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realme C30 smartphone review - Fast storage and plenty of stripes for the affordable model

Is one camera enough? The budget phone realme C30 will probably not win any prizes with its rather low-resolution single camera on the back, but it offers fast memory, low weight, and an unusual design. Read the review to find out whether we can recommend the smartphone.
realme C30
realme C30 (C Series)
Processor
UNISOC T612 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 64 GB 
, 50 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD, dedicated, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity, acceleration
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G,3G,4G (1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41), Dual SIM, LTE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 164.1 x 75.6 ( = 0.33 x 6.46 x 2.98 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0, [email protected], 30 fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/2.2, [email protected]
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, charger, USB cable, SIM needle, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
182 g ( = 6.42 oz / 0.4 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
139 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Bewertung
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
75 %
09/2022
realme C30
T612, Mali-G52 MP1
182 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"1600x720
75.9 %
05/2022
realme C31
T612, Mali-G52 MP1
197 g32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"1600x720
75.1 %
09/2022
Motorola Moto E32s
Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320
185 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
77 %
04/2022
Nokia G11
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
190 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720

Case and features - Lightweight, compact, but not so sturdy

Realme launches another inexpensive phone on the market with the C30, which is fairly equipped with a single camera and does not show two or more lenses on the back, only one of which is actually usable. The 32 GB variant is offered by realme itself for 139 Euros, we got the 64 GB variant for testing, for which there is no price information.

However, since the model with less memory was already listed for 119 Euros at amazon.de at the time of testing, the larger model is probably available on the Internet for 139 Euros (~$119).

At first glance, the unusual stripe design of the light blue and green variants of the realme C30 is striking, whereas the black model has a small-scale waffle pattern on the back. The patterns are not just decoration but are actually clearly can be felt and look chic together with the glossy plastic. The camera module turns out quite large, but a closer look reveals that the actual camera lens is quite small.

The casing is light and relatively compact, but it could be better in terms of stability: a quiet creaking and a clear torsion are evidence of that. The USB port of the realme C30 is no longer up to date: it is incomprehensible why the manufacturer has installed a microUSB here and thus continues to encourage cable chaos.

It is nice that realme installs 2 SIM slots, which are also designed independently of the microSD port. The speed of the microSD card reader is average.

Size comparison

164.7 mm / 6.48 inch 76.1 mm / 3 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs164.6 mm / 6.48 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs164.1 mm / 6.46 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 182 g0.4012 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 74.9 mm / 2.95 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=116, last 2 years)
25.9 MB/s ∼100% +32%
Nokia G11
  (Angelbird V60)
25.3 MB/s ∼98% +29%
Motorola Moto E32s
  (Angelbird V60)
19.7 MB/s ∼76% +1%
realme C30
  (Angelbird V60)
19.6 MB/s ∼76%
realme C31
  (Angelbird V60)
15.3 MB/s ∼59% -22%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

0510152025303540455055606570758085Tooltip
realme C30 Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø30.4 (19.4-49.2)
realme C31 Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø30.7 (19.8-43.9)
Motorola Moto E32s PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø36.4 (21.4-45.6)
Nokia G11 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø28 (9.9-43.7)
realme C30 Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø78.1 (50.4-86.6)
realme C31 Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø74.9 (58.6-79.3)
Motorola Moto E32s PowerVR GE8320, Helio G37, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.9 (69.7-77.2)
Nokia G11 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 32 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø73.1 (34.1-83.1)

Communication, software and operation - Only a few LTE frequencies

The realme C30 has an LTE modem, but it supports only the most necessary frequencies for Central Europe, so connecting to an LTE network could be difficult when traveling. The reception is often below half of the scale in our tests, where higher-quality phones offer more signal strength. The realme C30 does not have an NFC module, so mobile payment services like Google Pay cannot be used.

Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi module only supports Wi-Fi 4, so transmission speeds are slow. This is especially noticeable compared to other inexpensive phones with WiFi 5, such as the Motorola Moto E32s or the Nokia G11.

The software used is Android 11, the security patches are from August 2022 and are thus only slightly outdated at the time of testing. An update is almost monthly during our test period, but the manufacturer does not specify how long the updates will be executed in the future. It is annoying that there is no DRM certification, so you can usually only watch content from the big streaming portals in SD.

The inexpensive phone does not feature a fingerprint scanner either, but the front-facing camera can be used to unlock the realme C30 via facial recognition. This works quite well in sufficient light, but it is not as secure due to the pure software solution.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Motorola Moto E32s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
329 (293min - 378max) MBit/s ∼100% +436%
Nokia G11
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
311 (219min - 345max) MBit/s ∼95% +407%
realme C31
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
78.3 (73min - 92max) MBit/s ∼24% +28%
realme C30
802.11 b/g/n
61.4 (56min - 77max) MBit/s ∼19%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Motorola Moto E32s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
320 (295min - 332max) MBit/s ∼100% +524%
Nokia G11
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
298 (283min - 313max) MBit/s ∼93% +481%
realme C31
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
72.5 (34min - 78max) MBit/s ∼23% +41%
realme C30
802.11 b/g/n
51.3 (22min - 59max) MBit/s ∼16%
051015202530354045505560657075Tooltip
; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø51.2 (22-59)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø61.4 (56-77)

Cameras - Single camera must prove itself

Photo from the front camera
Photo from the front camera

There is only one camera on the back, which has a resolution of 8 megapixels and is based on a SmartSens sensor. Recorded pictures only offer flat colors and it quickly becomes visible that the sharpness is not very good when you zoom in. Surfaces also show little detail; for example, you can see structures in walls with higher-quality cell phone cameras, which the real C30 cannot show with its main camera.

In the dark, the detail representation decreases even more, but at least the brightening is quite OK. Videos can be recorded in 1080p and 30 fps at most, but they also suffer from low detail representation. In good light, both pictures and videos can be used for simple use. However, those with higher demands will be disappointed.

The front-facing camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels and takes quite decent selfies in good light, which also show a bit of drawing in the dark hair area.

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.

Main cameraMain cameraLow Light
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ColorChecker
14.6 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
15.6 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
13 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
12 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
16 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
12 ∆E
16 ∆E
1.5 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
10 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
ColorChecker realme C30: 11.19 ∆E min: 1.55 - max: 19.82 ∆E
ColorChecker
27.5 ∆E
52.6 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
38.5 ∆E
43.3 ∆E
67.8 ∆E
53.1 ∆E
33.9 ∆E
40.4 ∆E
24.7 ∆E
66.8 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
50.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
76.5 ∆E
40.7 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
90 ∆E
70.2 ∆E
51.4 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
23.7 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
ColorChecker realme C30: 46.61 ∆E min: 13.39 - max: 90.02 ∆E

Display - Little luminosity

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The IPS display with 1,600 x 720 pixels shows partly quite similar measurements as in the realme C31, for example, the average brightness of 386 cd/m² is a decent level for an inexpensive phone, but it is too low for use in bright light. The brightness distribution is also not as even and the black value is increased, which is particularly noticeable in dark screen backgrounds and little ambient light due to irregular color tones.

We did not notice any PWM flickering in the inexpensive phone.

397
cd/m²
381
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
403
cd/m²
410
cd/m²
357
cd/m²
406
cd/m²
397
cd/m²
375
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 410 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 385.9 cd/m² Minimum: 1.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 410 cd/m²
Contrast: 820:1 (Black: 0.5 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.56 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 4 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
94.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.179
realme C30
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
realme C31
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto E32s
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Nokia G11
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
-39%
21%
-22%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41 ?(22, 19)
62 ?(33, 29)
-51%
30 ?(16, 14)
27%
48 ?(27, 21)
-17%
Response Time Black / White *
27 ?(12, 15)
34 ?(21, 13)
-26%
23 ?(8, 15)
15%
34 ?(19, 15)
-26%
PWM Frequency
Screen
2%
-13%
-7%
Brightness middle
410
413
1%
346
-16%
502
22%
Brightness
386
394
2%
330
-15%
486
26%
Brightness Distribution
85
91
7%
90
6%
89
5%
Black Level *
0.5
0.4
20%
0.47
6%
0.53
-6%
Contrast
820
1033
26%
736
-10%
947
15%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.56
4.89
-7%
5.4
-18%
5.73
-26%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.37
8.35
-13%
9
-22%
8.72
-18%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4
4.9
-23%
5.5
-38%
6.8
-70%
Gamma
2.179 101%
2.395 92%
2.874 77%
2.352 94%
CCT
7450 87%
7598 86%
5971 109%
8800 74%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-19% / -6%
4% / -7%
-15% / -10%

* ... smaller is better

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
27 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (22.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 56 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (35.9 ms).

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: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19601 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space
CalMAN color space
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Comparatively brisk

The Unisoc Tiger T612 is not a bad choice as SoC for a budget smartphone, after all, it offers reasonably solid performance for everyday use. That means navigating through menus is mostly smooth. However, the performance is still too low for complex apps or demanding games.

The phone also performs well in our benchmarks. The fast UFS 2.2 memory also contributes to the impression that the realme C30 is better equipped for everyday use than some cheaper rivals.

The phone can heat up considerably on the front and back under load, and the case temperatures on the rear could also become uncomfortable in hot environments. Overall, however, the heating remains within limits.

The mono speaker is quite treble-heavy in terms of sound. Thus, voices are usually transmitted quite clearly, but they are occasionally a bit unpleasantly boomy in the ear at maximum volume. If you want better sound, you can use the 3.5 mm audio port or Bluetooth 5.0; aptX and aptX HD are available, but not the more modern versions of the codec.

The phone gets a decent runtime of 15:29 hours out of the 5,000 mAh battery in our WLAN test. However, that is a bit less than the comparison devices, the Nokia G11 even manages considerably more. Nevertheless, it should be enough for two days of runtime with moderate use. The included charger manages 10 watts and thus needs well over 2 hours to completely fill the empty battery again.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
realme C30
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
347 Points ∼48%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
346 Points ∼47% 0%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
160 Points ∼22% -54%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
311 Points ∼43% -10%
Average UNISOC T612
  (346 - 347, n=4)
347 Points ∼48% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=265, last 2 years)
730 Points ∼100% +110%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
realme C30
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1323 Points ∼56%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1322 Points ∼56% 0%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
656 Points ∼28% -50%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
1113 Points ∼47% -16%
Average UNISOC T612
  (1311 - 1326, n=4)
1321 Points ∼56% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 5538, n=265, last 2 years)
2356 Points ∼100% +78%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
realme C30
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
6566 Points ∼64%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
7776 Points ∼75% +18%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5815 Points ∼56% -11%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
7912 Points ∼77% +20%
Average UNISOC T612
  (6566 - 7776, n=4)
7414 Points ∼72% +13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=212, last 2 years)
10339 Points ∼100% +57%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1527 Points ∼28%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
919 Points ∼17%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
1434 Points ∼27%
Average UNISOC T612
 
1527 Points ∼28%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 14876, n=203, last 2 years)
5389 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1343 Points ∼17%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
853 Points ∼11%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
1266 Points ∼16%
Average UNISOC T612
 
1343 Points ∼17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=202, last 2 years)
7970 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
2942 Points ∼89%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1257 Points ∼38%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
2673 Points ∼81%
Average UNISOC T612
 
2942 Points ∼89%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=200, last 2 years)
3319 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
989 Points ∼45%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
468 Points ∼21%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
962 Points ∼44%
Average UNISOC T612
  (979 - 997, n=3)
988 Points ∼45%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 7614, n=156, last 2 years)
2192 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
834 Points ∼38%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
397 Points ∼18%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
817 Points ∼38%
Average UNISOC T612
  (826 - 841, n=3)
834 Points ∼38%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 9978, n=156, last 2 years)
2170 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
2832 Points ∼100%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1260 Points ∼44%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
2535 Points ∼90%
Average UNISOC T612
  (2773 - 2858, n=3)
2821 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 4603, n=156, last 2 years)
2774 Points ∼98%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
988 Points ∼23%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
537 Points ∼12%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
969 Points ∼22%
Average UNISOC T612
  (986 - 988, n=3)
987 Points ∼23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 13223, n=229, last 2 years)
4351 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
829 Points ∼15%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
460 Points ∼8%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
820 Points ∼14%
Average UNISOC T612
  (829 - 830, n=3)
829 Points ∼15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 20955, n=228, last 2 years)
5715 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
2990 Points ∼91%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1298 Points ∼39%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
2667 Points ∼81%
Average UNISOC T612
  (2909 - 2990, n=3)
2946 Points ∼89%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5857, n=228, last 2 years)
3303 Points ∼100%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
411 Points ∼13%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
394 Points ∼13%
Average UNISOC T612
  (411 - 415, n=3)
412 Points ∼13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=203, last 2 years)
3122 Points ∼100%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
410 Points ∼10%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
392 Points ∼10%
Average UNISOC T612
  (410 - 410, n=3)
410 Points ∼10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 12429, n=223, last 2 years)
3995 Points ∼100%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
117 Points ∼11%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
112 Points ∼10%
Average UNISOC T612
  (114 - 117, n=3)
115.3 Points ∼10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3383, n=198, last 2 years)
1106 Points ∼100%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
111 Points ∼10%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
109 Points ∼10%
Average UNISOC T612
  (111 - 111, n=3)
111 Points ∼10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3265, n=192, last 2 years)
1109 Points ∼100%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme C30
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
10 fps ∼31%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
10 fps ∼31% 0%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.9 fps ∼24% -21%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
9.6 fps ∼30% -4%
Average UNISOC T612
  (4.7 - 10, n=4)
8.68 fps ∼27% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.7 - 104, n=260, last 2 years)
32.4 fps ∼100% +224%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme C30
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
5.3 fps ∼13%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
5.3 fps ∼13% 0%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.2 fps ∼10% -21%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
5.3 fps ∼13% 0%
Average UNISOC T612
  (5.3 - 5.4, n=4)
5.33 fps ∼13% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=262, last 2 years)
40.4 fps ∼100% +662%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme C30
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
6.4 fps ∼28%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
6.4 fps ∼28% 0%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5 fps ∼22% -22%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
6 fps ∼26% -6%
Average UNISOC T612
  (3 - 6.4, n=4)
5.55 fps ∼24% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3 - 86, n=261, last 2 years)
22.9 fps ∼100% +258%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme C30
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1.9 fps ∼12%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1.9 fps ∼12% 0%
Motorola Moto E32s
Mediatek Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.5 fps ∼10% -21%
Nokia G11
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 3072
1.9 fps ∼12% 0%
Average UNISOC T612
  (1.9 - 2, n=4)
1.925 fps ∼13% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=262, last 2 years)
15.4 fps ∼100% +711%
realme C30realme C31Motorola Moto E32sNokia G11Average 64 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-44%
-62%
-60%
11%
40%
Sequential Read 256KB
569
478.8
-16%
248.6
-56%
252.7
-56%
734 ?(485 - 928, n=12)
29%
985 ?(45.6 - 1999, n=257, last 2 years)
73%
Sequential Write 256KB
414.7
131.9
-68%
184.3
-56%
187.6
-55%
383 ?(120.6 - 519, n=12)
-8%
561 ?(11.9 - 1776, n=257, last 2 years)
35%
Random Read 4KB
125.4
89
-29%
49.1
-61%
48.2
-62%
148 ?(88.5 - 215, n=12)
18%
182.1 ?(13.5 - 543, n=257, last 2 years)
45%
Random Write 4KB
169.4
61.5
-64%
40
-76%
59
-65%
176.8 ?(95.4 - 216, n=12)
4%
183.4 ?(18.4 - 503, n=258, last 2 years)
8%

Temperature

Max. Load
 42.2 °C
108 F
33.8 °C
93 F
31.6 °C
89 F
 
 42.2 °C
108 F
34.1 °C
93 F
31.4 °C
89 F
 
 41.1 °C
106 F
33.7 °C
93 F
31.2 °C
88 F
 
Maximum: 42.2 °C = 108 F
Average: 35.7 °C = 96 F
31.9 °C
89 F
34.8 °C
95 F
44.5 °C
112 F
31.9 °C
89 F
34.2 °C
94 F
44.9 °C
113 F
31.5 °C
89 F
33.6 °C
92 F
42.6 °C
109 F
Maximum: 44.9 °C = 113 F
Average: 36.7 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  43.2 °C = 110 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.7 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.2 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.9 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.3 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back side
Heatmap Back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.939.82534.533.73127.730.94028.533.65033.235.36326.329.18023.419.510022.521.912515.419.116014.627.320012.334.325013.341.531511.645.44007.550.350011.457.963015.259.980014.762.6100011.869.612501268.3160010.369.720009.365.7250010.862.4315014.762.3400014.369.6500014.977.163001579.1800015.4751000016.867.51250016.172160001757.1SPL25.984N0.751.4median 14.6median 62.4Delta212.641.543.635.540.431.731.230.834.632.235.825.128.619.424.120.928.217.632.615.837.91338.211.738.610.646.710.550.611.957.313.868.615.474.612.774.11674.612.470.111.666.113.16613.168.713.77114.271.714.772.415.364.915.964.716.557.917.146.726.182.60.752.7median 13.8median 64.91.812.1hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme C30Nokia G11
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme C30 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 78% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 86% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 10% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Nokia G11 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 55% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Nokia G11
5050 mAh
1053 min ∼40% +13%
Motorola Moto E32s
5000 mAh
972 min ∼37% +5%
realme C31
5000 mAh
947 min ∼36% +2%
realme C30
5000 mAh
929 min ∼35%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=264, last 2 years)
889 min ∼34% -4%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
15h 29min

Pros

+ good performance for a budget phone
+ light, nicely designed case
+ fast memory

Cons

- NFC and fingerprint scanner are missing
- only WiFi 4
- few LTE frequencies
- low-detail camera pictures
- microUSB port

Verdict - Meager equipment meets decent performance

In review: realme C30. Test device provided by realme Germany.
In review: realme C30. Test device provided by realme Germany.

The realme C30 is an unusual phone. The tangibly structured and angular design and the fast memory in a very cheap phone contribute to this impression. The performance is convincing for an entry-level phone, but of course, you should not expect miracles. The screen is sufficiently bright and the single camera is at least honest in that it does without quite useless additional lenses.

The slow Wi-Fi and the few LTE frequencies limit the communication capabilities of the real-world C30. It also lacks an NFC module, fingerprint sensor, and DRM certification.

The realme C30 is a very simply equipped entry-level phone that can primarily convince in terms of performance and light as well as extravagant design.

With the realme C31 the manufacturer already has another phone in this price range, which can score with much faster WLAN and just as much power, and it also has a fingerprint sensor. However, it is much heavier and has a rather unspectacular design. Motorola's Moto E32s also has much faster Wi-Fi but offers even less performance than our review sample.

Price and availability

The realme C30 is not yet listed at so many retailers in Central Europe at the time of testing, the phone should be available from the beginning of October.

At amazon.de you can order the phone in the 32 GB version with a few days' delivery time for just under 120 Euros plus shipping costs. Currently, this version is also available at Saturn and MediaMarkt, but a delivery date has not been set yet.

realme C30 - 09/28/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
35 / 70 → 49%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
83%
Games Performance
10 / 64 → 16%
Application Performance
66 / 86 → 76%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 90 → 56%
Camera
43%
Average
69%
75%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-09-29 (Update: 2022-09-30)