realme C11 unboxed, hands-on review

The newly launched realme C11 is the company’s latest budget handset. The phone brings many good things to the proverbial table, such as a large display, a MediaTek Helio G35 processor, and dual cameras.

Billed as a device for “study and playtime,” the realme C11 comes in Mint Green and Pepper Gray colorway. It is priced at PHP 4,990 and will be initially available exclusively on Shopee on July 23 at exactly 6PM. More details on its availability here.

We have one for review. While that’s shaping up, lets go for a quick unboxing session.

realme C11 Unboxing, initial impressions review

Unboxed, first impressions

The realme C11 comes in that yellow retail box that we’re now all familiar with. Inside, you have the phone, bundled with a microUSB cable, a charger, the usual documentation, and a pre-installed screen protector.

The package doesn’t come with a case, unfortunately. But I think its understandable, considering the price point.

realme C11 Unboxing, initial impressions review

As for the design, the realme C11 looks like any other current realme phone. Its large 6.5-inch display comes with a dewdrop notch, thin bezels, and a slight chin.

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But, again, like any other current realme phone, the back features a unique design, starting with the dual camera setup on the squircle module.

realme C11 Unboxing, initial impressions review

The back panel itself has a circular pattern like that of the realme 5i, but with a vertical band that runs from camera module all the way to the bottom and a large realme logo. The pattern makes it resistant to fingerprints.

Our review unit, by the way, is in Pepper Gray. Its okay, but I think the Mint Green will attract more people.

realme C11 Unboxing, initial impressions review

One of the things missing is a fingerprint scanner. Its unfortunate that realme did not included but it had to be done for them to maintain the cost. It does come with face unlock which mitigates it in a way.

At the front is a large 6.5-inch HD display with a 5MP selfie camera on a dewdrop notch. The thin earpiece rests on top bezel.

On the right of the phone is the volume rocker and the power button. Again, like most realme phones, this is within easy reach of my thumb or index finger.

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The SIM card tray is on the left. It has three slots, two for nano SIM cards and one for the microSD card. At the bottom is the headphone jack, a microphone, the microUSB port, and the mono speaker.

realme C11 Unboxing, initial impressions review

Going back to the rear camera, you have a dual setup with a 13MP main and 2MP depth (which is all you need, really). Test photos look pretty good at this level. Check out our sample photos below.

The Realme C11 is powered by MediaTek’s budget gaming chip, the Helio G35, with 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, and realme UI Android 10. So far, basic navigation feels fast and snappy. We’ll see how it fares with games on the full review.

It also comes with a 5,000mAh battery, which is capable of giving us at least a full day’s use.

Well, that’s about it for today’s realme C11 unboxing and initial impressions. Stay tuned in the next days for the full review.

realme C11 specs

  • Display: 6.5-inch HD+ Mini-drop Display, 1600 x 720, 88.7% Screen-to-body Ratio
  • Processor: 2.3GHz Octa-core MediaTek Helio G35
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB Storage, MicroSD Expansion Slot
  • Rear Cameras: 13MP f/2.2 Main + 2MP f/2.4 Depth, Dual Rear Cameras
  • Front Camera: 5MP f/2.4 Selfie Camera
  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 5, GPS
  • Others: MicroUSB, Face Unlock
  • OS: realme UI, Android 10
  • Battery: 5,000mAh Battery

Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys writing about tech and watching clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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