Launching a sub-Rs. 10,000 smartphone is a difficult affair for any firm in India. Pricing is hyper-sensitive on this phase, and getting it incorrect even by a number of hundred Rupees may have an effect on gross sales. Realme is not any stranger to this market, because it has lengthy had it is C-series of smartphones catering to price-conscious patrons. The previous couple of fashions, particularly the Realme C12 and Realme C15, weren’t very memorable for my part, however now Realme hopes to vary that with a brand new household.
Realme has just launched the Realme C25, Realme C21, and the Realme C20 — all priced beginning below Rs. 10,000. I’ve had the possibility to get my fingers on the C25 and C21, and at the moment, I will be providing you with my first impressions of those smartphones. We’ll additionally speak in regards to the C20, which on paper, is a toned-down model of the C21.
We start with probably the most attention-grabbing telephone of the trio, the Realme C25. Pitched because the successor to the Realme C15, which was solely actually identified for its stellar battery life and never a lot else, the C25 has some much-needed upgrades. It has the identical 6,000mAh battery capability and 18W quick charging as its predecessor, however Realme has upgraded to a USB Sort-C port. The second massive change is the MediaTek Helio G70 SoC, which ought to present a much-needed increase to system and gaming efficiency.
The general design of Realme C25, and for that matter the opposite new fashions, hasn’t modified a lot. There is a new variation of the geometric sample on the again, and a few new color names, however total it is similar to the earlier lineup. The C25 feels sturdy within the hand regardless of the all-plastic physique, and it’s noticeably heavier (209g) and thicker (9.6mm) than the C21. You get a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a triple-slot SIM tray, and three rear cameras.
Apparently, the Realme C25 is the one one of many three new fashions to run Realme UI 2.0 (Android 11) out of the field, whereas the C21 and C20 are nonetheless operating Android 10. Eagle-eyed viewers would possibly have already seen a lacking fourth rear digicam on the C25, in comparison with the C15. Realme has dropped the ultra-wide angle digicam, which could seem to be a foul choice when it comes to interesting to patrons, however given how poorly that digicam carried out on the C15, it is in all probability not going to be missed. You continue to get a 13-megapixel essential digicam, a 2-megapixel macro digicam, and a 2-megapixel monochrome digicam. There’s an 8-megapixel digicam up entrance for selfies.
The show on the Realme C25 is a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD panel, and this time, Realme has partnered with TÜV Rheinland to get it licensed for low blue mild emission. By way of RAM and storage, the Realme C25 shall be accessible in two variants: 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage priced at Rs. 9,999, and 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 10,999.
The Realme C25’s greatest energy appears to be the upgraded SoC, which ought to assist repair the poor efficiency of the C15. The opposite options are kind of the identical as what we noticed within the earlier mannequin, with some slight enhancements.
We now come to the Realme C21, which is not a direct successor to any particular telephone however is supposed to enrich the lineup, filling a number of the current value gaps. It is primarily a Realme C12 with a smaller battery (5,000mAh vs 6,000mAh) and a barely totally different sample on the again. A number of the highlights right here embody the TÜV Rheinland show certification, a triple-card SIM tray, a rear fingerprint sensor, and three rear cameras just like the C25.
The Realme C21 doesn’t assist quick charging and has a Micro-USB port. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, similar to the earlier C-series fashions. This does not encourage an excessive amount of confidence however we’ll have to attend and see if the expertise is best after we put this telephone via a full evaluate. There are two variants on provide: 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage priced at 7,999, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage priced at Rs. 8,999. The Realme C21 is a bit lighter and slimmer than the C25, making it simpler to deal with.
The Realme C20, which I haven’t got with me, is basically an identical to the C21 besides that there isn’t any show certification, no fingerprint sensor, and solely a single 8-megapixel rear digicam. It is solely accessible with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and is priced at Rs. 6,999. Consider it as a refreshed Realme C11.
Realme’s new C-series choices aren’t precisely game-changers for this phase, however extra like complementary additions to its current funds portfolio. The Realme C25 is presumably probably the most attention-grabbing of the lot, whereas the others are price-gap fillers greater than the rest. In any case, we shall be testing the Realme C25 and Realme C21, so verify for the complete opinions of those new telephones, developing quickly.
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