realme Philippines launched its 6th addition to their C series, their entry-level line up that packs a punch. The realme C1, C2, C3, C11, C15, and now the realme C12.
realme has gone far since it first released its first budget phone, the C1 in 2018. Here’s a quick comparison of how two years has changed their budget line up.
That’s quite an upgrade considering that the price has not changed. Both were launched at Php 5,990. From 2018 – 2020 you got a bigger screen, faster processor, additional RAM, more cameras, and a huge battery that’s already capable of reverse charging.
Here’s the unboxing:
Like all of its predecessors, realme always come up with new eye candy designs and colors. The realme C12 came with an attractive geometric gradient design at the back which made with plastic but feels premium. The design is splash resistant too.
The phone feels a bit heavy because of the massive battery capacity and bigger screen size. At the bottom you’ll see the speakers, the usb port, and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The power button and the volume rocker located at the right. Left side is where the triple card slot is. Two nano SIM and a dedicated micro SD card tray.
The speakers has a loud and decent sound quality but lacks bass. I suggest connecting it to a bluetooth speaker or use the 3.5mm audio jack for better output.
The processor and GPU did not disappoint, I didn’t get any lags while playing Asphalt 9: Legend but it was of course optimized to adapt to its processing power. But still, it was a great gaming experience from an entry-level phone.
From a dual camera set up in 2018, the latest realme C phone now comes with a triple rear camera. Selfie camera remained at 5MP.
The image results are good enough, the colors stand out, the dynamic range and contrast are ok. It’s decent enough to be shared online, even on instagram.
Selfie camera is still ok but definitely needs an upgrade. I hope that it gets it on the next model.
realme C12 comes with the latest version of Android (10) and realme UI 1.0. It’s not a complicated UI – easy to navigate, use, and customize. It has a features you’ll get from mid-range and flasghsip models like the split screen and app cloner. You’ll also be using realme Link a lot if you’ll be diving into the realme ecosystem (realme Band, realme Buds Air and more).
6000 mAh, the largest batter for an entry level smart phone I know. too large it allows to share the love and reverse charge. With a capacity like that, you’ll no longer worry about getting drained. You’ll need a separate cable if you want to use the reverse charging feature.
When realme C12 was launch it went live on Facebook for over 24 hrs with the timer running on the screen showcasing its battery life. It was insane.
realme C12 is a great phone considering that it’s an entry-level smartphone. It does have some room for improvements but it might affect the pricing which is what they are trying to avoid. Php 5,990 is worth it considering what you are getting form it – a large screen, a huge battery capacity, a gaming ready processor and GPU, and a decent camera.