset and is powered by 4000mAh battery that ran the device almost an entire day on a single charge. But a bit downside here is that it took almost two hours to completely charge the smartphone. Interestingly, we found that the device hasn't heated up either while charging or when on
Realme C2 has no fingerprint reader but comes with AI Facial Unlock to authenticate users. Well, this worked well in well-lit environs but suffered a bit in low-light. So, it's better to switch to smartlock while using the phone in dark.
Conclusion: Those searching for good battery backup phone in the mid-range segment can pick Realme C2 without any second thought. However, Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Asus Zenfone Lite L1 and Samsung Galaxy J2 Core are the other handsets in the same price bracket.