realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Content

  1. realme as market leader
  2. What is so special about realme C15?
  3. Realme UI shell
  4. Battery
  5. Камеры
  6. Screen, NFC and smart design
  7. Performance
  8. Conclusion

realme as market leader

In this text we will talk about a good smartphone realme C15, but, perhaps, I would like to start with a provocative statement that the realme brand is a potential market segment leader, where the company is now running with the letter “X” with the brands “M…” and “R…” … Realme has all the qualities for this, except for fame. However, perhaps this is even a plus for buyers. First, as practice shows, the more famous the brand, the more embedded advertising in the smartphone shell. Secondly, so far realme has not acquired stereotypes.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Much had to be covered up so as not to be accused of unfair competition, but it is still immediately obvious which company we are talking about and what stereotype is being played out, right?

The claim about realme as a market leader may seem unfounded if you do not know that the brand belongs to BBK Electronics Corporation, which also owns the OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo and IQOO trademarks. Each of the listed brands works in its own price segment, but if you summarize the sales, it turns out that BBK Electronics is either slightly inferior to the current market leader, or already in first place (there are certain difficulties in calculations, since there is no exact data on sales of OnePlus and IQOO and realme is still in the process of launching in a number of markets).

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BBK Electronics is doing well with technology and innovation. Just look at the ratings of screens, sound or cameras from DxOMark. The company’s brands are among the top ten, where all devices have practically the same ratings.

From a business and marketing point of view, this cannot be approved, but now BBK, in an effort to give prominence to new brands (realme and IQOO) and promote them in the market, is engaged in “pulling” technology and hardware from premium brands. This is bad for business, as it teaches buyers that top-end characteristics can be taken, as they say, at a low price.

I was sure that this year BBK will take over the palm, but the coronavirus confused the plans, however, only delaying the inevitable. More details can be found in the material at the link below. And finally, I note that I do not have warm feelings for BBK and realme, but to deny that the smartphone market has a new leader is to go against the facts. Regular readers, I think, remember the materials where I condemned the company’s strategy. realme for each price segment puts hardware in a class higher, thus winning in price-quality ratio. And I still think that such a dumping strategy is wrong (from a business point of view). Buyers, of course, this is only a joy.

What is so special about realme C15?

realme C15 is the best way to explain realme’s advantages over other brands when comparing price and quality. For simplicity, I have divided the text into 5 paragraphs according to the most important characteristics of a modern smartphone – exterior, performance, battery, camera and shell.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Realme UI shell

Someone will say that we should talk about the shell in the last place, and the inches of the screen, gigahertz of the chipset and gigabytes of memory are important, but, in my opinion, realme UI is one of the most important advantages of realme smartphones.

While reviewing devices from certain manufacturers, I’m already used to the fact that advertising climbs literally from all cracks. Although for many it still becomes a revelation. Take a look at the screenshot of a comment posted to one recent review. Points 3 and 4 of this comment are related, because while the advertisement is loading, the device slows down.

Take a look at the screenshot of a comment posted to one recent review. Points 3 and 4 of this comment are related, because while the advertisement is loading, the device slows down

Realme has the cleanest shell, which, unfortunately, even the flagships of the current nominal market leader cannot boast of.

We came out with a separate detailed review of the shell, which I recommend that you familiarize yourself with, but if you highlight the main advantages with points, then it will be the following:

  • Complete lack of advertising.
  • Excellent optimization that makes the shell fly. There are no jams, friezes and thoughtfulness.
  • There is a built-in call recording.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

  • The shell is beautiful from the very beginning, the principles of the golden ratio and the mechanisms of quantum animation (super-smoothness) were used in its creation, but the user can fully customize the appearance of the system.
  • A dark theme, fully integrated into the interface and optimized even for working with third-party applications.
  • Dual-listen mode, allowing two users to listen to audio from one device at the same time. The mode works with a set of wireless and wired headphones.
  • An advanced privacy system that protects certain objects from being read. For example, if some application wants to read your contacts, it will see empty values ​​instead of data, and it will remain so until you grant access. It is very cool.
  • Regular updates. Believe it or not, realme C15 (as well as younger models) will receive an update to Android 11 and realme UI 2.0, not counting security patches.
realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

The smartphone has a screen brightness of more than 450 nits, which allows you to work comfortably outdoors

However, in any barrel of honey there is always a little bit of tar. Realme has a great built-in “Gallery”, which along the way sorts photos by genre (sea, architecture, food). But I don’t like the logic when at the top the smartphone shows the earliest photos by date. Accordingly, when viewing, you need to scroll not down, but up.

Battery

This item comes immediately after the shell, as they are interconnected. The realme C15 has one of the most capacious batteries among smartphones – 6 mAh. But this figure does not mean anything if the smartphone runs on crooked software and old hardware. realme C000 is equipped with a chipset according to the current 15nm process technology, which, together with a clean, optimized shell, has a positive effect on battery life. Realme itself says that with the latest update, the battery life has increased by 12%, and the reduction in power consumption during the night in standby mode has decreased by 10%.

A significant bonus is that it comes with 18W fast charging. By the way, the smartphone supports reverse charging, that is, it can be used as a power bank.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Talking about the autonomy of the device, I would like to note two interesting functions.

Firstly, this is a super power saving mode, when the user selects the 6 most needed applications (according to a realme study, most people use exactly that many programs 70-80% of the time), and all other services are subjected to a more highly efficient power saving mode. So the super mode test showed that after two hours of using WhatsApp and YouTube, the battery sat down by only 5%.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

A significant bonus is that it comes with 18W fast charging

The second feature is general system optimization, when you can turn off the gluttonous visual effects of the interface, background processes freeze, and the screen brightness decreases.

You will have to charge realme C15 every 2-3 days. And finally, the main numbers:

  • watching videos on YouTube (via Wi-Fi) – 28 hours
  • listening to streaming music (via Wi-Fi, screen off) – 60 hours
  • playing PUBG (via Wi-Fi) – 10 hours
  • talk time 46 hours
  • standby time up to 57 days

Камеры

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

If we speak in the language of marketing, then realme C15 is the first C-series smartphone with a main quad camera. On the one hand, it is, on the other, the smartphone has 2 main cameras, 13 MP and an ultra-wide-angle (viewing angle of 119 degrees) 8 MP, as well as two assisting cameras: a black-and-white and a retro camera, responsible for shooting portraits.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Tandem lenses will allow you to take black and white photos with high contrast of light and dark areas of the frame. The retro camera will transform professional portraits into the ones that were once filmed on film – the effect is achieved by adding texture to the photo. Take a look at the example snapshot below.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

If you don’t beat around the bush and speak in simple terms, then the realme C15 has an excellent camera. The manufacturer chose two high-quality photo modules (13 MP and 8 MP), which give a good result. Take a look at the sample images below. Pay attention to the shot on the embankment. The smartphone was able to work out both the shadow from the tree in the foreground and the Vyborg castle with the autumn landscape in the background. If you think this is nonsense, then you are mistaken. This is a very difficult exercise. Look at the photo of the wicker shade. The plafond is visible, the lamp is on, but the background is also clearly worked out. St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Bronze Horseman also turned out well, despite the gloomy weather. And pay special attention to wide-angle shots. Excellent color reproduction without loss of detail.

Front camera 8 MP. It’s great that there is an HDR mode. Put it in automatic mode right away. Take a look at the two pictures below. If HDR is off, then the background is not worked out, but it is completely different when it is on.

By the way, please note that the beautification mode is enabled by default in the smartphone. Beautification is neat, not striking, but keep in mind. And then I was still happy, how well I was doing, until I realized what the secret was.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

The advanced black-and-white module reminds that many banal photos look much more interesting in b / w

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Screen, NFC and smart design

The realme C15 has a 6.5-inch screen. This is an IPS LCD panel with good viewing angles, an aspect ratio of 20 by 9, a resolution of 1560 by 720 pixels and a pixel density of 270 ppi. The screen occupies 88.7% of the front surface of the smartphone. Covered with protective Corning Gorilla Glass.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

In my opinion, the screen has exactly 3 main positive features:

  • Excellent color rendering. And in this case, this is not only mine, but an absolutely objective assessment. Look at the reviews of the smartphone in any language, everyone remains positively surprised by the quality of the screen.
  • The realme C15 has one of the smallest screen cutouts of any smartphone (and possibly the smallest). In realme, the cut is described poetically as “the cut area is 30.9% smaller than the dew drop.”
  • The brightness of the screen, according to measurements, is about 450 nits (it is better to use auto brightness). Not a bad indicator to work with your smartphone outdoors.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

A few more interesting points about the screen. First, about the only negative. Apparently, having decided that since the cutout is smaller than a dew drop, realme abandoned the opportunity to hide it. This is taste, but I know those who liked to fill the top of the screen with black. On the other hand, I always set all applications to full screen.

For some reason, they do not mention this point in the reviews, but in the realme UI 1.0 shell it is possible to set a VERY LARGE font in the settings. I think the hint is clear. In general, realme in their positioning likes to declare that they have smartphones for young people, but here both young and old will be happy. Check out the comparison below with regular large font on Android. Realme has a huge font.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

I have already spoken about the dark theme in the section about the shell, but do not forget about the protection against blue radiation. A typical option that can be adjusted in the settings. She works for me from 22 pm to 6 am.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

About NFC

You can’t say much about NFC, but the very fact of having NFC in a smartphone for 10 rubles is important. Accordingly, Google Pay – paying in stores, walking in the subway – everything is available! About NFC I just want to say that this is a special customization for the Russian market. It’s interesting that many Chinese manufacturers prefer to ignore this fact, but realme immediately realized how much NFC is loved in Russia. The manufacturer literally released a couple of models without NFC, after which they began to specifically install NFC for Russia. This moment, by the way, should be taken into account by those who like to save money by purchasing the “gray” version. In other markets, realme C990 does not have NFC.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

About design

At the end of the paragraph, a couple of words about design. Before talking about beauty, a purely practical moment. The smartphone has a slot for 2 SIM-cards and a separate slot for a microSD memory card up to 256 GB. A simple and correct decision when you don’t have to choose – a second SIM card or a memory card. You can do both.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

It is necessary to mention it, because realme is very “confused” trying to stand out. See for yourself: “The back cover is textured using advanced German 300-axis high-precision radium engraving technology and polished in 15 minutes. As a result, the engraved curves create a special effect of three zones, playing unpredictably in the light, but the design does not lose its solidity. realme CXNUMX is available in two colors: sea blue and herring gull. “

Like this. There is nothing to add here. I propose to pensively shut up and look at the photographs of the design polished with radium.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Color “sea blue”

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Herring Gull color

Performance

I specially left the section on productivity for last, because manufacturers always need to save money. Having put a good screen, battery, NFC, cameras, you need to look for what to save on in order to keep within the set price standard. Performance usually suffers. And this is where realme’s approach comes in, knocking out the ground from under the feet of other brands.

The smartphone has 4 GB of memory (not bad, but not surprising), but this is not LPDDR3 memory, but LPDDR4x, which is 2 times faster than the previous generation. Thanks to fast memory, the system flies.

We chose MediaTek Helio G35 as the chipset. I know that MediaTek did not have the best image, but I recommend that you look at my material on the manufacturer’s analysis. After reading, you will understand how the image has developed and why it has nothing to do with the current chipsets.

However, in general, the MediaTek Helio G35 at a price of 10 rubles is an unusual solution, since the G990 is a gaming chipset. It is installed in devices with a price of 35 thousand rubles, positioning them as a gaming solution. Perhaps the main confirmation of the chipset’s competence was announced in the battery section. The battery life in the PUBG game is 18 hours. Either PUBG is poorly optimized, or it is really too demanding, but productive hardware is required for a comfortable game. I have always believed that comfortable PUBG is for smartphones from 10-20 thousand rubles. realme C23 changed my mind.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Lighter games like Call of Duty or Sonic, of course, generally fly.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Conclusion

Finally, I will summarize my thoughts. realme C15 is a typical smartphone of the realme strategy, offering advanced hardware at a lower price than competitors. Parent company BBK Electronics can afford such dumping in an attempt to increase sales, but for the market as a whole, this strategy is harmful.

Parsing C15 into pros and cons.

realme C15 as perhaps the best smartphone with NFC up to 12 rubles

Cons first. It’s strange that the option to hide the cutout was dropped. The second disadvantage is the microUSB connector for charging. Well, the subjective minus is the strange logic of the “Gallery” (see more details at the end of the section about the shell).

The advantages include the following:

  • Clean shell without ads (speed and smoothness of work, dark theme, fine tuning, the ability to display a huge font, etc.)
  • NFC availability
  • G35 chipset and LPDDR4x memory, which are usually put in devices of a higher class.
  • The battery is 6 mAh, which, together with iron and an optimized shell, gives 000-2 days of work on a single charge.
  • Fast charging 18W included.
  • A good camera with 4 photo modules and a high-quality selfie camera.
  • 6.5 inches IPS screen.
  • Interesting design (without annoying mirror surfaces)

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Published – 02 November 2020

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