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realme C63: First Impressions

realme has unveiled the C63, their latest entry in the budget smartphone market. Primed to be an affordable option for everyday users, the C63 boasts features that aim to punch above its weight class. I got my hands on the realme C63 and here are my initial thoughts on the unit.

Built to Last: Design and Durability

The C63 comes in two colorways: Leather Blue and Jade Green. The one I got is Jade Green. The C63 feels surprisingly premium and offers a good grip. This makes the phone feel solid and avoiding the chance of accidental drops especially since I’m very clumsy. The unit also feels very light upon initial inpection.

The front features a 6.74-inch LCD display with a waterdrop notch. The bezels are slim on the sides, but the chin is noticeably thicker. The display boasts a 90Hz refresh rate, offering a smoother scrolling and browsing experience compared to the standard 60Hz displays found in other budget phones. The resolution is HD+ (1600 x 720), which delivers decent visuals for everyday use.

One of the highlights of the C63’s design is its durability. The phone carries an IP54 rating, signifying resistance to dust and splashes. While I haven’t been able to test this feature out, I would try to do so for the full review. The C63 also boasts a “Rainwater Smart Touch” feature, which allows for accurate touch response even with a wet display. This feature which I will test during the full review.

Performance and Software: Can it Handle the Daily Grind?

The realme C63 is powered by the Unisoc T612 processor, paired with 8GB of RAM (+4.0 GB) in the variant we tested. While not the most powerful chipset on the market, it should be sufficient for light to moderate tasks like browsing social media, streaming videos, and using basic productivity apps.

During our initial use, the phone navigated through menus and apps fairly smoothly. Gaming on the other hand, I’ve been playing with Honor of Kings, Pokemon TCG Live (of course), and PUBG:Mobile with it and so far I have not been impressed.

The C63 runs on Android 14 with Realme UI 5 on top.

Camera System: Snapping Memories on a Budget

The realme C63 sports a dual rear camera system with a 50MP main sensor and an 8MP secondary sensor. I haven’t had the time yet in testing the camera so that comes with the full review as well.

The front-facing camera comes in at 8MP, which should be sufficient for video calls and casual selfies.

All-Day Battery Life and Fast Charging

TheRealme UI 5 packs a hefty 5,000mAh battery, which is a big plus for a budget phone. Paired with the power-efficient processor and optimized software, I expect the phone to easily last a full day on a single charge with moderate usage. More details to follow on this after I’m done with the ull review.

For those who run out of juice quickly, the C63 supports 45W SuperVOOC fast charging.

Early Verdict: A Contender in the Budget Arena?

The realme C63 positions itself as a solid contender in the budget smartphone market. The phone boasts a large, smooth display, a decent camera system for everyday use, and a long-lasting battery with fast charging. The durable design with an IP54 rating and the rain-friendly display are unique features for a budget device.

So far, the realme C63 seems like a great option for budget-conscious users who prioritize a long-lasting battery, a decent camera, and a durable design.

Watch out for my full review of the phone!