Realme C55 Review: why shouldn’t you buy it?

Realme, which has an important position in the low-budget smartphone market, announced its new affordable smartphone Realme C55 in March 2023. Although Realme C55 is an affordable smartphone, it is a stillborn device from the very beginning. The device, which has camera quality and performance that cannot meet today’s needs, is considered a waste of money. The device that lags behind its competitors in terms of features offered for its price cannot meet the needs of users and does not deserve the price it is sold for. There are devices that offer better features and performance in its price range.


The Realme C55 comes with design features that make it look affordable. With a length of 165.6 mm and a width of 75.9 mm, the device is quite large. Therefore, it seems impossible to use it with one hand. On the other hand, the device has a very thin structure with a thickness of 7.89mm. With a weight of 189.5 grams, the device has an average weight. Therefore, your hand will not hurt while using the device. 

The Realme C55, which only has a gold color option, does not offer users much customization. Therefore, those who do not like the gold color will not prefer this device. In addition, the back of the device is made of glass-like plastic. Therefore, it can easily break with the slightest drop. When you hold the device in your hand, it gives the feeling of a cheap device. Also, the fact that the bezels are made of metal-like plastic shows that the material quality of the device is quite low and feels inferior. 

The fact that the Realme C55 is made of plastic gives the feeling of a very low quality device. In addition, the fact that only one color option is offered shows that users cannot customize their devices. However, the fact that the device is thinner than its competitors shows that it can be held more comfortably. The device is quite large in width and length. This makes it difficult to use with one hand.


The Realme C55 has a 6.72 inch screen. This screen has an IPS LCD panel and has a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels. This resolution, Realme C55, which has a pixel density of 392 PPI, comes with a screen brightness of 680 cd/m². Realme C55, which has a 90Hz screen refresh rate, has a 180Hz touch response speed. Thus, it offers both a smoother picture and a faster responsive touch experience.

The Realme C55 has a screen that will satisfy users in its price range. Its 1080×2400 pixel resolution makes the image look clear and vivid, while its IPS LCD panel makes the colors look higher contrast and more vibrant. On the other hand, the screen brightness of 680 nits makes it easy to see the screen in bright environments.


The Realme C55 also lags behind its competitors in terms of camera. Its main camera has an aperture of f/1.79 with a resolution of 64MP. You should not be fooled by the fact that this camera is 64MP. There are many factors that affect camera performance other than resolution. The Realme C55’s camera performance lags behind its competitors. Therefore, even though it is 64MP, it does not offer a performance that will satisfy the user.

The video performance of the Realme C55, which does not have an optical image stabilizer, is also insufficient. The device, which can record videos up to 1080p60FPS, lags behind its competitors. Even the Redmi Note 8, which was introduced in the fourth quarter of 2019, can record 4K videos, while the Realme C55’s inability to record 4K videos is a major disadvantage.

The second camera of the Realme C55 has a resolution of 2MP. With an aperture of f/2.4, the device once again does not offer a performance that will satisfy users. This camera, which is used as a depth sensor, is used for portrait mode, but it has difficulty separating the background. For this reason, the device’s second rear camera is also inadequate. 

The Realme C55 has a front camera with a resolution of 8MP. Since this camera has an aperture of f/2.0, it is also insufficient for night shots. Although it offers various software features such as portrait mode with artificial intelligence, it will not satisfy users. As for the video resolution, it can only record 1080p30fps. For this reason, the front camera performance also lags behind its competitors. 

When we evaluate the camera performance of the Realme C55, there are devices that offer better camera features in its price segment. The camera performance of the Realme C55 is not enough for everyday use. There are devices that take better quality photos at its price. The lack of 4K video support is also a big minus. There are devices in this price range that can record 4K videos. For this reason, the Realme C55’s camera performance lags behind its competitors.


The Realme C55 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 processor. This processor comes with 2 performance-oriented 2.20GHz ARM Cortex-A75 cores and 6 efficiency-oriented ARM Cortex-A55 cores. This processor, which has 12nm manufacturing technology, uses the Mali-G52 MC2 graphics unit. Since this graphics unit is designed for everyday use, it may not be sufficient for high-performance operations. 

The Realme C55 uses LPDDR4x RAM with two options, 6GB and 8GB. Although this RAM capacity is sufficient for today, it might not be enough in the future. The Realme C55 also comes with 128GB and 256GB storage options. It also offers support for memory cards up to 1TB. 

Looking at the benchmark tests, it scores 254,801 points in the AnTuTu Benchmark V9 test. It scores 413 points in the GeekBench 6 single-core test and 1,398 points in the multi-core test. These scores are good enough for everyday use, but not for high-performance tasks. There are also machines in its price range that offer better performance. Therefore, it doesn’t make much sense to buy the Realme C55 for its performance. Also, the processor used is not a powerful processor for today. Therefore, it can be called an unnecessary expense for this device.


The Realme C55 comes with a large 5,000mAh battery. This battery capacity is at a level that will satisfy users. The battery, which has a performance that can easily meet daily needs, may not leave you satisfied due to the power efficiency of the processor in jobs that require high performance. However, the 5,000mAh battery capacity will easily last a day.

The Realme C55 supports fast charging at 33W. This way, you can charge the 5,000mAh battery quickly. According to Realme, the Realme C55, which can be fully charged in 63 minutes, does not offer wireless charging support. In this price range, the battery capacity and fast charging features are at a level that will satisfy users.

Connectivity Features

Realme C55 offers connectivity features that are outdated for today, but at an acceptable level considering its price. Offering wireless network connectivity with Wi-Fi 5 support, Realme C55 offers various connectivity features such as Wi-Fi hotspot and 5GHz dual-band support. With Bluetooth 5.2 support, Realme C55 offers Bluetooth connectivity features with lower latency and lower power consumption. The device also comes with NFC support. This allows you to make mobile contactless payments with your device. However, Realme C55 does not offer 5G connectivity capabilities.

If the connectivity features are evaluated, it is acceptable for its price. However, there are devices in this price range that offer better connectivity features. Today, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G connectivity features are becoming widely available. Therefore, the Realme C55’s lack of these features will make it even more of a laggard in the future. Since these technologies, which have become standard in the future, are not available in the Realme C55, users will not be able to benefit from these features.

Audio Features 

The Realme C55 has mono audio. Therefore, users will not benefit from surround sound features and will have a lower volume. This means that you will have difficulty hearing the sounds coming from your device in noisy environments. Therefore, if volume and surround sound features are important to you, you should not choose this device. 

On the other hand, you can connect a Bluetooth headset or a wired headset with a 3.5 mm headphone jack to your device. This way, you can get a better sound experience with headphones, even if you don’t have speakers on your device. Also, most devices today don’t have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. So if you still want to use wired headphones with a 3.5mm jack, you can choose the Realme C55. However, there are devices in this price range that have both better speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Box contents and price

The Realme C55 comes with a very rich box contents. The box includes a 33w fast charger, a USB-C charging cable, a screen protector and a transparent pouch. This way, you do not need to buy any other accessories for your device. The Realme C55 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is available for $165. The 8GB RAM and 256GB storage option of the Realme C55 is available for $195. 

The Realme C55 lags behind its competitors in its price segment. Although the display features are good, the design, camera features, performance and connectivity features are insufficient even for everyday use. In addition, its features are far behind its competitors in the price segment in which it is sold. For this reason, instead of the Realme C55, you can choose more sensible devices in the 150-200 dollar price range. Therefore, you should not buy the Realme C55. In addition, the Realme C55 will not receive enough updates. The updates it does receive will also negatively affect the performance of the device.

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