Realme has unfurled new entry-grade smartphones for the summer under its C-lineup. Out of the three phones released, here, we will be sizing up the one named Realme C25. It tries to attract budget buyers with its ginormous 6000mAh battery, MediaTek’s gaming-focused Helio G70 chipset, Android 11 based Realme UI 2.0, and TÜV Rheinland rating for “High Reliability”. For the uninitiated, the brand has partnered with the German-based Certification association to ensure its devices meet relevant quality standards. Good. We will see how that manifests in reality among other things that make up this machine.
So, let’s cut to the chase. This is Smartprix’s first look at the Realme C25, and these are the specs that we are about to scrutinize here.
Realme C25 Specs and Price in India
|Dimensions and Weight||164.5mmx 75.9mmx 9.6mm; 209 grams|
|Display||6.5 inches; 720 x 1600 pixels, 60Hz, LCD, 480 nits|
|Battery||6000 mAh, 18W charger|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio G70|
|Memory||4GB LPDDR4x + 64/128GB (dedicated expansion slot up to 256GB)|
|Rear Camera||13MP main camera + 2MP Macro (4cm) lens + 2MP depth; up to 1080p @ 30fps|
|Front Camera||8MP within a waterdrop notch|
|Software||Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11|
|Connectivity||Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB OTG, USB-C port|
|Colors||Watery Grey / Watery Blue|
|Price||4+64GB: Rs. 9,999|
4+128GB: Rs. 10,999
Realme C25 Unboxing
- USB Type-C Cable
- 9V2A – 18W Adapter
- SIM Card Needle
- Phone Case
- Screen Protect Film
- Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card
- Realme C25 Design and Display
- Realme C25 Audio, Calls, and Connectivity
- Realme C25 Helio G70, Realme UI 2.0, and 6000mAh battery
- Realme C25 Cameras
Realme C25 Design and Display
Although there is no harmless way of testing the touted quality standards, I can tell you from just holding the device, that it is built strong. As soon as I took it out of the box, I passed it to my brother and he echoed how sturdy and comfortable it feels. Now, I can’t be sure how big of a difference it has made over the pre-TÜV Rheinland releases.
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Anyway, I like the textured touch by the back, the rear placement of the fingerprint scanner, angular edges, and the tactility of the buttons on them. The dual-tone finish, as well as the reflective patterns on the back surface, are very subtle. The camera setup also sits rather flushed. The aforementioned biometric reader along with the face unlock works satisfactorily. My only suggestion, if you may, for future models, is to position the buttons on separate sides. This could benefit reachability. Not that it is challenging here. It is just that the left side is bare save for the triple card slot.
What is actually bare is the top side. So, the device comes with a single mic at the bottom, along with a solo speaker grille, a USB-C socket, and a 3.5mm jack.
Coming to the front, there is a 6.5-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution. There is basic and functional without any fancy traits. It is decently visible outdoors and should be fine indoors for day-to-day interfacing and media consumption.
Realme C25 Audio, Calls, and Connectivity
The audio from the speaker outlet is as expected thin. So, plug in your earphone, and whence you do, (bonus tip) try out the Real Sound Equalizer within the settings that’s powered by Dirac technologies. I always switch between Smart and Game profiles.
Call quality was alright. You get VoWiFi option too.
As for other connectivity features, the list includes dual 4G VoLTE, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS.
Realme C25 Helio G70, Realme UI 2.0, and 6000mAh battery
Realme C25 packs the Helio G70, which is a proven performer and we have seen it several other phones (incl. Realme’s own) in the previous year. The chip is based on a 12nm manufacturing process, and has eight cores with the max performance clocked at 2 GHz. This is complemented by Mali G52 GPU and MediaTek’s HyperEngine Game enhancements. I look forward to test the popular titles on this.
The phone is made available in two configurations comprising 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM and either 64/ 128GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. You can further expand it up to 256 gigs using a micro-SD card.
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It is also good to see Realme UI 2.0. The Android 11 based skin brings a lot of customization and privacy-centric features for a refreshing and reliable user interface. I speak from my experience using other Realme phones recently. In the short time, I’ve had it, I have quickly cycled through many of these software tricks and treats.
On the battery-front, this thing’s a monster. 6000mAh. That should extensively juice your device, something which we’ll be putting to test. In any case, even the supplied 18W charger boosts our confidence as a backup.
Realme C25 Cameras
Then there are the cameras — triple at the back (13MP main+ 2MP Macro (up to 4cm)+ 2MP (depth) and one on the front (8MP). You get to record 1080p videos at 30fps from both ends.
While we will divulge into the details later, here are some quick shots to give you an idea of what to expect.
The shutter speed is quick. There is up to 5x digital zoom, HDR, Chroma Boost, Google Lens, Night Mode, Portrait mode (also on the front), Slo-mo, Time-Lapse, Expert mode, Panorama, Macro mode, and some filters to try. We shall.
But for now, here’s a snapshot of our initial thoughts about this device —
Realme C25 First Impression
From the initial look of it, Realme C25 appears to be consistent with the core competencies of a budget phone. It has got a biggie big battery (w/ fast charger), a fairly powerful processor, a healthy set of connectivity options, and TÜV Rheinland certified physique. The rest of the exterior, style-wise is pretty basic, so much as the screen, sound, and camera sensors. Now testing all of these require time. And once done, we will be back with a full-fledged evaluation of the value at offer here. As you know, the first date of sale is set for April 16. So expect our Realme C25 review before that.