Realme C3 Review: The Budget Gaming Monster?

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Realme is a smartphone brand known for its impressive budget and mid-range smartphone line-up and recently, Realme C3 has been launched with some upgrades over the popular budget smartphone of last year i.e. the Realme C2. This time Realme Nepal launched the non-variant variant of the phone so, without any further a due, let us find out what all the hype’s about.

Realme C3 Review

Realme C3: Key Specs

Dimensions & WeightLength: 164.4mm Width: 75.0mm Depth: 8.95mm Weight: ≈195g (with
Display16.5cm (6.5 inch) mini-drop fullscreen 89.8% screen-to-body ratio 1600-by-720-pixel resolution 480cd/m2 max brightness (typical) Corning Gorilla Glass
SoCMediaTek Helio G70 Mali G52 GPU
RAM3 GB
Storage32GB eMMC 5.1 Dedicated microSD slot
Battery5000mAh, 10W charging
Rear Camera12MP primary (f/1.8 aperture, 5P lens, PDAF) 2MP depth sensor 2MP portrait camera
Front Camera5MP
Android VersionRealme UI v1.0 based on Android 10
ColorsFrozen Blue, Blazing Red

Realme C3 Price in Nepal: Rs. 16,990

Design and Display:

Realme C3 has a plastic body with a plastic frame featuring a sunrise whose ray pattern spreads out from the camera bump on the back. The rear also has plastic coating, making it somewhat resistant to scratches and fingerprints. The circular fingerprint sensor is small and color blends in with the back. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protected front has a waterdrop notch housing the front camera with very thin bezels on all sides except for a slightly bigger chin. The phone has volume buttons on the right along with dual Nano-SIM and micro-SD card tray. Power buttons are on the right while the top is empty. The bottom has a headphone jack, micro-USB port, microphone, and speaker grills. Comparatively, the phone is tall and weighs 195 grams. For the price, it feels very premium on the hand.

Realme C3 Design

The display is a 6.5-inch 720p IPS LCD with an 89.8% screen-to-body ratio making it ideal for streaming content or playing games. The max brightness is about 480 nits and the auto-adjust feature keeps the screen viewable in broad daylight as well.

Software and Performance:

The major attraction of this phone is its octa-core Helio G70 processor running Realme UI based on Android 10. The UI is easy and intuitive and definitely an upgrade over the older Color OS. There is system-wide dark mode support and default screen recording as well. Multitasking is also a breeze with very short app loading times.

Even though the variant that I have had only 3GB of RAM, extensive usage of PUBG Mobile resulted in smooth gameplay every time without any heat issues even on medium settings. There were very few occasional lags, so I was quite impressed by its performance.

Realme C3 Gaming Test

GameGraphicsFrame Rate
PUBG MobileHD28 fps
Call of Duty MobileLow59 fps

For security, this variant of the phone has a very fast fingerprint sensor on the back. Though there’s a fast face unlock as well, it isn’t as secure.

Benchmark Score: Realme C3

  • Antutu Benchmark: 178,841 points
  • Geekbench 5 (Single): 379 points
  • Geekbench 5 (Multi): 1,258 points
  • PCMark: 8,900 points
  • RealPi Benchmark: 3.50 seconds

Camera:

Realme C3 Camera

Realme C3 comes with a triple-camera setup on the back that includes a 12MP f/1.8 main, 2MP f/2.4 portrait, and 2MP macro sensor. The phone’s camera app support AI HDR, 4x digital zoom, and AI beauty mode. The main sensor results in satisfactory images in good lighting. They lack in detail and begin to pixelate when zoomed in. The same goes for the 4x digitally zoomed pictures. For distant subjects, the focus was very quick but slower for close-up ones. Portraits work on various objects and in good lighting, the software along with the depth sensor does a great job in maintaining the background blur and exposure but there were some smudges on the side.

Realme C3 Camera Samples:

Normal, 2X, 4X and Ultrawide

Macro Shots

Portrait:

Also Read: Realme 5i Review

The best part about Realme’s camera for me is its natural color reproduction which was seen here as well. The macro sensor lets you get very close to your subject which comes out handy sometimes. There is nightscape mode for low-light pictures that come out grainy and less detailed but get the work done most of the time. The selfie sensor is of 5MP f/2.4 and the selfies or selfie portraits aren’t that impressive but in good-lighting, they become social media worthy. Night mode selfies are a disaster.

The max video resolution supported is 1080p at 30fps by both the main and the selfie sensors. Slo-mo videos of upto 120fps are also supported. Other modes include Panorama, Time-Lapse, Filter, and Pro mode.

So, even though the camera quality is average at best, the versatility is slightly higher here as compared to other phones of this price range

Battery:

The massive battery of 5000 mAh supports reverse charging which is something new at this price range. There is no fast charging and the 10W charger with micro-USB cable is provided in the small yellow box for the phone. In my personal test of mixed usage including few hours of gaming, the battery lasted an entire day. The battery lasts more than two days if you just it for occasional calls. The juicing up from 0 to 90 took me less than two hours but that last 10% surprised me with nearly an extra hour.

Conclusion:

Finally, considering all the specs and it being a non-Indian variant makes it more of a top choice for the budget consumers of Nepal. I think it easily dethrones the Redmi 8 for now. So, who will you buy this for?

Let us know down in the comments section.

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