|Launch Date||October 11, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.1 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||6.2 inches (15.75 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1520 pixels|
|Pixel Density||271 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Screen to Body Ratio (claimed by the brand)||88.8 %|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||80.85 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450|
|Processor||Octa core, 1.8 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 8.67 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||4128 x 3096 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||1920x1080 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass|
The RealMe C1 is a phone that is like literally bang for your buck. The design of it is stunning, and build quality despite being plastic is superior for the pricing. The performance thanks to the Snapdragon 450 chipset is quite good too, and the battery is fantastic and can give a run for its competitors in the similar price segment. However, on the flip side, the cameras on it are very average, and the Color OS 5.1 is literally too heavy for the phone with 2GB RAM to handle. So, if cameras aren’t you're a priority, the RealMe C1 is a really offering for the pricing. If not, you can go with the Redmi 6, Asus Zenfone Lite L1 is your better alternatives.
After RealMe 1, RealMe 2, and RealMe 2 Pro, the company is on its way to disrupt the concrete market Xiaomi has set up for itself in India with the launch of budget segment C1 in India. With this phone, RealMe is aiming at raising the bars for a budget segment smartphone as it directly competes with Xiaomi’s Redmi 6, and the recently announced Asus ZenFone Lite L1, at its introductory price of Rs. 5,999. However, the RealMe C1 has an edge thanks to the relatively powerful chipset and hardware. Either way, we review the device to see if it’s worth the money you might spend. Let’s get started.
The RealMe C1 sports a 6.2-inch (1520 x 720 pixels) 18:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform SoC clocked at 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 506 GPU. It packs 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory that is expandable up to 256GB with microSD.
It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 on top. In terms of camera, the RealMe 2 Pro features a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, a secondary 2MP camera with f/2.4 aperture. The phone comes with a face unlocks, but no fingerprint sensor. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS. A 4230mAh battery.
Right after we took out the phone from the box, our first impression was surprising. The RealMe C1 doesn’t look like a phone from this price segment. It looks premium and feels solid in hands. The ergonomics of the phone are quite good too; we felt we were using a phone double the cost. Despite being made out of plastic, the glossy back panel of the C1 looks clean and elegant, though it attracts fingerprint quite easily. The phone basically feels and looks much more premium than what the price range it sits in suggests. It offers a comfortable grip and good in-hand feel.
Though it sports a big 6.2-inch display, the phone fits nicely in hands and one-handed usage never caused stress to our hands. The plastic frame running around the corners offers excellent grip, and you never drop it. Yes, there is a notch at the front just any most modern phones these days, and this provides more screen-to-body ratio comparatively.
Moving to placements, the volume rockers are present on the left side along with SIM tray and dedicated microSD card slot, while the power button is present on the right side. On the top, it has nothing, and at the bottom, there is 3.5mm audio headphone jack, main speaker grill, microUSB port, and a microphone. On the back, it has a 13+2MP dual cameras, LED flash, RealMe logo, and there is no fingerprint sensor. The 4230mAh battery is built-in, so it can’t be removed. Overall, the RealMe C1 design and build definitely offer more for what you are paying.
The colors are bright, vivid and pleasing colors. It is also quite bright, as a result, we never had issues accessing the content outdoors or even under direct sunlight. The software doesn’t have an option to hide the notch, so you will have to live with it. The viewing angles are good enough; we didn’t notice any distortion in colors even when viewing from extreme angles.
The colors look accurate and very natural, and it was able to play 1080p videos and was able to pull off moderate to casual games. It also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, so it should offer a decent amount of protection to the screen. The device also comes with a screen guard pre-applied. It also has an auto-brightness sensor which when enabled automatically adjusts the brightness depending on the ambient light. Overall, the display of the RealMe C1 is quite good and comes out with shining colors.
The powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Snapdragon 450 14nm Mobile Platform SoC clocked at 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 506 GPU and 2GB RAM. The chipset is capable enough to pull most tasks with ease. It was able to handle our everyday use cases like messaging, calls, social media applications including Facebook, WhatsApp and more. We never notice any frame drops or stutters in the U.I. The animations are close to smooth, as there are ocassional frame drops, because of the low RAM. If you move to heavy usage, the device starts showing its true colors. It can handle multitasking with up to 2-3 apps, but apps run of memory and slow down the phone if you have more than 5-6 apps.
Since it comes with split-screen functionality, thanks to the tall display, it works flawlessly allowing you to run two applications at a time on a single screen. Moving to the gaming department, we played games like PUBG, Modern Combat 5, Leo’s Fortune, PokemonGo, Riptide GP 2. While the gameplay is smooth when the graphics set to medium and the Adreno 506 was able to handle almost every casual game. The problem starts when you are planning on playing games with high graphics settings. There is no heating issue. It doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor but compensates by including face unlock which uses the front camera. It unlocks the phone almost instantly and takes you back to the home screen directly. Overall, the performance of the RealMe C1 is decent enough.
The RealMe 2 Pro features a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, a secondary 2MP camera with f/2.4 aperture. It comes with features like HDR, AI Beauty 2.0 and A.I scene-detection. In good lighting conditions, the RealMe C1 captures images with good details and decent colors. Though there is HDR which when enabled doesn’t change the end results much. The camera’s focusing takes a fair amount of time, but when the focus is locked, it does a good job of keeping the objects in the frame sharp and crisp. Since it comes with the dual-rear camera setup, you can click portrait shots. While the edge detection isn’t the best, for the price, the inclusion of such a feature itself is impressive.
Moving to low-light, the noise levels are in check, but the focus and the overall details go for a toss. The macro shots are unstable due to the lack of proper focus, but the landscapes look decent enough. It can record 1080p videos, and the quality is decent.
The front 5MP sensor does a decent job too. It gets most of the details right and works well in outdoor selfies. As for low-light and artificial lighting, the images are again unusable. The camera comes with panorama and time-lapse shooting modes, as well as a stickers mode. Overall, the camera of the RealMe C1 is not the strongest aspect of the phone, but for the price, it gets the job done.
The RealMe C1 packs a massive 4,230mAh battery with no support for fast charging. After testing the device for a week or so, I can confidently say that the battery life of the Realme C1 is its biggest strength. With casual to moderate usage (which usually sums up our working day) that includes tasks like calls, messages, social media like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, stream videos and music, GPS navigation, the battery was able to last until the evening without any issues, and around 30% juice still left for the next day.
This type of performance is what we are used to seeing on Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series phones in the 10-15K price range. Another good thing about the battery is that we didn’t notice any idle battery drain or drastic drops. Moving to heavy usage which usually includes continuous gaming, watching movies or browsing with 4G, GPS navigation, edit photos, the phone still was able to last until the time we dozed off for the day without a sweat. We recorded a screen on time of around 6:30-7:30 hours. If you are a semi-casual user, you can pull through two days straight without plugging in for charging. As mentioned above, the battery doesn’t drain much on heavy usage as well.Since it doesn’t have any fast charging support, with the bundled 5W charger, the phone took close to 4-4:30 hours of time to charge fully from 1% to 100%. With a 10W charger, you can charge up the device fully in just two and a half hours. Overall, the battery department of the RealMe C1 is incredible and quite literally is the strongest feature of the phone.
The company didn’t bundle earphones within the box, so you will have to invest some more in a pair of decent earphones for the better sound experience. When tested with the earphones we had with us; the sound quality is perfectly good. The loudspeaker is present on the bottom, so the sound doesn’t get muffled when placed on a flat surface, but can get blocked when you are holding the phone in the landscape mode. The loudspeaker which is present on the bottom was able to cover an entire room, and we never missed a call. The default audio player was able to play most audio formats without any issues, and for the rest, you can install a third party player for the better experience. We didn’t hear any distortion in audio when volume levels are maximum.In terms of video, the RealMe C1 was able to handle 1080p videos without any heating or freezing issues even with 4G. Thanks to the tall display, it is better if you install the MX Player app so you can adjust the aspect ratio for better playback. Overall, as we mentioned above, invest some more on headphones for better audio and video experience.
Much like other RealMe phones, the RealMe C1 also runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based on ColorOS 5.1 on top. As with the case with most budget phones, RealMe didn’t promise or talk about Android Pie update. The interface as you know is single hierarchy much like most other Chinese phones. There is no app drawer, and all the icons and widgets are present on the home screen. It doesn’t have an app drawer. If you are into the stock look, you can install a custom launcher from the PlayStore.
You will have to rely on PlayStore to change themes and change the look and feel of the U.I if you get bored with the existing interface, as there is no app or setting to do by default. As for other features, there is GameSpace which when enabled automatically enables do-not-disturb mode and disables auto-brightness. It also has support for custom gestures and shortcuts. Long-press for quick actions, quick switching, multi-window is all accounted. It comes with a phone manager app which lets you manage RAM, storage, clean junk, and optimize the phone.
Apart from Google apps, there are a bunch of third-party apps like UC browser, Facebook, Zing MP3, Zalo and others. These apps can be uninstalled if you don’t want them on your phone. As we mentioned before, the software isn’t the most perfect out there, as it misses out on simple things like battery stats, a theme store which is commonly seen on most OPPO, and RealMe phones.
The phone comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage which is further expandable. Out of the 2GB RAM, there is around 900MB free on first-boot or when the default services are running. The available RAM isn’t quite enough to keep the phone smooth as the custom skin consumes 500MB to keep it running. While it can handle daily tasks smoothly, the multitasking isn’t the smoothest we have seen. There is a considerable amount of lag, and the RAM management isn’t the best if you have more than 4-5 apps at a time. Considering the cost of the phone, this is what you get and will have to live with it. The U.I animations and transitions are smooth to some extent, but once you push it, you will notice the frame drops. However, we didn’t notice any app crashes. Overall, the software experience of the RealMe C1 is good, but certainly not the best, and if you the one who likes stock Android, Color OS isn’t for you.