The Oppo sub-brand Realme has been on a roll with back-to-back budget smartphones since its launch. The company has been successful in capturing the eyes of the 10k to 15k market in India. Aggressive prices along with unmatchable specifications of Realme smartphones has been genuinely accepted by the smartphone buyers.

Taking the Realme launch tally further, Realme C1 is here priced at Rs 7,999 with Navy Blue and Mirror Black options. Let’s see if it has the caliber to compete with other low-budget competitors.

What Spec Sheet Includes

Let’s start with the processing unit. This device is power driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset along with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. If you are not satisfied with the internal storage, you can grab a microSD card up to 256GB and expand it with a dedicated slot provided by Realme. There are a 13MP back camera and a 2MP front selfie snapper in the device. Realme C1 holds a 6.2-inch HD+ display panel, which has a 1520 x 720 pixels of resolution. The phone is based on Android 8.1 Oreo but UI is handled by ColorOS 5.2. The device is the company’s first entry into a budget section with a value of just Rs 7,999.

Why Realme C1 Stands Out As A Good Release at 8K

Realme C1 has a glass-like to it just like other smartphones from the brand. Though the device features a plastic frame and back panel, it still manages to catch the eye of the viewer. It is surely a fresh look for devices with regular plastic built. Being an 8K device, the smartphone has done wonders with the design department. The glass-like finish is there to adopt for other companies working in that price segment.

Next, we have a big 6.2-inch display. The HD+ panel has a noticeable notch with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The display stands well for this price range with crisp and vibrant angles indoors. Brightness levels need to be toned down a bit for the dark otherwise it can be jarring. But the displays takes maximum marks outside where many smartphones at this price range fail. Display holds well in an outdoor situation with the bright environment around and auto-brightness is spot on with the lighting conditions.

Multitasking has not been a strong point for budget devices but Realme C1 surprisingly works smoothly when you have multiple tabs open on Chrome, watching YouTube videos, and browsing any social media app altogether. There is no lag or freeze during the multi-tasking. Light games such as mini Militia and Temple Run performed flawlessly and even the heavy ones like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9 ran with very few frame drops or minimum lags with medium graphics settings. We don’t expect any phone at this price range to handle these heavy games without an issue. While prolonged gameplay of PUBG Mobile, the device did heat a bit.

The rear camera of the device performed really well in proper lighting. The 13MP snapper captured sharp and vibrant shots with ample amount of details. The front 2MP sensor also performed decently in terms of sharpness. The colors, however, were not so accurate.

We would like to say that battery is the highlight of this device. With 4,230 mAh power brick in Realme C1, it can last well over a day with heavy usage. Budget devices always lack at this point and the likes of Asus Zenfone Max and Xiaomi Redmi has been successful in capitalizing on the situation. However, there is no fast charging which makes the device take 2 hours and 50 minutes for a full charge.


To wrap it up, we will say Realme C1 has a good battery, decent design, and good performance at this price range. However, it is against Lenovo K9 and Xiaomi Redmi 6 at this price point and we will say that despite everything good from realme C1, these two have a better cost to specification ratio.