Realme C3 (Indonesia) vs Realme C2 2020: What’s different?
Realme has recently announced a new model of the Realme C3 in Indonesia. It has a 6.5-inch display, triple rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery. But how’s the improvement over the Realme C2 2020? Let’s find out.
|Realme C3 (Indonesia)||Realme C2 2020|
|6.5-inch HD+ (1600 x 720) mini-drop fullscreen display, 270ppi||6.1-inch HD+ (1560 x 720) dewdrop fullscreen display, 282ppi|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 3||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|MediaTek Helio G70 (12nm) 2.0GHz octa-core CPU||MediaTek Helio P22 (12nm) 2.0GHz octa-core CPU|
|Mali-G52 GPU||PowerVR GE8320 GPU|
|3GB RAM||2GB / 3GB RAM|
|32GB storage||32GB / 64GB storage|
|microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)||microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)|
|Triple rear camera: 12MP F1.8 (main) + 2MP (portrait) + 2MP (macro)||Dual rear camera: 13MP F2.4 (main) + 2MP (portrait)|
|5MP F2.4 front camera||5MP F2.0 front camera|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|WiFi 802.11 b/g/n||WiFi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 4.2|
|GPS, A-GPS, BDS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, BDS, GLONASS|
|3.5mm audio jack||3.5mm audio jack|
|Fingerprint scanner (rear)|
|Face Unlock||Face Unlock|
|Realme UI 1.0 (Android 10)||ColorOS 6.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)|
|5,000mAh battery w/ 10W charging, reverse charging||4,000mAh battery|
|164.4 x 75 x 8.95 mm||154.4 x 73.8 x 84 mm|
|195 g||166 g|
|Frozen Blue, Blazing Red||Diamond Black, Diamond Blue|
Both devices sport displays above 6-inches. The Realme C3 is just larger by 0.4-inch. Both have the same HD+ resolution but the C3 has slightly more vertical pixel than the C2 2020. The C2 2020 has a bigger PPI count but only by 12ppi. Despite the differences, these are minor and would appear of the same quality in day-to-day usage. Both also have Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.
Both CPUs are manufactured using the 12nm process, but the Realme C3 has a newer Helio G70 (announced in 2020) with two powerful 2.0GHz Cortex-A75 cores and six 1.7GHz Cortex -A55 power-efficient cores. It also a newer and more powerful Mali-G52 GPU. The Realme C2 2020, on the other hand, is powered by an older MediaTek Helio P22 (announced in 2018) with eight 2.0Ghz Cortex A-53 cores. For graphics, it has a PowerVR GE8320 GPU.
Basically, the new Realme C3 will provide better performance compared to the Realme C2 2020 which can be felt in running games and camera features.
The new Realme C3 only comes in 3GB RAM with 128GB of storage which can be expanded via a microSD card up to 256GB. The Realme C2 2020, on the other hand, is offered in two variants — 2GB + 32GB and 3GB + 64GB. Storage is also expandable via microSD cards. In this case, the Realme C2 2020 has an advantage for offering a larger storage option.
The Realme C3 appears to be more versatile as it has three cameras: 12MP F1.8 (main) + 2MP (portrait) + 2MP (macro). The Realme C2 2020, only has two: 13MP F2.4 (main) + 2MP (portrait). For the front camera, both have 5MP sensors. We can’t comment on quality yet but the addition of a macro camera on the C3 can benefit some users.
OS and other features
The new Realme C3 is running on the new Realme UI 1.0 which is based on Android 10, which is better than the ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie on the C2 2020. Both have the same set of connectivity features like 4G LTE, WiFi, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, Face Unlock, and micro USB port, however, the C3 has a newer Bluetooth version and has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The Realme C3 wins in this department for having a larger 5,000mAh battery compared to the 4,000mAh on the Realme C2 2020. Given the capacity, we can expect longer battery life on the C3.
In summary, the Realme C3 offers significant upgrades over the Realme C2. If it’s your just planning of buying your first budget smartphone, we suggest going for the C3. There’s no word yet of its arrival in the Philippines, though, but we’ll never know.