Realme C55 Review: A great budget smartphone


India’s smartphone shipments are set to decline by nine percent year-on-year (YoY) to reach over 152 million units in 2022. According to the latest research by Counterpoint’s market monitor service, India’s smartphone market may decline for the second time, attributed to a decline in the entry-level and budget segments, which faced a supply crunch at the start of the year and then continued to decline throughout the year. Saw the demand. However, the premium segment continued to grow and captured double digit share for the first time, leading to growth in retail ASPs. But now the leading smartphone makers are again preparing to launch their new budget smartphones to regain their lost ground in the Indian market. Capitalizing on this trend, smartphone brand realme recently unveiled its latest offering in the C-series, the realme C55, a new entry-level budget smartphone with 64MP camera and 33W charging. Packed with cutting edge features, an attractive design and powerful performance.

We used the phone for about a week and here’s what we think about the latest offering from Realme.

Realme C55 design and display

The Realme C55 is made entirely of plastic but it looks good because of its slightly curved edges. With a thickness of just 7.89mm, it is one of the thinnest smartphones in its segment. A USB Type-C (USB 2.0) port is placed at the bottom, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack. The device also sports a single speaker at the bottom and a microphone for voice input. On the left is the hybrid SIM slot with support for dual Nano-SIM cards and a dedicated Micro-SIM card (SD). The volume rocker is located just above the power button on the right side of the device. The power button serves a dual purpose: it is used to power the device on and off and integrates a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Realme C55 comes in Rainy Night and Sunshower versions. We used the Sunshower variant which shows a shower-like pattern and rainbow colors at different angles.

Design wise, the Realme C55 comes with a 6.72-inch display with 1080×2400 pixel resolution. This is the first C-series model with a 90Hz refresh rate. The maximum brightness of the screen is 680 nits which is good, and one would not hate watching videos for hours especially while traveling. The device also features a unique punch hole cutout which includes a dynamic island-like feature called the Mini Capsule. The Mini Capsule includes three important features including charge notification, data usage notification and step notification, all designed to make life easier for users by providing useful information at a glance. The display is bright enough for outdoors and you won’t have any issues with viewing angles.

realme c55 performance

The MediaTek Helio G88 SoC along with Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU powers the realme phone. The phone packs 6GB/8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB/256GB storage that can be further expanded via microSD card. During our review, we did not notice any lag while using the device for everyday tasks like emailing, calling, surfing, browsing, watching videos etc. The phone runs on Android 13-based Realme UI custom skin. box. The Realme C55 houses a massive 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. With our regular usage of social media apps and watching videos, the battery could last more than a day. Also, there is a side-mounted fingerprint sensor for security and it is snappy.

realme c55 camera

The smartphone packs a 64MP primary camera, a first in the C-series lineup, and is paired with a 2MP depth lens. During our review, we found the camera setup to be good at this price. The rear camera clicks decent pictures in sunlight or better lighting conditions. What’s more, the setup delivers decent shots even in the dark or in the absence of abundant light. Even when you zoom in on the pictures you take, the details don’t look blurry. Additionally, it sports an 8MP selfie camera and a range of photography functions, including an exclusive Street Photography mode, which is a first in the realme C series.

Realme C55 verdict

Realme C55 comes in three variants in India. The base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB and costs Rs 10,999, the second variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Rs 11,999. The top variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage costs Rs 13,999. The smartphone offers almost everything at this price point. The Realme C55 houses a massive 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. The phone sports a 64MP primary camera, a large 6.72-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with 90Hz refresh rate and is powered by MediaTek Helio G88 SoC with Mali-G52 2EEMC2 GPU. Realme C55 is suitable for those who are planning to buy a good budget smartphone as it offers attractive design and overall good performance.

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