Our Realme C2 hands-on

George, 22 April 2019

Realme just announced the 3 Pro and the C2 at an event in New Delhi, India. We had the 3 Pro beforehand and you can read the detailed review here. The C2, however, we only got to see now and we've got some initial impressions to share.

Realme C2 hands-on review

But first, a rundown of the specs.

Realme C2 specs

  • Body: Plastic, Gorilla Glass 3 front; 154.3x73.7x8.5 mm, 166g; Diamond Black and Diamond Blue color schemes.
  • Screen: 6.1-inch, 19.5:9 aspect, 720x1560px resolution, 282ppi, IPS LCD.
  • Rear Camera: Primary 13MP, f/2.2 lens; secondary 2MP depth sensor; LED flash; 1080@30fps video recordings.
  • Front Camera: 5MP, f/2.0; 1080p@30fps video recording.
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio P22 (12nm): octa-core 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, PowerVR GE8320 GPU.
  • Memory: 2/16GB and 3/32GB RAM/storage versions, dedicated microSD slot for up to 256GB expansion.
  • OS: Android 9 Pie; ColorOS 6.0 Lite on top.
  • Battery: 4,000mAh; 5V/1A charger in the box.
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, FM radio, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm jack.
  • Price: INR5,999 ($85) for the 2/16GB version, INR7,999 ($115) for the 3/32GB version.

We'd call that a rather balanced specsheet for the money. Perhaps a fingerprint sensor is the only notable omission.

For all its affordability, the C2 is a very nice-looking phone. The back has the same diamond pattern as the Realme 1 and Realme 2, but instead of the glossy plastic of those two this one is textured.

Realme C2 hands-on review

The texture is super grippy - it's been a while since we held a phone that offers such secure hold. It also has an almost glittery finish that sparkles when you hold it against the light. That is, the blue one does, the black option is more muted, though just as grippy. To each their own.

Realme C2 hands-on review

The frame doesn't have the same tactile finish - it's regular smooth plastic. The controls are the same as on the Realme 3 Pro - power button on the right, separate volume buttons on the left. The card slot is above the volume buttons and it takes two nano SIMs and a microSD.

The C2 charges over microUSB - no surprise, given that even the more expensive 3 Pro has the old port. Unlike that model, however, the C2 charges at a way more leisurely 5V/1A pace. That strictly means overnight charging, though we do appreciate the big 4,000mAh battery.

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The 6.1-inch display on the front is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and is of decent quality. It's got a waterdrop notch that houses the 13MP selfie camera and reasonably-sized bezels all around - it has all the markings of a modern phone and not necessarily a budget one.

Realme C2 hands-on review

The phone boots the latest Android 9.0 with a layer of Color OS on top. It's version 6.0 Lite likely to account for the not exactly cutting-edge internals. Having said that, the Helio P22 inside the C2 is generally superior to the aging Exynos 7870 in the Galaxy M10, while the Redmi 7's Snapdragon 632 may have a more potent CPU, it's mostly a tie in the graphics department.

Realme C2 hands-on review

That's all we have on the Realme C2 for know. Once again, be sure to have a look at our review of the 3 Pro - another value offering from Realme.


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Reader comments

should i buy this one or the redmi note 3? they are roughly the same price

  • R2

Realmi c2 haven't headphone.please known me

  • pk

are you serious only chager has only 1A output