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Realme C1 vs Huawei Y6 2018 Entry-level comparison - Fight for entry-level smartphones standard title

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Since Huawei has launched the Y6 2018 around April last year, it made noises and has been the most affordable given its features. But, Realme C1 has been recently competing to take the crown away from Huawei Y6 2018.
Realme C1 vs Huawei Y6 2018 Entry-level comparison -  Fight for entry-level smartphones standard title
Realme C1 and Huawei Y6 2018

Build Quality/Design

Glass-like versus matte finish back design
Glass-like versus matte finish back design

Realme C1 and Huawei Y6 2018 have big differences in terms of the materials used to build the rear design of the two smartphones. 

The Realme C1's design reminds us of the OPPO A3s. It also has a big  6.2-inch 2.5D curved In-Cell IPS screen with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and tall 19:9 screen aspect ratio.

The C1 at first glance looks premium and looks more expensive than it actually is. But upon closer inspection, the textured frame is made of a metal like material while the back has a glass like material. Construction is more than decent considering its low price tag.
Top of C1 and Y6
Top of C1 and Y6
Bottom of C1 and Y6
Bottom of C1 and Y6
Left of C1 and Y6
Left of C1 and Y6
Right of C1 and Y6
Right of C1 and Y6

Meanwhile, Huawei Y6 2018 reminds us of the bigger and higher-end Nova 2 lite. It still has the matte textured polycarbonate backplate and metallic chrome painted plastic sides. Its matte design is prone to scratches, Huawei should've added protective case on the package.

On the top, the 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved screen is protected by the pre-installed screen protector. It has no Gorilla or Dragontrail glass.

For the design, both have small chin and side bezels which are now continuously being common for entry-level smartphones. 

Realme C1 has notched display but there is no option to hide the notch. on the other hand, Huawei Y6 2018 has no notch which might be "perfect" for those who aren't fond of the notch yet.

Both look nice for the price. Winner on the design might depend on your preference if you want a glass-like design or a matte textured smartphone. But for us, Realme C1 wins since it has the more modern and premium look for the price.

Display Quality

Notched and unnotched displays
Notched and unnotched displays

As mentioned earlier, only the Realme C1 has notch. The Huawei Y6 2018 still sports an unnotched screen. 

Realme C1 sports a 6.2-inch 2.5D curved display. It has Gorilla Glass protection, In-Cell IPS screen with HD+ 1440 x 720 resolution at 260 ppi. It has a slim notch enough to house a single selfie camera, sensors and earpiece. 


Meanwhile, Huawei Y6 2018 features a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 screen. With its wide screen, it is nice to binge-watch our favorite Netflix show and play games in it. It also offers a mini screen view if you opt to have a smaller screen.


Both are bang-for-buck when it comes to display's color accuracy, sharpness, and nice viewing angles. Realme's notched screen do not have to option to hide the notch. 


Both have 10 points of multitouch. The winner for this section would be depending on the preference of a user. It can be the Huawei Y6 2018 for those who still prefer unnotched screens and can be the Realme C1 for those who want a more modern design.


Audio Quality

Both the Realme C1 and Huawei Y6 2018 have single loudspeakers placed at the bottom of each smartphone. 

The sound quality of both smartphones are nice, But since Huawei has poised the Y6 2018 as a multimedia-centric smartphone, the louder sound is evident. Both smartphones produce distorted sound when cranked up to the highest.


Realme C1 is equipped with a single microphone while the Huawei Y6 2018 have two. Microphone quality of the two smartphones are decent and okay for the price. Both also create a hissing sound when recording a video.


Calls are crisp most of the time too! It's a tie for us.


Battery

Realme C1 battery benchmark
Realme C1 battery benchmark

Realme C1 is packed with 4,230mAh of battery and we're surprised that it has recorded a whopping score of 20 hours and 4 minutes in our PC Mark battery test.

Realme C1's battery life is stronger!

For the real life usage, we were able to use it for straight 2 days under light to moderate usage. Our usual usage include using a lot of social media apps like Facebook, taking photos and selfies, watching YouTube videos, and more.

Charging time is more than 2 hours which is tolerable for a smartphone with large battery capacity.
Huawei Y6 2018 battery benchmark
Huawei Y6 2018 battery benchmark

Meanwhile, the Huawei Y6 2018 is equipped with 3,000mAh and have scored a total of 10 hours and 14 minutes in the same battery test.

Meanwhile, as we tested Huawei Y6 2018 under heavy usage, it clocked at almost 10 hours, just the same with our battery benchmark result. The heavy usage we’re talking about include: texting, calling, using 4G mobile data, WiFi, and playing games like Asphalt Nitro and PUBG.

Huawei Y6 2018’s 1A USB charger can fill up the smartphone’s juice from 0 to 100 percent in almost 2 hours and a half only!

Cameras

Team dual or team single camera?
Team dual or team single camera?

One of the key highlights of the Realme C1 could be its dual camera setup for its price. It features a dual rear camera setup of 13MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 with AF and LED flash.

For the selfie camera, it sports a 5MP front camera, Realme C1 can shoot highly detailed selfies with good exposure and nice colors. The AI Beauty 2.0 can over-beautify you but you can turn it off and adjust the level depending on your preferability.

Huawei Y6 2018 features a single rear camera of 13MP f/2.2 rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera with soft flash.

Its selfie snapper, it also has the basic options of photo, video, panorama, filters, and watermark. It has no HDR option of the selfie camera but has a 10-level beautification option.

Rear Camera Samples

Scene 1 - Daylight 
Realme C1 Daylight
Realme C1 Daylight

The Realme C1 the scene nicely with ample exposure and dynamic range. The Huawei Y6 2018 may have a better exposure, but the Realme C1 captured the closest to real look of this scene.

Huawei Y6 2018 Daylight
Huawei Y6 2018 Daylight

Meanwhile, Huawei Y6 2018 looks like it captured the scene very similar with the Realme C1. But if you're going to take a look at it, the shot has more exposure. 

Scene 2 - Indoor
Realme C1 Indoor
Realme C1 Indoor

Realme C1 captured this scene very well. It has nice colors, sharp details, and good exposure.
Huawei Y6 2018 Indoor
Huawei Y6 2018 Indoor

Huawei Y6 2018's shot on this scene has a better contrast than the C1's. It has also sharp details but a bit lacking in exposure. 

For us, the Realme C1 and Huawei Y6 2018 tied in this scene despite their minor differences.

Scene 3 - Close-up
Realme C1 Close-up
Realme C1 Close-up

As you can see, the Realme C1 was able to blur the background of this mini artificial flowers on a vase. The bokeh effect looks decently clean in the eyes with nice exposure and details.
Huawei Y6 2018 Close-up
Huawei Y6 2018 Close-up
Since the Huawei Y6 2018 has only single rear camera, we didn't expect it to have a clean bokeh effect on this scene. However, it was able to blur the background decently. 

Scene 4 - Portrait
Realme C1 Portrait
Realme C1 Portrait

The Realme C1 was able to put a nice bokeh effect on me. However, it is not-so-clean as you can see some parts of my hair were also blurred, but it is decent.
Huawei Y6 2018 Portrait
Huawei Y6 2018 Portrait

We tried Huawei Y6 2018's tap-to-focus "portrait" effect again by placing a human subject against a background. It wasn't able to blur the background behind me but instead focused on putting a nice contrast on the overall photo quality.

Scene 5 - Low light
Realme C1 low light
Realme C1 low light

Realme C1 was able to take a nice and decent shot on this scene. However, it looks a bit pale and a bit lacking of contrast, but has nice exposure.
Huawei Y6 2018 Low light
Huawei Y6 2018 Low light

For this scene, the Huawei Y6 2018 took a decent shot, but it lacks the ample amount of exposure compared with the C1's shot.

As a quick recap, both the Realme C1 and Huawei Y6 2018 feature a single 5MP selfie camera. But who is better and who is not? Let's find out!

Selfie Camera Samples

Scene 1 - Daylight Selfie
Realme C1 Daylight Selfie
Realme C1 Daylight Selfie

The Realme C1 captured a nice portrait selfie with sharp details and good colors.
Huawei Y6 2018 Daylight Selfie
Huawei Y6 2018 Daylight Selfie

Huawei Y6 2018 captured a decent selfie but it looks very much pale and beautified-like compared  with the C1's shot.

Scene 2 - Indoor Selfie
Realme C1 indoor selfie
Realme C1 indoor selfie

We like this indoor selfie shot of the Realme C1. It captured the closest to real look of the subject, has plenty of details coupled with nice exposure and contrast.
Huawei Y6 2018 indoor selfie
Huawei Y6 2018 indoor selfie

Huawei Y6 2018 on the other hand captured a decent selfie but as you can see, it's pale and lacks a good contrast and exposure.

Scene 3 - Indoor Selfie 2 
Realme C1 indoor selfie 2
Realme C1 indoor selfie 2

Here's another indoor selfie from the Realme C1. Just like the first sample, it captured the subject with good exposure, contrast, and a lot of details.
Huawei Y6 2018 Indoor Selfie 2
Huawei Y6 2018 Indoor Selfie 2

In this another indoor selfie sample of the Y6 2018, it still captured a decent selfie but with a better quality this time than the other one.

Both the Realme C1 and Huawei Y6 2018 have nice cameras. The two were able to capture the scenes well with nice details and good colors. But they also have different attacks on capturing each of the scenes which are evident on the sample photos.

For videos, the Realme C1 can capture up to 1080p at 30fps. It also has a Timelapse feature. It shoots videos with decent quality and stabilization.

Meanwhile, the Huawei Y6 2018 has the ability to shoot 720p at 30 fps videos quality. It shoots videos with good details with acceptable stabilization.

Performance

Realme C1's AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmark scores
Realme C1's AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmark scores
Huawei Y6 2018's AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmark scores
Huawei Y6 2018's AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmark scores

Inside, the Realme C1 is equipped with 1.8GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor along with Adreno 506 GPU, 2GB RAM, and 16GB expandable memory via dedicated microSD card slot up to 256GB.

Realme C1's Snapdragon 450 chipset is WAY more powerful than the Snapdragon 425 chip of Huawei Y6 2018

Although it's an under PHP 6K smartphone, because of its nice processor, C1 is snappy and can even play some games like PUBG mobile on low settings with high frame rates properly.

Our only gripe is that it has only 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. BUT, it is still one of the smoothest as long as you don't install huge apps and open a lot of apps all at the same time.

Meanwhile, Huawei Y6 2018 is and entry-level smartphone equipped with the slower Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor.

The opening and closing off apps are snappy but sometimes it’s a bit lagging. It can be deemed to the phone’s 2GB RAM. It is equipped with a 16GB ROM and is expandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot.

We tested the heavy mobile game PUBG with the Huawei. Upon opening the game, as expected, it has adjusted the setting to the lowest to accommodate the capability of the phone. But that’s fine, since the Huawei Y6 2018 still gave us a nice gaming experience even in low settings. 

You can notice a big difference on the AnTuTu score of the two smartphones. Realme C1 has scored a total of 72,942 over Huawei Y6 2018's 46,341. 

Realme C1 is clearly the speedier phone for gaming.

The UI

The Realme C1 runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.1. It doesn't have too much bloatware apps. Most of the pre-installed apps are intended for optimization.

Meanwhile the Huawei Y6 2018 also runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0. Just like the Realme C1, it has some bloatwares but can be deleted.

Of the two, we like the Realme C1's UI more.  It has easier and updated navigation buttons than the Y6 2018's. 

Other features

Both smartphones have speedy face unlock, fingerprint scanners, LTE, Bluetooth and WiFi connection. But the Realme C1 has a faster face unlock over the Huawei Y6 2018.

The rest of the telephony experience of the Realme C1 and Huawei Y6 2018 are great as well.

Realme C1 vs Huawei Y6 2018 Specs Comparison

DeviceRealme C1Huawei Y6 2018
Display6.2-inch 2.5D curved In-Cell IPS screen w/ HD+ 1440 x 720 resolution at 260 ppi5.7-inch 2.5D curved In-Cell IPS screen w/ HD+ 1440 x 720 resolution at 282 ppi
CPU
1.8GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor
1.4GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor
GPUAdreno 506Adreno 308
RAM2GB2GB
ROM16GB expandable via microSD card slot (dedicated)16GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera13MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 w/ AF and LED flash13MP f/2.2 w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera5MP f/2.2 w/ AI Beauty 2.05MP f/2.2 w/ screen flash
Battery
4,230mAh
3,000mAh
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Android 8.0 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.0
Connectivity
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE, FM Radio, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM
WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM
SensorsAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Accelerometer, light, proximity, sound
Others
Face unlock, Colors: ocean blue, deep black
Face unlock, Colors: black, blue
Dimensions156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm152.4 x 73 x 8.05 mm
Weight
168 g
150 g
PricePHP 5,990 (PHP 5,490 flash sale price)
PHP 5,990

Realme C1 advantages - thin bezels, good cameras, snappy face unlock, glass-like rear design, dual rear cameras, more number of features, fast charging
Huawei Y6 2018 advantages - no notch, matte rear design, loud speakers, fast face unlock, bezel-less display, nice thermal condition

Verdict

Both the Realme C1 and Huawei Y6 2018 are unique on their own. They have distinctive advantages and disadvantages over one another. 

Get the Realme C1 for PHP 5,990 if you want a more modern looking design, dual rear cameras, and stronger battery performance.

For us, the Realme C1 is the clear winner between the fight. It has more useful features not to mention the good dual rear cameras for the same price! 

Opt for the Huawei Y6 2018 for PHP 5,990 as well if you want an unnotched display, loud speakers, fast face unlock, and matte rear design.

For our Realme C1 full review: Realme C1 Review - The new standard of entry-level smartphones?
For our Huawei Y6 2018 full review: Huawei Y6 2018 Review - NOT Your Average Entry-level Smartphone
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