With the surprise entry of the Realme C1 in the entry-level segment, the competition between budget smartphones is renewed. While it serves the consumers well, we must also take a look at how the overall features and specifications of the budget phones fare when put head-to-head, because while one device might offer a good camera, another might be a better bet for overall performance. Design and display are factors intros scenario too, so in this comparison article, we shall place the two present best-sellers in the budget segment alongside the new challenger called Realme C1. Read on for a detailed comparison of the Realme C1 with the Xiaomi Redmi 5A and the Honor 7S.
Realme C1 vs Xiaomi Redmi 5A vs Honor 7S: Price in India
The Realme C1 was launched on September 27 alongside the Realme 2 Pro and it will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart from October 11 during the festive sale conducted by the e-commerce site. The launch price in India for the device is Rs 6,999 and there are no alternatives to the standard 2GB RAM plus 16GB ROM configuration. The Redmi 5A can be bought for Rs 5,999 with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage configuration on Flipkart, and Rs. 6,999 for the larger 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model. The Honor 7S also comes in only one memory configuration, i.e. the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, and can be purchased for Rs 6,999 at Flipkart.
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As you can see, the Redmi 5A has a clear advantage in price, since, at the cost that the other two phones come with a 2GB RAM, the Redmi 5A comes with a 3GB RAM, and if you want a phone that costs less than Rs. 6,999, you have only the Redmi 5A to count on.
Realme C1 vs Xiaomi Redmi 5A vs Honor 7S: Display, Design
When it comes to design and display, we must admit that the Realme C1 is a real champion, what with its 6.2-inch notched display offering a 19:9 aspect ratio. The screen-to-body ratio of the Realme C1 is clearly far better than that of the other two devices. However, the Redmi 5A with is 5-inch IPS LCD display in the 16:9 aspect ratio gets an aluminium — and hence lightweight — body, while the Honor 7S with its 5.45-inch LCD display in the 18:9 aspect ratio offers a good 295 ppi pixel density. Even the Honor 7S is lighter than the Realme C1, so if lightweight smartphones is your thing, then the notched display of the Realme C1 may not look so attractive after all.
Realme C1 vs Xiaomi Redmi 5A vs Honor 7S: Performance
Performance-wise the Realme C1 is an obvious winner on paper, with its segment-first Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core chipset. The Honor 7S gets a Mediatek quad-core chipset while the Redmi 5A is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, which is also quad-core. The four additional cores in the Realme C1 will certainly work in its favour when it comes to smooth navigation and moderate to heavy use for gaming and entertainment. However, the Redmi 5A is the only handset in this comparison that offers a 3GB RAM, the other two settling for a 2GB RAM only, and smartphone enthusiasts know that the chipset alone does not make all the difference. If you are someone who prefers larger RAM over an octa-core chipset, then the Redmi 5A is not just the natural but also the only option for you.
That said, the Realme C1 beats the other two handsets in two more departments. First, the Realme C1 is the only one that offers a dual rear camera, with a 2MP depth sensor, while all three handsets get the same 13MP primary sensor in the rear camera. The three handsets also get the same power in the selfie camera with 5 megapixels. After a recent update that gave the Redmi 5A the Face Unlock feature, now all three of these handsets offer the feature, there is no winner or loser here. But the only handset in this comparison that gets a massive battery is the Realme C1, with its 4230mAh battery being substantially larger than the 3000mAh and the 3020mAh batteries of the Redmi 5A and the Honor 7S respectively.
Realme C1 vs Xiaomi Redmi 5A vs Honor 7S: Verdict
While there are pros and cons in the comparison of the three handsets here, there is no reason to keep the champion title from the Realme C1. The company, while launching the handset, called it a ‘Champion in 1 more segment’, thus explaining its C1 badging, and we cannot contend. The powerful chipset and the dual rear camera, as well as the tall notched display and large battery make the heavier Realme C1 shine in the face of competition.
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While the Redmi 5A has seen a successor in Redmi 6A, the Honor 7S is a recent launch and may not get any succeeding model for a while. Come October, then, there is no reason to look elsewhere than the Realme C1 if you want a smart entry-level handset.