Realme has made a name for itself by selling smartphones with powerful hardware at prices aggressive enough to go up against Xiaomi. The company recently launched the Realme 3 Pro (Review) to compete with the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review), and it did manage to shake the industry up. Now, the company is looking at the lower end of the market by bringing in the successor to the Realme C1 (Review), aptly named the Realme C2. The Realme C2 starts at Rs. 5,999 and sports decent specifications on paper. Will that translate into good enough real-world performance? We put it to the test to find out.
The C2 is a budget offering from Realme and is the successor of the Realme C1. It sports a 6.1-inch HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. It has good viewing angles and also offers the option to change the colour temperature of the display.
The Realme C2 is well designed and has a diamond-cut pattern on the back that makes it look premium. The phone is compact and feels comfortable to hold in the hand. It has a dual camera setup at the back which consists of a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Powering the smartphone is .a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC and comes in two variants- 2GB RAM with 16GB storage, and 3GB RAM with 32GB of storage. We had the 3GB RAM variant and found it to be powerful enough for day-to-day tasks but couldn't run big games smoothly.
The Realme C2 runs ColourOS 6 on top of Android 9 Pie which is the latest version of Android. We found a few apps preinstalled on the smartphone which could be uninstalled easily. Realme also offers a few useful features in the form of driving and riding modes.
Realme has packed in a 4000mAh battery which delivers very good battery life. The supplied 10W charger is also quick enough to top the battery up. The cameras on the Realme C2 deliver average performance. The phone wasn't consistent in getting the exposure right in daylight but suffered in low-light.
For the asking price of Rs. 5,999 the base variant of the Realme C2 does look impressive on paper but the variant we tested was priced at Rs. 7,999. If you are looking at the higher variant of the Realme C2, you can look at the Redmi 7 and the Nokia 5.1 Plus as the alternatives.
|Product Name||Price in India|
|Realme C2 (Diamond Black, 2GB RAM, 16GB)||₹ 6,993|
|Realme C2 (Black, 2GB RAM, 16GB)||₹ 6,999|
|Realme C2 (Diamond Blue, 2GB RAM, 16GB)||₹ 6,999|
|Realme C2 (Diamond Black, 2GB RAM, 32GB)||₹ 6,999|
|Realme C2 (Diamond Blue, 2GB RAM, 32GB)||₹ 6,999|
|Realme C2 (Black, 3GB RAM, 32GB)||₹ 8,690|
|Realme C2 (Diamond Blue, 3GB RAM, 32GB)||₹ 8,849|
|Realme C2 (Diamond Black, 3GB RAM, 32GB)||₹ 8,849|
Realme C2 price in India starts from ₹ 6,993. The lowest price of Realme C2 is ₹ 6,993 at Tata Cliq.
|Release date||April 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||154.30 x 73.70 x 8.50|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4000|
|Colours||Diamond Black, Diamond Blue|
|Screen size (inches)||6.10|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass|
|Processor make||MediaTek Helio P22|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||256|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes|
|Rear camera||13-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.12-micron) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.75-micron)|
|Front camera||5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.20|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|