Realme’s first entry-level smartphone, the Realme C1 proved to be a great success for the company, helping it increase its market share in the segment in India. The company launched a direct successor to last year’s Realme C1 earlier this week, dubbed Realme C2. While the new model is only an incremental upgrade compared to the Realme C1, there is no doubt that it is among the more impressive entry-level phones to have been released this year. In this article, we will pit the new Realme C2 against the popular Xiaomi Redmi 6A and Samsung Galaxy M10 to see if the new Realme phone is superior to its rivals.
Realme C2 vs Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs Samsung Galaxy M10: Price in India
The Realme C2 is available in two configurations in India. Priced at INR 5,999, the base variant comes equipped with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. On the other hand, the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model is priced at INR 7,999. Xiaomi Redmi 6A is priced in India at INR 5,999 for the 2GB RAM + 16GB storage variant and INR 6,499 for the 2GB RAM + 32GB storage variant. Samsung Galaxy M30 is significantly more expensive than the Realme C2 and Xiaomi Redmi 6A, starting at INR 7,990 for the 2GB RAM variant with 16GB storage. The 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant of the phone costs INR 8,990.
Realme C2 vs Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs Samsung Galaxy M10: Display, Performance
The Realme C2 has a 6.1-inch Dewdrop IPS LCD display with 720 x 1560 pixels HD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Realme claims the device has an 89.35% screen-to-body ratio, which is commendable in this price range. The phone runs on a 12nm MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor, paired with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage. Users will be able to expand storage further up to 256GB, thanks to the presence of a microSD card slot. It runs on OPPO’s ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie OS.
Redmi 6A has a smaller 5.45-inch IPS LCD panel with 720 x 1440 pixels HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone runs on a MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core processor, manufactured on a 12nm processor. In terms of memory, the Redmi 6A is available with up to 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. Further expansion up to 256GB is supported, thanks to a microSD card slot. As for software, the Redmi 6A currently runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10. The phone will not receive an update to Android Pie.
Samsung Galaxy M10 (review) sports a 6.22-inch PLS TFT Infinity-V display with 720 x 1520 pixels HD+ resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. It runs on Samsung’s own Exynos 7870 14nm octa-core processor, clubbed with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. You get a dedicated microSD card slot to further expand the storage up to 512GB. On the software front, Galaxy M10 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.5 currently. The entry-level phone is expected to be updated to Pie in August this year.
Realme C2 and the Samsung Galaxy M10 are definitely superior to the Xiaomi Redmi 6A in the display department. However, it is the Realme C2 that is the clear winner in terms of performance, thanks to the Helio P22 chipset.
Realme C2 vs Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs Samsung Galaxy M10: Camera, Battery, Connectivity
Coming to the cameras, the Realme C2 has dual cameras on the back with a 13MP + 2MP setup. The AI-powered dual camera setup comes with Chroma Boost, Slo-mo video, and bokeh effect features. For selfies, the latest entry-level smartphone from Realme has a 5MP sensor on the front. Surprisingly, the Realme C2 has a slightly smaller battery than its predecessor, rated at 4000mAh. The Realme C2 supports Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, dual 4G VoLTE, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and a MicroUSB port.
Redmi 6A features a single 13MP rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture and Full HD video recording. It has a 5MP snapper on the front with Face Unlock. The entry-level Redmi smartphone is fueled by a relatively unimpressive 3000mAh non-removable battery. Connectivity features supported by the Redmi 6A include Dual 4G data support, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and a MicroUSB port.
Samsung Galaxy M10, similar to the Realme C2, has dual cameras on the back. It uses a 13MP primary sensor with an f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. The selfie camera uses a 5MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. Samsung’s most affordable Galaxy M-series smartphone is fueled by a 3400mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy M10 offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, a MicroUSB port, FM radio, and dual 4G VoLTE.
When it comes to optics, the Samsung Galaxy M10 definitely has a slight edge over the Realme C2 and Redmi 6A, mainly due to the useful 5MP ultra-wide snapper. In the battery life department, it is the Realme C2 that is the best phone in this group with its large 4000mAh battery. Connectivity-wise, all three phones are largely similar to each other.
Realme C2 vs Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs Samsung Galaxy M10: Verdict
As we have seen in our specs comparison above, the Realme C2 is not quite best-in-class in every area. That said, as an overall package, the Realme C2 emerges as the clear winner. It offers an attractive design with a high screen-to-body ratio, MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor, dual cameras with quite a few useful features, and a large 4000mAh battery. It is also among the few entry-level smartphones to ship with Android Pie out of the box. Samsung Galaxy M10 is slightly better than the Realme C2 when it comes to display and camera hardware but costs INR 2,000 more.