After its launch in India, Realme officially lands in the Philippines along with its entry-level handset, the Realme C1. The sub-brand of OPPO promises stylish designs with a powerful performance at very affordable price tags – which definitely suit the taste of the millennials.
Now that we got our hands on the first Realme smartphone that entered the Philippine market, here’s our unboxing and first impression of the device.
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What’s inside the box?
The Realme C1 comes in a white minimalist box with red design. There’s a huge “C1” in a red font color printed at the center of the box. Underneath it is a red bar with the brand’s name, emphasizing the word “real”. The name of the device can be seen at both sides of the box.
Opening the white box, you’ll get the Realme C1, a wall adapter, a microUSB 2.0 cable, a protective case, some documents, and a SIM ejector pin.
The Realme C1’s body is made out of Polycarbonate and comes in a very plain and ordinary design. We got a black variant of the Realme C1 and as you can see, there’s nothing flashy on its design. No gradient or vibrant hues on its rear – it may be one of the ways to keep this handset at a lower cost.
Going to its dimensions, the Realme C1 measures 156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm, and weighs only 168g. Despite its large display, the C1 is lightweight and offers great ergonomics.
On the rear part of the handset, you’ll find the dual rear cameras and the branding at the bottom. Unfortunately, there’s no fingerprint scanner mounted on its rear. Moving on to the bottom bunk of the handset -there’s the speaker grille, the microUSB port, a microphone, and the headphone jack. The power/wakeup button is located at the right side of the C1 while the volume rockers are at the left.
The Realme C1 sports a 6.2-inch notched display, with a screen resolution of 720 x 1520, 271ppi density, and a19:9 aspect ratio. Protecting the screen is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Its screen doesn’t offer the brightest display in the market but managed to produce a good color representation when we tried watching some movie trailers. The color also doesn’t change when viewed from different angles. However, it’s a little hard taking pictures in extreme broad daylight due to its decent screen brightness.
Going to its optics, the Realme C1 features a dual 13 MP, f/2.2, AF + 2 MP, f/2.4, rear cameras with depth sensor. For taking selfies, there’s a 5 MP, f/2.2 selfie camera. Here are some sample photos:
Under the hood, the C1 is powered by Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 with an Adreno 506 GPU. For its storage, it has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which is also expandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD. This handset runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS OS 5.2 and is fueled by a large 4230 mAh battery pack. We’ll surely test this handset from its viewing experience down to its performance (So, stay tuned for our full review and some comparisons!)
Price and Availability
The Realme C1 retails for PHP 5990 and will be available exclusively in Lazada. There will also be a special flash sale of the Realme C1 on Lazada this coming December 5 (12NN) and get the device for only PHP 5490.
- Display: 6.2-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1520, 271ppi, 19:9 ratio, Gorilla Glass 3
- Dimensions: 156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm, 168g
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS OS 5.2
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450
- GPU: Adreno 506
- Memory: 16 GB, 2 GB RAM + dedicated microSD, up to 256 GB
- Rear Camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, AF + 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
- Front Camera: 5 MP, f/2.2
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4230 mAh battery
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, microUSB 2.0, headphone jack
- Price: official P5,990 Philippine price and P5,490 via Lazada flash sale