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Realme C53 review: honest and cheap

Realme brings a new low-end contender to the market, realme C53 therefore arrives with 6GB of RAM and a 90Hz display, let’s find out together in the full review!

Full review of the latest entry-level smartphone Realme C53, a device that brings some really not bad features to the low end of the market, including the 90Hz display, the 5000 mAh battery and 6 GB of RAM memory (virtually expandable). Furthermore, Realme proposes here the Mini-Capsule functionality already seen on the older brother realme C55.

Technical sheet | Realme C53 review

  • Display: 6.74″ IPS LCD, 90Hz, 560 nits (max), 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio 390 ppi
  • SoC: Unisoc Tiger T612 (12 nm)
  • GPU: Mali-G57
  • RAM: 6 GB (virtually expandable by another 6 or 8 GB)
  • Internal memory: 64GB – 128GB – 256GB
  • Rear cameras: 50 MP (wide), PDAF 0.3 MP (depth)
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, Radio, USB Type-C 2.0
  • Drums: 5,000 mAh with support for 33W wired fast charging
  • Dimensions: 167.3 x 76.7 x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 182 g
  • Other: biometric reader (right side), accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Operating system: Android 13 con Realme UI T Edition

Realme C53 review: honest and cheap

Packaging, build quality and materials | Realme C53 review

Let’s start from the package, rich and equipped, where we will find the33W power supply with its USB-C cable, a convenient one transparent cover silicone and, of course, the smartphone. Realme C53 is equipped with simple and minimal lines, combined with a rear treatment capable of making the smartphone modern and elegant. However, due to the price range and as well as for its older brother realme C55, the compromises on the aesthetic and construction side all fall on the materials, simple polycarbonate, both on the back and on the body, which makes the smartphone less ‘premium’, but at the same time Also less prone to scratches and bumps. Understandably, there is no certification against water and dust.

In any case, on the sides we will find the volume rocker, the power button with attached biometric reader, input USB Type-CSIM tray, mono audio capsule and a comfortable anchor jack audio da 3,5 mm. On the back instead three large photographic modules (attention: it is almost exclusively about aesthetics, one for example contains only the LED flash) slightly protruding from the body. Finally, frontally a 6.74 ″ panel with integrated drop notch style camera, small and not too invasive.

Hardware, connectivity and displays | Realme C53 review

On the hardware front this Realme C53 is driven by a, not too handsome, Unisoc Tiger T612 (4G only) paired with ben 6 GB of RAM memory (virtually expandable) and 128 GB of storage memory. But how do these specifications translate into daily use? Thanks to some software precautions which we will discuss in the next paragraphs, not so bad. Of course, don’t expect exceptional performance, but given the integrated SoC we assure you that it could have been much worse. The display then takes care of amplifying the sensation of speed, thanks to its 90Hz. For everything else, it is a panel faithful to its price range, in LCD technology and not-so-exciting peak brightness.

The connectivity is also average, thanks to the presence of the Bluetooth in versione 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO and NFC. Finally, the mono audio speaker is of moderate quality, with microphones and vibration, all in line with the price range.

Cameras | Realme C53 review

On the back of this Realme C53 we find a dual-camera accompanied by the usual LED flash (this time embedded in a photographic module). The first, and certainly the most important of these sensors, is the 50 Megapixel main camera, capable of capturing well-made shots in most cases (net of a little noise when the light goes down). We then find a second sensor of only 0.3 MP used for depth measurement, rather useless in practice. Frontally a bedroom 8 MP also of fair workmanship, with good detail but with washed out colors.

Obviously the optical stabilization is missing but this is not perceived so much in the photos, thanks to a now mature software, as in the videos, where a steady hand becomes almost necessary. Then we find various features including slow-motion, panorama, time-lapse, pro, 50 MP, portrait and night. Finally good l’HDRwhich returns well-contrasted images, albeit sometimes too saturated in colors (but this is not a bad thing on social networks!).

Software and autonomy | Realme C53 review

On board this smartphone we find Android 13 with Realme UI T Edition customization, this time no longer on a ColorOS basis but on a stock Android basis. Yes, because here we find a completely different but at the same time lighter and more agile software, just what was needed for similar hardware (excellent Realme choice!). Moreover, they have been bloatware on power-up reduced to the bone, which would have done nothing but unnecessarily weigh down a smartphone that is already not too powerful. There are also small additions at the software level, such as the recent Mini-Capsule, unfortunately still little used. Too bad for the impossibility of applying full-screen gestures in favor of the now anachronistic, albeit still valid, three front touch buttons ‘back, home and multitasking’.

Another point in favor with the autonomy: able to give us 2 days of intense use thanks to the large module from 5000 mAh with 33W fast wired charging.

Conclusions and price

Realme C53 therefore turns out to be a solid smartphone capable of convincing above all thanks to the remarkable value for money. With satisfactory performance, lean and clean software and more than abundant autonomy. List price starts from 179,99€ on the official website for the 6/128GB version, however it won’t be difficult to find it already on offer for less than €160. 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 for further news and video reviews. See you soon!

Plus points

  • elegant design
  • Autonomy
  • Display
  • Lightweight software

Points against

  • Fair performance only
  • Unexciting cameras
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