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Realme Adds Another Budget Phone to the C-Series with the C17

The fifth C-series model for this year

Even if 2020 is not exactly the best year so far, Realme is not slowing down with its phone releases. For its C-series alone, Realme has announced four models already: the C3, C11, C12, and C15. Not content with four C-series models, the brand adds another one with the C17.

While the C11, C12, and C15 are closely similar to one another save for cameras, battery, and RAM/storage variants, the C17 is a completely different animal. Here’s why it is the “top-tier” model of the C-series—even more premium than the C3:

  • 90Hz display. While all C-series models come with a 6.5-inch HD+ display, the C17 takes up a notch with a smoother 90hz refresh rate. This means that you get a smoother scrolling experience and a more fluid user interface. It boasts of a more modern punch-hole design for the 8-megapixel main camera.
  • More RAM and storage. With the C15 topping off with a 4GB/64GB variant, the C17 gets you 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, which is pretty high for a budget phone.
  • USB-C. Instead of an ancient MicroUSB port, the C17 is finally adapting to a modern USB-C port for better future-proofing. The battery is pretty conventional at 5000mAh, but it does come with 18w wired charging.
  • Newer processor. While the C17’s Snapdragon 460 processor could not match the C3‘s Helio G70 in terms of raw performance, the Snapdragon 460’s more modern 11nm process should make it a winner when it comes to power efficiency.
  • New camera module layout. Realme implements a newer and trendier rectangle module with four cameras arranged in an L-formation. You get the same set of cameras found on the C15: 13-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro camera, and 2-megapixel mono camera.

The Realme C17 is priced at BDT15,990(~Php 9.2k). While it is the most expensive C-series model, the C17 is a compelling offering for its 90hz display, USB-C connectivity, and good RAM/storage configuration.

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