Another Realme C series has been added to the market list in the Philippines. The Realme C15 an affordable entry-level smartphone with decent performance and added feature and of course, with added price compare to Realme C12. This newest Realme C15 still has a huge 6000mAh battery, an entry-level gaming chipset–Helio G35. And comparing this to the C12, it has larger storage–64GB internal memory, quadruple-camera on the rear, and more.
|Marine Blue, Seagull Silver|
|Display||6.5″ IPS LCD|
|720 x 1560, 20:9 ratio|
|270PPI, 81.7% STB|
|Camera||13MP f/2.2 (Main)|
|8MP 119° Ultrawide|
|Performance||Mediatek Helio G35 (12nm)|
|Power VR GE8320|
|Android 10, realmeUI 1.0|
|expandable storage (up to 256gb)|
- Large Battery Capacity
- Decent Storage
- Tall and Huge Screen
- The retro lens might not be useful
- Needs an AI camera
Designs of the new C series are identical, square-shaped camera module, small embossed straight lines that add extra grip, polycarbonate plastic back texture, and a fingerprint scanner in the middle. Unlike Realme C12 the cameras of the Realme C15 are all placed inside the module. However, the single LED flash is now located outside the module below. While it doesnt feel slim and light, it feels solid and sturdy because of its built.
The Realme C15 comes in two different colors–Marine Blue and Seagull Silver. What we have on hands-on is the Marine Blue. The texture in the back is matted while the camera compartment isn’t that big and it doesnt wobble on a flat surface. Looking on the frame, still, it has a plastic frame but the overall button placements are more aesthetic as they combined the power and volume rocker in one location–Right side. Then a dual sim slot and expandable storage on the left. Underneath is a 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, micro-USB, and speaker grille. The overall build is great and robust it doesnt look as premium as other phones but it feels like it can last more years.
Switching to the front, we get a 6.5″ IPS LCD HD+ (720×1560) screen. The display ratio is 20:9 that’s why we get a taller device. It also houses a single cam on its outdated dewdrop notch. The viewing experience is great, colors are sharp and true to life. Though still a 720p display? On its price range we dont have complaints and even its not as sharp as the 1080p displays, in return, we get a stable performance because of its smaller resolution. It will process less hence the CPU and GPU will have no problem running apps on the device.
The Realme C15 is equipped with quintuple cameras, a quadruple setup on the back, and a single 8MP front camera. The back camera consists of 13MP f/2.2 main cam, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP B/W and 2MP Retro lens.
The retro lens is something new to my ear, so I dive deeper into its camera app and we found an unusual setting on the filters which is the two retro filters. Our conclusion here is based on the loading time as it looks like it switching lenses when you pick those filters, so we concluded that this was the use of the retro lens.
The quality of the main cam is good. The white balance is in cooler temperature. The dynamic range is fairly good also. If it outputs an underexposed shot just turn the HDR mode to get a balanced exposure adding the chroma boost while shooting gives a vibrant color.
Moving on to ultrawide it creates color noise around the lens which is not that quality-wise, however, turning on HDR will drastically improve the quality so we suggest turning on HDR while shooting ultrawide to give the best color, contrast, and exposure. Ultrawide offers 119˚ FOV and that’s wide enough compared to its competitors in the same price range.
Now switching to depth-sensing or portrait mode, we get a bokeh slider on the camera app to adjust how blurry the subject was. Subject to background separation has 97% accuracy and it creates an almost natural shallow depth of field. It also outputs a natural-looking photo though it has less contrast reducing the depth. The noticeable output is that the photo is bright.
Video recording on the rear cam is decent and it only has a 720p-1080p 30fps option and sadly no EIS or the Stabilization. Colors though are natural-looking and sharp. The video outputs are acceptable for social media sharing.
Switching now to the front-facing camera. It outputs a pinkish skin tone but sharpness is present. With the help of portrait mode and the bokeh slider, we get shallow background blur with 97% accuracy subject to background separation. Video recording on the front cam offers 1080P with 30fps.
For the camera features, we get a night mode that enables you to shoot on the main cam and ultrawide, bokeh slider in portrait mode, slow motion and expert mode that shoots up to 16s shutter speed with a max 6400 ISO. Camera features are reliable and its good to have it here.
After the release of the Realme C15, one question comes in my mind–what is the difference between Realme C15 and other newest C series–C11 and C12? If you look at our specs comparison you will see that the number of cameras, memory configuration, and battery are only the differences. Still, Realme C15 is powered by Mediatek Helio G35 12nm architecture with 3GB ram and 64GB internal storage. It also comes with a 4GB+64GB configuration. One noticeable spec we first noticed was the 64GB memory, and it is a good offer. Bigger storage to store apps and games compared to the last month’s C11.
The device is running on Android 10.0 with Realme UI on top. It has reliable features such as dark mode, double tap to sleep/wake, raise to wake function, and split-screen. It also has secure biometrics, a fingerprint sensor, and face unlock. Combined it to raise to wake function and you will get a seamless unlocking experience.
In terms of gaming, we have a gaming test on this device if you want to check how was the performance, click this link. About using apps for productivity for online classes, the device can handle multitasking and has a decent performance in zoom meetings, uploading files on a cloud drive, and creating or editing images on photo editing apps.
We tested its battery by doing a battery drain test on both heavy usage of straight gaming while in performance mode, It endures 8hrs and 47mins. Then we tested it again in multitasking, video loop test with gaming, and benchmarking we get an impressive result of 10hrs and a half screen time. While this device has a 6000mAh battery the 18W fast charging capability is still longer to charge but at least we get fast charging capability compare to the Realme C12 with 10W on its 6000mAh. Juicing up took 2hrs 48mins from 0-100%.
The audio is somehow bassy but it needs some balance on the mid-tones. The sound is good and loud with a little bit distortion on max volume.
The device’s performance is decent and bang for the buck and here’s why the budget Helio G35 chipset gives an acceptable performance while compensating the needs to function. Means the display–720p–which process less plus the clean and lighter Realme UI and the 64GB memory, these specs are perfectly suites in the overall performance of the G35. Add the whopping 6000mAh battery and yes a full package that is great for online classes, casual gaming, and day to day use. Realme C15 has a starting price of PHP 6,490 (3GB/64GB) and PHP 6,990 (4GB/64GB).