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 eyes, is a brand of fairly Low-Cost smartphones, they are known to break the prices of the already ultra-saturated smartphone market.
Launched in 2018, Realme is a Chinese manufacturer, which hides behind big names such as: BBK Electronics, Oppo, and Vivo, so you might as well know that the company has a solid back. The core target of this new Realme brand is young people, the slogan reminds us of this: “Proud to be young” which means proud to be young.
The ultra-competitive prices of the phones are clearly aimed at small wallets looking for a low-cost but high-performance 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 desired storage capacity.
It is available in several versions: 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of ROM or 8GB of RAM and 64/128GB of ROM. Here, we will opt for the first version with 128GB of memory. The packaging is relatively basic, in a rectangular yellow box in the colors of the brand. The box includes all the standard elements which are: the charger, a SIM ejection tool, a USB data cable, a safety guide, a quick guide.
Realme C35 spec sheet
|Brand and model||OPPO Realme 35|
|Release date||February 10, 2022|
|Housing||Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back panel|
|Colors||Luminous Black, Luminous Green|
|Battery||5000 mAh, Li-Po, non-removable|
My thoughts on the phone’s design
At first glance, the design of the phone is neat, it is very thin, with dimensions of 164.4X75.6X8.1 mm and a weight around 190g. (Personally, accustomed to the iPhone I find it a bit heavy but in reality, it is not 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. Its water green pastel color seduces me immediately, I must admit, this shade is well studied to be totally 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 somewhat shiny color variants.
Its design is very rectangular, it looks quite masculine, but it is very easy to handle and hold in your hand. Its IPS LCD screen is a 6.6 inch which displays in Full HD + (1080X2408 pixels) and it benefits from a resolution of 401 dpi. I notice a fingerprint reader which is located on the right edge, you can slide a microSD card there to increase the storage capacity of the device.
It is relatively easy to make fingerprints despite the fairly light color, but this choice of material guarantees a certain lightness to the product.
Under the phone, a loudspeaker and a microphone as well as a USB-C socket for recharging the battery and a connector for headphones. On the left side the accessibility hatch for the Sim card and the sound volume adjustment buttons, and on the right side the screen unlock button.
|Touchscreen||Capacitive touch screen|
|Screen size||6.6” inches|
|screen area||104.4 cm2|
|Ration (Height:Width)||20:9 (H:W)|
|pixels per inch||401 PPI|
|Screen protection||Panda Glass|
|Others||480 nits (typ) 600 nits (HBM)|
And inside then?
The realme C35 features 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 whole thing. First, it reveals that this model is not compatible with the 5G network. And secondly, that we are clearly not facing a smartphone specializing in gaming.
Using the REALME C35
I don’t at all like interfaces that are too loaded with pre-installed applications, and I might as well tell you that 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 gets to me and doesn’t make me want to go into my phone settings. There are a maximum of options as you can see on the photo of the main screen, but I advise you to sort according to your uses.
Appreciation of the AUDIO part
Rather disappointed with the audio part of the phone, with its single speaker placed on the lower part of the phone. This location is far from strategic because it is often obstructed by our fingers when taking the smartphone horizontally. No great performance when listening to music, a fairly messy sound, little or no bass and a tendency to saturation.
It is 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 which allows spatialized sound with headphones. I also made a video with the device and the sound of voice was rather clear.
What about performance?
|Operation System (Os)||Android 11, Realme UI2.0|
|chipsets||Unisoc Tiger T616 (12nm)|
|Processor (CPU)||8 core ( 2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75+6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)||Mali-G57 MP1|
|Memory card||microSDXC (dedicated slot)|
|Internal memory||64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM|
I am pleasantly surprised by the beast, with a 5000 mAh battery, I really didn’t need to leave to recharge it often, after like all smartphones, it depends on how useful you are. Allow about 50 minutes to recharge it halfway and 2 hours 10 minutes to recharge it fully with an 18W recharge.
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 at the front, 50 megapixels + 2 megapixels at the rear, as well as +0.3 megapixels at the rear. They are defined as follows:
Behind, the 50 megapixel sensor with a main lens that opens to f / 1.8 is a wide-angle I was really able to take very beautiful photos. The macro module meanwhile opens f2.4 and finally the last is a depth sensor which opens at f/2.8 ideal for black and white.
Up 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 in 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, Realme’s top-of-the-range model. I tested shots of landscapes, selfies, phone photos are quite good although many details are only visible in bright light.
I noticed a soft focus on shadowed areas. Colors look a bit washed out, although this can be corrected to some degree with automatic HDR and AI scene recognition. Portrait mode shots have slightly poor edge detection depending on the complexity of the object.
As for the macro shooter, it was a hit or miss depending on the amount of light. More impressive, however, were low-light shots which were well aided by the dedicated night mode. The selfie mode gives details over processed but quite similar with skin tones.
The LCD panel has up to 600 nits of peak brightness 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 while being completely still, otherwise your video will make you dizzy.
Small zoom on the Camera
|Main Camera||50MP, triple|
|Features||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)|
|Features||LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video recording||[email protected]|
|Front Camera, Selfie||8MP, Single|
|Features||-8MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide-angle), 1/4.0”, 1.12um|
|Video recording||[email protected]|