Launch sub-Rs. 10,000 smartphones is a complex job for any company in India. Pricing is hypersensitive in this segment and its erroneousness of even a few hundred rupees can affect sales. Realme is no stranger to this market, as it has long had its own C-series smartphones, serving customers in accordance with the price. The last few models, namely Realme C12 and Realme C15were not very memorable in my opinion, but now Realme hopes to change that with a new family.
Really just started on Realme C25,, Realme C21, and Realme C20 – all at prices starting below Rs. 10,000. I had the chance to touch the C25 and C21 and today I will give you my first impressions of these smartphones. We will also talk about the C20, which on paper is a softened version of the C21.
We start with the most interesting phone from the trio, Realme C25. Presented as the successor to the Realme C15, which was really only known for its stellar battery life and not many others, the C25 has some much-needed improvements. It has the same capacity of 6,000 mAh battery and 18 W fast charge as its predecessor, but Realme has upgraded to a USB Type-C port. The second big change is the MediaTek Helio G70 SoC, which should provide the much-needed boost to system and gaming performance.
The overall design of the Realme C25 and the other new models in this regard has not changed much. There is a new version of the geometric pattern on the back and some new color names, but overall it is very similar to the previous composition. The C25 feels strong in the hand despite the all-plastic body and is noticeably heavier (209g) and thicker (9.6mm) than the C21. You get a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a three-slot SIM tray and three rear cameras.
Interestingly, the Realme C25 is the only one of the three new models to run Realme UI 2.0 (Android 11) out of the box, while the C21 and C20 still run Android 10. Eyes may have already noticed the C25’s missing fourth rear camera. compared to C15. Realme has abandoned the ultra-wide-angle camera, which may seem like a bad decision in terms of attractiveness to buyers, but given how badly this camera performed on the C15, it probably won’t be missed. You still get a 13-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera and a 2-megapixel monochrome camera. There is an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
The Realme C25’s display is a 6.5-inch HD + LCD panel, and this time Realme has partnered with TÜV Rheinland to obtain a low blue light certificate. In terms of RAM and storage, the Realme C25 will be available in two variants: 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage for the price of Rs. 9,999 and 4 GB RAM with 128 GB storage space at a price of Rs. 10,999 th most common
The biggest strength of the Realme C25 seems to be the upgraded SoC, which should help correct the poor performance of the C15. The other features are more or less the same as what we saw in the previous model, with some slight improvements.
Now we come to the Realme C21, which is not a direct successor to a particular phone, but aims to complement the range by filling in some of the existing price gaps. It’s basically a Realme C12 with a smaller battery (5000 mAh vs. 6000 mAh) and a slightly different model on the back. Some of the highlights here include TÜV Rheinland display certification, a triple SIM SIM tray, a rear fingerprint sensor and three C25-like rear cameras.
The Realme C21 does not support fast charging and has a Micro-USB port. It is powered by MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, just like previous C-series models. This does not inspire much confidence, but we will have to wait and see if the experience is better when we put this phone in full review. There are two options: 3 GB RAM with 32 GB storage at a price of 7,999 and 4 GB RAM with 64 GB storage at a price of Rs. 8 999. Realme C21 is slightly lighter and thinner than C25, which makes it easier to operate.
The Realme C20, which I don’t have with me, is essentially identical to the C21, except that it has no certificate for display, no fingerprint sensor and only one 8-megapixel rear camera. Available with only 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and is available on Rs. 6,999 th most common Think of it as refreshed Realme C11.
Realme’s new C-Series offerings aren’t exactly game-changing for this segment, but rather complementary to their existing budget portfolio. The Realme C25 is perhaps the most interesting of the batch, while the others are fillers with price differences more than anything else. In any case, we will test the Realme C25 and Realme C21, so check out the full reviews of these new phones coming soon.
Which is the best phone under Rs. 15,000 in India right now? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Later (starting at 27:54) we talk to OK Computer creators Neil Pagedar and Puja Shetty. Orbital is available at Apple Podcasts,, Google Podcasts,, Spotifyand wherever you get your podcasts.