Realme C3 review: Good performance, average camera

Realme C3 review: Good performance, average cameraCritic Rating3/5
User Rating3/5
Top Features

Top features

* Dual rear camera

* Good battery life

* New Sunrise design

Expanding its C-series range of smartphones, Realme recently launched the entry-level Realme C3 in India. The handset is successor to the Realme C2 and comes with upgrades like dual rear camera and a MediaTek Helio G70 processor. There are two variants of Realme C3: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB onboard storage. While the former is priced at Rs 6,999, the later variant comes with a price tag of Rs 7,999. We used the 4GB RAM model for quite some time, here’s our review of the device.

Realme C3: Design

Realme C2 had a diamond-back design. The successor Realme C3 has got an upgrade and features the new Sunrise design, as termed by the company. The handset’s rear reflects rays patterned in the same way as emitted during a sunrise. It has plastic coating, which makes it resistant to fingerprint marks and scratches.

Front of the smartphone has a water-drop style notch housing the 5MP camera. The display has thin bezels on the edges. The handset’s chin is comparatively thick.



To the left are the volume rockers. The power button is placed at the right side. There are no buttons on the top. At the bottom edges are the USB charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack and speaker grills. Microphone is also placed at the bottom.

Realme C3 offers a plastic body. One can find the dual lens camera at the back. The setup intrudes out which makes the device wobble when kept upfront. The LED sensor is placed beside the camera module. There is no fingerprint sensor. Overall, the design of the phone is reasonably good.

Realme C3: Display

Realme C3 is equipped with a 6.5-inch HD+ mini drop fullscreen with 720×1600 pixel resolution and 89.8% screen-to-body ratio. The screen is ideal to stream online videos and watch movies. The phone feels lightweight and is easy for one-hand use.



The display brightness was adequate — both indoors and outdoors in daylight. The automatic brightness works well and adjusts automatically as per the surrounding. There is a dedicated dark mode on Realme C3. One can also schedule time for system wide dark mode. Additionally, it supports dark mode for third-party apps (though in beta). The phone’s screen can also be used to unlock the device. Unlocking speed was faster and we did not face any problem.

Realme C3: Performance

Realme C3 is the company’s first phone to come with Realme UI out-of-the box. It runs on Android 10 operating system and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Heli0 G70 processor with HyperEngine technology. The handset’s UI is easy to navigate through with sharp icons. Scrolling through the apps was quick. Multitasking was no hassle, although the device tends to heat up when used heavy apps simultaneously. Loading time of the apps was also short and we have no complaints.



Coming with a gaming processor, we expected better gaming experience on Realme C3 like higher frame rate, faster response, long hours of gaming and more. We played games like PUBG for hours on Realme C3. We were happy while playing PUBG, although there were a few pauses here and there.

Calling was fine and we did not face any issues during calls (not because of the device at least). Realme C3 offers a 5000mAh battery. It can easily last for two days when usage is limited to calls only. However, the battery life tends to decrease as the usage increases. With an average of 3-4 hours of social media and data usage, 2-3 hours of calling and 1-2 hours of music, the device can last a day with the need to charge it the next day.

Realme C3: Camera



As we said before, Realme C3 comes with dual rear sensors which is an upgrade from Realme C2. The setup comprises of a 12MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and a 2MP portrait camera with an aperture size of f/2.4. The camera works well in daylight. It was able to lock focus very quickly for distant objects, but struggled in case of the subject being too close. The images produced were not great, but satisfactory considering the price point. The photos clicked using the device lacked in detail and began to pixelate when zoomed in.



Portrait, Time-lapse, Slo-mo, Expert, and Pano mode are some of the features that the handset offers. Realme C3 can capture slo-mo videos at a speed of 120FPS. Then there is nightscape mode for low-light photos. Again, the photos were not great, but got the work done. Shots captured at night were grainy and failed to capture details. The bokeh effect produced using the rear camera blurs the background, though there were smudges and side bleeding. Having said that, we would like to add that colour reproduction was natural with no addition of artificial colours to the images.



For selfies, the handset offers a 5MP camera at the front with an aperture size of f/2.4 and a CMOS sensor. There are three ways of capturing photos- touch, gesture and timer. Blur effects can also be created in selfies. However, the images captured may disappoint you. Night mode selfies are big disappointments. We would like to conclude by saying that the camera abilities may be average, but better than what other phones in this price tag offers.

Verdict

With a dual rear camera and a gaming processor, Realme C3 is definitely a good upgrade to Realme C2. Though the camera performance is not impressive, it must not be a major issue for the user base that the company aims to target. Instead, with a good battery life, a faster processor and a large screen, Realme C3 can be an option worth considering. Infact, this is one of the cheapest phones to come with the latest Android 10 operating system and brings features like system-wide dark mode to budget segment phones.