Realme C1 hands-on: Most valuable entry level smartphone

Today, certain smartphones has been getting cheaper as their product features become one key criteria in the success of their business, given the low entry barrier of smartphone brands in local market that increase competitiveness.


If your initial perception on an entry level smartphone is more than just a common yet ugly looking display with large bezels and camera that’s totally disgusting, today entry level smartphones no longer follow the norm of yesterday.

Realme C1 has been a good example in representing future of entry level smartphones as it has a large 6.2 inches IPS LCD display, large screen to body ratio and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass! It enhances resistance in shattering upon impact although it’s not advisable to do so.

On the rear panel of the smartphone, we will be greeted by a dual rear camera which is not being offered on all entry level smartphone at that price point. The touch and grip is exceptionally great and it doesn’t feel like a bricky entry level smartphone at all.


A high end hardware should not be your expectation in an entry level smartphone but Realme has make itself an outlier. The Realme C1 is powered by a Snapdragon 450 octacore SoC, a decent performer although its processing power still fall within the entry level line, but it gets your things done upon your request.

There is also a 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM accompanying your daily driver. While 2GB RAM is not much of a great performer, it is still capable to handle most kinds of web browsing, calls, texts and more.

Battery should not be a problem because a 4230mAh battery accompanied by the hardware should be able to last for almost a day. Worry not if your battery is depleted because quickcharging is enabled and supported in this device.


Besides, it is worthy to mention that it has AI face recognition in an entry level smartphone!

Gaming Performance & Experience

It is unlikely to get a smooth framerate when maximum graphics setting is set onto certain game tittles. By sacrificing graphics quality, you can still experience an enjoyable gaming time with no disruption thanks to Realme Game Space.

But in games such as Arena of Valor (AOV), it is possible to enjoy up to 30fps when the graphic settings is adjusted to maximum, as it is less graphical demanding games. No lags were experienced when playing this MOBA.


But unfortunately for PUBG, the maximum graphics quality for the game to be enjoyable will be middle frame refresh rate and low to mid graphics quality. We still experience some lag when playing lowest quality certain times.


A 13MP + 2MP dual rear camera is equipped on this smartphone with f/2.2 aperture. There are multiple modes to play with such as portrait mode, effects, stickers, panorama and Time-Lapse. Certainly decent enough for an entry level smartphone.


Despite being an entry level smartphone, the photo quality taken from these camera are certainly up to our expectation! Although some colours appear pale, the colour balance is still acceptable in general.

Even the selfie looks great too on the 5MP front facing camera with f/2.2 aperture. It shares a resemblances with OPPO smartphone as the facial enhancement is moderately adjusted to achieve greatness.




Gaming Experience:★★★☆☆



Given that the Realme C1 is an entry level smartphone priced at RM449, the features and quality it offered has surpassed our expectation and it is certainly eye opening to see such great low cost phone being offered into local market as another choices for our reader and consumers.

If you’re interested, you can visit Realme store at Sunway Pyramid or get it on the flash sale at Lazada by 12th December

Realme C1