Realme C30 Review | a cell phone too simple

In August 2022, Realme updated its line of basic cell phones and brought the Realme C30 to our market. The device hit stores with the proposal to attract a slightly less demanding audience to the brand’s smartphones and has as one of the highlights the low price and long battery life.

But does it have space among Xiaomi, Samsung, or Motorola alternatives? Is its cost-benefit greater than the competition or is it safer to choose models from companies already established in the country?

In this review, I answer these and other questions and also raise the main positives and negatives of this phone to help you when buying your next cell phone.

Realme C30 Pros and Cons

pros

Battery with good performance

Good performance for the basics

Well Optimized Android Go

Simple and elegant design

cons

low internal memory

Insufficient RAM for more complex tasks

No fingerprint reader

Insecure face unlock

micro USB charger

design and construction

The design of the Realme C30 is what draws the most attention on this phone. Right away, it gives the impression of being an intermediate model, despite only having a rear camera – which reveals that, in fact, it is a more basic cell phone.

Its construction is made of plastic on the back with a metal finish on the sides. There are only two keys around it: the volume control and the power button. All its connectors are on the bottom: a micro-USB for charging and a headphone jack with a 3.5 mm plug.

Still under the device, we find the microphone and the speaker which, unsurprisingly, is the only one, that is, no stereo audio. The SIM Card drawer is on the left side, and it has space for two carrier chips and a memory card — which is good for you not having to choose between having two networks or just one with an SD card.

It has an ultra slim design with straight lines on the sides and is very comfortable. Even without a case, it doesn’t slip in your hand, but if you’re more clumsy, it’s recommended to use one, as it doesn’t have any level of protection in case of falls or accidents like that.

Dimensions: 164.1 x 75.6 x 8.5 mm

Weight: 182 g

Screen

The Realme C30 has a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen, with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. These are very common specifications for a cell phone of this category and, in this aspect, it does not leave anything to be desired in relation to possible competitors.

For displaying media content such as videos, movies or series, there is a good balance of color and acceptable definition for a lower resolution model. The display’s brightness is enough to see things quite clearly, but the panel is a little dark when viewed in sunlight.

In terms of visuals, it has a good use. The cutout is made in the form of a very discreet drop, and that leaves plenty of room to group the notifications and settings icons in the status bar.

Configuration and performance

The Realme C30 is a very simple phone, equipped with the Unisoc T612 mobile platform, which offers a maximum frequency of 1.8 GHz on two Cortex-A75 cores and 1.8 GHz on six Cortex-A55 cores. Allied to this, the phone only has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

In practice, this represents a very simple set that, on a day-to-day basis, would take a lot of work to perform even the simplest tasks. The presence of Android 11 “Go Edition”, however, helps to improve performance a little.

The “Go” version of Google’s operating system is optimized to work better on devices with little RAM and, in the case of the Realme C30, it contributes to a little better fluidity. The device handles well when accessing social networks and messengers, and it only presents a little slowness to scroll the feed, which is normal in this category.

It is not very suitable for games, since, even if the games are well optimized to work with little hardware, there is still a lot of slowness and a little loss of frames, especially in more “heavy” titles, such as CoD: Mobile and League. of Legends: Wild Rift.

In our standard performance tests, it scored 988 points in the 3D Mark’s Sling Shot Extreme Unlimited review and 1,525 in the Sling Shot Unlimited. As a comparison, this brand is inferior even to old devices such as the Realme 2 Pro — a cell phone launched in 2018, when the brand was still a subsidiary of OPPO.

“Despite having little RAM, the Realme C30’s performance is even acceptable for such a modest phone. This is thanks to the operating system with the Go edition, which makes the software more fluid even with the most basic hardware.”

Usability

The Realme C30 arrives with the system a little “delayed”. Even after the release of Android 13, the Chinese phone is still running Android 11, with the interface of Realme UI Go Edition.

Despite this, the system is quite fluid for the category. The pre-installed apps come with their “lighter” versions, such as Google Go and the Go Assistant, and this makes the interface a little lighter, despite the memory and storage being low.

Another point I liked about Realme’s interface is that the control of smart home devices remains in the power menu, that is, just press the power key to be able to turn lights on and off or manage other devices. As a comparison, other brands have assigned these commands to the Control Center — which doesn’t always turn out to be a good idea, as it involves a few extra steps to access the options.

A negative point, however, is that the device does not have a fingerprint sensor to unlock the screen or authenticate in apps. In this way, it only provides facial biometrics. However, I found the system to be very flawed and lacking in security.

First, because my face wasn’t registered quite accurately, as it took about a second to complete the reading. And second, because I could unlock the screen of the Realme C30 just by pointing to a photo of me taken on another cell phone, so anyone could have access to my data if they stole the device.

cameras

The Realme C30’s camera set is quite modest: it only has a rear camera, with 8 MP resolution and f/2.0 aperture and a 5 MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture. As a result, it doesn’t offer as much versatility when shooting, as it can’t get macro or ultrawide images, for example.

The image, in general, is quite simple. The phone allows you to record occasional photos with acceptable quality, so don’t expect too much in terms of texture or colors, but the sharpness is quite good for a basic camera like this.

Portrait mode is the biggest highlight. Despite the input settings, cropping is done quite accurately and even has a way to increase or decrease the background blur level. However, this setting is only valid for the rear camera. There is no portrait mode for selfies.

Speaking of selfies, the front camera also delivers a good result. Despite the low resolution, the color balance is reasonable, and the sky is not blown out of white, for example — something that sometimes happens even with intermediate models.

Video recording

Cell phone video recording leaves a bit to be desired in some respects. First, because the texture, both on the front and the back, is pretty bad, especially if you’re shooting in places with lots of trees or plants.

On the front camera, the white is quite blown automatically, but it improves when you move the focus, emphasizing the center of the image — or the face. Still, after a little movement, the focus returns to normal, and the white pops back. See, below, some examples of videos made with the cell phone.

Sound system

As expected, the Realme C30 has a mono audio system, that is, it has only one audio output. The sound quality is not the best if you want to listen to music. She occasionally does the trick, but if you want something quality, it’s best to use a headset or a Bluetooth speaker.

Anyway, if it’s just to watch movies or series on streaming services, it does the trick. It’s not a full-bodied sound, but it’s a good size for an entry-level cell phone.

battery and charging

The Realme C30 has a 5,000 mAh battery — something that is pretty average for entry-level or mid-range phones available on the market. With this capacity, it can easily last a day away from the outlets, if you use the device more sparingly.

In our standard durability test, it consumed a 22% charge in a three-hour session of watching movies on Netflix at half brightness. With this, it is estimated that it can reach about 13 hours of duration within these parameters.

Charging is something he sins a lot. That’s because the device arrives in stores with a micro-USB connector — something that is already well out of date for cell phones of any category in 2022. In addition, with the original charger, the device takes about two and a half hours to fill the charge with 15% to 100%.

direct competitors

It is difficult to find a direct competitor to the Realme C30 that has specifications similar to the Chinese model. That’s because most already have slightly more advanced settings than their 2GB + 32GB combination of RAM and storage.

For the price range in which the smartphone is found, however, it is possible to compare it more with the Galaxy M13 . The Samsung model is sold in the same price range – from R$1,000 to R$1,200 – and has a combination of 4GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage.

In addition, its Exynos 850 chip offers more advanced performance, with a maximum frequency of 2.0 GHz on its eight cores. The camera set is also thicker, with three rear cameras (50 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP) and an 8 MP front camera.

The price of the Realme C30 is a little scary compared to other options available in Brazil. In the price range, it pays to bet on more complete and popular models in our market.

Realme C30: simple cell phone with a not-so-attractive price

The Realme C30 is even a good phone within what it proposes. Even with little RAM and a more basic chipset, it manages to perform day-to-day tasks well, such as accessing social networks or messengers. It sins a little with the camera set, but it’s nothing to worry about.

All this is well executed thanks to the operating system with the Go edition, which aims to offer good performance even with low memory.

However, it gets lost among the competition for the least inviting price. For the same price range, it is possible to buy, for example, a Galaxy M13 — which is still an entry-level phone, but offers more attractive specifications, such as the triple camera or the slightly higher chipset.

Thus, it is not a good idea to opt for the Chinese model, unless you find an offer or promotion that lowers its price by at least R$400, since its official price in the Brazilian market is much higher than the import value.

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