Realme C1 Review: Is this one of the Best Budget Smart Phones to Buy?
Realme is one of the new comers in the market that recently launched its new Smartphone which has been the talk of town. Since the time the company has entered this market, it has launched five Smartphone names, Realme 1, realme 2, realme 2 Pro, Realme C1 and Realme U1. These smartphones are well priced and have power packed specifications. The recent and newest launch Realme C1 is companies most budgeted Smartphone that costs Rs. 7,999. This handset is available in two colour options Mirror Black and navy blue. This device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and it comes with a notched display. It also has a dual camera module on the back side. Realme C1 with its impressive batter, performance, and camera is attracting all the attentions. But the question comes, is this best buy that is worth Rs. 7,999? Check out this in our review.
Realme C1 specifications: 6.2-inch HD+ 1520 x 720 resolution display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor | 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage | expandable memory via dedicated microSD card slot (up to 256GB) | 13MP primary camera | 2MP secondary camera | 4,230mAh battery | ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
Realme C1 price in India: Rs 7,999
Realme C1 review: What’s good about it?
Realme C1 sports has a glass-like design which is similar to the company’s other smartphones. It sports a plastic frame and back panel. This device brings all new fresh look to the regular plastic back smartphones which comes under Rs 8,000, all credit goes to the glass finish
The device Realme C1 features a 6.2-inch HD+ notched display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The display is on par with other budget handsets which is been tested personally. Indoors, the display is crisp and vibrant. In the dark, the brightness levels should ideally be turned down a lot as it can make for a loud experience.
There is no problem in using the display outdoors in a bright environment. The auto-brightness feature is the perfect spot on and doesn’t need any tweaking most of the times compared to other devices which is a pain.
Realme C1 is one of the bets multitasking phone with an opening of multiple windows with ease to handle. There are multiple tabs open right now and there is no lagging. Which is impressive. So you can browse, play the game and also do other activity at one time with smooth functionality.
Games like Temple run, Mini militia and heavy ones like PUBG also runs fine. So for the heavy gamer here is a green signal to you. With the minimum lagging, you can still have a better experience as compared to other devices. Always keep low expectations with Smartphone while playing heavy games. Another main issue that is no more seen in this game is the heating issue, which is completely vanished. So that too gives you thumbs up.
In well lit conditions, the rear camera of Realme C1 performed really well. The shots were sharp, colors vibrant and had a good amount of detail in them. As for the front camera is concerned, the images taken with it came out with nice sharpness and focus on a single point. However, the colors were not so accurate which can be adjusted with some edits. After all no picture is completely fine without favorite edits, may it be DSLR picture or a phone clicked the picture.
The 4,230mAh battery that will easily last a day and more with heavy usage. I used it for playing games, watching videos, streaming videos and music, making calls, browsing social media, navigation and more. If battery life is what you are looking from a phone this might be the one you want to get. However, you also need to keep in mind that it takes around two hours and 50 minutes to fully charge.
Realme C1 review: What’s bad about this device?
We picked up Navy Blue color option to review, which we did not find appealing. The Mirror Black color variant might look better in hand and have better impact look wise.
A major thing that bothered us was that the device does not come with a fingerprint sensor even though smartphones like 10.or G at a similar price offer it. The face unlock did work in most scenarios, but for me, it isn’t a replacement for the fingerprint sensor. So for fingerprint users here can be a disappointment to you.
Low light camera performance is an issue with all smartphones at this price point usually face, and the Realme C1 is no exception. Both the front and back camera of the device struggle to focus on objects when the light is not in abundance, and the images clicked come out grainy and dull. This is a disappointment too for a camera freak user.
The front camera’s beauty mode smooths the skin rather aggressively and makes one appear much whiter, thus making the image look unnatural. Try out flipkart mobile coupon if you plan to buy this phone and avail 10% discount.
Coming to the software of this device, Realme C1 utilizes Oppo’s Android 8.1 based ColorOS 5.2 skin, which has a very high learning curve. For a person coming from a non-Oppo smartphone, it will be very hard for them to adapt to this new environment.
Swiping out notifications is a pain as they need to first be swiped once to the left and then the user has to press a delete icon, this becomes more tedious as most notifications don’t group together unlike other smartphones.
Realme C1 Review: Final Verdict
Realme C1 comes with a decent design, good battery, and performance. It is also one of the cheapest smartphones to sport a notched display. I would definitely recommend the smartphone at the price it was introduced and at which it drops at during most sales. However, I wouldn’t recommend getting the device at its current price. As you can get smartphones like Xiaomi Redmi 6, Lenovo K9 and more around the same price point, which, which offer a better cost to specifications ratio.