Our Opinion

The realme C11 is a significantly better phone than the Asus Zenfone Max M1, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme C11!

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Asus Zenfone Max M1 realme C11
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Excellence Score
15.5
25.2
Value for Money Score
48.0
81.1
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Jul, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.45 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #119 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G35Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF), Beauty mode, Panorama, Time Lapse, 9 various filters, Portrait Mode 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth sensor; f/2.4 Aperture, AI Beauty, Filter Mode, HDR, Panoramic View, Portrait Mode, Time-lapse, Slo-mo, NightScape, Expert Mode
Secondary Camera 8MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features LED flash, F/2.0 Aperture, 85° field of view, Beauty mode, Portrait Mode f/2.4 Aperture, AI Beauty, Filter Mode, HDR, Panoramic View, Portrait Mode, Timelapse
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.7 mmMedium 9.1 mmThick
Weight 150 gmLight 196 gmHeavy
Width 70.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.9 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good build quality
  • Good, premium design - looks good and feels good - you get a metallic finish at the back and rounded edges around the corners make it comfortable to hold in your hands
  • Light-weight, which is a pretty commendable achievement considering the large battery
  • The fingerprint scanner is well positioned and is easy to reach
  • Fast face unlock
  • Good display - the phone features a 5.45-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels, 18:9 aspect ratio - the display delivers good colour output and the viewing angles are decent as well - outdoor visibility of the phone is pretty decent too
  • Runs a fairly clean, bloat-free version of Android, which is always good to see - it mostly runs smooth in daily use - there are some useful add-on features like Mobile Manager (helps in scanning the device, controlling app data usage, cleaning unwanted apps and cache files, and managing security & permissions of apps), Power Master (helps in Battery management), twin app support, and Game Genie (optimises gameplay)
  • Decent selfie camera - especially has a good software portrait mode for bokeh shots
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAH battery pack - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use - and with moderate use, will give you a day and a half
  • Pleasant, refreshing design - back is textured similar to other budget realme phones, there is also a strip coming down the square-shape camera module, which adds a bit of charm to overall look
  • Front has a similar affair with a dew-drop notch and thin bezels
  • The patterned back almost completely eliminates the chances of getting fingerprints or smudges - it also adds a lot of grip and gives the phone a very solid, sturdy feel
  • Face recognition is quick to unlock the smartphone in different lighting conditions
  • Large, 6.5 inch IPS display with HD+ resolution - the colors are vibrant with a decent amount of sharpness
  • Sunlight legibility is also good - the display gets bright enough for comfortable outdoor use
  • The Realme C11 comes with Realme UI based on Android 10 which is much more streamlined and clean compared to previous realme phones - it still packs a lot of useful features like Dark mode, Focus mode, Game Space and Personal Information Protection
  • Decent dual camera setup for the price - a 13MP primary shooter + a 2MP depth sensor
  • The main camera can click photos with good details in bright light - photos have a lot of details, colours have a punch, come out well even when shot against a direct light source, thanks to the HDR and chroma boost
  • The portrait shots look good, and the edge detection is decent as well
  • The 5MP front camera can shoot decent selfies - the portrait mode works for the front camera as well, bringing out a more aggressive bokeh effect than the one produced by the dedicated sensor at the back
  • Decent video recording quality, with a option to shoot slow motion videos
  • Uses the old MicroUSB plug, while the competition has started offering USB Type-C in the budget segment
  • Impressive battery life with a big 5000 mAh battery - it lasts for two full days on a single charge with moderate usage
  • Realme C11 is worth buying as long as your usage is basic - it has a good display that produces bright colours, cameras manage to deliver beautiful shots and the battery the can last days
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • This is one area where the Max M1 falls behind the top competition - it's powered by an old Snapdragon 430, which while its able to handle basic day-to-day use well, is not quite meant for heavy apps and games - the likes of Lenovo K9, Xiaomi Redmi 6, and the Realme C1 offer better chipsets and better performance
  • Average rear camera - can sometimes struggle to lock focus on the subject, especially, when you want to click some macro or close up shots - colors are also sometimes dull - low light performance is average as well
  • Overall, while the Max M1 is a decent option with good design, display, software and battery - it does lag a bit in the performance and camera departments - you might find better value phones in this price range from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme
  • A bit heavy, at 196g
  • There is no Widevine L1 certification which means that you cannot enjoy HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • There's still some bloatware that comes pre-installed
  • Performance of the realme C11 is strictly average - the apps begin to lag when you try browsing the internet and running apps in the background simultaneously - as far as gaming is concerned, it is capable of handling light games only such as Temple Run, Candy Crush etc
  • Low light photos are average, as expected, they lack detail and aren't very sharp
  • Charging is on the slower side with the 10W charger - it takes over 3 hours to charge the smartphone completely
  • If you're looking for a good performing phone with all other bells and whistles, there's the realme C3 as alternative
Expert Reviews
  1. Pretty good, but falling a step short
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If battery life is a high priority for you, the ZenFone Max M1 is a good pick
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Asus has done a good job with the Max M1....But the problem here is that the competition is better
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. As entry-level phones from Asus, the ZenFone Max and ZenFone Lite both are impressive offerings
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A pretty solid budget phone for the price it commands
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Manages to impress us with their overall package...but it is facing tough competition from the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A and the Realme C1
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Using a chipset of 2015 has its own share of hits and misses
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The C11 scores high on design and the overall aesthetics, but falls short in performance
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Decent cameras, design, and great battery life for the price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Realme C11 is an entry-level phone that gets the job done and also looks good while at it, though more RAM would be appreciated
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Realme C11 is worth buying, as long as your needs are basic
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Those looking to buy a budget phone with exceptional battery life should consider the Realme C11
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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