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Realme C65 5G debuts with 'new' MediaTek silicon and 'Dynamic Button' shortcuts

The C65 5G's new feature. (Source: Realme)
The C65 5G's new feature. (Source: Realme)
Realme has made the Android 14-powered C65 official as its latest ~$150 5G smartphone for the Indian market. The buyer gets an up-to-date flat-edged design with a 120Hz display (also flat) and a 5,000mAh battery for that price. The C65 5G also boasts some of the brand's latest tweaks such as an iPhone-esque Dynamic Button feature - albeit with caveats.

Realme seeks to give this new budget smartphone a veneer of Apple style with a first-gen Dynamic Button to go with a Mini Capsule for its 120Hz, up to 625-nit Eye Care (albeit LCD) display with Rainwater Smart Touch - however, the former does not get a separate dedicated physical key.

Instead, it is a way of re-mapping the device's standard side power button (located next to the volume rocker as usual) so that it opens shortcuts to a selection of modes or tools (from a Do Not Disturb setting to Realme UI 5.0's inbuilt activity-tracking features) in addition to its normal screen-waking functions. 

The new option replaces a fingerprint sensor in this new device. In addition, while the C65 5G lives up to the 5,000mAh battery size standard, it may also spend ages re-fueling as the smartphone's USB-C charging speed is restricted to 15 watts (W). 

The C65 5G is also touted to offer a 50MP "AI" main camera to go with its new updated MediaTek Dimensity 6300 platform - not to mention a 3.5mm headphone jack.

It comes with up to 6GB of RAM out of the box, but also starts at just INR 12,496 (~$150) on with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage packed into in its almost Realme 12-esque chassis finished in Feather Green or Glowing Black. 

The C65 5G in either new colorway. (Source: Realme IN)
The C65 5G in either new colorway. (Source: Realme IN)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2024-04-26 (Update: 2024-04-26)