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realme debuts the C51 smartphone in South Africa


realme, arguably the world’s fastest-growing smartphone brand, has launched the C51 into the South African market. According to realme, an Oppo spin-off, the device is aimed at “young people who desire trendy devices that reflect their vibrancy and style.”

The arrival of the C51 in South Africa is part of realme’s ongoing bid to offer devices that combine premium specs, quality, and trendsetting design at an affordable price.

“We are excited to bring variety to this segment of the South African smartphone market,” says Gareth Clarke, a spokesperson for realme. “We understand their needs and know they are looking for a device that meets their camera and multimedia storage needs while being affordable and aesthetically pleasing,” he adds.

Premium display

For a market that demands strong display performance, multitasking between social scrolling, streaming, work, and studying, the C51 boasts a 6.7” screen and a 90 Hz refresh rate. realme says this creates a superlative visual experience, while its 560 nits of brightness easily cope with bright ambient light outdoors. “The screentime matches performance with the C51’s 8GB of dynamic memory, which gives it smoother performance and the ability to switch seamlessly between apps,” a statement reads.

Charged up and ready to go

A fully charged battery is a flex in the era of load-shedding. The C51 answers this need in two ways. Firstly, it boasts a 5 000 mAh battery that can see users through 37 hours of calls or 81 hours of music playback on a charge.

Secondly, it comes with realme’s 33W SUPERVOOC charging, which can provide users with a 50 percent charge in just under half an hour of charging time. This is the fastest charging on a device in this price range, according to realme.

Storage made for multimedia

TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, or Netflix downloads demand more and more storage. Today’s users can never have too much of it. They constantly seek ways to accommodate their growing multimedia needs, making the availability of storage a paramount concern. The C51 offers users the largest expandable memory on a smartphone.

Thanks to the triple card slot, which accommodates two SIM cards and a microSD card, users can effortlessly expand their storage capacity by a whopping 2 TB.

Camera considerations

For any modern-day smartphone, the quality of its camera system is important. With this in mind, the C51 packs a 50-megapixel primary camera that can capture 1080p video at 30 fps, while its front-facing 5-megapixel selfie camera can shoot 720p videos at 30 fps.

Aesthetic appeal

The C51 is strong on looks. Glittering glass powder gives its exterior a sparkling appearance under strong light.

Just as important is ergonomics, with the C51 having a right-angle bezel, enabling it to stand upright on a flat surface. A C-angle design ensures a comfortable grip without any sharp edges cutting into one’s palm.

“Following on from our C55 and C30s launched earlier this year, the C51 continues our commitment to revolutionising the high-spec and low-cost market in South Africa,” says realme’s Clarke.

The C51 is available for R4 000 or R219 per month at MTN, Vodacom, and other retailers.

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