Our Opinion

The realme C11 is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 7 (2GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme C11!

Xiaomi Redmi 7 (2GB RAM)  realme C11 
Xiaomi Redmi 7 realme C11
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Excellence Score
20.1
25.2
Value for Money Score
64.3
78.1
Price ₹ 8,590 onwards ₹ 7,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2019 Jul, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.26 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #66 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G35Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 2 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 12MP + 2MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 12MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF, Portrait Mode, Night Light Enhancement, HDR, Auto HDR, Continuous Shooting, Face Recognition 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 F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter 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 512 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 8.47 mmMedium 9.1 mmThick
Weight 180 gmMedium 196 gmHeavy
Width 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use 75.9 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 Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Beautiful, premium, slick colorway back panel - one of the best looking phones in this price bracket
  • Modern, sharp design up-front too, with a large screen and water-drop notch
  • Fast fingerprint reader
  • Good, 6.26-inch IPS LCD HD+ display - easily among the best in this price bracket - it has good sunlight legibility, great viewing angles, and good color tuning - watching movies and images on the screen is a pretty good experience
  • MIUI is one of the more refined Android UIs, and has plenty of customization features - you can easily do things like switch between buttons and gestures for navigation and turn off the notch depending on your preference
  • Very good performance, with a Snapdragon 632 chipset at the core - daily use is smooth and pleasant, simple games are a breeze, and even complex games like PUBG do fine on low graphics settings
  • Good dual-rear camera setup - a combination of a 12MP primary camera paired with a 2MP depth sensor - the end results are fairly impressive
  • Images shot outdoors in good light come out very well with retained details even in shadow regions
  • Portrait mode is good too - edge detection is rather good and the bokeh fall-off is fairly natural
  • Good selfie camera too, with a decent software-based portrait mode, and a decent beauty mode
  • Overall, Xiaomi has scored here again, with probably the best overall camera package at this price point
  • The phone has a single speaker but it manages to be pretty loud - there is little to no bottom end, but on the flip side, music doesn’t crackle even with the volume cranked up to the maximum
  • Excellent battery life - with a 4000mAh battery, the phone comfortably lasts a day and a half on a single charge - and with lighter usage, you can easily manage two days
  • Overall, the Redmi 7 is a very good deal for anyone looking for an entry-level smartphone that can handle all the basics and more - it delivers good performance and a well-optimized usage experience, and it looks smashing while at it
  • 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]
  • It's an all plastic affair though, so the build quality is definitely not as premium as the Redmi Note series (which have glass backs)
  • The glossy back, like all glossy backs, attracts a lot of fingerprints, and will scratch relatively easily too (so using a case is a good idea)
  • It continues to be ad-strewn though - and by default you will get ads on the lock screen, ads whenever you install an app on your phone, and ads in the notification shade - all of this can be turned off, but that requires a few steps and know-how - something a lot of people using the phone won't have
  • Low light shots are more of a mixed bag (the phone tends to reduce the shutter speed, which makes it harder to get a sharp image), and video recording lacks stabilisation - but that's to be expected in this price bracket
  • That said, if you can raise your budget by about a 1000 bucks, the Redmi Note 7 with an all-glass design, a Snapdragon 660 processor, and a Full HD display is an even better value proposition
  • 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’re looking for a smartphone that offers a great value for your money, then the Redmi 7 is the one to go for
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Has an advantage in terms of features and specifications overall at its price... however the software experience, particularly all the advertising, is likely to put a lot of people off
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A reliable, value for money offering
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A cracking deal
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. For its price, Redmi 7 is certainly an excellent package
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Value-for-money smartphone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Packs a punch...Budget phone done right
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Has all boxes ticked...among all the options you can choose from in the price bracket, the Redmi 7 just seems to be a slicker package overall
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A dependable smartphone that ticks most of the right boxes
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Has the feel of a phone that costs way above its price
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Xiaomi has once again created a great smartphone at an affordable price
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  12. Value for money
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth 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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