Realme C11 review: inexpensive but how good is it?

With the entry-level C11 smartphone, can Realme have the ability to take smartphones that retail for beneath €100 to an entire new stage of efficiency? After all, the Helios G35 is one of many newest SoCs to be launched. The producer designed this processor particularly to cater to inexpensive gaming smartphones, and that sounds fairly promising! Apart from the variety of cores that this chipset carries, the smartphone additionally exudes character with an iconic bar and for my part, a far too apparent producer emblem proper on the again – accompanied by a beneficiant battery dimension that provides a whopping 5,000 mAh. In this assessment, we’ll discover out collectively simply how effectively the brand new processor performs within the Realme smartphone.

Realme C11 launch date and value

With a advisable retail value of €89, the Realme C11 was launched in India earlier this July 2020. It is an actual discount when launched right here, having seen a €10 enhance in Europe, which is about 6,000 kilometers away. According to the producer, the advisable retail value stands at €99, and lots of on-line outlets provide the smartphone for costs beginning at €120. Hence, I’d extremely suggest buying from Realme’s on-line retailer till the costs of third-party sellers drop somewhat.

The Realme C11 will likely be out there in Mint Green and Pepper Grey. The assessment unit that we obtained occurs to be Mint Green, which you’ll take a peek at on this assessment.

What I like concerning the Realme C11…

The battery life

Shortly after the introduction of the brand new Pixel 5, Google acquired lots of reward on the web for the enlarged battery. But whenever you take the Realme C11 into consideration, the brand new Pixel 5 smartphone merely can’t sustain with the Realme providing. This is as a result of Realme managed to pack a full 5,000 milliampere-hours battery into an affordable smartphone. Huawei had already managed this balancing act within the Honor 9A, but there is one draw back to the big battery capability – the Realme C11 must settle for a relatively thick housing that measures 9.1 millimeters.

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The Realme C11’s battery ends in a relatively thick housing. / © NextPit

If you don’t thoughts the thickness of this system, then you’ll be happy to notice that the C11 can run as much as two days with out having to plug it into a close-by energy outlet – albeit beneath regular utilization patterns, after all. Once once more, context is required. Each smartphone consumer’s utilization sample differs one from the opposite, so after I use the time period ‘regular use’, I’m referring to occasional browsing, cellphone calls, pictures, and texting on each social media and immediate messaging apps, which is a part of on a regular basis life. Of course, the battery indicator drops extra whenever you use the smartphone as a cellular gaming machine or attempt to maximize the video features of the twin digital camera for lengthy stretches of time. Since most customers cost their smartphone each night time anyway, the battery is extra seemingly to supply an edge beneath distinctive conditions. If you’re touring and are on the street for 2 days, you’ll be able to go away the Powerbank at dwelling by minimizing the usage of your handset.

The battery life ought to even exceed that of the Honor 9A because of the extra fashionable and, in accordance with the producer’s specs, a extra environment friendly energy-saving processor. In observe, nonetheless, there was no clear distinction between the 2 units from which we might inform. Unfortunately, this assertion stays true even when charging the batteries. Similar to the 9A, the Realme C11 comes with an archaic micro-USB port and costs extraordinarily slowly at a mere 10 watts. If you don’t make an effort to cost your smartphone in a single day whereas sleeping, you would possibly find yourself sitting subsequent to your smartphone for a good three hours whereas it stays plugged in.

Call high quality

If producers are already eradicating features from their smartphones for price financial savings causes, then the essential performance needs to be all of the extra convincing.
Here the Realme C11 makes its case with surprisingly clear name high quality, which inspired each me and my counterpart. Any background noise couldn’t be picked up within the dialog because the smartphone managed to take away most, if not all, background noise beneath regular settings. Regarding its phone capabilities, I need to additionally point out the twin SIM slot that comes with a pair of standby SIM slots in an effort to have a few SIM playing cards operating concurrently. But I don’t wish to bore you for much longer with this matter – who will nonetheless be yakking on a smartphone in 2020 with their cellular line?

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The emblem on the again is something but discreet. / © NextPit

Operating system and software program options

Much extra vital today are the small tweaks and particulars, and these are areas the place the working system shines – if the producer managed to do a good job. Here, the Realme UI is an actual goldmine of tips that the smartphone might do with somewhat bit extra promotion. If you resolve to purchase the Realme C11, you need to take a couple of minutes to undergo the settings.

I used to be capable of finding the gesture management that was a part of Android 10 after being beforehand unimpressed with it, but the iteration that this smartphone has taken made it look a bit extra fashionable. I additionally found a really helpful darkish mode and gestures, with which the smartphone will be managed even when the show is turned off. While many smartphones in standby will solely reply to tapping gestures so as to get up, now you can draw gestures on the show so as to set off sure actions. This is after all, not a brand new novelty, but the Realme C11 does achieve lots of allure by providing this.

The put in Android 10 working system works completely and better of all, it is up-to-date. During the assessment period, this smartphone acquired the safety patch that was launched in August by Google on the finish of September. Realme additionally introduced that its Realme UI interface is based mostly on Android 11 and published a roadmap for this. Unfortunately, the Realme C11 is to not be discovered on this roadmap and a member of the Realme Forum also confirmed that Android 11 has not been confirmed for this entry-level smartphone. Which is a pity, actually, as a result of Realme is conceding a probably large plus level right here.


There had been occasions when smartphone cameras had been easy. You launched the app, snapped a photograph and it was form of all proper. In the meantime, working some smartphone cameras is virtually as sophisticated as working a “real” digital camera. For this purpose, the twin digital camera of the Realme C11 is a refreshing change.

The principal digital camera with 13 megapixels delivers sharp and natural-looking photographs. / © NextPit

This is as a result of the second lens solely serves as a depth sensor and doesn’t add different focal lengths to the vary of features. The decision of 13 megapixels on the principle digital camera is totally ample for mere viewing and printing in smaller codecs. However, the digital camera is not significantly quick with an f/2.2 aperture.

With the Realme C11, you’ll be able to overlook about zooming. Even at low zoom ranges, the standard decreases significantly. / © NextPit

The functionally disadvantaged digital camera delivers good outcomes and is simple to make use of for fundamental photographs. If you aren’t too proud of that, then take a step again and consider customers who are usually not fairly technically expert as you. If you wish to simply document a reminiscence or ship an image by way of WhatsApp, each the standard and the vary of features are ample. Real(me)y simple!

The Realme C11 does ship fairly pale pores and skin tones, but the small print are effective for the entrance digital camera (proper) and the principle digital camera together with portrait mode (left). / © NextPit

What I do not like concerning the Realme C11…

The efficiency and sturdiness

Now is the time for nitpicking, as a result of when it comes to efficiency I’ve to measure the smartphone by at present’s requirements. Basically, a smartphone ought to have the ability to deal with a minimum of the working system and rudimentary features with none lag and with acceptable loading occasions instantly after booting it up. And this is precisely the place the Realme C11 runs into issues, just because the cellphone is, to say the least, very gradual!

In order to exhibit this, I’ve considered a minimal benchmark: I launched apps on the Realme C11 by way of my left hand and stored monitor of the launch time with my proper hand. Practically talking, listed here are my findings.

The first order of enterprise is to learn the newest information on NextPit, the place I unlocked the Realme C11 with my face (2 seconds ready time) and launched the Chrome browser (3.2 seconds ready time) earlier than coming into the URL. If I wish to shoot a selfie, I used a gesture when the cellphone is on standby, and it took 6.5 seconds till the digital camera launched. Switching to the selfie digital camera took one other 2 seconds, and fortunately, the selfie was captured with minimal delay. There had been occasions once in a while when scrolling by means of content material resulted in excessive and sudden stuttering. At lengthy final, I launched Google Assistant and the YouTube app by voice command. It took the Realme C11 an abysmal 15 seconds of inactivity earlier than the app appeared on the display.

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Face unlocking takes a relatively very long time. / © NextPit

On their very own, the loading occasions for particular person apps don’t appear to be very lengthy, but when launching many apps one after one other, one finally ends up with the sensation of continually ready for the smartphone to behave.
This impression was additionally shared by different customers within the Realme discussion board, who requested for options for the poor efficiency. This raised the query of how the low-performance smartphone carried out throughout extended use.

The truth is, a smartphone that stutters or is jerky with none extra apps launched is by no means a good signal. If after half a yr of accumulating lots of of photographs within the inside reminiscence, you observe it up by putting in a number of extra apps, smartphones have a tendency to finish up even slower. With the Realme C11, there is a excessive chance that you’ll lengthy for a brand new smartphone – and also you should not do this even with a €100 smartphone after such a short while.

Since the Mediatek Helio G35 is marketed as a gaming processor, listed here are a number of phrases about cellular video games. Call of Duty: Mobile is playable with low graphics settings, but even then, there will likely be stuttering. This primarily occurs whenever you swap from the app to the house display. Multitasking with solely 2GB of RAM is a factor of the previous.

The outdated {hardware}

Because the smartphone’s expertise is quite archaic (other than the processor), I suppose this is why all the pieces appears to run slower than anticipated. According to the system diagnostics, the already talked about 2GB of RAM occurs for use up near 80 p.c more often than not, and this is with out even having a fingerprint sensor on the again of the chassis or beneath the 6.5-inch IPS show. With WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, neither WiFi 6 nor WiFi 5 connectivity can be found for wi-fi communication, and wired USB by way of micro-USB carries a retro look.

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Unfortunately, the expertise of the Realme C11 appears to be outdated. / © NextPit

These are the completely painful shortcomings that you just nonetheless have to just accept when shopping for such an affordable smartphone. They make the Realme C11 look as if it has stepped out from the previous, and I’m involved concerning the long-term satisfaction for customers.

Integrated Speaker

Before we carry this assessment to a conclusion, listed here are a number of phrases concerning the put in speaker. With the C11, Realme depends on a mono loudspeaker that fires downwards from the case. Basically, the speaker does sound as disappointing as its description. Any music that is performed again is embarrassingly quiet, regardless of the monitor having its justifiable share of bass notes and highs. The speaker is so weak that even ringtones are surprisingly quiet – which is anathema because the complete concept of a smartphone is to be contactable. It is due to this fact advisable to decide on a very shrill tone, in any other case the Realme C11 could be virtually ineffective as a communications system if another person needs to contact you!

Final verdict

The Realme C11 gives a quite patchy function set for just below €100 and it additionally comes off as mediocre-to-poor when it comes to efficiency. Only the big battery, the suitable digital camera efficiency, and the well-tweaked working system remained as positives in my reminiscence. That’s a pity, as there have been excessive hopes for the brand new Mediatek processor on the very starting. However, the comparatively clear handset started to expertise a slowdown in efficiency not too lengthy after utilizing it with out having me set up the rest set off the alarm bells in my head regarding long-term satisfaction after buy. If you employ your smartphone daily and depend upon it in your on a regular basis life, you need to save up for a number of extra weeks and pick a dearer different. But if all you wish to do is to buy a smartphone on your aged mother and father or youngsters, then the Realme C11 will is precisely what you want with out having to choose up a used handset that may ship extra issues as a substitute.

Alternatives to the Realme C11

In the worth vary round and beneath the €100 mark, there are different options on the market such because the Honor 9A or the Alcatel 1S, but these are additionally tormented by the identical demons. Micro-USB and stuttering efficiency within the working system positively can’t be discovered when selecting up dearer smartphones. Starting at €150 or €200 ($175-$235), you’ll be able to anticipate units just like the Alcatel 3L or the Motorola Moto G8 Power, that are top-notch units of their class. We advise you to search for different options in the most effective smartphones that you could purchase for beneath $200.

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