The market for smartphones under €200 continues to grow, especially under the impetus of Chinese manufacturers. If Xiaomi has managed to position itself successfully thanks to its Redmi and Poco ranges, surely the giant does not lack competition. Realme also multiplies the references at very aggressive prices, to target the smallest wallets.
This is particularly the case with the Narzo 50i Prime, which recently passed through our labs. Sold at the same price (€139.99), the Realme C30 has a very similar technical sheet. However, we repeated our tests to see if it was just the same smartphone with a very (very) slightly revamped design. More or less, it is.
This applies first of all to the design: it is quite difficult to differentiate the Realme C30 from the Narzo 50i Prime. This is not a bad thing, as its design is easy on the eyes. It features long vertical lines and a slightly smaller island photo than its twin, but the same dimensions and weight.
Unfortunately, it does not support the 5G network either. This connectivity is limited by the chosen SoC, which is identical. The yields obtained are also perfectly similar. Multitasking performance is honorable and it is even possible to enjoy small games from the Play Store.
They share the same SoC… and the same unique photosensor. The 8 Mpx (f/2) wide-angle module offers comparable performance, which is to say, very disappointing. Here too, the front sensor behaves a bit better, without shining. We did not expect a photophone, but other budget smartphones such as the Motorola Moto e40 or the Redmi Note 11 are more convincing.
As with televisions or tablets, two identical screens cannot offer exactly the same values. Therefore, we have noticed some slight differences between the LCD panels. The one in the C30 that we tested thus offered a slightly higher light peak (428 cd/m² vs. 396 cd/m²) and slightly better tactile lag. But not enough to really tell them apart with the naked eye. Out of the box, the so-called “Standard” calibration turns out to be quite similar, with a delta E hovering around 4 and a temperature of around 8000 Kelvin. However, the “Hot” mode calibration of the Narzo 50i Prime convinced us more (6576 kelvin against 6049 kelvin), although it is still possible to get close to it on the C30 thanks to the temperature variator present in the configuration. So it’s a bit simpler on the Narzo.
With the same SoC and the same battery, we could expect a similar autonomy… And so it is. All the better, because the Narzo 50i Prime topped 21 hours in our aiming test protocol. This Realme C30 even does a little better as it lasted a few minutes longer. The data varies slightly with each test, we can agree that both are very durable.
Finally, the Realme C30 promises two years of software support and three years of security updates. We would have liked more, knowing that it works under Android 11.
Quite successful design.
Pretty decent performance.
Failed photo section.
Very slow to recharge.
A port in micro-USB format in 2022…
How does the rating work?
The Realme C30 is a smartphone that is very similar to another benchmark of the brand: the Narzo 50i Prime. So much so that they can be considered twins. It is certainly a very affordable mobile, but nevertheless it is difficult to convince. It has a decent SoC and good battery life, but compromises more than its direct competition on the rest. Not having the ambitions of a photophone, its single dorsal photosensor really disappoints day and night. In addition, its compatibility only with 4G and its micro-USB port prevent you from planning for the long term. Thus, we are looking at a quite visually pleasing, but already outdated smartphone, whose multimedia performance is too light. Therefore, we recommend photography and video enthusiasts to add a few euros to benefit from a more qualitative experience and to switch to an alternative model.
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