realme C55: Unboxing and First Impressions
The realme c55 comes in the brand’s signatured yellow rectangular box with the realme logo on top, as well as the model name and key specifications on the sides.
Inside the box, you should have the following items: the smartphone, a 33W fast charger with a detachable USB-A to C cable, a transparent silicon cover, the SIM ejection tool, the quick setup guide, warranty details, and safety information.
The realme C55 is a large 6.7-inch smartphone with a screen protector applied during manufacturing. This is a nice touch, especially in this market segment, as you won’t need to increase the acquisition cost of this phone by purchasing screen protection separately. The phone measures 165.6 x 75.9 x 7.89 mm or 6.51 x 2.98 x 0.31 inches in length x width x depth. It also weighs 189.5 grams or 0.41 pounds. Because of its size and weight, it’s not a great choice for women or people with small hands.
The realme C55 has three color variants: SunShower, Rainy Night, and Rainforest
I received the Rainforest or light blue version, which looks very classy, especially when you look at the back of the phone. In shops, you’ll also find a Sunshower version with a shower-like pattern that reflects rainbow colors at different angles, and a Rainy Night version which exudes elegance.
Being an affordable smartphone with a low-profit margin, realme C55 doesn’t feature Gorilla Glass for protecting the display, and it isn’t certified against dust or water either. It is packed in a 7.89mm Ultra Slim Design that’s made even thinner when compared to the previous iterations like realme C35 by slimming down
battery thickness by 0.05mm, the display by 0.12mm, and the built-in
alloy material by 0.07mm. It also features a squared off boxier design from the realme C33 and realme C35 with rounded corners for easy grip.
The back of the realme C55 is made of plastic. The Rainforest version looks quite classy, and I especially like the design of the camera system, with its large rounded camera housings and an LED flash.
The only downside is that the plastic back feels rather slippery. Also, dust tends to gather quite quickly between the two camera lenses. Thus, you will need to clean it from time to time.
Side Keys and Ports
On the left side of the realme C55, you can find the SIM tray and the punching hole.
The Power button is on the right, which can act as a fingerprint scanner. Above this is the Volume rocker.
On the bottom of the realme C55, you can find the USB-Type C port for charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a speaker, and a microphone.
The realme C55 has and elegant design that looks more expensive than its price. However, being bigger than other models, people with small hands won’t appreciate its size. You can also find that the materials used in this smartphone is not that different on phones with similar price tags.
One of the most important aspects of a smartphone is the screen. realme C55 offers a screen-to-body ratio of 91.4% for added immersive viewing, and 90Hz Refresh Rate that’s snappy to they eyes.
On the top side, the phone has a notch in the middle, hosting the 8-megapixel selfie camera, capable of recording videos in 1080p resolution, at 30 frames per second (fps).
The camera system on the back includes a 64-megapixel wide lens, a LED flash, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It can record videos in 1080p, at a maximum of 60 fps. Unfortunately, there’s no optical image stabilization available. It also has an 8-megapixel camera for selfies.
Processor, Operating System, and Storage
Inside the realme C55, we have an octa-core MediaTek Helio G88 chipset that includes a processor with a frequency of up to 2 GHz and a Mali-G52 graphics unit. The phone can be equipped with either 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of built-in storage. Furthermore, you can add 8 GB of dynamic RAM through software optimizations in the phone’s operating system.
Furthermore, the storage can be expanded up to 1 TB with the help of a microSD card. However, considering that this phone is not designed for taking great pictures and recording high-quality videos, most people won’t need additional storage. realme C55 offers Dual SIM connectivity, using nano-SIMs, and dual stand-by implementation.
Charging, Battery, and Connectivity
One of the positive aspects of the realme C55 is that it includes a faster 33W charger in the box. The battery is generous as well, with a capacity of 5000mAh. You also get dual-band wireless connectivity using Wi-Fi 5, but not Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity. GPS is also available, as well as NFC. However, the latter is market-dependent, so check the phone’s specs with the retailer you’re purchasing it from.
To unlock the phone, you get both fingerprint and facial recognition. However, the fingerprint reader is not on the bottom of the screen like on most smartphones but on the Power button.
In terms of sensors, realme C55 bundles the usual: a magnetic induction sensor (used for compass functionality), a light sensor (for tuning the auto brightness of the display), a proximity sensor (helps eliminate accidental touch inputs during phone calls), and an acceleration sensor (for adjusting the orientation of the apps on your screen based on how you’re holding it).
It also has the unique feature among the realme C-Series – the Mini Capsule. It’s a nifty software feature inspired by today’s flagships smartphones. It caters three main functions: Charging & Battery Status, Mobile Data Usage, and Step Tracking / Step Counting.
It is the first Android Smartphone to release the “Mini Capsule” experience locally. You can also manually switch it on and off and get an Always-On function via OTA Update.
Price and Availability
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