After the previous C53, Realme brings a new contender to the market for the entry level range, Realme C51 therefore arrives with 4GB of RAM and a 90Hz display, let’s find out in the full review!
Realme has recently launched the new entry-level smartphone on the market Realme C51, a device that brings some really good features to the low end of the market. Among these, the 90Hz display, the 5000 mAh battery and 4 GB of RAM (virtually expandable).
Realme C51: technical sheet
- Display: 6.7-inch LCD, HD+ resolution (720 x 1600 pixels), 90 Hz refresh rate
- Processor: Unisoc Tiger T612
- RAM: 4 GB
- Internal memory: 128 GB
- Rear camera: triple, 50 MP (main), 0.08 MP (depth)
- Front camera: and 5 MP
- Drums: 5000 mAh, 18 W fast charging
- Software: Realme UI T Edition basato su Android 13
- Other: Side fingerprint reader, 3.5mm audio jack
- Dimensions: 167,2 x 76,7 x 7,9 mm
- Weight: 186 g
Packaging, build quality and materials | Realme C51 review
Let’s start with the package, which as per Realme tradition contains the rapid power supply, the USB-C cable, a transparent silicone cover and, of course, the smartphone. Realme C51 arrives on the market with a simple and minimalist design, which recalls the previous C series models also thanks to the back in polycarbonate which makes it appear modern and elegant (on which we then find a pleasant double finish). However, this time too, due to the low price, the materials are not of high quality, a detail which however makes it more resistant to impacts and scratches at the same time. There is no certification against water and dust.
On the sides we find the volume rocker, the power button with biometric reader, the USB Type-C input, the SIM tray, the mono audio capsule and the jack audio da 3,5 mm. On the back, however, we find three photographic modules slightly protruding from the body, but only one of these contains the main sensor.
Hardware, connectivity and display | Realme C51 review
Realme C51 brings with it a processor Unisoc Tiger T612, which despite not being among the most powerful on the market, offers a fluid user experience but with the right compromises. In fact, this chip only supports the 4G connectivity, but it is supported by a considerable amount of RAM, 4 GB, which can be virtually expanded to support smoother multitasking. In addition, the device offers 128 GB of storage, providing considerable space for applications, photos, videos and other types of data.
But how do these specifications translate into actual user experience? Thanks to a series of software optimizations, which we’ll detail later, the overall experience is more than discreet. Obviously, you shouldn’t expect mind-blowing performance given the limitations of the integrated SoC, but we can assure you that, considering the hardware available, it wasn’t such a predictable result.
The display of the Realme C51 stands out and gives a pleasant sensation of speed thanks to its refresh rate di 90Hz, despite a less than exceptional color calibration and a barely decent resolution. In fact we are faced with a LCD panel which faithfully reflects its price range, with a peak brightness level that, while not extraordinary, is adequate for most usage situations (it can only be a problem in direct sunlight). Moving on to connectivity, the Realme C51 offers good reception and decent performance, thanks to the presence of Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO and NFC. Finally, the device features one speaker audio mono good quality, complete with microphones and haptic feedback. These last two elements also remain consistent with the rest of the hardware features, overall offering a multimedia experience adequate for the reference range.
Cameras | Realme C51 review
Realme C51 is equipped with a rear photographic compartment dual-camera da 50 MP + 0,08 MP, accompanied by an LED flash. The 50MP main sensor is capable of capturing good quality shots in most cases (despite not always correct exposure), but can present some noise in low light conditions. The 0.08 MP secondary sensor is mainly dedicated to depth measurement, but unfortunately it is quite useless in practice.
The camera 5 MP front it is also of decent quality but with just enough detail, a higher number of megapixels would certainly have helped. The Realme C51 It does not have optical stabilization (OIS), an absence which however is not very noticeable in the photos, thanks to digital stabilization software and a now mature camera app, albeit sometimes a little intrusive in requesting permissions. In video, however, it is advisable to use a steady hand. The device also offers a number of unique features, including slow-mo, panorama, time-lapse, pro mode, 50 MP mode, portrait mode and night mode.
Software and autonomy | Realme C51 review
The Realme C51 is based on the software platform Android 13 with customization Realme UI T Edition, which is based on stock Android and no longer on ColorOS. A choice, the latter, that we have learned to appreciate already with its big brother Realme C53 (review here). In fact it is in all respects a positive change, as it makes the lighter and faster softwarejust what you need for entry-level hardware.
Furthermore, Realme has minimized bloatware, which would have unnecessarily burdened the smartphone. There are also some small software additions, such as the Mini-Capsule, which unfortunately once again remains underused. Another flaw is the impossibility of using full-screen gestures, which have been replaced by the three front touch buttons, without the possibility of choice. Another big point in favor of the Realme C51 is the autonomy, which can reach two days of intense use thanks to the 5000 mAh battery with wired fast charging.
Conclusions and price
In conclusion, the Realme C51 offers a great user experience balanced and satisfying, taking into account its positioning in the market. Despite the hardware limitations, software optimizations and design choices help create a device that offers good value for money. List price starts from 159,99€ on the official website for the 4/128GB version. Therefore, considering the complete package, we can only recommend the purchase of this smartphone if what you are looking for is an excellent quality-price ratio or a second device to be used as a ‘forklift’. Before saying goodbye, we invite you to follow the mobile section of techgameworld.com for further news and video reviews. See you soon!
Points in favor
- Inspired design
- Software (quasi) stock
- Sufficient cameras
- Hardware not exciting