Realme C35, analysis: the perfect quality-price balance in the entry range
Luckily, there are many excellent phones in the entry range. And it is that not everyone needs to pay a lot to have a good mobile that is functional for essential uses. And the Realme C35 is an excellent example of this after its presentation last February.
We have been able to test this device thoroughly and draw interesting conclusions. We are advancing some weak points in terms of design, but we also anticipate that it is a device that has surprised us for the better in the field of performance.
Design and multimedia, where this Realme C35 is weakest
Bottom Realme C35
If we look only at the aesthetic section, and despite how personal this perception is, we can say that it is a lovely device. It offers flat edges that look great and materials on the back that suit it very well despite being made of plastic. At the rear, we find a striking mirror effect that also does not dazzle.
We must say that it is not a comfortable phone in hand. Despite how good they feel, the flat edges end up being uncomfortable when the phone is used without a case for a while. But this discomfort is increased because the screen does not follow that aesthetic pattern, and the division between it and the rest of the body is very noticeable. We felt that we could cut ourselves when passing our hand between the screen and the chassis (just the surface, thankfully). So that you can get an idea, it is as if you have a mobile with a curved screen and you put a square case on it.
Realme C35 Sides
We cannot positively highlight its technology on the screen since it is an IPS panel. However, and in an input range like this, we cannot blame it either. It is a good IPS panel with a perfect size for multimedia consumption and good colour calibration. However, the brightness is considerably low to offer a good view outdoors. Even with light conditions that are not particularly unfavourable, it has been difficult for us to see the content well when on the street.
Realme C35 screen
This Realme C35 includes a headphone jack like most phones in this range. And thank goodness, since its speaker has too many shortcomings, offering an extraordinary canned sound at any volume range. We insist that it is an entry-level phone and that no big boasts can be expected, but there are devices of a similar degree with a better sound system.
It performs well, and its software, like its fingerprint reader, is lovely.
Realme C35 Display
Finding a UNISOC T616 as a processor means that, on paper, we cannot expect too much from this device. However, despite how essential this chip is, the performance has surprised us for the better if we take into account the context of being an entry-level mobile. We have had to squeeze a lot to find certain lag, such as having several demanding apps in the background or trying high consumption games.
Acceptable cameras for this price range
Starting with the most basic, which is the camera interface itself, this Realme C35 has a straightforward interface in which we hardly find any quick options. By default, it offers an automatic image capture mode and access to video recording and portrait mode, which this customization layer places in the “vertical” tab. In “More”, we find other methods such as burst, night mode, macro or manual camera options.
Realme C35 Camera Interface
As far as photography is concerned, we can find different modalities, including an HDR mode that considerably improves the photos, not in the primary lenses but in the front. We will see each of the results below, but first of all, we will tell you that this section has surprised us for the better if we take into account that it is an access range mobile.
We did not expect a great night mode on this Realme C35, and in fact, you can see the apparent lack of detail in the results and the amount of noise it has. However, we liked to find that the brightness is not exaggerated by software as it happens in other terminals in this range. However, we miss a longer exposure time that helps to capture the details better. In the night selfie, we do not find any help from the screen to give more light, so the result is terrible.
In the end, the summary is that this Realme C35 does what it promises. It offers a good range of not saturated colours, carrying that same tone of giving naturalness to its portrait mode. However, we believe that it would have been more interesting to add a telephoto lens with which to have greater versatility than a macro, whose daily use is ultimately anecdotal.