Realme C35 review: Strong on design, but performance…

Budget smartphones priced below Rs 10,000 offer better value for money in terms of hardware. Gloss or premium design is rarely seen on these smartphones. In this, the company tries to provide a good user experience as well as a good battery life. However, Reality has tried something new in its C series. The new Realme C35 sports a premium look and finish, making it stand out from the rest in the segment. The company has managed to fit a 5000 mAh battery into its slim body. The phone is good to look at, but is it just as good in performance? Let’s find out in this review.

realme c35 price in india

Realme C35 comes in two variants. The base variant with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage is priced at Rs 11,999 in India. Its 128 GB storage variant costs Rs 12,999. Both variants are available in two finishes: Glowing Black and Glowing Green. I got the base variant in Glowing Green for this review.

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Realme C35 gives a very fresh feel compared to the previous C-series smartphones. Although this phone is also made of polycarbonate like the rest of the models in the series, it still feels premium. Keeping in mind the current design trend, the company has used a matte frame with flat sides and edges. The rear panel is also flat but in a glossy finish.

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The camera module on the back panel protrudes from the body, but I was surprised that despite this, the phone did not move from its place on a flat surface. The phone’s polycarbonate body finish in a light green hue is attractive, but shows fingerprints very quickly. Its sharp look makes the phone look modern but it is not that comfortable to hold as the edges of the phone are quite sharp.

The power button is located on the right side of the phone, on which the fingerprint scanner is also present. At times it was difficult to identify him as he appears to be in the frame.

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This Realme phone has a 6.6-inch FullHD Plus LCD panel that comes with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. A dewdrop notch has been given to the phone. It doesn’t lag when watching content, but it looks a bit outdated. There are thin bezels around the screen, but the bottom chin is chunky. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also provided at the bottom of the phone. Along with this, a main microphone, a USB Type-C port and a speaker have also been provided.

Realme C35 Specifications and Software

Realme C35 is powered by Unisoc T616 processor which has a maximum clock speed of 2 GHz. Two Nano SIMs can be used in the phone and a dedicated microSD card slot is also available on the SIM tray. In this, the storage can be increased up to 1TB. For connectivity, this phone has 4G/LTE band, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, and satellite navigation system.

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Talking about the operating system of the phone, it is based on Android 11. It runs on Realme UI R Edition which is a light version of regular Realme UI. It has minimized some customization options for smooth performance. The phone also comes with many pre-installed apps that can be removed later.

Realme C35 performance and battery life

The overall experience of the phone wasn’t very special, as it seemed like the hardware wasn’t completely successful in supporting its software. While scrolling between the list and apps, there was a sudden lag. Overall, the phone performed more like an entry-level smartphone than its price point.

It performed as expected on the benchmark test. The phone scored 2,12,939 points on AnTuTu. The phone scored 368 points in Geekbench’s single-core test and 1,382 points in multi-core test.

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The Realme C35 screen offers saturated colors in the default settings. But switching from Vivid to Gentle mode resulted in much better results. The panel is FullHD+ LCD and looks bright even outdoors or in direct sunlight.

The gaming experience on this phone was not very good. The processor couldn’t play any game smoothly. Even casual games like Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2 ran with a slight lag. Call of Duty: Mobile lagged a lot even on the lowest settings.

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The phone’s 5,000 mAh battery lasted 10 hours and 56 minutes in our HD video loop test. It is below average for a budget device. With regular use, the phone could last a little over a day. This would also be called below average. The phone took 2 hours and 7 minutes to fully charge using an 18W fast charger.

Realme C35 cameras

Realme C35 has three cameras on the rear panel. Which has a 50-megapixel main lens, a 2-megapixel macro shooter, and a 2-megapixel black and white camera. The phone is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera for selfies. The features of the camera app have been pared down a bit. Removed the icon to quickly change settings in the viewer.

The camera captures decent photos in daylight. The main camera’s dynamic range is quite good, but details were far below even in daylight. The HDR system took photos too aggressive at times, making the sky appear too blue. Macro shots came out too sharp.

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You’ll find portrait mode only on the rear camera. Edge detection was pretty good, but the background was overexposed. Portrait mode only worked on humans and didn’t work on objects for some reason.


Image quality dropped significantly in low light conditions. In low light, the camera had trouble focusing and photos came out soft. Contrast improved a bit in night mode, but photos turned out to be very soft and blurry. Overall disappointed with night photography.


The Realme C35 smartphone can record videos up to 1080p at 30fps. Video quality was average in daylight. The footage looked quite shaky, which means there was no stabilization. In low light conditions, a lot of noise (grain) was seen in the video. The camera also had trouble focusing, especially when panning.


There’s no shortage of options in the bottom line of budget smartphones these days. Realme has a lot of phones in this segment. Many of these are priced around this. The Realme C35 suffers due to average battery life and below average camera performance. Only its design on the phone is going to attract the user.

If we talk about your options, you can see Realme Narzo 50 starting from Rs 12,999. It has a MediaTek processor, a 120Hz screen, a high-resolution selfie camera, and a 33W charge. We haven’t reviewed it yet, but based on the specs, it looks better than the Realme C35.

Apart from this you can see Micromax in 2B. Provides a smooth software experience. Now, the Moto G31 is also available for Rs 11,999. This phone offers an experience similar to stock Android. It has an AMOLED screen and has been given a waterproof design. All these options turn out to be better than Realme C35, so it becomes very difficult to recommend this phone from Realme.

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