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Realme C2 review

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Quick verdict: Realme's budget-friendly smartphone packs a healthy supply of modern smartphone features but won't cost you an arm and a leg.

  • Extremely affordable
  • Long battery life
  • Plastic back doesn’t feel as cheap as expected
  • Slow performance
  • Average camera
  • Struggles with brightness

6.1 inches

Display size

720 x 1560px

256GB

Internal storage

13MP + 2MP

Rear camera

4,000 mAh

Battery size

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Pros

  • 6.1-inch display with 89.35% screen-to-body ratio
  • Dual-lens 13MP + 2MP rear camera with AI optimisations
  • 4,000mAh battery

Display

Display Size
6.1 inches
Resolution
720 x 1560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
281.66 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
13MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
5MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
154.4mm x 73.8mm x 8.4mm
Weight
166g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MediaTek Helio P22
RAM
3GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
256GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$199
Realme C2

The Realme C2 is the Chinese smartphone manufacturer's most budget phone, clocking in at a relatively low RRP of $199. Despite the lightweight price tag, though, it packs a surprising number of modern features including face-scanning software that uses the front-facing camera to unlock the phone.


Design

Design

  • The diamond design makes it look more premium
  • Comes in black and blue colours
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Includes a headphone jack
Realme C2

Camera

Camera

  • Portrait mode is finicky
  • Poor low-light performance
  • Front camera is grainy
Realme C2

Performance

Performance

  • Adequate performance for basic activities
  • Struggles with multiple apps and games
  • Face scanning works well
  • Speakers are hard to hear during phone calls
Realme C2

Battery

Battery

  • 4,000mA battery
  • Long battery life
Realme C2

Verdict

Verdict

  • Very low price
  • Design makes it look more expensive than it is
  • Decent value for money
Realme C2
Should you buy it?

At only $199, the Realme C2 doesn't have a lot to prove. It's not competing with high-end or even mid-range phones, but it doesn't have to.

The main thing that stands out on the C2 is the battery life, but everything else is adequate for the price. Also, the design makes it look more expensive than it is.

If you're looking for a super-budget phone under $200 that can handle everyday tasks like texting and web browsing, the Realme C2 works just fine.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $199

Where to buy

Specs

Display

Display Size
6.1 inches
Resolution
720 x 1560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
281.66 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
13MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
5MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
154.4mm x 73.8mm x 8.4mm
Weight
166g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MediaTek Helio P22
RAM
3GB
Operating system
Android 9
Internal storage
256GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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