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Is Realme C33 better than its competitors?

Performance is the point where Realme C33 really outshines its competitors. It just destroys Redmi A1 Plus with its 12nm octa-core Unisoc Tiger T612 chipset

Update : 14 Dec 2022, 06:29 PM

At a time when the Bangladeshi smartphone market is quite unstable in terms of pricing, smartphone manufacturers are trying as hard as possible to introduce new entry-level smartphones to cater to the budget conscious.

Realme launched the C33 smartphone in Bangladesh last month after Xiaomi introduced its Redmi A1 Plus.

The 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version of Realme C33 is currently available at Tk12,999 while the 4GB RAM, along with the 64GB storage version is available at Tk14,999.

Aesthetics

The Realme C33's body is made of plastic, as one might expect for a phone with a price tag of Tk12,999. Nevertheless, it is well-made and has a nice aesthetic. 

On the back, it has a shimmering pattern. The Realme C33's back panel glitters when lit up. This style might not appeal to everyone, and some might even think it's cheap looking.

The rear dual cameras each stick out quite a bit, and they stick out individually. As a result, the phone wobbles when placed flat. 

Furthermore, if you handle the phone carelessly, the camera lens might get scratched because there is no protection for it. You should use a case if you know you are not careful enough with your phone.

The phone is 8.2 mm thin and weighs 187 grams, which puts it on the lighter side. The weight distribution also seemed fine to me. 

Instead of putting a fingerprint sensor on the back, Realme gave a side-mounted fingerprint sensor where your thumb rests while picking up the phone. 

The phone has a microUSB port instead of Type-C. I already talked about it so many times. Anything other than Type-C is not acceptable in 2022.

Display

Realme C33 comes with a 6.5 inches IPS LCD panel with 720p resolution, which is the same as Redmi A1 Plus which we reviewed earlier. 

The 6.5-inch IPS LCD display is big enough with acceptable image quality and brightness. Although it has HD+ resolution, there are a few instances where pixelation and lower detail resolving can be seen. 

However, for the majority of people coming from inexpensive phones, this would be a good display. It has good viewing angles and is sufficiently bright. It also has a good touchscreen response.

Performance

Performance is the point where Realme C33 really outshines its competitors. It just destroys Redmi A1 Plus with its 12nm octa-core Unisoc Tiger T612 chipset. Redmi A1 Plus has a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 chipset inside. 

According to Nanoreview, Tiger T612 scores almost double when it comes to CPU performance and more than double in gaming performance when compared to Helio A22. 

In AnTuTu 9, Tiger T612 scores a staggering 116% more than Helio A22. 

In Geekbench single-core test, Tiger T612 scores 118% more than Helio A22 and in the multi-core test, it scores 147% more than Helio A22. 

Keep in mind that this is not the first time Realme went with the Tiger T612 chipset. It is the same chipset that powers some other affordable Realme phones including the Realme C30, Realme C30s, Realme C31, Realme Narzo 50A Prime and the Realme Narzo 50i Prime. 

That being said, since Realme C31 also used the same chipset, expecting a slightly better chipset in C33 was expected.

The Unisoc Tiger T612's specifications are similar to the MediaTek Helio G85, with two Cortex-A75 high-end CPU cores and six Cortex-A55 power-efficiency CPU cores. It has the Mali-G57 GPU for graphics processing and a 4G LTE modem.

Even though the phone isn't designed for gaming, it can play the majority of popular games without experiencing a significant performance hit. But you have to readjust the graphics settings a little.

While the graphics might look like something from the old consoles, Asphalt 9 will be playable. Games like Mobile Legends Bang Bang and Call of Duty will look a little better in comparison. But no matter which game you choose, the graphics setting should be low.

Camera

Realme C33 has a dual camera setup on the back. A 50 MP wide primary camera alongside a 0.3 MP depth sensor, which I think is completely unnecessary since chipsets and softwares nowadays don't really need a depth sensor for background blur. 

But the main camera is still better than the Redmi A1 Plus's 8MP primary camera. 

When there is sufficient ambient light, the main camera takes decent pictures. The colours are typically realistic, and the noise is well-managed. 

Considering the price, there isn't much to be upset about, even if some of the images are a little dull.

The Realme C33's portrait photos don't look very natural because the blur effect is applied evenly throughout the image (apart from the subject). Also lost is the majority of the dynamic range. The sky is overexposed and light sources are overexposed.

The camera struggles to focus quickly in low lighting. Additionally, the images have poor detail and a lot of noise. The overall noise and dynamic range do not significantly improve even after turning on Night Mode. In actuality, images taken in Night Mode have less detail.

The 5MP selfie camera is a decent one. However, it also has similar issues like the back camera while capturing portrait shots. 

Battery

With the 10 Watts charger in the box, It takes the phone approximately 3 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, which is a long time. Realme should have used at least 15W fast charging, which would have cut down the charging time to under 2 hours.

Depending on how you use it, the Realme C33 can last for 1 to 1.5 days on a single charge. I suppose that's the price you have to pay for a 12nm chipset. Some smartphones with 6nm chipsets, such as the Redmi 10 with Snapdragon 680, provide better power efficiency and longer battery life in comparison. Then again, those phones tend to be more expensive. 

Realme C33 has a 5,000 mAh battery. 

Verdict

If you only have 13k in your pocket and you cannot stretch the budget any further, you should definitely go for Realme C33. However, if you want to play games and can manage to pay a little more I would recommend a phone that has a Snapdragon 680 chipset inside.


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