Realme C series represents the company’s portfolio of budget phones. After a couple of online teasers, Realme has officially added C21 to this lineup. It shares a lot of similarities with other Realme C series phones launched in 2020 and therefore is nothing to get excited by. Let’s take a look at the new Realme C21 including its features, specs, expected price, and availability in Nepal.
Realme C21 Overview:
Design & Display
Here, the Realme C21 comes with a redesigned rear panel. While the recently launched C20 features a reflective design with a vertical stripe following from the camera module, the C21 comes with a Geometric Art design. You can see the speaker grille on the bottom left corner whereas the camera module resides at the top left. Moreover, you also get a traditional fingerprint sensor here. Realme C21 has received TÜV Rheinland Smartphone High Reliability Certification too.
Moving on, like with every other budget phone, this one comes with an HD resolution display as well. It has the same 6.5” Mini-drop screen with a teardrop notch on the top for the selfie camera. While its predecessor came with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, Realme has skipped any sort of Gorilla Glass protection on the C21. The phone has 400cd/m2 of max brightness which is decent enough to prevent terrible outdoors visibility.
Like with everything else I’ve talked about so far, the company hasn’t made any jump in the performance department either. It is powered by the same MediaTek Helio G35 SoC that we’ve seen in multiple Realme phones in the past including C11, C12, C15, and C20. This 12nm chipset has been paired with 3GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Thanks to the 3-card slot, you can expand the storage via a micro SD card without losing the dual-SIM privilege. Disappointingly, Realme is still shipping its newest phones with Android 10-based custom skin. It’s been half a year since Google announced Android 11 while developer previews for Android 12 have already begun rolling out. Seeing Realme continuously fail to adhere to the latest OS is more frustrating than disappointing.
In terms of cameras, Realme has upgraded the single-lens setup on the C20 to a triple-camera arrangement here. There’s a 13MP f/2.2 primary camera with 5x digital zoom. Besides this, you get a 2MP B&W lens for portrait shots and a 2MP macro camera with 4CM distance. It can shoot up to 1080p/30fps videos and you can enjoy Realme’s camera features like Super Nightscape, Chroma Boost, etc. on this phone too. Coming to the front, you’ll find a 5MP AI selfie camera inside the teardrop notch.
Fueling the Realme C21 is a big 5000mAh battery. Unfortunately, the company is still sticking with a micro USB connection for data/charging purposes. It only supports a charging speed of 10W and you can even charge other phones with the C21.
Realme C21 Specifications:
- Body: 165.2 x 76.4 x 8.9-mm, 190gm, Geometric Art design
- Display: 6.5-inches “Mini-drop” IPS LCD panel, 400cd/m2 brightness
- Resolution: HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels)
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio G35 (12nm mobile platform)
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Memory: 3GB LPDDR4X RAM, 32GB storage (expandable)
- Software & UI: Realme UI 1.0 on top of Android 10
- Rear Camera: Triple (with LED flash)
– 13MP f/2.2 primary lens, PDAF
– 2MP f/2.4 macro lens, 4CM
– 2MP f/2.4 B&W sensor
- Front Camera: 5MP f/2.2 AI selfie camera
- Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
- Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack
- Connectivity: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / A-GPS / Beidou / Glonass, Micro USB
- Battery: 5000mAh with 10W (5V/2A) charging, Reverse charging
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Magnetic induction
- Color options: Cross Blue, Cross Black
Realme C21 Price in Nepal & Availability
Realme C21 is now available in Malaysia where its price is RM 499 (~ $122) and the phone is set to launch in Nepal pretty soon. We expect the price of Realme C21 in Nepal to be around NPR 15,500 when it launches later on.
|Smartphone model||Price in Malaysia||Price in Nepal (Expected)|
|Realme C21||RM 499||NPR 15,500|
- Check out our review of the Realme X7 Pro.