Realme has launched its brand new Midrange device, C11. So in this article, I’ll be sharing you my thoughts in the form of Realme C11 review. There are a couple of good stuff about Realme C11 that I like and of course a couple of not good stuff as well.
So this is gonna be a very honest review of Realme C11. I just want to start off by saying this is an entry-level device, it costs Rs. 7,499 which is equivalent to about a $100.
So this is definitely a very affordable device, something that you might want to consider.
Realme C11 Box Contents:
1. Realme C11 handset
2. 10W charging adapter
3. Micro USB cable
4. SIM ejector tool
5. Quick Guide and documentation
Realme C11 Specifications
|Display||6.5 inches, HD+|
|Display Type||IPS LCD, 60Hz|
|Rear Cameras||13 MP + 2 MP|
|Front Camera||5 MP|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio G35|
|Software||Android 10, Realme UI 1.0|
Realme C11 Review: Design and Build
We have a completely redesigned back, there is a new square camera bump and below it we have much bigger Realme branding. I do like as the grippy matte finish of Realme C11, it helps to keep smudges away and it also have a kind of color shift effect.
There’s this smooth line strip that runs across the camera module and down the entire back which looks quite elegant.
That 5,000 mAh battery inside pushes the weight to 196g but it is kind of okay and it feels well distributed. The power and volume buttons are both placed to the right side which are nice and clicky.
As for the rest of the placements, we have a triple cut slot to the top left and to the bottom we have the headphone jack, microphone, micro USB port and a speaker.
You don’t have a fingerprint scanner here, no secondary mic either and the haptic feedback is also not good. But hey, we do get face unlock and that seems to work nice and fast.
Realme C11 Review: Display
We have a 6.5 inch mini drop fullscreen display, the resolution hasn’t changed, it’s still an HD+ panel but then that’s all we expect at this price. The bezel surrounding it a quite thin giving the Realme C11 and 88.7% screen to body ratio.
So we do get only 720p display here on the Realme C11 but the thing is the colors, viewing angles and even the brightness levels are pretty good.
I didn’t have any issues with browsing on this device, watching videos was actually a pretty pleasant experience. You could definitely see a couple of pixelations here and this is because it is a 720p display.
Performance and Gaming Review
It is an entry-level device but the processor is kind of underpowered. Realme C11 does come with MediaTek Helio G35 chip, it’s not as powerful as the Helio G70 inside Realme C3 but it is decent for this price point.
The Helio G65 is based on the same 12 nm manufacturing process as the Helio G70 on the Realme C3 and it also have the same screen size and resolution.
The performance on this device is kind of sluggish, for example when you try to launch apps you notice that it takes a few seconds to launch apps.
If you just want to jump from facebook to instagram or twitter, it will take you a couple of seconds to get these apps running. So definitely, it not the fastest device out here.
I know once again telling you that this is an entry-level device, so that’s why I say “you should manage your expectations” and don’t expect it to be like just fluid with the experience.
Realme C11 comes with only 32 GB of internal memory and 2GB of RAM, so Realme C11 does come with expandable memory, you can put a micro SD card in there.
It doesn’t feel quite smooth, I noticed a few stutters especially when opening up the multitasking menu or scrolling through webpages and chrome app.
So don’t really expect to game a lot on this device. It will run around PUBG. I’ve tested it out and it’s okay that definitely playable for this kind of device but the thing is you can only install like maybe two or three games.
You need to expand your memory, if you’re running out of space, the performance of Realme C11 will go down.
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Realme C11 Software review
Talking about software, Realme C11 comes with Realme UI based on Android 10. But when you boot this smartphone first time, you’ll get some apps pre installed like Helo and Clean master which is banned in India. That is something very disappointing with Realme C11 and Realme should do some homework on it.
I found the UI easy to use and this is somehow close to stock Android. The Settings app is well designed and you’ll not have to struggle to get to what you’re looking for. Realme UI also has features such as Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode and Dark Mode that makes your overall experience with Realme C11 better.
Realme C11 camera review
We do get a very interesting set of cameras here, we have a dual camera setup in here, the primary is a 13 MP snapper with an f/2.2 lens. The image quality coming out from Realme C11 actually kind of out of my expectations.
I expected the Realme C11 to come with some pretty poor kind of image processing but what I can say is that images are really good. I’ve actually sent it to my computer as well as my other devices and I notice that the images are actually very clear.
The daylight shows are very good and it’s very nice for editing if you like to take your images to the next level.
So taking images during the day is pretty good and taking images at night is also okay. I mean for this price range you can really expect that much, but yes I must say that the cameras on this Realme C11 are kind of like exceeded my expectations.
We even have a chroma boost option in Realme C11 that can help get more saturated images. What’s interesting is that Realme has included in night mode and here are a few sample shots. I don’t expect it to be as good as the flagship devices but for this price, it is something pretty good.
As for the second camera it’s a 2 MP depth sensor that helps with edge detection and we have portrait shots which consists of good amount of detail. The skin tones are decent too.
The notch of Realme C11 holds a 5 MP selfie shooter, the quality of selfies that this camera capture is really good for this price segment. Skin tones look natural and the detail levels are good enough for a 5MP sensor.
Battery and Charging
The next thing is the battery life, Realme C11 comes with a huge 5000 mAh battery in it. I’ve managed to get about two days with this on one single charge. So yes the charger that comes in a box is a slow charger, it’s not a quick charger. We still charge using micro USB and that’s not the coolest thing.
But yeah it works and it actually comes like I said with a huge battery, that’s enough to last you on two days with just one charge.
Realme C11 Price in India
The Realme C11 is priced at Rs. 7,499 and this is the price of one and only 2GB RAM and 32G storage variant. Realme C11 enters the market in two colour options namely, Rich Green and Rich Grey. I guess this for this price, Realme C11 is a pretty good smartphone.
Realme C11 Review: Conclusion
1. Solid battery life
2. Clean software
3. Decent display
1. Poor performance
2. Slow charging
3. Low on RAM and storage
With Realme C11, which has a great battery, clean user interface and fairly decent cameras that perform well under daylight conditions, Realme has managed to give a balanced device between affordability and decent internals. Those who want to buy a budget phone with exceptional battery life should consider the Realme C11.
Realme has a couple of devices in there under 10k price segment, there are smartphones like Realme C3 which comes with better internals. You can also also extended your price by 1,500 rupees and pick up Realme C3.
I think that’s pretty much it for this Realme C11 review. If you have any questions about Realme C11, feel free to leave them down in the comment section below.