realme C53 Unboxing: Sneak peek before its official launch in the PH on June 22

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A new “champion” is on the way! Following the launch of the stylish realme C55 with a Mini Capsule, realme is set to introduce a “charging champion” in the entry-level market that packs a 5,000mAh battery, 33W SUPERVOOC charge, 50MP AI camera, and 7.49mm ultra slim design, to name a few.

Before it officially reaches the Philippine shores on June 22, here’s a sneak peek at what we know so far, a couple of camera samples, and our first impressions on the realme C53 in Champion Gold color.


Similar to other C series smartphones, the realme C53 comes with only the essentials – a safety guide with warranty card, a SIM ejector tool, a jelly case, a 33W SUPERVOOC USB power brick, and a Type-C cable. However, unlike the realme C55, the realme C53 does not come with a pre-installed screen protector, which I honestly think should be part of the essentials. The box is also a bit different with the realme C53 being stored in a thinner sliding box, but it’s not much of an issue.


The first thing that caught my attention is its camera module which reminds me of a different smartphone brand, but realme has its own take on the overall look with its holographic-like champion design that reminds me of different winning colors –gold, platinum, and a bit of green and blue. Doesn’t even look like plastic at first glance! The glossy Champion Gold colorway changes its hue depending on the angle and lighting condition, thanks to its “gold filament gradient coating process”. With only a small realme branding on the lower left side, the realme C53 definitely keeps up with the C series “aesthetic” vibe.

Aside from the design, recent realme posts highlight how the realme C53 is extremely thin at only 7.49mm. The smartphone measures 167.26mm x 76.67mm x 7.49mm to be exact.

On the left side of the device, you’ll see the SIM tray which can store two nanoSIMs and one microSD. On the right, you’ll find the volume button and the fingerprint unlock which doubles as a Google Assistant shortcut. Recent realme models require you to press the volume up and unlock key in order to turn off or restart your device.

Nothing’s on top, while the 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, Type-C port, and bottom-firing speaker sits at the bottom.

In front, the realme C53 has a 6.74-inch 90Hz display with a notch at the center for the 8MP selfie camera. As expected, the bottom bezel is also thicker than the rest but it’s not too bothersome, considering how the display is big enough for an entry-level smartphone.

At the back, there’s a 50MP main camera with depth sensor and LED flash, which I haven’t fully tested yet but here are a couple of preview photos from my initial run:

realme also wasn’t kidding when they claimed that the realme C53 is a charging champion in the C series given its 5,000mAh battery with 33W SUPERVOOC charging that can bring the smartphone to 50% in just around 31 minutes. It also has a Mini Capsule that shows up to display the battery level and charging status.

As of this posting, it shows promise for an all-rounder budget smartphone. We’ll have to wait for the official price reveal on June 22 at 6:00PM to see if the features are worth the hype, though! To watch the launch, you may RSVP via the realme Facebook page.


Display 6.74″ 90Hz LCD display
Resolution: HD+ 720*1600
PPI: 260
Screen-to-body ratio: 90.3%
Touch sampling rate: 180Hz
Brightness: 450nits
Dimensions 167.26mm x 76.67mm x 7.49mm
Weight 182g
Storage 6GB + 128GB
Expandable up to 2TB via microSD, up to 6GB RAM expansion via virtual RAM
Rear Camera 50MP + 0.8MP
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 5000mAh with 33W SUPERVOOC fast charging
OS realme UI T Edition based on Android 13
Processor Unisoc T612
Audio 1 speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack
Connectivity WiFi: 2.4GHz / 5GHz
Bluetooth: 5.0
Frequency Bands: 2G / 3G / 4G
Warranty 1 year
Colors Mighty Black, Champion Gold
Price To be announced on June 22

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