Can a smartphone for less than 220 euros be a good buy? 01 Lab's opinion

We reviewed the new Realme C67 at 01Lab. The brand is making its big comeback in France after almost a year of silence with a basic model. Worth?

Price and release date

The Realme C67 costs 219 euros in the 6 + 128 GB version and 183 euros in the 8 + 256 GB version. Available in two colors: black or yellow.

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Design: suitable, but not too subtle and plastic

If you're looking for a discreet smartphone, the Realme C67 isn't necessarily the right choice. Whether in black or yellow, it impresses with an emphasis on glitter and rainbow reflections.

Make no mistake, though, this is indeed an entry-level smartphone. Dressed all in plastic, he tries to create a bit of an illusion with a slightly boring photo pad with gold borders. Photo block that still marks a certain thickness and that brings us to a relatively huge smartphone with its thickness of 8 cm and its flat edges. Fortunately, the weight remains restrained at 186g.

Two other elements betray the basic smartphone. The first, rather positive, is the presence of a 3.5 mm jack port on the bottom edge. The second is more annoying: the black borders around the screen are quite present. Specifically, the smartphone literally has a forehead and a chin that are both quite prominent. A central punch pierces the flat screen at the front, and as is often the case with an LCD, there's a halo effect around the punch.

Without Gorilla Glass protection, the Realme C67 still benefits from IP54 certification.

Screen: the LCD screen sticks out its tongue

The Realme C67 features a 6.72-inch 90Hz LCD display with a resolution of 2400 by 1080 pixels (20:9).

Display technology Size (diagonal) Screen brightness Color fidelity (average delta E 2000)

Realme C67 liquid crystal display 6.7″ 3.84
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G AMOLED 6.67″ 5.13

While everything else on the market offers an Oled screen, no wonder with LCD, the screen is undoubtedly one of the big weaknesses of this device. The 1260:1 contrast ratio is light years away from what an Oled panel can display. This gives a slightly washed out effect to the whole.

Other than that, the display does quite well compared to that of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G for example, which has OLED. 01Lab measured a brightness of 846 cd/m² on the Realme compared to 733 cd/m² on the Redmi Note. In terms of color fidelity, the Delta E average of 3.84 isn't great, but it's still better than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G.

Last point: the display may be based on a 90Hz refresh rate, it's undoubtedly a bad 90Hz, or maybe the performance doesn't allow it to shine, but the overall impression of fluidity is not there.

Software: Realme UI joins Oppo

The Realme C67 comes with Android 13 and the manufacturer's overlay, Realme UI. The smartphone should benefit from 3 major updates, but our test model has already been upgraded to Android 14, so you can effectively count on two years of tracking until Android 16.

In general, it is more or less a slightly modified version of ColorOS or OxygenOS, the interfaces of Oppo and OnePlus, sister brands since they belong to the same group as Realme, OPlus.

Despite the screen's 90Hz being a bit slow at the edges, it's a pretty smooth interface and a pleasure to use. We have no major complaints, no major features are missing and the ergonomics are good. There's still some bloatware to uninstall like TikTok, Facebook, the Amazon store, and a somewhat weird “App Market” that offers low-end games.

One of the only novelties on the horizon is the presence of interface elements around the punch that are supposed to mimic the iPhone 15's Dynamic Island.

Photo: the minimum of the association

Here is the photo configuration of Realme C67:

  • Main sensor: 50 Mpx, f/1.8, focal length 27 mm, pixel size 0.64 µm.
  • 2 MP depth sensor.
  • Selfie Sensor: 8 Mpx.
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The Realme C67 © 01net/Guillaume du Mesgnil d'Engente

In our photography scene, the Realme C67 delivers a decent result in high and low light for its price. That said, if you look at the squeegee on the top right or on the cards, you'll notice that the sharpness isn't great.

At night, the Realme C67 does its best and delivers a very noisy scene where few details are preserved.

In good conditions, in real shots, you can get decent shots, but once the smartphone struggles a bit, it won't be able to keep up.

Performance: an entry-level machine

Under the hood, you'll find a Snapdragon 685 chip from Qualcomm. This is a very entry-level SoC. It comes with 6 to 8 GB of LPDRR4X RAM and 128 to 256 GB of storage. Up to 2 TB of additional storage can be added via an SD card.

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The Realme C67 © 01net/Guillaume du Mesgnil d'Engente

On a day-to-day basis, after the screen, it is undoubtedly on the performance side that you will feel the rather low price of this smartphone the most. It slips a lot once a task requires a bit of computing power and suffers from a lot of slowdowns.

Processor AnTuTu Benchmark 10 Score CPU AnTuTu Benchmark 10 AnTuTu Benchmark 10 MEM AnTuTu Benchmark 10 UX Geekbench 6 Single-Core Geekbench 6 Multi-Core Geekbench 6 Compute Score (GPU)

Realme C67 Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 277025 points 110897 points 79672 points 86456 points 475 points 1552 points 377 points

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 339047 points 131259 points 97757 points 110031 points 848 points 2055 points 1173 points

This is, as you will have gathered, a pretty average chip. Comparing it to that of the Realme Note 12 5G, a model was sold for 300 euros in 2023 and was therefore priced close to the Realme tested here in 2024.

Connectivity

When it comes to network options, the Realme C67 doesn't really provide the bare minimum. There is certainly WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.2, single-band GPS, which could be suitable, but the absence of an NFC chip should be noted.

Battery: decent battery life and questionable charging

The Realme C67 has a 5,000mAh battery and can charge at 33W. The charger is included in the package.

Battery capacity Flexible autonomy Loading time

Tested by 01Lab, it offers a suitable flexible battery life (22 hours 22 minutes of continuous use) and even better than a Redmi Note 12 from last year. On the other hand, the same cannot be said for charging, which is fast in name only. With an unofficial charger, the smartphone took almost 2 hours and 40 minutes to recharge. So don't miss the official charger.

Sound: stereo 200 euros

It should be noted that not all smartphones at this price offer Stereo. So here we have two speakers, with a slight imbalance towards the main speaker located at the bottom of the phone, but nothing that really interferes with listening.

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The Realme C67 © 01net/Guillaume du Mesgnil d'Engente

The mix is ​​very flat, with very sparse bass presence. The sound tends to hit above 70 or 80% volume. A sound therefore functional but not exceptional.

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