Realme C3 review: the best budget smartphone with NFC


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No, the title is not a typo. The hero of today's review, realme C3 is really positioned by the manufacturer

like a budget smartphone with good gamingfeatures and a triple main camera with macro and portrait mode. At the beginning of the year, MediaTek released several new processors that (according to the manufacturer) offer very good performance, while they are focused on using mid-range and budget price segments in smartphones. One of them is installed in realme C3. Although this is not the only interesting feature of the smartphone. Let's see what modern budget models are capable of.

  1. What is it?
  2. What is included?
  3. What does the realme C3 look like?
  4. How good is the screen?
  5. What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?
  6. What about the interface?
  7. How good are the cameras?
  8. In the dry residue

What is it?


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realme C3 is a budget Android smartphone with 6.5-inch IPS HD + display, eight-core MediaTek processor, 12 MP main quad camera and large battery. The smartphone was equipped with a large display with a drop-shaped cutout for the front camera and a small resolution of HD +, which is quite expected given the affordable price tag. The eight-core MediaTek Helio G70 processor with a clock frequency of 2 GHz and the Mali-G52 2EEMC2 graphics accelerator is responsible for the performance. RAM can be 2, 3 or 4 GB, built-in - 32 or 64 GB, there is a separate slot for MicroSD. Our configuration with 4 GB of RAM is not for sale (at least for now). But, interestingly, the 3/64 GB version has an NFC module for contactless payment, while 2/32 GB does not. The smartphone is powered by an impressive 5000 mAh battery, but fast charging is not supported, and MicroUSB is used to connect the cable. The smartphone works on current Android 10 with the proprietary shell Realme UI.

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What is included?


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The kit is quite modest, only the mostnecessary: ​​the smartphone itself with a protective film immediately on the screen, a 10 W power supply, a MicroUSB cable, a clip for removing the tray and documentation. All this is packaged in a traditional orange box with a model name and short specifications.

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What does the realme C3 look like?


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In front, the realme C3 is a typical smartphone thatalmost impossible to distinguish from a huge number of other models. Elongated display with rounded corners, a dropout in the form of a drop for the front camera and a speaker. Absolutely standard set of a modern model of the middle or budget segment. All this business protects the third generation Gorilla Glass, on top of which a protective film is applied from the factory. Not the best quality, but copes with its main task.


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The rest of the case is made of plastic. The side faces and backdrop are made in one piece. So no joints, only streamlined shapes and smooth transitions. The buttons are located in the usual places for realme: the power button on the right. Separate volume control buttons are on the left. Above them, a tray is located a little higher.


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As befits an inexpensive smartphone, you can push two SIM-cards and a memory card into the tray. The smartphone supports microSD up to 256 GB.


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With the upper and lower ends, everything is almost standard. Above - absolutely nothing, below - a microphone, speaker and old, but tested for years MicroUSB.


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The smartphone is clearly focused on youthaudience, the colors are only two and both are bright. There are blue and red options. Red (subjectively) is more interesting and not so hackneyed. The backdrop shimmers a little and at certain angles it goes a little pink. It has an interesting texture that not only looks cool. Thanks to this texture, the smartphone does not slip in the hand, does not collect fingerprints and, it seems, is not particularly susceptible to mechanical damage.


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The main camera protrudes just a littlebody, which is absolutely not surprising. The fingerprint scanner is also located on the rear panel. Its implementation is a bit controversial. Of course, everything depends on the individual anatomy, but my index finger hardly reached it, and the scanner itself does not really stand out by sensations. It was not always possible to find quickly.


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How good is the screen?


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The smartphone has an IPS display with a diagonal of 6.5 inches and an aspect ratio of 20: 9. Resolution is “budget” HD +, in this case 1600 × 720. The pixel density is about 270 ppi. Apparently, the same matrix is ​​installed as in the more expensive realme 6i. And, especially considering the cost of the smartphone, the screen is very good, both in color reproduction and viewing angles, and in terms of brightness: information in the sun is quite readable. Excessive graininess is also not observed. The settings have everything you need: the scale of the interface, font, dark theme of the interface, a blue filter (vision protection) and color temperature adjustment.


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According to the results of hardware measurements, the maximumthe brightness of the display is 421.453 cd / m², the black field brightness is 0.409 cd / m², and the static contrast is 1030: 1. The color gamut almost coincides with sRGB, but the color temperature is slightly higher than the reference value: 8000K (at reference 6500K). The screen goes a little cold shades due to an overabundance of the blue component:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
Black field brightness,
cd / m2
Contrast

realme c3
421.453
0.409
1030: 1

realme 6i
424.227
0.39
1088: 1

realme 6 pro
395.528
0.423
935: 1

Huawei P40 Lite
302.547
0.326
928: 1

Nokia 4.2
333.087
0.283
1177: 1

ASUS ZenFone 6
444.896
0.446
998: 1

Huawei P30 Lite
336.681
0.493
683: 1

Sony Xperia 10 Plus
509.3
0.513
993: 1

What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?

realme C3 - the first smartphone on the processorMediaTek Helio G70. The processor itself was announced in January this year. It really is positioned as an inexpensive gaming solution. Judging by the characteristics, it is difficult to call it fully gaming. Although in terms of budget smartphones, and even with a resolution of the HD + display, it looks quite good. An interesting point is that by its specifications it almost completely coincides with the Helio P65, which was introduced last summer. The processor is manufactured up to the 12-nm process technology and includes two cores 2 Cortex-A75 cores at 2.0 GHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores at 1.7 GHz. The graphics are supported by the Mali-G52 2EEMC2 accelerator with a frequency of up to 820 MHz. We had a review with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. In benchmarks, the smartphone demonstrates very good results for a budget employee.


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The smartphone copes with the interface and applicationsvery good, without any brakes. Yes, not lightning fast, but quite normal. All modern games on a smartphone can really be played. PUBG Mobile automatically set high graphics settings, the frame rate for the most part is quite playable, but sometimes there are quite noticeable fps drawdowns (and the smartphone’s body heats up), so it’s better to slightly decrease requests and play comfortably on “medium” ones. Call of Duty Mobile automatically set low graphics settings and there is no possibility to manually raise it, but it works much more stable and fps is much higher.


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The already familiar game utility realme with smartphone optimization is present in exactly the same form as in more expensive models.


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The stress test CPU Throttling Test showed thatThere is no critical overheating during prolonged peak loads. Performance occasionally drops to 80%, but overall the average for a 15-minute run was 89%.


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Of the wireless interfaces, there is Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n (single band), Bluetooth 5.0 LE with support for aptX, FM, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou global positioning systems are supported. In our version, 32 GB of internal memory. This is very small by today's standards, even considering the existence of a separate microSD slot. There is no NFC module, but it is in the 3/64 GB version. So there is another objective reason to look specifically at the older configuration. There is only one external speaker; its volume and quality are not impressive, but quite sufficient. The same can be said about the sound in the headphones. The speaker also has a sufficient volume margin. To unlock the smartphone a standard set is provided: a fingerprint scanner at the back (works fine) and front-face recognition of the owner’s face It also works very well. As in older models, there is a function to automatically increase the brightness of the display for better backlighting in low light conditions and an option when you turn it on that a face with closed eyes will not be recognized.


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With the autonomy of the smartphone, everything is in order. Inside - a 5000 mAh battery, which stably provides one and a half to two days of work on a single charge (depending on the loads, of course). In the toughest scenario, if you drive heavy games for hours on end, the realme C3 battery will of course really “land” in a day, but such a use case seems very unlikely to me. Of the positive bonuses - the smartphone supports reverse charging, although this will require an OTG cable. Of the unpleasant moments - fast charging is not supported, so it takes more than 2 hours to fully charge.


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What about the interface?


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Like other current manufacturer’s models,realme C3 runs on Android 10 OS with realme UI 1.0 shell. You can read about it in detail in the reviews of realme 6 Pro, realme 6i and realme 6, so there’s no point in dwelling on it in detail. In short, it is close to stock Android, it looks nice, it works smartly and has a number of additional useful things, like different options for gesture navigation, additional gestures for launching applications and some functions, and the ability to enable (or disable) a separate application menu.


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How good are the cameras?


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The rear camera realme C3 received as many as three modules. The main 12 megapixels with f / 1.8 aperture and phase detection autofocus. The remaining two modules are more likely for quantity and it is difficult to call them super-useful. This is a 2 MP f / 2.4 macromodule with a focusing distance of 4 cm and a depth sensor with the same resolution. Front camera: 5 MP (f / 2.4). The camera application is simple and straightforward. In the scrolling list of main modes there is only a photo, video and portrait. Manual mode, macro, fast, slow motion and panorama are in the “more” drop-down menu. Night shooting mode is not provided, there is a 2x and 4x zoom. Of course, exclusively digital. The maximum video resolution is FullHD.


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In the afternoon, realme C3 takes nice photos witha good level of detail, although the dynamic range is not the widest. For the most part, automation can cope, but for some reason the green color turns out to be too oversaturated and vyrviglazny. At night, the photos are very noticeably noisy, although they do not turn into a completely indistinguishable grainy mess. But you should not expect any highly artistic results in any case. The originals can be found here.


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The camera does a pretty good job of blurring the background.


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The macro camera as a whole is suitable for all kinds of experiments, but you need a sufficient amount of lighting, otherwise the photo turns out to be very noisy.


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In the dry residue

realme continues to please smartphones with very good price / performance ratio. realme C3 is just one of these models. The older configuration with NFC and 64 GB of internal memory was rated at 3800 UAH For this amount, the potential buyer will receivesmart screen with a good margin of brightness, a powerful processor (of course, within its price range), a long battery life, a practical case, a pretty good camera and the current Android 10 OS with a nice shell. There are no compromises in such smartphones, and in this case, the lack of fast charging (with such a battery capacity) is not very encouraging. Of the less significant nitpicking, I still want more modern Type-C and dual-band Wi-Fi. Among the competitors, we can only recall Xiaomi Redmi 8, which boasts Type-C and Quick Charge, but loses in performance and is devoid of NFC.

6 reasons to buy realme C3:

  • long battery life;
  • a screen with good color reproduction and a decent margin of brightness;
  • separate slots for 2xSIM and MicroSD;
  • practical housing materials;
  • current Android 10 OS with a convenient shell;
  • the presence of NFC (in older configuration).

3 reasons not to buy realme C3:

  • lack of fast charging;
  • no Type-C and dual band Wi-Fi;
  • you need a smartphone with a better camera.

Android smartphone realme C3

Best in its price category

Android smartphone that changes the balance of powerin the budget segment. It has a good display for its class with a fashionable neckline and a good margin of brightness, more productive than its competitors, a processor, a high-capacity battery, an adequate set of cameras and Android 10 with a nice shell. For complete happiness, only USB-C and dual-band Wi-Fi are not enough. Those who are interested in contactless payments should take the older version - it is with NFC.

top for your money

Technical specifications realme C3

Display
IPS, 6.5 inches, 1600 × 720, 270 ppi

Housing
dimensions: 164.4x75x9 mm, weight: 195 g

CPU
64-bit eight-core MediaTek Helio G70 (12 nm): 2 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 + 6 × 1.7 GHz Cortex-A55, GPU Mali-G52 MC2

RAM
2/3/4 GB

Flash memory
32/64 GB eMMC 5.1 + MicroSD

Camera
Main: 12 MP, f / 1.8, 1 / 2.8 ″, 1.25µm, PDAF + macro 2 MP, f / 2.4 + 2 MP depth sensor, f / 2.4, video 1080p @ 30fps; front camera: 5 MP f / 2.4

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n (single band 2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, FM, NFC (in older configuration)

GPS
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO

Battery
5000 mAh non-removable

operating system
Android 10 + realme UI 1.0

Sim card
2xNanoSIM

For those that want to know more:

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  • Realme 6 Pro review: six cameras for 9000 hryvnias
  • Realme 5 Pro review: an inexpensive smartphone with a quad camera and a daring design
  • Realme X2 Pro review: 90 Hz screen, Snapdragon 855+ and lightning fast charging
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Thanks

The editors thank the online store Citrus for the kindly provided for review smartphone