If we’re comparing Realme C11‘s specs with its closest available sibling on the market, that’s going to be Realme C2 2020. And if you’re going to check the local and online stores, the C2 2020 is no longer being sold. With the C11 already on the horizon, let’s see if it’s worth waiting for or if it’s better to purchase C2 2020 at a lower price right now.
Realme C11 and Realme C2 2020 Similarities and Differences
Which is the better buy between the Realme C11 and Realme C2 2020?
Design and Display
From the official images alone, Realme C11 already shows slimmer bezels around the display. Though the chin bezel seems to be as thick, the teardrop notch is obviously smaller. Perhaps due to the massive battery, the C11 now clocks in at 196g and 9.1mm. It’s a hefty phone compared to the 166g and 8.5mm of Realme C2 2020. There’s also a massive change in design, now with a clean, dual-tone pattern in what we presume to be in a textured finish. However, we do prefer the black and blue colors of the C2 2020 over the grey and green of C11. Regardless, we’re still looking at the same all-polycarbonate build. As for the winner, we have to give it to the C11 with its easy-to-grip narrower build.
If you’re coming from last year’s entry-level phone, you’ll need a bit of adjustment with the C11. The display is now at 6.5″ which is a significant jump from the 6.1″ of C2 2020. However, the panel is still of IPS LCD with HD+ resolution. Apparently, the Gorilla Glass 3 protection is no longer included. But if the phone will come with a pre-installed screen protector, that may not matter much. Nevertheless, the trend today is large displays, so we’re giving it to the C11.
Helio G35 vs Helio P22 — Though both chipsets are based on 12nm process with both PowerVR GE8320 GPU, the difference in letters in their monikers might mean more. The G stands for gaming while P, well, we feel like it’s for power. Despite the minor boost clocks the G35 offer, the better gaming experience could come in the form of software enhancements and added technologies. On top of that, the C11 is based on Android 10, running Realme UI already. Whereas the C2 2020 is still stuck on Android 9 Pie, running ColorOS 6 Lite.
As seen from listings, the C11 only carries 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Now, this is where the C2 2020 comes in with the advantage, having the option of 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. We have a feeling that the C11 might receive a model with bigger RAM and storage in the future. But for now, this is what we got. Furthermore, we’re still missing a fingerprint scanner.
Though we expect Helio G35 to perform expectedly, some might find the C2 2020 appealing due to the memory combo. However, we still have the C11 winning this one by a hair.
Don’t expect a massive improvement in cameras, since both phones are still sporting 13MP main sensor with 2MP depth lens. Video recording is still capped at 1080p@30fps, which is the same for the 5MP selfie camera. However, the biggest improvement is the addition of dedicated Night Mode. It means you can take brighter shots at night with good detail and color preservation. Obviously, the C11 takes this one.
There’s not a lot to compare when it comes to the phones’ south-firing speakers. However, you may get a better wireless audio experience with the C11. It supports aptX codec and Bluetooth 5 that allows for stronger connectivity at a longer range.
Battery and Charging
The main reason why the C11 is hefty is because of the 5000mAh battery. It’s a welcome exchange since getting two days worth of connectivity is possible. However, you have to charge the phone via USB-C at 10W.
While Realme C2 2020 is no longer available on the market, when it launched, it was priced at P5,490 for 3GB/32GB and P6,490 for the 3GB/64GB. Realme C11, on the other end, comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB only for RM429 or nearly P5,000, excluding taxes and fees. I guess even if the C11 arrives at the right price, you have to live with the tradeoff. But make no mistake, the C11 is a good entry-level phone for its specs.