realme C1 

price₹ 7,999 onwards

launchOct, 2018

23.6

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71.6

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

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Design

  • 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
  • Does tend to pick up smudges easily, so you might want to use a case

Display

  • Decent, big, 6.2-inch HD+ fullscreen 'notch' display - the colours look nice and the viewing angles are decent
  • Outdoor visibility is not that great - the screen is reflective in nature, which makes it difficult to read the text in direct sunlight

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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
  • Due to limited 2GB of RAM, multi-tasking can be slightly laggy though

Camera

  • 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

Audio

  • Decent speaker - produces a loud sound, which is enough for a small room (the bass and mids are not so great though, expectedly)

Battery

  • Very good battery life - with a 4230mAh battery, the battery will last one and a half days with moderate use

More

  • 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
  • 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

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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 »

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realme C1 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.2 inches
Screen Resolution720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • IPS LCD
  • Notch Full Screen
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Sensors
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • G-sensor
  • Accelerometer
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.8 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #57 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 506
RAM2 GB
Memory
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4230 mAh
Other Battery Parameters
  • Gaming Time: 10 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: 15hrs
  • Audio Playback Time: 18hrs
  • Internet Browsing Time: 18hrs
Dimensions
Weight168 gm
Thickness8.2 mm
Camera
Primary Camera13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture
  • 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture
  • PDAF
  • 5P Lens
  • Portrait Mode
  • Live AR sticker
  • AI beautification 2.0
  • HDR
Secondary Camera5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • 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
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Dual VoLTE

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