what is this entry-level smartphone worth?

In the range of entry-level and mid-range smartphone brands, Realme is clearly a benchmark. Eternal competitor of Xiaomi, the manufacturer is in the race for the best smartphone with the quality/price ratio of 2022.

Photo of the Realme C30
Photo of the Realme C30

A feat he had achieved thanks to the Realme 8. With the release of the Realme C30 on August 15, should we expect a recurrence whose main positioning is the very aggressive price? We tell you everything in this Realme C30 test.

Realme C30: Design

Who said that entry-level smartphone does not rhyme with modern and elegant design? This is what Realme is trying to prove with its charming C30.

In terms of design, it looks more like a takeover of the Realme Narzo 50i Prime with which the Realme C30 shares dimensions and weight. The device is 164.1mm long, 75.6mm wide and weighs a net 182g, with a thickness of 8.5mm. We recognize all in all the codes of the Realme of the C range, all in finesse and elegance.

For once, the manufacturer has also chosen to use the bamboo green color that made the success of the Narzo 50i Prime, although the range is expanded by two other colors such as Black Denim and Blue Lagoon.

The two major differences between the Narzo 50i Prime and the C30 concern, on the one hand, the rear hull marked with long vertical lines and, on the other hand, the photo island, the size of which has been reduced.

Realme C30: Screen, display and camera

The finesse of the Realme C30 is also found in its borderless screen. For once, the manufacturer has bet on a 6.5-inch screen covering up to 88.7% of the smartphone. Operating under LCD technology, the screen has a definition of 1600 x 720 pixels, with a display frequency of 120 Hz and a DPI of 270 dpi.

The device will have had the merit of benefiting from a brighter light peak, with a panel of 428 cd / m². Compared to the 396 cd/m² of the NARZO 50i Prime, this leap forward remains remarkable. However, we will find a small downside to the Realme C30, in particular at the level of the basic temperature calibrations of its screen estimated at 6,049 kelvins against 6,576 kelvins for the Narzo 50i Prime, in hot mode.

In terms of camera, the smartphone has been graced on the back with an 8-megapixel main sensor. It is a wide-angle version, with an aperture of f/2.0 and associated with an artificial intelligence of improvement of the quality of the imagery. Added to this is a 1080 pixel video sensor and a 5 megapixel front sensor.

Realme C30: Memory and performance

The Realme C30 benefits from an internal memory of 32 GB expandable to 64 GB. It is compatible with a microSD memory card with a maximum capacity of 1TB.

To operate the smartphone, Realme has equipped its C30 with a Unisoc T612 CPU Core i8 processor, which has an operating speed of 1.8. Regarding the RAM memory, we are on 2GB, even if for this model, its capacity is expandable to 3GB and 4GB. Running on Android 11, the Realme C30 benefits from 3 years of updates and 2 years of software support.

Realme C30: Autonomy

Regarding its autonomy, the Realme C30 makes honorable mention. The device has a 5,000 mAh battery that provides up to 21 hours of battery life in normal use. It is best known for being a fast-charging 10W battery.

Realme C30: Network and connectivity

The Realme C30 is a dual SIM model compatible with nano SIMs. In terms of connectivity, the smartphone is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 4.0. It has a microUSB 2.0 connector and a 3.5mm jack. Clearly, what is most classic for a smartphone of this ilk.

The Realme C30, basically, what does it look like?

At first glance, the Realme C30 appears to be an all-around classic smartphone, with normal specs, but nothing more. However, in its category, it must be recognized with a few strong points, in particular its design, its comfort of use, its autonomy and its performance. If it does not particularly transcend itself on the others, it tends to sin a little in terms of photo quality and the OS system.

Design

The design is undoubtedly one of the strong points of the Realme C30. The device, although it takes up the codes of the smartphones of its range, in addition to copying the Realme Narzo 50i Prime, has the merit of having its own identity.

We recognize elegance and finesse, with a finish that does not fish anywhere. The proposal of sober colors, but explosive, also allows the device to think outside the box. For an entry-level smartphone, the design is flawless.

Comfort in use

Whether entry-level, mid-range or high-end, a smartphone must have unparalleled ease of use. The Realme C30 meets this requirement with its very thin profile (barely 8.5 mm), which makes it very pleasant to hold.

Performance and autonomy

When we know that the latest version of the processor is the Intel® Core i9, whether the Realme C30 is equipped with an Intel® Core i8 is great news. This gives the smartphone an exceptional operating speed.

Picture quality

Even if Realme seems to have made efforts to improve the front sensor and by associating the rear sensor with an AI, this is not likely to make the C30 a reference in terms of photo quality. We find almost the same photo references on the Narzo 50i Prime, but less well.

Knowing Realme, it’s all the more frustrating that we know that the manufacturer is capable of much more even if we are on an entry-level model. Just look at the competition with the Redmi Note 11 or the Motorola Moto e40, which are positioned in the same niche without sacrificing photo quality.

OS system

Running Android 11 while most smartphones launched in 2022 are already running Android 12 is an aberration for the Realme C30. It is recognized despite everything a rather refined and practical interface.

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