June 27, 2022
Realme C35: Good looking smartphone, but what about the specs?

Realme C35: Good looking smartphone, but what about the specs?

Realme’s latest C35 smartphone has a lot going for it in the looks department but what about performance and price?

Global inflation is affecting the price of everything from food and fuel to electronics. So naturally, the C-series phone that was supposed to cost Tk14,000 has seen a price increase of nearly three thousand more, with the new one being sold at Tk16,990.

It comes with a 4GB RAM and 128GB. Just by looking at the past prices of C series smartphones, it becomes clear that this price tag is quite on the expensive side for this series. None of the C-series smartphones crossed the Tk14,000 price mark before.

Many smartphone manufacturer companies are increasing prices of the already released smartphones in the Bangladeshi market, mainly due to an increase in the dollar exchange rate in addition to a hike in fuel prices, which eventually increases the shipment cost.

For example, this very smartphone, the Realme C35, could have been available only for Tk14,000-Tk15,000 or even less, which is the usual price range for the smartphones of this series.

Nonetheless, we will be looking at what Realme C35 has to offer with this price tag.

Aesthetic

No matter what your preferences are, you will most probably end up loving its design at first look. The phone comes in two colours — Glowing Green and Glowing Black — and both of them look stunning.

With a 164.4 mm height and 75.6 mm width, the phone weighs 189 grams. It is 8.1 mm thin. Within this budget, you won’t find any other smartphone as attractive as this one.

The placement of buttons is also really good. The power button, with the fingerprint sensor, is located on the right side exactly where the thumb rests. You won’t feel bad about the size of your fingers while using the phone for sure.

However, seeing a notch instead of a punch-hole camera on the front was a bit of a letdown.

Display

Realme C35 has a IPS LCD panel with 480 nits typical brightness and 600 nits of peak brightness. The display resolution is 1080 x 2408 pixels.

The display is not anything extraordinary. Having an AMOLED panel or 90Hz IPS LCD at this price would have been a treat.

While the display does not look as good as the display of Narzo 50 (IPS LCD) or Redmi Note 11 (AMOLED), it does not perform that bad either. It is a decent panel for a budget smartphone. Looking at it, I just felt like Realme could have done better.

Performance

This is where things start to go haywire!

With a price tag of almost Tk17,000, many may expect a Snapdragon 480 chipset, or at least a decent MediaTek chipset. But it has none. The phone comes with a Unisoc Tiger T616 chipset, which is mostly equivalent to an Helio G85.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that the Tiger T616 is a horrible chipset. I am just saying that it could have been better considering the price. But then again, the existing smartphones released with Snapdragon 680 (Redmi Note 11) or Helio G86 (Realme Narzo 50) now cost Tk19,000-Tk20,000, even though they were initially released at a similar price.

Tiger T616 has eight cores, two running at 2GHz and six at 1.8GHz. This is better than Helio G86 when it comes to CPU performance, but loses its top position when it comes to gaming and battery life. The overall AnTuTu score for T616 is 224,532 while G86 scores 237,513.

The Tiger T616 chipset can run PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile at HD settings and playing Asphalt 9 won’t be much of a challenge either. However, Unisoc chipsets aren’t usually optimized for all games. You may face some graphics issues while playing games that didn’t bother to properly optimize themselves for this chipset.

All in all, the regular usage experience was good on Realme C35 mainly because they did not use the full Realme UI. They instead went for a lighter version of it. It has lesser features available, but it also makes the user experience smoother. It’s really about what the user wants.

Camera

Realme C35 has a triple camera setup starring a 50 MP main camera, which is wide, a 2 MP macro camera and a 0.3 MP depth sensor. I would not have minded trading the last two with an ultra-wide lens. But this is what this is. In front, the phone has an 8 MP wide selfie camera.

The camera performance during the day with enough light was good. The colours looked natural and the portraits were really good, both in the back and front camera. But while using night mode, the camera did smoothen the picture too much in order to reduce grains in the images.

For video taking, the back camera can record at 1080p resolution with 30fps while the front camera supports recording at 720p resolution with 30 fps.

Battery

Realme C35 comes with a 5000 mAh battery, which is fairly large. The screen on time was around 6 hours, which should have been better.

I have known Realme for its impressive charging speed, and for some reason, they only provided an 18 Watts charger. When I saw that the phone comes at Tk16,990, I expected at least a 33 Watts charging support.

Final verdict

Realme C35 is a good device, especially if you are looking for a phone that looks nice on the outside. There are definitely some places for improvement. The processor and display could have been better in my opinion.

If it was up to me, I would have recommended people to try to avoid buying new smartphones till the situation gets back to normal and the manufacturers return to the regular prices. But that’s not possible simply because you need a smartphone when you need it. So, more price or less, we really don’t have much of an option at this moment.

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