The realme C11 is a budget-friendly smartphone meant to meet the needs of students for online learning now that we are facing the “new normal”.
I’ve tested this device for 3 weeks and here’s my full review. It includes a look at the design, display, performance, cameras, connectivity, and battery life.
Design & Display
The realme C11 has a polycarbonate or plastic body but it feels solid and sturdy with no creaks nor loose parts.
Its back has the trendy square camera module but there are only two cameras there. A smooth band runs vertically from the camera module while the rest of the back cover has a texture that prevents smudges and fingerprints.
Both the power and volume buttons are on the right side of the device which is a bit unusual for realme smartphones. The SIM card tray is on the left while a 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB port, and loudspeaker grille are at the bottom.
The phone’s large 6.5-inch display occupies most of the front panel with narrow bezels except for a small chin. There’s a small notch at the top for the selfie camera but it’s not too distracting.
The screen itself doesn’t get very bright but the colors are decent. It’s an IPS LCD panel with HD+ (720 x 1,560 pixels) resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. The tall format of the screen keeps the device handy while providing a bigger screen real estate. It supports up to 10 multi-touch inputs and feels responsive enough to swipes and taps.
Overall, the realme C11 is a well-built budget smartphone with some interesting design choices and a screen that does the job.
The new MediaTek Helio G35 chipset powers the realme C11 along with 2GB of RAM and Android 10 OS with realme UI on top.
I can’t say it has good performance because there are lags when opening apps or switching from one app to another. However, we can’t really ask too much for this price.
It’s sufficient for video conferencing, browsing social media, a little bit of gaming, and other education-related tasks. The user just needs some patience and not expect a superb performance out of this device.
|Game||Graphics Quality||Frame Rate|
|Mobile Legends||High||55 fps|
|Call of Duty||Low||47 fps|
|NBA 2K20||High||19 fps|
|NBA 2K20||Low||39 fps|
|PUBG Mobile||Balanced||25 fps|
When it comes to gaming, the realme C11 can run Mobile Legends with high graphics quality at 55 fps. The perfect frame rate is 60 fps, so this is decent. However, I recommend playing at low graphics quality to prevent frame drops.
More resource-intensive games are also playable but it’s not a good gaming experience. Frame drops occur during clashes on PUBG Mobile while NBA 2K20 is just laggy.
Here’s another comparison of the realme C11’s score in the RealPi benchmark compared to other smartphones:
|Smartphone||RealPi Benchmark Score|
|realme C11||14.69 s|
|Huawei Y6p||16.02 s|
|Huawei Y7p||3.62 s|
|realme C3||3.50 s|
|OPPO A9 2020||3.39 s|
|realme 6||3.06 s|
Average frame rate while playing Mobile Legends at HD graphics quality.