Realme Narzo 30 Review: A Worthy Update on the Narzo 20,?
Realme’s Narzo 30 is a great deal for the price, but there are better options. Realme’s Narzo 20 smartphone was a decent budget option for 2020. It focused on the essentials at an affordable price, starting at Rs. 10,499.
It was heavy and had a plastic unibody, which did not feel or look premium. It struggled to run games and had poor performance. Realme released an update in 2021. The price is slightly higher at Rs. It costs Rs. 12,499 (64GB RAM + 4GB RAM), but it offers more features than its predecessor. This makes it a great budget smartphone that is focused on performance.
Realme also announced the Narzo 30 (5G) (First Impressions), which is a completely different model that offers 5G connectivity and a faster processor. It also features a 90Hz refresh rate display with a 60Hz refresh rate, a 5,000mAh battery, and slimmer packaging. The price is competitive at Rs. It comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The price is 15,999 Which Narzo should I choose? Are there better smartphones?
Realme Narzo 30 Prices And Variants
There are two storage and RAM options available for the Realme Narzo 30. The base variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and is priced at Rs. 12,499; the second variant, which offers 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, is priced at Rs. 14,499. Only one configuration of the Realme Narzo 30 5G is currently available. It has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The price is Rs 15,999. Although the Narzo 30 5G is more expensive than the Narzo 30, it still offers 5G support and better specs.
Realme Narzo 30 Design
Realme’s Narzo 30 contrasts sharply with the Narzo 20 which was very simple. The new phone comes in Racing Silver or Racing Blue. The Racing Silver model we received looks very premium. Each option has a shimmering strip running through the camera module.
Plastic is used for the Narzo 30,’s back panel and frame. The glossy back easily picks up dust and fingerprints. Even with some pressure, it flexes slightly when you press down on it. The overall construction is solid and does not creak.
It feels thick at 9.4mm, but light at 192g. It has a seamless design that connects the display, frame, and back panel. This gives it a great hand feel. It is easy to hold and provides a firm grip.
The bottom of the device has a 3.5mm headset jack, Type-C USB port, primary microphone, and speaker. The volume buttons can be found on the left, while the power button and embedded fingerprint reader are located on the right.
The screen is one of the major changes made to the Narzo 30 compared to the Narzo 20. The screen is still a 6.5-inch LCD panel, but it now has a 90Hz refresh rate. Also, the resolution has been increased from HD+ on Narzo 20 up to full-HD+.
Realme Narzo 30 Software and Specifications
Realme Narzo 30 is powered by MediaTek’s gaming-oriented Helio G95 CPU. It has two Cortex A76 cores with 2.05GHz speed and six Cortex A55 cores that are 2.0GHz.
The integrated Mali-G76 GPU is responsible for graphics at 900MHz. You can choose between 4GB or 6GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB or 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, depending on the variant. MicroSD card expansion is available up to 256GB. There are three connectivity options: dual-band Wi Fi, Bluetooth 5 and NFC.
Realme UI 2.0 is the base of Android 11. The Narzo 30 uses Realme UI 2.0. You can customize the icons, system colours, fonts and shapes of the notifications tray icons. My review unit came with a few third-party apps, such as Amazon, Snapchat, Facebook and Soloop.
However, these didn’t interfere with my daily use unless I used them. There were several Realme-branded apps, including DocVault and Community, HeyFun as well as Realme Link and Realme Store. Some of these apps could be removed, but not all. Except for the Theme Store and some of these, they did not display any promotional messages.
Realme Narzo 30 Battery life and Performance
MediaTek Helio G95 processor performed well with the OS, with little lag or stuttering during daily use. The 6GB RAM version I tested opened apps quickly and closed them quickly.
Multitasking was easy on this variant. Most apps remained in memory for quite a while. The Narzo 30 scored well in benchmarks with 3,56,846 points in AnTuTu and 532 and 1,700 respectively in Geekbench single- and multicore tests.
The Narzo 30’s 5,000mAh battery is very durable. It lasted me for a good day and a bit during my review. I used the device to browse social media, email, Slack and a few photos. It also allowed me to play a bit of video streaming and gaming for an hour.
Quick charging was possible with the included 30W adapter. The battery level of the Narzo 30 reached 55% in 30 minutes, 99% in 60 minutes, and a full charge took 1 hour and 10 min.
Realme Narzo 30 Cameras
Realme Narzo 30 has a triple rear camera setup. It includes a 48-megapixel primary camera with f/1.8, a monochrome 2-megapixel camera and a macro 2-megapixel camera. A 16-megapixel f/2.1 camera handles selfie duties. The interface of the camera is intuitive, with all important controls just a few taps away.
Slide-out tray provides additional options, such as the ability to set the timer or select the frame. The camera setup has one thing to be aware of. Only two of the three cameras are visible to the user. To calculate depth, the monochrome camera can only be activated in Portrait mode.
The gaming experience on the Narzo 30 was fluid and smooth, although it does heat up when you are stressed. Call of Duty: Mobile was smooth at the default high graphics and frame rate settings. While the default settings kept the phone cool, changing to Very High graphics made it heat up very quickly.
Asphalt 9: Legends wasn’t available for download. The new Space Marshals 3 looked amazing on the Narzo 30, so I downloaded it. The phone got very hot when the detail level was set to Medium (default). The heat was reduced by switching to Low.
Photos taken in daylight were crisp and saturated, with excellent dynamic range and detail in the dark areas. This phone can also take decent photos at 2X digital zoom but with less detail. Photos taken with 3X digital zoom weren’t usable.
They looked almost like oil paintings. Average photos were captured by the 2-megapixel macro camera with good detail, but poor colour. Fixed-focus makes it difficult to focus on objects if your hands are shaking.
The Portrait mode was used with the rear camera to capture photos that were sharp and clear. However, there was not enough edge detection. Although the front-facing 16-megapixel camera took decent selfies, it again displayed below-average edge detection in Portrait mode.
Low light caused the rear camera to struggle to focus in regular photos as well as Portrait mode. Landscape photos were similarly blurry and full of noise. Night mode increases the detail and brightness of the scene but with mixed results. Quality is highly dependent on the available light.
Videos taken at 1080p in daylight looked a bit too sharpened and lacked detail, but they did show decent stabilisation. Videos in 4K looked better with more detail but they were not stable enough. Videos at 1080p were unusable in low light and loaded with noise. Although 4K provided better detail, there was still a lot of noise.
Your budget and your needs will determine whether you buy a Narzo 30 or Narzo 30 5G. There are many options in the smartphone market, including interesting products from other companies. 5G networks have yet to be launched, so you may choose to prioritize cost savings over other features. The Narzo 30 5G is the best choice if you want a future-proof smartphone.
The Realme Narzo 30 (review starting at Rs 12,499), a budget smartphone, is an option. It offers great everyday use, mid-level gaming performance and decent photos and videos in sunlight.
Redmi 10S , by Xiaomi, offers an 8MP ultra-wide angle camera, a Super AMOLED screen, 33W charging and stereo speakers. It also has an IP53 dust- and water resistance rating. 500 The Redmi 10S package would be more appealing to many.
\You can spend an extra Rs. Poco’s M3 pro 5G (Review) is priced at Rs. 1,500 A better option is 13,999. This future-proof smartphone features hardware similar to the Narzo 30 5G but has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.
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