After betting heavily on intermediaries, Realme finally looked to the simpler consumer and brought the Realm C25 to Brazil. We are talking about the first Chinese entry-level smartphone to land on the domestic market. Even basic, the phone has an interesting technical sheet for the category, with three cameras, 6,000 mAh battery and MediaTek Helio G70 processor.
In 2021, the year of its launch, the device has the mission of facing the Motorola Moto G20 and Galaxy M12. Is the C25 a good deal? I tested the Realme device and tell my experience using it in this review.
Realme C25 analysis on video
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After reviewing the Realme 7, 7 Pro, 7 5G and 8 Pro, it’s even strange to review a Chinese device with a simpler finish. All in plastic, the Realme C25 is the opposite of intermediates and focuses on strength and robustness, so much so that the manufacturer is keen to emphasize that the product passed the resistance tests of TüV Rheinland, which reminded me of the traditional military certification of the devices from LG. Even tough, it has no water protection.
What calls our attention the most is the thickness of 9.6 millimeters, responsible for leaving the model with thick sides. In addition, the 209 grams of weight are frightening at first; the C25 is a heavy device and the 6,000 mAh battery may have played a role here. I tested the gray version without any more details, but the company launched the C25 in blue color that made the phone more beautiful for having a shiny appearance.
The right side houses the power and volume buttons, while the left has the chip and memory card drawer with slots for two nano-SIM cards and a microSD. The fingerprint sensor on the rear is well positioned and unlocking is very fast. To complete the plus points boxes, the phone has a standard headphone jack and a USB-C connection.
screen and sound
The screen is 6.5 inch IPS LCD type. The resolution is only HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels) with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The edges are highlighted, especially the lower one, and there is a drop-shaped notch to hide the camera. Even with a simple configuration, the panel must serve basic users.
The screen brightness is strong, sunlight viewing is satisfactory, and the icon definition is just ok, as are the viewing angles. Compared to an AMOLED, the C25’s LCD suffers a bit in contrast and the black isn’t as deep.
In sound, this phone has a mono speaker that should suffice for quick hands-free calls and for listening to messenger audios. For music, YouTube videos, and streaming, it is best to use a headset as the main speaker did not show satisfactory intensity during testing. The sound is low and doesn’t fill a small room, for example.
Realme C25 comes with Android 11 accompanied by Realme UI 2.0, which I like a lot for delivering simple usability and customization possibilities. If you are the type of person who likes to change the interface frequently, be aware that it is possible to change the icons, screen transitions, the layout of each page and even add dynamic wallpapers. One thing I didn’t like is the excess third-party apps that came pre-installed on my test drive: it has Chinese e-commerce, social media, and a few little games.
And Realme also has its “Moto Ações”. When drawing a “V” on the lock screen, the flashlight is turned on or off immediately. If you make an “O”, the C25 will then house the camera app. In addition to these, it is possible to configure other command gestures, such as opening the Google Chrome app by drawing the letter “M”.
In cameras, the device has a basic configuration, but follows the trend of the entry category. Like the Moto G10 and Moto G20, the C25 has been equipped with a 48 megapixel main camera that is accompanied by a 2 megapixel macro lens and a 2 megapixel depth sensor to assist in portrait mode. The front has 8 megapixels of resolution.
The quality of the 48 MP camera really surprised me considering the position in which the model finds itself. The setting is good, the exposure is mostly controlled, and the colors are always vibrant, especially with the HDR system, which is on by default (but you can turn it off if you like). The only shortcoming I noticed when working with the main one is the chromatic aberration that came up subtly and didn’t ruin the photo. The depth sensor tries to create natural blurs, but during the tests it had a lot of difficulty in cropping the subject/object in the foreground.
In low-light environments, night mode is dedicated to improving the quality of photography, but it can’t work miracles. The setting makes some adjustments, raising the brightness, however the noises affect the registration and the dark spots in the scene remain lacking in brightness and sharpness.
The Realme C25 macro is also unconvincing and it doesn’t make sense for it to be here. Photography has an exaggerated saturation, it lacks sharpness and you will often find problems dealing with exposure and focus. An ultrawide lens would be very welcome in place of this macro.
The selfie camera is kind of nice because of the good definition, but Realme couldn’t balance the saturation. The subject’s face comes out vibrant and the shadows get even darker, even turning off the HDR and beautification mode.
Hardware and battery
The Realme C25 has hardware that handles simple tasks very well and even has a bonus for those who like to play games on mobile. All this thanks to the MediaTek Helio G70 processor, designed for entry-level gamer smartphones. The chip is allied with 4 GB of RAM and, to store data, you have 128 GB of internal memory. I had no problems with crashes and unexpected crashes during testing and the main apps, mostly social networks, ran with no signs of difficulty. Despite this, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok startups are a bit slow, but it’s something we’ve been waiting for here.
And as for gaming performance, the C25 will run most Play Store lightweight titles. Sonic Dash, Subway Surf and Temple Run 2 operated smoothly, but those that exist more of the GPU will have limitations. This is the case of Asphalt 9 which, even with the reduced details, ran with little fluidity in my tests, as the crashes were constant.
For long hours (or days) of use, Realme has equipped this device with a 6,000 mAh battery. And autotomy, in practice, surprised me a lot. After 2 hours on Netflix, 1 hour on YouTube, 1 hour browsing social media and 15 minutes of Asphalt 9, with the screen brightness on maximum and connected to Wi-Fi, the battery went from 100% to 65%. That is, there was charge left for at least two days of use, very good. To power this giant cell, the company sends an 18-watt charger that makes the device go out of 2% and reach its full charge in 2h51min, ok time.
Realme C25: is it worth it?
Costing around R$1,000, the Realme C25 is a low-cost cell phone that can make sense to a lot of people. The company was right in choosing the processor, in the 6,000 mAh cell that direct competitors do not deliver and robustness is another feature that makes the C25 earn points. It’s a device that I see working very well in everyday life, especially for those who work on the street and need a basic phone for this purpose.
In terms of cameras, Realme could better take advantage of the configuration to face the Galaxy M12. The Chinese decided to put in a macro lens that generates small, blurred photos — a basic consumer won’t use this camera. If it was an ultrawide, more useful, he would definitely use this lens to make that record taking the whole family. Still on the cons, even I like the robustness and resistance, the weight of 209 grams bothers you at times, especially when you’re playing or watching a video.
In conclusion, the Realme C25 is a good device for those who want to save money and can be an alternative to the Moto G10 and the Moto G20. If you are looking for a more complete device, but still in this category, the Galaxy A32 4G ends up being the best option, as it wins on the screen (Super AMOLED), it has the MediaTek Helio G80 and better cameras.
- Screen: 6.5-inch IPS LCD with HD resolution (1600 x 720 pixels), 60 Hz refresh rate and 20:9 aspect ratio;
- Processor: MediaTek Helio G70 octa-core and Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU;
- RAM memory: 4GB;
- Storage: 128GB;
- Triple rear camera:
- main: 48 megapixels (f/1.8);
- macro: 2 megapixels (f/2.4);
- depth: 2 megapixels (f/2.4);
- Frontal camera: 8 megapixels (f/2.0);
- Drums: 6,000 mAh with 18W fast charger;
- Connectivity: headphone jack (3.5mm), USB-C port, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and GPS;
- More: Fingerprint reader on the side and facial unlocking;
- Colors: blue and gray;
- Dimensions: 164.5 x 75.9 x 9.6 mm;
- Weight: 209 grams.
- Robust and tough design
- Customizable software
- Interesting value for money
- 6,000 mAh battery is a big hit
- Screen could be Full HD+
- Macro lens doesn’t make sense to be here
- Model is heavy and may displease some consumers