realme is known for producing smartphones with specs that punches above its price tag, and they’re at it again with the release of a new device under the C series, the realme C25. It packs a 6.5-inch screen, a Helio G70 processor, triple-rear cameras, and a large 6,000mAh battery. Is this the solid daily driver to get for casual users? Find out in our review.
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Design and Construction
Right off the bat, the realme C25 looks a little similar to its older brother the realme Narzo 30A with its square camera cut-out, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The back panel, on the other hand, comes with a texture similar to brushed-metal that is effective in repelling fingerprints and smudges.
Upfront, we have a 6.5-inch IPS display with a slightly thicker chin and a dewdrop notch that houses the realme C25’s front camera. Placed above it is the earpiece.
Situated on the right side are its volume rockers and sleep/wake button.
Found on the left is the card tray for the two nano-sized SIM cards and microSD card.
Found at the bottom are the USB Type-C port, main microphone, and loudspeaker.
The unit we have for review is the Water Blue model, but it is also available in Water Gray. Overall, the build quality of the realme C25 is pretty solid, although it feels a little hefty at 209g which can be attributed to its huge battery. It’s also a recepient of the TÜV Rheinland Smartphone High-Reliability Certification, meaning it can last for at least 3 years.
Display and Multimedia
The realme C25 has a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1600 x 720 with a pixel density of 270ppi and already has a screen protector pre-installed. Although not hi-res, the screen prodiuces accurate colors with good viewing angles. You can also tweak the display’s temperatur inside Settings. Since the screen is large, it’s great for watching videos on YouTube or Netflix. Since it is using an IPS panel, it has a good viewing angle. The screen has a peak brightness of 480 nits, which is bright, but could use a bit more boost when used outdoors.
As for audio quality, it doesn’t sound as good as more expensive devices with stereo speakers but it can fill a small room. It’s crisp, which is good for casual listening or video calls, but soundsy tinny at higher volumes. We still recommend using a Bluetooth speaker or headphones, or a wired headphone using the 3.5mm audio jack.
The realme C25 has three cameras at the back, consisting of a 48MP wide, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro lens. In normal mode, the main camera produces 13MP images, but if you want the full resolution, there’s a separate tab for that. Imaging is not the strongest quality of this device as photos come out a bit oversaturated with excess sharpening, but still good for social media uploads, if you’re shooting in bright conditions. Selfies taken by the 8MP shooter tend be soft and pale, so you might want to make some editing before posting.
When it comes to video it is capable of recording up to 1080p resolution at 30fps. Quality on the other hand is decent, though there’s no stabilization present. It’s good enough for some quick vlogs that you can upload on social media channels.
OS, UI, and Apps
The realme C25 runs on realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11. It’s a clean and easy-to-navigate interface with minimalist icons. Apps pre-installed include the usual Google services and realme’s tools such as file manager, theme store, game center, game space, realme link, and such.
When it comes to storage, you’re getting 108GB usable out of the 128GB capacity. That’s a huge chunk taken by the system. It’s still ample, but if you want to expand the storage further, you can easily install a microSD card.
Performance and Benchmarks
Powering the realme C25 is a Mediatek Helio G70 CPU, Mali-G52 GPU, and 4GB of RAM. It has decent performance when it comes to basic tasks such as browsing the web and running light apps. It has decent multitasking capabilities, but it is too limited, especially if you’re the type who runs plenty of apps in the background. You’ll be able to run games like Asphalt 9, Genshin Impact, and PUBG Mobile but in the lowest settings and some hiccups every now and then. Check out the benchmark scores below:
• Geekbench 5 – 380 (Single-core), 1,302 (Multi-core), 1,026 (RenderScript)
• PCMark – 8,614 (Work 2.0)
• 3DMark – 1,199 (OpenGL), 2,102 (Vulkan)
• AndroBench – 320.68 MB/s (Seq. Read), 270.43 MB/s (Seq. Write)
Author’s note: AnTuTu result is missing as the app crashes upon running. We’ll update this post once we got it up and running.
Connectivity and Battery Life
When it comes to connectivity, the realme C25 has dual-SIM with LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS, the usual stuff but essential. Powering this device is a huge 6,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging and reverse wired charging. This should last you at least two days of moderate use. On our video loop test got us 27 hours and 43 minutes of playback, while PCMark rated the battery life at 23 hours and 19 minutes.
The realme C25 is what we consider a budget smartphone because of its PHP 7,490 price tag. There’s even a launch promo where you can get it for just PHP 5,990. But for that price, you’re getting a solid build, a capable processor, large storage, triple-rear cameras, and a huge battery. If this is an entry-level device, then realme has basically set a new benchmark. And if you’re a casual user who’s just looking for a device to keep you connected online without breaking the bank, keep this device in mind.
realme C25 specs:
6.5-inch (1600 x 720) IPS LCD, 270ppi
MediaTek Helio G70 processor
4GB LPDDR4X RAM
64GB, 128GB storage
microSD card (dedicated slot)
• 48MP F1.8 main
• 2MP F2.4 depth
• 2MP F2.4 macro
8MP F2.0 front camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU
Fingerprint scanner (rear)
3.5mm audio jack
realme UI 2.0 (Android 11)
6000mAh battery w/ 18W fast charging, reverse wired charging
164.5 x 75.9 x 8.6 mm
Water Blue, Water Gray