Things are going really well for Realme, a sub-brand of popular Chinese smartphone brand Oppo who recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, earlier this month. In a span of just one year, Realme managed to mark its niche in the extremely saturated and competitive budget segment while standing neck-and-neck to the leading brands such as Xiaomi, Samsung, ASUS, and Honor. Bringing something new to the table every time with its smartphones, Realme seems to be on a roll and is now out with yet another smartphone, Realme C2.
The successor to the Realme C1, an entry-level phone that was launched last year in November, Realme C2 comes with upgraded features as compared to Realme C1 – a better design, and a far more powerful processor.
Design and Display
Talking about the design, the first thing that you’ll notice about the Realme C2 is how it doesn’t ‘look’ like an entry-level phone. Towards the back, you see a dual-tone blue metallic sheen on the rear panel with, what Realme likes to call, ‘diamond-cut design’ (similar to Realme 1). The dual rear camera sits at the upper left corner on the rear panel alongside the LED flash and there’s a Realme logo that sits vertically at the lower left. Realme C2 misses a fingerprint sensor on the back just like Realme C1. Although made up of plastic, the back doesn’t feel cheap, making the phone stand out, in the first instance. However, if you’re not about the blue color, you can go for the other black color variant.
The real panel comes with a very light stripy-textured finish that doesn’t help with the overall grip of the phone and also doesn’t extend around the sides of the phone. However, the major benefit to that design is that you can’t spot unsightly fingerprint smudges across the back. Keeping up with the bezel-less smartphone trend, Realme C2 offers a fairly high screen-to-body ratio of 89.35% and a dew-drop notch that makes the overall phone look much sleeker.
Talking about the display, Realme C2 comes with a 6.1-inch HD+ 1560×720 pixels resolution and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection. The colors and contrast of the app icons is pretty good indoors but has poor sunlight legibility. Also, although the 6.1-inch display is decent for watching movies and videos, It’s not of the best quality and does lack sharpness. However, the overall display of the phone is good with few hits and misses that can be easily forgiven, keeping the price-point of the phone in mind.
Performance and software
Realme C2 comes powered by the MediaTek MT6762 Helio P22 processor with an option of 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and a 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The Helio P22 is an octa core processor that performs far better than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 that powered Realme C1. Helio P22 processor powered with 3GB RAM didn’t offer the smoothest experience out there but I’ve been using this phone for over two weeks and it managed to perform all tasks that we expect from the budget-phones. There were some lags observed while launching certain apps on the phone along with occasional unresponsiveness while texting. However, for the most part, Realme C2 was quite lag-free for the basic day-to-day tasks but did slow down while juggling through multiple tasks.
As far as gaming is concerned, the Realme C2 chipset does allow you to play PUBG on the phone, however, it takes quite a moment (almost over 2 minutes) for the game to start. Once it’s done loading the game, it runs by default on a low-graphics setting, thereby, offering a less detailed and crisp display experience. Also, despite being able to play PUBG, the stress on the phone will become quite evident when played for more than 15 minutes. However, the phone comes with an impressive battery life, similar to Realme C1, featuring a big 4000 mAh battery. Although charging the device takes over two and less than three hours, the battery manages to last for over a day despite heavy texting, music, video streaming, gaming, and photos. When used lightly, the battery can last for nearly two days which is simply awesome.
Coming to the software, Realme C2 runs on ColorOS 6.0, built atop Android 9 Pie, which is quite simple, and uncluttered, and allows speedy movement through the OS. Swipe left and you’ll be greeted with a Smart Assistant option that combines information such as Weather, Steps Tracker, events, et al, for quick access. Not a big fan, but the option does come in handy at times. However, it’s optional and can be turned off in the Settings.
There’s also an app drawer available as you swipe up from the bottom. There’s another great option namely game space mode that instantly turns on to free up space and resources for times when you open a game. Talking about the audio and phone quality, it is pretty average as expected from a budget smartphone. One thing that stood out was an improper proximity sensor as I had to press the phone really hard against my ear while I was on a call or else, it wouldn’t turn off. Also, despite missing a fingerprint sensor, the phone offers facial recognition security option to unlock your phone which works totally fine except in low light situations where you’ll have to make do with a pattern or pin.
Talking about the camera performance, Realme C2 features a 13MP + 2MP AI dual rear camera similar to Realme C1, and a 5MP front camera for selfies.
Other features that come packed with camera includes time-lapse, panorama, HDR, and Chroma Boost. Dual rear camera performs pretty decently in bright light surroundings with maintaining the sharpness and details in a photo.
For low-light situations, the dual rear camera doesn’t disappoint so much for a budget phone and enhances the pictures when clicked with its Chroma Boost feature turned on. Although Chroma Boost adds extra color and contrast to the overall picture, it doesn’t seem unnatural. Also, you might notice some noise in the overall photos clicked on the rear camera but overall it performs pretty decent.
The front camera, however, disappoints big time, producing very grainy pictures in low light situations and works just decent in bright light situations. This is again forgivable given the price of the phone. The camera also gives you an option to shoot videos at 1080p at 30fps which performs decently during the day time but is quite average during the night time.
In all, if you want funky design, big screen, decent performance, and long-lasting battery life at an extremely competitive price, then the Realme C2 is the phone for you. The phone seems to be able to hold its own quite well even among some serious competition in the entry-level and budget segment.
In India, The Realme C2 is priced at INR 5,999 for the 2GB RAM + 16GB storage variant, while the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant is priced at INR 7,999 respectively.