Realme C21 Review: Android on a Budget

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When the Realme C12 was launched alongside the C15 final 12 months, the 2 smartphones seemed very related on paper and but commanded very totally different costs. In 2021, the producer has introduced down the costs of each smartphones’ successors. The Realme C25 (Review) has a quicker MediaTek Helio G70 processor, whereas the Realme C12’s successor, the C21, now begins at an entry-level worth of Rs. 7,999.

It might appear to be a gorgeous worth, however Realme has shuffled issues a bit. The Realme C21 affords a smaller 5,000mAh battery (as a substitute of 6,000mAh on the C12) and replaces the 2-megapixel monochrome digital camera with a 2-megapixel macro one. On a regular basis efficiency has not modified, as a result of the Realme C21 sticks to the identical MediaTek Helio G35 processor because the C12. Nonetheless, the Realme C21 nonetheless affords an honest Android expertise for anybody on a decent price range, so long as you do not demand an excessive amount of from it.

Realme C21 worth in India

The Realme C21 is priced in India at Rs. 7,999 for the bottom 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant, and at Rs. 8,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage possibility. Each variants can be found in Cross Blue and Cross Black finishes. There’s additionally the Realme C20, which is sort of equivalent besides that it’s obtainable solely with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and has a single rear digital camera. It’s priced at Rs. 6,999.

Realme C21 design

The Realme C21 seems to be fairly much like the C12 when it comes to general design, with all three cameras and the LED flash positioned neatly inside a square-shaped digital camera module. The smartphone’s physique is product of plastic and incorporates a texture with tremendous grooves on the again, which affords a very good grip.

Because of this matte end, the again panel didn’t choose up fingerprints, and remained smudge-free with every day use. At 190g, the C21 doesn’t really feel as cumbersome because the Realme C25 (209g), and that is primarily right down to the smaller 5,000mAh battery.

The plastic physique’s texture with tremendous grooves affords good grip

 

A minor design element that has modified since Realme C12 is the position of the one speaker. It now sits on the again on the backside left nook, subsequent to the Realme brand. There’s a tiny dimple subsequent to the grille that ought to stop sound from getting blocked when the cellphone is positioned on a flat floor.

Realme C21 specs and software program

Many of the specs, save for the battery and the cameras, have remained the identical as on the Realme C12. The C21 has a MediaTek Helio G35 processor, which is often utilized by a number of producers on this worth section. There’s 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage on the bottom variant, or 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage on the higher-end variant. Each allow you to add as much as 256GB of storage utilizing a microSD card within the devoted slot.

In contrast to the Realme C25, which shipped working Realme UI 2.0, the C21 affords Realme UI 1.0, which relies on Android 10. It’s kind of outdated, however the software program seems pretty clear aside from a couple of Realme apps equivalent to HeyFun (for fast informal video games), HeyTap Cloud (cloud storage), and Realme Hyperlink (to attach with the corporate’s IoT merchandise). These apps could be uninstalled if you do not want them.

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The Realme C21 doesn’t run the newest Realme UI 2.Zero software program, however nonetheless affords primary customisation choices

 

Regardless of the absence of Realme UI 2.0, primary customisation choices equivalent to altering the system font, icon shapes and extra are nonetheless obtainable. There’s a first rate collection of static wallpapers and the power to use and obtain new themes as effectively.

Realme C21 efficiency and battery life

With the identical processor and RAM choices as on the Realme C12, the software program shortcomings of the C12 have additionally made their option to its successor.

I seen occasional lag on the 4GB RAM + 64GB variant that I reviewed. Switching between apps was clean more often than not however there have been cases when apps restarted after being opened from the Recents display screen. The keyboard at occasions would take a couple of further seconds to pop up, and apps took a couple of seconds to launch. Regardless of the hiccups, the expertise is not all that unhealthy for an off-the-cuff person who simply desires to run a couple of easy apps.

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The LCD panel on the Realme C21 can get shiny sufficient to be seen in direct daylight

 

The 6.5-inch HD+ LCD panel appears sharp sufficient at a look, however it’s straightforward to identify jagged edges within the textual content and round icons in case you maintain it up a bit nearer. Colors seem a bit too saturated, and the show showcases a cooler tone than what can be pure. The LCD display screen can get shiny sufficient to be seen clearly in direct daylight, which is fairly good for a smartphone on this worth section. Nonetheless, the brightness drops fairly a bit when viewing any content material off-centre. The show additionally picks up fingerprints fairly simply and these are fairly tough to wipe off.

By way of efficiency, the Realme C21 managed to run informal video games easily however struggled with Asphalt 9: Legends and Name of Obligation: Cellular.

Asphalt 9: Legends was barely playable on the Default graphics setting, and showcased loads of lag and pauses whereas racing. What’s extra, the sport will not even allow you to change to Efficiency mode (for lowered graphics high quality) Name of Obligation: Cellular was not playable because it lagged horribly even with the graphics high quality set to Low and framerate set to Medium.

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The location of the speaker on the again is just not a good suggestion

 

The location of the speaker on the again is just not a good suggestion because it directs sound away from the person. When streaming motion pictures or taking part in video games, my index finger usually coated up the speaker, ensuing resulted in muffled sound and lowered loudness. What’s extra, the one speaker is kind of tinny, and sound tears at excessive quantity.

Because the Realme C21 is not constructed to run graphics-intensive 3D video games, I ended up utilizing it primarily for messaging, checking emails, streaming motion pictures, and taking photographs. With my informal utilization, the cellphone’s 5,000mAh battery lasted me a very good two days. Our HD video loop check lasted 24 hours and 21 minutes on a single cost, which is 7 hours wanting its predecessor (the Realme C12) however remains to be superb.

In contrast to the Realme C25, the C21 doesn’t include an 18W charging adapter within the field. As a substitute, you get a 10W charger that prices the 5,000mAh battery to 22 % in 30 minutes, and 44 % in an hour. The cellphone reached 100 % in 2 hours and 19 minutes in my expertise. That is nonetheless faster than the Realme C25, which took three hours and seven minutes to succeed in 100 %, as a result of lowered battery capability.

Realme C21 cameras

Whereas the 13-megapixel major digital camera with its f/2.2 aperture and the 2-megapixel depth sensor stay the identical as on the older Realme C12, the producer has switched the 2-megapixel monochrome digital camera for a 2-megapixel macro digital camera on the C21, which many individuals will discover extra helpful.. The selfie digital camera additionally stays related with a 5-megapixel sensor however has an f/2.2 aperture in comparison with the f/2.Zero aperture on the earlier mannequin.

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Realme has switched the 2-megapixel monochrome digital camera on the C12 for a 2-megapixel macro digital camera on the C21

 

The digital camera app’s interface is the standard Realme UI 1.Zero digital camera with straightforward one-tap entry to filters and the Chroma Enhance function, which amplifies the colors of images. Nonetheless, the interface is just not very responsive and there’s slight lag when switching between digital camera modes. Even simply swiping from photograph to portrait or to video mode requires a little bit of endurance.

Realme C21 daytime digital camera pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

 

As for the photographs, the general picture high quality is beneath common. Photographs shot in daylight got here out shiny however fell brief on element with murky textures. Capturing topics in broad daylight led to blown-out highlights, each on the topic and within the background. The identical applies to the Portrait mode when utilizing each the entrance and rear cameras. The rear digital camera, similar to the Realme C25, boosts color saturation when capturing a human topic in Auto mode. This doesn’t occur when capturing inanimate objects.

Realme C21 selfie digital camera samples (high: daytime portrait; backside: low-light portrait) (faucet to see full measurement)

 

As anticipated, submit sundown, photographs get murkier with element taking a giant hit. Most low-light photographs ended up trying like work, and the devoted Night time mode didn’t assist enhance issues both, in my expertise. Photographs shot within the Night time mode got here out blurry, with oversaturated colors. In addition they lacked depth and seemed flat. Auto-focus speeds take successful at night time too, and you will want a little bit of endurance, even in case you faucet to focus when capturing darker scenes. Selfies shot in low gentle have been full of noise and lacked any sense of depth.

Realme C25 macro digital camera pattern (faucet to see full measurement)

 

The two-megapixel macro digital camera captured photographs that seemed a bit too dramatic with extreme distinction and odd-looking colors. Pictures taken with the principle digital camera seemed so much higher, with good sharpness and hues that have been nearer to the actual factor.

Video recorded in daylight is passable however not usable if shot in low gentle. Movies shot at 1080p 30fps showcased blown-out highlights in brighter areas of the body. There is no form of stabilisation, which makes movies shot when strolling actually shaky.

Verdict

Given its pricing, the Realme C21 is supposed to be a primary smartphone for somebody who has upgraded from a function cellphone, or for somebody who merely desires to run a couple of on a regular basis apps and place calls. It’s a primary price range smartphone that performs with a couple of hiccups, however is sweet sufficient for the informal person who doesn’t count on a lot. Its digital camera efficiency is kind of weak and the identical could be mentioned about gaming, which leaves battery life as its greatest promoting level.

With that mentioned, many lately launched price range smartphones supply related {hardware}, such because the Poco C3 (Review). Priced at Rs. 7,499 it appears a bit superior relating to digital camera high quality, however falls brief when it comes to software program efficiency. These on the lookout for a near-stock Android smartphone on this worth vary may also take a look at the Moto E7 Power which is priced beginning at Rs. 7,499 (3GB + 32GB). It affords barely weaker efficiency and has two rear cameras, however provides an IP52 score to the combination.


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