You read the title right. That’s with a caveat, though: To get the Realme C1 for only P5,490 (roughly $104), you have to buy it during a flash sale happening on Lazada Philippines from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on December 5.
(Update, November 30: Our review is up! Read Realme C1 phone review: A real steal for the price. Update, January 5: Check out the complete listing of Realme partner stores: Where to buy Realme phones? A list of Realme stores in PH.)
After that time, the smartphone will retail at P5,990 ($114) — a steal no matter how you look at it, considering that the Realme C1 is still the most affordable notched handset even at its regular price. Thus far, of course. The company is even calling it the #RealEntryLevelKing.
The device is all about being big: big screen and big battery. The display measures 6.2 inches and has a tall aspect ratio of 19:9 and a high, 88.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. And the battery is rated at 4,230mAh, which should keep you from reaching for your charger often.
The Realme C1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The back sees a dual-camera setup that mathes a 13-megapixel sensor with a 2-megapixel one. On the front is a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The unit is running Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.1 on top.
The local launch of the Realme C1 signals the entrance of OPPO’s sub-brand into the Philippines, the sixth country where it has presence after India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.
Realme is still young, having been established in May 2018. But as early as now, it’s already making waves. For example, it topped the recent Lazada 11.11 Online Shopping Festival across Southeast Asia. Impressive. Now, let’s see how it will fare in the Philippines as it competes with brands like Xiaomi and Huawei sub-brand Honor.
Realme C1 specs
- 6.2-inch LCD display with notch, 1,520 x 720 resolution (19:9), 88.8 percent screen-to-body ratio
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
- Adreno 506 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB expandable storage
- 13-megapixel (f/2.2 aperture) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4 aperture) rear cameras
- 5-megapixel front camera (f/2.2 aperture)
- 4,230mAh battery
- 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB OTG, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB 2.0 port
- Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1
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