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Realme C3 vs Realme C2: What’s the difference?

Is it a worthy upgrade?

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Realme has finally introduced a proper follow up to the Realme C2. Meet the Realme C3.

The Realme C2 was launched back in early 2019. Back then, it’s one of the most feature-packed devices that you can get for under Php7k.

Since then, the company introduced different variations of the same device.

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There’s the Realme C2 2020 with upgraded RAM and storage. We also have the Realme C2s that is, actually, only a rebranded version of the vanilla C2 for the Thai market.

But now, the Realme’s entry-level line is getting a much-needed upgrade with the new Realme C3. And from what it looks like, it’s going to be a major upgrade to its predecessor.

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But how “major” the upgrades really are? We’ll find that out in our Realme C3 versus Realme C2 specifications and features comparison.

 Realme C3Realme C2
Operating SystemAndroid 10
Realme UI
Android 9.0 Pie
ColorOS 6.0
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.52-inch HD+ IPS
1600 x 720 pixel resolution
~270ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass
20:9 aspect ratio
6.1-inch HD+ IPS
1560 x 720 pixel resolution
~281ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass
19:9 aspect ratio
Processor2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G702.0GHz MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core
RAM3GB/4GB2GB/3GB
GPUMali G52IMG PowerVR GE8320
Storage32GB/64GB
expandable via microSD
16GB/32GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera5-megapixel5-megapixel
Rear CameraInternational: 12-megapixel (f/1.8)
2-megapixel (Depth sensor)
2-megapixel (Macro)
PDAF
LED flash
India: 12-megapixel (f/1.8)
2-megapixel (Depth sensor)
13-megapixel (f/2.2) +
2-megapixel (Depth sensor)
PDAF
LED flash
AudioSingle loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
SecurityInternational: Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
India: Face unlock
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
FM Radio
microUSB
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
FM Radio
microUSB
Dimensions164.4 x 8.95 x 75mm154.3 x 73.7 x 8.5mm
Weight195g166g
ColorsFrozen Blue
Blazing Red
Diamond Black
Diamond Blue
Battery5,000mAh
10W charging
4,000mAh
PriceTBH3,999 (~Php6,500)2GB/16GB: Php5,490
3GB/32GB: Php6,490

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With the table above, it’s clear that the Realme C3 is a huge upgrade to the Realme C2. The company kept some of the components the same, but it definitely put substantial upgrades in key areas.

The most notable one is in the processor department. The Realme C3 now comes with a brand new Helio G70 processor. It should bring big improvements in performance, over the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset that the previous model has.

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As the name suggests, the new Helio G70 processor is geared towards gaming, which is big for entry-level devices like this. To go with the powerful processor, the RAM and storage capacities were upgraded, too.

It’s now available in 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB models, versus the 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB of the C2.

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Another ‘big’ update, in a literal sense, is seen in the display and battery department. The Realme C3 now comes with a 6.52-inch screen, versus the 6.1-inch of its predecessor. Although it’s still capped to HD+ resolution.

The battery capacity was also increased to 5,000mAh from 4,000mAh. With its powerful yet efficient processor, we expect to see identical battery longevity or even better on the Realme C3.

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Realme also modernized the design. It now has a ‘Sunray’ look on the back, which we also saw on the new Realme 5i. This is a clear departure from the geometric shapes that the Realme C2 has. The C3 is available in Frozen Blue and Blazing Red — way more youthful than the previous Black and Dark Blue colors.

Of course, we now have the fingerprint scanner on the back. A first in the Realme C-series.

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On paper, the 12-megapixel primary camera on the Realme C3 might appear to be a downgrade over the 13-megapixel shooter that the Realme C2 has.

However, we expect to get better image quality out of it. This new sensor should have bigger individual pixels for better image capture. Plus, it has a bigger f/1.8 aperture (versus f/2.2), which will allow more light in — resulting to brighter image and real-life bokeh images.

But if you want that exaggerated depth-of-field effect, there’s the dedicated 2-megapixel depth-sensor for that. Plus, a macro camera in case you need it.

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On the downside, the Realme C3 still has a 5-megapixel selfie camera. It wouldn’t take the sharpest selfies, but it should be enough for video calls.

Overall, the Realme C3 is a big improvement over the C2. Its release details and pricing in the Philippines are yet to be announced. But judging by its SRP in India, it’s clearly one of the best devices you can get for the price. We expect it to cost around the same price range as its predecessor, which is Php5,490 to Php6,490.

If you already own a Realme C2, but you have the money to upgrade, then you should definitely check out the Realme C3. You can learn more about it in our Realme C3 hands-on review.

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  1. 5mp selfie camera? Look like this was one of the features it never got updated. A lot of reviews I read said the camera on these are not that good. Can you review please?

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