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Realme C53 is another C series smartphone that has been able to catch a decent amount of attention from consumers. We are going to review its 6/128 GB model which is priced at ৳17,999 in the Bangladeshi market.
Design and Build
The phone is available in two different colors, Champion Gold, and Mighty Black. We are reviewing the phone with the champion gold color. It’s more shiny and vibrant. The black one is more minimal and elegant. The phone has an iPhone-like back camera setup that looks pretty good and premium. Also, the gold color texture looks premium. On the front we have a dewdrop notch and some of you prefer or consider the punch-hole style to be more up to the mark, but it doesn’t look that bad for us. However, what stands out in the design is its stunning 7.49 mm slimness. This is one of the slimmest smartphones out there and the slimmest ever made by Realme. We still have a 3.5 mm jack in such a slim phone and a big battery (we will tell more about the battery in the battery section). This is very impressive from Realme and they sure deserve a strong complement for the design of Realme C53.
The body is made of plastic, there is no Gorilla Glass on the front or any kind of water or splash resistance, so the build quality is average.
For the price, you’d expect a Full HD+ display but Realme packed a regular HD+ display here with a 90Hz refresh rate. It will give you a longer battery life, that is true and many of us don’t need a Full HD+ display and the HD+ display makes things faster especially in a lower-budget or lower-performance phone. But still, it reduces the value of money. The colors look fine, the under-sunlight view is decent. The screen is 6.74 inches which is quite large.
The 50 MP back camera is quite okay. You’ll see good color reproduction, clear image processing, and not too much detail but sufficient. The same goes for the video quality. You should be satisfied with the back camera shots.
The 8 MP front camera could surely be better. It has a lower dynamic range and a bit of a soft tone which increases in low-light conditions. If the front camera is important to you, this is not the phone to pick.
Battery and Performance
The 5000 mAh big battery comes with a 33W charger. The 0-100% charging time is about 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes which is quite impressive. Realme used its new Realme UI T here which is faster and more lightweight than the regular Realme UI. But it is missing a few features which is kind of a minor drawback because you are still winning with the faster UI. It comes down to what you prefer more. There is an up-to-date Android 13.
In the chipset section, we are presenting the big disappointment of this phone which is an inferior Unisoc Tiger T612 chipset. It’s okay to have this chipset around 11-12K budget. At an 18K budget, you would not expect a chipset like this. Take the Tecno Spark 10 Pro or the Infinix Hot 30 which are coming at the same or lower price. They are offering the Helio G88 chipset. If you compare the Helio G88 with the Unisoc T612, the Helio G88 has a nanoreview gaming score of 17 whereas the Unisoc T612 scores only 8 (out of 100). Even if you take the Helio G85 which is offered by Xiaomi Redmi 12C at a much lower price, scores 16 (double than the Unisoc T612). Yes, we have 6 GB RAM and an extended 6 GB virtual RAM option, so, you can still do some smooth gaming with lower graphics settings. But despite that, it not not a recommended phone for gaming or performance in general.
Storage, Connectivity and Others
There is 128 GB eMMC 5.1 internal storage and a dedicated MicroSD slot. We have all the expected connectivity features but the FM radio is unspecified and there is also no NFC. Sensors like Gyroscope and E-Compass are present which are often missing in phones at lower prices like this. So, this is a positive side. The audio output is decent and the fingerprint is side-mounted which is well-positioned and well-responsive.