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realme C35 smartphone review - Great features for under 200 euros

Give me more. Full HD screen and UFS storage are usually installed in expensive phones. However, realme packs these features into a smartphone that is available for as little as 180 Euros (~$190). In addition, the phone has a large battery and is quite light. So, is the realme C35 recommendable all around?
realme C35
realme C35 (C Series)
Processor
UNISOC T616 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.60 inch 20:9, 2408 x 1080 pixel 400 PPI, 180 Hz sampling rate, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 64 GB 
, 46 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 1TB, dedicated, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration, gyroscope, proximity
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41) , Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.1 x 164.4 x 75.6 ( = 0.32 x 6.47 x 2.98 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 18 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.8, depth of field (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/​2.0, Videos @720p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.841 W/kg (head), 1.141 W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
189 g ( = 6.67 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
179 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
77.6 %
05/2022
realme C35
T616, Mali-G57 MP1
189 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
74.9 %
12/2021
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1
205 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
73.8 %
01/2022
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320
196 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.53"1600x720
78.5 %
03/2022
Nokia G21
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
190 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720

Case and features - angular design

While the realme C25Y with its micro-USB port and gloomy screen still looked a bit old-fashioned, the new generation with the realme C35 already feels much more up-to-date. The C35 is available in two configurations:

  • realme C35 64 GB mass storage / 4GB RAM: 179 Euros (~$189)
  • realme C35 128 GB mass storage / 4GB RAM: 199 Euros (~$210)

Two color variants are offered by realme for its low-priced smartphone: Glowing Green and Glowing Black, both with a reflective back and a nice light refraction effect emanating from the main camera. The design is quite angular, which we like, and the smartphone does not feel uncomfortable in the hand at the same time. The casing is completely made of plastic.

In terms of stability, we like the realme C35 quite a bit: It can hardly be twisted, and you must apply strong pressure until visible spots appear in the liquid crystal. At the same time, the phone is relatively light with a total weight of 189 grams (~6.7 oz).

It is a bit annoying that NFC is missing. This is not completely unusual in this price range, but applications like mobile payments are not possible. The micro-SD reader is separate, so it can be used with two SIM cards at the same time. It is quite fast in the CPDT benchmark, but only on the class level in the copy test.

realme C35
realme C35
realme C35
realme C35
realme C35

Size comparison

164.9 mm / 6.49 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs164.6 mm / 6.48 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 205 g0.4519 lbs164.4 mm / 6.47 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
  (Angelbird V60)
47.8 MB/s ∼100% +133%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=84, last 2 years)
26.4 MB/s ∼55% +29%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
  (Angelbird V60)
21.15 MB/s ∼44% +3%
Nokia G21
  (Angelbird V60)
20.6 MB/s ∼43% 0%
realme C35
  (Angelbird V60)
20.5 MB/s ∼43%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

05101520253035404550556065707580Tooltip
realme C35 Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write; Angelbird V60: Ø37.9 (18.7-45.1)
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write; Angelbird V60: Ø32.3 (23.2-38.8)
Xiaomi Redmi 9C PowerVR GE8320, Helio G35, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write; Angelbird V60: Ø37 (26-47.6)
Nokia G21 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write; Angelbird V60: Ø30.5 (12.9-38.6)
realme C35 Mali-G57 MP1, T616, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read; Angelbird V60: Ø78.4 (34.6-83.9)
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F Mali-G52 MP1, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read; Angelbird V60: Ø50.2 (31.6-54.4)
Xiaomi Redmi 9C PowerVR GE8320, Helio G35, 128 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read; Angelbird V60: Ø73.4 (15.2-76.3)
Nokia G21 Mali-G57 MP1, T606, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read; Angelbird V60: Ø75.5 (39.6-81.6)

Communication, software and operation - Fast WLAN in the realme phone

Thanks to Wi-Fi 5 support, the realme C35 can convince in our Wi-Fi test with the reference router Asus GT-AXE11000: It uses the technology well with rates between 300 and 350 Mbps and is also quite stable overall.

In terms of wireless networks, we have to make do with LTE; 5G is not available. Furthermore, only a few frequencies are available: The LTE support of our review sample is sufficient for Central Europe, but you should check whether you can use the mobile Internet in the destination country before traveling far. In a sample test for cell phone reception, the smartphone does not prove to be on the level of high-end smartphones, but it can at least provide half the signal strength even indoors most of the time.

The realme UI is preinstalled as the software interface; it is based on Android 11. The security updates are from April 2022 at the time of testing, so they are very up-to-date. That is very pleasing, especially for such an inexpensive smartphone. You have to live with some third-party apps for advertising purposes, but they can be uninstalled without problems.

The fingerprint sensor is located on the casing's right. It can be easily reached with the thumb of the right hand as well as with the index finger of the left hand. You have tomust live with a short delay when unlocking, but the accuracy of the finger recognition is very good. Face recognition via the front camera can also be used for unlocking.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
802.11 b/g/n
47.7 (14min - 69max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
802.11 b/g/n
42.9 (21min - 65max) MBit/s ∼90%
iperf3 receive AX12
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
802.11 b/g/n
50.4 (41min - 57max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
802.11 b/g/n
35.8 (19min - 52max) MBit/s ∼71%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
realme C35
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (309min - 366max) MBit/s ∼100%
Nokia G21
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
339 (328min - 362max) MBit/s ∼98% -2%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Nokia G21
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
299 (224min - 315max) MBit/s ∼100% +23%
realme C35
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
244 (179min - 255max) MBit/s ∼82%
020406080100120140160180200220240260280300320340360Tooltip
; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø244 (179-255)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø347 (309-366)

Cameras - wannabe upper class

With its 50-megapixel camera, the realme C35 seems on par with the much more expensive realme GT 2 Pro. However, our test device has a Samsung image sensor without image stabilization and with quite small pixels. At least it also uses pixel binning, so the user can choose whether shots in 50-megapixel quality or in 12-megapixel quality with higher light sensitivity are desired.

The image quality quickly shows that the sensor cannot keep up with high-quality smartphone cameras. Colors sometimes look flat and details are lost. The sky looks visibly grainy in the surroundings. In low light and high contrasts, details are barely visible in dark areas and the image sharpness is only moderate. The realme C35 photos are good but average for its price range.

Video recordings with the main camera are possible in Full HD and 30 fps. The autofocus and brightness adjustment work quite well, and the overall picture quality is satisfactory. A low-resolution macro camera can be used for close-ups, the third camera is only for support and does not take its own pictures.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera PlantMain camera EnvironmentMain camera Low Light
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ColorChecker
21.3 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
21.6 ∆E
24.2 ∆E
18.7 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
12 ∆E
21.4 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
18.4 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
17.1 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
ColorChecker realme C35: 13.68 ∆E min: 2.47 - max: 24.22 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.8 ∆E
48.6 ∆E
35.8 ∆E
36.8 ∆E
39.2 ∆E
56.6 ∆E
50.5 ∆E
30.8 ∆E
36 ∆E
25 ∆E
57.3 ∆E
59.9 ∆E
26.9 ∆E
47.2 ∆E
32.9 ∆E
64.8 ∆E
36.7 ∆E
42.5 ∆E
63.4 ∆E
63.9 ∆E
48.3 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
24 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
ColorChecker realme C35: 41.94 ∆E min: 14.08 - max: 64.82 ∆E

Display - High resolution realme screen

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

The display of the realme C35 is very bright with up to 582 cd/m² and has a high resolution for its price range with an expanded Full HD resolution. However, the color reproduction is only moderately accurate, which is not changed by the different modes that can be selected in the settings.

Furthermore, the smartphone has a rather high black value of 0.6 cd/m² and thus only achieves mediocre contrast rates. The display does not use PWM. Overall, the screen of the realme C35 with its high resolution and high brightness has two weighty advantages over other phone screens in the price range.

582
cd/m²
562
cd/m²
518
cd/m²
571
cd/m²
585
cd/m²
532
cd/m²
555
cd/m²
579
cd/m²
541
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 585 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 558.3 cd/m² Minimum: 2.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 585 cd/m²
Contrast: 975:1 (Black: 0.6 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 5.9 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
96% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.228
realme C35
IPS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
IPS LCD, 1600x720, 6.50
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
IPS, 1600x720, 6.53
Nokia G21
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
-29%
-31%
-35%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
50 ?(29, 21)
58 ?(31, 27)
-16%
60 ?(27, 33)
-20%
64 ?(31, 33)
-28%
Response Time Black / White *
24 ?(9, 13)
34 ?(17, 17)
-42%
34 ?(17, 17)
-42%
34 ?(17, 17)
-42%
PWM Frequency
178.6 ?(7)
17120
Screen
8%
-5%
-8%
Brightness middle
585
446
-24%
467
-20%
492
-16%
Brightness
558
423
-24%
417
-25%
484
-13%
Brightness Distribution
89
88
-1%
83
-7%
86
-3%
Black Level *
0.6
0.29
52%
0.53
12%
0.46
23%
Contrast
975
1538
58%
881
-10%
1070
10%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.4
4.94
-12%
4.14
6%
6.02
-37%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
8.77
8.81
-0%
8.49
3%
9.13
-4%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.9
5.1
14%
6
-2%
7.1
-20%
Gamma
2.228 99%
2.145 103%
2.291 96%
2.345 94%
CCT
8001 81%
7890 82%
7536 86%
8918 73%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-11% / 1%
-18% / -11%
-22% / -13%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 13 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 40 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (23.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
50 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 29 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 82 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (36.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21792 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space
CalMAN color space
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life - Good performance, good runtime

The Unisoc T616 SoC provides good performance rates in the price segment of the realme C35. However, that does not mean that you should expect completely smooth scrolling or super-fast loading pictures on websites: The realme phone is still a fairly inexpensive smartphone and you should not expect upper-class performance.

At least realme installs very fast UFS 2.2 storage, which easily outperforms other phones in the price range and contributes to a somewhat smoother experience and faster loading times for complex apps.

The warming on the casing remains within limits with a maximum of 40.9 °C (106 °F).

The small speaker on the bottom edge does not overdrive even at maximum volume and is sufficient to fill a medium-sized room with sound at a maximum volume of 85.5 dB(A). At the same time, the sound is very treble-heavy and thus sounds quite thin.

If you want to enjoy music or movie sound properly, you should connect speakers or headphones, which is possible via a 3.5 mm jack or Bluetooth 5.0. aptX HD is supported, but the latest codecs like aptX Low Latency or aptX Adaptive are not.

With a battery life of almost 16 hours, the realme C35 is absolutely convincing in its class and in general. Thus, even two workdays with intensive use should not be a problem. Furthermore, the phone charges with up to 18 watts via the included charger and is thus fully charged again in just under 2 hours.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
298 Points ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
178 Points ∼27% -40%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
149 Points ∼22% -50%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
312 Points ∼46% +5%
Average UNISOC T616
  (298 - 380, n=2)
339 Points ∼51% +14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=255, last 2 years)
671 Points ∼100% +125%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1184 Points ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1087 Points ∼50% -8%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
538 Points ∼25% -55%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1185 Points ∼54% 0%
Average UNISOC T616
  (1184 - 1392, n=2)
1288 Points ∼59% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=255, last 2 years)
2195 Points ∼100% +85%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
8066 Points ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
5739 Points ∼56% -29%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5208 Points ∼51% -35%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
7805 Points ∼77% -3%
Average UNISOC T616
 
8066 Points ∼79% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=147, last 2 years)
10202 Points ∼100% +26%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1710 Points ∼35%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1273 Points ∼26% -26%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
843 Points ∼17% -51%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1414 Points ∼29% -17%
Average UNISOC T616
 
1710 Points ∼35% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 13121, n=225, last 2 years)
4949 Points ∼100% +189%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1518 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
1142 Points ∼17% -25%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
799 Points ∼12% -47%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1255 Points ∼18% -17%
Average UNISOC T616
 
1518 Points ∼22% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=225, last 2 years)
6918 Points ∼100% +356%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
3063 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2032 Points ∼63% -34%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1043 Points ∼32% -66%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2546 Points ∼78% -17%
Average UNISOC T616
 
3063 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=223, last 2 years)
3245 Points ∼100% +6%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1103 Points ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
863 Points ∼34% -22%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
445 Points ∼18% -60%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
945 Points ∼37% -14%
Average UNISOC T616
 
1103 Points ∼44% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=180, last 2 years)
2529 Points ∼100% +129%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
935 Points ∼36%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
738 Points ∼28% -21%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
377 Points ∼14% -60%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
806 Points ∼31% -14%
Average UNISOC T616
 
935 Points ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=180, last 2 years)
2628 Points ∼100% +181%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2959 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2031 Points ∼69% -31%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1194 Points ∼40% -60%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2379 Points ∼80% -20%
Average UNISOC T616
 
2959 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5318, n=180, last 2 years)
2857 Points ∼97% -3%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
1109 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
867 Points ∼22% -22%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
491 Points ∼12% -56%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
959 Points ∼24% -14%
Average UNISOC T616
 
1109 Points ∼28% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11528, n=233, last 2 years)
4017 Points ∼100% +262%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
939 Points ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
736 Points ∼15% -22%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
425 Points ∼8% -55%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
814 Points ∼16% -13%
Average UNISOC T616
 
939 Points ∼19% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 19364, n=233, last 2 years)
5005 Points ∼100% +433%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
3036 Points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2109 Points ∼65% -31%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1073 Points ∼33% -65%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2559 Points ∼79% -16%
Average UNISOC T616
 
3036 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=233, last 2 years)
3241 Points ∼100% +7%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
463 Points ∼14%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
428 Points ∼13% -8%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
397 Points ∼12% -14%
Average UNISOC T616
 
463 Points ∼14% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=183, last 2 years)
3197 Points ∼100% +590%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
464 Points ∼14%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
426 Points ∼13% -8%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
393 Points ∼12% -15%
Average UNISOC T616
 
464 Points ∼14% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 11700, n=184, last 2 years)
3392 Points ∼100% +631%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
129 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
116 Points ∼12% -10%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
111 Points ∼11% -14%
Average UNISOC T616
 
129 Points ∼13% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3080, n=139, last 2 years)
991 Points ∼100% +668%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
126 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
117 Points ∼12% -7%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
110 Points ∼11% -13%
Average UNISOC T616
 
126 Points ∼13% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=135, last 2 years)
977 Points ∼100% +675%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
5.4 fps ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
11 fps ∼38% +104%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7.5 fps ∼26% +39%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
9.5 fps ∼33% +76%
Average UNISOC T616
 
5.4 fps ∼19% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=251, last 2 years)
28.7 fps ∼100% +431%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
6.1 fps ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
6.2 fps ∼18% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.1 fps ∼12% -33%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
5.2 fps ∼15% -15%
Average UNISOC T616
 
6.1 fps ∼18% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 123, n=252, last 2 years)
34 fps ∼100% +457%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
3.4 fps ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
7 fps ∼35% +106%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.8 fps ∼24% +41%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
6 fps ∼30% +76%
Average UNISOC T616
 
3.4 fps ∼17% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=252, last 2 years)
19.8 fps ∼100% +482%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme C35
UNISOC T616, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2.2 fps ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1, 4096
2.2 fps ∼17% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1.5 fps ∼12% -32%
Nokia G21
UNISOC T606, Mali-G57 MP1, 4096
2 fps ∼15% -9%
Average UNISOC T616
 
2.2 fps ∼17% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 47, n=252, last 2 years)
13 fps ∼100% +491%
realme C35Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127FXiaomi Redmi 9CNokia G21Average 64 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-65%
-59%
-56%
-8%
19%
Sequential Read 256KB
907.1
302.3
-67%
263.1
-71%
257.6
-72%
771 ?(511 - 907, n=3)
-15%
929 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=248, last 2 years)
2%
Sequential Write 256KB
271.1
74.5
-73%
208.4
-23%
180.6
-33%
304 ?(120.6 - 519, n=3)
12%
472 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=248, last 2 years)
74%
Random Read 4KB
137.8
77.8
-44%
54.5
-60%
74
-46%
133.1 ?(88.5 - 173, n=3)
-3%
166.5 ?(13.5 - 345, n=248, last 2 years)
21%
Random Write 4KB
206.4
47.21
-77%
39.7
-81%
60.2
-71%
155 ?(95.4 - 206, n=3)
-25%
159.7 ?(56.5 - 458, n=249, last 2 years)
-23%

Temperature

Max. Load
 40.9 °C
106 F
37.4 °C
99 F
37.2 °C
99 F
 
 40.1 °C
104 F
37.6 °C
100 F
36.8 °C
98 F
 
 39.7 °C
103 F
37.5 °C
100 F
37.3 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 40.9 °C = 106 F
Average: 38.3 °C = 101 F
33.5 °C
92 F
36.2 °C
97 F
39.8 °C
104 F
34.4 °C
94 F
36.1 °C
97 F
40.1 °C
104 F
34.4 °C
94 F
37.1 °C
99 F
39.8 °C
104 F
Maximum: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Average: 36.8 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.9 °C = 104 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.3 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.9 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.1 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap back side
Heatmap back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2048.639.72547.638.43139.736.44031.534.65035.2306345.4378040.533.610038.930.412537.230.616030.335.520023.139.125021.643.931520.84640024.152.250021.455.763021.8628002367.6100022.870.1125023.469.6160019.568.6200019.668.4250017.369.8315016.872.6400014.780.2500012.179.4630014.271.9800012.767.41000010.568.51250010.563.41600010.348.7SPL32.785.5N1.856.3median 20.8median 67.4Delta3.410.849.350.843.943.837.135.137.940.743.84531.833.92829.927.933.123.535.423.838.819.640.61943.117.549.215.252.716.8602168.222.376.518.781.417.376.115.870.415.868.117.470.418.472.220.270.420.369.420.173.121.471.721.871.521.365.821.855.631.685.61.661.2median 20.1median 68.21.810.7hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme C35Nokia G21
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme C35 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 71% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 82% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Nokia G21 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 52% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 71% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

realme C35
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos SM-A127F
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 9C
5000 mAh
Nokia G21
5050 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
958
879
-8%
905
-6%
1087
13%
906 ?(438 - 1953, n=256, last 2 years)
-5%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
15h 58min

Pros

+ bright Full HD screen
+ long runtimes
+ low weight
+ lightning-fast memory
+ fast WiFi 5

Cons

- susceptible to fingerprints
- no NFC
- few LTE frequencies

Verdict - A good offer, but not for everyone

In review: realme C35. test device provided by realme Germany.
In review: realme C35. test device provided by realme Germany.

The realme C35 is a good alternative to other cheap smartphones under 200 Euros (~$211). This is mainly due to the good battery life paired with sufficiently fast charging technology, the high-resolution and bright screen, fast Wi-Fi, good performance, and fast memory.

However, it also strongly depends on one's own usage behavior whether the realme phone is suitable for one: There is no NFC, for example. If you do not use near field communication anyway, or only rarely, this is not a problem. However, if you are a fan of mobile payment services like Google Pay, the realme C35 is probably out of the question. You should not expect 5G in this price range, nor extensive travel capability when you want to access the mobile Internet locally.

The realme C35 definitely has unique selling points among budget phones with its very fast memory, long runtimes and Full HD screen.

Thus, you should consider what is important to you before buying. Overall, the C35 is definitely an interesting offer.

An OLED screen for a similar amount of money is offered, for example, by the Motorola Moto G31. With its 90 Hz screen, the Nokia G21 wants to compete but it offers a lower resolution than the realme C35.

Price and availability

You can get the phone directly from the manufacturer in the online shop. Other Internet retailers such as Cyberport or amazon.de also have the realme C35 on offer, and the price is around the RRP at the time of testing.

realme C35 - 05/03/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
44 / 70 → 63%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
84%
Games Performance
11 / 64 → 17%
Application Performance
66 / 86 → 77%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 90 → 67%
Camera
56%
Average
72%
78%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-05- 4 (Update: 2022-05- 4)