Realme C2 review: Great battery life, but display could have been better

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 14:50 IST 7.5/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Realme C2 price in India is set at Rs 5,999.The Realme C2 offers a great battery life and Android Pie software.The Realme C2 display is dull while the camera struggles in low light conditions.Realme has so far matched Xiaomi in offering attractive phones with great hardware at affordable prices. The once Oppo sub-brand has found its footing in India and has successfully launched a number of well-received phone between Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000. This year, the company will mostly launch phones that replace last year’s models. While the Realme 3 Pro (Review) is the successor to the Realme 2 Pro, the Realme C2 is the logical next step after the Realme C1.The Realme C2 is the company most affordable phone right now and it offers a lot of appealing features for its budget pricing of Rs 5,999. The phone touts a dewdrop display, diamond-cut design, Helio P22 chipset, Android Pie and a large 4,000mAh battery, among other things. In our Realme C2 review, we find out whether the phone is a worthy successor to the Realme C1 and worth its entry-level pricing.Realme C2 DesignStarting off with the design, the Realme C2 looks pretty good for its budget pricing. A lot of the appeal comes from the back rather than the front. The rear panel has been changed from glossy on the C1 to a matt-like finish on the C2. It’s a plastic shell with micro patterns on it which feels nice to touch. The diamond-cut design, which has been a popular choice for Realme in the past, makes a comeback here with the pattern looking more pronounced on the Realme C2’s rear panel. The phone is offered in Diamond Blue and Diamond Black colours.advertisement One of the benefits of having a textured matt panel on the back is that it doesn’t attract smudges or scratches, leaving the panel pristine throughout. The panel offers a smooth-often-slippery feel and is mostly clean apart from a camera setup and the Realme logo. There is no fingerprint sensor on the Realme C2, so you will have to rely on face unlock or the pattern/PIN method to unlock the device.The build quality is sturdy and the frame feels rock solid. The power button is placed on the right side while the volume buttons and sim slot are found on the left side of the frame. The buttons have a nice placement and are easy to reach. The card slot can hold two Nano SIM cards and a microSD card. Present on the bottom of the frame is a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port, speaker grille and microphones.Realme C2 DisplayThe sports a 6.1-inch HD+ dewdrop display with thinner bezels compared to its predecessor. The iPhone X-like wide notch on the Realme C1 has been reduced on the Realme C2, offering more screen real estate. The U-curve on the top is flatter, which means it is much less intrusive. There is a fairly thick chin, but that’s expected in this price segment. Talking about the display quality, you will find that the Realme C2 offers great colour reproduction. Colours are deep and pleasant to look at, whether it’s the gradience of the app icons or colour depth in video content. That being said, the Realme C2 has some major display issues as well. It doesn’t offer great sharpness as it’s easy to spot pixelation of texts and jaggedness while watching videos even at 720p. Viewing angles are average and so are the brightness levels, making the display quite dull. You won’t have an issue looking at the display indoors, but you will struggle under bright sunlight.Realme C2 Performance and SoftwarePowering the Realme C2 is an octa-core 2Ghz MediaTek Helio P22 chipset based on a 12nm process. The Realme C1, in comparison, is powered by a 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 450 chipset. With a faster MediaTek processor, the Realme C2 sees a noticeable bump in performance over its predecessor. For a Rs 6,000 phone, I feel most users are going to be satisfied with what they’re going to get.Opening apps for the first time will be slow, but when it comes to switching between them from the background, the Realme C2 does a pretty good job. A quick browsing through the UI was generally a smooth experience. The only other time when you might feel the phone is sluggish is when you’re scrolling through heavy apps. The Realme C2 is offered in two storage option – 2GB + 16GB and 3GB + 32GB.What really impressed me was the Realme C2’s gaming performance. If you thought that Rs 6,000 phones can’t run graphic-intensive games, the Realme C2 will change your mind. I ran PUBG on its default low graphics and it was admirably smooth throughout a 30-minute session. I did not notice a lot of drops in frame rate or sluggishness during gameplay. I completed the game with a Chicken Dinner and with the phone barely getting warm. Similarly, a fast-paced game like Asphalt 9 also works fairly well, although lags are a bit more prominent here. Overall, I feel the Realme C2 holds up well in gaming for its price, especially compared to more expensive phones like the Nokia 3.2.advertisement The Realme C2 is also one of the cheapest phones to run on Android Pie, which is nice to see. However, our review unit was on the March security patch, so it will be interesting to see how consistent the company is with its Android security updates. With ColorOS 6 on top, you get a lot of preloaded apps like Amazon, DailyHunt, NewsPoint, ShareChat, Wynk Music, UC Browser, Webnovel, Opera browser and so on. These can be uninstalled if you want a cleaner-looking interface.There is no denying that ColorOS 6 is still cluttered, but there are some benefits as well. The custom Oppo software comes with some helpful battery saving options to get the most juice out of the device. You also get a feature called Dual Channel Network Acceleration, which intelligently uses Wi-Fi and mobile data concurrently to offer better speeds and a smoother connectivity. It comes in handy especially for apps like PUBG, Facebook and Instagram where you need a fast and reliable connectivity.Face unlock is the only biometric option available to unlock the device, and it is impressively fast. Unlocking the phone is swift and snappy under bright to average lighting. It does tend to slow down in low-light and will refuse to work in darkness, but that’s expected. The speaker grille on the bottom doesn’t deliver a loud sound and the audio quality is average at best. Its placement on the bottom left also means you’re likely to cover it with your palm often while playing games or watching videos in landscape view.Realme C2 CameraAs for the cameras, the budget Realme C2 sports a 13-megapixel primary camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary depth camera. On the front, the Realme C2 gets 5-megapixel AI selfie camera, which remains the same as the Realme C1. The Realme C2 doesn’t come with Nightscape, but it does get Chroma Boost, which bumps up saturation and contrast to offer attractive photos. It also gets slow-mo video support that can record at 80fps at 480p, which doesn’t sound spectacular, but it’s some form of slow-motion nonetheless.With the Realme C2, you can’t expect terrific picture quality, but the phone does the best with what it gets. In daylight settings, the main camera offers some clean and attractive photos with deep and punchy colours, especially with Chroma Boost enabled. They look good enough to post on social media and the shutter speed is fast enough so you don’t capture blurry images. With HDR enabled, the camera can capture some decent high dynamic range photos as well. Overall, I feel the camera does extremely well in daylight for its price.advertisementIMAGE SAMPLESLow-light photos are largely noisy and hazy without Nightscape. You might be able to capture some workable nightlife shots of the city, but don’t expect them to look bright or sharp. Meanwhile, selfies captured using the front camera tend to look over-sharpened at times, but the camera does a decent job when it comes to balancing background exposure.Realme C2 BatteryAnother notable aspect about the Realme C2 is its large 4,000mAh battery. The battery when coupled with a dim display, a low power consuming chipset and optimised battery saving features means the Realme C2 can easily take you through a day and a half on full charge before you find yourself reaching for the charger. On most days, I used the Realme C2 for messaging on WhatsApp, streaming some videos on YouTube, playing a few games for about an hour and browsing through social media apps frequently and was still left with around 30-40 percent battery in the tank. You get a standard 10W charger with the box that will take around 2 hours to charge the device from zero to 100 per cent.Should you buy the Realme C2?The Realme C2 is a solid upgrade over the Realme C1 and it comes with a lot of admirable features for its price of Rs 5,999. You get a dewdrop display, a unique diamond-cut design, a long-lasting battery and a chipset capable of running games like PUBG and Asphalt 9. The Realme C2 largely offers an all-round experience at an entry-level price.There are issues with the Realme C2 as well, but most of them can be overlooked given the pricing. For one thing, the Realme C2 offers an average display panel with poor brightness levels. The software is cluttered and may not age well given the entry-level hardware. The Realme C2 works well as a starter phone or as a secondary device. At this price point, you won’t find a lot of phones that offer what the Realme C2 does, apart from a couple of phones from Xiaomi and Samsung.Realme C2 review7.5/10ProsSolid battery lifeUnique designAndroid PieConsDull displayAverage low-light camera performanceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme C2 Next Realme C2 review: Great battery life, but display could have been betterThe Realme C2 is the company’s most affordable 2019 smartphone with a price of Rs 5,999. For its budget price, the Realme C2 offers a dewdrop display, large battery, diamond-cut design and Android Pie software. In our Realme C2 review, we take a look at whether these features make the device worth buying.advertisementlast_img