First Look: Realme C3 Unboxing, First Impressions, Antutu Benchmark, Photo Samples

Realme’s entry-level line of phones keeps on impressing me every year. I reviewed their first phone, the Realme C1 and its successor Realme C2. Both phones showed what Realme is capable to offer even for a phone priced at less than P6,000. This year, they are going to release the Realme C3 and we are fortunate and excited to have our first look of this new phone.

REALME C3 SPECS:

OS:Android 10 with Realme UI
Processor:2.0 GHz MediaTek MT6768 Helio G70 Octa-Core processor | MALI G52
Display: 720 x 1600 6.52" HD+ IPS LCD Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Wireless Connections:LTE-A, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, GLONASS
Memory:32 GB Internal Storage expandable up to 256GB MicroSD Card, 3 GB RAM
Connectors:Micro USB 2.0, OTG Support
Cameras:12 Megapixels f/1.8 + 2 Megapixels f/2.4 + 2 Megapixels f/2.4 (Main Cameras), 5 Megapixels (Front)
SIM Card Slots:2x Nano SIM Cards required
Battery:5,000 mAh
SRP:P5,990

THE UNBOXING – REALME C3 FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The packaging of the Realme C3 is similar to its predecessor, the familiar yellow box which represents the brand’s youthful color.

Inside the box are the Realme C3, USB cable, USB Charger, SIM Card Ejector and some pamphlets. As always, they do not include earphones to keep their costs down. Also, Realme offers wired and wireless headphones according to your preference.

REALME C3 FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Realme made the C2 look more than an ordinary entry-level phone. They avoided plain colors and added prism-designs normally seen in mid-range to high-end phone models. The Realme C3’s design is different from the C2 and it actually looks and feels more like the Realme 5i‘s little brother, which I like a lot better. I told the folks in Realme Philippines that I loved the 5i’s Sunrise Design, probably why they also applied it to the C3. The phone is resistant to fingerprints and accidental slips from sweaty hands. I’ve been using the C3 for days and I have not found any signs of fingerprint smudges. Good job! They have two colors available, Blazing Red and Frozen Blue with rays of sunlight coming from the phone’s triple cameras. This is the prettiest RED smartphone I’ve ever held and I feel very attached to it. I felt the color really represents my Fiery nature.

The screen of the Realme C3 has been upgraded to a bigger 6.52″ 20:9 screen. This will give users of the C3 more reasons to enjoy watching videos or playing mobile games. They also made the dewdrop design smaller, calling it the Mini-Drop design. The notch is reduced by 30.9% compared with a normal dewdrop notch, bringing the screen ratio up to 89.8%. That’s good news for users since it will be a less of a nuisance while utilizing the phone’s display.

Powering the C3 is a new Helio G70 processor by MediaTek, making it the first phone in the world to come with it. The 12nm Octa-Core chipset can clock speeds up to 2.0 GHz giving users a fast and smooth experience. I opened my Antutu Benchmark app and was blown away by the result! The Antutu Score showed it is really capable to do heavy tasks which normally a mid-range phone could do. Just for comparison, the Antutu Score of the C2 was 77,613. The score of the C3 is a lot, lot bigger than that!

The “G” means this chipset is optimized for gaming, which should be good news for Filipino phone users. So far I tried playing NBA2K20 at medium settings as well as Call of Duty Mobile and they performed very, very well! I’m like, is this really an entry-level phone? I’ll be doing more gaming tests in the next few days.

Paired with the G70 processor is the 32GB of Internal Storage and 3GB of RAM. I am not sure if Realme is still going to release a 16GB/2GB variant. It has a dedicated memory card slot up to 256GB.

The C3 now has triple-cameras composed of 12 Megapixels and two 2 Megapixel lenses. The front camera has a 5 Megapixel lens with AI. Let me share with you some sample photos:

The photos were pretty impressive for an entry-level phone. I’ll be taking more pictures in the next few days and give a proper review.

Lastly, I found the battery amazing! It has 5,000 mAh and I’m averaging two days on a single charge! I usually unplug from the charger at 5am and by 10pm I still have 50% left. That’s a day of 3 hours of accumulated videos, 1 hour of games, 1 hour of Spotify music, and the usual social media browsing. Impressive!

I’ll be posting my full review of the Realme C3 by next week. Be sure to read it when it comes out. Meanwhile, the First Impressions Video of the Realme C3 will be posted this weekend.

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