Realme C25 Review: A Bit of Give and Take

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After launching the C12 and C15 with an identical processors and related options final yr, Realme has determined to broaden the variations between the successors to those two fashions in 2021. The C25 (successor to the C15) will get a major processor improve within the type of the MediaTek Helio G70 (as an alternative the older Helio G35) however on the identical time, drops the digital camera depend from 4 to a few.

Nevertheless, regardless of having extra energy, the Realme C25 already has a very notable competitor which comes from the producer’s personal steady, the Realme Narzo 30A (Review). Launched earlier this yr, the Narzo 30A will get you a fair higher Helio G85 processor and has a decrease beginning worth, but additionally has solely two rear cameras. This may depart the Realme C25 in a troublesome spot, because it must lean closely on its third digital camera, a 2-megapixel macro digital camera, to face out. Can that function make the Realme C25 price its Rs 9,999 beginning worth? Or does the Narzo 30A make it irrelevant?

 

Realme C25 worth in India

The Realme C25 is priced at Rs. 9,999 for the bottom 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, whereas the upper finish variant with 128GB of storage is priced at Rs. 10,999. Each variants can be found in new Watery Blue and Watery Gray finishes.

Realme C25 design

Identical to the C15, Realme has gone with a plastic unibody with the C25. Its dimensions stay similar to these of the Realme C15 (Review) and so does the general design with a brand new textured end and a daring, embossed Realme emblem on the again.

The Realme C25 (proper) and Realme C21 (left) have totally different textures on the again however each look related total

 

The digital camera structure appears related too, however with the C15’s quad-camera setup changed by three cameras, the LED flash makes its manner contained in the module. Additionally, on the again is a fingerprint reader, which is fast to unlock the cellphone.

The triple-card SIM tray sits on the left of the cellphone, whereas the quantity rocker and the facility/unlock buttons are on the suitable. The quantity rocker sits properly above the facility button and is tough to succeed in with out adjusting your grip.

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The plastic again of the Realme C25 will be scratched fairly simply (seen right here within the backside proper nook)

 

Regardless of being made out of plastic, the cellphone felt fairly cumbersome at 209g and that is primarily because of the 6,000mAh battery inside. The plastic again is kind of vulnerable to scratches, however due to the matte end, doesn’t decide up fingerprints. The advantageous grooves of the textured again and the rounded edges provide a strong grip.

Realme C25 specs and software program

The Realme C25, not like previous fashions, has a comparatively highly effective processor that helps it distance itself from the C21 and the C20. There is a 12nm MediaTek Helio G70 SoC with built-in Mali-G52 graphics, which is a noticeable improve over the Helio G35 within the C15. This SoC is paired with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM. We obtained the 64GB storage variant of the Realme C25. There’s additionally a 128GB storage choice and each variants permit for expandable storage with a devoted microSD card slot within the SIM tray.

Realme UI 2.0, based mostly on Android 11, makes it to the C25. The consumer interface feels fairly clean in day-to-day use, however I did really feel an occasional hiccup on occasion. Realme UI 2.Zero has a number of customisations (for icon kinds, notification drawer icons, and so on.) and theming choices, in comparison with the earlier model. Additionally accessible are some Android 11 staples such because the revamped energy button menu, grouped notifications, and extra.

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The Realme C25 does include some bloatware

 

The bloatware is minimal and primarily comes within the type of some Realme apps similar to HeyFun (for entry to fast informal video games), Neighborhood (boards), Finshell Pay (which refused to launch) and Realme Hyperlink (to attach with Realme’s IoT merchandise).

Realme C25 efficiency and battery life

The 6.5-inch HD+ (720 x 1600 pixels) LCD panel is vivid and vibrant not simply indoors however open air as properly. Textual content was legible, photos had been seen, and the digital camera viewfinder was simple to see even on sunny afternoons. Hampering visibility open air is the show glass, which I discovered to be comparatively simple to smudge, and it picks up fingerprints inside minutes of use.

The HD+ decision works in favour of battery life. Additionally, most video streaming apps together with Netflix will solely assist SD streaming on the Realme C25 as a result of it’s only Widevine L3 licensed. Streamed content material didn’t look sharp when stretched over that 6.5-inch show.

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The Realme C25 provides a punchy show that is leagues higher than the one on the C21

 

Given the MediaTek Helio G70 SoC paired with 4GB RAM, I didn’t anticipate a lot when it comes to efficiency, however the C25 chugged alongside simply advantageous in our benchmark checks and gaming classes. The cellphone scored 214,116 in AnTuTu, in addition to 386 and 1,278 in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core checks. The GFXBench T-rex take a look at gave us 52fps, which is just about the baseline efficiency wanted to make a easy 3D recreation look clean.

Whereas informal video games labored simply advantageous, I additionally tried taking part in Name of Responsibility: Cell. With the graphics set to Low and body charge set to Medium (the default settings) this fast-paced FPS title was nearly playable. Nonetheless, I did discover that there have been situations when the textures and the scene took an additional second to load up whereas taking part in the sport. Asphalt 9: Legends had a couple of hiccups on the Default graphics setting however ran smoother with the standard set to Low. On condition that this cellphone ran video games at such low graphics settings, it is no shock that it barely received heat throughout gameplay.

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The Realme C25 has a Sort-C USB port on the backside and comes with an 18W charger within the field

 

Taking part in video games and streaming motion pictures at these low settings did not have a lot of an impression on battery life. Ten minutes of Frontline tournaments in Name of Responsibility: Cell barely ate up three % of the 6,000mAh battery capability. The Realme C25 can simply final a day and half per cost with some gaming and a great two days with out. Our HD video loop take a look at lasted a powerful 27 hours and a couple of minutes on a single cost. Charging up the cellphone utilizing the included 18W adapter noticed it attain 19 % in 30 minutes and 37 % in an hour. It took three hours and seven minutes to succeed in 100 %, which is kind of a very long time.

Realme C25 cameras

In comparison with the Realme C15, the brand new C25 loses the 8-megapixel ultra-wide rear digital camera and devoted low-resolution filter cameras. As an alternative, you get three cameras in complete: a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main wide-angle digital camera, a 2-megapixel macro digital camera, and a 2-megapixel f/2.four depth sensor. Which means the C25 has a triple digital camera setup as an alternative of the quad-camera one which the C15 had. The selfie digital camera stays at Eight megapixels with an f/2.Zero aperture. The digital camera interface isn’t any totally different from what now we have seen on different Realme smartphones prior to now and is pretty simple to make use of, with a lot of the filters and toggles accessible at hand with the second layer of settings only a faucet away.

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

 

Coming to picture high quality, daylight photographs got here out fairly vibrant and vibrant, and likewise showcased a great quantity of element in darker areas. The HDR system kicks in incessantly, which means that dynamic vary is usually in examine, and I not often ended up with an overexposed {photograph}.

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

 

Nevertheless, taking pictures topics utilizing the first rear digital camera resulted in some abnormally bumped up saturation ranges, that clearly didn’t characterize the precise scene. I attempted turning off AI scene recognition within the digital camera settings, however it didn’t appear to assist in any manner. The Portrait mode was a bit off too, usually overexposing each the topic and the background, though edge detection was nonetheless first rate.

For a smartphone that prices lower than Rs. 10,000, I used to be impressed with the digital 2X zoom that additionally delivers a powerful stage of element. Swap to 5X although and the outcomes are principally unusable.

Realme C25 selfie digital camera samples (prime: daytime portrait; backside: low-light portrait) (faucet to see full measurement)

 

Selfies shot in daylight got here out fairly sharp with impartial colors and first rate dynamic vary, with all the pieces from the topic to the clouds behind them uncovered correctly. Portrait mode delivered equally good outcomes when it comes to sharpness and color with good edge detection.

Realme C25 macro digital camera samples (prime: auto mode; backside: extremely macro mode) (faucet to see full measurement)

 

The macro digital camera (accessible when utilizing the Extremely Macro digital camera mode) permits customers to take photographs with bumped-up distinction and sharpness. These had been principally usable however regarded a bit too dramatic and lacked element. I most popular cropping photographs taken with the 13-megapixel main digital camera, which showcased higher colors and had the correct quantity of sharpness.

Realme C25 low-light digital camera samples (prime: auto mode; backside: evening mode) (faucet to see full measurement)

 

As soon as the solar units, the standard of photographs you may take deteriorates, with plenty of noise changing into evident and textures seeming poorly outlined. One may anticipate Night time mode to do higher, however this was not the case with the Realme C25. Images taken utilizing Night time mode had been brighter than these shot within the auto mode however had overdramatic distinction and blown-out highlights. These photographs additionally lacked sharpness and had been fairly low on element due to aggressive noise suppression. Briefly, I used to be higher off taking pictures low-light photographs utilizing the auto mode.

The rear digital camera is able to taking pictures video at as much as 1080p 30fps. Movies taken in vivid daylight got here out a bit overexposed and lacked stabilisation, however regarded first rate total. The identical goes for the selfie digital camera, which additionally data at 1080p 30fps. The ends in low gentle had been a bit too noisy with decreased particulars in darker areas and shadows.

Verdict

Priced at Rs. 9,999 for the bottom 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, the Realme C25 principally provides what now we have come to anticipate within the price range phase. Whereas the C15 was launched at a better worth (Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant) final yr, Realme has managed to supply a greater processor with this mannequin. The Realme C25 can also be one in every of just a few smartphones with a 128GB storage variant that is priced beneath Rs. 11,000.

The efficiency beneficial properties that the MediaTek Helio G70 brings are fairly noticeable and are sufficient to maintain issues working easily for informal customers. Efficiency was considerably of an issue with the C15, however however you aren’t getting an ultra-wide digital camera, so there’s a little bit of give and take.

What’s extra, there’s the Narzo 30A (Evaluate) from Realme’s personal steady, which is a severe competitor to the C25. It has a greater MediaTek Helio G85 SoC and is priced beginning at Rs 8,999 with 3GB of RAM + 64GB storage and Rs. 9,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage choice. The remainder of its {hardware} is analogous.

Consumers who need a extra inventory model of Android can select the Moto G10 Power (Review), however must compromise a bit on the efficiency entrance. For many who need a little bit of futureproofing, Poco’s M3 (Review) can also be a strong contender that gives good design plus the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC and 6GB of RAM at a barely larger beginning worth of Rs. 10,999. Given the value fluctuations that Realme smartphones undergo through the producer’s gross sales, final yr’s Narzo 20 (Review) can also be a great various. It options the identical Helio G85 processor as on the Narzo 30A however provides a 48-megapixel main digital camera. Its worth usually drops to Rs. 9999 (from the mounted Rs. 10,499) for the bottom 4GB RAM and 64GB storage choice, so it is positively price wanting into. I’d additionally advocate testing our Best Phones under Rs. 10,000 information to get a broader concept about the perfect telephones you should purchase on this phase.


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