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Realme C35 Review: More Than Meets the Eye?

Budget smartphones, especially those priced below Rs. 10,000, usually offer decent value for money in terms of hardware, in simple, practical packages. However, Realme seems to have come up with something different in its C series. The new Realme C35 boasts of a premium look and finish, which sets it apart. The company has also managed to pack a 5,000mAh battery into the C35’s slim body.

Realme C35 price in India

The Realme C35 is available in two variants. The base variant has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and is priced at Rs. 11,999, while the second variant with 128GB of storage and the same 4GB of RAM is available at Rs. 12,999 in India. Both variants are available in two finishes: Glowing Black and Glowing Green.

Realme C35 design

The camera module on the back of the phone protrudes quite a bit, but surprisingly, the C35 does not wobble when placed on a flat surface. The polycarbonate body’s glossy finish looks unique in the subtle Glowing Green colour, but it’s a big fingerprint magnet. The chiselled look gives it a modern aesthetic, but it’s not the most comfortable to hold, mainly because of the relatively sharp edges.

Realme C35 specifications and software

The Realme C35 has a Unisoc T616 SoC which has a maximum clock speed of 2GHz. This is a surprise given that most smartphones that feature Unisoc SoC’s are entry-level models. The phone has a SIM tray with two slots for two nano-SIMs and a dedicated one for a microSD card (up to 1TB). Communication standards include support for 4G/LTE bands, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and satellite navigation systems.

The Realme C35’s 5,000mAh battery lasted 10 hours and 56 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is well below average for a budget device. When it came to regular use, the C35 lasted a little over a day, which again is below average for a budget device. Charging the phone using the bundled 18W charger took two hours and seven minutes, which is on par with the competition.

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