Realme Narzo 30A Review: Realme Narzo 30A is powered with a MediaTek Helio G85 SOC.
The Realme Narzo 30A was introduced on February 24th, and is priced at Rs. 8,999 This smartphone joins a long line of budget-friendly smartphones below Rs. 10,000 How does Realme Narzo 30A compare in this category?
Smartphones come with powerful batteries, great cameras, and some even run stock Android. Although it’s hard to find a great all-rounder smartphone in the entry-level market, there are some phones that come close. Realme’s new Narzo 30A smartphone promises a great balance between performance and features at an affordable price.
Do you think it is worth putting off your search to buy this product? Here’s my review of Realme Narzo 30A.
Realme Narzo 30A Design
Let’s begin with the design. Today’s most affordable smartphone from the Realme Narzo 30 Series looks new and features a completely different design than its predecessors. The Realme Narzo 30A’s back features a dual pattern.
The bottom two-thirds have diagonal lines while the upper portion is plain. It looks great and makes it easy to grip your smartphone. Realme used a square-shaped module camera that reminded me of my Realme Narzo 20 . The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is also included. It’s well-placed and easy to access. Conveniently located are the volume and power buttons on the sides.
Realme Narzo 30A has a large 6.5-inch screen with a 20:9 aspect ratio. To reach the top of this tall display, you will need to stretch your fingers. On the left side, you will find the SIM tray. It has two Nano-SIM slots as well as a dedicated slot to expand storage.
You will be surprised at how heavy the smartphone is. The Realme Narzo 30A weighs in at 207g. Realme used rounded sides to hide the thickness of this device. This helps the phone to be held in place. This phone’s slightly bulky design has the advantage of a large 6,000mAh battery, which provides good battery life. We’ll get to that later.
Realme Narzo 30A features a USB Type C port, a 3.5mm headset jack and a loudspeaker at its bottom. The box also includes an 18W charger, which is a great addition for this price. Realme Narzo 30A comes in Lazer Black or Lazer Blue. I have the latter to review.
Realme Narzo 3A Specifications and Software
Realme has improved its Narzo 30A. It receives a substantial upgrade over the Realme Narzo 20A. The MediaTek Helio G85 SoC is more powerful and can be paired with either 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB LPDDR4X RAM depending on the variant.
These models come with 32GB or 64GB storage. You can expand storage up to 256GB with a microSD card. Realme has aggressively priced the smartphone at Rs. 8,999 for its base variant and Rs. 9,999 for its higher variant. 9,999
Realme Narzo 30A supports dual band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5 as well as three satellite navigation systems. Realme UI v1.0 is installed on the device. It was built using Android 10. Realme promises an update to Realme UI v2.0 within the next few days.
The interface is very simple to use, even though the Realme Narzo 30A uses an older Android skin. Although there are some bloatware applications preinstalled, most can be uninstalled without problems. I didn’t receive any spammy notifications via the stock apps.
Realme Narzo 30A Performance
The Realme Narzo 30A was very good for everyday use, and it could handle occasional gaming very well. This is the typical use pattern for the phone. The smartphone’s rear-mounted fingerprint scanner was fast at authenticating and facial recognition took only one attempt to unlock it.
The Realme Narzo 30A’s HD+ resolution display is suitable for this price range. The display was good indoors, but the quality was poor when it was used outdoors in direct sunlight.
To compare the Realme Narzo 30A with the rest, I ran benchmarks. AnTuTu scored the Narzo 30A 2,04,869 points while it returned 8,712 points in PCMark’s Work 2.0 suite. It scored 363 points and 1299 in Geekbench 5 single-core and multicore tests. The smartphone was able to run GFXBench at 55fps and 18fps respectively in the T-Rex or Car Chase tests.
To test the game, I played Call of Duty Mobile on my Realme Narzo 30A. The default settings for the game were Low graphics and Medium framerate. These settings were sufficient to play the game without any lag. After playing the game for 20 mins, I noticed a 3 percent drop in battery level. This is normal. Although the phone felt slightly warm, it was not alarming.
The battery life of the Realme Narzo 30A phone was great. It lasted for 2 days without needing to be plugged into, which is a lot considering my normal usage. The phone was extremely fast in our HD video loop test, running for 27 hours and 11 mins.
The Narzo 30A is a great companion for those who watch a lot of video content. The box contains an 18W charger that can charge the Narzo 30A up to 15% in half an hour and up to 33% in one hour. It still takes two and a half hours to fully charge your battery, even with the fast charger.
Realme Narzo 30A Cameras
Realme Narzo 30A features a 13-megapixel primary camera, and a monochrome portrait cam with unspecified resolution. It also has an 8-megapixel camera that can be used for selfies. It has not changed much in the camera app, so finding the right setting was easy.
There are many shooting modes, as well as a camera AI that can adjust the colour settings depending on what scene or object is being viewed.
The photos taken by Realme Narzo 30A in daylight looked great on my phone’s screen, but I was able to see lower details when magnifying the image. Large fonts were legible from a distance, but the overall image was not sharp. The ‘Chroma Boost toggle increases contrast and enhances details in shadows.
Close-ups taken in sufficient light were excellent and the background was softly bokeh. My experience with the Realme Narzo 30A was that it sometimes struggled to focus on small objects. With good edge detection, portrait shots turned out very well. You can also adjust the blur level before you take the photo.
The phone’s low-light performance was poor and it took more than two seconds to capture a photo in regular Photo mode. The output was lacking in detail in shadows, and the slower shutter speed created motion blur.
The camera app also offers Night mode. It takes more than four seconds to capture a photo. This mode can be used to compensate for handshakes, and the photos have better colours. However, it does not improve shadow detail.
The Realme Narzo 30A took good selfies and captured good images in both daylight and low light. The primary camera records at 1080p and does not have stabilisation. This results in blurry footage. The quality of the video was average during daylight, but it is less so at night and in low light.
Realme has listed the Narzo 30A at a price below Rs. The Narzo 30A is priced below Rs. 10,000, which should make it affordable for many people who are looking for decent devices on a limited budget. It offers great performance for its price, which is more than enough for everyday use and occasional gaming.
The smartphone’s battery performance was one of its greatest strengths. Although the camera’s performance isn’t the best at this price, it can still take great selfies.
This is a minor issue, but the Realme Narzo 30A seems to be a great value for the price. The Moto E7 Plus is a good option if software and cameras are important to you.
Also read: Realme Narzo 20 Review