Realme C2 review: Bang for your buck

Realme C2 review
Realme C2 price in India is Rs. 5,999 for the base variant

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The Realme C2 offers beautiful diamond-cut design, a 4,000mAh battery, a dewdrop notch display, latest Android Pie OS, and more starting at just Rs 5,999. Read our review to find out if Realme C2 is the real deal.

Realme has been riding on the success ladder for the past couple of months. The Chinese company has basically taken a leaf out of Xiaomi‘s playbook and is offering good value for money phones in a super competitive segment. 

The strategy has helped boost Realme‘s growth as it has managed to become the fourth-largest smartphone brand in India.

Last month, the company wrapped the Realme 3 Pro smartphone with the affordable Realme C2 in India. With the latter, Realme is taking the bar very high. 
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The diamond cut finish on the Realme C2 helps it grab eyeballs

Starting with a beautiful diamond-cut design, a 4,000mAh battery, a dewdrop note display, the latest Android pie OS, and more than just Rs 5,999. To find out, read whether Realme C2 is the real deal on the outlined value.

Realme C2 Design

Realme C2 shows geometric design like a diamond, which is impressive considering the price of the demand. The diamond-cut design is actually a head-turner, and will not be found in a sub-Rs 6,000 segment. 

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The dual camera module on the Realme C2 consists of a 13-megapixel and a 2-megapixel sensor

But, you will get a similar back design on Realme 1 and Realme 2 smartphones. The only difference here is instead of shiny plastic, Realme C2 is giving a matte finish.

The phone offers a very comfortable hold due to the texture, and the plastic body also feels light. There is no need to say that matte finish and textured back does not attract fingerprint or smoothen but displays. 

It's a Diamond Blue color, while Diamond Black Color is comparatively more subtle. In particular, you will get a dual-camera setup on the back, but not a fingerprint scanner, which is worth considering at the price point. 

This means that you have to trust the Face Unlock system, which works fine. In addition, the phone also offers two nano-SIM card slots and a MicroSD card slot.

Realme C2 Display

Moving ahead, the Realme C2 features a dewdrop-style notched display design. The phone’s display is slightly smaller than its predecessor, although it still sticks to the same HD+ resolution. The Realme C2 packs a 6.1-inch display along with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Realme C2 review
Realme C2 review: Bang for your buck

The tall display is unarguably great for binge-watching, but it offers a poor resolution. The display lacks sharpness, which you will notice while playing casual games or watching videos. 

With Realme C2, you will not get the best display experience, but it's not that bad either for its price. The panel is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display offers saturated icons. 

The brightness levels are just fine indoors, but not that good outdoors as it struggles under direct sunlight. Overall, the modern design keeps the Realme C2 up to date with the industry trend.

Realme C2 specifications, performance, software, battery

Entry-level Realme C2 is built around the Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, which has been seen at 2.0 GHz. The chipset has been built to take advantage of an electric-efficient 12 nm process, which can help provide better battery life. 
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Realme C2 review

MediaTek Helio P22 is a tried and tested the chipset, which we have also seen on the Redmi 6A smartphone.

Since Realme C2 is an entry-level phone, it gives a basic level performance. The device is capable of handling day-to-day tasks and casual games. However, sometimes the experience becomes very sluggish, and there is also a visible gap while launching the app. 

Apart from this, 2 GB RAM may be an obstacle for some, but it is ok to consider the price. There is also a 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage option, but for this, you will have to pay Rs 2,000 more.

Realme C2 is one of the few affordable phones to ship with the Android Pie operating system. With ColorOS 6 on top, you get a ton of Nifty features with ColorOS and App Drawer. 

You get a bunch of preloaded apps, including Daily Hunt, UC Browser, Newspace, Sharechat, Amazon India, Vernon Music, WebNovel, Opera browser and more. But, to save some storage space, you can uninstall all these apps.

One of the largest USP of the device is its large 4,000mAh battery, which is effective for the price. With Basic Uses like Messaging, Calling, Social Networking, you will get approximately two days of battery. The "Super high power efficiency" option of Realme C2 helps save some batteries to some extent.

Realme C2 Camera Performance

Realme C2 provides the same camera setup we have seen on Realme C1. The handset offers a combination of 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear camera setup, which helps in capturing deep-field pictures. 
Realme C2 review
Realme C2 review: Bang for your buck

The front camera also packs the same 5-megapixel. Surprisingly, images captured using Realme C2 are really good, when you consider the price.

The images have ample details and porous colors. Users are recommended to keep the HDR mode up to achieve good results. If you want more saturated and well-contrast images then chroma boost mode is also there. 

Unlike outdoor shots, indoor shots are average. Note that you will only find good shots in well-lit areas. Also, in daylight, the images are quite fast.

The speed of the shutter is quite fast and the auto-focus is fast. You will not get good shots in low light or in the night, which is expected from an entry-level phone. When the light meter goes down, the image quality also falls. 

You get granular and obscure photos in the absence of information. You can use Chrome Boost for a little better results. But, mode takes time to give the final output.

Should you buy the Realme C2?

Realme C2 review
Realme C2 review: Bang for your buck

At Rs 5,999, the Realme C2 is a great value for money smartphone. It offers a good captivating design, that makes it different and unique from a sea of similar-looking smartphones in the segment. 

Apart from the design, you get a massive display with a tiny notch, which you will find very rare in the segment. It also offers good enough cameras, and the cherry on the cake is, of course, its big 4,000mAh battery.
But, the performance is purely average and 2GB RAM might not be enough for many in terms of multitasking. You can buy the 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant. But for this configuration, you will have to spend Rs 2,000. 

But if you are ready to shell out more, you can get better smartphones like the Realme 3 and more. The Realme C2 is currently competing against the Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Asus Zenfone Lite L1 and Samsung Galaxy J2 Core.

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