Realme CEO Madhav Sheth recently revealed on Twitter that the company was going to raise the prices of its Realme 2, 2 Pro, and C1 smartphones after Diwali, owing to the declining Indian currency. Surprisingly, however, prices of the Realme 2 and Realme C1 have already been hiked on Flipkart. While the Realme 2 Pro prices remain the same for now, we expect it to become more expensive after Diwali. Currently, the Realme 2 Pro starts at INR 13,990 for the base configuration, which makes it the most affordable Snapdragon 660-powered smartphone on sale in the country.
Realme 2, Realme C1 Prices Hiked on Flipkart
The Realme 2 was launched in India in August this year at a starting price of INR 8,990 for the base version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. You will now have to pay INR 9,499 for the base version of the smartphone. Fortunately, however, Realme has not hiked the price of the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version of the smartphone. It is still available for INR 10,990 on Flipkart. Whether or not Realme hikes the price of the 4GB RAM variant in the near future, remains to be seen.
Realme’s entry-level offering, the Realme C1 was launched in India at INR 6,999 in September. Realme has now hiked the price of the smartphone by INR 1,000, which means you will now have to shell out INR 7,999 for it.
Will the Price Hike Affect the Popularity of Realme Mobiles?
Realme, despite being a very young brand, has managed to achieve an impressive market share in the budget smartphone segment in India. One of the main reasons behind its success is the competitive pricing of its products. After the price hike, the Realme C1 and the Realme 2 may seem slightly less attractive to some buyers but they still remain among the best options available in their respective price segments.
The Realme C1 sports a large 6.2-inch notched IPS LCD display with 720 x 1520 pixels HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. While the resolution may not be very impressive, the Realme C1 offers a bigger display and a higher screen-to-body ratio than most of its rivals. It impresses in terms of build quality as well, thanks to a fiberglass rear panel. It is also among the few entry-level smartphones to come with a dual-camera setup at the rear. Instead of a single 13MP rear camera that we usually find on entry-level handsets, the Realme C1 comes with a 13MP + 2MP dual-camera setup. Another key feature that sets the Realme C1 apart is the large 4230mAh capacity battery with AI Power Master. Thanks to the large capacity, Realme claims the smartphone easily provides all-day battery life. Most entry-level smartphones only come with a 3000mAh capacity battery.
Realme 2, on the other hand, isn’t quite best-in-class when it comes to features. However, just like the C1, the Realme 2 packs a huge 4230mAh capacity battery, allowing it to provide impressive battery stamina. Some of its other key features are also quite similar to the Realme C1, which is slightly disappointing. That being said, if you want a better budget Android smartphone, you will need to shell out a little more. The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (review), which is superior to the Realme 2 in most areas, starts at INR 10,990 for the base version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.