On the 18th of May, 2020 Realme introduced its Realme Narzo 10 series to the world.
According to the company officials, this series would especially be targetting young audiences keeping in mind their special emphasis on gaming performance and style/design above all.
For establishing such a new feature-rich and budget-friendly sub-brand Realme chose to go with two smartphones : Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A .Both were priced very competitively along with even filling the slot below the Realme 6 price segment, very smartly.
It has been a huge success as stated by Realme CEO Madhav Sheth. The Narzo series managed to grab over 3 lakh+ units sold in just a month. While during the first sale of the series, in less than three minutes the company sold 70,000 units of both models.
As of now, It’s been 8 months since Realme Narzo 10 was launched.
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So we will be going through its full review and conclude if it’s still an impressive deal or not.
Realme Narzo 10
If we talk about performance, Then Realme Narzo 10 comes with a Mediatek Helio G80 chipset. Which is a 12nm processor. This chipset backs up the phone and both yield an AnTuTu benchmark score of approx 2lakhs, which is quite impressive especially keeping in mind the price range this smartphone belongs to. The chipset,i.e. Helio G80 can be considered somewhere near Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710.
Overall the smartphone gives a seamless experience for a day to day life usage. The gaming experience is also quite enjoyable, High graphic games run quite decently with minimum lags. Frame Drops are also very minimal, which could be grouped as normal considering the competitive price point of the device.
Also, the large display enhances the gaming experience.
With no major heating issues while gaming, but the back of the device might get a bit warm after 20 mins of continuous gaming.
0.609 – Body
(In India, safe SAR value for phones is considered anything below 1.6 W/kg)
Even with a massively heavy battery the smartphone weighs around 199g but doesn’t feel so heavy thanks to its weight distribution. Along with a pretty snuggly in-hand feel.
And the dimensions are : 164.4 x 75.4 x 9 mm(6.47 x 2.97 x 0.35 in)
Network & Sound
The phone is a package with everything up to the required proportion. The speaker of the phone could have been a bit louder for sure, but it’s still average and doesn’t qualify for a problem. The earphone audio output is pretty loud and decent.
And coming to the network & call quality, no major issues at all. Works smoothly.
The Realme Narzo 10 comes with a 6.5 inch HD+ IPS LCD display. With a 20:9 screen aspect ratio, along with screen protection from Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. If anyone prefers a bigger screen experience, then this smartphone fulfills that.
But the turndown point about the display is that it’s a 720p panel, Realme should have at least gone for an FHD+ display panel.
Design & Build Quality
The device holds up a polycarbonate back, with great finishing. Design is a very subjective matter here, some might absolutely love the design while some just won’t like it at all, in my personal opinion the design could have been better. Not completely resistant to scratches, but unlike glass backs, this attracts lesser of those.
And considering the price bracket, Realme Narzo 10 comes under the overall build quality can be considered good.
Narzo 10 comes with a rear quad camera setup, with a 48mp(Wide) primary sensor and other secondary sensors: 8mp Ultra Wide, 2mp Macro, 2mp B&W sensors respectively. And the picture quality of the rear camera is definitely impressive, with more natural colors than artificially softened images under proper lighting conditions. Better detailing, dynamic shots, close up shots and even performs quite decent in low light conditions.
Now coming to the video section. The device allows you to record videos up to 1080p on 60fps(frame per second). Color reproduction and detailing is pretty good in the video department too, but without any type of optical image stabilization.
While the front-facing camera is a 16mp lens with above-average image quality depending entirely upon the lighting conditions. But again considering the tight bracket price range it belongs to, the selfie camera would still be considered good.
With a powerful 5000mAH Battery, backing the Narzo 10. This is Realme’s one of the best smartphones to date considering the battery optimization and backup. Easily gives a battery backup of about 1.5 days of moderate usage. The screen on time is about 7-8 hrs.
This device also backs up with an 18W fast charger, due which it can charge 22% of its massive battery in 30 mins, 44% in 1hr. And in a total of about 2.5hrs the phone might get fully charged from 0 to 100.
It even supports reverse charging.
Storage & RAM
Narzo 10 has 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM, which is quite rare in the price bracket.
And even though 128GB internal storage would be enough for any normal user, but still if anyone wants to expand it they surely can; as in Realme also managed to pack in a dedicated memory card slot in the phone.
UI in any smartphone is a very important feature which people usually miss out on, during the time of deciding.
Actually, a smartphone can be extremely powerful, but still not a good buy because of it’s personalizations, ads and not being user friendly.
And Narzo 10 comes with the company’s newly launched Realme UI based on Android 10 with minimal levels of bloatware, and less number of advertisements popping out.
The storage type is eMMC 5.1 and the RAM support is LP DDR4x.
Overall the device is still a good gadget to have, but if the HD+ screen would have been an FHD+ one then probably it would have been a tough competitor to other smartphones at the price bracket currently. It was surely one of the best smartphones in the lower midrange segment, but since the smartphone industry keeps on changing too quickly. There are better alternatives to the Realme Narzo 10 right now in the market.