The brand new Realme C11 comes as an answer to the issue of rising costs throughout the trade. It’s priced at Rs. 7,499, and is positioned under the Realme C3, which till now was the corporate’s most reasonably priced entry-level cellphone. The price range finish of the market, which is perpetually squeezed by way of margins and adaptability, is in fact the worst hit by price revisions. In case your price range is lower than Rs. 10,000, even a distinction of Rs. 500 between fashions and variants might swing your choice.
The Realme C3 (Review) was launched beginning at Rs. 6,999 in the beginning of this yr, however a number of revisions later the identical unit now prices Rs. 8,999. The very related Narzo 10A (Review) was meant to be a step up, however its worth of Rs. 8,499 introduced in Might has now turn into Rs. 8,999 as effectively. That has not solely brought about confusion, but additionally left a spot on the backside of the market to be stuffed.
It is unlucky that you do not get as a lot in your cash anymore, however the previous few years have seen such intense competitors that the general normal for the price range phase has risen significantly, and you need to nonetheless have the ability to get an excellent deal. Is the Realme C11 the correct cellphone on the proper time? Learn on to search out out.
Realme C11 worth and specs
There’s just one configuration of the Realme C11 on the time of launch, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and it’ll price you Rs. 7,499. Realme has used the brand new MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, which is touted as a “mainstream gaming” answer. Apart from these core specs, the C11 has lots in frequent with the C3 and Narzo 10A. You get a really related 6.5-inch 720×1600-pixel HD+ display, and a 5000mAh battery.
The first rear digicam has a 13-megapixel decision, in comparison with 12 megapixels on its two siblings. That may appear to be a slight enchancment, however the aperture is down from f/1.Eight to f/2.2 which suggests it might’t absorb as a lot gentle per publicity. The entrance digicam is unchanged at 5 megapixels and f/2.4.
This can be a dual-SIM system with help for VoLTE. It solely helps single-band Wi-Fi however there’s Bluetooth 5. You get all the standard sensors together with a compass and gyroscope. Storage could be expanded by as much as 256GB utilizing a microSD card within the devoted slot. One notable omission is that there isn’t any fingerprint reader, similar to with the Realme C3.
Realme C11 design
So far as price range telephones go, I believe the Realme C11 appears fairly good. It has lots in frequent with different price range Realme telephones, and as normal, you would not simply have the ability to inform them aside taking a look at them from the entrance. The display takes up practically all the face of the cellphone, however there is a pretty thick chin and a waterdrop notch on the high. My evaluation unit had a pre-applied adhesive scratch protector that did not fairly attain the corners of the display.
You’ve a alternative between Wealthy Inexperienced and Wealthy Gray, that are each muted and impartial sufficient to swimsuit everybody. At this worth stage, there are not any shiny finishes or gradients. The physique is made totally of moulded plastic, and the rear does have a really refined texture of wavy strains, apart from a thick stripe that runs vertically by way of the digicam bump. I just like the impact, and it helped with grip, however I additionally noticed tremendous particles of mud and dirt getting trapped within the ridges as I used the cellphone.
Realme has lastly modified the usual rectangular digicam module that we have seen on a number of fashions now, getting in for a sq. form this time. There are solely two cameras, so this was clearly performed primarily for model, however it works. I am not a fan of the outsized Realme brand although, and you aren’t getting a case within the field with this cellphone to cowl it up.
The quantity buttons are above the facility button on the correct, which is uncommon for Realme. The corporate continues to make use of the Micro-USB normal on its price range telephones, and it is about time to maneuver on. There’s additionally a 3.5mm audio socket and a single speaker on the underside.
Weighing 196g and measuring in at 9.1mm thick, the Realme C11 is comparatively cumbersome. I discovered one-handed use a bit troublesome, however the textured rear makes it straightforward to shuffle this cellphone round within the palm with out worrying that it would slip. It would not seem like an costly cellphone, however the construct high quality is stable and I could not discover any fault with the development high quality or end. I’d have preferred bolstered glass on the entrance, although.
Realme C11 software program and utilization
Realme’s software program is usually problem-free, in comparison with what another producers load onto telephones, particularly within the price range phase. I did not have bother with ads or annoying notifications, apart from a couple of clickbait “information” articles pushed by the Realme UI browser. Contemplating that Chrome is on the homescreen, there isn’t any want for this browser in any respect, however I could not disable or uninstall it.
The evaluation unit that Realme despatched out had some preloaded bloatware, together with at the very least one app that is now banned in India. Realme clarified to Gadgets 360 that some batches of the C11 had been manufactured and packaged earlier than the ban was introduced. Whereas some early clients may also see these non-functional icons, the apps in query have been faraway from items shipped out later.
The opposite preinstalled apps embody Doc Vault in your DigiLocker account, Realme Paysa for private loans and insurance coverage (which requires permission to always monitor your messages and placement), Realme Hyperlink to handle varied Realme equipment and get after-sales service, a Realme Retailer app for getting merchandise, and Realme Neighborhood for firm updates and boards. Many of those apps have overlapping capabilities, however some could be uninstalled.
Realme UI appears and behaves very similar to inventory Android, and there are some customisations together with themes. Past the standard Android 10 options, you possibly can change the icon grid density, regulate icon model, and activate some gestures to make utilizing the massive display simpler. Inside the Settings app you will discover choices for split-screen multitasking, app cloning, sport optimisation, privateness safety, and gestures. One neat contact is the power to share your music with another person by utilizing Bluetooth and wired headsets concurrently.
Realme C11 efficiency and battery life
Being an entry-level smartphone, the Realme C11 enables you to run no matter Android apps you need, however the expertise may not all the time be nice. I noticed and felt some hesitation each time I did even easy issues like waking the cellphone from standby and pulling up the app drawer or process switcher. There may be noticeable lag not simply when launching and multitasking between apps, but additionally when scrolling by way of pictures within the gallery. It is disappointing that the utilization expertise wasn’t smoother.
Benchmark scores revealed that the mixture of the Helio G35 SoC and 2GB of RAM is just barely ample for an entry-level cellphone. Scores had been round what we noticed from the Realme C2 and Redmi 7, which are actually pretty dated. I logged a rating of 104,616 in AnTuTu, and Geekbench crashed regardless of repeated makes an attempt to run it. The essential 3DMark Sling Shot graphics take a look at managed solely 844 factors, and GFXBench’s T-rex take a look at additionally solely managed to run at 33fps.
In the event you’re anticipating to run current-day video games, you will want a better price range. PUBG Cell defaulted to its lowest graphics setting however was nonetheless uneven, with plenty of glitches and texture pop-in. There was even lag within the menus. PUBG Cell Lite was smoother, although. Asphalt 9: Legends additionally took some time to load, and there was stuttering throughout races as effectively. The gaming expertise general wasn’t nice, however at the very least the cellphone did not get scorching in any respect.
The display is fairly good contemplating the worth of this cellphone. Colors are moderately punchy and viewing angles are greater than ample. Movies look tremendous, however the speaker just isn’t all that good. Music sounded tinny and harsh, and I discovered that even dialogue was vague in lots of cases.
Alternatively, battery life is superb. The low-end processor, coupled with the 5000mAh battery, delivered an outstanding 28 hours, 25 minutes in our HD video loop battery take a look at. With on a regular basis utilization, involving plenty of audio and video streaming, some digicam use, and a little bit gaming, I used to be in a position to make the C11 final a day and a half earlier than needing to plug it in to cost.
Realme C11 cameras
My expectations clearly need to be in examine when reviewing a low-cost cellphone. There are a couple of modes and choices reminiscent of Panorama, Time Lapse and Slo-mo, and Realme boasts that the C11’s Night time mode is a primary for this worth phase. As with the whole lot else on this cellphone, the digicam app would not load very quick which could make it laborious to take spontaneous pictures.
Photograph high quality is considerably disappointing, although as soon as once more we’ve got to contemplate the worth level that Realme has achieved. Color gradients and textures aren’t rendered all that effectively, and element is certainly misplaced in finer objects. Flowers and leaves did not all the time look pure, and we additionally noticed how the C11 can wrestle with exposures when there are pronounced highlights and shadows in the identical body.
Portrait pictures had properly blurred backgrounds however publicity was poorer. There’s additionally no option to regulate the blur earlier than or after taking a a shot. Among the close-ups we took got here out surprisingly effectively. Total, pictures look adequate on the cellphone’s display and likewise you possibly can enlarge and crop a little bit, however you can see the issues very simply at 100 p.c scale.
With regards to low-light pictures although, the Realme C11 actually struggled. A number of of our samples had been too murky to make out something in any respect, although some had been acceptable. The cellphone had bother locking focus and we might need to faucet the display once more after any motion.
Night time mode did make an enormous distinction, however surprisingly, not all the time for the higher. The cellphone did nonetheless have bother focusing, and the outcomes are barely cropped so it’s important to take note of body composition. Night time mode pictures had a lot better distinction and vivid elements of the body had been sharper. Alternatively, particulars in darkish areas had been typically misplaced, and as well as, noise was additionally worse. You would possibly discover a evening shot taken with out Night time Mode to be extra helpful.
Video is recorded at 1080p by default. It isn’t too dangerous, however colors are positively not very vibrant and particulars are simply common. Any movement whereas recording video, even sluggish panning, brought about the publicity to fluctuate and a few odd artefacts. Stabilisation is totally non-existent. Footage shot at evening is ineffective except there’s a supply of synthetic gentle instantly over your topic. The entrance digicam takes moderately good pictures within the daytime however not at evening, even in a well-lit room.
After an extended interval of reductions and worth wars between smartphone producers, we’re seeing prices rise throughout the trade. A number of fashions have had their costs elevated simply weeks or months after launch, which in fact signifies that plenty of calculations and comparisons need to be reworked earlier than you can also make a shopping for choice. It’s no doubt irritating that the Realme C11 is dearer and fewer highly effective than the Realme C3 and Narzo 10A had been on the occasions of their launch.
We might have preferred higher efficiency, and it is clear that 2GB of RAM is inadequate – particularly since this implies an replace to the total Android 11 expertise can be inconceivable. Utilization is not clean with the C11, however you can run many of the apps you want. The digicam is unexciting, however serviceable.
In context of the brand new actuality of right now, that is nonetheless an honest entry-level cellphone. Nevertheless, you will get a much better expertise when you can spend a little bit extra and decide up the Realme Narzo 10A as an alternative. As well as, you possibly can anticipate Xiaomi’s upcoming Redmi 9 collection, or contemplate lately launched price range fashions from Samsung, Infinix, and Honor.
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