Realme has entered the smartphone industry as a subsidiary of BBK Electronics. It is the same company that owns Oppo and OnePlus. Since its inception, the brand has focused on manufacturing budget smartphones. Realme emphasizes the idea that phones don’t have to be expensive to be good. Carrying on this legacy, Realme launched its ultra-budget offering, the Realme C33 in Bangladesh on November 08. Here is the detailed tech of our device.
Realme C33 dimensions are 164.2 by 75.7 by 8.3 mm. It weighs around 187 grams.
Realme C33 shines the most in this category. realme has always been big on design elements and even their ultra-budget offerings don’t miss out here. Although the C33 has a plastic build all around, it’s refined in every department.The boxy design is complemented by two large vertical camera sensors on the back. The back is a mix of glossy and reflective finishes. It’s sure to grab someone’s attention.
Moving on to the port and button selection, everything is there, including a 3.5mm headphone jack. The fingerprint sensor is also on the power button and the SIM tray makes way for two dedicated SIM slots along with a micro SDXC slot.
But the most glaring drawback here is the micro-USB charging. Hardly any phones use micro-USB these days, and it’s becoming increasingly obsolete by the 2022 standard. Yet somehow realme still went with one.
The C33 also lacks a secondary noise cancellation mic. This may hamper the call quality a bit but is understandable given the price constraints. Overall, everything other than micro-USB felt on par with the C33’s price.
The budget smartphone market almost universally uses 720P IPS LCD panels in their devices and the C33 is no different. The smartphone features the same on a 6.5-inch screen with 82% screen-to-body ratio and standard 270 PPI density.
While that doesn’t really say much about quality, it still packs decent numbers for its price. In testing, the device was accurate with color and overall sharpness. Viewing angles are also good with no noticeable color shift. Realme seems to have done a better job of calibrating the panel than several of its rivals in this particular segment.
The maximum brightness of the display is rated at 400 nit which is about average in its class. The display looks good enough indoors, but you’ll notice brightness and readability issues in direct sunlight.
So, will this display be perfect for media use? Actually it doesn’t. But it will get the job done as a daily driver.
In its early days, budget and mid-range devices focused on sensor count rather than actual image quality. The result was a blatant marketing bias with little to no performance-supportive substance. But that bias is slowly changing.
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The C33 has a dual-lens camera setup with a 50MP wide-angle primary shooter, along with a 0.3MP depth sensor. This simple setup not only helped the device maintain a clean look but also allowed Realme to focus on what matters most, image quality.
The results are satisfactory. The main sensor does an excellent job in outdoor conditions. Color contrast and dynamic range are well-exposed and well-balanced. The images seem to be on the warmer side in a typical Realme fashion. But it doesn’t shy away from making some of the best pictures in the mid-range segment.
Performance drops slightly between indoor and artificial light conditions. This is an expected occurrence at this point though. The C33’s dedicated night mode does a good job of properly exposing content and smoothing out excess noise and grain.
The selfie camera performs well even for a generic 5MP shooter.
The C33’s videography is limited to just 1080P at 30 fps thanks to the primary rear camera. Selfie ca, era can shoot 720p footage at 30fps. In the absence of external or internal stabilization, the quality of videos is not very satisfactory.
One of the biggest cut corners in budget for low mid-range devices is the processor. Unfortunately, the story is the same with the Realme C33. Instead of an entry-level Snapdragon or Helio processor, Realme went with the Unisec Tiger T612 processor based on 12nm architecture.
The octa-core processor has a chip design with 2 1.8 GHz Cortex-A75 and 6 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55 with Mali-G57 GPU. The T612 is a basic processor designed for everyday lightweight tasks.
Realme C33 may not come with a powerful processor. Still you can play games on this device. The C33 can handle 3D titles even at low graphics settings. Although the phone heats up very easily.
Another problem is the architecture itself. 12 nm is not really an efficient design anymore with a common entry-level standard gradually shifting to 6 nm. Hence the device suffers a bit of RAM management issues here and there.
Realme C33 runs on realme UI S operating system on top of Android 12. The RAM capacity of different variants ranges from 3 to 4G; While internet storage capacity can range from 32GB to 64GB. This device has UFS 2.2 data transfer technology. Its external memory can be expanded up to 1TB.
Realme C33 is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery. While that may sound like a lot, the high-usage chipset allows for about 6 to 8 hours of continuous use on a full charge.
To add to that, there is no fast charging option on the C33 so charging with its 1oW charger will be a pain.
Realme C33 is available in 32/3GB RAM, 64/4GB RAM and 128/4GB RAM configurations. However, the pre-order option is only valid for the 32/3GB variant as it is the only available model right now. The variant is priced at Rs 13,999.
Competition and saturation have always been high in the ultra-budget segment of smartphones. So choosing the perfect smartphone in this category often comes down to overall design and aesthetics as most brands offer more or less the same internals.
To wrap it up, Realme delivers in the lower mid-range or entry-level segment with the C33. While it may still have some flaws in the processor and screen, it more than makes up for it in the camera department. Also, Realme UI S has been streamlined more like Android Go which is another welcome addition.Overall, the realme C33 can be a good value choice for those looking for a daily beater device at a budget price.