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realme C3 RMX2020 - fully-featured mass-market phone
4.5Overall Score
Name: realme C3
Price (RRP): $269
Manufacturer: realme

The realme C3 is the latest in its entry-level C-series including the $199 C2′ Value King’.

We were impressed with realme’s phones when launched late last year. OPPO makes the realme C3 so you know it is good quality.

Unfortunately, the realme C3 is launching in a time of world chaos. It is not just that COVID-19 has for want of a better word neutered Chinese production facilities but that the uncertain component supply chain smashed any certainty that it can get the bits to make it.

Regardless the realme C3 will launch in limited quantities on 9 April and be available online only from realme e-store Australia, JB Hi-Fi online, Make It Mine, 5GWorld, Essential Appliance Rentals, Amazon realme store, eBay realme store, and Catch.com.au.

realme C3

Note that the review unit is a pre-production model and specifications may vary slightly.

  • Australian website
  • Warranty: 2-years
  • Price: $269

Caution: The Australian model differs from international ones in that it has a different processor (MT6769), NFC, macro lens, and certification for Australian LTE Bands.

Do not buy it online from any other store that promises ‘Australian stock’ unless it specifically has the much-needed LTE band 28, comes with an Australian charger and has the Australian C-tick symbol on its regulatory page.

First impression

I know that realme was aiming for the $199 price point. The Aussie dollar has tanked so new stock is at the new price. This comes in at $269 (The existing C2 is $199), but realme have tried to pack as much into the C3 to compensate.

It certainly does not look like a cheap phone. Sure it has micro-USB charging and that ever-elusive 3.5mm combo audio port but the screen, fit and finish belie its price.

The review unit is Frozen Blue which is a vibrant, textured metallic-like finish (the other option is Blazing Red) with a huge colourful 6.52″ display, a MediaTek MT6769 processor, triple rear camera, BT 5.0, NFC, dual sim, a whopping 5000mAh battery and Android 10.

That is a terrific package even if the Aussie dollar has knocked it around a little.

realme C3

We use the terms FAIL, PASS and EXCEED against test paradigms relevant to this mass-market device.

The Screen – EXCEED

It is 6.52″, 1600 x 720, 269ppi, 20:9 ratio, 89.8% STBR, centre teardrop protected by Gorilla Glass 3 PLUS.

GG3 Plus is a new variant of the highly scratch-resistant GG3 adding improved drop protection surviving a .8m (waist height) drop onto a hard or rough surface.

It claims 480 nits, 800:1 contrast and almost 100% of sRGB (sorry our test equipment in COVID lockup). So, it is web-colour accurate. It has a screen colour temperature slider and supports Android 10  Dark Mode interface that I kind of like. It is moderately daylight readable.

It comes with a pre-fitted plastic screen protector.