There’s a new Realme budget phone that will be released in the Philippines soon, and you may want to wait for it.
(Update, March 5: Our review is up! Read Realme C3 review: A real powerhouse for less.)
(Update, March 5: Just launched! Read Realme C3 with Android 10, Helio G70 only P5,990 in the Philippines.)
(Update, February 29: Read our hands-on review: Realme C3: First impressions, benchmarks, camera samples.)
The Realme C3 version that was released in Indonesia and Thailand, not in India, will be launched in the country March 5. That model has one memory configuration — 3GB of RAM paired with 32GB of storage; three cameras on the back; and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
In Indonesia, the C3 is priced at Rp1,549,000 (around P5,748 or $113) while the one for the Thai market costs ฿3,999 (P6,456 or $127). Our guess is the smartphone will get a P6,000 ($118) to P6,500 ($127) price tag in the Philippines, considering that the Realme 5i 3GB/64GB variant is retailing at P6,990 ($137).
The Realme C3 has a lot going for it even if it’s for the entry-level market. It runs Android 10-based Realme UI, which we think is one of the best — if not the best — user interfaces.
The Realme C3 has a lot going for it, including Android 10-based Realme UI, Helio G70, and a 5,000mAh battery
The handset will also be the first to land on our shores with MediaTek Helio G70 — a new 12nm chip with 8 CPU cores, LPDDR4X RAM, and Mali-G52 graphics. It also comes with a big, 5,000mAh battery, so you won’t have to reach out for a charger often.
Available in red and blue colors with a design that reminds us of the 5i, the Realme C3’s camera setup on the back includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor mated to 2-megapixel depth and macro shooters. The front has a 5-megapixel selfie camera housed in a waterdrop notch at the top of the device’s 6.52-inch screen.
Realme C3 specs
- 6.52-inch waterdrop LCD display, 1,560 x 720 resolution (20:9)
- Octa-core MediaTek Helio G70 processor
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB expandable storage
- Triple 12-megapixel, f/1.8 (main), 2-megapixel (depth), 2-megapixel (macro) rear cameras
- 5-megapixel, f/2.4 front camera
- 5,000mAh battery with reverse charging
- Fingerprint sensor
- Realme UI based on Android 10
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