Our Opinion

The realme C15 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 9 64GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme C15 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi 9 64GB  realme C15 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi 9C realme C15
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Excellence Score
24.3
30.2
Value for Money Score
70.0
80.9
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 9,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Aug, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.53 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 269 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, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek Helio G35Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G35Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 PowerVR GE8320
RAM 4 GB 3 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 13MP + 2MP 13MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length; PDAF, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.3 Aperture; 119-degree Ultra-wide, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 5.0, HDR, Screen flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Portrait selfies, Palm shutter f/2.0 Aperture, AI Beauty, Filter Mode, HDR, Panoramic View, Portrait Mode, Timelapse
Internal Memory 64 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 9 mmThick 9.8 mmThick
Weight 196 gmHeavy 209 gmHeavy
Width 77.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.9 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 6000 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 Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well-built, sturdy design - the unique matte-finish ridged pattern at the back looks really nice
  • The front carries a dew-drop notch with decent bezels, which works for the price
  • The textured back surface feels grippy and doesn't attract fingerprints
  • The back has a fingerprint reader that works accurately and fast (though, the face recognition isn't very quick)
  • It doesn't feel too thick or heavy even though it measures around 9mm and weighs 194g
  • Good 6.53-inch IPS HD+ display - the viewing angles and colours are pretty good, better than those of the Realme C12 and C15
  • The brightness is also adequate (though, it could have been better)
  • MIUI 11 is as feature rich as ever, the overall interface on the phone is user friendly - Android 10 is running beneath all the jazz
  • Decent entry-level performance from the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC - good for day-to-day tasks and can handle a bunch of light to medium apps at once (though, there's some noticeable stutter in the animations and opening apps at times)
  • Decent dual cameras for the price - a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The quality of photos from the main camera is decent, given enough light - shots came out looking crisp and vivid
  • Portrait mode works fairly well, even for objects
  • The 5MP selfie camera can produce decent selfies during the day - photos maintain good color, and exposure levels
  • Very good battery life - easily able to go about a day and half or even longer, on a single charge
  • Pleasant, refreshing design - back is textured similar to other budget realme phones, there is a square-shape camera module similar to the realme C11
  • 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 and fingerprint sensor are quick to unlock the smartphone
  • 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 C15 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
  • Good quad camera setup for the price - a 13MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP Macro camera
  • The main camera can click photos with good details in bright light - photos have a lot of details, colours have a punch, they come out well even when shot against a direct light source, thanks to the HDR and chroma boost
  • The ultra-wide camera captures a wider perspective (though the details are on the weaker side)
  • The macro camera produces fun, usable photos as long as you give it a lot of light and the correct focal distance
  • The portrait shots look good, and the edge detection is decent as well
  • The 8MP 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
  • Monster 6000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 18W Fast charging with an included fast charger
  • Realme C15 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 packs in plenty pre-installed bloatware, the ads are still here, it isn't the perfect user experience
  • The Redmi 9 really struggles in low light - details are generally weak when shooting at night
  • Video quality is strictly average
  • The phone doesn't support fast charging and an hour of charge could only fill the battery to 40-percent charge
  • The Redmi 9 doesn't have any singular standout feature which it can lean on to differentiate itself and command a premium - it is easily outperformed by competition, including Xiaomi’s own Redmi 9 Prime, for just money, you end up getting a much better overall device in the 9 Prime
  • Quite hefty, at 209g weight and 9.8 thickness
  • 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 C15 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
  • Uses the old MicroUSB plug, while the competition has started offering USB Type-C in the budget segment
  • If you're looking for a good performing phone with all other bells and whistles, there's the realme Narzo 10 as alternative at similar price
Expert Reviews
  1. Better off with other alternatives
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Redmi 9 is easily outperformed by the competition
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  1. Consider C15 for a good battery life, display and design at the back
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Budget all-rounder
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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