Another launch from Realme, another budget phone from Realme. After releasing more than a dozen phones this year, it appears that the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the world is finally showing signs of slowing down.
Continuing to increase prices every single launch, Realme has to offer a new phone at the same price point as the Realme 6i since the 7i was just way out of the budget. And alas, we got realme narzo 20, which is a lineup typically reserve for India’s market. But for the asking price of Php7,990, how does it stack up against other Realme devices?
What Are the similarities of realme narzo 20, C15, and 6i?
Realme phones don’t differ a lot from one another. They are large, thick, and, sometimes, identical, thanks to the squared camera module and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The same goes for the three budget devices, with only Realme 6i sporting a vertical strip on the back as it was released way back in March.
The similarities even continue to the front, where a mini-teardrop notch is still used to house the 8MP selfie camera (16MP for the 6i). Even for the display size and quality as you’re looking at 6.5″ diagonal IPS LCD with HD+ resolution. As for the spec sheet, except for the dedicated microSD slot, these devices offer slightly different packages.
Why Choose realme narzo 20?
realme narzo 20 comes with a suggested retail price of Php7,990. What you’re getting for the same price as the 6i’s base model is slightly better performance and a significantly bigger battery. The chipset from MediaTek is now Helio G85 — an incremental upgrade over the G80 — while being paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Unfortunately, the storage type is still eMMC 5.1, not the faster UFS.
From the backside of things, though the module appears as if it’s housing four sensors, there are only three usable cameras on the narzo 20 — 48MP f1.8, 8MP f2.3 ultrawide, and 2MP f2.4 macro. And while 4K recording still didn’t make the cut, 60fps on FHD appears to be enabled already. As for the 8MP selfie camera, your photos may appear a tad softer if you’re coming from the 16MP of the 6i.
For those with spotty Wi-Fi connection, the narzo 20 is more capable of maintaining internet speed at long distances due to its better modem. Perhaps, that may be the reason why Realme is aiming this phone at budget gamers, especially when there’s a 6000mAh battery to drain. Thanks to that large capacity, reverse wired charging is possible. You may have to wait a little longer, though, when recharging the phone as the charging brick is capped at 18W only.
Lastly, the narzo 20 has a new design that looks like frosted glass when, in reality, it’s actually textured polycarbonate. Furthermore, there’s a V pattern that signifies victory in every game, as Realme states.
Why Choose Realme C15?
There are two versions of Realme C15 on the local market — the Php6,490 with 3GB RAM and Php6,990 for the 4GB model — both with 64GB storage. It carries nearly all the features of narzo 20, except for the downgraded main camera and chipset.
At the core of the C15 is Helio G35, which isn’t really a chipset made for casual gaming. And, the 13MP won’t make anyone look good unless sufficient lighting is present. But, this phone still packs the same 6000mAh battery and 18W fast charging, albeit with a micro USB charger.
Perhaps, the only reason you’d get Realme C15 is you want that huge battery for not a lot of money. And we really can’t blame you, given you’re getting an amazing value for the price. However, you may want to reconsider this one as the company is holding a special sale for the narzo 20 that puts the C15 in a tight spot.
Why Choose Realme 6i?
Realme has a habit of keeping old phones on sale even when the newer version is already out on the market. In the case of Realme 6i, it’s easy to overlook this device since it’s the oldest out of the three. It’s nearly eight months old, and the stripe pattern on the back isn’t so refreshing anymore. But given the incremental nature of Realme phones, there’s a couple of reasons why you might opt for the 6i.
If you value selfies more than others, the 16MP selfie camera outputs the sharper-looking selfies compared to the two. While 8MP doesn’t seem to be too much of a downgrade, you’re still looking at twice the number of MP.
Another area you want to take a look at is the build; with the narzo 20 and Realm C15 packing 6000mAh batteries, that puts their thickness measurement to 9.8mm. Obviously, that’s only going to get thicker due to the added bulk of a case.
For the 6i with 9mm thickness, even if it only packs 5000mAh, it’s still a large capacity and can easily last up to two days worth of usage. You’ll find the 6i significantly more comfortable to use due to its slightly thinner and lighter form factor.
Which is the Best Phone between realme narzo 20, Realme C15, and 6i?
Much like any other phone that gets replaced, the new ones are always the better choice. In this case, it’s the narzo 20. The company further tempts you to buy it as the early promo lets you get the phone for as low as Php7,090. Interestingly, that’s almost the same price as Realme C15’s 4GB/64GB model. But on Lazada 11.11 Sale, the C15 will get a new price — Php6,490.
With that in mind, we think it’s better to take advantage of the narzo 20’s sale promo as the performance difference between it and the C15 is night and day.
On the other end, Realme 6i’s base model is going on sale from Php7,990 to Php7,390. But what’s interesting is the fact that the 4GB/128GB model in White Milk color will also be priced the same. Taking that into consideration, some of you may find the bigger storage more benefitting than a bigger battery.
|Specs||Realme C15||Realme 6i||realme narzo 20|
|Display||6.5″ HD+ IPS LCD, teardrop notch, Gorilla Glass 3||6.5″ HD+ IPS LCD, 20:9, teardrop notch, Gorilla Glass 3||6.5″ IPS LCD HD+, teardrop notch|
|Design||all-polycarbonate textured finish||splash resistant, all-polycarbonate frame||all-polycarbonate textured finish|
|Dimensions and Weight||164.5 x 75.9 x 9.8 mm, 209g||164.4 x 75.x 9.0mm, 195g||164.5 x 75.9 x 9.8 mm, 208g|
|CPU/Chipset||Octa-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53
/ MediaTek Helio G35
|Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) / Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm)||Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
/ MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)
|GPU||PowerVR GE8320||Mali-G52 MC2||Mali-G52 MC2|
|Storage||32GB/64GB eMMC 5.1 with dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB||64GB/128GB eMMC 5.1 expandable||64GB eMMC 5.1 expandable via microSD slot|
|Connectivity & Ports||4G/LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi b/g/n, GPS, audio jack, micro USB, wired FM radio||LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi b/g/n, GPS, audio jack, USB-C||4G/LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, audio jack|
|Security||face unlock, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner||face unlock, rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner||face unlock, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner|
|Battery||6000mAh (18W)||5000mAh 18W fast charging||6000mAh(18W)|
|Audio||mono speaker, aptX codec||mono speaker||mono speaker|
|OS||Android 10 with Realme UI||Android 10 with Realme UI||Android 10 with Realme UI|
|Colors||Marine Blue, Seagull Silver||White Milk, Green Tea||Glory Silver, Victory Blue|
|Price||P6,490 and P6,990||P7,990 and P9,990||Php7,990|
|Release Date||July 2020 (Indonesia), August 20, 2020 (Philippines)||March 2020 (Myanmar), May 15, 2020 (Philippines)||November 2020 (Philippines)|