first_imgWhile the Realme 3 Pro launch event on Monday was understandably about the much-awaited flagship phone, the company kicked things off with the Realme C2 – an entry-level smartphone with a starting price of Rs 5,999. Honestly, Realme kind of knocked it out of the park with its pricing as both the Realme C2 and the Realme 3 Pro are some of the best-priced smartphones from the company yet, giving Xiaomi a few reasons to worry.Our Realme 3 Pro review is out already and you can check that out here if you’re wondering whether the hype is real. Now, we’re shifting our attention to the Realme C2, which is an incremental upgrade over last year’s Realme C1. The phone touts a dewdrop display, diamond-cut design, Helio P22 chipset and a large 4,000mAh battery, among other things. Here is our first impressions of the Realme C2.Starting off with the design, the Realme C2 looks pretty good for its budget pricing. The first thing you notice is the 6.1-inch HD+ display. So, the iPhone X-like wide notch on the Realme C1 has been reduced on the Realme C2, offering more screen and fewer bezels all around. On first look, the display looks decent with deep colours on screen and adequate brightness indoors. The rear panel has also been changed from glossy to a matt finish. It’s a plastic shell with micro pattern on it which feels nice to touch. The diamond-cut design, which has been a popular choice for Realme in the past, makes a comeback here with the pattern looking more pronounced on a matt finish. The Realme C2 is offered in Diamond Blue and Diamond Black colours.advertisementThe back of the Realme C2 is smooth and mostly clean apart from a camera setup and the Realme logo. There is no fingerprint sensor on the Realme C2, so you will have to rely on face unlock or the pattern/PIN method to unlock the device.Powering the Realme C2 is an octa-core 2Ghz MediaTek Helio P22 chipset based on a 12nm process. The Realme C1, in comparison, is powered by a 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 450 chipset. With a faster MediaTek processor, the Realme C2 should see a bump in performance over its predecessor, but I couldn’t test its performance capabilities during my brief hands-on time.I did try to open a few apps, which initially takes a bit sluggish to load, but that’s understandable from a phone in this segment. A quick browsing through the UI was generally a smooth experience.The Realme C2 is offered in two storage option – 2GB + 16GB and 3GB + 32GB. Notably, the dual VoLTE smartphone gets a triple card slot that can support two nano SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Realme C2 is also one of the cheapest phones to run on Android Pie. With ColorOS 6 on top, you get an app drawer and a lot of preloaded apps like Amazon, DailyHunt, NewsPoint, ShareChat, Wynk Music, UC Browser, Webnovel, Opera browser and so on. These apps can be uninstalled if you want a cleaner-looking interface.As for the cameras, the budget Realme C2 sports a 13MP primary camera along with a 2MP secondary depth camera. On the front, the Realme C2 gets 5MP AI selfie camera, which remains the same as the Realme C1. The Realme C2 doesn’t come with Nightscape, but it does get Chroma Boost, which bumps up saturation and contrast to offer attractive photos. It also gets slow-mo video support that can record at 80 fps at 480p, which doesn’t sound spectacular.Another notable aspect about the Realme C2 is its large 4,000mAh battery. For an entry-level smartphone that touts an HD+ display, the battery should be able to last for a long time and we are perhaps looking at a battery life that can deliver close to two days on a single charge.Overall, the Realme C2 looks like a solid upgrade over its predecessor. It feels like a relevant, 2019 device that follows the trends like offering a waterdrop display and shipping with latest Android Pie software, which is more what most other phones offer in this price point. It also comes with a large battery and a faster chipset compared to the Realme C1, which adds to its charm. We hope to get our hands on the Realme C2 soon for an in-depth review.The first sale of the Realme C2 will be on May 15 on Flipkart and Realme.com.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypeALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro launched: Key specs, features, price in India and Flipkart sale dateadvertisementlast_img

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