Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Realme’s 5G budget smartphone is a winner with 6GB RAM and a reasonable price.
India has yet to see 5G consumer networks. 5G was first introduced in premium smartphones.
It then moved to the mid-range and is now available in the budget segment. Many smartphones have seen their prices rise due to 5G compatibility.
Manufacturers have made some compromises in the budget segment to maintain smartphone prices in check.
Processors that can support 5G modems (add on or integrated) are more expensive than 4G models.
This is why manufacturers need to be careful about where and how they make compromises. Buyers must also decide which priorities they prioritize.
While some manufacturers, such as Xiaomi, have not included 5G in their low cost smartphones yet others like Motorola and Realme are trying to include this feature in their budget phones.
Motorola was the first to offer 5G with its Moto G 5G smartphone, priced at Rs. 20,999 Realme broke budget barriers by launching the Realme X7 5G and the Narzo 30 Pro 5G.
Prices start at Rs. 16,999 Realme has lowered its sights on the Narzo 30 5G. It was launched along with the Narzo 30.
The Narzo 30 5G seems slimmer and packs all the features one would expect in this price range. It is better than the Narzo 30, but is it really worth it?
Realme Narzo 30 5G prices and variants
Both the Narzo 30 5G 5G and Realme 8 5G 5G have identical core specifications but are targeted at different buyers.
The Narzo 30 5G is priced at Rs. 15,999 and comes in a single configuration with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a single price 15,999.
This slot is between the two higher Realme 8 5G versions, which have 4GB RAM and 8GB RAM, respectively, with the exact same storage.
The Realme 8 5G base model is priced at Rs. 13,999, and comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
The Narzo 30 5G’s hardware and price match the Poco M3 Pro 5G (Review), starting at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB Ram and 64GB storage version.
Also available in a matching 6GB RAM variant and 128GB storage variant priced @ Rs. 15,999
Realme Narzo 30 5G Design
Realme Narzo 30 5G is slim and lightweight and has a good grip thanks to its defined edges.
The smartphone is 185g in weight and 8.5mm thick. The back panel of the Narzo 30 5G has the same layout as the Narzo 30 but features a shimmery, off-centred strip.
There are two options for the Narzo 30 5G: Racing Blue or Racing Silver. A Racing Silver unit was sent to me for review. It has a glossy back panel.
The build quality is excellent. Although the plastic back panel is not flexible or creaky, it does pick up fingerprints and acts as a dust magnet.
The 6.5-inch LCD panel is sharp and bright outside. It has thin bezels on the left and right sides, but thicker at the bottom.
Realme Narzo 30 5G specs and software
Realme Narzo 30 5G is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity700 processor. This is the same one that you get with the Realme 8 5G or the Poco M3 Pro 5G.
The integrated 5G modem supports multiple 5G bands and provides dual 5G standby. The Narzo 30 5G comes with a single RAM configuration and storage. It uses LPDDR4x RAM as well as UFS 2.1 storage.
Dual-band Wi-Fi AC and Bluetooth 5.1 are available as connectivity options. The Narzo 30 5G has a triple-slot tray that can hold two Nano-SIMs or a microSD card up to 1TB. It has a 5,000mAh lithium battery and can be charged with 18W.
Realme UI 2.0 is the operating system on the Narzo 30 5G, which is based upon Android 11.
Although it looks great and runs smoothly, there are several preinstalled applications. If you don’t need them, all third-party apps may be uninstalled.
You can turn off promotional notifications from the HeyFun app or the native Browser app in the notification settings.
Realme Narzo 30 5G performance & battery life
The display of the Narzo 30 5G was very bright at 600 nits, and it was easily legible even in direct sunlight.
The protective glass, just like the back panel, became smudged with daily usage. There are two colour options for the display: Vivid and Gentle.
The Gentle preset displayed more natural colours than the Vivid preset. I prefer it. The display responded to touch and swipes with no lag, and had a screen refresh rate of 90Hz and a maximum 180Hz touch sampling rates.
The Realme Narzo 30 5G scored well in all benchmarks and, surprisingly, did better than Poco M3 Pro 5G, though by very small margins.
AnTuTu scored the phone with scores of 3,62,000.007 and 574 in single-core and multi-core Geekbench tests, respectively. The difference in scores between the Helio G95 SoC and the Narzo 30 was minimal.
Gaming on the Narzo 30 5G was enjoyable. Most games ran smoothly at default settings. The heating issue I experienced on the Narzo 30 was not as severe, making the Narzo 30-5G an attractive option for gamers.
Call of Duty Mobile was smooth, but only at the High graphics and High framerate settings. Most effects like Ragdoll and Bloom were not available.
Asphalt 9: Legends ran smoothly, with only a few frames dropping at the default graphics quality. It was also playable at High quality, but it would struggle to keep up with the action.
For a phone this small, the Realme Narzo 30-5G has a good battery life. It lasted me for a full day and a bit with normal use. This included streaming video, browsing social media apps, taking photos and gaming.
The phone ran for an impressive 18 hours and 36 minutes in HD video loop battery testing. The charging was slow, compared to other smartphones in the segment.
The Narzo 30 5G reached 28 percent in 30 mins and 53 percent in one hour. The full charge took 2 hours 10 minutes.
Realme Narzo 30 5G camera
The Realme Narzo 30 5G has exactly the same triple rear camera setup that the less expensive Narzo 30.
The 48-megapixel f/1.8 main camera has a monochrome 2-megapixel camera and the macro 2-megapixel camera. A 16-megapixel front camera with f/2.0 is used for selfie.
The interface of the camera app is similar to what you will find on Realme devices running Realme UI 2.0. All the necessary controls are just a tap away.
Photos taken in daylight were clean, noise-free and a little saturated. The dynamic range was excellent, with good detail in the darker parts of the frame. However, there was visible purple fringing in brighter areas.
Strangely textures didn’t look as defined in photos taken with the Narzo 30. The Narzo 30 5G camera also has a 2X and 5X digital zoom.
Cropped photos had less detail and greater dynamic range at 2X. However, 5X images looked more like oil paintings. Although the macro camera was 2-megapixels, it took decent photos with good detail.
However, the colours were very different to those of their subject. It will be challenging to maintain the ideal distance from an object with a fixed-focus camera, especially if your hands are shaking.
Portraits taken with the front-facing camera turned out sharp and well-exposed. However, edge detection was below-average. Portraits taken with the rear camera produced better results, showing more detail and slightly saturated colours.
Low-light performance was poor, as expected. Although scenes came out nicely exposed, textures were not flattened even when street lighting was used.
When shooting in dimly lit areas, the rear camera made noisy and blurry photos. Night mode was not very useful as it increased the brightness but did bring out some detail in the darker parts of the frame.
The Narzo 30, 5G video recording was disappointing, even compared to the Narzo 30, which was capable of capturing better quality videos.
The main rear camera can capture 1080p at 30fps, which is quite disappointing for a smartphone this price. It took the camera a while to focus properly, which meant that most videos were not in focus or overexposed.
The camera had a harder time focusing in dimly lit areas, making the videos look unusable and blurry.
Realme Narzo 30 5G is a 5G smartphone that’s slim and lightweight. It has a 90Hz refresh rate display, great battery life, mid-level gaming performance, and a very good screen resolution.
Its average quality photos and below-average video capabilities were not what I liked after using it for a week. It took a while to charge it at 18W. The Narzo 30 has a slightly better camera and offers more options for video shooting.
Realme managed to offer a 5G smartphone for Rs. 15,999 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. 15,999. I was expecting better.
The Realme Narzo 30 Pro5G is a better choice if you need a 5G smartphone now. The price is Rs. It is priced at Rs. 16,999 for the 64GB storage and 6GB RAM variants.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro is a good choice if 5G is not something you are looking for in your next smartphone purchase. The Redmi Note 10 Pro offers more cameras, Super AMOLED displays, and 33W charging.
It also has a larger 5020mAh battery. Motorola’s G40 Fusion is available at Rs. 16,499 (6GB RAM +128GB storage):
Another option, this one with the same Snapdragon 732G SOC as the Note 10 Pro but with a larger 6,000mAh battery. It also has a water-repellent design.
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