The realme C55 is now available in the Philippines, marking the first time a budget Android phone with an iPhone-like Dynamic Island function, which the brand calls Mini Capsule, has arrived locally.
(Update, April 30: This is your last chance to get the new realme C55 in Rainforest color with up to P1,500 [$27] discount on TikTok!)
(Update, April 23: Our realme C55 review is finally up!)
That’s not all. The newly released model, which we unboxed here, is the first in the realme C series to come with a large 8GB/256GB memory configuration, a 6.72-inch 90Hz FHD+ display, and 33-watt SUPERVOOC charging technology. Recall that the previous iterations only had screens with up to 60Hz refresh rate and quick charging that goes up to just 18 watts. The features in realme’s flagship GT lineup and midrange number series have finally trickled into the company’s entry-level C lineup.
The realme C55 likewise packs a MediaTek Helio G88 chipset, a 64-megapixel dual-rear-camera setup, an 8-megapixel selfie shooter housed in a punch hole, and a 5,000mAh battery. There’s also support here for dynamic RAM expansion, taking the RAM all the way to 16GB.
The cameras are already fine-tuned with realme’s latest software algorithms, so users get to enjoy Bokeh Flare Portrait and AI Color Portrait modes, plus Street mode with adjustable focal lengths at 24mm, 50mm, and 120mm; new dedicated Street filters; and a toggled shortcut that automatically turns on the said function when the Volume Up key gets double-tapped, even when the handset is asleep.
The realme C55 is available in Sunshower, Rainy Night, and Rainforest colors and ships withAndroid 13-based realme UI 4.0, with over-the-air updates for added features on the Mini Capsule.
“As a budget-segment disruptor, this stylish champion does not settle for basic — we packed in powerful specs and unique features that are never before seen in the 10k segment,” said new realme Philippines vice president for marketing Jane Yan. “This year, realme is focused on providing our young customers with value; we want them to always get more than what they’re paying for.”
More details in this press release
Prices and online and offline offers
There are two realme C55 variants that have gone on sale in the Philippines. The base model is equipped with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; it is priced at P8,999 (roughly $160). The other, as mentioned earlier, has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It is retailing at P10,999 ($196).
But there’s a way for you to buy it for P1,000 ($18) less — meaning you can purchase the unit for P7,999 ($142) and P9,999 ($178), respectively. Just join the first wave of selling on realme’s TikTok Shop from 7:30 p.m. today, April 18. You’ll even have a chance to get freebies valued at up to P690 ($12) when you check out by 11:30 p.m. (yes, tonight).
How about on Lazada? The realme C55 will be sold on the platform beginning April 19, with free shipping for and a flash-sale discount of P1,000 ($18) on the two variants in limited quantities only, until April 21.
On the realme e-store, there’s a 5% upfront discount and a free TechLife Power Bank worth P799 ($14) for units purchased from April 19 to April 25.
Buying offline? There’s a free TechLife Power Bank for you, too. If you get the higher-priced realme C55, though, there’s an additional freebie for you — a pair of TechLife Buds Classic valued at P1,298 ($23). Take note also that the first 10 customers of realme’s 30 concept stores will get to bring home a realme Power Bank 2 (10,000mAh) worth P899 ($16). Again, that’s for free.
Wait, there’s more. If you join the brand’s #TheStylishChampion activity at the more than 100 select realme stores nationwide from the 19th to the 23rd, you might win items, such as the DIZO Star 500, TechLife Buds Classic, and realme Mobile Game Finger Sleeves.
realme C55 specs
- 6.72-inch LCD display, FHD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, 680 nits peak brightness
- 12nm MediaTek Helio G88 processor
- Mali-G52 MC2 GPU
- 6GB (can be dynamically expanded up to 12GB)/8GB (can be dynamically expanded up to 16GB) RAM
- 128GB/256GB storage, expandable by up to 1TB via a microSD Card
- Dual 64-megapixel main, depth rear cameras
- 8-megapixel front camera with Mini Capsule
- Side fingerprint reader
- 5,000mAh battery with 33-watt fast wired charging
- Realme UI 4.0 based on Android 13
- Color: Rainy Night, Sunshower
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