❤ Realme C3



Realme is a brand that has built a name for offering affordable handsets with decent specs, and the latest phone release definitely lives up to the expectations. The Realme C3 was introduced today with Helio G70 chipset and Realme UI, effectively making it the first Realme smartphone coming with the in-house interface out of the box.





The C lineup has always been about affordability and looks more than anything else. The Realme C3 comes in two neat colors and a price tag of just INR6,999, which translates to $100 or €90. There is 3 GB RAM, dual cameras on the back and a big 6.5″ screen on the front for that price and it feels like a phone that can withstand an average daily use.

Realme C3 specs

  • Body: Plastic back, plastic frame Gorilla Glass 3 front
  • Screen: 6.5-inch, HD+, IPS LCD
  • Rear Camera: Primary 12 MP, f/1.8 lens; Secondary 2 MP depth sensor; LED flash; 1080@30fps video recording
  • Front Camera: 5 MP, f/2.4; 1080p@30fps video recording
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G70, octa-core CPU (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.7 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G52 2EEMC2
  • Memory: 3/32 GB or 4/64 GB, dedicated microSD slot
  • OS: Android 10; Realme UI 1.0, based on ColorOS 7 on top
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh, 10W charging
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (4G), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, FM radio, microUSB 2.0
  • Colors: Blazing Red, Frozen Blue
  • Misc:Face Unlock, Reverse Charging

The Realme C3 comes with a huge battery which also supports reverse charging, meaning you can use the handset as a portable power bank – that’s basically two gadgets for the price of one.

Hands-on – design and user interface

The texture on the back of the Realme C3 is similar to the Realme C2 – slippery, so you better hold on tight to the device. However, now Realme fixed the sides and they aren’t like the back panel – it has a smooth feeling making the handling of the phone a tad better.

The display is an LCD with HD+ resolution, but at first glance, the content on the screen was decently visible under strong sunlight. The sun also helps the design on the back – Realme called it Sunrise Design for a reason. The phone looks lovely and appears to have sunbeams shining out of the camera module.

Setting up the device, we were pleasantly surprised to see Face Unlock making its way to the budget lineup. It works fast, just like any other Realme device, and you can prevent the phone from unlocking with your eyes closed. We tried to trick the system and unlocked the phone while winking.

The user interface looks fresh and “young”, as Realme has put it. With the new Realme UI, a lot of system apps were redesigned and there are new features as well. Now you can double-tap the C3 to lock the phone. There are also new looks for the File Manager, the notification center is revamped and Quick Settings has two tabs, unlike the single one in Color OS 6.1.


Mediatek introduced the Helio G70 chipset back in January as a platform for entry-level gaming devices. The Realme C3 is the first phone to have it, and we decided to put the phone through some benchmarks. We have compared it with other affordable and lower-midrange devices, and the raw data looks impressive.

GeekBench 5.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Redmi Note 8 Pro1622
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 81339
  • Realme C31262

GeekBench 5.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Redmi Note 8 Pro493
  • Realme C3347
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8315

AnTuTu 8

Higher is better

  • Redmi Note 8 Pro279355
  • Realme C3192223
  • Realme 5s168635
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8161572
  • Xiaomi Redmi 8A89901

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Realme C327
  • Realme 326
  • Realme 526
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro24
  • Realme 5s24
  • Realme 5 Pro22
  • Realme 3 Pro20
  • Xiaomi Redmi 8A13
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 811

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Realme C315
  • Realme 315
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro14
  • Realme 513
  • Realme 5 Pro12
  • Realme 5s12
  • Realme 3 Pro11
  • Xiaomi Redmi 8A7
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 85.9


Camera performance

The camera of the Realme C3 includes a main 12 MP f/1.8 snapper with ChromaBoost feature coming out of the box with the Realme UI. You can also take HDR or non-HDR images, and there is a depth sensor for added Bokeh effects – the blur strength can be adjusted – the shots of the flower below shows it at 60% and 80%.

When the outdoor light is good, colors are realistic and the shadows are deep. The engine reads the edges very well and images of the flower look lovely for a smartphone that costs only $100.





With a price tag starting from INR6,999 and going up only as high as INR7,999 (if you want to get the 4/64 GB option), the Realme C3 is definitely a phone worth considering. Especially if you want a handset that takes decent pictures, is good enough for photos, and looks lovely.

We are eager to see what other manufacturers like Xiaomi (and their brand Redmi) and Samsung have to offer in the competition for the best entry-level smartphone.