Smartphone major Realme has launched its latest entry in the C series with the Realme C55. The phone comes with the introductory price of Rs 10,999 and goes up to Rs 13,999. It is slated to go on sale on March 28th on Realme’s official website, Flipkart, and in Realme’s physical stores.
For our hands-on preview, we snagged the 8GB + 128GB variant, which is also the highest-spec variant, priced at Rs 10,999. The other options for C55 are 4GB+64GB and 6GB+64GB which cost Rs 11,999 and Rs 13,999 respectively. Additionally, three color options are available namely Rainforest, Sunshower and Rainy Night.
A quick unbox of the phone revealed a USB Type-C charging cable, a SuperVOOC adapter, a clear case and a SIM eject tool. In addition, we also get a pre-assembled screen protector with the C55.
display and sound
The Realme C55 has a 6.72-inch display that offers a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. It supports a refresh rate of up to 90 Hz and offers 550 nits of brightness. In the short time we’ve been with the phone, the display has performed fairly well at producing crisp pixels and was viewable even outdoors under the sun.
On the audio side, like other entry-level phones, the C55 has a mono speaker. The sound quality and volume was decent for our usage. One thing that stood out is that once the volume hits 100%, the phone offers an option to boost it further with Realme’s ultra volume mode.
Operating System and Performance
An interesting addition in the UI is the “mini-capsule” that triggers an animation and expands the area around the notch at certain moments. For example, when you connect the phone to charge, the mini capsule will appear for a few seconds and show the battery percentage.
Under the hood of the Realme C55 is MediaTek Helio G88, a 4G chip that offers up to 8GB of RAM. So far the chipset has held up pretty well in our use as we haven’t noticed any major lags when using the phone. The apps run well and so does the phone’s user interface. We’ll discuss more about the device’s performance in the full review as we continue testing it.
On the back of the Realme C55 is a 64MP + 2MP dual shooter whose lenses have a distinctive look and therefore easily attract attention. On the other hand, the front camera houses an 8MP sensor. The images captured by the rear camera produce vibrant colors and a good amount of detail. Moving on, the night mode images become bright enough, but lag in terms of image sharpness.
At the heart of the Realme C55 is a 5000mAh battery that powers everything. With our daily use, the smartphone lasted almost a day and sometimes longer. Additionally, the 33W SuperVOOC adapter powers the phone fairly quickly.
The Realme C55 is a decent entry-level smartphone that offers enough power inside to get through the day. The fast charging support ensures that you don’t have to wait long before using the phone again. We’ll go deeper into the various aspects of the phone in our full review that will be out in the near future.