Realme C11 is the latest in the brand’s C-line of budget phones. Over the years, we have witnessed Realme improving upon its “value for money” recipe. But times are changing and with it the consumer expectations. So, has Realme managed to pull it off again? Does the newcomer bring enough bang for the buck?
Let’s find out in this Smartprix review of Realme C11.
Starting off with the spec table:
Realme C11 Specs and Price in India
|Display||6.5 inches; 720 x 1600 px, 88.7% Screen-to-body ratio|
|Battery||5000 mAh, 10W charger|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio G35|
|Memory||2GB + 32GB (dedicated expansion slot for up to 256GB microSD)|
|Rear Camera||13MP main camera + 2MP portrait lens|
|Front Camera||5MP within a waterdrop notch|
|Software||Realme UI based on Android 10|
|Connectivity||Dual SIM, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB OTG, micro USB socket|
|Color||Rich Green and Rich Grey|
Realme C11 Unboxing
These are the box contents:
- realme C11
- 5V2A Adapter
- Micro USB Cable
- Warranty and info booklets
- SIM Card Tool
- Screen Protection Film (pre-applied)
On with the review now —
Realme C11 Design and Display
Realme C11 sports a similar textured surface to the Realme C3 (review), but with some newness. There is a striking strip along the left side touching the squircle camera module and the Realme logo. This new “Geometric Design” is a charmer with subtle hints of glow.
Flip to the front, and you have a 6.5-inch HD+ panel with a waterdrop notch up top. Except for the prominent bezel by the bottom, the rest of the borders are pretty restrained. Thus, you get an 88.7% screen to body ratio. Although the display suffers under harsh sunlight, the visuals from it are consumable indoors. Also, the touch response can be annoying at times.
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Rest, the build quality instills confidence in its durability. And an equally good feeling is to see the dedicated card slot and headphone jack. Right next to it lie a micro-USB port (I’ll venture out to say this — it’s high time we see USB-C everywhere) and the solo speaker grille (more on its quality later).
One thing you must have noticed by now is the lack of fingerprint scanner on C11. So, it’s either the not-so-reliable face unlock or the primitive route of pattern/pin/password.
And so we get to the…
Realme C11 Software and Performance
Like presumably every other Realme phones in 2020, the new entrant also flaunts Android 10 based Realme UI. Now, I can’t pinpoint it, but something’s off here.
Well, don’t get me wrong. It’s all love for what the UI brings forth like dark mode, enhanced screenshot tools, gesture navigation, nifty privacy measures, a multitude of customizations, and a lot more. But, within the scope of C11’s hardware, the interface just isn’t as snappy as we see on other Realme phones. I surmise the software is heavy with features and perhaps some trimming and tuning could fix it. Then again, you can’t have it all for an entry-grade price.
As for the underlying machinery, the Realme C11 carries the fresh born MediaTek Helio G35 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. The chip is said to deliver gaming in a budget. Well, I did the same by firing PUBG and Asphalt 9. The first person shooter pushed 25 FPS in smooth-medium and balanced-medium settings. The racing was also fine, albeit with low graphics and few frame drops.
Here are the benchmark results:
- Geekbench 4 Single-core: 905
- Geekbench 4 Multi-core: 4330
- PCMark Work 2.0 Performance Score: 5948
- 3DMark Slingshot Extreme OpenGL: 467
- 3DMark Slingshot Extreme Vulkan: 615
- Androbench Sequential R/W: 273.67/76.36 MB/s
- Androbench Random R/W: 59.04/42.14 MB/s
The phone bears 32GB of internal storage which will stay vacant only for so long. So, when you find its insufficient, slot in a memory card and expand the space up to 256GB.
Let’s now switch the focus to the optics.
Realme C11 Cameras
By the back of the Realme C11, you’ve got a 13MP+2MP duo, while the front houses a 5MP selfie snapper. The setup is reminiscent of the C-forefathers and the photos are what you’d expect at this price.
Please your eyes —
The results, as you can see, are fine for the part, albeit with some muted colors and details. You can punch the saturation with the so-called Chroma Boost mode.
The software-based zoom uses cropping (2x/5x) to capture distant objects with some sacrifice on the quality front. Nonetheless, its good to have options. Speaking of which, you also get features like Panorama, Expert mode, videography (720p / 1080p, @30fps), Timelapse, slo-mo, and Super Nightscape.
The Nightscape faintly brightens up the photos but loses out to chromatic noise.
Lastly, here’s how the faces fare:
Selfies were suitable for share with an okay bokeh. Just keep your expectations in check.
Incidentally one area, you don’t have to limit is in C11’s battery life —
Realme C11 Audio, Battery, and Connectivity
Realme C11 really flexes in the battery department. It helms a massive 5000mAh cell that can easily stretch for a day (about 8hr screen on time). But, when the bar glows red, the supported 10W charger will take up slightly more than 3 hours to fill.
These stats are with a single SIM in play. The rest of the connectivity paraphernalia includes WiFi, VoLTE, Micro-USB, OTG, GPS, and Bluetooth 5.0. Thanks to the last one, you can enjoy wireless music. Else pull out audio from the 3.5mm jack. Stick to either of the two as speaker output is tiny and weak.
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And at last, it’s time to hit the gavel.
Realme C11 Review Verdict with Pros and Cons
Realme C11 is appealingly cheap and has a lot to offer. For ₹7,499, you get a large display, solid design, long-lasting battery life, feature-heavy software, and the new gaming-focused Helio G35 processor. Thus, it manages the general use cases of the phone and more.
But it does come with some compromises. The most obvious one being the performance, or the lack thereof. While we weren’t expecting a high-end action here, but the performance limits it as a phone for basic users. Perhaps a lighter software could do the trick. We will know for sure once we pit it against the Redmi 9C that boards identical hardware.
So, if you are looking for a budget buy, you may consider C11, provided you can live with its tradeoffs.
- Sturdy and Stylish Design
- Long Battery Life
- Big Screen
- Graphic-intensive games are playable
- Sweeping slowness
- Poor speaker output
Realme C11 FAQ
What is the price of Realme C11?
The Realme C11 2GB + 32GB storage variant is priced at ₹7,499.
Where to buy the Realme C11?
Realme C11’s first sale will be on 22nd July 2020 via Flipkart and Realme.com.
Is the Realme C11 available offline?
Yes, the phone will be sold via offline stores too in the coming weeks.
What is the SAR value of Realme C11?
Realme C11 SAR Value is 1.007W/Kg (Head) and 0.656W/Kg (Body).
Does Realme C11 offer Gorilla Glass protection?
No, the Realme C11 does not come with Gorilla Glass protection.
Is Realme C11 display an AMOLED or LCD?
Realme C11 has an HD+ LCD screen.
Is there a notification LED on the Realme C11?
No, the Realme C11 doesn’t have a notification LED light.
Is there an IR blaster on the Realme C11 that can be used to control TVs and other devices?
No, there is no IR blaster on the Realme C11.
Does Realme C11 support MicroSD card storage expansion? Is it a dedicated slot?
Yes, there is support for dedicated expandable storage (up to 256GB) on the Realme C11.
Does the Realme C11 support USB OTG?
Yes, you can connect the external pen drive to the Realme C11 using the USB OTG feature.
Does the Realme C11 support VoLTE?
Yes, Realme C11 does support the VoLTE. However, there is no VoWiFi here.
Do Realme C11 support Camera2API and Google camera app (GCam)?
Realme C11 comes with Full Camera2API support. However, if there’s a working GCam build available out there is doubtful.