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Realme C3 vs Realme 5i – Which one you should buy?

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The Realme 5i and the Realme C3 does have a large 5000mah battery capacity, a decent powerful chipsets and a nice camera. Now we got a hands-on on both phones, which will win the title the budget king? Can Realme 5i defend its title? Or realme C3 will be the new titleholder? Let’s find out

  Realme C3 Realme 5i
PriceP5,990P6,990
DesignFeature

Texture
Resistant
Sim
Jack
Weight
USB TYPE
Color
Fingerprint, Faceunlock
Plastic back
Gorilla Glass 3
Dual (nano-sim)
Yes
195
MicroUSB
Frozen Blue , Blazing Red
Feature

Texture
Resistant
Sim
Jack
Weight
USB TYPE
Color
Fingerprint, Faceunlock
Plastic back
Gorilla Glass 3
Dual (nano-sim)
Yes
195
MicroUSB
Blue, Green
DisplayType
Size
Notch
Stb ratio
Resolution
IPS LCD
6.52inch
Yes Dewdrop
89.9%
720p
Type
Size
Notch
Stb ratio
Resolution
IPS LCD
6.5inch
Yes Dewdrop
82.3%
720p
Rear CameraNumber
Camera


Feature
Video
3
12MP f/1.8 (wide)
2MP Macro
2MP Depth
Slow-mo
1080p 30fps
Number
Camera




Feature
Video
4
12 MP, f/1.8, (wide)
8MP 13mm (ultrawide)
2MP Macro
2MP Depth
Nightscape, UIS, Slow-mo
4k, 1080p
Front CameraNumber
Camera

Video
1
5MP f2.4

1080p 30fps
Number
Camera

Video
1
8mp f2.0

1080p 30fps
PerformanceCpu
Ram, Rom
Os

Gpu
Mediatek Helio G70
3gb, 32gb
Android 10.0 , Realme UI 1.0
Mali G52
Cpu
Ram, Rom
Os

Gpu
Snapdragon 665
3, 32 - 4gb 64gb
Android 9.0 Pie, Color OS 6
Adreno 610
BatteryCapacity
Charging
Charging time
5000mAh
10w
3hrs
Capacity
Charging
Charging time
5000mAh
10w
3hrs
AudioOutput
Stereo
Output
Stereo

Design

Both are protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and has a plastic back and plastic frame. The physical buttons along with the audio modules and ports are at the same spot. They both got a lovely design which they called a sunrise design. When illuminated by the light it is visible and eye-catching. realme c3 only has a triple camera, the quad-camera of the realme 5i stands out. What’s missing on the realme c3? The ultrawide angle lens and some camera features.

Display

Both phones have nearly identical specs in papers, they both have an IPS LCD panel on its 6.5inch screen, 20:9 screen ratio, and a max resolution of 720p. The realme C3 has a higher screen to body ratio of 89.9% compared to the realme 5i that has an 83.2% STB ratio. The quality of both screens are pretty much the same but the realme c3 got a higher brightness level compared to the 5i.

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Camera

Although both have a 12MP main shooter there are some features that realme c3 is lacking, like the ultrawide lens, nightscape, 4k video capture, and a stabilization. but to compare, both have the same quality but the colors are more precise in the realme 5i because of its Camera AI. The dynamic range on both phones isn’t bad at all. If you turn on the hdr mode you will see a slight difference in the shadows, the highlights were reduced down to see more details and the colors are more saturated.

They both got nearly natural colors but realme 5i has more contrast than the c3, thus giving the photo more depth and true to life images.

In lowlight shots, there is a difference between the color and white balance in the scene, as I mentioned the Realme 5i got its Camera AI that automatically adjust the scene mode of the photo and making it’s white balance more natural look and feel.

Moving on to macro shots, I noticed that it has a spherical bokeh which is good and the details are sharp however both shots have different contrast and depth.

Carry on to the Ultrawide lens which realme C3 doesn’t have, the hdr handling is incredible the shadows and colors were enhanced.

Taking you to the zooms you can see that the realme C3 handles the color pretty well, the realme 5i’s Camera Ai is struggling on the scene whether it will choose a solid color mode or a natural color mode. either way, the photos of both phones are less grainy even at max zooms.

Switching to the front camera

realme 5i got a 8mp front camera while realme c3 only has a 5mp lens, however,  I like how the colors are processed on the realme C3 the skin tone is more natural although in terms of sharpness I’ll pick the realme 5i. You will notice deep blacks in the realme C3 resulting in loss of details in the dark parts of the photos.

Both phones can easily handle the bokeh effect in portrait mode but again the skin tones are less likely the same.

Turning on the HDR mode in the selfie shooter, you will see the main difference between the white balance and the colors of the skin tones. Realme C3 is more likely saturated and warmer compare to the realme 5i but the realme 5i is sharper.

Moving on to the video capture, realme 5i can offer up to 4k resolution video recording while c3 only shoots at 1080p 30fps. The realme 5i got a stabilization when shooting at 1080p both back and front. The two devices can shoot 120fps slow-motion but the resolution was reduced down to 720p. The realme 5i got a Nightscapes feature so you can take low light shots while realme c3 on the other hand, can shoot decent lowlight also, however, realme 5i wins in terms of camera features and flexibility.

Now let’s talk about the performance

Realme 5i is powered by Snapdragon 665 plus Adreno 610 GPU with a 3gb of ram while realme c3 has a Mediatek Helio G70, Mali G52 GPU and with a 3gb of ram variant. Realme 5i runs in Android 9.0(pie) and a Color Os 6 while Realme C3 runs in Android 10.0 with a realme UI right out of the box.antutu benchmark realme c3 vs realme 5i

Both phones are pretty fast but we can feel the processing power of the realme C3 more. It offers smooth gameplay thanks to its Helio G70 processor. In Pubg, it is on high settings by default, playing games on both phones are good but in a sense, you can play smoothly with high graphics on realme c3. On the asphalt 9, if we try to max out our settings in realme 5i there’s a lot of frame drops and stuttering, especially when there are special effects playing in the scenes, realme c3, on the other hand, is running smoothly even at max settings. Clearly the realme c3 is the king of gaming between the two.

Battery

In terms of battery capacity, both have a large 5000mah battery that can be charged with a 10w power brick. It has almost the same charging time of 3hrs. and I can say both phones are pretty solid in their battery capacity, you can play all day long.

Audio

Stereo speakers on the realme 5i produce less sound compare to realme c3 but overall sound qualities of both phones are decent and loud.

Watch: REALME C3 VS REALME 5i – Which one you should buy?

Overall

Since I am a hardcore gamer that loves camera flexibility like the DSLR, for me it’s pretty hard to choose what I’m going to use. Because these phones specs are balanced, they either lacking something but powerful in that category, or vise versa. If you are a hardcore gamer I recommend you get the realme C3, on the other hand, If you love creativity, the quad-camera of realme 5i is the best option for you. But at the end of the day, they are both a midrange budget phones and they are affordable.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The pricing is not correct, the C3 is priced at P5,9990 (Lazada) while the Realme 5i is P6,990 (Shopee) you have them backwards. Also, the C3 is not a mid range device, but entry level or budget (hence the ‘C’ line of Realme are all budget devices).

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