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Realme upgrades the sub-US$150 C15 (Qualcomm Edition) to Android 11

Realme announces an update for the C15. (Source: Realme)
Realme announces an update for the C15. (Source: Realme)
With its 6,000mAh battery and 6.5-inch screen, the Realme C15 might have seemed like enough of a bargain on its 2020 Indian launch. Now, however, one version of this phone (the one with a Snapdragon processor) has become even more worthwhile with a new and more up-to-date major software upgrade.

Realme mounted its first real challenge to the popular Galaxy M series with the C15, its first phone to rock the 6,000mah battery heretofore only seen in the Samsung devices at their general price-point. Their new rival also offered a 6.5-inch HD+ display, dual SIM-card slots and even microSD card support. To date, it has run on the same Android 10-based UI it had out of the box; however, that has just changed.

The OEM has announced an upgrade to Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11, now available to users in India. It offers new privacy and security tweaks, more dark modes and the ability to adapt a wallpaper based on system-wide color accents. However, there is a catch: it has only been released for the Snapdragon 460-powered version of the phone in question.

Therefore, this might make the C15 Qualcomm Edition a particularly good deal at its starting price of INR 9,999 (~US$134; for a 3GB RAM SKU)...even if this left its MediaTek Helio G35-based counterpart behind. On the other hand, this phone starts even cheaper on Amazon right now, at INR 9,575 (~US$129), for those who don't mind the relative compromise on software.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-07- 3 (Update: 2021-07- 3)