Realme C1 had a strong finish last year as we named it the best budget smartphone of 2018. With the arrival of Realme 3, yet another budget phone from the same company, are we already looking at a new budget king?

Realme 3 and Realme C1 Differences


Advantages of Realme 3

  1. lustrous gradient finish
  2. Android 9.0 Pie with Color OS 6
  3. Helio P60
  4. up to 4GB/64GB
  5. 13MP selfie camera
  6. rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
  7. 10W fast charging
  8. smaller notch

Advantages of Realme C1

  1. battery-efficient Snapdragon 450

Realme 3 and Realme C1 Similarities

  1. IPS LCD
  2. 720p+ resolution
  3. polycarbonate build
  4. Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  5. 6.2-inch display size
  6. dedicated microSD slot of up to 512GB
  7. 13MP + 2MP main camera
  8. single selfie camera
  9. BT 4.2
  10. 4230mAh battery

Which is a better buy between the Realme 3 and Realme C1?


From Realme C1 to Realme 3, a few design cues look welcoming such as a smaller notch intrusion and a better gradient finish on the back despite both having the same plastic layer. But in terms of display quality, it’s the same old HD+ IPS LCD panel.

Realme 3’s performance gets a significant boost thru the Helio P60 running Color OS 6 based on Android 9.0 Pie. It gets even better with a slightly larger starting variant at 3GB/32GB going up to 4GB/64GB.

While the camera department remains a deadlock on 13MP + 2MP main shooter (on paper), the main sensor of Realme 3 packs a larger f/1.8 aperture for better low-light shots. The selfie camera, however, goes to Realme 3 once again with a larger 13MP sensor.

Amongst the ports and connectivity features, Realme 3 added the benefit of 10W fast charging together with the bonus of a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The Realme C1 still sales for as low as Php5,590(from Php5,990) while Realme 3 is already expected to retail anytime soon for Php5,990. For an additional Php500, we have a new king of budget phones in 2019.

SpecsRealme C1Realme 3
Display6.2-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1520, 271ppi, 19:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 36.22-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1520, 270ppi, 19:9 ratio
Dimensions156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm, 168g156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm
ChipsetQualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm)Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 (12 nm)
GPUAdreno 506Mali-G72 MP3
Memory16 GB, 2 GB RAM + dedicated microSD, up to 256 GB64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM + dedicated microSD slot, up to 256GB
Main Camera13 MP, f/2.2, AF +
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
13 MP, f/1.8, 1/3″, 1.12µm, PDAF
2 MP, depth sensor
Front Camera5 MP, f/2.213 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″, 1.12µm
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, micro USB 2.0, headphone jackWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, micro USB, headphone jack
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 4230mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 4230mAh battery, 10W charging
OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS OS 5.2Android 9.0 (Pie)
Official PricePhp5,990$120 or P5,990 estimate 3GB model

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