What’s the best smartphone under Php10,000? Well, there are tons of options out there. Today, we’ll be focusing on two of them, the Infinix Note 12 G96 and Realme C35.

The Infinix Note 12 G96, like its cousins, brags a couple of big-number specs in an attempt to lure buyers in.

Realme, on the other hand, is trying to do the same by equipping the Realme C35 with a sharp camera and an elegant design.


The question is, which between the two should you go with? We’ll find out in our Infinix Note 12 G96 versus Realme C35 specifications and features comparison.

Infinix Note 12 G96Realme C35
Operating SystemAndroid 12
XOS 10.6
Android 11
Realme UI R Edition
Display6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
60Hz refresh rate
6.6-inch FHD+ IPS
2408 x 1080 pixel resolution
180Hz touch sampling
Processor2.05GHz MediaTek Helio G96 octa-core2.0GHz UNISOC Tiger T616 octa-core
+ 5GB via virtual RAM expansion
GPUMali-G57 MC2Mali-G57 MP1
expandable via microSD
UFS 2.2
expandable via microSD
Front Camera16-megapixel8-megapixel
Rear Camera50-megapixel (PDAF, f/1.6)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
50-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (monochrome)
LED flash
AudioStereo speakers
DTS audio
Headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
FM radio
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
FM radio
USB Type-C
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scannerSide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ColorsForce Black
Sapphite Blue
Snow Fall
Glowing Black
Glowing Green
Dimensions and Weight164.6 x 76.8 x 8mm
164.4 x 75.6 x 8.1mm
Battery and Charging5,000mAh
33W fast charging
18W charging
Price8GB/128GB: Php8,999
8GB/256GB: Php9,999
4GB/64GB: Php8,499
4GB/128GB: Php9,499

Design and Build Quality

Design preferences are subjective, so we’ll let you decide which of the two looks better. After all, both Infinix and Realme went with similar looks as the two come with elegant designs with their distinct camera layout and premium-looking back panels.


Sizes are identical, too, being the Note 12 only 0.1-inch bigger than the C35. And since they share the same battery capacity, the sizes are also very similar.


In our eyes, the Note 12 G96 and its cleaner camera island look better. But then again, it will be up to you to decide.

Display and Audio

An easy win for the Infinix Note 12 G96. Thanks to its fancier and more colorful AMOLED panel, it easily outshines the traditional IPS panel that the C35 has.


What’s more, Infinix also covered the audio department really well by including a second speaker for a stereo setup. The C35 settles for a single bottom-firing one.

Hardware and Performance

Infinix went with the trusty MediaTek Helio G96 for the Note 12 while Realme tapped UNISOC for the C35 and used the Tiger T616.


A lot of performance and benchmark scores prove that the MediaTek chip of the Note 12 is superior to the UNISOC CPU of the C35 in terms of CPU performance, especially in gaming.



Multitasking should also be a breeze on the Note 12 since it has 8GB of RAM — twice than the 4GB capacity of the C35. Infinix’s bet also has more storage options as you can get it with up to 256GB.


It appears that 50-megapixel sensors are becoming the norm on budget phones today. Both smartphones have it, as well as a secondary 2-megapixel sensor.


To Realme’s credit, it managed to have a 2-megapixel macro lens. Still, we might have to give the win to the Note 12 once again due to its sharper 16-megapixel selfie shooter (vs 8-megapixels).

Both models have 5,000mAh batteries, which isn’t surprising since almost all the phones in this category have the same capacity.



Their only key difference is the charging speeds. The Note 12 comes with a 33W support while the C35 settles for 18W, making the Infinix phone the winner of this department.


The Realme C35 is definitely a decent phone for the price. It has a clean and iPhone 13-like design, good cameras, a big battery, and an appealing price tag that starts at only Php8,499.


SEE ALSO: Realme products price list, Infinix price list in PH

Still, there’s no denying that the Infinix Note 12 G95 won this fight. It has a more vibrant AMOLED screen, better performance, more RAM and storage capacity, and faster charging. This one starts at the same price and can even be had with a whopping 256GB of storage for only Php9,999.

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  1. I’d rather choose the INFINIX NOTE 12 [G96]….It has classy design and good specs that can find in mid-range phones at 10k-15k.
    REALME C35 is only good at design and a little bit in performance…..but for its price,it’s specs are not worth for me it only have a 4GB RAM/128GB ROM…not as powerful as the INFINIX NOTE 12 [G96] with 8GB RAM/256GB ROM,so if your looking for a budget-friendly phone and worthy…you should rather choose the INFINIX NOTE 12 [G96].