Realme C1 (2019) vs Realme C1 (2018) vs Realme 2: Here’s the Difference in Price, Specs, Features

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Realme C1

Since Realme’s debut last year, it has quickly taken up the challenge to rival the likes of Honor and Xiaomi in releasing value-for-money smartphones. The company has already launched six devices by now, including the recently launched Realme C1 (2019). As of now, Realme sells three smartphones that are priced below the INR 10,000 mark and there’s very little difference between them, so it can be hard to choose one. We are here, though, to help you make the right choice. Today, we’ll be comparing the Realme C1 (2019) with its predecessor, the Realme C1 (2018) and the Realme 2. We will have a look at their pricing, features, and specifications.

Realme C1 (2019) vs Realme C1 (2018) vs Realme 2: Price in India

Realme C1 2019

The Realme C1 (2019) has been priced at INR 8,499, which is a little higher than the Realme C1 (2018)’s pricing when it was launched last year. As of now, the 2018 variant of the Realme C1 is available for purchase, while the Realme C1 (2019) will go on sale soon. The Realme 2’s base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced a little higher at INR 9,499. The Realme 2 also sells in 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, which is priced at INR 10,990.

Realme C1 (2019) vs Realme C1 (2018) vs Realme 2: Features, Specifications

The Realme C1 (2019), Realme C1 (2018), and the Realme 2 have four key differences: camera, fingerprint reader, RAM, and storage space. Both Realme C1 (2018) and Realme C1 (2019) have 13MP+2MP rear-facing dual-camera setups as well as the 5MP front-facing selfie camera and differ only in the RAM and storage configuration. The Realme C1 (2018) was launched in 2GB RAM+16GB storage variant, while the Realme C1 (2019) has been launched in 3GB RAM+32GB storage variant. The Realme 2 goes one step higher and offers two variants: 3GB RAM+32GB storage and 4GB RAM+64GB storage. It also gets a fingerprint reader, which is lacking in both Realme C1 versions, and an 8MP selfie camera.

The Realme C1 (2018) and the Realme C1 (2019) have clear plastic backs and plastic bodies. Both phones have 6.2-inch IPS LCD screens with HD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. They run ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, and use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor. Both phones have a microSD card slot for storage expansion. The 13MP+2MP dual-camera setup on both the Realme C1s is similar. The 13MP sensor has an f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, and 1080p 30fps video recording. The 2MP camera with f/2.4 aperture is only used as a depth sensor. Both phones have a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture and HDR. Connectivity-wise, both phones have A-GPS, dual-SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, FM Radio, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both phones also have larger, 4230mAh batteries, but lack a fingerprint reader and rely on Face Unlock.

The Realme 2 uses the exact same design but uses a geometric pattern plastic back, which makes it look more attractive than the Realme C1 and the Realme C1 (2019). It also uses the same screen, software, processor, rear-facing camera, connectivity features, and battery like that of the Realme C1 phones. The three difference between the Realme C1 and the Realme 2 are its higher RAM and storage option—4GB+64GB—fingerprint reader at the rear, and an 8MP selfie camera.

Realme C1 (2019) vs Realme C1 (2018) vs Realme 2: Which One Should You Buy?

If you want a fingerprint reader, the choice is clear: Realme 2. If you want a cheaper option and can make do without the fingerprint reader, you should wait and get the Realme C1 (2019) as soon as it goes on sale. Do not buy the Realme C1 (2018) because we think 2GB RAM will be slightly limited.



Asif heads the editorial team at MySmartPrice. He has more than six years of experience in reporting consumer technology, and has been quoted in various esteemed publications, including TheVerge, TWiT, and SamMobile. Asif has immense interest in CPUs, GPUs, mobile chipsets, camera sensors, and apps. Asif can be tagged as one of the most patient team members as we often pick his brains when it comes to learn about complex tech topics like camera sensors.