Realme C3 review: An affordable gaming device

For those who strictly game on a budget



“Gaming on a budget” — this has been one of the most common phrases raised in casual conversations I’ve had with people. In this economy, people are always looking for ways to cut down on spending while gaining access to gaming technology. We’ve all seen just how crazy expensive premium gaming devices are, so people just stick to the midrange.

And yet, companies like realme are coming up with more affordable devices that offer the right amount of gaming power. One such device is the realme C3, which they’re promoting as a budget gaming smartphone. On paper, it does have some midrange-level hardware that will give you decent gaming power.

But is it good enough to be your next main gaming device? Let’s find out.

It has a 6.5-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3

It has a headphone jack and a micro-USB port

It has a triple camera setup at the back of the phone

Overall performance that’s above-and-beyond

The realme C3 comes with a Helio G70 octa-core processor, which to my understanding is a first for any budget smartphone. In terms of overall performance, there’s really nothing negative I could say about it. Realme opted to put in their brand new realme UI inside, and it works splendidly well.

Despite only coming with 3GB of RAM, the phone still feels fast and the UI was responsive. Opening multiple apps did not cause any significant bottlenecks, and multi-tasking was a breeze. This honestly speaks more to how realme optimizes their OS for devices with much lower RAM, and that’s something worth noticing.

Gaming performance that exceeded expectations

This device is being marketed as a budget gaming smartphone because of the hardware inside it. So naturally, I ran the phone through four different games to see how it stacks up, or at least determine which type of game best fits. 

Less Graphically-Taxing Games

The first two games were, for the most part, less graphic-intensive in that you don’t need to squeeze out the mobile GPU for power. Mobile Legends played, as expected exceptionally well with the realme C3. No visible frame drops, clear images and sprites — obviously this game was fit for this phone. Even something like Plants Vs. Zombies 2, which has a lot of visual elements, plays smoothly.

Common Shooter Games

For the next two games, I went with those that thrived on higher frame rates, even for mobile devices — and they’re both shooter games. PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile almost played exactly the same way on the realme C3: smooth, but not buttery. When you’re simply traversing through the world without combat, the games run smoothly. Once high-octane combat starts, frames tend to drop but not painstakingly much. If you do plan to play more games like these two on the realme C3, keep these in mind.

Overall, the realme C3 actually blew me away with how it can handle mobile games given the hardware. It’s not on the same level as premium gaming smartphones, but gaming performance was surprisingly good. Performance drops are expected because of the lower RAM, but realme UI’s gaming optimization software compensates for it.

Longer battery life means more game time

There is a 5,000 mAh battery stuck inside this smartphone, and it took a long while to fully discharge the device. From regular usage, I managed to get through almost a full day without charging it once. When you’re gaming full time, it lasted an average of 10-11 hours — which is pretty great.

One full charge took around two and half to three hours, mostly because this phone still has a microUSB port. Although, the phone supports reverse charging and can be a powerbank provided you have an OTG cable lying around.

Sacrificing the quality of the rear camera

There always has to be one thing companies sacrifice when developing budget smartphones. To bump down the price to be as affordable as possible, certain features had to give way for more important ones. The trend for most budget smartphones now leans towards sacrificing the device’s camera quality — regardless if it was the rear camera or the front one.

In the realme C3’s case, based on my usage of it, the rear cameras took the biggest hit that it seemed like that was the sacrificial lamb. No amount of HDR, bokeh effects in portrait mode, or even some Instagram filters could save the triple cameras at the back. Photos turned out grainy and almost disregarding any form of detail. Even as I tried to focus on a particular subject, the end result threw much of the detail out the window.

Personally, the phone’s saving grace for its cameras was its front camera. Honestly, the quality I was looking for in the rear camera somehow transferred all the way there. Selfies show great emphasis on details, especially when using portrait mode. I guess if you had to stream your gameplay directly from your phone without a webcam, this sort of does the job.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

For PhP 5,990 (US$ 118), the realme C3 is in its own league — so far. The Helios G70 adds the power this smartphone needs to basically be anything you need it to be. If you plan to strictly use this as a gaming smartphone, it is an easy recommendation on my end. If you’re also on a strict budget for a gaming device, this is another great phone to try.

Even if you don’t plan to use this smartphone strictly for gaming, it’s a great choice for the price. Performance is great, and the battery lasts long. Although, I would not highly recommend this phone for taking pictures of your big events with the rear camera. Aside from that, this phone is simply a great option.

Overall, I believe that the realme C3 has potential to be anyone’s next gaming device. And who knows, maybe other companies might decide to follow suit. 

SEE ALSO: Realme 5i review: Power on a budget


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 Review: Ahead of Its Time!

Experience the future for $1999



The first Galaxy Fold may have encountered several issues, but this year’s Fold is all about polishing and revamping things.

With a more durable hinge mechanism, maximized screen, improved materials, better cameras, and the fastest internals around, the Galaxy Z Fold2 is an impressive engineering feat.

$1999 isn’t cheap, but this device is meant for those who want to experience the future in their hands today.

Head over to our in-depth Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 review here.

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Huawei Watch Fit review: Great for getting you moving

A fantastic wearable that comfortably sits between smart bands and full on smartwatches



Our friends over at Huawei must’ve noticed that I have slowly been gaining weight over the duration of the community quarantine. That’s why they sent over the Huawei Watch Fit for me to try.

To be honest, I was very reluctant at first knowing how my habits tend to generally lean more towards getting fat vs getting fit. But our Huawei friend *coughs* Dezza *coughs* convinced me, so here I am giving it a go.

The timing was rather unfortunate as it was going to be a rather busy week. For me, that means being glued to my chair as I type away articles for various launches and coordinate for a handful of projects. There wasn’t really time for me to get in a headspace to want to workout. Especially since the only workout I actually enjoy — basketball — is still prohibited due to the pandemic.

These may or may not have contributed to my stress levels as measured by the smartwatch.

I realize these all sound like excuses, and perhaps they are. But this is my reality as I slapped on the Huawei Watch Fit and went on with my days.

Before I go on any further, let’s first take a look at the watch.

It has a 1.64-inch colored display

At first I thought this would be too small. However, the screen size sits nicely between smart bands and those round 42mm smartwatches. After using it for a while, the display starts to look larger than it actually is.

A silicone strap that feels nice on your wrist

We got the mint green version (which comes with a silver body). The other variants are Black body with Graphite Black silicone strap, and Rose Gold with Cantaloupe Orange Silicone strap.

If you’re not happy with those options, the Huawei Watch Fit is supposed to work with standard straps so you can mix it up depending on the occasion. I’ll ask Huawei if they will launch more strap options in the future and will update this accordingly.

Magnetic charging

Flip it over and you’ll find the magnetic charging things. You’ll want to keep the charger that comes with the box as there isn’t really any other way to fast-charge this wearable. Getting all you juiced up from zero should take about an hour.

While we’re at it, Huawei claims it’ll last for 10 days. This isn’t the case if you use the Always-On screen option. But the raise to wake function is so good, you can just completely disregard always-on. I’m currently on my 4th day from charging it up to 100% and I’m sitting at 56% at the moment.

A sh*t ton of watch faces to choose from

It comes with a HUGE selection of watch faces. You can go for sleek and subtle, loud and colorful, or just flat out cute.

For good vibes, I stuck with the cute option (the Shiba Inu one).

Full screen touch and side button 

Navigation is easy. You simply swipe through the screen for a quick look at the different stats like heart rate, stress level, weather, and steps.

The side button gives you deeper access to the smart watch’s other functions like Settings and all the different workouts.

Plenty of workouts, can really get you moving

The Huawei Watch Fit has 96 workout modes. These vary from indoor and outdoor runs, swimming, yoga, dance, martial arts, and various other sports (scanned real quick for basketball and it wasn’t there. Sad).

Point is, there’s most definitely something here that would fit your workout routine. I haven’t found mine. Instead, I’ve been using the quick re-energize activities.

The Huawei Watch Fit makes it easy to follow the workouts as it has visual cues on how to execute them. I found these extremely helpful. The watch will buzz to signal you to start and will buzz again to wrap up your first set of a particular movement.

The re-energize routine takes about two minutes and 30 to 40 seconds to complete. I try to do it every time the watch prompts me to “get active.” It’s helped me be more mindful about taking breaks in-between tasks. And the quick routine really did a lot in re-energizing me for a few more rounds of sitting on my ass while typing away on the laptop.

A friend has invited me to try a dance class and while I have two left feet, I am considering taking that challenge on for the workout. I will update this article should that push through.

Overall tracking seems accurate

I didn’t have another device to compare with it in real time, but based on my previous experiences with other smart bands and smartwatches, the tracking on the Huawei Watch Fit has been fairly accurate.

My heart rate hasn’t really changed much from when I was using other smartwatches so that was an easy benchmark to check.

My sleep habits, unfortunately, have also pretty much remained the same. Which isn’t exactly a good thing as I rated low on deep sleep and late on time of hitting the sack. But I figure this is true for most people ever since we’ve been in community quarantine.

I walked around our compound over the weekend and really observed the step counter, and while it may record one step too many at certain times, it rarely happened to cause any real concern.

It also has a blood oxygen sensor — a key feature that health experts have pointed to in determining whether you should seek medical attention or not. I tried it and I may be due for a consultation. 😬

Other helpful features

The Huawei Watch Fit is also home of other staple smart watch features. These include: Find my phone, Remote camera shutter, music player control, and many more.

There’s also a Cycle Calendar that should prove useful. Too bad I’m not female so I couldn’t try it out. It’s also only available in certain markets, which is a little puzzling because I’m pretty women everywhere go through a menstrual cycle.

Is Huawei Watch Fit your GadgetMatch?

At PhP 4,999/ EUR 129 (US$ 153), the pricing seems on point. The Huawei Watch Fit’s health and fitness features are robust, there’s a decent selection of variants at launch, and it will seamlessly blend in your workout and casual fits.

The materials used also feel premium and the smart watch doesn’t look half bad at all. It’s certainly something I wouldn’t mind flaunting to other people.

When you’re ready to step up from a smart band but aren’t quite ready to splurge on a full on smart watch, the Huawei Watch Fit sits comfortably in that middle ground, ready to be your health and fitness companion.


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ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro Review: A Surprising Contender!

Flipping camera isn’t a gimmick after all



ASUS’ newest ZenFone 7 Pro may still look like last year’s ZenFone 6, but it has gotten totally bigger and better.

It may have a similar design language but the larger form factor houses all the speedy internals — a full-screen display, Snapdragon 865+ chipset, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and an enormous 5000mAh battery. But that doesn’t end there. The large flipping camera mechanism that houses a trio camera setup makes this a suitable smartphone for shooting and vlogging.

With a price tag of just under EUR 699 (US$ 830), is the ZenFone 7 Pro a worthier flagship choice?

Watch our ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro review (with a lot of photo samples and comparison) here.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone 7 Pro: Unboxing and Hands-On

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