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Realme C3 smartphone review – Rock-bottom pricing with charm

Red lightning Realme has set a price of just 160 Euros (~$180) for its entry-level device, the realme C3. Our bright red test device with MediaTek's still recent Helio G70 impresses in the test.
Inge Schwabe, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain),

With its pretty looks, a triple-camera setup and an almost bezel-less 6.5-inch display with a minimal notch for the front-facing camera, the C3 really doesn't look like a budget phone. A MediaTek chip from the current year decides on the performance of realme's entry-level model. We are excited to see how it performs.

realme C3 (C Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G70 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
ARM Mali-G52 MP2, Memory: 820 MHz
Memory
3072 MB 
, LPDDR4X
Display
6.5 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, 10-point multi-touch screen, IPS, Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 20.6 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD (FAT, FAT32, exFAT, up to 256 GB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: magnetic induction sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) 3G (Band 1, 5, 8) 4G (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.95 x 164.4 x 75 ( = 0.35 x 6.47 x 2.95 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix triple-camera setup: 12MP (PDAF, f/1.8), 2MP (f/2.4), 2MP; Camera2 API: Full
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, 5 V/2 A adapter, micro-USB cable, screen protector (factory-applied), SIM tool, paper documentation, warranty card, Realme UI, 24 Months Warranty, Reverse charge; SAR (head): <2 (manufacturer specifications), fanless
Weight
195 g ( = 6.88 oz / 0.43 pounds), Power Supply: 71 g ( = 2.5 oz / 0.16 pounds)
Price
160 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison devices

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
77 %
06/2020
realme C3
Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2
195 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.5"1600x720
78 %
04/2020
Umidigi Power 3
Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3
218 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.53"2340x1080
78 %
03/2020
Motorola Moto G8 Power
SD 665, Adreno 610
197 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.4"2300x1080
75 %
03/2020
Wiko View 4
Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320
180 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.52"1600x720

The bright red of our test device is really impressive. A sunrise design on the back refines the plastic case and gives it an almost metallic look. We can't find anything in the realme C3's materials that would need to be justified by its low price, on the contrary: The workmanship is good and the switches are tight in their place. At the most, the edges of the protective foil are a bit sharp; this is factory-applied over the Gorilla Glass and is, of course, a bonus in itself. The weight is also in order at 195g (~6.5 oz).

Realme C3 in
Realme C3 in "Blazing Red"
Realme C3 in
Realme C3

Size comparison

165.7 mm / 6.52 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.85 mm / 0.3484 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs164.4 mm / 6.47 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 8.95 mm / 0.3524 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs162.1 mm / 6.38 inch 77.2 mm / 3.04 inch 10.3 mm / 0.4055 inch 218 g0.4806 lbs156 mm / 6.14 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 10 mm / 0.3937 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs

Connectivity - Mobile phone without NFC

A fingerprint scanner on the back not only unlocks the smartphone but also apps and private files if the user wishes. As an alternative to using a fingerprint, realme offers a 2D facial scan. Positive: The combined memory card/SIM drawer has three slots, so you don't have to decide between the dual-SIM functionality and a memory card.

Next to a mono speaker, there is also a micro-USB port on the bottom. The 3.5 mm jack next to it wouldn't have been expendable in the C3 either. The Chinese make compromises in terms of infrared and NFC; in addition, certificates for case protection (IP) and rights management according to DRM Widevine L1 are missing.

Our test device came with 32 GB of ROM. But the C3 is sold in Germany with 64 GB, according to the manufacturer.

Software - ColorOS became realme UI

The manufacturer's own realme UI, which replaces Oppo's ColorOS and is also based on Android 10, provides individualization options for gesture control and optical adjustments for the launcher on the realme phone. For example, the app drawer can be deactivated.

No bloat software, such as the usual travel apps, is installed on our test device, but there are some additional packages that can't be removed. For example, three dedicated store apps for special apps and games can't be deleted; the HeyTap app, which provides cloud services and belongs to the BKK Electronics empire, and the weather app from the Huafeng-AccuWeather joint venture are both unremovable too. With 32 GB of storage, our test device possibly doesn't conform yet to the preset for the German market in terms of software, though.

Home screen
App drawer
Equalizer
System overview

Communication and GPS – Slow WLAN

The realme C3 has a few gaps in regard to LTE network, but all the frequencies that are important for Europe are there. In WLAN, the mobile phone only operates in the 2.4 GHz band; the ac standard for higher data rates is missing. Therefore, the C3 only achieves just over 50 Mb/s for downloading and 66 Mb/s for uploading data in the tests with our Linksys Nighthawk AX12 reference router.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=562)
267 MBit/s ∼100% +408%
Umidigi Power 3
Mali-G72 MP3, Helio P60, 64 GB eMMC Flash
203 (min: 40, max: 293) MBit/s ∼76% +286%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Adreno 610, SD 665, 64 GB eMMC Flash
56.5 (min: 11, max: 75) MBit/s ∼21% +7%
realme C3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G70, 32 GB eMMC Flash
52.6 (min: 17, max: 62) MBit/s ∼20%
Wiko View 4
PowerVR GE8320, Helio A25, 64 GB eMMC Flash
46.1 (min: 29, max: 62) MBit/s ∼17% -12%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Umidigi Power 3
Mali-G72 MP3, Helio P60, 64 GB eMMC Flash
270 (min: 202, max: 285) MBit/s ∼100% +306%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=562)
253 MBit/s ∼94% +280%
realme C3
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G70, 32 GB eMMC Flash
66.5 (min: 34, max: 69) MBit/s ∼25%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Adreno 610, SD 665, 64 GB eMMC Flash
44.9 (min: 2, max: 75) MBit/s ∼17% -32%
Wiko View 4
PowerVR GE8320, Helio A25, 64 GB eMMC Flash
38.7 (min: 15, max: 64) MBit/s ∼14% -42%
010203040506070Tooltip
realme C3 Mediatek Helio G70, ARM Mali-G52 MP2; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø51.9 (17-62)
Wiko View 4 Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø45.7 (29-62)
realme C3 Mediatek Helio G70, ARM Mali-G52 MP2; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø65.4 (34-69)
Wiko View 4 Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø38.7 (15-64)
GPS Test inside building
GPS Test outdoors

With the help of satellites from GPS, BeiDou, Galileo and GLONASS, the realme C3 can determine a very accurate location under favorable conditions. This is, at least, what the GPS Test app shows. On a bike tour, to which we also take the Garmin Edge 500 professional navigation system, things look different. Especially when looping around a lake, the C3 deviates considerably from the path. That doesn't make it useless for navigation, but it can cause problems in a narrow road network.

Realme C3 overview
Realme C3 residential area
Realme C3 lake
Garmin Edge 500 overview
Garmin Edge 500 residential area
Garmin Edge 500 lake

Telephone and call quality - Dual-SIM and VoLTE

Realme didn't go with the Google app for making phone calls; instead, it offers its own yet very similar phone interface. The voice quality is good in both directions, and a high volume is especially beneficial for outdoor calls. The C3 supports VoLTE and VoWiFi. 

Cameras - Moderate triple-camera setup

Front-facing camera, HDR active

Thanks to the advances of high-quality smartphones, models in the lower price segments are also constantly evolving. In this way, even the inexpensive realme smartphone features three lenses, one of which is supposed to be particularly fast with an aperture of f/1.8. In reality, however, the realme C3 doesn't  produce good photos in low light. The image noise is high, and the image sharpness is correspondingly weak.

Even in daylight, the images taken with the 12 MP main camera only look moderately sharp in the overall view; this can be confirmed when zooming in. Photos taken with the 4x zoom of the realme C3 don't provide enough detail for further magnification.

The front-facing camera pleases with a natural color reproduction. The C3 doesn't do a good job distinguishing between the subject and the background, which is a problem for many selfie cameras in portraits, especially in the hair area. Despite an active HDR mode, the right half of the picture is also heavily overexposed in our test shot due to the daylight coming in from the side.

 

 

 

 

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3Scene 4

We take a photo of a test chart in the laboratory under controlled lighting conditions. While the pixelation increases strongly at 1 lux, shadows are noticeable between high-contrast image areas when enlarging the chart under good illumination. The realme C3 represents colors consistently brighter but without creating a specific color tint.

ColorChecker
28.3 ∆E
50.7 ∆E
39.2 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
59.4 ∆E
50.3 ∆E
34.4 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
28.4 ∆E
62.2 ∆E
62.2 ∆E
30.7 ∆E
46.6 ∆E
32.3 ∆E
71.9 ∆E
40.3 ∆E
41.4 ∆E
71.8 ∆E
66.9 ∆E
50.1 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
ColorChecker realme C3: 43.97 ∆E min: 13.38 - max: 71.94 ∆E
ColorChecker
9 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
4 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
4 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
ColorChecker realme C3: 6.58 ∆E min: 3.26 - max: 15.6 ∆E

Accessories and warranty

The test device comes with a 5 V/2 A charging adapter and a micro-USB charging cable as well as a factory-applied protective foil, a SIM tool, a warranty card and paper documentation.

The warranty period for the smartphone is 24 months.

Input devices and handling - Haptic feedback in the entry-level class

The realme C3's fingerprint scanner sits on the back and responds reliably in the test. Realme relies on Google's GBoard for input with the virtual keyboard. The display acknowledges every key input with a haptic feedback if desired. Instead of the conventional navigation bar at the bottom edge of the screen, you can alternatively activate a gesture navigation, in which, for example, swiping from the edge of the screen to the center corresponds to the back key.

Virtual keyboard
Portrait mode

Display - Bright IPS display with a slight blue tint

Subpixel grid

At 1600x700 pixels, the C3 and the View 4 have a much lower resolution than the competition from Motorola and Umidigi. In return, both score points with better contrast and higher brightness, which is less evenly distributed on the realme phone, though.

467
cd/m²
511
cd/m²
480
cd/m²
475
cd/m²
531
cd/m²
494
cd/m²
470
cd/m²
516
cd/m²
486
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 531 cd/m² Average: 492.2 cd/m² Minimum: 2.16 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 531 cd/m²
Contrast: 2042:1 (Black: 0.26 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.1 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8
ΔE Greyscale 7.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6
93.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.14
realme C3
IPS, 1600x720, 6.5
Umidigi Power 3
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.53
Motorola Moto G8 Power
IPS, 2300x1080, 6.4
Wiko View 4
IPS, 1600x720, 6.52
Screen
-24%
-23%
22%
Brightness middle
531
443
-17%
462
-13%
546
3%
Brightness
492
450
-9%
483
-2%
504
2%
Brightness Distribution
88
91
3%
93
6%
84
-5%
Black Level *
0.26
0.46
-77%
0.65
-150%
0.2
23%
Contrast
2042
963
-53%
711
-65%
2730
34%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.1
7.13
-17%
5.7
7%
4.19
31%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.6
13.56
-17%
8.9
23%
9.21
21%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.4
8
-8%
6.5
12%
2.3
69%
Gamma
2.14 103%
2.512 88%
2.303 96%
2.24 98%
CCT
8028 81%
7192 90%
8073 81%
6922 94%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17957 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

The color deviations are not small, especially at wavelengths between 470 nm and 500 nm. But since they are partly over 6 even with warmer color tones, the overall image is cooler but only slightly bluish.

CalMan color accuracy (sRGB target color space)
CalMan color space (sRGB target color space)
CalMan grayscales (sRGB target color space)
CalMan color saturation (sRGB target color space)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
21.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.8 ms rise
↘ 14.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 27 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23.6 ms rise
↘ 29.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 86 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.1 ms).

The good brightness of the IPS display, especially in the center of the screen, also benefits the realme C3 outdoors where it's readable despite the reflection. Color fogging isn't visible even when viewing from the side.

Reflection


Top view
Viewing-angle stability

Performance - Realme C3 with the new MediaTek SoC

MediaTek's Helio G70 combines two ARM Cortex-A75 cores at 2 GHz and six ARM Cortex-A55 cores at 1.7 GHz. The graphics are handled by a Mali-G52 GPU at 820 MHz.

According to realme, the C3 is the first smartphone with the new SoC. The Moto G8 Power is now the only interesting candidate in our comparison that doesn't have a weaker MediaTek SoC from the start. The Snapdragon 665 is also left behind by the Helio G70; we find it to be rather on a par with the Snapdragon 670.

As soon as there are more phones with the new SoC, their memory will also influence the actual performance. The realme C3 only works with 3 GB of RAM, and realme doesn't offer an alternative.

Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
Vulkan Score 5.1 (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
961 Points ∼59%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
953 Points ∼58% -1%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1090 Points ∼67% +13%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
464 Points ∼28% -52%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
  (953 - 961, n=2)
957 Points ∼59% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 4043, n=66)
1633 Points ∼100% +70%
OpenCL Score 5.1 (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1019 Points ∼58%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1018 Points ∼58% 0%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1094 Points ∼62% +7%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
368 Points ∼21% -64%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
  (1018 - 1019, n=2)
1019 Points ∼58% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (272 - 4739, n=61)
1759 Points ∼100% +73%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1311 Points ∼66%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1304 Points ∼66% -1%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1439 Points ∼72% +10%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1385 Points ∼70% +6%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
  (1304 - 1311, n=2)
1308 Points ∼66% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (445 - 3531, n=89)
1990 Points ∼100% +52%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
388 Points ∼68%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
387 Points ∼68% 0%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
293 Points ∼52% -24%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
311 Points ∼55% -20%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
  (387 - 388, n=2)
388 Points ∼68% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1342, n=89)
567 Points ∼100% +46%
Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
4825 Points ∼99%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
3231 Points ∼67% -33%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
  (3231 - 4825, n=2)
4028 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (663 - 21070, n=351)
4852 Points ∼100% +1%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
5734 Points ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
5734 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (883 - 13589, n=413)
4955 Points ∼86% -14%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1832 Points ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1832 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (390 - 4824, n=413)
1510 Points ∼82% -18%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
8838 Points ∼100%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
7954 Points ∼90% -10%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6963 Points ∼79% -21%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5364 Points ∼61% -39%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
8838 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 13202, n=490)
5834 Points ∼66% -34%
Work performance score (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
12464 Points ∼100%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
11387 Points ∼91% -9%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
8804 Points ∼71% -29%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7655 Points ∼61% -39%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
12464 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19711, n=648)
6373 Points ∼51% -49%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2506 Points ∼95%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2359 Points ∼89% -6%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2354 Points ∼89% -6%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
2506 Points ∼95% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4057, n=149)
2636 Points ∼100% +5%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1050 Points ∼36%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1129 Points ∼39% +8%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
904 Points ∼31% -14%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1050 Points ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 8783, n=149)
2916 Points ∼100% +178%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1206 Points ∼46%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1277 Points ∼49% +6%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1047 Points ∼40% -13%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1206 Points ∼46% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6644, n=149)
2626 Points ∼100% +118%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2858 Points ∼100%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2556 Points ∼89% -11%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2488 Points ∼87% -13%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1160 Points ∼41% -59%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
2858 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=496)
2175 Points ∼76% -24%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1045 Points ∼50%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1106 Points ∼53% +6%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
988 Points ∼48% -5%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
427 Points ∼21% -59%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1045 Points ∼50% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 9567, n=496)
2075 Points ∼100% +99%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1216 Points ∼63%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1266 Points ∼66% +4%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1151 Points ∼60% -5%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
497 Points ∼26% -59%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1216 Points ∼63% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 8204, n=497)
1926 Points ∼100% +58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2875 Points ∼100%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2543 Points ∼88% -12%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2493 Points ∼87% -13%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1165 Points ∼41% -59%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
2875 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=526)
2085 Points ∼73% -27%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1669 Points ∼60%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1680 Points ∼61% +1%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1678 Points ∼61% +1%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
825 Points ∼30% -51%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1669 Points ∼60% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=526)
2762 Points ∼100% +65%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1841 Points ∼79%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1817 Points ∼78% -1%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1809 Points ∼78% -2%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
882 Points ∼38% -52%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1841 Points ∼79% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10699, n=526)
2321 Points ∼100% +26%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2699 Points ∼100%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2513 Points ∼93% -7%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2493 Points ∼92% -8%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1138 Points ∼42% -58%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
2699 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5209, n=576)
2062 Points ∼76% -24%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1039 Points ∼60%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1101 Points ∼63% +6%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
984 Points ∼57% -5%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
376 Points ∼22% -64%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1039 Points ∼60% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 8469, n=576)
1735 Points ∼100% +67%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1203 Points ∼73%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1258 Points ∼76% +5%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1137 Points ∼69% -5%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
442 Points ∼27% -63%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1203 Points ∼73% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 7323, n=577)
1658 Points ∼100% +38%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2695 Points ∼100%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2524 Points ∼94% -6%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2507 Points ∼93% -7%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1146 Points ∼43% -57%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
2695 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5274, n=618)
1924 Points ∼71% -29%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1694 Points ∼74%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1559 Points ∼68% -8%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1626 Points ∼71% -4%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
752 Points ∼33% -56%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1694 Points ∼74% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 12494, n=617)
2277 Points ∼100% +34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1846 Points ∼94%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
1704 Points ∼87% -8%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1764 Points ∼90% -4%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
814 Points ∼42% -56%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1846 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 9492, n=620)
1961 Points ∼100% +6%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
24652 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 58293, n=766)
15263 Points ∼62%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
25161 Points ∼97%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209431, n=764)
25897 Points ∼100%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
25046 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 112989, n=764)
20366 Points ∼81%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
39 fps ∼89%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
36 fps ∼82% -8%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
21 fps ∼48% -46%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
39 fps ∼89% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=772)
43.9 fps ∼100% +13%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
52 fps ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
33 fps ∼63% -37%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
29 fps ∼56% -44%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
52 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 120, n=781)
30.5 fps ∼59% -41%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
21 fps ∼81%
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1 fps ∼4% -95%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
19 fps ∼74% -10%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
11 fps ∼43% -48%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
  (1 - 21, n=2)
11 fps ∼43% -48%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 175, n=677)
25.8 fps ∼100% +23%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
38 fps ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
18 fps ∼47% -53%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
19 fps ∼50% -50%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
38 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 115, n=685)
21.8 fps ∼57% -43%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
14 fps ∼67%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
13 fps ∼63% -7%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.1 fps ∼34% -49%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
14 fps ∼67% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=540)
20.8 fps ∼100% +49%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
27 fps ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
12 fps ∼44% -56%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
13 fps ∼48% -52%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
27 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=542)
18.9 fps ∼70% -30%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
9.6 fps ∼86%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
4.6 fps ∼41% -52%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
4.5 fps ∼40% -53%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.5 fps ∼40% -53%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
9.6 fps ∼86% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=288)
11.2 fps ∼100% +17%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2.9 fps ∼36%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
2.8 fps ∼35% -3%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2.8 fps ∼35% -3%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.4 fps ∼17% -52%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
2.9 fps ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=286)
8.07 fps ∼100% +178%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
15 fps ∼90%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
7.7 fps ∼46% -49%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
7.6 fps ∼46% -49%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.2 fps ∼43% -52%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
15 fps ∼90% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=292)
16.6 fps ∼100% +11%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
8 fps ∼41%
Umidigi Power 3
Mediatek Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3, 4096
8.3 fps ∼43% +4%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
8.1 fps ∼42% +1%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4 fps ∼21% -50%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
8 fps ∼41% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=291)
19.3 fps ∼100% +141%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
8.2 fps ∼59%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
7.1 fps ∼51% -13%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
3 fps ∼21% -63%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
8.2 fps ∼59% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 73, n=465)
14 fps ∼100% +71%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
15 fps ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6.6 fps ∼44% -56%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5.4 fps ∼36% -64%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
15 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=469)
12.5 fps ∼83% -17%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
184084 Points ∼58%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
168901 Points ∼54% -8%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
93758 Points ∼30% -49%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
184084 Points ∼58% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 607937, n=94)
315184 Points ∼100% +71%
Basemark GPU 1.1 - 1920x1080 OpenGL Medium Offscreen (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
16.32 fps ∼85%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.73 fps ∼40% -53%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
16.3 fps ∼85% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7.73 - 85.6, n=73)
19.2 fps ∼100% +18%
VRMark - Amber Room (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1193 Score ∼46%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1193 Score ∼46% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 7649, n=82)
2609 Score ∼100% +119%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1356 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
935 Points ∼69% -31%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
916 Points ∼68% -32%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1356 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=709)
807 Points ∼60% -40%
Graphics (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1592 Points ∼66%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1931 Points ∼80% +21%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
967 Points ∼40% -39%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
1592 Points ∼66% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=709)
2428 Points ∼100% +53%
Memory (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
3335 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2864 Points ∼86% -14%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
975 Points ∼29% -71%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
3335 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8874, n=709)
1805 Points ∼54% -46%
System (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
5263 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
4848 Points ∼92% -8%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
2479 Points ∼47% -53%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
5263 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=709)
3374 Points ∼64% -36%
Overall (sort by value)
realme C3
Mediatek Helio G70, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2481 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto G8 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2238 Points ∼90% -10%
Wiko View 4
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1209 Points ∼49% -51%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
2481 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6273, n=709)
1716 Points ∼69% -31%

The Helio G70 ensures smooth scrolling in the browser and loads images and videos in a reasonable time.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (9.13 - 140, n=171)
40.2 Points ∼100% +38%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
29.1 Points ∼72% 0%
realme C3 (Chrome 81)
29.085 Points ∼72%
Wiko View 4 (Chrome 80)
13.733 Points ∼34% -53%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
realme C3 (Chrome 81)
53.719 Points ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
53.7 Points ∼100% 0%
Motorola Moto G8 Power (Chrome 80)
48.109 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 302, n=600)
46.3 Points ∼86% -14%
Wiko View 4 (Chrome 80)
22.297 Points ∼42% -58%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (6.42 - 158, n=155)
43.1 runs/min ∼100% +38%
realme C3 (Chrome 81)
31.2 runs/min ∼72%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
31.2 runs/min ∼72% 0%
Wiko View 4 (Chome 80)
13.6 runs/min ∼32% -56%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 184, n=236)
69.8 Points ∼100% +59%
Motorola Moto G8 Power (Chrome 80)
56 Points ∼80% +27%
realme C3 (Chrome 81)
44 Points ∼63%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
44 Points ∼63% 0%
Wiko View 4 (Chrome 80)
24 Points ∼34% -45%
Octane V2 - Total Score
realme C3 (Chrome 81)
10648 Points ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
10648 Points ∼100% 0%
Motorola Moto G8 Power (Chrome 80)
8675 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 49388, n=767)
7690 Points ∼72% -28%
Wiko View 4 (Chrome 80)
4033 Points ∼38% -62%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Wiko View 4 (Chrome 80)
12118.2 ms * ∼100% -218%
Average of class Smartphone (1914 - 59466, n=793)
9892 ms * ∼82% -159%
Motorola Moto G8 Power (Chrome 80)
4663.6 ms * ∼38% -22%
Average Mediatek Helio G70
3813 ms * ∼31% -0%
realme C3 (Chrome 81)
3812.5 ms * ∼31%

* ... smaller is better

The realme phone reads and writes on the internal storage a bit slower than the competition in our review. Our test device was equipped with 32 GB and reported possible slowdowns due to a full storage at the end of the test. According to the manufacturer, the C3 will only be sold with 64 GB, though. If this isn't enough, you can use a memory card but can't format it as internal storage. The card can be used parallel to two SIM cards.

realme C3Umidigi Power 3Motorola Moto G8 PowerWiko View 4Average 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-15%
19%
-17%
-28%
-12%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
63.51 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
13.3 (Hama 32 GB)
-79%
49.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-22%
60.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
51.8 (3.4 - 87.1, n=162)
-18%
50.7 (1.7 - 87.1, n=509)
-20%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
84.64 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
39.6 (Hama 32 GB)
-53%
69.4 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-18%
81.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-3%
70.8 (8.2 - 96.5, n=162)
-16%
68.7 (8.1 - 96.5, n=509)
-19%
Random Write 4KB
68.49
16.4
-76%
132.63
94%
18.5
-73%
18.4 (0.75 - 77.3, n=203)
-73%
33.1 (0.14 - 319, n=856)
-52%
Random Read 4KB
51.77
78.5
52%
57.7
11%
46.2
-11%
40.3 (3.59 - 117, n=203)
-22%
57.1 (1.59 - 324, n=856)
10%
Sequential Write 256KB
122.24
207.8
70%
181.88
49%
133.5
9%
96 (14.8 - 189, n=203)
-21%
122 (2.99 - 911, n=856)
0%
Sequential Read 256KB
294.07
290.5
-1%
300.9
2%
235.7
-20%
237 (25.8 - 452, n=203)
-19%
329 (12.1 - 1802, n=856)
12%

Games - "Game Space" games suite

The Helio G70 uses a proprietary Hyper-Engine technology. It's designed to optimally distribute the power supply between the CPU and the GPU (ARM Mali-G52) and especially to improve performance during gaming. Realme also wants to underline the gaming suitability of the C3 with a game launcher: If games are started through the "Game Space", the system increases the processor performance if necessary; alternatively, you can also adjust this manually. Although there were occasional short term lags in the test, for example with collisions in Asphalt 9, this didn't result in longer game freezes or in the frames coming to a general halt. Additionally, we analyzed some games with the GameBench benchmark tool.

PUBG
Asphalt 9 Legends
Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2
PUBG
010203040Tooltip
; Smooth; 0.18.0: Ø29.9 (27-31)
; Balanced; 0.18.0: Ø29.9 (28-31)
; HD; 0.18.0: Ø29.9 (23-31)
Asphalt 9 Legends
010203040Tooltip
; High Quality; 2.2.2a: Ø28.7 (8-31)
; Standard / low; 2.2.2a: Ø28.4 (11-31)
Temple Run 2
0102030405060Tooltip
; 1.66.2: Ø59.5 (50-60)

Emissions - No heat development with the realme C3

Temperature

We measured an average temperature of 28 °C (~82 °F) on the C3's case in idle usage. It only heats up slightly under load and stays under 38 °C (~100 °F) on the whole. The GFXBench battery test doesn't indicate a throttling of the CPU performance even under longer sustained load.

Max. Load
 37.1 °C
99 F
37.6 °C
100 F
34.7 °C
94 F
 
 35.5 °C
96 F
36.8 °C
98 F
35.3 °C
96 F
 
 35.9 °C
97 F
36.3 °C
97 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 37.6 °C = 100 F
Average: 36 °C = 97 F
33.1 °C
92 F
34.2 °C
94 F
35.6 °C
96 F
31.5 °C
89 F
33.6 °C
92 F
37.3 °C
99 F
31.5 °C
89 F
34.3 °C
94 F
35.7 °C
96 F
Maximum: 37.3 °C = 99 F
Average: 34.1 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  28 °C = 82 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 33 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.6 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.3 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.5 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 33 °C / 91 F.

Speaker

The mono speaker has a high volume and not only in relation to our chosen comparison smartphones. This is especially advantageous for hands-free talking; the sound pattern should be even more balanced for playing music. There is also an equalizer on board, but you can only activate it for headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.833.22526.229.33123.3244021.924502825.56319.923.68019.122.710019.926.812516.531.716019.637.320017.53925017.544.731513.949.840013.953.750015.860.263015.264.88001471.810001474.6125013.972.9160013.471.8200013.871.3250014.371.931501474.5400014.582.9500014.683.5630014.575.8800014.7711000015.176.21250015681600014.853.4SPL26.588.9N0.870.3median 14.6median 71Delta112.239.134.441.940.332.937.531.734.335.740.430.529.425.324.724.226.822.222.821.522.818.430.717.544.716.950.816.753.416.358.214.567.71470.317.171.713.872.114.168.91467.514.564.813.559.513.566.31464.914.264.514.460.214.756.715.160.815.557.226.979.20.942.1median 14.7median 60.21.910.3hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme C3Wiko View 4
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme C3 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.2% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 39% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 48% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 62% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 30% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Wiko View 4 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 54% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 71% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life - Energy consumption - Smartphone with large battery

Energy consumption

An average standby consumption of 1.65 watts is not much in a class comparison. Under load, the consumption of other smartphones is often over 4 watts - so realme also scores well here.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.09 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.44 / 1.65 / 1.69 Watt
Load midlight 3.81 / 6.22 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
realme C3
5000 mAh
Umidigi Power 3
6150 mAh
Motorola Moto G8 Power
5000 mAh
Wiko View 4
5000 mAh
Average Mediatek Helio G70
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-15%
0%
-27%
Idle Minimum *
0.44
0.9
-105%
0.44
-0%
0.887 (0.2 - 3.4, n=866)
-102%
Idle Average *
1.65
1.3
21%
1.65
-0%
1.754 (0.6 - 6.2, n=865)
-6%
Idle Maximum *
1.69
1.6
5%
1.69
-0%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=866)
-21%
Load Average *
3.81
3.2
16%
3.81
-0%
4.09 (0.8 - 10.8, n=860)
-7%
Load Maximum *
6.22
7.1
-14%
6.22
-0%
6.04 (1.2 - 14.2, n=860)
3%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

Among the comparison devices, the C3 completes our WLAN test, a uniformly defined usage scenario for all devices, even better than the Umidigi Power 3, which has a considerably larger battery.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
22h 51min
realme C3
5000 mAh
Umidigi Power 3
6150 mAh
Motorola Moto G8 Power
5000 mAh
Wiko View 4
5000 mAh
Battery Runtime
-18%
-27%
-22%
Reader / Idle
WiFi v1.3
1371
1124
-18%
1002
-27%
1074
-22%
Load

Pros

+ good modern SoC
+ good workmanship
+ good battery life
+ inexpensive
+ triple-camera setup

Cons

- main camera with moderate quality
- no NFC

Verdict

In review: Realme C3. Review device provided by realme Germany.
In review: Realme C3. Review device provided by realme Germany.

Out of the three phones with which realme officially entered the German market in April, the realme C3 is the Editors' secret favorite. Naturally, it's not the warm red or the successful metallic look that's important for a decision; it's the hardware instead.

A storage capacity of 32 GB is simply no longer up to date.

Performance is good, but 32 GB, as is the case with our test device and is still often offered in this class, would be little. With 64 GB, with which the C3 should be sold, things look better. However, those who care about a good camera shouldn't consider the realme C3.

realme C3 - 05/29/2020 v7
Inge Schwabe

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
40 / 70 → 57%
Weight
88%
Battery
94%
Display
83%
Games Performance
14 / 64 → 21%
Application Performance
63 / 86 → 73%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
71 / 90 → 78%
Camera
56%
Average
72%
77%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Inge Schwabe, 2020-06- 5 (Update: 2020-06- 7)
Inge Schwabe
Editor of the original article: Inge Schwabe - Editor - @mobilewelten
Unlike many techies, I didn't find my way to technology by using a C64 or something like that; I was rather fascinated by the last meter of copper wire, about which a friend on the other end of the line could be heard so crystal clear. I studied computer science and followed the development of the phone into a smartphone for many years. Currently, innovations are becoming less and less, but getting to the bottom of them remains exciting and interesting.