Realme C1 : The Entry Level Android Smartphone with a Good Camera System (Review)

The Realme C1 is a good entry level Android smartphone (below RM 500) with wide screen display, good camera system and durable battery.

ColorOS 5.1 comes with revised and cooler UI

The core specifications of the phone are:
  • Device Name: Realme C1
  • Model : RMX 1811
  • ColorOS version : v5.1
  • Android Version : 8.1.0
  • Processor : Qualcomm SDM450 Octa Core
  • RAM : 2 GB
  • Storage : 16 GB
The recommended market price is RM 449, the package includes a basic transparent phone protective case.

Realme C1 Unboxed

A few cool features:
  • Face recognition to unlock phone
  • Dual rear cameras - the benefit of having dual cameras on the rear is to achieve stereo photography - this allows the camera to simulate human binocular vision, and therefore gives it the ability to capture three-dimensional images.
  • Supports auto brightness setting - to mitigate battery drainage.
  • The camera is able to capture good photo in a scenario of indoor with lighting deprived setting.
  • WiFi signal strength is good enough - able to intercept signal across double floors separated by rooms.
  • Wide screen - 15.8cm (6.2’’) Notch Full Screen - supports good selfie and wefie.
  • Realme Clone Phone app quickly transfer medias (photos, videos, music), contacts and etc to your new phone - instruction can be found at the quick guide.
  • Smart Assistant - one-tap access to common functions, and one-step quick view of important information.
  • Smart Contact Search - each phone digit represents 3 characters ; for example 2 represents ABC, 3 represents DEF - to search for a person name LOVE, you just key in 5683.
  • The camera app offers many stickers for real-time decoration of selfies.

Dual rear cameras to support stereo photography capabilityAuto brightness adjustment setting

Face recognition unlock phone settingFace recognition unlock phone

Smart assistantSmart contact search

Dual micro SIM cards & one SD card Camera allows inserting stickers to selfie

  • The Qualcomm SDM450 Octa Core features eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores at up to 1.8 GHz - 8 cores means having guaranteed parallel CPU resources of up to 8 simultaneous process threads.
  • Supports double micro SIM cards and a SD card.
  • WiFi only supports 2.4GHz, but not 5GHz
  • 16 GB total storage - about 50% reserved for internal space (operating system) and 50% usable by users (apps, medias etc)
  • Built-in battery design - Non replaceable battery

Sample photo taken with Realme C1 (dual rear cameras) under constrained lighting setting  - to compare with iPhone SE single rear camera:

Photo taken with Realme C1 using dual rear cameras - a richer outcome

Photo taken with iPhone SE single rear camera - a plainer outcome