RealMe has just launched the new Narzo 30 series in the Indian market and, like the previous phones, the company aims to move the budget segment. There are currently two devices in the lineup, viz Norjo 30 Pro Yet Norjo 30A, The latter of which falls within the budget space. The last OPPO sub-brand has been disrupting the sub-20,000 segment since last year and the Norzo 30 Pro seems to be following the same path. RealMe 7 Series and some of RealMe’s own devices in brackets like The have to fight Realme X7 (Review), The Narzo 30 Pro will also face it LITTLE X3 (Review) Yet Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. I covered the benchmarking and gaming comparison between the three devices and you can Read here. In general, the Narzo 30 Pro dominates all aspects of performance, powered by the latest MediaTek Dimension 800U SoC. Plus, starting at Rs 16,999, this phone is the cheapest 5G-enabled phone you can find in the Indian market. The significance of the Narzo 30 Pro along with its ability to deliver in other segments of the smartphone experience will only be known through a full review. Let’s dive straight into it.
Realme Norjo30 Pro is an all-rounder and definitely tops my list of recommendations. It can push any task without breaking a sweat, with 120Hz panel capable packs, good cameras and an all-day battery. The icing on the cake is the phone’s 5G capabilities, which will definitely come into use as soon as the telecom giants start creating the roll out roadmap.
RealMe has improved its design game over the last two smartphones, but that goodness does not seem to have diminished with the Norzo 30 Pro. Don’t get me wrong, the phone is as robust and durable as you’d expect from a real-time device. However, when placed against the stunning POCO X3 or the exceptional Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, the Norzo 30 Pro leaves little to be desired. Needless to say, the plain blade silver color variant has a matte finish to it and the slightly narrower frame is comfortable to hold in the palm of my hand. The phone is reasonably thick, but does not weigh as much as I expected as it has a 5,000mAh battery inside. On the left side there is a shaped power button and it also hides a capacitive fingerprint reader. This pushes the volume rocker key to the right and into a position that can be easily reached with my index finger. The triple camera setup is housed in a rectangular housing with a simple USB-C, 3.5mm jack and speaker grille combo mounted vertically on the back.
The front of the device features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel with FHD + (2,400 × 1,080) resolution and 20: 9 aspect ratio. As for the selfie shooter, it has a large punch-hole cutout on the right with some backlight bleeding around it. Other than that, the bezels around the phone are a little bigger than I like, but overall in the scheme of things, it should not impair the viewing experience. The highlight of the phone is the 120Hz refresh rate panel, which is so far only available on the POCO X3 in this price range. Some frame dots are clearly visible when swiping in the app drawer and there is a slight annoying scrolling that occasionally appears on YouTube, but other than that, you’re worth your money. The sensitivity of the 120Hz panel is hard to overstate and this is something you should experience. Overall the display is very contrasting in the bootup process, but you can select a slightly less saturated color profile in the settings menu. Widewine L1 supports HD content on OTT platforms, but nothing in the HDR way. At 600 nits of screen brightness, the display is very clear in sunny conditions.
The optics in the Norzo 30 Pro include a main 48MP shooter with a large f / 1.8 aperture, supported by a 2MP macro shooter and an ultra-wide sensor of 8MP resolution. It is a combination of sensors used in previous real-time smartphones, although most devices in this category have switched to 64MP shooters. However, for the Narzo 30 Pro I really like the punchy tones and slightly oversaturated color science. The photos are very crisp with a lot of detail when captured in good lighting. The dynamic range is slightly effervescent and the sensor struggles to bring out the blue in the sky when the sun is shining brightly. There will be a special 48MP mode if you want to zoom in for extra details, but it comes with exposure handling cost.
The ultra-wide sensor has an 119-degree viewing field, which brings a lot in the frame and I was very satisfied with how the color temperatures are kept under control. You will lose some detail around the edges of the frame. The macro shooter clicks good images, but only at a focal length of 4cm and the details turn off if your hand is shaking slightly. As with previous real-time phones, the Narzo 30 Pro is affected by the fact that low-light photography is not great. In very dim lighting, with the help of some street light you will get good highlights and shadows of the subject. However, Dedicated Night mode takes a long time to click good shots, even then all it does is expose the frame too much and reduce the noise a little. It seems to me that Night Mode on the device needs some work through the software patch. On the front is a 16MP selfie shooter that takes stunning selfies with perfect skin tones and minimal facial overshopping. Portrait mode on the front works well but only during the day. You have the standards for normal AI Beauty mode and other filters that change the face of real-time phones.
Towards the performance of the contents, you get the Dimension 800U5G chipset that handles the operations. The 7nm chipset offers a lot of power efficiency and, at the same time, very good graphics capabilities. You can read my comparison article about benchmarking and gaming comparisons I ran on the Norzo 30 Pro Here. Basically the device is Batty Smooth, which is precisely amplified by the 120Hz display. Larger apps also open in Flash and 8GB of RAM along with memory management (on my device) allows them to be left open in the background for longer. Medium-level tasks such as switching between Chrome tabs or apps can be easily accomplished while running a secondary activity in the background, such as navigation on Google Maps.
Things like heavy-duty gaming also don’t emphasize the GPU, allowing you to run almost all the settings in games like Call of Duty Mobile. For most of the gameplay session I was able to handle 60fps smoothly, the graphics provided in real time are very detailed. Other features of the phone are fast and responsive fingerprint sensor. The Dolby Atmos support gives the speaker some depth and clarity, but at maximum size, it is still cracked. Also, there is hi-res audio support for a convenient pair of high-quality wired earphones.
There is also a term in the phone’s 5G capabilities that is not currently used but will be considered with interest in future proofing. Telecom providers like Geo have promised to launch 5G connectivity anytime this year, but only in very select areas. Other players like Airtel are also working to make 5G. The chatter around the full-fledged 5G roll-out seems to be intensifying going forward. Existing 4G / LTE connectivity works well on the Narzo 30 Pro, with no call drops or network manipulation to report on Noida’s Geo Telecom Circle.
RealMUI means you get software-wise on the Narzo 30 Pro, and it is based on Android 10. My previous review covered the UI in great detail Realme X7 Pro (Review), You can go there for more details. In summary, bloatware has been significantly reduced but icon packs have not been improved. The settings menu and drop-down quick options have been further improved and are easier to access. The dark theme is light to the eye and the game boost feature makes mobile gaming smoother. I think the update to Android 11 at least will come soon as Android 12 is not that far off.
Battery-wise the RealMay Narzo 30 Pro packs support up to 30W fast charging at 5,000 mAh cell. RealMe has two power saving options that allow you to push phone usage for almost two days, albeit with limited performance. Regular use will not kill the phone in a day unless you are involved in some heavy duty gaming. My use while browsing my Facebook and Instagram feed is limited to streaming YouTube and Netflix. The screen-on time is easily within the 6-hour range, with the 120Hz option turned on for the entire duration. Thanks to the fast charging speed, you will be able to juice the entire device in an hour, while 50 percent is done in 25 minutes.
RealMe Norjo30 Pro aims to provide all the major elements of the full smartphone experience. Its fast performance and heavy graphics load management are the highlights. The device’s photography capabilities are also great, with a range of improvements in low-light scenes. The charging speed is very fast and the battery capacity also allows to keep the phone on a single charge for more than a day. The software may seem a bit outdated, but you can expect security patches at regular intervals. The 120Hz panel makes things very fluid and gives smoothness to the interface. Is the punch-hole a little low? Probably. Can the bezels be thinner? Probably. However, the quality of the display will not disappoint you. Finally, there is dual-standby 5G capability, which will be even more useful in the future. In terms of competition, I can only see the POCO X3, which has a slightly lower performance but a bigger battery and a better camera system. However, its heavy weight may be off-putting for some users. The Redmi Note 10 series, another competitor to be launched soon, should present a valuable challenge, but it remains to be seen if the MIUI platform will still come up with ads and spam notifications. For now, the Narzo 30 Pro looks like a great choice, thanks to its exquisite performance and stellar performance.
Editor Rating: 4/5
- Excellent 120Hz panel
- Sensitive performance
- Good battery life
- 5G capability
- Still running Android 10
- Boring design
- Low-light photography needs improvement