Realme most affordable smartphone yet, the C2 offers a dewdrop display, a massive battery, diamond-cut design and Android Pie software. The 4000mAh battery and Helio P22 chipset already make it an attractive device for the price segment it’s been introduced in. On the other hand, C2’s display is a bit dull and the camera struggles in low light conditions.
The Realme C2 looks quite stylish for its budget pricing, with most of the design appeal coming from the back. The glossy rear panel on the C1 has been transformed into a matt-like finished back on the C2. It’s basically a plastic shell with micro patterns on it so it doesn’t attract smudges or scratches, leaving the panel pristine throughout. Realme’s famous diamond-cut design can be seen here in an even more pronounced manner.
The phone is currently available in two colour variants – Diamond Blue and Diamond Black.
Realme C2’s build quality is sturdy and the frame feels quite solid. The power button is placed on the right side while the volume buttons and sim slot can be found on the left side of the phone – the card slot can hold two Nano SIM cards and a microSD card. The buttons are easy to reach. The bottom of the frame houses a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port, speaker grille and microphones. There is no fingerprint sensor on the C2
The smartphone sports a 6.1-inch HD+ dewdrop display with thinner bezels compared to the C1 while the iPhone X-like wide notch on the Realme C1 has been reduced on the Realme C2 for improved screen space utilization. The Realme C2 offers great colour reproduction and the colours are deep yet easy on the eyes – whether it’s the gradience of the app icons or colour depth in video content. However, it does not offer quality sharpness as pixilation is quite apparent. Viewing angles on this device are average and so are the brightness levels resulting in a rather dull display. All in all, users wouldn’t face any trouble indoors but outdoor under bright sunlight can be an issue.
Performance and Software
The Realme C2 is powered by an octa-core 2Ghz MediaTek Helio P22 chipset based on a 12nm processor. With a faster MediaTek processor than the C1, the Realme C2 sees a significant increase in performance. While opening apps for the first time can be a bit slow, but switching between them from the background is pretty breezy. The Realme C2 is comes in two storage option – 2GB + 16GB and 3GB + 32GB.
The Realme C2’s gaming performance is quite impressive – heavy games can be played without a snag or the battery getting heated up much. This budget phone actually performs way better than most people would expect it to, it delivers a better gaming performance compared to some higher priced devices as well. C2 is also one of the cheapest phones to run on Android Pie and with ColorOS 6, users get a lot of preloaded apps like Amazon, DailyHunt, NewsPoint, ShareChat, Wynk Music, UC Browser, Webnovel, Opera browser and so on. These can be kept or uninstalled as needed. The custom Oppo software offers some useful and efficient battery saving options to maximize performance. Users also get a feature called Dual Channel Network Acceleration that intelligently uses Wi-Fi and mobile data concurrently in order to offer better speeds and a smoother connectivity. The C2 comes with a face unlock and it is impressively fast – unlocking the phone in swift and snappy manner in bright to average lighting.
The Realme C2 comes with a twin camera – 13-megapixel primary camera along with a 2-megapixel secondary depth camera. On the front, the Realme C2 sports a 5-megapixel AI selfie camera. The Realme C2’s imaging solutions come with a Chroma Boost feature that enhances saturation and contrast to capture lovely photos. It also comes with slow-motion video support that enables users to record at 80fps at 480p. In this budget, it’s unfair to expect terrific picture quality, but the C2’s main camera offers some clean and attractive photos with deep and vibrant colours during daylight, especially with Chroma Boost enabled. Moreover, with HDR enabled, C2’s camera can capture some reasonably good high dynamic range photos. For this price segment, it’s actually a pretty incredible set of cameras to have on a phone.
- Performance – MediaTek Helio P22
- Storage – 16GB/32GB
- Ram – 2GB/GB
- Camera – 13 MP + 2 MP
- Front Camera – 5 MP
- Display – 6.1″ (15.49 cm)
- Battery – 4000 mAh