I recently got our hands on the realme C25s tested it for few days. Here is the review of realme C25s a phone that is bulky yet has a solid build. Let’s start with the design and build quality of realme C25s:
Design and Build Quality
The Realme C25s features a polycarbonate build like earlier phones of the C series with a matte and textured finish on the back which protects from fingerprint smudges and scratches.
There is a verticle strip along from top to bottom featuring the same texture as human fingerprints – it looks pleasantly well and also has realme’s branding placed decently. At the top sits a squared fashion camera bump which houses a triple camera setup along with LED flash, more on that later. Adjacent to the bottom of the camera bump a fingerprint sensor is placed which is easily approachable for a person with average hand size.
The curved edges of the back make it pretty easy to hold C25s and use it on the daily basis.
The C25s come in two colours. There’s the Water Blue option, which is the one we’re reviewing here, and the other is Water Grey colour.
The overall build feels really solid, despite plastic material. It’s quite heavy, possibly due to its enormous 6,000mAh battery, it’s quite heavy at 209g and thick at 9.6mm.
Expect the bulkiness to get worse when you use the free clear case. Still, for a budget device, we’re just glad that it feels built like a tank.
As far as the display is concerned, C25s has a 6.5″ IPS LCD screen with HD+ resolution which surely isn’t the sharpest display out there, but in this particular price segment its quite nice especially for watching movies and shows. The brightness is overall reasonable and C25s can be operated in outdoor situations even under normal daylight. The screen size is fairly big for users on a budget. As for audio, the C25s’s single bottom-firing speaker works fine. It’s not the loudest and clearest of all, but for the price, it’ll do just fine.
Hardware and Performance
As mentioned above, the realme C25s is powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 processor which is an upgrade over the C25. With 4GB of RAM the C25s is powerful enough for day to day tasks. You can browse social media, watch videos along with other basic tasks. As far as gaming performance is concerned you can enjoy graphic-intensive games like PUBG and Call of Duty Mobile at HD settings but for the best gaming experience set the graphics to smooth and frames to Ultra. For Gyroscope lovers, this phone doesn’t provide a hardware-based gyro sensor but it does provide a software-based gyro solution which is not good as the actual sensor but it’s indeed a good fill.
Like I said the earlier phone is good to go for a device for casual usage so if you’re concerned about playing casual games don’t worry at all.
However, you’ll notice delays when running multiple apps at once that could’ve been fixed with a 6GB RAM variant. The part where the phone truly shines is in the battery department, which we’ll get to in a bit.
realme C25s is running UI 2.0 at the top of Android 11.0 with the hope of getting an Android 12.0 updates as soon as possible. Its a clean user interface that realme is providing with mostly stock Android apps which are optimized and don’t consume a lot of resources. There are a bundle of customization option available like making changes into the notification panel and my personal favourite changing ICON styles. Overall the software experience si minimalistic and clean.
realme C25s is the first of C series phones with 48MP triple camera setup. It definitely validates the value for the money tag being said for C25s.
When it comes to User Experience the camera apps are responsive and runs smoothly with a lot modes available to choose from. Photos captured in daylight with a primary sensor are actually pretty good with decent details and natural-looking colours. However, during the night the photos turn bit grainy but that’s obviously to be expected from the budget segment device. The Super Nightscape mode can come in handy and provides additional optimization during the night.
As far as video is concerned, you can record HD+ video at 60fps with good dynamic range and exposure control is also acceptable.
It is the compartment where the phone really stands out the 6000mAh battery can last two days with a single charge and the 18W type-C charger can juice it up in almost 3 hours. Even at its full potential while running heavy apps consecutively it can last a day and a half easily. So, as far as the battery life is concerned it’s the best you can get at this price.
There is just one line to conclude the review of realme C25s “It is indeed a value for money smartphone” that offers a reliable chipset with decent RAM and great battery life and camera. It fills all the checks of budget segment phones. So, If you were looking to buy a budget smartphone don’t forget to keep realme C25s in your list.