realme C3 review
Quick verdict: It cuts a few budget corners, but there's a decent amount to like about realme's affordable C3 phone.
- Huge battery
- Large display
- Still has a headphone jack
- Low-resolution display
- MediaTek processor is predictably slow
- Camera is ordinary
1600 x 720px
12MP + 2MP + 2MP
Finder rated as Excellent vs similar phones
Power, storage and battery
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Since launching in the Australian marketplace last year, BKK Electronics brand realme has taken a position of chasing budget buyers aggressively with colourful phones that match up specifications that generally overshoot expectations.
Its latest handset, the realme C3, uses a curious mix of some parts that are exceptional for its price bracket, along with others that are a touch behind the curve or that simply don't work quite as well as you might think. It's still a very good value phone within its price point, however.
- 6.52-inch display
- Only 720p quality
- Headphone jack
- Triple lens array isn't as exciting as it seems
- Very slow software shutter response
- MediaTek Helio G70 isn't fast
- realmeOS can be kludgy
- NFC on board, but not tested
- 5,000mAh battery is great at this price
- Great battery life and a fair price
Should you buy it?
If you just ran a specification sheet comparison of the realme C3 versus other similarly priced handsets, it might seem like an absolute knockout of a phone.
It's not quite that, with a few rough edges that do take some of the shine off. Still, it's another very good phone in the realme stable, and a sign of how good even affordable phones are getting. If you have patience for its slightly slow performance and camera, it's a very good prospect.
Pricing and availability
Where to buy
The realme C3 replaces the older realme C2 but that's a phone that would only be worth considering if you could find end-of-life stock at a significant discount.
Within the realme family, you could consider the realme 5, which only costs $30 more, comes with the same 5,000mAh battery and a quad-camera array.