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Realme C31 Smartphone Review

The Realme C31 is a really inexpensive smartphone but does a low price effect the quality of images and other features? Let's find out.


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Quick Verdict

The Realme C31 is a smart-looking device with a great battery, lovely design and an even better price but the cameras aren't the best, the display is average and in reality, you can get a much better spec smartphone without having to spend much more cash. 

+ Pros

  • Smart design
  • Good screen size 
  • Decent battery
  • Price

- Cons

  • Poor camera performance
  • Can be slow to react 
  • Seen better displays
 

 

Realme is a Chinese smartphone brand who have recently introduced the very budget-friendly Realme C31 to its line-up and when we say budget-friendly, we mean it as some people will have spent more on a pair of trainers than the smartphone costs which is currently £129 over on Amazon. But such small prices usually mean something has to be sacrificed in terms of technology or smartphone quality so shall we see if this is true for the Realme C31?

 

Realme C31 Features

The Realme C31 is a great sized smartphone that has a 6.5-inch display with a glass front, plastic back and also a plastic frame. You get the option of a 32GB/3GB RAM or 64GB/4GB RAM device both of which have expandable memory thanks to a microSDXC slot and a 5000mAh battery is built-in. There's no USB-C, just MicroUSB 2 so don't lose the provided cable as you won't just be able to reach for one of your other USB cables when it needs charging. 

As for the cameras, you get a 13MP f/2.2 wide (main) camera with AF, a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera and a 0.3MP f/2.8 depth sensor. On the front is a 5MP f/2.2 camera that captured video at 720p at 30fps while the rear camera shoots in 1080p at 30fps. 

Realme C31 Specs:

  • Rear cameras: 13MP f/2.2 wide (main) camera with AF, a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera and a 0.3MP f/2.8 depth sensor
  • Front camera: 5MP f/2.2
  • Video:1080p/720p video at 30fps
  • Display: 6.5-inch display (720x1600pixels)
  • Dimensions: 164.7mm x 76.1mm x 8.4mm
  • Weight: 197g
  • Battery: 5000mAh

 

Realme C31 Handling

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The Realme C31 is a budget smartphone with a more expensive smartphone look to it. Often, inexpensive smartphones at this low price point can be bulky and have thick bezels but the C31 isn't like this. Instead, it looks and feels like it should cost more money than it's priced at while fitting nicely in the hand. Buttons fall exactly where you need them to but the sides are rather smooth so the smartphone can slip if you don't have a good grip on it. It's constructed from plastic but the silver finish is really nice and very eye-catching. 

On the bottom you find a 3.5mm headphone jack and a micro USB port which is slightly annoying as most people have USB-C cables now so if you happen to lose the provided cable, you can't simply reach for another that's lying around your house. On the side is a SIM and microSD memory card slot so you can expand the C31's memory. Weirdly, the speaker is on the back so sound can end-up muffled as your hand often covers it. 

On the front is a 6.5-inch display which is a decent size but the resolution isn't the best at 720x1600pixels and when viewing, it does seem dull in comparison to other smartphones but colours are decent. There's also a black bezel which is noticeable around the edge of the screen with the 5MP f/2.2 selfie camera built into this, sitting top-centre instead of a cutout. At this price point, though, thick bezels are something we still do expect to see so its not alone in its design. 

 

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Turn the C31 over and you find a camera bump to left with the 13MP f/2.2 wide (main) camera with AF, a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera and a 0.3MP f/2.8 depth sensor. It's framed so standout but we like it and there's no movement when you sit it on a desk with the smartphone sitting almost flush. The camera line-up isn't as impressive as we see on many new releases nowadays but we'll talk more about that in the performance section. 

The camera app features a few camera modes which include a Pro mode, Aperture mode, Night mode and a dedicated Macro mode but it's nowhere as feature-packed as some other smartphones offer. Weirdly, 'Photo' made is labelled as 'Capture', too, which still makes sense but it's not as simple to understand as the word 'Photo' is. It's clean and simple camera app design but it's not the quickest to respond with it occasionally not responding to a press of the shutter button and scrolling through the options is sluggish. 

Battery life - The battery is rated at 5000mAh and is actually really great, lasting easily all day (if not longer). 

 


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