Our Opinion

The realme C1 is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Honor 7C (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme C1!

Huawei Honor 7C (3GB RAM, 32GB)  realme C1 
Huawei Honor 7C realme C1
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Excellence Score
22.2
24.1
Value for Money Score
69.1
74.9
Price ₹ 7,999 onwards ₹ 7,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Oct, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, Notch Full Screen, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #60 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #60 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, PDAF, 5P Lens, Portrait Mode, Live AR sticker, AI beautification 2.0, HDR
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features LED flash, F/2.0 Aperture F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI beautification 2.0, AR sticker, HDR, 5P Lens, Bokeh Mode, AF Focusing Method, Consecutive Capture Mode - 20 in a Row
Internal Memory 32 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB 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 7.8 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 164 gm 168 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4230 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
Other Battery Parameters N/A Gaming Time: 10 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15hrs, Audio Playback Time: 18hrs, Internet Browsing Time: 18hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Party Mode; Noise Filtration Dual VoLTE; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • With a flat metal backplate, 2.5D curved glass on the front, and a display that dominates the front fascia, the Honor 7C feels sleek and premium
  • The lack of antenna lines, subtle Honor branding, minimal regulatory information lend a very clean and minimal look to the back panel
  • Build quality is top-notch too, and the phone feels solid in the hand
  • Decent 5.99 inch 18:9 modern, tall display - colours are vibrant and viewing angles are spot on (although outdoor visibility is average, and resolution could have been better)
  • The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate, and is ergonomically placed - it can be used for a variety of shortcuts such as taking a picture, answering calls, and sliding down the notification panel
  • Battery life is decent (though not overly impressive)- with moderate use, the phone will last the day - EMUI also has a host of battery saving features, one of which reduces the screen resolution when you're running low on power
  • The Honor 7C also supports face recognition, using the 8-megapixel front camera - it works quite well for the most part in good light
  • Premium design with a glass back - one of the rare premium-looking smartphones in the ultra-budget range - both the Blue and Black colour options look attractive
  • Comfortable to hold in your hands - does not feel big or slippery
  • Decent, big, immersive, 6.2-inch HD+ fullscreen 'notch' display - the colours look nice and the viewing angles are decent
  • Good performance for this price bracket - backed by a solid Snapdragon 450 - you will face no issues when it comes to handling daily tasks like WhatsApp, Facebook, streaming music or watching a video
  • Decent dual rear camera setup for the price - color reproduction and detailing are decent in good light, portrait shots are ok too - though low light performance is pretty ordinary
  • Decent selfie camera too - with a decent portrait mode - again, as long as lighting conditions are good
  • Decent speaker - produces a loud sound, which is enough for a small room (the bass and mids are not so great though, expectedly)
  • Very good battery life - with a 4230mAh battery, the battery will last one and a half days with moderate use - this is easily one of the best battery life phones in the budget segment
  • Dual 4G VoLTE support
  • Overall, Realme C1 is one of the most premium-looking smartphones in this price bracket, and will give stiff competition to the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Infinix Smart 2 and others
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Pretty wide which hinders one-handed use considerably
  • The Honor 7C runs Huawei's EMUI custom skin atop Android - although EMUI has matured over the years and is now one of the most versatile and feature-loaded skins out there, it is still cluttered in some places and laden with bloat - a multitude of Honor's applications compete with Google's own, and the phone comes with a lot of 3rd party apps pre-installed
  • Although performance is decent in day-to-day use, it does struggle with intensive workloads - with multiple apps open in the background, you will experience lags - other phones in this price bracket, even those with the same Snapdragon 450 (like the Redmi 5) seem to do better
  • Average dual camera system on the rear - there is lack of detail in the images, and low light shots are barely usable - the blur (bokeh) effect is also not the most accurate, and edge detection around the subject is average - video recording is strictly average too - the cameras on competing phones like Redmi Note 5 and Realme 1 are significantly better
  • The 8-megapixel front shooter is average too - it can take decent photos in good light but struggles in low light, producing noisy and murky shots
  • The speaker that is very shrill and tinny
  • No modern USB-Type C port for charging and data transfers
  • The smartphone also does not support quick charging, and takes more than two and a half hours to charge fully using the included charger
  • On the whole, potential buyers are likely to find a much better value proposition in the likes of the Oppo Realme 1 (which lacks a fingerprint sensor but offers a better-rounded package), or the Redmi Note 5 (which offers far more value for money), or the Asus Max Pro M1 (simple, stock Android UI) - the Honor 7C will also face tough competition from Honor's own 9 Lite (which has a higher-resolution display, a better set of cameras, and a sleek glass body)
  • Does tend to pick up smudges easily, so you might want to use a case
  • Outdoor visibility is not that great - the screen is reflective in nature, which makes it difficult to read the text in direct sunlight
  • ColorOS is not the most refined, clean, or intuitive Android UI
  • The transition animation on the phone too is not very smooth and you can see a bit of jitter when switching from one app to another app
  • Due to limited 2GB of RAM, multi-tasking can be slightly laggy though
  • 16GB of internal storage will get limiting soon as apps accumulate cache/data over a period of time - unfortunately there is no easy way to transfer apps to SD card either (or format SD card as internal memory) - so you might be forced to keep the number of apps on the phone limited - which again means that this phone is best meant for more basic or first-time smartphone users
Expert Reviews
  1. Offers decent value for your money
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. A nifty option in the budget category
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Jack of all trades
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  1. At this price, the Realme C1 offers plenty of value...It would be hard to find another smartphone that matches the performance and features it delivers
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A good value-for-money smartphone that you cannot go wrong with, whether you are looking for a secondary device or you’re a first-time smartphone buyer
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. One of the most premium-looking smartphones in this price range...will give stiff competition to Redmi 6A, Infinix Smart 2 and others
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great budget option and a solid Redmi 6A alternative
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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