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Redmi Note 11 vs realme C35: which Chinese phone is the best value for money? | Comparative

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The realme C35 and Redmi Note 11 are positioned between the entry-level and basic intermediate segments, with the proposal of not having such simple specifications, but also charging the consumer less.

Among the models from realme and Xiaomi, which one offers the best value for money to the user? The TechMarkup Comparative tells you the answer.

Comparison Index
  • design
  • Multimedia and Resources
  • Performance
  • Drums
  • Camera
  • Price
  • Conclusion
Design and connectivity

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We started with the design with two devices made of plastic, both on the sides and on the back. The C35 uses a camera block in line with the more advanced models and a glossy paint on the lid, which reflects light in diffuse rays. The Note 11, on the other hand, prefers a vertical module that highlights the main sensor, in addition to the matte finish, to improve the grip.

Redmi is the one that has the most compact and light body of the duo, in addition to providing IP53, to ensure resistance against dust and water splashes. Too bad realme doesn’t come with any certification for added protection.

Redmi Note 11

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The choice of notch for the C35 was in the traditional teardrop format. For its part, Xiaomi has dared more by placing the notch in a hole in the screen. On both sides you will find a biometric reader integrated into the power button.

On the connectivity side, both have fifth-generation Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but they left out NFC, so no approximation payments on them. The duo even comes with a triple drawer, for two carrier chips and a microSD card.

Redmi’s more advanced design gives it the point.

best construction

None

more modern look

Redmi Note 11

Is the slot hybrid or dedicated?

Both

Best notch solution

Redmi Note 11

Best biometrics solution

None

Best Endurance Certification?

Redmi Note 11

Which is more compact and lighter?

Redmi Note 11

Do you have NFC?

None

Multimedia and Resources

Screen


realme has put a 6.6-inch screen on your phone, slightly larger than the Redmi’s 6.4-inch. But the C35’s IPS LCD panel ends up lagging behind in contrast and brightness level compared to the Note 11’s AMOLED display.

Another Xiaomi differential is the 90 Hz refresh rate. That means you’ll get a smoother experience on its animations than on the competitor’s 60Hz-limited screen.

The resolution is Full HD+ on these smartphones, which do not need HDR for compatible streaming. They also contain scratch protection, with Panda Glass on realme, and Gorilla Glass 3 on Redmi.

The Note 11 scores the point for the highest quality display overall.

best screen technology

Redmi Note 11

best screen brightness

Redmi Note 11

more accurate colors

Redmi Note 11

best screen resolution

None

bigger screen

Realme C35

Best screen/body ratio

Redmi Note 11

High Hz screen?

Redmi Note 11

Glass protection?

Both

Overall screen quality

Redmi Note 11

Sound

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While realme just put a mono speaker on its device, Xiaomi has inserted a stereo sound system, with two sound outputs that provide the same power to the user.

Although the C35 does not disappoint at maximum volume, it does not reach the rival’s capacity. At the very least, they both provide a satisfying balance between bass, mids, and treble. But still, the quality of realme cannot match what Redmi delivers.

Both come with a physical connector in the P2 standard, which allows the connection of a conventional headphone. The problem is that none of them sends the accessory in the box.

So the Note 11 takes the point for stereo audio.

Sound is stereo?

Redmi Note 11

Do you have P2 input?

Both

Greater frequency balance

Redmi Note 11

sound power

Redmi Note 11

Do headphones come in the box?

None

System

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Both devices have Android 11 installed from the factory. They are not usually always up to date in security packages. Still, Redmi should deliver more time for major software updates than its rival.

None of them contain 5G support, which makes the experience limited to the past generation of the mobile network. Realme UI 2.0 is cleaner than MIUI 13 and therefore weighs less in general use. However, the competitor benefits from the display with a higher refresh rate.

In terms of features, the C35 comes with fewer features than the brand’s more expensive models. The Note 11, on the other hand, has a more iOS-like appearance, reworked widgets and Xiaomi’s characteristic customizations.

Redmi scores for the most complete system experience.

Well-updated system?

None

Will the system be updated in the future?

Redmi Note 11

Which system or customization has more and better features?

Redmi Note 11

Missing connections? left?

None

More fluid software

Both

Performance
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Redmi Note 11

The C35 uses Unisoc’s Tiger 616 mobile platform, against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 680 in the Note 11. In this dispute for the best performance, realme proved to be the best option. It is slower to open apps, but less reloads in the background. That leaves him with a 27-second lead in our speed tests.

Moving on to the benchmarks, we see that the chip used by Redmi has a higher potential, as it achieves slightly higher numbers both on AnTuTu and on Geekbench indicators.

In games, they alternate between the games that run with better quality. Even though Xiaomi’s model supports 90 fps, don’t expect many titles here to exploit this feature in it.

realme takes the point for multitasking performance.

Who does better in the opening test?

Realme C35

Who wins in the most demanding games?

Both

Who has the best benchmark numbers?

Redmi Note 11

What is the most up-to-date processor?

None

Which has better RAM/processor balance?

Realme C35

Which has more storage?

Redmi Note 11

Drums
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In both cases we find a battery with the same capacity of 5,000 mAh. Does that mean the duration is the same? It wasn’t quite like that in our standardized tests. Xiaomi showed to have better optimized software and recorded 7 and a half hours more autonomy.

And don’t think that the scenario changes on recharge. Redmi’s 33 W adapter takes less than an hour to reach 100%. Quite different from the C35, which needs more than 2 hours to complete the process, with its 18 W charger.

This is an easy point for the Note 11.

Which one has more battery?

None

Which recharges faster?

Redmi Note 11

Which lasts longer according to the TC battery test?

Redmi Note 11

Do you have wireless charging?

None

Camera

realme has placed three rear cameras on its smartphone, against four inserted by Xiaomi. In both cases, we have a 50 MP main sensor. But the results are quite different. We see that Redmi gets more right with colors and sharpness, in addition to the superior night mode, even though it’s still far from perfect. The C35 ends up suffering from Unisoc’s hardware limitations here.

Their macro lacks a high resolution, apart from the lack of autofocus. The realme blur is more limited, while the Note 11 works well and misses less than the rival. Only the Xiaomi model comes with an ultrawide lens, which has more accentuated noises, but it is not useless in dark places and serves to record more of the scenarios.

With better results and a more versatile set, Redmi scores here.

Best rear camera set

Redmi Note 11

best day photos

Redmi Note 11

best night photos

Redmi Note 11

most versatile set

Redmi Note 11

best ultrawide

Redmi Note 11

best telephoto

None

best macro

Both

better depth

Redmi Note 11

Photos taken with the realme C35

The camcorder of the two cell phones is limited to Full HD resolution, but the focus is not the slowest on them. Redmi takes advantage of having stabilization to deal with shakes, in addition to capturing stereo audio. Its quality in general is also well above what the C35 presents.

Therefore, the Note 11 takes one more point.

Do you have optical stabilization?

None

Better electronic stabilization?

Redmi Note 11

more agile focus

None

Do you record in 4K at 30fps?

None

Better audio capture

Redmi Note 11

best video quality

Redmi Note 11

Photos taken with Redmi Note 11

Both the C35 and Note 11 record only decent selfies during the day, with a lot of grain at night. They lack clarity and color. At least, Redmi has a sensor with higher definition and shoots from the front in Full HD, while the competitor does not go beyond HD in the videos.

Xiaomi extends the score.

Best front camera set

Redmi Note 11

Front camera records in Full HD?

Redmi Note 11

best selfie

Redmi Note 11

Price

Both the C35 and the Note 11 were officially launched in the Europeian market. The realme model arrived at the suggested price of R$ 1,900, against R$ 2,600 for the Xiaomi device. In current retail, both can be found much cheaper, close to R$ 1,000. But Redmi is still around R$200 below.

As any value less makes a difference in the consumer’s pocket, the Note 11 gets the last point in this duel.

Which one had the best launch price?

Realme C35

Which is currently the best value for money?

Redmi Note 11

Conclusion

Among the cost-effective Chinese phones, Xiaomi ended up winning with a big hand. The Redmi Note 11 is the one that will offer a more modern and resistant design, a more fluid AMOLED screen, higher quality stereo sound and a system with greater longevity. It also has a battery that delivers longer autonomy and faster charging, not to mention the highest quality camera set in all aspects.

On the side of the realme C35, the only advantage is the superior performance. Being weaker, he would only compensate if he charged a much lower value than his rival. But what happens is the opposite, and so far Redmi has an advantage over him.

RESULT

really C35: 1 POINT

  • Faster multitasking performance

Redmi Note 11: 9 SPOTS

  • More modern, resistant and compact design
  • 90 Hz AMOLED screen
  • stereo sound
  • System with greater longevity and more features
  • Longer battery life and shorter charging time
  • Rear cameras with better photos and ultrawide sensor
  • Videos with stabilization, stereo audio and higher quality
  • Front camera with best selfies and Full HD videos
  • Lowest price in the current Europeian market

Do you think the faster performance of the C35 outweighs the drawbacks to the Note 11 in all other respects? Comment with us!

  • The Realme C35 is available on Amazon for BRL 1,380. The cost-benefit is excellent but there are 4 better models.
  • Redmi Note 11 is available on Amazon for BRL 1,180. The cost-benefit is incredible and this is one of the best models in this price range.
(Updated August 21, 2022 at 7:18 pm)

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