realme C55 Hands-on

A champion in the making?

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realme recently launched the realme C55, a mid-range phone packed with all-around features at an affordable price point. Here’s our quick hands-on with the device.

Inside the box: The package contains the phone itself, a 33W SUPERVOOC charger, a TPU case, a USB A-C charging cable, a SIM card tray ejector tool, and some documentation.

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The look: The device feels a lot more of the style realme has been releasing lately – the device has flat, chamfered edges, with rounded corners and a boxy aesthetic to evoke a premium feel.

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The back part, with our unit in Sunshower colorway (kind of a gold-yellow one), offers interactivity with different colors popping up on its frosted matte finish. The two cameras at the upper right seem to be larger than usual and feel superimposed in their own protruding area.

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Let’s move to the sides. The right side houses the power/lock button which doubles as the fingerprint scanner, and the volume keys that protrude from its aluminum frame.

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The bottom part has the microphone, the USB-C port, the 3.5mm audio jack, and the loudspeaker grille.

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On the left side is the phone’s removable tray to accommodate two SIM cards and a, while another microphone is up atop for active noise cancelation.

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A 6.72-inch display dominates the front part, with a center-laid punch-hole 8MP selfie camera visibly seen near the top. The call speaker is hidden on the edge just above that.

Key features: The C55 offers a MediaTek Helio G96 chipset, along with RAM/storage configurations of up to 8GB/256GB. It also has a 5,000mAh battery with 33W SuperVOOC charging, and a mini capsule feature that draws notifications around the center-laid front camera to produce ‘mini islands’. This phone is one of the first to have such feature.

Price in the Philippines: The realme C55 is available for PHP 8,999 and PHP 10,999 for the 6GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB models, respectively.

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