Realme, with its success in its first year in the country, looked to ride the momentum in the realm of the budget smartphones. This was apparent when the company unveiled the Realme C2, the successor to the Realme C1.
The Realme C1 was dubbed the Budget King, offering good specs for a reasonable price. The C2, of course, hoped to claim its title.
|6.1, HD+, IPS LCD
|720 x 1560
|Gorilla Glass 3
|Helio P22 (Octa)
|Up to 256GB
|13MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4)
|Android 9 + ColorOS 6 Lite
|PhP5,990 (3GB + 32GB)
We had the opportunity to experience the Realme C2 for ourselves and here’s how our experience went.
The metal-looking beauty
The Realme C2 has a polycarbonate body but has a highly convincing metal look to it. The rear of the phone is a good upgrade from the C1 with a textured diamond cut design. This not only makes it look stylish, but it also makes it less of a fingerprint magnet. In this day and age, this design feature is underrated. The branding on the C2 has also been changed to a vertical orientation which just complements the aesthetic of the rear.
Similar to the C1, the C2 foregoes a fingerprint scanner in the rear. While its omission makes a lot of sense, we preferred it had one instead of facial recognition.
The size of the phone and the positioning of the power button and volume rockers, which again takes from the C1, is pretty comfortable. It required little to no adjustment to get to the buttons with either hand, which makes the phone easy to wield with one hand.
One issue that we had with its design is its mono speaker at the bottom of the phone. This is positioned on the left of the microUSB slot, with the mic and 3.5 audio jack on the opposite side. Because it is on the left, holding the phone landscape by default (AKA top/water drop notch on the left side) put the speaker nearer you which also meant that the hand naturally sits right on top of it.
Display and performance (yes, gaming included)
The C2 has a 6.1-inch display with an IPS LCD display at 1560×720 resolution which is expected at the price point. This shouldn’t sway you though, it still delivers punchy colors and decent visibility under direct sunlight. Text is also still very sharp for the C2.
While the phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P22, the phone comes in two variants. The variant that we received was the higher 3GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage version and it handled the usual social media checking and web browsing fairly well. However, you will start to feel the slowdown when multitasking and this includes the Messenger chat heads.
The Helio P22 and 3GB RAM combination does handle playing the more mainstream games like PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang well though. The phone easily handled Mobile Legends on highest settings. Although PUBG Mobile had to be played on lower settings for a smoother experience.
The C2 was also able to run the survival game, Durango and Auto Chess fairly well. Albeit, we just barely finished the early stages of Durango. One game it struggled with was [Dota] Underlords especially later on in the game when both players had more pieces on the board.
The 4000mAh battery on the Realme C2 is good enough to power through a day of use with one charge later at the end of a day. The battery doesn’t support fast charge though, so it does take a bit of time juice up.
The C2 has Chroma Boost a feature that’s supposed to deliver better colors for your photos. While we appreciated the addition of this, it requires a couple of seconds to let it process which means holding the camera steady for the time. The downside to it all is that it isn’t as reliable as one would hope. It’s a good addition but doesn’t account for much.
One thing that does its job though is Portrait mode which did a surprisingly good job separating foreground from the background.
The selfie camera delivers good photos and comes with AI Beautification. While we didn’t use it much or at least used it at a minimum for a more natural look, it’s good to the option to have it there.
Colored with ColorOS
The C2 runs on ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie. This version of ColorOS is pretty close to base Android and that is always a good thing. It also comes with minimal bloatware.
Game Assistant and Game Space are pretty good additions to the latest ColorOS. Game Assistant is a little window that you can bring up from the side that will allow you to do a variety of things while in-game. This includes a No Notification mode, screenshot, screen recording, and replying to messages without leaving the game. While Game Space allows you to adjust the phone settings depending on the game.
Photos of the phone courtesy of Rianne Ronquillo
Ram found his love and appreciation for writing in 2015 having started in the gaming and esports sphere for GG Network. He would then transition to focus more on the world of tech which has also began his journey into learning more about this world. That said though, he still has the mentality of "as long as it works" for his personal gadgets.