Test, opinion and presentation of the Smartphone

This is my first time, I’ve never tested a phone before, but as they say, everything needs a first time! So let’s go ! Let’s see what this Realme C35 has in store! Realme, in my view, is a brand of fairly cheap smartphones, known to break the prices of the already ultra-saturated smartphone market.

Launched in 2018, Realme is a Chinese manufacturer hiding behind big names like: BBK Electronics, Oppo and Vivo, so you might as well know that the company has a solid back. The core objective of this new Realme brand is young people, the slogan reminds us of this: “Proud to be young”, which means proud to be young.

Photo of the Realme C35
Photo of the Realme C35

The ultra-competitive pricing of the phones is clearly aimed at small wallets looking for a cheap yet powerful mobile. For this test we have the chance to use the REALME C35 128GB version, the price varies between 140.00 € and 200.00 € depending on the models and the storage capacity desired.

It is available in different versions: 6 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB ROM or 8 GB RAM and 64/128 GB ROM. We opt for the first version with 128GB of RAM. The packaging is relatively basic, in a rectangular yellow box in the colors of the brand. The box contains all the standard elements, namely: the charger, a tool for removing the SIM card, a USB data cable, a safety manual, a quick guide.

Realme C35 Spec Sheet

Make and model OPPO Realme 35
Publication date February 10, 2022
Dimensions (HxWxD) 164.4×75.6X8.1mm
Weight 189 grams
housing Glass front, plastic frame, plastic rear panel
colors Luminous Black, Luminous Green
Battery 5000 mAh, Li-Po, non-removable
price guide €199

My take on the phone’s design

At first glance, the design of the phone is neat, it is very thin, measuring 164.4X75.6X8.1mm and weighing around 190g. (Personally, being used to the iPhone I find it a bit heavy but in reality it’s no more than that). It is rather well made not to be a transport brake in the pockets of teenagers.

It is only 8.1mm thick. The water green pastel seduces me right away, I have to admit, this shade has been well studied to be completely unisex. It also exists in Luminous Black, but I am very happy to test the Luminous Green which clearly stands out in terms of color. In addition, when the sun is on it, it offers very bright and slightly shiny color variants.

The design is very rectangular, it looks quite masculine, but it is very easy to handle and hold in the hand. The IPS LCD screen is a 6.6 inch screen that is displayed in Full HD + (1080X2408 pixels) and benefits from a resolution of 401 dpi. I see a fingerprint reader which is on the right side, you can slide a microSD card in there to increase the storage capacity of the device.

Despite the fairly light color it is relatively easy to make fingerprints, but this choice of material guarantees a certain lightness to the product.

Below the phone is a speaker and microphone, as well as a USB-C port for charging the battery and a jack for headphones. On the left, the accessibility hatch for the SIM card and the buttons for adjusting the sound volume, and on the right, the screen unlock button.

Screen Specifications

Technology IPS LSD
touch screen Capacitive touch screen
color depth 16M
Screen size 6.6” inch
screen area 104.4 cm2
Ration (Height: Width) 20:9 (H:W)
Ratio (shape:body) 84%
Resolution 1080×2408px
pixels per inch 401 PPIE
screen protection Panda Glass
others 480 nits (typ) 600 nits (HBM)

And then inside?

The realme C35 has a Unisoc T616 octa-core processor (2 Cortex-A75 cores clocked at 2 GHz and 6 Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz) engraved in 12 nm, coupled with 4 GB of RAM. A Mali-G57 graphics chip completes the picture. Firstly, it turns out that this model is not compatible with the 5G network. And secondly, that we are clearly not dealing with a smartphone that specializes in gaming.

Using the REALME C35

I don’t like interfaces that are too cluttered with pre-installed applications at all, and I might as well tell you I’ve never seen anything like it, they’re everywhere!

Some people love it because they feel like they have an ultra-complete phone, but it hits me and makes me not want to go into my phone settings. There are a maximum of options as you can see in the picture of the main screen, but I recommend that you sort according to your usage.

Rating of the AUDIO part

Quite disappointed with the audio part of the phone, with its single speaker on the lower part of the phone. This location is far from strategic as it is often obstructed by our fingers if we take the smartphone horizontally. No great performance when listening to music, quite a messy sound, little or no bass and a tendency to saturate.

It’s possible to add a wired mode with the 3.5mm jack, but I don’t see any improvement in listening. There is the possibility in the options to configure the Real Sound Technology that allows spatial sound with headphones. I also made a video with the device and the sound of the voice was quite clear.

What about performance?

Operating System (OS) Android 11, Realme UI2.0
chipsets Unisoc Tiger T616 (12nm)
Processor (CPU) 8 cores (2×2.0GHz Cortex-A75+6×1.8GHz Cortex-A55)
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) Mali-G57 MP1
Memory card microSDXC (special slot)
Internal memory 64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM

I’m pleasantly surprised by the beast, with a 5000 mAh battery I really didn’t have to go out often to recharge it because like all smartphones it depends on how useful you are. Wait about 50 minutes for a halfway charge and 2 hours and 10 minutes for a full charge with an 18W charger.

The photos, the main competitive point

It reminds me of a device I know well with its triple module, it’s quite elegant to look at. There are 8 megapixels on the front, 50 megapixels + 2 megapixels on the back, as well as +0.3 megapixels on the back. They are defined as follows:

Behind it is the 50-megapixel sensor with a main lens that opens to f/1.8, which is a wide angle that I was able to take really nice photos with. The macro module, meanwhile, opens at f2.4 and lastly there is a depth sensor that opens at f/2.8 ideal for black and white.

Photo taken by Realme c35
Photo taken by Realme c35

On the front, the single 8-megapixel sensor sits in a small notch. The photo is clearly the big plus of this mobile, and the manufacturer was not mistaken by betting on the photo parameter, with its very young target audience.

I learned on the brand’s website that the phone borrows its main rear sensor from the Realme GT 2 Pro rear sensor, which is Realme’s flagship model. I tested landscape photos, selfies, phone photos are quite good, although many details are only visible in bright light.

I noticed a soft focus on shadow areas. Colors look a bit faded, although this can be corrected to a certain extent with automatic HDR and AI scene recognition. Portrait mode photos have slightly poor edge detection, depending on the complexity of the subject.

As for the macro shooter, it was a bull’s eye depending on the amount of light. More impressive, however, were low-light shots that were well aided by the special night mode. The selfie mode gives details on processed, but very similar to skin tones.

The LCD panel has a maximum brightness of 600 nits, which is very useful in sunny outdoor conditions. I was able to test the videos, and it’s really not the strong point of the device, it seems logical for the price and the fact that it does not offer an image stabilizer. It is better to film completely still, otherwise your video will make you dizzy.

Small zoom on the camera

main camera 50MP, triple
Functions 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide angle),1/2.76”,0.64um, PDAF2MP,f/2.4,(macro)0.3 MP,f/2.8, (frame depth)
Functions LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video recording [email protected]
Front camera, selfie 8MP, single
Functions -8MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide angle), 1/4.0”, 1.12um
Functions HDR
Video recording [email protected]

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