Thursday, 09 April 2020 10:49

realme releases budget smartphone for $269

The realme C3. The realme C3. Supplied

Chinese phone manufacturer realme has launched a budget smartphone in Australia, with the realme C3 costing just $269 and available for sale from Thursday (9 April).

Among the standout features is the 5000mAh battery, which is claimed to last 30 days on standby or stream 20.8 hours of video. A more mundane use is making 43.9 hours of calls.

The C3 also has a 6.5-inch HD+ mini-drop full-screen display with a triple AI camera.

The rear main camera has a F1.8 large aperture and a large 1.25μm pixel size. The 4 x zoom and 4CM super macro lens allows for the capture of detail.

The device is NFC enabled, has a G70 processor and 3GB of RAM.

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realme Australia managing director Andy Yang said: “This latest innovation from realme delivers on our promise to continuously cater to the demands of young Aussies and users across the globe.

"We are always looking for ways to arm our customers with premium smartphones at a competitive price, all the while prioritising innovations that fulfill our ‘Dare to Leap’ brand concept. The C3 does exactly this.”

The C3 can be bought from the realme e-store, JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee, Make it Mine, mobileciti, 5GWORLD, Essential Appliance Rentals, Amazon, Kogan, eBay and

realme was founded in 2018 and has operations in China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, Russia, Pakistan and Africa.

Though it split off from OPPO, the company is still backed by its parent, with a shared production line, supply chain and ColorOS, a modified version of Android.

OPPO is one of the three brands sold by BBK Electronics, with the others being vivo and OnePlus.


Product Name realme C3

Product Model RMX2020

Android version 10

ColorOS version 7.0

Game Acceleration Yes


Screen size 6.52

Touch screen Capacitive touch

Touch panel technology in-cell

Screen texture LCD

Screen resolution HD+ 720 x 1600

Screen PPI 269

Screen ratio 89.8%

Screen Contrast 800:1 (min)

Screen refresh rate 60Hz

Screen colors 16.7M

Color saturation NTSC 70% typ

Maximum brightness 480nit(typ)

Touch screen glass material GG3 PLUS

Touch points 10

Oleophpbic coating No


Size length:164.4 mm width:75.0 mm thickness:8.95 mm"

Weight 195g

Body color Fronzen Blue/Blazing Red

Middle frame texture /

Back cover material PC


CPU core 8

CPU platform MT6769

CPU frequency 2*Cortex-A75@2.0GHz+6*Cortex-A55@1.7GHz

GPU Model Mali G52

CPU technology 12nm



RAM technology LPDDR4X

Flash specification emmc 5.1


External memory 256G FAT、NTFS、FAT32、exFAT"

Standard SD card equipped NO

Front Camera


Sensor Sizes/pixel data 1/5 1.12um

Photo Size 2592*1944

Sensor type CMOS

Sensor manufacturer and model Galaxycore/GC5035-WC1X0

Focusing mode FF

Optical focusing NO

Rise time of front camera(Only for POP-up camera) NO

Wide angle of front camera 76°

Aperture F2.4

Maximum Zoom multiples No

Focal length /

Front flashlight NO

Front camera lens material Optical Plastics

Lens number 3P

Characteristic function for photograph "Timer Touch Gesture Volume Button Fingerprint"

Ways of taking photos sound, touch screen, palm, fingerprint, countdown

Continuous Capture modes No

Supported resolution and frame rate in video "720p @ 30fps 1080p @ 30fps"

Slow motion No

Rear Camera

Number of rear cameras 3

PPI Main 12M+Portrait 2M+Macro 2M

Sensor Sizes/pixel data "rear main 1/2.8 1.25um portrait 1/5 1.75um macro first source 1/5 1.75um macro second source 1/5 1.75um"

Photo Size "rear main:4000*3000; portrait:1600*1200; supermacro:1600*1200"

Sensor type CMOS

Sensor manufacturer and model "rear main:OV:OV12A10 portrait:OV:OV02A1B-A41A-1C supermacro:Galaxycore:C2375H-C23YO;"

Focusing method "rear main PDAF portrait FF macro FF"

Optical focusing NO

Maximum Zoom multiples 4x didgital zoom

Aperture "raer main F1.8 portrait F2.4 macro F2.4"

Focal length "front camera 35mm

Equivalent focal length:27.263mm"

Wide Angle of rear camera "rear main 75° portrait 88.8° macro 88.8°"

Flashlight single flash

Rear camera lens material Optical Plastics

Lens number "rear main 12M 5P portrait 2M 3P macro 2M 3P"

Macro Lens "rear main 12M macro8cm rear macro 2M macro4cm"

Slow motion "1080P>>>30fps 720P>>>30fps"

Characteristic function for photograph "Beauty filter HDR panoramic view Portrait Timelapse Slo-mo NightScape Expert "

Number of Output Pixels for ultra-high definition No

Continuous Capture modes Yes 20

Ways of taking photos "Timer Touch Gesture Volume Button Fingerprint"


Image Format jpg

Supported resolution and frame rate in video "1080P>>>30fps 720P>>>30fps"

Video storage format mp4

Image stabilizer no


Full charge time(0-100%) 185 mins

Battery capacity 5000 mAh

VOOC flash charge No

Wireless Charging No

Theoretical Calling duration 21.67H

Theoretical standby duration 723.22H

Energy density 695Wh/L

Simulated duration 22H 53Min

Theoretical Audio playing time 48.71H

Charging speed/power 10W

Theoretical Video playing time 12.03H


Headset jack 3.5mm

USB jack Micro-USB

USB transmission standard USB2.0

Flashlight Yes

Notification light No

Double mic noise suppression "No single"

Fingerprint "Yes capacitive"

Linear Motor No

Vibrating motor flat motor

Dual speaker No

Super linear speaker No

Glove Mode No



SIM card slot Dual Nano and TF


Infrared ray remote control No

FM Yes


Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth Shared network Yes

Bluetooth support protocol A2DP、AVRCP、HFP、HSP

Wifi band 2.4GHz

WLAN protocol 802.11 b/g/n

The maximum number of connected devices at a hotspot 10

WLAN Display No

WIFI antenna technology No

GPS navigation GPS,Gnolass,Beidou

Dual frequency GPS No





Supported WideVine level L3

Record format MP3

Vdeo record format MP4

Ringtone format OGG

HD format YES

Web page video play YES

Sound effect type dirac

Packing List

Handset 1

Adapter 5V2A

Headset No

Micro USB Cable 1

Important Info booklet with Warranty Card 1

Quick Guide 1

SIM Card Tool 1

Screen Protect Film yes

Case No

Other Basic Functions

Text Input YES

Call records (how many can be stored) depends on storage

Upper limit for mass text messaging 200

Data backup YES

Office tools /

Files compression and decompression YES

World time YES

Timing SMS function No

Import and export messages No

Import and export contacts YES

Contacts capacity depends on storage

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