Our Opinion

The realme C3 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 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 C3 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Asus Zenfone Max M1  realme C3 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Asus Zenfone Max M1 realme C3
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Excellence Score
18.2
28.5
Value for Money Score
55.7
84.3
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 7,949 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Feb, 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
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #105 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G70Ranked #28 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Mali-G52
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP 12MP + 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 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 5P lens; PDAF, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 4x Digital Zoom, AI HDR, AI beauty, Chroma boost, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse 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, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
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 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 150 gmLight 195 gmHeavy
Width 70.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash 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
  • Catchy, elegant 'Sunrise' rear design, similar to the Realme 5i - the back panel produces a sun-ray like pattern when light hits it which looks stunning
  • Trendy, tear-drop notch front design - the bezels on the sides are impressively thin for smartphones at this price
  • The matte finished back with lines and patterns 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
  • The 20:9 aspect ratio makes the smartphone tall and slim, so it's relatively comfortable to hold and use
  • 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 C3 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
  • Excellent performance for the price - the MediaTek Helio G70 throws the competition out of the park and scores even higher at benchmarks than the much pricier Galaxy A51 and the Oppo F15 - there's no noticeable lag in regular use and PUBG Mobile on the Realme C3 defaulted to High presets and ran fairly smooth
  • Decent dual camera setup for the price - a 12MP primary shooter + a 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, the Realme C3 is quick to lock focus and does a fair job of metering light, photos look good and the quality is better than what some of the other smartphones at this price point can produce
  • There's also a decent Macro mode which lets you get very close to the subject (focusing at close distance could be an issue though)
  • Decent portrait mode, with good edge detection (though, the quality could have been better)
  • Decent video recording quality, with a option to shoot slow motion videos
  • Impressive battery life with a big 5000 mAh battery - it lasts for two full days on a single charge with moderate usage
  • The Realme C3 is an easy smartphone to recommend and a solid update to the Realme C2 - it packs a powerful SoC, battery life is excellent, offers a large screen for media consumption and camera performance is acceptable for the price
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 195g
  • 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
  • Low light photos are average, as expected, they lack detail and aren't very sharp
  • Selfies are average too with inaccurate colour tone and low sharpness and details
  • Still offers the old MicroUSB, while the competition has started offering USB Type-C in the budget segment
  • Charging is on the slower side with the 10W charger - it takes over 3 hours to charge the smartphone completely
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. Realme C3 is an easy smartphone to recommend
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A budget smartphone with good performance and great gaming experience, realme C3 won’t disappoint you and is definitely recommended
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Considering the price, Realme C3 is one of the best phones in the market that you can spend your money on
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Realme C3 is a good budget smartphone that you will love
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Good performance, average camera
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Good option for those looking for a performer... but cameras could have been better
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Realme C3 is definitely a great phone for the price
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Realme C3 is a well-rounded smartphone that punches above its weight in gaming performance
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A big thumbs-up to Realme C3 and highly advise you to consider buying the phone in this budget
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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