Our Opinion

The realme C11 is a slightly better phone than the Infinix S5 Lite, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme C11!

Infinix S5 Lite  realme C11 
Infinix S5 Lite realme C11
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Excellence Score
21.7
25.2
Value for Money Score
68.3
78.1
Price ₹ 7,999 onwards ₹ 7,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2019 Jul, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 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 6.6 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 266 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #80 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G35Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 4 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 16MP + 2MP + Low Light Sensor 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Low Light Sensor, PDAF, Auto Scene Detection, AR Animoji, Google Lens, Custom Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Beauty, Panorama 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 16MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, AR Animoji, AI Portrait, AI 3D Face Beauty, Wide Selfie, Screen Flash f/2.4 Aperture, AI Beauty, Filter Mode, HDR, Panoramic View, Portrait Mode, Timelapse
Internal Memory 64 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 7.9 mmMedium 9.1 mmThick
Weight 178 gmMedium 196 gmHeavy
Width 76.0 mmOk 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 744 hrs 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 Audio Playback Time (Speakers): 32 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Headset): 111 hrs, Video Playback Time: 14.7 hrs, Web Surfing: 13.4 hrs, Gaming: 11 hrs, 4G Talk-time: 18.8 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Just like its elder sibling, the Infinix S5, the Lite model has a trendy punch-hole camera design (cheapest phone with punch-hole camera), with an excellent 90.5% screen-to-body ratio
  • Looks good with a plastic body - the glossy back panel has a glittery finish, unlike the ‘Crystal Feather’ pattern on the Infinix S5
  • Reasonably light-weight
  • Both the rear fingerprint sensor, and the face unlock, work well
  • Large 6.6-inch, 20:9 aspect ratio, immersive display - ideally suited to watch videos
  • The display quality is also quite decent for this price bracket - you get good brightness, good sunlight legibility, and vibrant colors
  • Good performance with the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC under the hood (similar to Snapdragon 625) - day-to-day performance is smooth, and so is casual gaming - but heavier titles struggled to run at their ideal graphics settings
  • Decent, triple camera setup at the rear: 16-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a low light sensor
  • Primary camera clicks decent pictures in daylight conditions - it delivers almost natural-looking results and the HDR mode makes the shots even better
  • The 16-megapixel front camera produces usable selfies as long as you avoid using the Beauty mode
  • Good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - will give you about 1.5 days of usage on moderate use
  • 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]
  • One-handed usage is not very easy - reaching the top edge of the display is quite hard
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor - so you will need to adjust brightness manually
  • While Infinix's custom XOS UI is relatively easy to get around, it does pack a ton of bloatware - some of it can be uninstalled - but there's Palm Store and AHA Games, neither of which can be uninstalled - and they send spammy notifications, that can't be disabled
  • Portraits shots aren't that great - subject detection and background blur could have been better (competing phones like the Redmi 8 are much better)
  • Low light performance is average
  • The supplied 6W charger is on the slower side (compared to the 10W with Infinix S5 and other competitors) - takes over 4 hours to charge the phone completely
  • The Infinix S5 Lite is a decent smartphone, but doesn't stand high among the competitors - for the same price, Redmi 8 offers better camera, larger battery and fast charging - and if you can spend a little more, then Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 and the Realme 5 are solid options
  • 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. If you fancy a smartphone with a hole-punch display, you'd be better off waiting for something else
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Infinix S5 Lite is a decent smartphone, but the performance seekers should look elsewhere
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Infinix S5 Lite comes with an interesting design language and the punch-hole design is a cherry on top
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. in.mashable.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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