realme C53 review: A worthy addition to the C series family

POSTED BY: Lionell Go Macahilig
2023-07-01 13:59:49 PHT

Hot on the heels of the successful launch of the realme C55 in April, realme has introduced a new member of the C-Series family of smartphones, the all-new C53. Dubbed as the fastest charging entry-level smartphone from realme, the C53 not only offers such a feature but also comes with other niceties that consumers would love. Let us look closer at what the realme C53 can offer.

Starting off with its main selling point, the realme C53 is the fastest charging smartphone in the entry-level category. The battery of the C53 can be charged up to 50% in 31 minutes and 100% in just 88 minutes. realme has made such a feat possible by implementing the High Voltage, Low Current Charging technology on the 5000 mAh battery of the realme C53, which supports 33W SUPERVOOC charging. When fully charged, the C53 promises to offer up to 86 hours of music streaming, 36 hours of phone calls, 16 hours of YouTube playback, or 38 hours of being on standby mode.

At the looks department, the realme C53 brandishes a modern, fresh design that would make consumers perceive it as a premium smartphone. Arriving in two color variants (Midnight Black and Champion Gold), the Champion Gold version of the realme C53 is a potential conversation starter with its golden silk coat that shimmers even under low light conditions. Under other ambient lighting conditions, the C53 may exude other colors. Despite having a glossy finish, the back cover of the C53 does not easily attract unsightly fingerprints and smudges.

With a thickness measuring 7.49 mm, the realme C53 is one of the thinnest smartphones in the realme portfolio. The C53 carries the same modern squared off body as its predecessors featuring rounded edges at the corners for easy grip. The elegant appearance and logical design make the C53 attractive for stylish users who want a no-frills smartphone that doesn't break the bank.

On the front, the realme C53 has a 6.7-inch touchscreen HD+ display. On paper, the display has a maximum brightness of 450 nits, a screen-to-body ratio of 90.3%, a refresh rate of 90 Hz, and a touch response rate of 180 Hz. Running on Android 13 and backed with a powerful hardware, the realme C53 promises to offer seamless experience. Under the hood, the realme C53 is powered by a Unisoc T612 processor that supports dual-standby 4G SIM cards. The T612 processor is complemented with a 6 GB RAM and an ample 128 GB onboard storage, which can be expanded up to 2 TB via a microSD card.

The combination of an above-average display and a solid platform make the C53 ideal for browsing the Internet involving multiple web pages, watching videos on YouTube and other social media channels, light gaming, and capturing and editing photos and videos while on the go. The scores of the C53 (overall score: 253405) on AnTuTu Benchmark are not far from the results generated by the realme C55 (overall score: 264465) based on global ranking.

On the imaging front, the realme C53 is equipped with a 50-megapixel AI rear camera, while its 8-megapixel selfie camera is housed in the Dewdrop Notch above the smartphone display. Images captured using the cameras of the C53 are sharp with punchy colors, especially those shot under adequate ambient lighting conditions.

In the Philippines, the realme C53 sells for the price of ₱7,999, which makes the deal sweeter when you buy the phone while considering its elegant physique, superior display, seamless performance, appealing image outputs, and fast battery charging capability. If you are planning to replace your ageing two-year old smartphone without spending too much or if you only need a good-looking handset that can catch up with your day-to-day activities, the realme C53 is a desirable choice to consider.