Our Opinion

The realme C3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Lenovo K10 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme C3 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Lenovo K10 Note (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme C3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Lenovo K10 Note realme C3
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Excellence Score
28.5
30.3
Value for Money Score
65.4
78.6
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Feb, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.39 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 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 HDR10 Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G70Ranked #31 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 616 Mali-G52
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 16MP + 8MP + 5MP 12MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture, Panorama, HDR 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 5P lens; PDAF, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 4x Digital Zoom, AI HDR, AI beauty, Chroma boost, Super Nightscape, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse mode
Secondary Camera 16MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features HDR f/2.4 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 164 gmMedium 195 gmHeavy
Width 74.3 mmOk 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 4050 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 Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks nice upfront with a dewdrop notch display with almost no bezels on the sides (however, it does have a slight chin at the bottom)
  • Light, compact and easy to hold
  • Decent 6.3-inch FHD+ display - the LCD panel comes with HDR10 support, which is pretty good considering the price range - it also produces nice, punchy colors, and works fine in outdoor light conditions
  • Lenovo's ZUI is pretty close to stock Android - which is a good thing - it keeps things nice and simple
  • Good performance from a strong Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC - the phone performs comfortably, and handles moderate multitasking well - gaming performance is good too
  • Triple-camera setup at the back includes a 16-megapixel primary camera sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom (a rarity in this segment), and a 5-megapixel depth sensor
  • Performance of the 16-megapixel primary camera is good, especially in daylight - background colors come out quite richly in the pictures
  • Good focus speed
  • Good portrait mode photos (with good edge detection)
  • Overall, the K10 Note has capable cameras for the price bracket, though it's no quite there at the top of the pile
  • The smartphone comes with a single speaker, but with Dolby Atmos support, which improves the overall audio performance
  • Good battery life with a large 4050mAh battery - you will get around 1.5 days of moderate use
  • 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]
  • The back design is a little bland however, and the shiny plastic body attracts smudges very easily
  • But given the fact that the only changes are to the look of the notification shade, and the task switcher, and no major features are added, the ZUI layer could have been easily skipped, which would have resulted in an even more responsive feeling UI
  • While the telephoto lens sounds impressive on paper, the quality is average - you will find that you can get comparable results with digital zoom on competing smartphones
  • The cameras are also average in low light - there is a dedicated night mode, and it does help a bit, but not much
  • Video recording quality is average - audio is also a bit of an issue too, as it generally sounds tinny
  • Average selfie camera - skin textures look a bit sharpened and colours aren't always accurate - there is no flash either for night photos
  • While it does technically 18W fast charging, the actual charging speed is not too great - the battery charges about 63 percent in an hour and takes almost two and half hours to fully charge
  • While the K10 Note does have some aces up its sleeves - Snapdragon 710 SoC, 4050mAh battery and a reasonably capable triple camera setup - it also enters a market segment where the competition from the likes of Xiaomi, Realme, Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo is ruthless - it's worth considering if you want an HDR10 supported device for entertainment purposes or a lightweight device with near stock android experience - but otherwise, the competition is certainly better
  • 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. A good comeback attempt from Lenovo in the budget segment....but while the Lenovo K10 Note is certainly acceptable, other phones at similar price points such as the Realme 5 Pro and Xiaomi Mi A3 offer better value
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The competition seems better...However, if you want an HDR10 supported device for entertainment purposes or a lightweight device with near stock android experience, then the K10 Note could be the one for you
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good comeback from Lenovo....However, given the competition, the smartphone is likely to face a stiff battle
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Quite good for the money being asked for it
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A mixed bag overall, but performance impresses
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. androidauthority.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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