Realme C55 first impressions: Dynamic Island is coming to Android

Realme C55 first impressions: Dynamic Island is coming to Android

Realme C55 first impressions: Dynamic Island is coming to Android

After launching the C55 in Indonesia, Realme has finally launched its budget smartphone in India. The phone is very similar to the global variant and even comes in the same colors which indicates that very little has changed. It’s also the first Android phone we’ve seen with an iPhone-style Dynamic Island notification system around the selfie camera cutout. However, Realme’s implementation is a far cry from what Apple cooked up on its iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models last year. Read on to find out why.

First, the pricing. The Realme C55 was launched in India in three variants, all featuring LPDDR4X RAM and eMMC 5.1 storage. The 4GB RAM and 64GB variant is priced at Rs. 10,999, the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 11,999, and the 8GB RAM and 128GB is priced at Rs. 13,999. The phone will go on sale on March 28.

Let’s start with the phone’s most unique yet least advertised feature, which is what Realme calls “Mini Capsule”. It’s still in beta at the moment, according to Realme, as is the fingerprint scanner which doubled as a heart rate monitor on the Realme 9 Pro+ 5G (Review). Users who want to give it a shot can activate it by heading to Settings > Realme Lab > Mini Capsule (enable) > Battery (enable).

Realme’s Dynamic Island implementation is called Mini Capsule

While it looks like a Dynamic Island lookalike in terms of functionality, it’s not…yet. While Apple’s Dynamic Island changes shape to display different types of active notifications, Realme’s Mini Capsule is mostly non-existent. It’s really hard to tell that the feature is even enabled. The only time I noticed it was when I plugged in a charger and then saw the bezels around the punch-hole camera expand in the shape of an elongated pill telling me the phone is charging was charging using SuperVOOC, along with the battery percentage. A second later, he collapses and that’s about it!

To my surprise, the Mini Capsule doesn’t stay active for more than a few seconds, so it’s easy to forget it even exists. For now, Realme says it’s only used to show battery charging or low battery notifications, data usage (a flash notification when you reach a data limit), and battery count. not (again, as a pop-up notification).

Besides not being active or visible most of the time, it barely does the job that an LED notification light is capable of. More importantly, Mini Capsule is also not interactive like Apple’s Dynamic Island, so you can’t tap it to check things like battery status, which is also visible in the status bar. . To be fair, Realme says the feature is a work in progress, so hopefully Mini Capsule will become more useful with future updates.

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The Realme C55 looks quite stylish for a budget smartphone

The Realme C55 belongs to the C series which is basically its budget line. I was a little surprised to see Realme using their new number series design language here. I received the Realme C55 Sun-shower color, which is both the name of the finish and the design feature/philosophy of the phone.

The phone’s frame and back panel are made of polycarbonate, and its screen is protected by Panda Glass. The frame has a matte finish, while the back panel has a unique two-tone finish that mostly consists of a matte finish and a smaller polished area around the rear-facing cameras. While the phone looks reasonably thin at 7.89mm, it feels a bit heavy at 189.5g.

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Realme UI 4.0 is loaded to the brim with pre-installed third-party apps

There’s a 6.72-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. 91.4% body, it’s hard to ignore that thick bezel at the bottom. The Realme C55 runs Realme UI 4.0 which is based on Android 13. During my brief use of the phone, I noticed many third-party apps apart from the usual Realme-branded ones that come pre-installed.

The proven MediaTek Helio G88 SoC might seem like a ray of hope for those stuck with a Realme C35 and its Unisoc T616 SoC, but it still looks a bit dated for a device in the Rs. 15,000 segment. It also lacks 5G radios, which others in this segment like the iQoo Z6 Lite 5G have.

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The Realme C55 only has one usable camera

The Realme C55 has two rear-facing cameras, one of which comes from the popular Realme GT Master Edition. That would be the main 64-megapixel camera that performed well in our review. The second 2-megapixel camera is only used to collect depth data. An 8-megapixel front camera is in charge of selfies. The phone is powered by a 5,000mAh battery and receives 33W wired charging.

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The Realme C55 comes with a 33W charger in the box

The Realme C55 is a decent upgrade from the C35, which fell short of my expectations in every possible way (aside from its sleek design), even at its budget price. With the C55, Realme seems to have once again delivered on the design, and its software and camera performance looks promising but I’ll leave my opinion for the full review.

At the moment, the Mini Capsule feature, although unique in an Android phone, appears to be in its very early stages of development. I have yet to test its usefulness in everyday use, but for now it’s not something that should sway your buying decision. Still, it’s a feature that has a lot of potential if expanded, especially considering that the C55 costs less than a quarter of the Apple iPhone 14 Pro in India.


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