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Realme C1 hands-on


Realme has finally entered the smartphone scene in the Philippines. To make an impression, the company is introducing themselves to the Filipinos with their most affordable smartphone to date — the Realme C1.

We already have the Realme C1 in our hands, and before we head on to our full review, we would like to share with you some of our initial thoughts with it.


The Realme C1 has a price of only Php5,990, and despite standing in the low-end section, this device definitely doesn’t feel cheap. The back panel has this glass-like design, by which Realme is claiming to be made of “nanoscale composite material”.

This definitely made the device look really premium, although we’ll see how it holds up from minor beatings and scratches un our full review.

I also noticed that the glass and metal corners feels a little sharp in the hands. Making it not the most comfortable thing to hold.

The device runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core chip. It sure is a decent processor for the price, but having only 2GB of RAM might worry most people.

But for the price, it sure is hard to complain. I also run PUBG Mobile on this thing and it was playable at the lowest settings with acceptable frame rates. Although we still have to thoroughly test its multitasking capability to get a final verdict.

Now let’s talk about the things that Realme is bragging about this device. First, we have its large 6.2-inch HD+ screen. And I must say, I’m pretty impressed with the C1’s display, especially for an economical device like this.

This is definitely one of the biggest smartphone screens that you can get for the price. Plus, its thin bezels can easily give an impression that this is a more premium smartphone.

Realme is also boasting the C1’s large 4,230mAh battery. As per the company, it can handle up to 15hrs of video playback and 10hrs of gaming. We are yet to test these claims, but considering all the humble hardware that it will be powering, we’re pretty optimistic that Realme’s estimations are close to reality.

Besides the “Mega display, mega battery”, Realme was also generous enough to include a dual-camera system on the C1. This device sports a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel primary cameras.

As you can see, the initial photos that we were able to get from it are Instagram-worthy already, despite the fact that all of them were taken indoors. Both the colors and contrast are acceptable, although the details and sharpness suffer at times.

Well, that’s it for now. We will take the Realme C1 for a full spin and will be bringing you our final verdict in our full review soon. But if you think you’re already sold, then you might want to get the Realme C1 once it becomes available in Lazada on December 5.

As stated earlier, it has an official price of Php5,990. But as a special introductory offer, it will have a Flash Sale price of Php5,490 on its first day of availability in Lazada.

For more information, check out our Realme C1 review.

Realme C1 Specs

  • Android 8.1 Oreo, ColorOS 5.1
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (nano, dedicated)
  • 6.2-inch HD+ IPS Display, 1520 x 720 pixel resolution, ~271ppi
  • 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, microSD support up to 256GB
  • 3G, HSPA+, LTE
  • 13-megapixel f/2.2 + 2-megapixel f/2.4 rear cameras with LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera, f/2.2
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • FM Radio
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Dimensions: 156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 168 g
  • Colors: Ocean Blue, Deep Black
  • 4,230mAh non-removable battery


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