When you have less than P6k budget to buy a smartphone today, two of the top options are the Redmi 7 and Realme C2. While on the surface, Redmi 7 is easily favored (partly due to the emergence of Redmi Note 7), there are a few reasons why you should try considering the Realme C2 over it.
Top 5 Reasons Why Realme C2 Is Better Than Redmi 7
1. More efficient chipset
Redmi 7 sports a more powerful Snapdragon 632 compared to the Helio A22 of Realme C2. If you’re the gamer type, you’ll consider the former (there’s no getting around that). But if your daily usage involves watching videos and updating your social media accounts, you’re better off with the latter. This is due to chipset efficiency. The A22 is based on 12nm node, a smaller processing node than the 14nm of SD 632. Due to the lower heat output, you can expect longer battery life out of the Realme C2.
2. Dedicated microSD slot
Having a dedicated microSD slot is seriously underrated. Smartphone owners are more than likely to have two SIM cards. For most devices, they sport hybrid SIM trays that let you choose either to use it for storage expansion or another slot for a secondary SIM card. But having the best of both worlds in a budget phone is very important. With limited storage, you will find yourself searching for a microSD card. That, while keeping your home and work phone numbers.
3. Lighter build
Owning a heavy phone means having that “premium” feel that we always love to point out. However, the design of smartphones in 2019 has improved drastically that you no longer need to feel that heftiness just to achieve that premium state. For someone who’s been using Note 9(201g) and the LG V20(174g), the latter is just so easy to handle and use especially one hand. And with Realme C2 having a smaller 6.1″ display that results into a very light 166g, your hands won’t feel tired by the end of the day.
4. AI Camera
Realme has been doing a great job in terms of AI camera processing. We’re very impressed by the way the company handles post-processing. It’s not over sharpened and the colors lean on the natural side without pushing too much saturation. Then there’s Chroma Boost Mode, advanced HDR processing from Realme. Again, it’s all about finding the right balance and not overdoing image processing.
5. AI Facial Unlock
If you think lack of privacy is a concern for a budget phone like Realme C2, well, you’re wrong. While it doesn’t come with a fingerprint scanner, it makes use of AI Facial Unlock. At this price point, it’s easily the most secure facial unlock feature thanks to 128 identification point. Instead of just recognizing flat images, the device recognizes different angles of your face for better security.
Realme C2 Full Specs, Philippine pricing, and release date
- Display: 6.1-inch IPS LCD notch screen, 720 x 1520 resolution
- Dimensions: 73.7mm x 154.3mm x 8.5mm, 166g
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie) with ColorOS OS 6
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor(12nm)
- GPU: PowerVR GE8320 graphics
- Memory & Storage: 2GB/3GB, 16GB/32GB + expandable storage via microSD of up to 256GB
- Rear Camera: 13 MP f2.2+ 2 MP f2.2 with AI features
- Front Camera: 5MP selfie shooter
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, microUSB 2.0, headphone jack
- Colors: Diamond Black, Diamond Blue
- Price: P5,490 official SRP 2GB + 16GB an P6,490 for 3GB + 32GB